Matt Beech

Dr Matt Beech

Reader in 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.

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, UC Berkeley, Duane Morris LLP San Francisco, 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 two projects: a monograph From Blair to Brexit (Palgrave, 2021) and a paper on Brexit and the Decentered State.

Postgraduate

• British Politics

• British Political History Since 1945

Book

The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government

M. Beech, & S. Lee (Eds.), (2015). The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government. doi:10.1057/9781137461377

Book Chapter

Neoliberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State

Beech, M. (2016). Neoliberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State. In Liberalism & the Welfare State: Economists & Arguments for the Welfare State, 118-130. Oxford University Press (OUP)

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. doi:10.1177/1369148118819066

Labour parties ideas transfer and ideological positioning : Australia and Britain compared

Edwards, B. M., & Beech, 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2016.1188914

Blue and purple Labour challenges to the welfare state: How should 'statist' social democrats respond?

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. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1474746414000463

Research interests

• Culture Wars

• Brexit

• Conservative Party

• Labour Party

• Post-war history