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Dr Martin Steven


Martin Steven

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592864

Office Hours:

Thursday 4.00-6.00


Research overview

My research interests lie in the area of political parties and elections - especially European politics, British politics and multi-level governance. I focus comparatively on the relationship between parties and public policy, and have published in journals such as 'Representation', 'The Political Quarterly', and the 'Australian Journal of Political Science', as well as in a monograph for Routledge.

I am presently researching the policies 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) - and have the following article forthcoming in the journal, Representation:

'Euro-realism in the 2014 European Parliament elections: the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) and the democratic deficit'

I am also working on a project with my Lancaster colleague, Mark Garnett, analysing the way left of centre parties use political communication - to be published in an edited volume in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan. 

PhD supervision

Comparative European politics (especially British); Political parties and elections; Public policy and political economy

Current Teaching

PPR.224 European Union Politics

PPR.339 Elections, Voters and Political Parties

PPR.427 Public Policy

Career Details

I graduated with a first class honours degree and doctorate (university anniversary scholarship) from the Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, also acting as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, as well as spending a period as a visiting researcher in the Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal. I have worked for an NGO with Edinburgh and London offices, and in 2008, won the Political Studies Association prize for the best article published in the journal, politics.        


PhD in Public Policy (University Anniversary Scholar), Department of Politics, University of Glasgow

Professional Role

Convener of Postgraduate Studies in Politics

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