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Dr Matt Beech

BSc Econ, MSc Econ (Wales), PhD (Southampton)

Contact

Dr Beech

Senior Lecturer

Director of the Centre for British Politics

Phone: +44 (0) 1482 465724
Office: 286 Wilberforce
Email: m.beech@hull.ac.uk

Profile

Matt Beech was a Thorneycroft Memorial Scholar at the University of Southampton where he worked for his PhD under the supervision of Raymond Plant. He then taught at the universities of Southampton and York. In 2006 he joined the University of Hull and the following year founded the Centre for British Politics. He has been appointed Visiting Scholar at the Institute of European Studies, University of California Berkeley for 2017 where he is researching his latest book, The Triumph of Liberalism: British Politics 1990-2015.

Matt is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; a member of the executive committee of the American Political Science Association’s British Politics Group (BPG); he is on the editorial board of Policy Studies; is External Examiner at the University of Leeds; and was International Visiting Research Fellow at Flinders University in 2015.

Matt has presented research from the Centre for British Politics at conferences, workshops and seminars in the United States, France, Germany, Japan and Australia. He has had 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.

Matt has mentored a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (Munce 2011-14) working on British Conservatism and the Protection of Human Rights in the UK; a visiting scholar from Nihon University, Japan (Watanabe 2011) working on David Cameron's Leadership of the Conservative Party; and a University funded PhD (Oliver 2011-15) working on The Conservative-Liberal Coalition's conception of Britain as a Great Power.

Matt provides expert analysis for the print media and has appeared in the Financial Times, USA Today, Le Figaro, Les Echos, The Globe and Mail and Bloomberg News. He has worked on programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio France International, Talk Media News, BBC Parliament, CNBC Asia, and ITV Calendar. He provides public policy consultancy through private sector partners and this has enabled him to work with politicians on the left, right and centre from Norway and Germany.

Matt’s research has been published in The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Parliamentary Affairs, Political Studies Review, West European Politics, Social Policy & Society, British Politics, The Political Quarterly, Policy Studies, Parliamentary Brief, Politics Review and Political Insight.

Selected Publications

Books

Edited Books

Guest Edited Special Issues

  • Beech & S. Lee, ‘The Brown Government: A Policy Evaluation, Policy Studies special issue, Vol. 30 (1), February 2009. 106 pages. [ISSN 0144-2872].

Journal Articles

  • B.M. Edwards & M. Beech, ‘Labour Parties, Ideas Transfer and Ideological Positioning: Australia and Britain Compared’, in Policy Studies, Vol. 37, (5), June 2016, 486-498.
  • Beech & R.M. Page, ‘‘Blue’ and ‘Purple’ Labour Challenges to the Welfare State: How Should ‘Statist’ Social Democrats Respond?’, in Social Policy and Society, Vol. 14, (3), July 2015, 341-356
  • Beech & T. J. Oliver, ‘Humanitarian Intervention and Foreign Policy in the Conservative-led Coalition’, in Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 67, (1), January 2014, 102-118.
  • Beech & K. Hickson, ‘Blue or Purple? Reflections on the Future of the Labour Party’, in Political Studies Review, Vol. 12, (1), January 2014, 75-87.
  • Beech & K. Hickson, ‘Which Path for Labour?’ in Political Insight, Vol. 3 (3), December 2012, 20-23.
  • ‘A Social Democratic Narrative of British Democracy’, in Policy Studies, special issue ‘Narratives of British Democracy’, Volume 33, (2), April 2012, 133-144.
  • ‘State of the Discipline: British Politics in a Cold Climate’, British Politics, Volume 7, Number 1, April 2012, 4-16.
  • ‘British Conservatism and Foreign Policy: Traditions and Ideas Shaping Cameron’s Global View’, in British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 13, (3) August 2011, 348-363.
  • ‘What Next for Labour?’ in Politics Review, Vol. 20, (4), April 2011, 2-4.
  • ‘Review Article: Change, Compromise and Coalition: British Politics in 2010’, in West European Politics, Vol. 33, (6), November 2010, 1378-1398. 
  • ‘No New Vision: The Gradual Death of British Social Democracy?’, in The Political Quarterly, Vol. 80, (4), October-December 2009, 526-532.
  •  ‘A Puzzle of Ideas and Policy: Gordon Brown as Prime Minister’, in Policy Studies, special issue ‘The Brown Government’, Vol. 30, (1), February 2009, 5-16.
  • Beech & S. Lee, ‘The Brown Government’, in Policy Studies, special issue ‘The Brown Government’, Vol. 30, (1), February 2009, 1-3.
  • Beech & S. Lee, ‘The Prospects for Brown’s Social Democracy’, in Policy Studies, special issue ‘The Brown Government’, Vol. 30, (1), February 2009, 101-106.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Forthcoming, ‘Neo-liberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State’, in R. Backhouse, B. Bateman, T. Nishizawa and D. Plehwe (eds.) Liberalism and the Welfare State (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • 'Internationalism', in K. Hickson (ed.) Rebuilding Social Democracy: Core Principles for the Centre-Left (Bristol: Policy Press, 2016) 127-140.
  • ‘The Ideology of the Coalition: More Liberal than Conservative’, in M. Beech & S. Lee (eds.) The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 1-15.
  • ‘The Coalition: A Transformative Government?’, in M. Beech & S. Lee (eds.) The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 259-269.
  • ‘The British Welfare State and its Discontents’, in J. Hayward & J. Connelly (eds.) The Withering of the Welfare State: Regression (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 86-100.
  • ‘The Left and Englishness’, in A. Aughey & C. Berberich (eds.), These Englands: Contemporary Conversations on National Identity (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011), 137-154.
  •  ‘A Tale of Two Liberalisms’, in S. Lee and M. Beech (eds.) The Cameron-Clegg Government: Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 267-279.
  • ‘Cameron and Conservative Ideology’, in S. Lee and M. Beech (eds.) The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last? (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 18-30.
  • ‘Conclusion: A Cameronite United Kingdom?’, in S. Lee and M. Beech (eds.) The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last? (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 208-214.
  • ‘Introductory Preface’ in M. Beech and S. Lee (eds.) Ten Years of New Labour (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), xix-xxiv.
  • ‘New Labour and the Politics of Dominance’ in M. Beech and S. Lee (eds.) Ten Years of New Labour (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 1-16.
  • ‘New Labour’, in R. Plant, M. Beech & K. Hickson (eds.) The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945 (London: Routledge, 2004), 86-102.
  • Hickson, M. Beech & R. Plant, ‘Introduction’ in R. Plant, M. Beech & K. Hickson (eds.) The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945 (London: Routledge, 2004), 1-4.

Other publications

Research

  • British Politics - ideologies, parties and their history
  • Political Thought - social democracy, communitarianism, liberalism and conservatism
  • Public Policy – welfare state and foreign policy (humanitarian intervention)
  • Christianity and politics

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Matt Beech teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

  • 30160 British Political History Since 1945
  • 30007 British Government
  • 30069 Long Dissertation
  • 30211 One Semester Dissertation

PhD Supervision

Matt Beech is currently supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

  • British Post-War Policy in Southern Iraq 2003-2008

Matt Beech welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested  in working in the following areas:

  • British Politics - ideologies, parties and their history
  • Political Thought - social democracy, communitarianism, liberalism and conservatism
  • Public Policy – welfare state and foreign policy (humanitarian intervention)
  • Christianity and politics

Administration

  • Director of the Centre for British Politics
  • BPLS Deputy Programme Co-ordinator
  • Academic Support Tutor 
  • Business Outreach Co-ordinator
  • Member of School Research Committee
  • Member of School CR2017 Committee
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