Inside the political mind

21 February 2024, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Online

Think tank: Institute for Government

This event hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Government discusses how the human side of politics shapes behaviour.

Political behaviour can often look odd, idiosyncratic and entirely self-serving. Media coverage unsurprisingly tends to focus on the seedier side of politics, finding explanations in individual ambition and the pursuit of self-interest. But this overlooks the human side of why politicians do what they do and how it shapes the path of political development.

Inside the Political Mind, the new book by Greg Power, draws on Greg’s experience of working with hundreds of politicians in more than 60 countries to provide a proper understanding of political behaviour. It explores the influence of social norms, public expectations and the personal interests of MPs on how politics works, and how it might be reformed. 

To mark the book’s publication, the Institute for Government is delighted to host Greg and a panel of experts to discuss how politicians’ personal interests affect the work of government – and to reveal how the seemingly strange behaviour of politicians takes on a whole new logic when viewed through the eyes of politicians themselves. 

We will be joined by: 

Rt Hon Alistair Burt – former minister at the Foreign Office and Department of Health

Professor David Halpern – President of the Behavioural Insights Team

Greg Power – author of Inside the Political Mind

Professor Meg Russell – Director of the Constitution Unit

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Hannah White, Director of the Institute for Government. Refreshments will be available after the discussion, and copies of the book will be for sale.