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Events on Westminster Election research

A range of events in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Belfast where researchers from Social Policy will present brand new insights into elite and mass attitudes in the constitutional change process before the Westminster elections are now open for bookings.

“Elite and Mass Attitudes on How the UK and its Parts are Governed – After the Referendum and Before the General Election 2015”

Research dissemination and engagement events in Edinburgh (18 March), London (23 March), Cardiff (24 March) and Belfast (26 March)

Reports with results from the project are now available online here.

The aim of this project is to engage with the fast-moving events after September 2014. Following the Scottish independence referendum a process of far-reaching constitutional change with a hectic timescale began that has been impacting the lead up to the May 2015 General Elections. At these events, researchers from Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh (Dr Jan Eichhorn, Dr Daniel Kenealy, Richard Parry, Prof Lindsay Paterson and Alexandra Remond) will present new and highly topical findings from a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council under its urgency grant scheme. The project examines what masses and elites in different parts of the UK think about the constitutional change process, what their preferences are and whether they feel they have any influence.

The project consists of a set of elite interviews with high-profile politicians, civil servants and campaigners from across the UK as well as a mass opinion survey of people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A large sample allows us to present how views differ across the different parts of the UK, including a breakdown of England’s ten regions. The results are the most comprehensive analysis of people’s views on the political process since September 2014 and in advance of the elections in May 2015. It allows us to show which groups of people feel most represented and which groups feel most alienated from this process. Comparing views from elites with those of the public will enable us to see where perceptions of those representing publics match actual views and where they may be more representative of particular groups of the population while others’ views may be less represented.

At these events, key results from the study will be presented by the members of the team and discussed by an audience including members of different stakeholder groups and members of the wider public. Apart from the general results for the UK as a whole (with comparisons of regions), there will be a special focus on findings from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland at the respective events as well. There will be ample room for discussion about the findings and their important implications for the general change process as well as the upcoming election and campaigns.

Attendance at these events is open and free, but places are limited, so please sign up using the links below

Edinburgh event (18 March): http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/constitutional-change-in-the-uk-differences-in-mass-and-elite-attitudes-tickets-15827483429

London Event (23 March): http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/constitutional-change-in-the-uk-differences-in-mass-and-elite-attitudes-tickets-15827524552?aff=erellivorg

Cardiff Event (24 March): http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/constitutional-change-in-the-uk-differences-in-mass-and-elite-attitudes-tickets-15827534582?aff=erellivorg

Belfast Event (26 March): http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/constitutional-change-in-the-uk-differences-in-mass-and-elite-attitudes-tickets-15912197812?aff=estw

We would be delighted to see you at one of our events. Please note, that we will also publish a set of briefing papers around the time of the events with detailed analyses from our work.