School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Dr Hilde Coffe

Senior Lecturer
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Phone: 04 463 6681
Location: Room 535, Murphy Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Dr Hilde Coffe


BA, MA and PhD (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, VUB)


Hilde Coffé is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics. Her research interests focus on public opinion, political behaviour, political representation and comparative research. She has written numerous articles which have been published in leading Political Science and Sociology journals, such as Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Political Studies, British Journal of Sociology, Social Science Quarterly, European Sociological Review and Acta Politica. She has also been a visiting fellow and given presentations at different institutions, including University of California (UC) Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), University of Manchester, University of Sussex, and University of Sydney (The Electoral Integrity Project).  She is chair of the International Committee of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and co-investigator of the 2014 New Zealand Election Survey.

Thesis Supervision

Hilde Coffé is interested in supervising graduate research at both the Masters and Doctoral level in the following broad areas:

  • Public Opinion
  • Political Behaviour
  • Political Representation
  • Political Parties

Current Research Projects

Hilde Coffé is currently working on a variety of projects. One study is part of a continuing project with Catherine Bolzendahl (University of California, Irvine) and examines gender differences in attitudes towards political conflict. Other work, in collaboration with Marieke Voorpostel (Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS), University of Lausanne) centres around family socialisation and party choice. Still other work explores citizens' definition of "political" activities (Rosie Campbell, Birbeck, University of London), and the effect of political candidates’ occupational status on voters’ perception of candidates (in collaboration with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, University of Nebraska, Lincoln). Solo work includes a study on gender and radical right voting, and a project on citizens' media use and the accuracy of their perceptions of electoral integrity. Hilde Coffé also got awarded a University Grant to investigate time use among New Zealand MPs.

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Some Recent Key Publications

  • Voorpostel, M. & Coffé, H. (2014). "The effect of parental separation on young adults' political and civic participation". Social Indicators Research. Advance online publication.
  • Coffé, H. & Dillin, S. (2014). "The gender gap in political participation in Muslim-majority countries." International Political Science ReviewAdvance online publication.
  • Coffé, H. & Michels. A. (2014). "Education and support for representative, direct and stealth democracy." Electoral Studies, 35, 1-11.
  • Coffé, H. (2013). "Women stay local, men go national and global? Gender differences in political interest." Sex Roles, 69(5), 323-338.
  • Immerzeel, T., Coffé, H. & van der Lippe, T.  (2013). "Explaining the gender gap in radical right voting: A cross-national investigation in 12 Western-European countries." Comparative European Politics. Advance online publication.
  • Bolzendahl, C. & Coffé, H. (2013). "Are 'good' citizens 'good' participants? Testing citizenship norms and political participation across 25 nations." Political Studies, 61(S1), 45-65.
  • Coffé, H. (2013). "Gender and party choice at the 2011 New Zealand General Election." Political Science, 65(1), 25-45.
  • Coffé, H. & McMillan, K. (2013). "Introduction. Special Issue Women and Politics." Political Science, 65(1), 4-7.
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2013) "Racial group differences in support for citizenship and duties and rights." Acta Politica, 48(1), 47-67.
  • Van der Horst, M. & Coffé, H. (2012). "How friendship network characteristics influence subjective well-being." Social Indicators Research, 107(3), 509-529.
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2012) "Racial group differences in support for citizenship and duties and rights." Acta Politica, advance online publication 26 September, doi: 10.1057/ap.2012.22
  • Coffé, H. (2012) “Conceptions of female political representation. Perspectives of Rwandan female representatives.” Women’s Studies International Forum, 35, 286-297.
  • Van den Berg, J. & Coffé, H. (2012). “Educational and class cleavages in voting behavior in Belgium: The effect of income, EGP class and education on party choice in Flanders and Wallonia.” Acta Politica, 47(2), 151-180.
  • Voorpostel, M. & Coffé, H. (2012). “Transitions in partnership and parental status, gender, and political and civic participation.” European Sociological Review, 28(1), 28-42.
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2011). “Partisan cleavages in citizenship norms.” Social Science Quarterly, 92(3), 656-674.
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2011). “Gender gaps in political participation across sub-Saharan African nations.” Social Indicators Research, 102(2), 245-264.
  • Coffé, H. & Da Roit, B. (2011). “Party policy positions in Italy after pre-electoral coalition disintegration.” Acta Politica, 46(1), 25-42.
  • Coffé, H. & Plassa, R. (2010). “Party policy position of DIE LINKE. A continuation of the PDS?” Party Politics, 16(6), 721-735.
  • Coffé, H. & Voorpostel, M. (2010). “Young people, parents and radical right voting. The case of the Swiss People’s Party.” Electoral Studies, 29(3), 435-443.
  • Coffé, H. & Need, A. (2010). “Similarity in husbands and wives party family preference in the Netherlands.” Electoral Studies, 29(2), 259–268
  • .Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2010). “Same game, different rules? Gender differences in political participation.” Sex Roles, 62(5-6), 318-333.
  • Coffé, H. & van der Lippe, T. (2010). “Citizenship norms in Eastern Europe.” Social Indicators Research, 96(3), 479-496.
  • Bolzendahl, C. & Coffé, H. (2009). “A Gender Gap in Citizenship Norms? The Importance of Political, Civil and Social Rights and Responsibilities.” British Journal of Sociology, 60(4), 763-791.