Lynn Bennie joined the Department as Lecturer in Politics in 1996 and is now a Reader in Politics. She was previously a Politics Lecturer at what was then the University of Paisley. She has a BA and PhD in Politics from the University of Strathclyde.
Parties, Movements and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum: Explaining the Post-Referendum Party Membership SurgesParty Politics, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 1184-1197Contributions to Journals: Articles
New Scottish government: key takeaways from the SNP deal with the GreensThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Labour party adaptation to multilevel politics: evidence from British general election manifestosBritish Politics, vol. 15, pp. 411-432Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Scottish National PartyThe Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics. Keating, M. (ed.). 1st edition. Oxford University Press, pp. 278-298, 20 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Scottish Greens: Radical and Relevant?The Story of the Scottish Parliament. Hassan, G. (ed.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 179-188, 10 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Research interests span the areas of elections and political parties, political participation and movement politics.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Politics and International RelationsSupervising
Recent ESRC-funded research has focused on party membership amongst pro-independence parties following the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, its relationship with movement politics and the impact of membership surges on party organisations. Co-investigators are Professor James Mitchell (Edinburgh) and Dr Rob Johns (Essex). A book with full results of the study to be published by Routledge.
Party membership; green politics; elections, parties and campaigns; poltiical participation; party manifestos.
Funding and Grants
Recruited by Referendum: Party Membership Energised, funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), March 2016-May 2017. Other ESRC grants on party membership.
- SX1011 Sustainability
- PI3562 Political Parties in Britain
I am part of a team of course coordinators of our first year course PI1018 Introduction to Politics and International Relations: Democracy and Governance. I contribute to PI2009, Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations and to the inter-disciplinary Sixth Centrury course SX1011 Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunity. I am convenor of the honours course PI3562 Political Parties in Britain. At postgraduate level, I am programme director of the MSc in Political Activism and Campaigning and teach the course 'From Protest to Power: How to Campaign and Win'.
I supervise undergraduate dissertations on elections, political participation, political parties, green politics and movement politics.
My current PhD students are examning aspects of support for constitutional change and topics relating to sustainability and green politics.
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Corbyn cometh: has 21st-century UK protest politics just fully bloomed?The ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Party Membership in Britain: A minority pursuitParty Members and Activists. van Haute, E., Gauja, A. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 169-185, 17 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Gendered Nationalism: The gender gap in support for the Scottish National PartyParty Politics, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 581-304Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Scottish National Party: Transition to PowerOxford University Press, New York. 208 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Who are the SNP Members?The Modern SNP. Hassan, G. (ed.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 68-78, 11 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Voter Reactions to a Preferential Ballot: The 2007 Scottish Local ElectionsJournal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 265-282Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Transformation of Local Politics?: STV and the 2007 Scottish Local Government ElectionsRepresentation, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 225-238Contributions to Journals: Articles
Electoral reform and party adaptation: The introduction of the single transferable vote in Scotland (The Political Quarterly (2008) 79 (241-251))Political Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 461-462Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
Electoral Reform and Party Adaptation: The Introduction of the Single Transferable Vote in ScotlandPolitical Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 241-251Contributions to Journals: Articles
Strategic Actors or Muddling Through?: Political Parties, Local Campaigning and the Single Transferable VoteRepresentation, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 327-340Contributions to Journals: Articles