Politics and International Relations


Andrew Wroe joined the school in 2003. He is a Senior lecturer in American politics. His current research interests focus on the trust in government, particularly the reasons for its decline and its effects on the wider polity. Recent work has focused on how low levels of political trust frame citizens' perceptions of elected officials and may actually help engender political scandals.He has written, edited and contributed to many books on US politics. These publications cover areas including the politics of immigration reform, the Republican party and the alleged 'culture war' in the United States. He is the long-standing vice-chair of the Political Studies Association American Politics Group.

Contact Information


Rutherford N4.E5

Academic office hours are available on the Moodle Student Guide

Available for: TV Radio Press Consultancy Expertise: US domestic politics Trust in government and political participation Political scandal and misconduct

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Wroe, A. (2016). Economic Insecurity and Political Trust in the United States. American Politics Research [Online] 44:131-163. Available at: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1177/1532673X15597745.
Hurst, S. and Wroe, A. (2016). Partisan Polarization and US Foreign Policy: Is the Centre Dead or Holding? International Politics [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41311-016-0002-z.
Wroe, A. (2014). Political Trust and Job Insecurity in 18 European Polities. Journal of Trust Research [Online] 4:90-112. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21515581.2014.957291.
Wroe, A., Ashbee, E. and Gosling, A. (2014). The Culture War and Issue Salience: An Analysis of American Sentiment on Traditional Moral Issues. Journal of American Studies [Online] 48:595-612. Available at: http://journals.cambridge.org.chain.kent.ac.uk/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=9111382&jid=AMS&volumeId=-1&issueId=-1&aid=9111379&bodyId=&membershipNumber=&societyETOCSession=.
Wroe, A., Allen, N. and Birch, S. (2013). The Role of Political Trust in Conditioning Perceptions of Corruption. European Political Science Review [Online] 5:175-195. Available at: http://journals.cambridge.org.chain.kent.ac.uk/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8949167&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1755773912000094.
Wroe, A. and Herbert, J. (2008). George W. Bush: A Tale of Two Terms. The Journal:24-25.
Book section
Marienbach, C. and Wroe, A. (2016). Continuity and Change: Immigration Worksite Enforcement in the Bush and Obama Administrations. in: Ashbee, E. and Dumbrell, J. eds. The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 99-122. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41033-3.
Wroe, A. (2013). The Culture War: Is America Polarizing? in: Dumbrell, J. ed. Issues in American Politics: Polarized Politics in the Age of Obama. Routledge.
Herbert, J. and Wroe, A. (2009). Chapter 16, Conclusion: The Legacy of George W. Bush. in: Wroe, A. and Herbert, J. eds. Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency: A Tale of Two Terms. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, pp. 258-275. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627400.003.0016.
Wroe, A. (2009). The Conventions and Debates. in: Jones, E. and Vassallo, S. eds. The 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections: A Story in Four Acts. Palgrave Macmillan.
Wroe, A. and Herbert, J. (2009). Chapter 1, Introduction: A Tale of Two Terms. in: Wroe, A. and Herbert, J. eds. Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency: A Tale of Two Terms. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-9.
Wroe, A. (2007). The Shifting Politics of Immigration Reform. in: Davies, P. and Morgan, I. eds. America's Americans: Population Issues in U.S. Society and Politics. London, UK: Institute for the Study of the Americas, pp. 263-287.
Wroe, A. (2006). Economic Policy. in: Peele, G. et al. eds. Developments in American Politics 5. Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 200-215.
Wroe, A. (2001). The Separation of Powers. in: Clarke, P. B. and Foweraker, J. eds. Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought. London, UK: Routledge.
Herbert, J., McCrisken, T. and Wroe, A. (2019). The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump. [Online]. New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04943-0.
Wroe, A. (2008). The Republican Party and Immigration Politics: From Proposition 187 to George W. Bush. New York, United States: Palgrave Macmillan.
McKay, D., Houghton, D. and Wroe, A. (2002). Controversies in American Politics and Society. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
Edited book
Wroe, A. and Herbert, J. eds. (2009). Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency: A Tale of Two Terms. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Research report (external)
Wroe, A. (1999). Making Dummies Work: Comparing the Effects of Dummy Variables in Linear and Non-linear Causal Models. Department of Government, University of Essex, Colchester, UK.
Wroe, A. (2015). Syntax File for Replication of Statistical Analysis in article 'Economic Insecurity and Political Trust in the United States', published in American Politics Research, 2015. [Word file].
Total publications in KAR: 20 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Current Interests and Projects

The decline of political trust, and the effects of low trust The polarization of American society on moral and social issues

Research Supervision

Andrew is interested in supervising projects on any aspect of American domestic politics. He may also supervise projects in any area of political study that utilises a scientific and empirically rigorous approach.

Current Students:

Ian Rowe, PhD Student, Political Participation and New Social Media

Daniel St Martin, MRes Student, A false dawn? A critical examination of the electoral fortunes of the Conservative Party under David Cameron

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