Matt W Loftis

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark.

My research focuses on themes of blame-shifting, political accountability, agenda-setting, and transparency. I have studied these themes in diverse contexts from both national and local politics in the United States and across Europe.

My dissertation developed and tested implications from a formal model of bureaucratic delegation demonstrating how politicians' goal of avoiding electoral accountability can provide them an incentive to delegate to bureaucrats to shift blame for policy outcomes. Empirical tests were conducted in both Western and Eastern European contexts, drawing on unique features of the European Union policy harmonization process to build large cross-national datasets of policy making.

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I teach a course in Observational Data Analysis for Public Administration that trains students to build, estimate and interpret statistical models and to use some basic machine learning tools using the R language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. This course also takes advantage of free data science courses offered by DataCamp to help students build essential skills in R coding.