Professor of Political Science and European Politics
Office: CON.4.06, Connaught House
Office Hours: On leave MT 2016
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6547
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.
Europe polling/voting behaviour
GV264: Politics and Institutions in Europe
GV390 Government Dissertation Option
GV4A2: Citizens' Political Behaviour in Europe: Elections Public Opinion and Identities
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.