Ask the Expert: Electoral Shocks: Why British Politics is Becoming More Volatile

Is there more volatility in British politics? If so, why is it happening? How should politicians and the public understand the changes going on in party politics and in British elections, and how might they react to them?

The SMF’s Ask The Expert series, in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brings academic research on public policy into the heart of Westminster. In this seminar, we were be joined by Professor Jane Green, Co-Director of the British Election Study.

Professor Green discussed new arguments and findings in her forthcoming British Election Study book, explaining how declining levels of attachments to parties and a series of crucial electoral shocks (including policy shocks) have caused considerable instability – and unpredictability – in recent elections. She also reflected on what this might mean for the future.

Speaker: Professor Jane Green, University of Manchester and the British Election Study

Chair: James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation

About the speaker
Professor Jane Green FAcSS is Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of the British Election Study (since 2014). She has been an ITV News Election Analyst for the 2015 and 2017 general elections, the 2016 EU referendum and the 2016 US Presidential election. Follow Jane on Twitter: @ProfJaneGreen

Follow the series on Twitter via @SMFthinktank and @ESRC, #SMFask


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