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Dr Martin Steven


Martin Steven

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592864

Office Hours:

Thursday, 11.00-1.00.


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 published the following article recently 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; 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 studied Politics and International Relations at Glasgow University before lecturing there for five years courses in British and Comparative Politics - at the same time, I worked for an Edinburgh-based electoral research NGO. During my postdoctoral studies, I spent a semester at McGill University in Canada as a visiting scholar. In 2008, I won the Political Studies Association prize for the best article published in the journal, Politics.


MA, First Class Honours, Politics - University of Glasgow

PGCE, Education - University of Strathclyde

PhD, Public Policy - University of Glasgow

(awarded University Anniversary Scholarship,

Supervisor - Professor William L Miller FBA

also Edinburgh University Graduate Teaching Assistantship)


Professional Role

Convener of Postgraduate Studies in Politics

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