Recently published and forthcoming books

Social Movements in Elections

Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, ISBN: 978-3-030-76205-6

Examines the on and offline tactics of Extinction Rebellion and The People's Assembly Against Austerity
Establishes movement-voter interaction as a key dynamic of electoral communication
Begins with a history of social movements as electoral actors

My recent book focuses on the interrelatedness of social movements and elections and develops the theoretical dimension of movement-voter interaction. It posits that social movements engage in communicative tactics during elections to highlight specific issues and to convey ideas, values and beliefs to the voter. 

Applying methodological tools from political discourse analysis, I consider the breadth of on- and offline tactics employed by the UK movement groups The People's Assembly Against Austerity and Extinction Rebellion in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 general elections. My research reveals that both groups actively engaged in movement-voter interaction that sought to shine a light on the issues of austerity and the environment while placing democratic pressure on a future government. 

Qualitative content analysis of concomitant media coverage and manifesto pledges reveals the extent to which various messages rooted in movement-voter interaction were amplified or challenged by these electoral actors. Finally, I argue the case for social movement-voter interaction as a key aspect of social movement and political communication research.

Book talks

  • I spoke about my book and new research at Centre for Critical Theory Visiting Speaker Series on 23rd November 2022. The event was held at the University of Nottingham both in-person and online. 
  • In November 2021, I launched my book at the fifth Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group (@PSAMPG) seminar series. A recording of the event is available on the PSAMPG YouTube channel and below.

LSE Blog

A short piece about my research for @LSEpoliticsblog is now live. It discusses how the tactics of anti-austerity and environmental campaigners render movement-voter interaction a key aspect of electoral communication.

Book launch

In this video I talk about my book, Social Movements in Elections. I outline the theoretical dimension of movement-voter interaction, focuses on XR's communicative tactics during the 2019 election and media amplification of their message, and establishes the importance of movement-voter interaction in the field of communication studies.