Mr Christopher Butler

Lecturer in Politics

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My main research interests lies in how political elites conceive of, and respond to public opinion. I am particularly interested in how political actors form their opinions of likely electoral reactions and how these are affected by cognitive biases. 

I am currently using a mixed-methods approach; combining quantitative analysis of UK governments' responsiveness to public opinion with qualitative analysis of a handful of case study policy decisions including the Liberal Democrats' U-turn on tuition fees and the coalition government's NHS reforms. My research on tuition fees has recently been published in the Journal British Politics.

External positions

Director of Research, Music in Secondary Schools Trust, Music in Secondary Schools Trust

1 Sep 201730 Sep 2020

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Master of Research, The end of the winner's bonus? A study of Labour-Conservative marginal constituencies at the 2015 UK general election, Birkbeck, University of London (2015 - 2016)
  • 2007 - Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, The University of Essex (2004 - 2007)

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