Anthony Kevins joined Loughborough as Lecturer in Politics and International Studies in September 2019.
Prior to joining the School, Anthony was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Utrecht University’s School of Governance, where he worked with Barbara Vis. He also held a 3-year Assistant Professorship in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, where he was affiliated with a research project on Universalism and the Welfare State. His PhD (2014) is from McGill University’s Department of Political Science, where he was supervised by Stuart Soroka.
Below you will find an overview of my research, as well as a sample of my publications on each theme. A complete list of my published research can be found here.
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? My 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), my publications on this topic have investigated:
- Attitudes toward targeted representation, with a focus on police reform
- Reactions to different representational approaches, with a focus on tax reform
Universalism and the Welfare State
How committed are citizens to universalism, redistribution, and the welfare state, and what factors shape their commitment? Through my affiliation with the UNIWEL (Universalism and the Welfare State) project at Aarhus University, I have investigated various topics related to this theme. My published studies on the topic includes work on:
- The motives citizens ascribe to their pro- and anti-redistribution compatriots
- The effects of welfare state universalism on immigrant integration
- The implications of class identity for social policy preferences
- The attitudinal effects of the structure of inequality across the income spectrum
Insiders and Outsiders
What factors shape relations between insiders and outsiders? Several of my studies explore 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 I have addressed with this research include:
Anthony teaches undergraduate courses on topics related to comparative politics, often with a focus on public opinion, comparative political economy, and social policy.
- Anthony Kevins. (OnlineFirst) “Input from Whom? Public Reactions to Different Consultation Measures”, Political Studies. doi.org/10.1177/0032321720956327
- Anthony Kevins. (OnlineFirst) “Race, Class, or Both? Responses to Candidate Characteristics in Canada, the UK, and the US”, Politics, Groups, and Identities. doi.org/10.1080/21565503.2019.1636833
- Anthony Kevins and Joshua Robison. (2021) “Who Should Get a Say? Race, Law Enforcement Guidelines, and Systems of Representation”, Political Psychology, 42(1): 71-91. doi.org/10.1111/pops.12688
- Anthony Kevins and Naomi Lightman. (2020) “Immigrant Sentiment and Labour Market Vulnerability: Economic Perceptions of Immigration in Dualized Labour Markets”, Comparative European Politics, 18(3): 460–484. doi.org/10.1057/s41295-019-00194-1
- Anthony Kevins, Alexander Horn, Carsten Jensen, and Kees van Kersbergen. (2020) “Motive Attribution and the Moral Politics of the Welfare State”, Journal of Social Policy, 49(1): 145-165. doi.org/10.1017/S0047279419000175
- Anthony Kevins. (2019) “Dualized Trust: Risk, Social Trust, and the Welfare State”, Socio-Economic Review, 17(4): 875–897. doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwx064
- Carsten Jensen and Anthony Kevins. (2019) “Numbers and Attitudes Towards Welfare State Generosity”, Political Studies, 67(2): 496–516. doi.org/10.1177/0032321718780516
- Anthony Kevins and Kees van Kersbergen. (2019) “The Effects of Welfare State Universalism on Migrant Integration”, Policy & Politics, 47(1): 115-132. doi.org/10.1332/030557318X15407315707251