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The place of human rights in the foreign policy of Cameron's Conservatives: Sceptics or enthusiasts? (2019)
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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)
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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

Blue and purple Labour challenges to the welfare state: How should 'statist' social democrats respond? (2014)
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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. ISSN 1474-7464

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)
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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)
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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

A social democratic narrative of British democracy (2011)
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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

British Conservatism and foreign policy: Traditions and ideas shaping Cameron's global view (2011)
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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)
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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

A puzzle of ideas and policy: Gordon Brown as prime minister (2009)
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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