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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

Politics UK (2018)
Book
B. Jones, P. Norton, & O. Daddow (Eds.), (2018). Politics UK

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

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

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

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

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

Ten Years of New Labour (2008)
Book
(2008). Ten Years of New Labour

Drawing upon the expertise of a team of established researchers, Ten Years of New Labour provides a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the ideas, institutions and policies that shaped the Blair Governments' decade in office. The reader is provi... Read More

Introductory Preface (2008)
Book Chapter
Beech, M. (2008). Introductory Preface. Ten Years of New Labour, xix - xxiv. Palgrave Macmillan