Prof Jane Green


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Jane Green is Professor of Political Science in the Cathy Marsh Institute for Social Research and the Politics Department at the University of Manchester. She is Co-Director of the 2015 British Election Study (see She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies, 2016, and at the University of California at Berkeley in 2007, and she is an Affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

Jane's research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, West European Politics, The European Journal of Political Research, and others. Her research interests are in public opinion and electoral behaviour, especially relating to competence and reward-punishment voting and blame. Her research is characterised by long-term contextual explanations of political choice, and over-time variation in public opinion - and their implications for politics, broadly defined.

Her new book, 'The Politics of Competence: Parties, Public Opinion and Voters' (with Will Jennings), published by Cambridge University Press, examines public opinion about party competence, revealing short-term performance impacts, cyclical dynamics accounting for costs of ruling, and the impact of shocks on parties' reputations across policy issues.

Her work with the British Election Study includes analyses of long-term economic voting, how attitudes about election outcomes condition political choice, the impact of party campaigns on public opinion and vote choices, how respondent-defined google maps help explain attitudes to immigration, and how survey-linked social media data can be used to define representative samples of online communities. She is co-author of the forthcoming British Election Study volume on the 2015 and 2017 elections, published by Oxford University Press.

Jane is an editorial board member of Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and Political Science Research and Methods. She is an elected member of the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Elections Public Opinion and Voting Behavior section, the APSA Political Organisations and Parties section, and the APSA British Politics Group. She was a member of the independent polling inquiry panel established by the British Polling Council and the Market Research Society to examine what went wrong in the polling for the 2015 general election.

Jane is an Election Analyst for ITV News and worked on the 2017 UK general election, the 2016 US Presidential election, the 2016 UK referendum on European Union membership, and on the 2015 UK general election. She is a regular commentator on various national media and was awarded the Political Studies Association's 2015 'Research Communicator' award.

Jane first came to Manchester in 2006 and she received her D.Phil. from Nuffield College (University of Oxford) in 2007.

External positions

Visiting Scholar, Harvard University

1 Sep 201631 Dec 2016

Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

1 Sep 200731 Dec 2007

Education / academic qualifications

  • Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2003 - 2006)

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