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Divided by values: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and England's 'North-South Divide' (2019)
Journal Article
Beech, M., & Hickson, K. (in press). Divided by values: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and England's 'North-South Divide'. Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, 24(2),

This article explores the sociocultural divide in England exposed by Brexit. The metaphors of ‘North’ and ‘South’ are used to explain this, where the former is seen as more culturally conservative and the latter as more cosmopolitan. We examine the... Read More

Brexit and the decentred state (2019)
Journal Article
Beech, M. (in press). Brexit and the decentred state. Public policy and administration,

The aim of this article is to examine Brexit through the lens of decentred theory as articulated by Bevir (2013) in A Theory of Governance. Decentered theory regards the British state as neither a monolith (as per modernist social science) nor a myt... Read More

The place of human rights in the foreign policy of Cameron's Conservatives: Sceptics or enthusiasts? (2019)
Journal Article
Beech, M., & Munce, P. (2019). The place of human rights in the foreign policy of Cameron's Conservatives: Sceptics or enthusiasts?. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 21(1), 116-131. doi:10.1177/1369148118819066

The purpose of this article is to explain the place of human rights in the foreign policy thinking of David Cameron’s Conservatives (2005–2016). The article asks three interrelated questions: First, what role has human rights come to acquire in inter... Read More

The Progressives (2018)
Book Chapter
Beech, M. (2018). The Progressives. In M. Beech, K. Hickson, & R. Plant (Eds.), The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945, 67-79. (2nd edition). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315170848-6

The chapter on New Labour in the first edition of this volume was finished in 2003. Tony Blair resigned in 2007 and Gordon Brown left office in 2010. This chapter seeks not to cover previous ground but to take the long view. By that I mean to explain... Read More

The struggle for Labour's soul: Understanding Labour's political thought since 1945 (2018)
Book
M. Beech, K. Hickson, & R. Plant (Eds.), (2018). The struggle for Labour's soul: Understanding Labour's political thought since 1945. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315170848

The election of the most left-wing Labour Party Leader since 1945, followed by the Party's third consecutive general election defeat and the ongoing cultural divisions around Brexit present an ideal opportunity for a thorough re-evaluation of the sta... Read More

Neoliberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State (2017)
Book Chapter
Beech, M. (2017). Neoliberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State. In R. E. Backhouse, B. W. Bateman, T. Nishizawa, & D. Plehwe (Eds.), Liberalism and the Welfare State: Economists & arguments for the Welfare State, 118-130. Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780190676681.003.0007

This chapter argues that the New Labour governments (1997–2010) were not a political project wholly based on neoliberal assumptions, as the “majority view” in the scholarship asserts. In the area of welfare policy New Labour adopted a modified social... Read More

The British Labour Party: Back to the wilderness (2017)
Book Chapter
Manwaring, R., & Beech, M. (2017). The British Labour Party: Back to the wilderness. In R. Manwaring, & P. Kennedy (Eds.), Why the left loses: The decline of the Centre-Left in comparative perspective, 25-38. Bristol University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt22p7khr.8

Labour parties ideas transfer and ideological positioning : Australia and Britain compared (2016)
Journal Article
Beech, M., & Edwards, B. M. (2016). Labour parties ideas transfer and ideological positioning : Australia and Britain compared. Policy studies : the journal of the Policy Studies Institute, 37(5), (486-498). doi:10.1080/01442872.2016.1188914. ISSN 0144-2872

As part of this special issue examining policy transfer between the Labour Parties in Australia and Britain, this paper seeks to explore the relationship between the two on ideological positioning. In the 1990s there was substantial ideas transfer fr... Read More

The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government (2015)
Book
M. Beech, & S. Lee (Eds.), (2015). The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government. doi:10.1057/9781137461377

This book offers a unique full term analysis of the Cameron-Clegg Government. From austerity to gay marriage, the Scottish referendum to combating IS, it brings together expert academic voices to provide rigorous yet readable insights on the key area... Read More

Blue and purple Labour challenges to the welfare state: How should 'statist' social democrats respond? (2014)
Journal Article
Beech, M., & Page, R. M. (2015). Blue and purple Labour challenges to the welfare state: How should 'statist' social democrats respond?. Social policy and society : a journal of the Social Policy Association, 14(3), 341-356. doi:10.1017/s1474746414000463

This article explores two influential strands of thinking about the welfare state, Blue Labour and Purple Labour, that have emerged following New Labour's defeat at the 2010 General Election. It is argued that although both of these new approaches ra... Read More

Humanitarian intervention and foreign policy in the Conservative-led coalition (2013)
Journal Article
Beech, M., & Oliver, T. (2014). Humanitarian intervention and foreign policy in the Conservative-led coalition. Parliamentary affairs, 67(1), 102-118. doi:10.1093/pa/gst024

This paper examines the role of humanitarian intervention as a tool of foreign policy in the Conservative-led Coalition. The first section of the paper provides historical context and assesses the traditional approaches to humanitarian intervention a... Read More

Blue or purple? Reflections on the future of the Labour Party (2012)
Journal Article
Beech, M., & Hickson, K. (2014). Blue or purple? Reflections on the future of the Labour Party. Political Studies Review, 12(1), (75-87). doi:10.1111/j.1478-9302.2012.00288.x. ISSN 1478-9299

The purpose of this article is to examine the future ideological direction of the Labour party by analysing two intellectual offerings that have appeared in the post-New Labour era: ‘Blue Labour’ and The Purple Book. First, the article sets out the s... Read More

State of the discipline: British politics in a cold climate (2012)
Journal Article
Beech, M. (2012). State of the discipline: British politics in a cold climate. British Politics, 7(1), (4-16). doi:10.1057/bp.2011.31. ISSN 1746-918X

The purpose of this article is to assess the state of the discipline of British politics. The article takes as its starting point the historic emergence of the first coalition government since the end of Second World War and the impact of its politic... Read More

A social democratic narrative of British democracy (2011)
Journal Article
Beech, M. (2012). A social democratic narrative of British democracy. Policy studies : the journal of the Policy Studies Institute, 33(2), 133-144. doi:10.1080/01442872.2011.601205

This article argues that social democracy as a political ideology has much to contribute to a narrative of British democracy. Democracy is the central tenet of social democracy and this distinguishes it from Marxist socialism. However, despite the La... Read More

A Tale of Two Liberalisms (2011)
Book Chapter
Beech, M. (2011). A Tale of Two Liberalisms. The Cameron-Clegg Government: Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity, 267 - 279. Palgrave Macmillan

British Conservatism and foreign policy: Traditions and ideas shaping Cameron's global view (2011)
Journal Article
Beech, M. (2011). British Conservatism and foreign policy: Traditions and ideas shaping Cameron's global view. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 13(3), (348-363). doi:10.1111/j.1467-856X.2010.00445.x. ISSN 1369-1481

This article contributes to a debate on prospective Conservative foreign policy initiated by Klaus Dodds and Stuart Elden in this journal. The central argument is that Cameron's global view is being shaped by the traditions and ideas associated with... Read More

No new vision: the gradual death of British social democracy? (2009)
Journal Article
Beech, M. (2009). No new vision: the gradual death of British social democracy?. The Political quarterly, 80(4), (526-532). doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.02049.x. ISSN 0032-3179

This article argues that the Labour Party has no new vision for British social democracy. New Labour in Government is intellectually tired and lacks ideological vision. Gordon Brown's leadership is managerial and lacking robust ideological content. T... Read More