Matt Beech

Dr Matt Beech

Reader in Politics

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • School of Law and Politics

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Matt Beech is a political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and ideas. He is founding Director of the Centre for British Politics, Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley and Associate Member of the Centre de Recherches en Civilisation Britannique, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. He was a Thorneycroft Memorial Scholar at the University of Southampton, where he studied for his PhD under Professor the Lord Plant of Highfield.

Matt has been awarded fellowships at the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and is a Member of the Heterodox Academy.

Matt has spoken at the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Council of State Governments - West, UC Berkeley, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, University of Adelaide and Hitotsubashi University. He has had written evidence published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence and by the Committee on Standards in Public Life report into donations and funding of British political parties.

Matt has appeared in The Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Le Figaro, Les Echos and on programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio France International, BBC Parliament and CNBC Asia.

He is currently working on a monograph: From Blair to Brexit (Palgrave, 2021) .

Undergraduate

• British Political History Since 1945

• British Government

• Conflicts in British Culture

Book

The struggle for Labour's soul: Understanding Labour's political thought since 1945

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

Book Chapter

Neoliberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State

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

The British Labour Party: Back to the wilderness

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 Progressives

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

Journal Article

The place of human rights in the foreign policy of Cameron's Conservatives: Sceptics or enthusiasts"

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148118819066

Research interests

• Culture Wars

• Brexit

• Conservative Party

• Labour Party

• Post-war history

Postgraduate supervision

• British Political History Since 1945

• British Politics

Awards and prizes

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

2017

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

2018

Associate Member of the Centre de Recherches en Civilisation Britannique, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

2018

Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

2017

Visiting Scholar, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

2017 - 2017

International Visiting Research Fellowship, Flinders University

2015 - 2015

Scholarship role

Thorneycroft Memorial Scholarship, University of Southampton

2002 - 2003