Mr Lawrence Mckay


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About my thesis: Investigating The Representation Gap.

Recent political upheavals have drawn increasing attention to the topic of political alienation. My thesis aims to locate this discontent in localised contexts. I make use of an innovative British Election Study dataset in order to assess how people view the representation of their local communities by central government and by their local MPs. My thesis approaches the issue from several different directions. One angle, utilising multi-level methods, assesses the influence of localised socio-economic contexts and how people connect local economic performance with a view about political representation. In addition, I aim to determine whether we can detect localised effects of the controversial austerity policies implemented under the Coalition government, drawing attention to some counter-intuitive consequences regarding trust in local MPs. I also consider the role of political communication, and its importance in generating exposure - and, consequently, trust - in local MPs.

This thesis is funded by the ESRC in collaboration with CASE partners, the Hansard Society.

Areas of expertise

  • JN101 Great Britain - Communication by MPs, MPs Parliamentary activity, Representation in the House of Commons
  • JA Political science (General) - Public opinion, Political discontent, Political representation, UK Politics, The economy, Local politics

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Master of Research, Politics, University of Exeter
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Exeter in Cornwall (UEC)

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