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Shaun Bevan

Shaun Bevan
Dr Shaun Bevan
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science
2.13B Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 650 4128
Research Interests
Agenda-Setting, Public policy, interest groups, Public Opinion, political behaviour, Time Series Analysis, Event History Analysis, Measurement

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • On sabbatical (Spring 2019).




Shaun Bevan is Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. At Edinburgh he serves as the Deputy Director of Research (Data) for the School of Social and Political Science as well as the Director of Postgraduate Admissions (Research) for Politics and International Relations. He is also the co-convener of the Executive Politics and Governance Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (with Eva Heims), an External Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim and is Director of the Master Codebook for the Comparative Agendas Project ( in charge of creating a common Master Codebook and the integration of new projects. 

Shaun received his Ph.D. in political science from The Pennsylvania State University in August 2011. He has previously worked as a research fellow at the University of Mannheim and as a research associate at the University of Manchester managing the UK Policy Agenda Project ( which he remains actively involved in as co-director (with Will Jennings). He has also worked as a technical adviser for the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project ( and as a research assistant while at Penn State managing the Encyclopedia of Associations Project an extension of the US Policy Agendas Project ( that tracks national level voluntary associations in the United States in a panel data set from 1970-2005. 

Shaun's substantive interests focus on agenda-setting, public policy, interest groups, public opinion and representation in Britain, the US and comparatively. He is also interested in methodological issues time series methods, measurement and computational linguistics. His work has appeared in such journals as Comparative Political StudiesElectoral Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of European Public PolicyParty PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyPolicy Studies Journal and Public Administration.

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Shaun Bevan, Peter John, Will Jennings, Anthony Bertelli, 'Policy Agendas in British Politics', (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)


Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, 'The Public Agenda: A Comparative Perspective' in Comparative Policy Agendas, (Oxford University Press, 2019), pp 219-242

Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, 'The UK Policy Agendas Project' in Comparative Policy Agendas, (Oxford University Press, 2019), pp 176-183

Shaun Bevan, 'Gone Fishing: The Creation of the Comparative Agendas Project Master Codebook' in Comparative Policy Agendas, (Oxford University Press, 2019), pp 17-34

Peter John, Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, 'Party Politics and the Policy Agenda: The Case of the United Kingdom' in Agenda Setting, Policies, and Political Systems: A Comparative Approach, (Chicago University Press, 2014), pp 19-35

Journal Articles

Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, Mark Pickup, 'Problem detection in legislative oversight: An analysis of legislative committee agendas in the U.K. and U.S.', (2018), Journal of European Public Policy, pp 1-19

Marcello Carammia, Enrico Borghetto, Shaun Bevan, 'Changing the transmission belt. The programme-to-policy link in Italy between the First and Second Republic', (2018), Italian Political Science Review

Shaun Bevan, Zachary Greene, 'Cross-national partisan effects on agenda stability', (2018), Journal of European Public Policy, Vol 25, pp 1-20

Shaun Bevan, Anne Rasmussen, 'When does Government listen to the public? : Voluntary associations & dynamic agenda representation in the United States', (2017), Policy Studies Journal, pp 1-22

Rens Vliegenthart, Stefaan Walgrave, Frank R. Baumgartner, Shaun Bevan, Christian Breunig, Sylvain Brouard, Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Emiliano Grossman, Will Jennings, Peter B. Mortensen, Ana M. Palau, Pascal Sciarini, Anke Tresch, 'Do the media set the parliamentary agenda? A comparative study in seven countries', (2016), European Journal of Political Research, Vol 55, pp 283-301

Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, Christopher Wlezien, 'An analysis of the public’s personal, national and EU issue priorities', (2016), Journal of European Public Policy, Vol 23, pp 871-887

Caterina Froio, Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, 'Party mandates and the politics of attention: Party platforms, public priorities and the policy agenda in Britain', (2016), Party Politics, Vol 23, pp 692-703

Shaun Bevan, 'Bureaucratic Responsiveness: The Effects of Government, Public and European Attention on the UK Bureaucracy', (2015), Public Administration, Vol 93, pp 139-158

Shaun Bevan, Zachary Greene, 'Looking for the party? The effects of partisan change on issue attention in UK Acts of Parliament', (2015), European Political Science Review, pp 1-24

John Lovett, Shaun Bevan, Frank R. Baumgartner, 'Popular Presidents Can Affect Congressional Attention, for a Little While: Presidents Can Affect Congressional Attention', (2015), Policy Studies Journal, Vol 43, pp 22-43

Shaun Bevan, Mona Krewel, 'Responsive Elections: The Effect of Public Opinion on Political Campaigns', (2015), Electoral Studies

Shaun Bevan, Peter John, 'Policy Representation by Party Leaders and Followers: What drives UK Prime Minister’s Questions?', (2015), Government and Opposition

Amber E. Boydstun, Shaun Bevan, Herschel F. Thomas, 'The Importance of Attention Diversity and How to Measure It: Measuring Attention Diversity', (2014), Policy Studies Journal, Vol 42, pp 173-196

Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, 'Representation, Agendas and Institutions', (2014), European Journal of Political Research, Vol 53, pp 37-56

Shaun Bevan, Frank R. Baumgartner, Erik Johnson, John McCarthy, 'Understanding selection bias, time-lags and measurement bias in secondary data sources: Putting the Encyclopedia of Associations database in broader context', (2013), Social Science Research, Vol 42, pp 1750-64

Shaun Bevan, 'Continuing the Collective Action Dilemma: The Survival of Voluntary Associations in the United States', (2013), Political Research Quarterly, Vol 66, pp 545-558

Papers and Presentations

Shaun Bevan, Zachary Greene, 'Transitional Brexit: Interventions on Bureaucratic Activity in the United Kingdom', 2018

Topics interested in supervising

Shaun is interested in students doing UK, US and/or Comparative work on, Agenda-setting, Public Policy, Interest Groups, Political Institutions and Political Behavior, particularly related to Public Opinion. He is also interested in projects focused on using dynamic, time series data.

If you are interested in being supervised by Shaun Bevan, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics