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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 3.00pm-5.00pm (or request an appointment)
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 is 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


  • GV251Government, Politics and Public Policy in the European Union
  • GV264: Politics and Institutions in Europe
  • GV450: European Politics: Comparative Analysis
  • GV4A2: Citizens' Political Behaviour in Europe: Elections Public Opinion and Identities
  • GV515Researching People, Politics and Organisations

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.

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


The myth of youth apathy: young Europeans' critical attitudes toward democratic life
Cammaerts, Bart, Bruter, Michael, Banaji, Shakuntala, Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2013) The myth of youth apathy: young Europeans' critical attitudes toward democratic life. American Behavioral Scientist, online . ISSN 0002-7642

Political science research methods in action
Bruter, Michael and Lodge, Martin, eds. (2013) Political science research methods in action. Research methods series . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230367753

Mapping extreme right ideology: an empirical geography of the European extreme right
Harrison, Sarah and Bruter, Michael (2011) Mapping extreme right ideology: an empirical geography of the European extreme right. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230581012

Uncertain candidates, valence, and the dynamics of candidate position-taking
Bruter, Michael, Erikson, Robert S. and Strauss, Aaron B. (2010) Uncertain candidates, valence, and the dynamics of candidate position-taking. Public Choice, 144 (1-2). pp. 153-168. ISSN 1573-7101

The future of our democracies?: young party members in 6 European democracies
Bruter, Michael and Harrison, Sarah (2009) The future of our democracies?: young party members in 6 European democracies. Palgrave Macmillan , Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230219731

Time bomb?: the dynamic effect of news and symbols on the political identity of European citizens
Bruter, Michael (2009) Time bomb?: the dynamic effect of news and symbols on the political identity of European citizens. Comparative Political Studies, 42 (12). pp. 1498-1536. ISSN 0010-4140

Tomorrow's leaders?: understanding the involvement of young party members in six European democracies
Bruter, Michael and Harrison, Sarah (2009) Tomorrow's leaders?: understanding the involvement of young party members in six European democracies. Comparative Political Studies, 42 (10). pp. 1259-1290. ISSN 0010-4140

Legitimacy, euroscepticism & identity in the European Union
Bruter, Michael (2008) Legitimacy, euroscepticism & identity in the European Union. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 4 (4). pp. 273-285. ISSN 1815-347X

In the face of Europe: citizens, symbols, and European identity
Bruter, Michael (2008) In the face of Europe: citizens, symbols, and European identity. In: Meyer, Thomas and Vorholt, Udo, (eds.) Identität in Europa. Dortmunder politisch-philosophische Diskurse(6). Projekt Verlag , Bochum, Germany. ISBN 9783897331877

Truths and myths on citizens: opinion of European institutions
Bruter, Michael (2008) Truths and myths on citizens: opinion of European institutions. In: Meyer, Thomas and Vorholt, Udo, (eds.) Identität in Europa. Dortmunder politisch-philosophische Diskurse(6). Projekt Verlag , Bochum, Germany. ISBN 9783897331877

Europe from within, Europe from without: perceptions of the EU in the Asia Pacific
Bruter, Michael (2008) Europe from within, Europe from without: perceptions of the EU in the Asia Pacific. In: Chaban, Natalia and Holland, Martin, (eds.) The European Union and the Asia-Pacific: Media, Public and Elite Perceptions of the Eu. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 149-164. ISBN 9780415421386

Ein Spiel von Schuldzuweisungen? Politiker, Institutionen und die europäische Identität der Bürger
Bruter, Michael (2008) Ein Spiel von Schuldzuweisungen? Politiker, Institutionen und die europäische Identität der Bürger. In: Meyer, Thomas and Eisenberg, Johanna, (eds.) Europäische Identität Als Projekt. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften , Wiesbaden, Germany, pp. 47-64. ISBN 9783531157818

European Union – from backdoor to front
Bruter, Michael (2007) European Union – from backdoor to front. Opendemocracy (03 Jul 2007) Other.

Encyclopaedia of European elections
Deloye, Yves and Bruter, Michael (2007) Encyclopaedia of European elections. Palgrave Macmillan , Basington, UK. ISBN 9781403994844

Une mauvaise voisine?: une reflexion comparee sur la science politique et les sciences sociales
Bruter, Michael (2007) Une mauvaise voisine?: une reflexion comparee sur la science politique et les sciences sociales. La science politique en debat, Association Française de Science Politique, Paris, France.

Citizens of Europe? The emergence of a mass European identity
Bruter, Michael (2005) Citizens of Europe? The emergence of a mass European identity. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781403932396

Winning hearts and minds for Europe: the impact of news and symbols on civic and cultural European identity
Bruter, Michael (2003) Winning hearts and minds for Europe: the impact of news and symbols on civic and cultural European identity. Comparative Political Studies, 36 (10). ISSN 0010-4140

On what citizens mean by feeling 'European' : perceptions of news, symbols and borderless-ness
Bruter, Michael (2003) On what citizens mean by feeling 'European' : perceptions of news, symbols and borderless-ness. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 30 (1). pp. 21-39. ISSN 1469-9451

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