Protestors at the London Women's March in 2017

Political Behaviour

The Political Behaviour Group brings together a diverse group of faculty and students from across the LSE to share research on topics related to public opinion, voting and elections, political communication, civic participation, and political psychology.

Drawing on varied methodological perspectives and disciplinary traditions, and engaging researchers from other LSE departments (including Media and Communications, Methodology, Psychological and Behavioural Science), the group holds a weekly research seminar throughout the academic year and hosts visiting scholars from across the UK and abroad.

Faculty members from the Political Behaviour Group are world leading experts in their field, regularly appear on national and international media, have been awarded numerous competitive research grants and fellowships from national and international funding bodies, and teach across the Department of Government Department's various BSc and MSc programmes.

Political Behaviour Seminar Series

The political Behaviour Seminar is supported by the Department of Government and is open to all members of the LSE community.


Thursdays, 16:00-17:00, departmental seminar room (CBG 4.17)

  • 3 October 2019
    Tinghua Yu (LSE): Polarization, Intrinsic Motivation, and Political Selection: Theory and Evidence from State Supreme Courts
  • 10 October 2019
    Moritz Osnabruegge and Sara Hobolt (LSE): Playing to the Gallery: How Politicians Use Emotive Rhetoric in Parliament 
  • 17 October 2019
    Jack Blumenau (UCL)
    Measuring the Persuasive Power of Political Arguments 
  • 24 October 2019
    Malu Gatto (UCL)
  • 31 October 2019
    Florian Foos (LSE)
  • 14 November 2019 
    Ryan Enos (Harvard)
    Childhood Cross-ethnic Exposure Predicts Political Behaviour Seven Decades Later: Evidence from Linked Administrative Data
  • 21 November 2019
    Dominik Duell (Essex) 
    How Descriptive Representation Increases Labor Market Participation
  • 28 November 2019
    Daniel Bischof (Zurich)
    The Political Repercussions of Cutting Placed-Based Compensation Policies
  • 5 December 2019
    Ryan Bakker (Essex)
    New Measure of Issue Salience: Reassessing the Ideological Positions of Political Parties in Europe 
  • 12 December 2019
    David Broockman (Stanford)

Lent Term

  • 30 January 2020
    Vera Mironova (Harvard)
  • 6 February 2020
    Launch of the Electoral Psychology Observatory 
  • 13 February 2020
    Kostantinos Matakos (KCL)
    Principles and Outcomes - A Test of Revealed Social Preferences
  • 20 February 2020 - Updated room: CBG 2.03
    Markus Wagner (Vienna)
  • 27 February 2020
  • 5 March 2020
    Behavioural Political Economy Workshop 
  • 12 March 2020
    Rose de Geus (Oxford)
  • 19 March 2020
    Saad Gulzar (Stanford)
  • 26 March 2020
    George Ofosu (LSE)
    Under What Conditions Do Voters Cross the Party Line?
  • 2 April 2020
    Patrick Sturgis (LSE) 

Summer Term 

  • 7 May 2020
    Jens Olav Dahlgaard (Copenhagen Business School)
  • 11-12 May 2020
    Electoral Hostility and Polarization Workshop 
  • 14 May 2020
    Maria Grasso (Sheffield)
  • 21 May 2020
    Claire Adida (UCSD)