New PhD student: Thomas Artmann Kristensen

Thomas Kristensen's project “When Problems Matter: The Effects of Real-World Problems on Issue-competition Strategies” investigates the influence of different types of societal problems on the issue-competition between political parties.

07.04.2017 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

Thomas Kristensen is a new PhD student in the Public Administration section.

My name is Thomas Artmann Kristensen, and I am a new PhD student in the Public Administration section. I hold both a BSc and MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University. During my studies, I have worked as a student assistant at the National Institute for Local and Regional Government Research (KORA), the Department of Political Science and Vejle Municipality.

My project “When Problems Matter: The Effects of Real-World Problems on Issue-competition Strategies” investigates the influence of different types of societal problems (e.g. unemployment, crime, hospital waiting lists) on the issue-competition between political parties. The project focusses especially on the interaction between political interests, problems and the attention of political parties. On the one hand, it seems implausible that the selective issue-emphasis of political parties is unaffected by real-world problem. On the other hand, there is no reason to expect an automatic transmission between problems and the attention of political parties.

My research will mainly focus on the attention of national political parties, however, I will also study the political agenda of local governments. The project is supervised by Peter Bjerre Mortensen and Christoffer Green-Pedersen.

I look forward to meeting you all! 

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