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, ST seminars via zoom. If you would like to join, please email

  • 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
    Michael Laver (NYU)
    Government Formation with Incomplete Information
  • 6-7 March 2020
    Behavioural Political Economy Workshop 

Summer Term (via Zoom) 

  • 21 May 2020
    Catherine de Vries (Bocconi) 
    The Effects of a Wall: Gender Attitudes and Political Gender Gaps in Unified Germany
  • 28 May 2020
    Katharina Lawall (LSE)
    Negative Partisanship and its implications for political behaviour - evidence from a survey experiment in Canada
  • 4 June 2020
    Ben Seyd (Kent)
    Political Knowledge and Electoral Choice
  • 11 June 2020
    Olav Dahlgaard (Copenhagen Business School) 
    Must Voters Choose Between Political Competence and Descriptive Representation?
  • 18 June 2020
    Chris Wratil (UCL)
    Parties and Populism: How Poor Representation Activates Populist Attitudes
  • 25 June 2020
    Patrick Sturgis (LSE)