Dr Lynn Bennie

Dr Lynn Bennie
Dr Lynn Bennie
Dr Lynn Bennie



Accepting PhDs

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Lynn Bennie joined the University 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.

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Research Overview

My research interests focus on the following themes: political participation; party membership and electoral behaviour; democracy and political representation; party adaptation and change; multi-level politics; and social movements, protest and green politics.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.

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Politics and International Relations

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Politics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

ESRC-funded research 'Recruited by Referendum' 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 were Professor James Mitchell (Edinburgh) and Dr Rob Johns (Essex). A book 'Surges in Party Membership: The SNP and Scottish Greens After the Scottish Referendum' is published by Routledge (2024). Research with my Aberdeen colleague Malcolm Harvey has focused on the role and experiences of elected politicians at the local level.  'Defenders of Local Democracy' is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

Past Research

I have published books and articles on: party membership; green politics; elections, parties and campaigns; political participation; party manifestos; and democratic representation.

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.  Defenders of Local Democracy (2023-2024), funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Teaching Responsibilities

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 Century course SX1011 Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunity.  I am convenor of the honours course PI3562 Political Parties in Britain.  

I supervise undergraduate dissertations on elections, political participation, political parties, green politics, movement politics and campaign activism.

My PhD students have examined political parties, support for constitutional change and topics relating to sustainability and green politics.


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  • Electoral reform and party adaptation: The introduction of the single transferable vote in Scotland (The Political Quarterly (2008) 79 (241-251))

    Clark, A., Bennie, L.
    Political Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 461-462
    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
  • Electoral Reform and Party Adaptation: The Introduction of the Single Transferable Vote in Scotland

    Clark, A., Bennie, L.
    Political Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 241-251
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Strategic Actors or Muddling Through?: Political Parties, Local Campaigning and the Single Transferable Vote

    Clark, A., Bennie, L.
    Representation, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 327-340
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Logic of Transnational Action: The Good Corporation and the Global Compact

    Bennie, L. G., Bernhagen, P., Mitchell, N. J.
    Political Studies, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 733-753
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Transition to STV: Scottish Local Government Elections 2007

    Bennie, L. G.
    Representation, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 273-287
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Understanding Political Participation: Green Party Membership in Scotland

    Bennie, L. G.
    Routledge, Aldershot. 240 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Towards Moderate Pluralism: Scotland’s Post-Devolution Party System 1999-2002

    Bennie, L. G., Clark, A.
    British Elections and Parties Review, vol. 13, pp. 134-155
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • British Elections & Parties Review: The 2001 General Election

    Bennie, L. (ed.), Rallings, C. (ed.), Tonge, J. (ed.), Webb, P. (ed.)
    Vol. 12, Taylor and Francis. 290 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Introduction and Preface, British Elections & Parties Review: The 2001 General Election

    Bennie, L., Rallings, C., Tonge, J., Webb, P.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Forewords and Postscripts
  • Exploiting New Electoral Opportunities: The Small Parties in Scotland

    Bennie, L. G.
    C. Warhurst and G. Hassan Tomorrow’s Scotland, Lawrence and Wishart, pp. 98-115, 17 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
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