I’m primarily interested in public opinion and political attitudes, how these are formed and expressed, and their causes and consequences. I focus on political trust and similar attitudes (like democratic satisfaction). Some of the longer-term ongoing projects are described here.
In the context of TrustGov, an ESRC large-grant project, and on the back of my PhD, I’m working on a number of broad areas in political trust. I’m primarily working on experiments and causality in trust research.
1. What are the causal consequences and determinants of political trust? How can we determine them?
2. How do people make and reason about trust judgements?
3. How does international integration – including explicit interventions – impact political trust?
4. How does trust in institutions operate in multilevel governance?
5. What are the long-term trends and relationships in trust and related attitudes?
Voting and Political Behaviour
How do voters make decisions and what influences those decisions? What role does context play?
1. How does the media environment influence voting behaviour?
2. How does international integration influence voting?
Elite governance in Britain
Largely non-academic, I am interested in governance in Britain, such as the role of ministers, the changing shape of the British political elite, and the determinants thereof. I currently have a bid under review, with colleagues and in partnership with the Institute for Government, which will study using interviews with ministers and quantitative analysis of ministerial positions how ministers govern and how it has changed over time.