Will King

Department: Politics
Discipline: Politics

Project Summary

I am studying political engagement and how British political parties harness political engagement for electoral success, in particular looking at social media. The thesis will focus on the May 2015 General Election, examining why the polls turned out to be so wrong and what we can learn from political motivation and engagement from there. I shall also be examining the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, which was attributed to a grassroots movement across all forms of political life, making him a fascinating case-study. I shall also be studying the effects of second-order elections on the British electorate and how political parties mobilise their supporters for these elections.

Supervisory Team

Primary supervisor: Professor Susan Banducci

Secondary supervisor: Dr Amy McKay

​Research mentor: Dr Andy Schaap

Wider Research Interests

My wider research interests are electoral politics, political economics, neoliberal study, social media and politics, environmental economics, and imperial politics.

Authored Publications/Reports

King, William (19th May 2017) A Comparative Study of the ‘Yes’ vote for the 2011 AV Referendum and the 2016 EU Referendum, TOR - Journal of the South West Doctoral Training Centre, Issue 3 - May 2017, 19-27

William King, Alexander Prenter, Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak, Cornelia Kramsall, Clara Seligmann, Francis Barou, Quentin Bill and Emma Aubert (30th November 2017) Politics and Institutions: Reform of the Europan Citizens Initiative and Electoral Reform in the European Union, Tackling Populism: Hope Over Fear: 1989 Generation Initiative, Issue 2, 6-12