AboutBefore coming to Kent, Ben held a research post at University College London. His research focuses on public attitudes towards government, particularly on notions of political trust. He has published articles on citizen attitudes towards institutional change in Britain, as well as a co-edited book examining citizen and elite evaluations of devolution. His teaching focuses on public opinion and political behaviour (undergraduate) and comparative democratic politics and democratisation (postgraduate). He is currently writing a book length study of political trust in Britain.
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Expertise: Electoral systems Public attitudes to (trust in) government Regional expertise: British politics Available for: Media commenton areas of expertise Languages: Basic French
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(1) Political trust
How and why do people trust, or distrust, political institutions and actors; how do citizens relate to different arms of government and what criteria do they employ in reaching trust judgements.
(2) Public attitudes to political institutions
I have been involved in research examining citizens’ attitudes to devolution to Scotland and Wales, the impact of the new directly elected executive model in local government in London and the reaction of citizens in Scotland to the proportional voting system used for elections to the Scottish Parliament. I am currently engaged in survey work on the impact of the Coalition government’s constitutional reform programme.
(3) The design and effects of political institutions
I have a long-standing interest, nurtured through my previous research post at the Constitution Unit, on the impact of differently designed political institutions.
Dr Ben Seyd is available to supervise PhD students in most fields of British politics, and some fields within comparative politics. I am particularly keen to supervise students in the fields of political attitudes and public opinion, political and electoral behaviour, electoral systems and electoral reform, political parties and party funding, the design and effects of political institutions, and institutional reform both in the United Kingdom and overseas.
Current research students:
James Downes, 'The Economic Crisis and Electoral Support for the Extreme Right in Western Europe'
Ana Maria Lobos, 'The Crisis of Political Legitimacy in Chile and its Impact on Punitive Attitudes'
Joshua Townsley, 'The Relationship between Local Campaigns and Traditional Modes of Election Campaigning'
Kieran Wright, 'Nationalism and Party Competition in Scotland'