Professor Michael Bruter

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Professor of Political Science and European Politics

Email:m.bruter@lse.ac.uk 
Office: CON.4.06, Connaught House
Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00 - 14:30
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6547
Website:www.michaelbruter.org

 

Biography


Michael Bruter joined the LSE in 2001 having previously been employed by the University of Houston (USA) and the University of Hull. Dr Bruter received his undergraduate degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Bordeaux (France), Masters from the Universities of Hull and Bordeaux, and his PhD from the University of Houston (USA). In addition to his position at the LSE, he is Adjunct Associate Professor of political science at the Australian National University.

Michael has published widely in the fields of elections, political behaviour, political psychology, identities, public opinion, extreme right politics, and social science research methods. He has authored four books and numerous articles in leading political science journals. He currently directs four large projects as sole principal investigator. The projects respectively focus on electoral psychology, European identity, political participation, and extreme right politics, and represent a total funding in excess of £1.5 million. Michael has also held guest professor positions in six universities over the past three years and given guest lectures and key note speeches in over thirty institutions since 2006.

Research Interests


  • European Union
  • Elections
  • Institutions
  • Public opinion
  • Extreme right
  • Europe polling/voting behaviour
  • Western Europe

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV264: Politics and Institutions in Europe
  • GV390 Government Dissertation Option
  • GV4A2: Citizens' Political Behaviour in Europe: Elections Public Opinion and Identities

Featured Book


The Future of our Democracies

The Future of our Democracies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

The Future of our Democracies offers a panorama of the motivations, activities, and perceptions of young members of 15 political parties spanning the entire ideological spectrum, in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, and Hungary. Using a new comparative mass survey and in-depth interviews, Bruter and Harrison look at what makes some young people engage in party politics against the tide of political apathy from their peers. The book provides an unprecedented sense of how these unusual young people see their political involvement, their party, their society, and how they envisage the future of our democracies. It shows how three types of young party members, moral-, social-, and professional-minded are characterised by radically different perceptions, hopes, and ideas about the future. The book follows their trajectories, from the origins of their membership to how they envisage their future and that of our democracies.

Publications


Granting 16 and 17 years olds the right to vote is not a panacea for youth engagement in politics, but it is necessary for democracy
Bruter, Michael and Harrison, Sarah (2015) Granting 16 and 17 years olds the right to vote is not a panacea for youth engagement in politics, but it is necessary for democracy. Democratic Audit UK (18 Sep 2015). Blog.

Meet our LSE100 award-winning students
Bruter, Michael (2016) Meet our LSE100 award-winning students. LSE Department of Government Blog (16 Feb 2016). Blog Entry.

Understanding the emotional act of voting
Bruter, Michael and Harrison, Sarah (2017) Understanding the emotional act of voting. Nature Human Behaviour, 1 (0024). pp. 1-3. ISSN 2397-3374

Media and identity: the paradox of legitimacy and the making of European citizens
Harrison, Sarah and Bruter, Michael (2015) Media and identity: the paradox of legitimacy and the making of European citizens. In: Risse, Thomas, (ed.) European Public Spheres: Politics is Back. Contemporary European Politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 165-189. ISBN 9781107081659

EACEA 2010/03: youth participation in democratic life, final report
Cammaerts, Bart and Bruter, Michael and Banaji, Shakuntala and Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2013) EACEA 2010/03: youth participation in democratic life, final report. LSE Enterprise, London, UK.

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