BA, DPhil
Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Professor of Politics

Academic Background

Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford
Post-doctoral Fellow in Politics at Trinity College, Dublin

Undergraduate Teaching

Political Sociology; Prelims Politics.

Postgraduate Teaching

Comparative Government.

Research Interests

I work primarily in the fields of public opinion and electoral behaviour, with a focus on Britain and the EU. My research at the moment concerntrates on three main themes. First, I’m trying to explain the changing role of social cleavages (class and religion) in predicting party choice. I recently published, with Geoff Evans (Oxford), The New Politics of Class: The political exclusion of the British working class. This documents how changes to the political parties over the last 60 years depressed class voting and increased working class abstention.

Second, I’m trying to explain the circumstances in which voters blame some governments for policy failures, but are willing to absolve other governments of responsibility for exactly the same problems. I published a book, with Sara Hobolt (LSE), that examines these questions at the EU level called Blaming Europe: Responsibility without accountability in the European Union.

Third, I am interested in social group cues and particularly the creation of identity groups around 'Remain' and 'Leave' after the EU referendum in 2016.

I also have continuing research interests in: the Northern Irish party system and am one of the directors of the 2016 Northern Irish Assembly Election Study; generational changes in political attitudes, especially in Britain; and how different types of economic factors influence party choices.

Other information

I occasionally do some media things. Most notably, I have written and presented a few radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

One called 'Primate Politics' in 2017, after which I ended up talking chimpanzees with Iain Duncan Smith on the Daily Politics. A somewhat different version of this, called 'What can Chimps Teach Us About Politics', also appeared on the World Service.

Another in 2018 called 'The Dictator's Survival Guide'. A Version of this, called 'How Do Dictators Survive So Long', also appeared on the World Service.

And two documentaries in 2019. One called 'Lets Raise the Voting Age!' and one called 'Conspiracy Politics'.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also Prof Tilley's personal website and the Department of Politics and International Relations website.