Dr David Brockington

Dr David Brockington

Lecturer in Politics (Education)

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

David can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • American politics
  • Politics
  • Elections
  • Voting turnout
  • Electoral behaviour
  • Electoral systems
  • Beer and brewing


Lecturer in Politics & Social Science Methods
Associate Head of School, External Relations & Communications


Ph.D. 2000. Political Science.

University of Washington, USA.

M.A. 1995. Political Science.

Western Washington University, USA

B.A. 1992, Political Science,

University of Washington.

Previous Appointment:


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow,

Department of Political Science,

University of Twente,

Enschede, The Netherlands

Professional membership

Professional Memberships:

1. American Political Science Association:

1a.Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior

1b.Representation and Electoral Systems

1c.Comparative Politics

1d.Political Methodology

2. Political Studies Association (UK)

3. Midwest Political Science Association (US)

4. Pacific Northwest Political Science Association (US)

Lapsed Memberships:

American Association of Public Opinion Research

World Association of Public Opinion Research

Southwest Political Science Association (US)

Western Political Science Association (US)

Teaching interests

introduction to comparative politics

introduction to American politics

comparative electoral systems

reform in American politics

elections campaigns and voting

state and local politics

politics of Western Europe

philosophy of social sciences

research design

social science methodology

Research interests

comparative political behaviour

electoral behavior

comparative electoral systems

political participation

low-information voting behaviour

local elections

Other research

Creative practice & artistic projects


Brockington, David. 1996.

The Evolution and Contemporary Brewing of American IPA

Brewing Techniques 4:38-51.

Brockington, David. 1995.

West Coast Amber Ale

Brewing Techniques 3:36-44.


Brockington, David. nd.

"It's About The Benefits: Choice Environments, Ideological Proximity, and Individual Participation in 28 Democracies."

Party Politics, Forthcoming.

Brockington, David and Jeffery Karp. 2005.

"Social Desirability and Response Validity: A Comparative Analysis in Over-reporting Voter Turnout in Five Countries."

Journal of Politics.67:825-840.
(Equal Authorship)

Brockington, David. 2004.

"The Paradox of Proportional Representation: The Effect of Party Systems and Coalitions on Individuals' Electoral Participation."

Political Studies 52:3:469-490.

Brockington, David. 2003.

"A Low Information Theory of Ballot Position Effect"

Political Behavior 25:1-27.

Bowler, Shaun, David Brockington, and Todd Donovan. 2001.

"Electoral Systems and Voter Turnout: Experiments in the United States"

Journal of Politics 63:902-915.

(Equal Authorship)

Brockington, David, Todd Donovan, Shaun Bowler, and Robert Brischetto. 1998.

"Minority Representation Under Cumulative and Limited Voting in Local Elections"

Journal of Politics 60:1108-1125.


Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan and David Brockington. 2003.

"Beyond Representation: Local Experiments With Alternative Electoral Systems"

Ohio State University Press.


Bowler, Shaun, David Brockington, and Todd Donovan. 2008. “Electoral Systems and Voter Turnout: Experiments in the United States”
in Baker, J. Robert, ed. The Lanahan Readings in State and Local Government: Diversity, Innovation,
and Rejuvenation, 2nd Edition. Baltimore, Md: Lanahan Publishers. (Estimated publication date is June 2008).

Brockington, David. 2006.  “Covariance”.
Entry in The Sage Dictionary of Social Research Methods
Ed. Victor Jupp. London: Sage.


Brockington, David. 2006.  “Type I & Type II Errors”. 
Entry in The Sage Dictionary of Social Research Methods
Ed. Victor Jupp.  London: Sage. 

Brockington, David, Todd Donovan, Shaun Bowler, and Robert Brischetto. 2001.

"Minority Representation Under Cumulative and Limited Voting"

in K. Hoover and T. Donovan The Elements of Social Scientific Thinking.

7th Edition. St. Martins Press.


I have presented 30 conference papers since 1994 at the following meetings:

American Political Science Association (2007, 2005, 03, 02[2], 01, 1998, 1997[2], 1996, 1995)
Midwestern Political Science Association (2003, 02)
International Political Science Assocation (2003)
World Association for Public Opinion Research (2001)
American Association for Public Opinion Research (2002)
Western Political Science Association (2003, 01, 1997)
Southwestern Political Science Association (2002)
Pacific Northwest Political Science Association (2007, 2004, 03, 01, 00, 1999, 97, 95, 94)

Reports & invited lectures

June 2008: University of Manchester, Department of Politics
April 2008: Trinity College Dublin, Department of Political Science
April 2004: Bowling Green State University, Department of American Cultural Studies.

Other academic activities

Selection of Service as Manuscript Referee for Peer-reviewed Journal Submissions

American Political Science Review
, 2006.

Journal of Politics, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007(3)

Comparative Political Studies, 2007, 2008.

British Journal of Political Science, 2007(2).

Political Studies, 2005, 2006 (2).

Acta Politica, 2001, 2004, 2006 (2).

Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 2005 (3), 2006, 2008.

Australian Journal of Political Science 2006.

Political Research Quarterly, 2005.

Politics and Policy, 2006.
Politics and Policy Quarterly, 2008.
State Politics and Policy, 2008.
Economic and Social Research Council -- grant application referee for the ESRC (UK), 2008 (2).