Matt Beech

Dr Matt Beech

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

School of Law and Politics

01482 465724

Matt Beech is a political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and ideas. He is founding Director of the Centre for British Politics. He is Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Matt has appeared in the Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Le Figaro, Les Echos and on programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio France International, BBC Parliament and CNBC Asia.

He is currently working on three projects: a monograph on The Triumph of Progressivism? From Blair to Brexit 1997-2016 (Palgrave, 2020); a revised edition of The Struggle for Labour's Soul (Routledge, 2018); and a paper investigating Brexit and the Decentered State.


Research Interests

  • British Politics

  • British Political History Since 1945

Research groups

Centre for British Politics

Centre for British Studies, UC Berkeley

British Politics Group, American Political Science Association

Centre for Research on the English Speaking World, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3


Beech M, 'Neo-Liberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State’, Liberalism and the Welfare State: Economists and Arguments for the Welfare State, Backhouse R, Bateman B, Nishizawa T and Plehwe D (eds), Oxford University Press, pp 118-130 (2017)

Beech M and Lee S, The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government, Palgrave Macmillan (2015)

Beech M, 'British Conservatism and Foreign Policy: Traditions and Ideas Shaping Cameron’s Global View’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol 13, pp 348-363 (2011)

Beech M and Hickson K, Labour's Thinkers: The Intellectual Roots of Labour from Tawney to Gordon Brown, I B Tauris (2007)

The Political Philosophy of New Labour, I B Tauris (2006)

Full list


Modules list

  • British Political History Since 1945

  • British Government

  • Long Dissertation

  • One Semester Dissertation

Research PhDs

  • British Politics

  • British Political History Since 1945

Completed PhDs

  • T J Oliver, Britannia Rules? Does the Coalition Government Represent a Continuation of an Elite Conception of Britain's Place in the World?

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

  • P.D. Munce, British Conservatism and the Protection of Human Rights in the UK 

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • PGCertHE, University of Hull

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Politics, University of Southampton (2004)

  • MSc Econ International Politics, University of Wales Aberystwyth (2001)

  • BSc Econ International Politics and International History, University of Wales Aberystwyth (1999)

External roles

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association’s British Politics Group (BPG)

  • UG & MA External Examiner for Politics at the University of Leeds

  • Member of the Editorial Board for Policy Studies (Taylor & Francis)

  • Member of the Hetrodox Academy

  • Public Policy Consultant for York Associates

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

  • Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley (Jan-May 2017)

  • International Visiting Research Fellowship, Flinders University (Feb-March 2015)

  • Thorneycroft Memorial Scholarship, University of Southampton (Sept 2002-Sept 2003)

Professional highlights

Spoken at the House of Commons, the House of Lords, UC Berkeley, Duane Morris LLP San Francisco, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, University of Adelaide and Hitotsubashi University.

Written evidence published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence and by the Committee on Standards in Public Life report into donations and funding of British political parties.