My main research interest is the role of campaign promises and manifestos in political representation, voter attitudes and party competition. Others include public opinion, Scottish politics since devolution and corporate lobbying. I have experience developing and administering survey instruments, conducting computerised text analysis of manifesto documents and coding party, media and citizen positions.

Peer-reviewed publications

Griffiths, Wyn Jones, Poole, Larner, Henderson and McMillan. “Diverging Electoral Fortunes in Scotland and Wales: National Identities, National Interest and Voting Behaviour”. Forthcoming in Regional and Federal Studies.

Turnbull-Dugarte and McMillan, 2022. “Protect the women!” Trans-exclusionary feminist issue framing and support for transgender rights. Policy Studies Journal.

Greene and McMillan, 2020. The independence echo: the rise of the constitutional question in Scottish election manifestos and voter behaviour. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.

McMillan. 2019. Devolution, “new politics” and election pledge fulfilment in Scotland, 1999–2011. British Politics.

Book chapters

Favotto, Kollman and McMillan, forthcoming. “Responsible lobbyists? CSR commitments and the quality of corporate parliamentary testimony in the UK”. Chapter in Corporate Political Responsibility, Cambridge University Press, edited by Lyon.

Other publications

McMillan and Henderson, 2021. “Scotland’s Future? The 2021 Holyrood Election”. Political Insight.

McMillan and Johns, 2021. “Nats Wha Hae”. IPPR Progressive Review.

McMillan, 2021. “Parliamentary Election in Scotland, 6th May 2021”. BLUE N° 1.


Brandenburg, McMillan and Thomson, 2019. Does it Matter if Parties Keep their Promises? The Impact of Voter Evaluations of Pledge Fulfilment on Vote Choice.

Doctoral thesis

McMillan, F. 2019. The Meaning of Mandates: Party Competition and the Programme-to-Policy Linkage. University of Strathclyde.