My research interests lie in the area of comparative politics and government, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom as well as the wider European Union, examining the behaviour of political parties and interest groups in the public policy process. I have successfully completed funded projects on multi-level governance and electoral system design, with my outputs published in journals such as 'Representation', 'The Political Quarterly', and the 'Australian Journal of Political Science', and also in a monograph on party politics for Routledge. I have also recently finished working on a project hosted by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and partly funded by the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme focusing on the European Parliament. I am presently researching political economy issues related to the role of party politics in European integration - I recently presented a paper at the annual UACES conference (www.uaces.org/events/conferences/cork/papers) analysing the policy content and electoral support of political parties that prefer to be identified as ‘Euro-realist’ as opposed to ‘Euro-sceptic’, especially those affiliated to the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).
Comparative politics and government (British and European); Political parties and elections; Interest groups and organisations; Public policy and political economy
PPR.427 Public Policy
PPR.339 Elections, Voters and Political Parties
PPR.224 Politics of the European Union
I graduated with a first class honours MA and PhD (university anniversary scholar) from the Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Strathclyde, also acting as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and spending a period as a visiting researcher in the Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal. Prior to coming to Lancaster University, I was Course Director of the Duke University study abroad programme in Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. I have also in the past worked in the public and not-for-profit sector, including for an NGO, and have appeared as an expert witness in front of the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. I act as both a project reviewer and rapporteur for the Economic and Social Research Council, and won the 2008 Political Studies Association prize for the best article published in politics.
PhD in Public Policy (University Anniversary Scholar), Department of Politics, University of Glasgow
Convener of Postgraduate Studies in Politics
Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
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Research output: Working paper