Why do some people participate in politics while others do not? Why do people vote the way they do? Can we predict behaviour from social characteristics or psychological variables such as values, attitudes, political preferences and evaluations of political and economic outcomes? How do we establish whether these psychological influences really cause behaviour? What is the dynamic relationship between parties and voters? Does policy in representative democracy reflect the preferences of its citizens?
MA/MSc Political Behaviour explores the interaction between the political elites and the mass public in advanced industrial democracies. We focus primarily on Great Britain and the United States but also draw on evidence from other countries. Our graduates find jobs in market research, the media and central or local government, or undertake further research in political behaviour.
Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.