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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

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

The Brown Government: A Policy Evaluation (2009)
Book
(2009). The Brown Government: A Policy Evaluation

The Brown Government provides an interim evaluation of Gordon Brown's Labour administration through identifying continuities and discontinuities with the Blair governments from 1997. By focusing on key ideas and areas of public policy it presents an... Read More

The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last? (2009)
Book
(2009). The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last?

Drawing upon the expertise of a team of established researchers, The Conservatives under David Cameron provides a detailed analysis and evaluation of the ideas, policies and electoral strategy developed during the tenure of David Cameron as Conservat... Read More

Cameron and Conservative Ideology (2009)
Book Chapter
Beech, M. (2009). Cameron and Conservative Ideology. The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last?, 18 - 30. Palgrave Macmillan

Conclusion: A Cameronite United Kingdom? (2009)
Book Chapter
Beech, M. (2009). Conclusion: A Cameronite United Kingdom?. The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last?, 208 - 214. Palgrave Macmillan

The prospects for Brown's social democracy (2009)
Journal Article
Beech, M., & Lee, S. (2009). The prospects for Brown's social democracy. Policy studies : the journal of the Policy Studies Institute, 30(1), 101-106. doi:10.1080/01442870802577411

A puzzle of ideas and policy: Gordon Brown as prime minister (2009)
Journal Article
Beech, M. (2009). A puzzle of ideas and policy: Gordon Brown as prime minister. Policy studies : the journal of the Policy Studies Institute, 30(1), 5-16. doi:10.1080/01442870802576124

This article argues that Gordon Brown as prime minister is a puzzle of ideas and policy. This observation is most notably supported by his failure to espouse an ideological narrative for his government. Brown the intellectually literate Labour leader... Read More