Dr Matthew Wall

Dr Matthew Wall
Senior Lecturer
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602987

About Me

Dr. Matthew Wall is a lecturer at Swansea University's Department of Political and Cultural Studies. He currently teaches courses on research philosophy, introduction to politics and IR, elections and voters and comparative politics.

Prior to coming to Swansea University, Wall worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles as part of the Electoral System Change in Europe Since 1945 (ESCE) research project. He is a Marie Curie research fellow, having completed a year’s postdoctoral research as part of the ELECDEM initial training network at the Free University, Amsterdam. He completed his PhD thesis on African electoral and party systems at Trinity College Dublin.

His research interests include Vote Advice Application (VAA) websites; electoral campaigns; electoral system effects and reform as well as Irish politics. Dr Wall has published several research articles on these topics in journals including Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, Irish Political Studies, the Journal of Electronic Governance, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.

Areas of Expertise

  • vote choice
  • statistical analysis
  • voter advice applications
  • Election Forecasting
  • Betting Markets
  • Campaign effectiveness


  1. & Courting but Not Always Serving: Perverted Burkeanism and the Puzzle of Irish Parliamentary Cohesion. In Richard Johnston and Campbell Sharman (Ed.), Parties and Party Systems: Structure and Context.
  2. & Internet Effects in Times of Political Crisis. Public Opinion Quarterly 80(2), 411-436.
  3. & Wired Voters: The Effects of Internet Use on Voters’ Electoral Uncertainty. British Journal of Political Science 45(04), 853-881.
  4. & Why bother campaigning? Campaign effectiveness in the 2009 European Parliament elections. Electoral Studies Forthcoming, n/a
  5. & Do voters follow the recommendations of voter advice application websites? A study of the effects of kieskompas.nl on its users' vote choices in the 2010 Dutch legislative elections. Party Politics Forthcoming, n/a

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  • PO-234 Elections and Voting

    This module introduces students to one of the central concerns of politics scholars: the systematic study of elections. The module begins with an examination of competing theoretical conceptions of the role that elections play in a democratic political system. With this theoretical framework established, the module guides students through a rich literature that seeks to explain how elections play out in established democracies. Students are introduced to several approaches to explaining voter behaviour, including: party identification; socio-cultural explanations; rational choice theory; retrospective economic voting; issue voting/issue ownership; leadership effects; and strategic voting. Students will be encouraged to evaluate both the conceptual coherence of these theories and the evidence on which they are based. This exploration of voter behaviour is complimented by analyses of contemporary election campaigns in the United Kingdom, the United States and other established democracies, where recent developments in the media environment have transformed voter-party communications.

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M32 Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences

    This module introduces MA students to philosophical and methodological issues relating to the possibilities, purpose and conduct of the social sciences. These issues are of great importance for the development of thinking about how to study political theory, political science or international relations. The intellectual reflection demanded by this module will feed into students’ approaches to their work in the sub-disciplinary modules and dissertation.

  • PO-M80 Governance, Globalization and Neoliberal Political Economy

    In recent decades, many theorists of governance, the state and international relations have been discussing the ‘de-centering’ and ‘hollowing out’ of the state, as tasks previously performed by ‘national’ governments have been taken up by or shared with a wide range of other actors or tiers of governance. These have included international associations or organizations such as the European Union, NAFTA, Mercosur, the UN, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the major ‘international financial institutions’ (the IMF, the World Bank, and the various regional development banks), as well as corporations and other organizations in the private and financial sectors. In addition, new forms of governance have emerged, which have greatly changed the way in which rules, institutions and democracy are understood, interpreted and implemented. What have been the reasons for these changes? Are they inevitable? What are the factors at play in the shift from ‘government’ to ‘governance’? And how transparent, participatory, accountable and democratic are the emerging or evolving forms of governance? These are amongst the key questions addressed in this module, which will induct students into the study of governance and political participation and accountability at four main levels: national, subnational, macro-regional, and global. It will also examine the emergence and evolution of distinctive patterns of governance in various parts of the world. Students will be familiarized with key theories, issues and debates concerning the state, political economy, and emerging or evolving forms of governance, and with various ways in which older forms and conceptions of politics and democratic participation, transparency and accountability are being challenged and/or transformed in these changing environments.


  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Roland Axtmann
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • 'Wrestling with Hegemony: Professional Wrestling, Oppression and Rebellion' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Luca Trenta
  • 'That's not bloody true, I'm as Welsh as anybody' Public and Party Attitudes to National Identity in Wales and the Basque Country: a Neo-Constructivist and Qualitative Analysis.' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
  • 'UK Local Government and Public Participation: A Discourse on Incompatibility' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
  • 'A study of the Formation and Implementation of NEET Public policies in Scotland and Wales since Devolution.' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Admissions tutor - Politics and International Relations

    2012 - 2013

  • Admissions tutor - Political and Cultural Studies

    2013 - Present