School of Social and Political Science

Professor Shaun Bevan

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Professor of Comparative Public Policy

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22 George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Agenda-setting, Public policy, Interest groups, Public opinion, Political behaviour, Time series analysis, Event history analysis, Measurement

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.

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Shaun Bevan is Professor of Comparative Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He is also 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 the 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 its current director. He also previously managed 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 Studies, Electoral Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of European Public Policy, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal and Public Administration.


A complete list of publications is available through my up to date CV, on my webpage, and through

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Staff Hours and Guidance

During term time Fridays 11-13 and by appointment.

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Bevan S, Borghetto E, Seeberg H. Do different parties respond to different problems? A comparative study of parliamentary questions across multiple countries. Journal of European Public Policy. 2023 Mar 31. Epub 2023 Mar 31. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2023.2193583
Bevan S. How to create a Data Management Plan for an online research project. In Miltner K, editor, SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online. SAGE Research Methods. 2022. (SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online). doi: 10.4135/9781529608953
Bevan S. Devolution is secondary: What drives Scottish secondary legislation? Public Administration. 2021 Sept;99(3):517-529. Epub 2020 Sept 28. doi: 10.1111/padm.12694
Bevan S. Inventory of Concepts & Measurements: OPTED: Deliverable D8.2. 2021. 8 p.
Bevan S, Borghetto E, Seeberg H. The politics of parliamentary agenda-setting styles. In Howlett M, Tosun J, editors, The Routledge Handbook of Policy Styles. Taylor and Francis AS. 2021. p. 244-256 doi: 10.4324/9780429286322-25
Bevan S, Palau AM. The Comparative Agendas Project in Latin America: Data and coding. Revista de Administração Pública. 2020 Dec 16;54(6):1526-1545. Epub 2020 Dec 16. doi: 10.1590/0034-761220190353x
Bevan S, Rasmussen A. When does Government listen to the public? : Voluntary associations & dynamic agenda representation in the United States. Policy Studies Journal. 2020 Feb 17;48(1):111-132. Epub 2017 Nov 27. doi: 10.1111/psj.12231
Williams CJ, Bevan S. The effect of public attitudes toward the European Union on European Commission policy activity. European union politics. 2019 Dec 1;20(4):608-628. Epub 2019 Jul 1. doi: 10.1177/1465116519857161
Bevan S, Jennings W, Pickup M. Problem detection in legislative oversight: An analysis of legislative committee agendas in the U.K. and U.S. Journal of European Public Policy. 2019 Oct 3;26(10):1560. Epub 2018 Oct 17. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2018.1531910
Bevan S. Gone Fishing: The Creation of the Comparative Agendas Project Master Codebook. In Baumgartner F, Breunig C, Grossman E, editors, Comparative Policy Agendas: Theory, Tools, Data. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2019. p. 17-34 doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198835332.003.0002
Bevan S, Jennings W. The UK Policy Agendas Project. In Baumgartner F, Breunig C, Grossman E, editors, Comparative Policy Agendas: Theory, Tools, Data. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2019. p. 176-183 doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198835332.003.0020
Bevan S, Jennings W. The Public Agenda: A Comparative Perspective. In Baumgartner F, Breunig C, Grossman E, editors, Comparative Policy Agendas: Theory, Tools, Data. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2019. p. 219-242 doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198835332.003.0025
Carammia M, Borghetto E, Bevan S. Changing the transmission belt: The programme-to-policy link in Italy between the First and Second Republic. Rivista italiana di scienza politica. 2018 Nov;48(3):275-288. Epub 2018 Jul 25. doi: 10.1017/ipo.2018.13
Bevan S, Greene Z. Transitional Brexit: Interventions on Bureaucratic Activity in the United Kingdom. 2018.
Bevan S, Greene Z. Cross-national partisan effects on agenda stability. Journal of European Public Policy. 2018 Jan 1;25(4):586-605. Epub 2017 Jan 20. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268641
Froio C, Bevan S, Jennings W. Party mandates and the politics of attention: Party platforms, public priorities and the policy agenda in Britain. Party Politics. 2017 Nov 1;23(6):692-703. Epub 2016 Jan 20. doi: 10.1177/1354068815625228
Bevan S, Jennings W, Wlezien C. An analysis of the public’s personal, national and EU issue priorities. Journal of European Public Policy. 2016 May 1;23(6):871-887. Epub 2015 Aug 26. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1070191
Vliegenthart R, Walgrave S, Baumgartner FR, Bevan S, Breunig C, Brouard S et al. Do the media set the parliamentary agenda? A comparative study in seven countries. European Journal of Political Research. 2016 May 1;55(2):283-301. Epub 2016 Feb 15. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12134
Bevan S, John P. Policy representation by party leaders and followers: What drives UK Prime Minister’s Questions? Government and Opposition. 2016 Jan;51(1):59-83. Epub 2015 Jul 7. doi: 10.1017/gov.2015.16
Bevan S. Bureaucratic Responsiveness: Effects of Elected Government, Public Agendas and European Attention on the UK Bureaucracy. Public Administration. 2015 Mar 1;93(1):139-158. Epub 2014 Sept 1. doi: 10.1111/padm.12113
Bevan S, Greene Z. Looking for the party? The effects of partisan change on issue attention in UK Acts of Parliament. European Political Science Review. 2015 Mar;1-24. Epub 2014 Dec 29. doi: 10.1017/S175577391400040X
Lovett J, Bevan S, Baumgartner FR. Popular Presidents Can Affect Congressional Attention, for a Little While: Presidents Can Affect Congressional Attention. Policy Studies Journal. 2015 Jan 27;43(1):22-43. Epub 2014 Oct 27. doi: 10.1111/psj.12087
Bevan S, Krewel M. Responsive Elections: The Effect of Public Opinion on Political Campaigns. Electoral Studies. 2015. Epub 2015 Jul 31. doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2015.07.006
John P, Bevan S, Jennings W. Party Politics and the Policy Agenda: The Case of the United Kingdom. In Green-Pedersen C, Walgrave S, editors, Agenda Setting, Policies, and Political Systems: A Comparative Approach. Chicago: Chicago University Press. 2014. p. 19-35
Boydstun AE, Bevan S, Thomas III HF. The importance of attention diversity and how to measure it: Measuring attention diversity. Policy Studies Journal. 2014 May 15;42(2):173-196. doi: 10.1111/psj.12055
Bevan S, Jennings W. Representation, agendas and institutions. European Journal of Political Research. 2014 Feb 1;53(1):37-56. Epub 2013 Apr 17. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12023
Bevan S, Baumgartner FR, Johnson E, McCarthy J. Understanding selection bias, time-lags and measurement bias in secondary data sources: Putting the Encyclopedia of Associations database in broader context. Social Science Research. 2013 Aug 22;42(6):1750-64. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2013.08.003
Bevan S. Continuing the Collective Action Dilemma: The Survival of Voluntary Associations in the United States. Political Research Quarterly. 2013 Aug 19;66(3):545-558. Epub 2012 Aug 22. doi: 10.1177/1065912912456096
Bevan S, John P, Jennings W, Bertelli A. Policy Agendas in British Politics. 1 ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 241 p. (Comparative Studies of Political Agendas Series). doi: 10.1057/9780230390409
Jennings W, Farrall S, Bevan S. The economy, crime and time: An analysis of recorded property crime in England & Wales 1961-2006. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. 2012 Sept 1;40(3):192-210. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2012.03.004
John P, Bevan S. What are policy punctuations? Large changes in the Legislative Agenda of the UK Government, 1911-2008. Policy Studies Journal. 2012 Feb;40(1):89-108. Epub 2012 Jan 20. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-0072.2011.00435.x
Bevan S, John P, Jennings W. Keeping party programmes on track: The transmission of the policy agendas of executive speeches to legislative outputs in the United Kingdom. European Political Science Review. 2011 Nov;3(3):395-417. Epub 2011 Apr 1. doi: 10.1017/S1755773910000433
John P, Bevan S, Jennings W. The policy-opinion link and institutional change: The legislative agenda of the UK and Scottish Parliaments. Journal of European Public Policy. 2011 Oct 1;18(7):1052-1068. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2011.599982
Jennings W, Bevan S, Timmermans A, Breeman G, Brouard S, Chaqués-Bonafont L et al. Effects of the core functions of government on the diversity of executive agendas. Comparative Political Studies. 2011 Aug 1;44(8):1001-1030. doi: 10.1177/0010414011405165
Jennings W, Bevan S, John P. The Agenda of British Government: The Speech from the Throne, 1911-2008. Political Studies. 2011 Mar 1;59(1):74-98. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2010.00859.x
Brouard S, Wilkerson J, Baumgartner FR, Timmermans A, Bevan S, Breeman G et al. Comparer les productions législatives: Enjeux et méthodes. Revue Internationale de Politique Comparee. 2009 Dec 16;16(3):381-404. doi: 10.3917/ripc.163.0381