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Who Enters Politics and Why?: Basic Human Values in the UK Parliament

James Weinberg


This book explores unique survey and interview data on the personality characteristics of British politicians, specifically the Basic Human Values of Members of Parliament (MPs). In doing so, it offers original insights into three compelling questions: Who enters politics and how are they different to the general public? Do politicians’ personality characteristics matter for their behaviour once they are elected to parliament? Do voters really get the ‘wrong’ politicians? Data collected from MPs are evaluated alongside comparable surveys and experiments conducted with over 400 elected councill ... More

Keywords: Basic Values, Politicians, Parliament, Political Psychology, Political Behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529209167
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529209167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Weinberg, author
University of Sheffield