Politics and International Relations

About

Before 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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Publications

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Article
Seyd, B. (2016). Exploring Political Disappointment. Parliamentary Affairs.
Seyd, B. (2015). Boosting Trust in Politicians: Is There any Way Back from the Abyss? Times Higher Education:online-online.
Seyd, B. (2015). How Do Citizens Evaluate Public Officials? The Role of Performance and Expectations on Political Trust. Political Studies [Online] 63:73-90. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12163.
Seyd, B. (2013). Analysing constitutional reform in Britain: Insights from economic approaches . British Politics [Online] 8:410-432. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/bp.2013.20.
Seyd, B. (2013). Is Britain Still a 'Civic Culture'? Political Insight [Online] 4:30-33. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-9066.12035.
Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. (2011). Attitudes to Voting Rules and Electoral System Preferences:Evidence from the 1999 and 2003 Scottish Parliament Elections. Electoral Studies [Online] 30:184-200. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2010.12.002.
Curtice, J., Seyd, B. and Thomson, K. (2008). Do Mayoral Elections Work? Evidence From London. Political Studies [Online] 56:653-678. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/J.1467-9248.2007.00705.X.
Book section
Seyd, B. (2012). Constitutional Reform: A Recipe for Restoring Faith in Our Democracy? in: Park, A. ed. British Social Attitudes: The 29th Report. London: National Centre for Social Research, pp. 45-63. Available at: http://bsa-29.natcen.ac.uk/.
Seyd, B. (2010). The citizens’ response: The performance of the devolved bodies. in: Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. eds. Has Devolution Worked? The Verdict From Policy Makers and the Public. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available at: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/catalogue/book.asp?id=1204467.
Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. (2009). The Citizens' Response: Devolution and the Union. in: Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. eds. Has Devolution Worked? The Verdict From Policy Makers and the Public. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available at: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/catalogue/book.asp?id=1204467.
Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. (2003). Is there a crisis of political participation? in: Park, A. et al. eds. British Social Attitudes, The 20th Report: Continuity and Change over Two Decade. London, UK: Sage Publications, pp. 93-107. Available at: http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book226002.
Bromley, C., Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. (2001). Political engagement, trust and constitutional reform. in: Parks, A. et al. eds. British Social Attitudes, The 18th Report: Public Policy, Social Ties. London, UK: Sage Publications, pp. 201-225. Available at: http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book224905.
Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. (2001). Is devolution strengthening or weakening the UK? in: Park, A. et al. eds. British Social Attitudes, The 18th Report: Public Policy, Social Ties. London, UK: Sage Publications, pp. 227-244. Available at: http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book224905.
Edited book
Curtice, J. and Seyd, B. eds. (2009). Has Devolution Worked? The Verdict From Policy Makers and the Public. [Online]. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available at: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719075599.
Research report (external)
Seyd, B. (2004). Coalition Governance in Scotland and Wales. Constitution Unit (UCL).
Seyd, B. (2002). Coalition government in Britain: lessons from overseas. [Online]. The Constitution Unit, UCL Department of Political Science. Available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/unit-publications/84.html.
Total publications in KAR: 16 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Research interests

(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.

Research Supervision

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 (PhD), The Economic Crisis and Electoral Support for the European Extreme Right

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