James Dennison

Part-time Professor
  • Phone: +39 055 4685 885
  • James Dennison is part-time Professor at the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute, where he leads the Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM) – the first observatory to collect and produce comprehensive, international data on public attitudes toward migration. His research interests include political attitudes, psychology and behaviour, the politics of migration and research methods. His work primarily covers Europe as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Between 2019 and 2022, James Dennison will also be running a research project at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, the Juan March Institute in Madrid and the University of Stockholm, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Dennison’s research project seeks to explain the dramatic electoral changes in Europe in the 21st century. The project will theorise and test using advanced econometric methods the relationships between the salience of political issues and the electoral success of party families across Europe. It will then identify the antecedents of variation in issue salience, such as real-world trends, events and the actions of media and politicians, to offer a holistic explanation of electoral changes. This project will offer deeper insights into political psychology and behaviour. James Dennison has published in numerous international academic journals, such as the Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, Party Politics, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Quarterly, and Mediterranean Politics. He is also the author of The Greens in British Politics (Palgrave, 2016). He has held positions at the University of Oxford and University of Sheffield, where he taught quantitative methods, and received his PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the EUI in 2017. He regularly advises European and international organisations on the politics of migration. He previously worked at the European Commission and the British Houses of Parliament.

    Research topics: Attitudinal formation, social scientific methods, political behaviour
    Geographic areas: Europe, Far East, Arab world
    ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-3090-7124

  • Dennison, J. (2016). The Greens in British Politics: Protest, Anti-Austerity and the Divided Left. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Refereed journal articles
  • Dennison, J. (2019, online first) ‘How issue salience explains the rise of the populist right in Western Europe’ in International Journal of Public Opinion Research
  • Dennison, J. (2019, online first) ‘A Review of Public Issue Salience: Concepts, Determinants and Effects on Voting’ in Political Studies Review
  • Dennison, J. and Geddes, A. (2018) ‘A Rising Tide? The Salience of Immigration and the Rise of Anti-Immigration Political Parties in Western Europe’ in The Political Quarterly, 90(1): 107-116
  • Dennison, J., Carl., N. and Evans, G. (2018, online first) ‘European but not European Enough: An Explanation for Brexit’ in European Union Politics
  • Dennison, J. and Geddes, A. (2018). “Brexit and the Perils of Europeanised Immigration”. Journal of European Public Policy 25 (8): 1137-1153
  • Dennison, J. (2018). “The rug pulled from under them: UKIP and the Greens”. Parliamentary Affairs 71 (1): 91–108
  • Dennison, J. & Draege, J. (2017). “Making Sense of the 2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum”. Mediterranean Politics 23(3): 403-409
  • Birch, S. and Dennison, J. (2017). “How Protest Voters Choose”. Party Politics, online first
  • Dennison, J. (2015). “The Other Insurgency? The Greens and the Election”. Parliamentary Affairs, 68 (1): 188-205.
  • Dennison, J. & Goodwin, M. (2015). “Immigration, Issue Ownership and the Rise of UKIP”. Parliamentary Affairs, 68 (1): 168-187.

  • Book chapters
  • Dennison, J., Grumbinaitė, I. and Oliver, T. (2018). “Baltic member states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania”. In Europe’s Brexit, edited by Oliver, T. Newcastle: Agenda.
  • Dennison, J. & Goodwin, M. (2018, forthcoming). “The Radical Right in the United Kingdom”. In The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right, edotrd by Rydgren, J. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Evans, G., Carl, N. and Dennison, J. (2017). “Brexit: The Causes and Consequences of the UK's decision to leave the EU”. In Europe’s Crises, edited by Castells, M. et al. Chichester: Polity.