Jonas Lefevere

Prof. Dr. Jonas Lefevere

Research Professor

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Jonas Lefevere is research professor of political communication at the Institute for European Studies (VUB) and Vesalius College, Brussels. His research focuses on electoral behavior, election campaigns, and the strategic communication of political elites. He has published on these topics in, amongst others, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Communication Research, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

He is vice-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Communication, which brings together over 200 scholars working in the field of political communication.

Activities

Recent and active projects

  • FWO-FNRS Excellence of Science project RepResent (Representation and Democratic Resentment). Bringing together teams from VUB, UAntwerp, KU Leuven, UC Louvain, and ULB, RepResent aims to investigate to what extent three types of representation - substantive, procedural and symbolic - affect and engender feelings of democratic resentment amongst the public.
  • Stemtest 2019: in cooperation with multiple media partners (VRT, RTBF, De Standaard and La Libre Belgique) a team of academics organises the biggest voting advice application in Belgium, Stemtest 2019. With over three million users, Stemtest provides citizens with insights into parties' issue positions, enabling them to make more informed choices.

 

Publications

Peer reviewed papers

  1. Lefevere, J., De Swert, K., & Tsoulou-Malakoudi, A. (forthcoming). Sub-constituency Campaigning in PR Systems. Evidence from the 2014 General Elections in Belgium. Politics of the Low Countries.
  2. Walgrave, S., Lefevere, J., & Tresch, A. D. (forthcoming). Position, Competence, and Commitment: Three Dimensions of Issue Voting. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. doi:10.1093/ijpor/edz006
  3. Lefevere, J., Sevenans, J., Walgrave, S., & Lesschaeve, C. (forthcoming). Issue Reframing by Parties: the Effect of Issue Salience and Ownership. Party Politics.
  4. Lefevere, J. (2018). The Impact of Election Campaigns on the Nationalization of Voting Behavior in Local Elections A Case Study of the Antwerp Local Election Campaign. Urban Affairs Review, 54(4), 761–793. doi:10.1177/1078087416669825.
  5. Tresch, A., Lefevere, J., & Walgrave, S. (2018). How parties’ issue emphasis strategies vary across communication channels: The 2009 regional election campaign in Belgium. Acta Politica, 53(1), 25–47. doi:10.1057/s41269-016-0036-7
  6. Vliegenthart, R., & Lefevere, J. (2018). Disentangling the Direction of Causality Between Competence Issue Ownership and Party Preference. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 30(4), 663–674. doi:10.1093/ijpor/edx017
  7. Bos, L., Lefevere, J. M., Thijssen, R., & Sheets, P. (2017). The impact of mediated party issue strategies on electoral support. Party Politics, 23(6), 760–771. doi:10.1177/1354068815626603
  8. Walgrave, S., & Lefevere, J. (2017). Long-term associative issue ownership change: a panel study in Belgium. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 27(4), 484–502. doi:10.1080/17457289.2017.1285305
  9. Vis, F., & Lefevere, J. (2016). Benadrukken partijen eigen thema’s in verkiezingstijd? Een onderzoek naar thematische aandacht van Nederlandse partijen rond de verkiezingen van 1994 tot en met 2012. Res Publica, 58(3), 269–292.
  10. Lefevere, J., Walgrave, S., Stubager, R., & Tresch, A. (2017). Measuring Issue Ownership: A Comparative Question Wording Experiment. Scandinavian Political Studies, 40(1), 120–131. doi:10.1111/1467-9477.12074
  11. Lefevere, J., & Walgrave, S. (2016). L’importance du choix des affirmations dans les SAV: résultats de deux simulations. Revue International de Politique Comparée, 22(2), 23–49.
  12. Walgrave, S., Van Camp, K., Lefevere, J., & Tresch, A. (2016). Measuring issue ownership with survey questions. A question wording experiment. Electoral Studies, 42, 290–299. doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2015.12.001
  13. Lefevere, J., Tresch, A., & Walgrave, S. (2015a). Introduction: Issue Ownership. West European Politics, 38(4), 755–760. doi:10.1080/01402382.2015.1039375
  14. Lefevere, J., Tresch, A., & Walgrave, S. (2015b). Associative Issue Ownership as a Determinant of Voters’ Campaign Attention. West European Politics, 38(4), 888–908. doi:10.1080/01402382.2015.1039376
  15. Tresch, A., Lefevere, J., & Walgrave, S. (2015). “Steal me if you can!” The impact of campaign messages on associative issue ownership. Party Politics, 21(2), 198–208. doi:10.1177/1354068812472576
  16. Walgrave, S., Tresch, A., & Lefevere, J. (2015). The Conceptualization and Measurement of Issue Ownership. West European Politics, 38(4), 778–796. doi:10.1080/01402382.2015.1039381
  17. Lefevere, J., & Lesschaeve, C. (2014). Het effect van lokale verkiezingscampagnes op politieke kennis. De case van de Antwerpse lokale verkiezingen. Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, 42(1), 71–88. doi:10.5553/TCW/138469302014042001006
  18. Lefevere, J., & Van Aelst, P. (2014). First-order, second-order or third-rate? A comparison of turnout in European, local and national elections in the Netherlands. Electoral Studies, 35, 159–170. doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2014.06.005
  19. Lefevere, J., & Walgrave, S. (2014). A Perfect Match? The Impact of Statement Selection on Voting Advice Applications’ Ability to Match Voters and Parties. Electoral Studies, 34(4). doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2014.04.002
  20. Walgrave, S., Lefevere, J., & Tresch, A. (2014). The Limits of Issue Ownership Dynamics: The Constraining Effect of Party Preference. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 24(1), 1–19. doi:10.1080/17457289.2013.811245
  21. Walgrave, S., & Lefevere, J. (2013). Ideology, Salience, and Complexity. Determinants of Policy Issue Incongruence between Voters and Parties. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 23(4), 456–483. doi:10.1080/17457289.2013.810630
  22. Walgrave, S., Lefevere, J., & Tresch, A. (2012). The Associative Dimension of Issue Ownership. Public Opinion Quarterly, 76(4), 771–782. doi:10.1093/poq/nfs023
  23. Van Aelst, P., & Lefevere, J. (2012). Has Europe got anything to do with the European elections? A study on split-ticket voting in the Belgian regional and European elections of 2009. European Union Politics, 13(1).
  24. Lefevere, J., Deswert, K., & Walgrave, S. (2012). Effects of popular exemplars in television news. Communication Research 39(1).
  25. Lefevere, J., & Dandoy, R. (2011). Candidate choice in Political Advertising. What determines who gets attention? World Political Science Review, 7(1).
  26. Lefevere, J., & Dandoy, R. (2010). Kandidaatkeuze in advertenties. Wat bepaalt wie aandacht krijgt? Res Publica, 52(3), 335-353.
  27. Walgrave, S., Lefevere, J., & Nuytemans, M. (2009). Issue Ownership dynamics. How Political Parties Claim and Maintain Issues Through Media Appearances. Political Communication, 26(2), 153-172.

 

Book chapters

  1. Walgrave, S., Lefevere, J., & Nuytemans, M. (2016). Studying the Voter-Party Match. Determinants of Policy (in)congruence between Voters and Parties. In M. Bühlmann & J. Fivaz (Eds.), Political Representation: New Insights into Old Questions. Routledge.
  2. Lefevere, J., Van Waes, S., Verdurmen, C., & Stes, A. (2015). Competentiegericht onderwijzen en toetsen in de praktijk: van congruentietabel tot peer assessment van opdrachten. In P. Van Petegem (Ed.), Praktijkboek innoverend hoger onderwijs (pp. 93–106). Tielt, Belgium: LannooCampus.
  3. Van Camp, K., Lefevere, J., & Walgrave, S. (2014). The content and formulation of policy statements in Voting Advice Applications. A comparative analysis of 27 VAAs. In D. Garzia & S. Marschall (Eds.), Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates. ECPR Press.
  4. Lefevere, J. (2014). Les élections locales sont-elles des élections de deuxième ordre? In J.-B. Pilet, R. Dassonneville, M. Hooghe, & S. Marien (Eds.), L’électeur Local. Une analyse des comportements électoraux lors des élections communales du 14 octobre 2012. Brussels, Belgium: Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.
  5. Lefevere, J. (2013). Zijn lokale verkiezingen tweederangsverkiezingen? In R. Dassonneville, M. Hooghe, S. Marien, & J.-B. Pilet (Eds.), De lokale kiezer. Het kiesgedrag bij de Belgische gemeenteraadsverkiezingen van oktober 2012 (pp. 95–118). Brussels, Belgium: VUB Press.
  6. Dandoy, R., Sinardet, D., & Lefevere, J. (2013). Médias et fédéralisme. Analyse de la couverture médiatique lors des élections régionales de 2009. In R. Dandoy, C. Wynsberghe, & G. Matagne (Eds.), Le fédéralisme belge. Enjeux institutionnels, acteurs socio-politiques et opinions publiques. Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium: Academia - L’Harmattan.
  7. Lefevere, J. (2010). Verandering en stabiliteit van beslissingsregels tijdens de campagne van 2009. In K. Deschouwer, P. Delwit, M. Hooghe, & S. Walgrave (Eds.), De Stemmen van het Volk. Een analyse van het kiesgedrag in Vlaanderen en Wallonië op 7 juni 2009. (pp. 51-74). Brussels, Belgium: VUB Press.
  8. Walgrave, S., Lefevere, J., & Hooghe, M. (2010). Volatiel of wispelturig? Hoeveel en welke kiezers veranderden van stemvoorkeur tijdens de campagne? In K. Deschouwer, P. Delwit, M. Hooghe, & S. Walgrave (Eds.), De Stemmen van het Volk. Een analyse van het kiesgedrag in Vlaanderen en Wallonië op 7 juni 2009. (pp. 29-50). Brussels, Belgium: VUB Press.
  9. Walgrave, S., Lefevere, J., & Hooghe, M. (2010). Volatils ou capricieux? La modification des préférences électorales au cours de la campagne. In K. Deschouwer, P. Delwit, M. Hooghe, & S. Walgrave (Eds.), Les voix du peuple. Le comportement électoral au scrutin du 10 juin 2009. (pp. 25-43). Brussels, Belgium: VUB Press.
  10. Lefevere, J. (2010). Changement ou stabilité des règles décisionnelles pendant la campagne de 2009. In K. Deschouwer, P. Delwit, M. Hooghe, & S. Walgrave (Eds.), Les voix du peuple. Le comportement électoral au scrutin du 10 juin 2009. (pp. 43-61). Brussels, Belgium: VUB Press.
  11. Walgrave, S., & Lefevere, J. (2010). Do the media shape parties' agenda preferences? An empirical study of party manifestos in Belgium (1987-2003). In S. Koch-Baumgarten & K. Voltmer (Eds.), Public Policy and Mass Media. The interplay of mass communication and political decision making, Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science (pp. 44-64). Abongdon, Oxon: Routledge.