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General Election 2019

11 Dec 19

General Election 2019

Nuffield Fellows continue the College’s long history of researching British elections and topical social science research.

Above: Nuffield Fellow Jane Green, the work of the British Election Study and the Nuffield College lawn feature in a video from the Financial Times last month about political disruptors in the run-up to the 2019 British General Election

Over the last two months, Nuffield Fellows and other academic members of the College have been busy contributing to the conversations leading up to the British General Election on Thursday 12 December.

Since Nuffield College’s foundation in 1937, our Fellows have taken an active role in major research developments in social science, including specifically the study of British Elections, with the express aim to increase co-operation between the academic and non-academic worlds.

In particular, the College has been home to the British Election Study since it began in 1964 under the leadership of Emeritus Fellow and pioneer of election studies David Butler with Donald Stokes. Since then, its leaders have also included Nuffield Fellows Anthony Heath and Geoffrey Evans, and Nuffield alumnus John Curtice (DPhil Politics 1976; Research Fellow 1981-3).

The current British Election Study is jointly led by Nuffield College and the University of Manchester and is headed up by Professorial Fellows Jane Green and Geoffrey Evans, with Edward Fieldhouse and Non-Stipendiary Research Fellows Jonathan Mellon and Christopher Prosser from the University of Manchester.

The British Election Study held a press conference in the run-up to the election being announced (8 October) about their upcoming book (to be published on Friday 13 December), Electoral Shocks: The Volatile Voter in a Turbulent World. In it, they examine trends from the last three General Elections, finding an unprecedented shift in voter volatility, with 49% of voters changing their vote between 2010 and 2017. Coverage of the press conference was widespread throughout the major national UK papers and broadcasters, and the Financial Times produced a video (above) with Jane Green based on the book's findings.

 

Some other examples of topical research and expert opinion from Nuffield Fellows in the run-up to the General Election include:

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