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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 . https://doi.org/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 about Humanitarian intervention and foreign policy in the Conservative-led coalition.

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 . https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1478-9302.2012.00288.x

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 about Blue or purple? Reflections on the future of the Labour Party.

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 about State of the discipline: British politics in a cold climate.

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 about A social democratic narrative of British democracy.

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 about British Conservatism and foreign policy: Traditions and ideas shaping Cameron's global view.

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

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 about No new vision: the gradual death of British social democracy?.