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Conference in Electoral Psychology, LSE November 12-13, 2015

We are excited to announce the upcoming workshop and conference in Electoral Psychology to be held at the London School of Economics on November 12-13, 2015. Please see the announcement for more information

This conference has three key goals:

  • We aim to collectively present the state of research in electoral psychology and derive an edited volume which will highlight some of the exciting progress that we have achieved in recent years across different disciplines in both substantive and methodological;
  • We want this to be a forum for our subfield to meet and informally discuss opportunities for further exchange, joint research, and bringing our forces together and become more visible in our contributions to political science, social psychology, and social science research methods;
  • Our ECREP team also wants to introduce you to some of the exciting findings from our large multi-country multi-method projects on electoral psychology over recent years.

The conference will comprise of four panels, and will last from lunchtime on Thursday 12 November to lunchtime on Friday 13 November. There will be a conference dinner and possibly a public event on the evening of 12 November (to be confirmed).

The conference will take place at the London School of Economics, WC2A 2AE, London. Attendance will be limited and ticket-based because of space constraints but will be free of charge. Organisational details will follow nearer the date.

Invitation for paper proposals:

Paper proposals should be sent to Michael Bruter and/or Sarah Harrison ( and by Friday 2 October 2015

The proposals should include:

  • The name and affiliation of the authors (highlighting the proposed contact author/presenter in the case of co-authors)
  • The proposed title
  • An abstract of the proposed paper (1-2 paragraphs) highlighting the main research question, methods, empirical scope and key findings
  • A sense of which of the four proposed panels you think your paper would best fit into: 1) substantive advances in electoral psychology, 2) the interaction between voters’ psychology and electoral arrangements and election ergonomics, 3) methodological innovations, 4) the psychology of young voters.
  • An indication of whether financial assistance would be required should the paper be accepted

We will confirm acceptance decisions by Monday 12th October.

For more information please contact Michael Bruter (



Past Events

Innovations in Electoral Survey Research, LSE November 2014

November 2014 saw the second ECREP event for the year focusing on innovations in electoral survey research. The workshop brought together Professor Sarah Hobolt (LSE, European Institute), the Opinium Research Ltd team, Dr Sarah Harrison (LSE) and Professort Michael Bruter (LSE, Government Department) to present and discuss about innovate survey designs. Professor Hobolt presented innovative aspects in the European Elections Study 2014, the Opinion Research team spoke about their 2015 General election polls series for The Observer, and finally, Professor Bruter and Dr Harrison presented ECREP’s comparative panel study survey in electoral psychology (Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison). Ample discussion and Q&A followed with all presenters, LSE students and external guests.


Workshop on Political Experiments, LSE March 2014

ECREP’s workshop on Political Experiments held in March 2014, focused on three innovative experiments in political science. It included presentations by Professor Peter John (UCL) on a lottery experiment and voters’ registration, Dr Sophie Lecheler (ECREP, Department of Government, LSE and University of Amsterdam) on a joint experiment on emotive communication and political behaviour, and Dr Sarah Harrison and Dr Michael Bruter (ECREP, Department of Government, LSE) on a visual experiment on what happens inside the polling booth.


Analysing Text and Images in Political Science Research, LSE November 2013

In November 2013 ECREP held a workshop on ‘Analysing Text and Images in Political Science Research’ with Michael Bruter, Sarah Harrison and Natalia Chaban. The speakers initiated a discussion on the challenges they faced in in research projects, such as analysing extreme right party manifestos, analysing media contents on the EU crisis, and studying open-ended survey responses and in-depth interview data in electoral psychology.


Three Conversations with George Lakoff, LSE October 2013

In October 2013 ECREP organised ‘Three Conversations with George Lakoff’, the world-famous linguist. The first conversation, with Dr Sophie Lecheler, focused on the role of emotions in rationality and political behaviour. During the second conversation on Power and Voice, Dr. Shakuntala Banaji asked Professor Lakoff about the role of the media and discussed the ways in which media in US use language to perpetuate specific metaphors and values. In the final conversation, Dr. Michael Bruter and Professor Lakoff conversed about political metaphors and citizens’ role in democracy, bringing up some examples of sport and familial narratives coming out from ECREP’s research.

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