Centre for British Politics

Research Specialisms:

British government, political parties, ideas, state institutions

Matt Beech
Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
Dr Matt Beech
Centre Director

The Challenge

To be the intellectual hub of British politics research at the University of Hull, publishing and disseminating research on government, political parties, ideas and state institutions.

The Approach

The CBP is instinctively pluralistic in its approach to the study of British politics. Historical, institutional and ideational methods of analysis are employed. Intellectual liberty and freedom of speech underpin all that we do.



The CBP:

  • gives evidence to parliamentary committees;
  • undertakes public policy consultancy in the private sector;
  • provides talks and presentations to schools and charities;
  • explains political questions and problems through the national and international media; and
  • facilitates public engagement in questions concerning British politics by holding public lectures with leading academics and parliamentarians.



  • To study British Governments and provide ongoing policy examination through the publication of edited collections and special issues.
  • To support the undergraduate and postgraduate study of British politics.
  • To host the Annual Norton Lecture bringing leading scholars and parliamentarians to the University of Hull.
  • To build an international network of CBP Senior Fellows.


Absolutely Cultured's Dominoes (© Tom Arran)

Dangerous Conversations: Bridging our Cultural Divides

This Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) project draws together thought leaders to speak to the most controversial issues of the day and to ask how, if at all, can British society reduce polarisation and increase meaningful conversations.  


Conservative Governments in the Age of Brexit, 2015-2020

This book project appraises the three administrations directly affected by the question of the UK’s membership of the European Union.  Bringing together policy experts in this sixth CBP governmental study, the Cameron, May, Johnson ministries are compared and contrasted.


Interpreting Brexit: Reimagining Political Traditions

Mellon Foundation funded joint CBP-Center for British Studies (UC Berkeley) project to examine how the phenomenon of Brexit has led political parties to reimagine their intellectual traditions.

Conservative Governments in the Age of Brexit, 2015-2020

Online Workshop

June 2020
Lucy Dunwell Politics

Senior Fellows

Professor Jane Green, Nuffield College, Oxford (2020)

Professor Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2019)

Professor Mark Bevir, UC Berkeley (2018)

Professor Emmanuelle Avril, Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (2017)

Professor Sarah Childs, University of Bristol (2016)

Professor Anne Deighton, Wolfson College, Oxford (2015)

Professor Sir John Curtice, Strathclyde University (2014)

Professor Tony Wright, University College, London (2013)

Professor Andrew Gamble, Queen’s College, Cambridge (2012)

Professor Arthur Aughey, Ulster University (2011)

Professor Lord Plant of Highfield, King’s College, London (2010)

Professor Mark Evans, University of Canberra (2009)

Outputs and Publications

M. Beech & M. Bevir (eds.), ‘Interpreting Brexit: Reimagining Political Traditions’, British Politics, special issue, Vol. 16, (2), 2021.

M. Beech & P. Munce, ‘The Place of Human Rights in Conservative Foreign Policy: Sceptics or Enthusiasts?’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 21, (1), 2019, 116-131.

M. Beech & S. Lee (eds.), The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

R. Hayton & P. Munce (eds.) The Conservatives in Coalition: Principles, Politics and Power, Parliamentary Affairs, special section, Vol. 67, Issue 1, 2014, 1-118.

A. Gamble, ‘Better Off Out? Britain and Europe’, Political Quarterly, Vol. 83, Issue 3, 2012, 468-477.

S. Driver (ed.) ‘Narratives of British Democracy’, Policy Studies, special issue, Vol. 33, (2), 2012, 115-191.

S. Lee & M. Beech (eds.), The Cameron-Clegg Government: Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

M. Beech & S. Lee (eds.), The Brown Government: A Policy Evaluation, (London: Routledge, 2010).

M. Beech & S. Lee, (eds.) ‘The Brown Government’, Policy Studies, special issue, Vol.30, No.1, 2009, 1-106.

S. Lee & M. Beech (eds.), The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last?, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

P. Norton, ‘The Future of Conservatism’, Political Quarterly, Vol. 79, Issue 3, 2008, 324-332.

M. Beech & S. Lee (eds.), Ten Years of New Labour, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).


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