D&E Research Cluster Seminar with Lawrence McKay: Spatial inequalities and political discontent in the UK
|Starts:||15:30 13 Nov 2019|
|Ends:||17:00 13 Nov 2019|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Please join the Democracy and Elections Research Cluster for a seminar with Lawrence McKay on 'Spatial inequalities and political discontent in the UK'.
Lawrence is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Manchester and his research interests lie in the areas of political representation, alienation, the economy, austerity, voting behaviour in British, European and American politics.
See what Lawrence has to say about his thesis, here: 'Recent political upheavals have drawn increasing attention to the topic of political alienation. My thesis aims to locate this discontent in localised contexts. I make use of an innovative British Election Study dataset in order to assess how people view the representation of their local communities by central government and by their local MPs. My thesis approaches the issue from several different directions. One angle, utilising multi-level methods, assesses the influence of localised socio-economic contexts and how people connect local economic performance with a view about political representation. In addition, I aim to determine whether we can detect localised effects of the controversial austerity policies implemented under the Coalition government, drawing attention to some counter-intuitive consequences regarding trust in local MPs. I also consider the role of political communication, and its importance in generating exposure - and, consequently, trust - in local MPs.'
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