Andrew Arnott

PhD Research Student



BA (Hons) Politics, University of Essex
MSc Political Science, University of Essex


 I began my PhD in October 2016 at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. My research interests include quantitative research methods, political party behaviour, and electoral behaviour and public attitudes.

I am a seminar tutor for POL229 – Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis. In semester two I will be a seminar tutor for POL115 – Consensus, Crisis & Coalition: Introduction to British Politics.

PhD Research

PhD Title: "Variations in European Union anti-establishment parties"

Supervisors: Dr Nasos Roussias and Prof Maria Grasso

My research project is a quantitative analysis of anti-establishment party (AEP) behaviour, and the attitudes and behaviour of their supporters. AEPs in EU member states are not limited to either the left- or right-wing, and both are examined in this project. This project is concerned with AEPs in European Union (EU) member states, as in the last decade there has been an increase in support for AEPs against a backdrop of economic crisis and increasingly volatile electorates.

AEPs have played an increasingly prominent role in recent years, either in government or by threatening to win elections. As this is not limited to one country, or one area of the political spectrum, AEPs should be studied in detail. AEPs have not all had the same levels of success, so this research aims to understand what leads to differing levels of success. This analysis is enabled through data containing variables on the supply-side (the political system-level, such as party platforms) and the demand-side (the individual-level, such as the attitudes of voters).

The research is wide-reaching, examining both the left- and right-wing of the political spectrum across time throughout the EU, providing a comparative analysis of AEPs’ platforms. Political parties and voters are not viewed as separate actors that do not interact, so my research studies two vital components of electoral behaviour and party behaviour. My research is funded by an Economic and Social Research Council White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Discipline Scholarship.

The project has three research questions:

  • Are left- and right-wing AEPs ideologically similar enough to comprise one AEP family?
  • What are the political system-level factors behind AEP success?
  • What are the individual-level factors behind AEP success?

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