Harrison, Sarah

Dr Sarah Harrison  


Position held

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow


Experience keywords:

elections; electoral psychology; european identity; extreme right politics; political parties; public opinion and electoral behaviour; research methodology; youth participation

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Sarah has published widely in the fields of elections, political behaviour, political psychology, public opinion, and the extreme right. She has authored several books and numerous articles in leading political science journals. She currently works as research officer on a large scale project on electoral psychology that is directed by Dr Michael Bruter. Other research projects have focused on European identity, political participation, elections and campaigns and extreme right politics. She has also recently engaged in several consultancy projects.

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Countries and regions to which research relates:

Australia; Europe; New Zealand; UK; USA


German [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

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+44 (0)20 7955 6547



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


Bruter, Michael and Banaji, Shakuntala and Harrison, Sarah and Cammaerts, Bart and Anstead, Nick (2016) Youth participation in democratic life: stories of hope and disillusion Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire. ISBN 9781137540201


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

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, 165-189. ISBN 9781107081659


Cammaerts, Bart and Bruter, Michael and Banaji, Shakuntala and Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2014) The myth of youth apathy: young Europeans' critical attitudes toward democratic life American Behavioral Scientist, 58 (5). 645-664. ISSN 0002-7642


Harrison, Sarah (2013) Decoding manifestos and other political texts: the case of extreme-right ideology In: Bruter, Michael and Lodge, Martin, (eds.) Political Science Research Methods in Action. ECPR Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 47-63. ISBN 9780230367753

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.


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


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

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). 1259-1290. ISSN 0010-4140

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Honorable Mention Award in Best PhD Dissertation in APSA Political Psychology Section; Shortlisted for Michael Young ESRC award for initiative on youth participation ESRC; SSWEP - Outstanding Achievement Award for Placement at NESTA

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