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Dr Luca Bernardi BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Politics Politics


Personal Statement

I joined the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in Politics in September 2019. Before moving to Liverpool, I was a Juan de la Cierva-formación Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science and Public Law at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Previously, I was a researcher in the ERC-funded ResponsiveGov Project at the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, where I obtained my PhD with a thesis investigating the effects of electoral incentives on government responsiveness to public opinion. I hold an MA (Florence) and a BA (Cagliari) in Political Science.

My research explores the following research areas and questions:

- Mass-elite linkages (e.g., what are the causes and consequences of voters' perceptions of parties' policy positions? Do voters punish and reward parties for what they say or what they do?)
- Public opinion and public policy (e.g., does policy represent public opinion and does public opinion respond to policy? Do factors such as electoral incentives condition the opinion-policy link? What are the consequences of government responsiveness?)
- Mental health and politics (e.g., how do mental health problems - in particular, depression and anxiety disorders - influence political perceptions, attitudes, decisions and behaviour? Does politics affect people's mental health? What are the determinants of policy attention and change on mental health?)

I invite any student who is interested in potential PhD research to contact me if they are interested in any of the above areas.