Dr Anthony Kevins

PhD (McGill University), MSc (London School of Economics), BA (York University)

Pronouns: He/him
  • Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies
  • Undergraduate Admissions Lead & Open Day Student Recruitment Deputy
  • LUCU Committee Member

Anthony is a political scientist interested in the interplay between public opinion, policy-making processes, and government legislation.

Some of the questions he's explored in his research include: How can we best understand social policy preferences? What factors shape how people react to public consultations? And why do some citizens want certain groups to have more or less policy influence than others?

He has been at Loughborough since 2019, and previously held positions at Utrecht University’s School of Governance and Aarhus University’s Department of Political Science.

He holds a five-year appointment to the UK Young Academy as a member of its founding cohort. He is also a member of the Political Communication Theme at the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Below you will find a selection of Anthony's ongoing and past research projects, as well as a sample of his publications on each theme. A complete list of his published research can be found on his CV.

Balancing Social Care Priorities

Aging populations, limited infrastructure and staffing shortages, and reduced government funding have all contributed to the long-running crisis in social care in the UK. Further complicating matters, the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting fiscal challenges have increased public attention to social care while simultaneously decreasing government capacity to finance social programmes. As a result, existing trade-offs in long-term care policy are likely to become even more complex and contentious.

This two-year project – funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (SRG23\231164) – investigates social care preferences under conditions of scarcity, looking at how citizens balance trade-offs across different policy dimensions (e.g., resource distribution, taxation, service provision). The project thus tackles a question that has become central to UK public policy at present: how can governments manage the trade-off between the critical need for high-quality, equitable long-term social care provision and the high financial costs of these measures to citizens?

Who Should Have a Say? Preferences for Differentiated Representation

Equal representation is at the core of representative democracy, but are citizens actually in favour of it? His research on this theme investigates when and why citizens believe that policy-affected individuals should have more or less influence than others. Funded by the EU’s H2020 Programme via a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (Grant Number 750556), his publications on this topic include research on:

Universalism and the Welfare State

How committed are citizens to universalism, redistribution, and the welfare state, and what factors shape their commitment? Through working on the UNIWEL (Universalism and the Welfare State) project at Aarhus University, he has investigated various topics related to this theme. His published work on the subject has examined:

Insiders and Outsiders

What factors shape relations between insiders and outsiders? Building from research he conducted as part of his PhD, he has explored the division between groups that have historically been protected by social policy and labour market regulations (i.e. insiders) and those we have excluded from that protection (i.e. outsiders). Some of the topics he has addressed with this research include:

Anthony has been teaching at the university-level since 2013. He has a broad training in political science, and his teaching has covered topics in Comparative Politics, Political Behaviour, International Relations, Political Theory, and Research Methods.

He has taught on a variety of modules at Loughborough, including:

  • Comparative Political Economy  
  • British Politics and Government  
  • Introduction to Philosophy  
  • Research Design
  • Smart Scholarship