The Political Quarterly

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Edited By: Ben Jackson and Deborah Mabbett

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Online ISSN: 1467-923X

Meet the PQ editorial board

Joni LovenduskiJoni Lovenduski (Chair)
Joni Lovenduski is Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is Chair of the Editorial Board of The Political Quarterly. She is director of the Masters Course in Government Policy and Politics in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck where she teaches courses on British Politics and Equality Policy. In 2007 she won the PSA Special Recognition Award for her contribution to political studies. In 2009 she won the Gender and Politics Award of the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics. Her published work includes Feminizing Politics (2005), State Feminism and Political Representation (2005) Her current research interests include gender and political representation, gender and parliament and European Equality debates. See

Colin CrouchColin Crouch
Colin Crouch is Professor of Governance and Public Management at the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne. He previously taught sociology at the LSE, and was fellow and tutor in politics at Trinity College, Oxford, and professor of sociology at the University of Oxford. Until December 2004 he was professor of sociology at the European University Institute, Florence. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is former chairman and former joint editor of The Political Quarterly. He has published within the fields of comparative European sociology and industrial relations, on economic sociology, and on contemporary issues in British and European politics. He is currently studying changes in the governance of labour markets and social policy in eastern and western Europe. His most recent books include: Social Change in Western Europe (1999); Postdemocrazia (2003) (in English as Post-Democracy (2004)); and Capitalist Diversity and Change: Recombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs (2005).

Lawrence FreedmanLawrence Freedman
Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King's College London since 1982, and Vice-Principal since 2003. He was appointed Vice-Principal at King's in 2003. He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manchester, York and Oxford. Before joining King's he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1996, he was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. He was awarded the KCMG (Knight Commander of St Michael and St George) in 2003. In June 2009 he was appointed to serve as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War.

Andrew GambleAndrew Gamble
Andrew Gamble is Professor of Politics and a Fellow of Queens’ College in the University of Cambridge, and currently Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies and joint editor of The Political Quarterly. His research interests lie in political economy, political theory and British politics, and his books include Between Europe and America: the future of British politics and The Spectre at the Feast: capitalist crisis and the politics of recession. In 2005 he received the Isaiah Berlin Prize from the Political Studies Association for lifetime contribution to political studies.

Will HuttonWill Hutton
Will Hutton is executive vice chair of The Work Foundation. Will is regularly called on to advise senior political and business figures and comment in the national and international media and is today one of the pre-eminent economics commentators in the country. He began his career in the City as a stockbroker and investment analyst before moving to the BBC, where he worked both on radio, as a producer and reporter, and on TV as economics correspondent for Newsnight. Prior to joining The Work Foundation, Will spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Observer, for which he continues to write a weekly column. He also regularly contributes to The Guardian and the The Financial Times. Outside The Work Foundation, Will is a governor of the London School of Economics, where he is also a visiting professorial fellow at the Centre for Global Governance. He is a member of the Scott Trust and a fellow of the Sunningdale Institute. In 2004 Will was invited by the European Commission to join a High Level Group on the mid-term review of the Lisbon Strategy and act as its "rapporteur" for the final report.

Michael JacobsMichael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs is currently Visiting Senior Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. From 2007 to May 2010 he worked at 10 Downing St as a Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, and prior to that (2004-2007) was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury. His major area of specialism is energy, climate change and environment policy, but he also worked at the Treasury on health, public service reform and the third sector, and he has a longstanding interest in social democratic political theory and political economy. Michael began his career as a community worker and adult educator. He later became managing director of an employee-owned consultancy firm working on local economic development and environmental policy and management. After a period as an academic environmental economist at Lancaster University and the LSE he became General Secretary of the Fabian Society from 1997 to 2003. His books includeThe Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future (Pluto Press, 1991), Greening the Millennium? The New Politics of the Environment (ed, Blackwell, 1997), The Politics of the Real World (Earthscan 1996) and Paying for Progress: A New Politics of Tax for Public Spending (Fabian Society 2000).

Ben JacksonBen Jackson
Ben is Associate Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and a Fellow of University College. He is a historian of modern Britain, with particular interests in labour history, political thought, and the history of social and economic policy. He is the author of Equality and the British Left (Manchester, 2007) and co-editor of Making Thatcher's Britain (Cambridge, 2012). His current research focuses on the rise of the neo-liberal right and Thatcherism; on the political thought of British socialism and liberalism; and on the history and politics of Scottish nationalism. Prior to becoming the Co-Editor of Political Quarterly, he was the Editor of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy between 2012 and 2015.

Michael KennyMichael Kenny
Michael Kenny is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published widely in the fields of political thought, British politics and public policy. His books include The Politics of Identity and The First New Left, and he is co-editor of Rethinking British Decline and Political Ideologies. He is currently a writing a book on the politics of English nationhood, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Centre for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, and at Wolfson College, Oxford, and is a Research Associate at the IPPR and Demos think-tanks.

Francesca KlugFrancesca Klug
Francesca Klug is a Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE and Director of the Human Rights Futures Project at LSE Global Governance. Francesca was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Incorporation Project at King’s College Law School where she assisted the government in devising the model for incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law reflected in the Human Rights Act. From 2006-09 Francesca was a Commissioner on the statutory Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is a frequent broadcaster and has written widely on human rights, including Values for a Godless Age: the story of the UK Bill of Rights (Penguin, 2000). She is currently writing a sequel to this book, Human Rights in an Age of Failed Utopias to be published by Routledge. Since the beginning of 2010 Francesca has written a regular column for The Guardian’s Comment is Free, ‘Blogging the Bill of Rights’, which was published as a booklet by Liberty in June 2010. Francesca was awarded the Bernard Crick prize for the best article published by The Political Quarterly in 2009 at the annual George Orwell Prize event in May 2010.

Julian Le GrandJulian Le Grand
Julian Le Grand has been Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics since 1993. From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded to No 10 Downing St as Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. He is a Founding Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and a Trustee of the Kings Fund. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) by the University of Sussex. He is the author, co-author or editor of over twenty books, and more than one hundred journal articles and book chapters on economics, philosophy and public policy. He was one of Prospect magazine’s 100 top British public intellectuals, and writes regularly for the national and international press.

Deborah MabbettDeborah Mabbett

Deborah’s academic training is in economics, but I have worked on public and social policy for most of my professional career. In the 1980s and 1990s I worked mainly on comparative social policy, and held research grants from the (then) UK Department of Social Security and the European Commission. I also worked for a short spell with the New Zealand Royal Commission on Social Policy. From 1993-1996 and again in 1999-2001 I worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Moldova and Lithuania. Subsequently much of my research has been on the EU, including the effects of the single market on social insurance, the impact of anti-discrimination law and the political economy of the euro area. I have also written on pensions policy from a comparative perspective, and I am currently working on a project on the comparative political economy of minimum wages.

Tariq ModoodTariq Modood
Tariq Modood is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and the founding Director of the Bristol University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. He has held over 40 grants and consultancies (UK, European and US), has over 30 (co-)authored and (co-) edited books and reports and over 150 articles or chapters in political philosophy, sociology and public policy. His work is focused on issues of ethnicity, equality and multiculturalism and the politics of being Muslim in the West. He is currently working on the political theory and sociology of secularism. He is strongly committed to public engagement and is a regular contributor to the media and policy debates in Britain, was awarded an MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001 and elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004. He served on the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, the IPPR Commission on National Security and on the National Equality Panel, which reported to the UK Deputy Prime Minister in 2010. For further details see

Meg RussellMeg Russell (Reports and Surveys Editor)
Meg Russell is Reader in British and Comparative Politics in the School of Public Policy, UCL, and Deputy Director of the research centre the Constitution Unit. She has been based at UCL for 12 years, but also maintains strong links with policymakers. For two years she was seconded full-time as an adviser to Robin Cook when he was Leader of the House of Commons (2001-03) and she has acted as an adviser to the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, House of Lords Appointments Commission and Select Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons. Her main research interests are parliaments and political parties, and she is author of two books: Reforming the House of Lords: Lessons from Overseas (OUP: 2000) and Building New Labour: The Politics of Party Organisation (Palgrave: 2005). She has recently contributed the chapter on the constitution to the forthcoming Developments in British Politics 9.

Donald SassoonDonald Sassoon (Literary Editor)
Donald Sassoon is Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary, University of London and literary editor of The Political Quarterly. He is the author, among others, of One Hundred Years of Socialism (Deutscher Prize 1997), Mona Lisa, The Culture of the Europeans (Alassio Premio Internazionale 2009). His books have been translated into fourteen languages. He has lectured at universities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, spoken at conferences in thirty countries and is frequently interviewed by the international media. Professor Sassoon is on the board of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Thesis Eleven, the Paris-based journal of culture and communication Hermès and is the Literary Editor of The Political Quarterly. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the publishing house IB Tauris.

Jean SeatonJean Seaton (Events Editor)

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, Official Historian of the BBC and Director of the Orwell Prize (which she took over from Sir Bernard Crick who had founded it). She has written about wars, conflicts, reporting and the media, the media and politics and media policy. Her books include Carnage and the Media: the Making and Breaking of News about Violence, Power Without Responsibility: the Press Broadcasting and Internet in Britain, Politics and the Media in Britain. She is writing the official history of the BBC during the seventies and eighties.

Stuart Wilks-HeegStuart Wilks-Heeg
Stuart Wilks-Heeg is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Liverpool and Executive Director of the independent research organisation, Democratic Audit. A recognised specialist in local government studies, his most recent work includes research on electoral integrity, electoral registration, the funding of UK political parties and the rise of the BNP in English local government. In addition to publishing in a wide-range of academic journals, Stuart was the author of a high-profile report on the integrity of the UK electoral process for the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (2008) which revealed significant concerns about electoral fraud, the state of the electoral registers and pressures on the system of electoral administration. During 2009-10, he was an ESRC-funded research fellow at the Electoral Commission, and lead author for the Commission's (2010) report on the completeness and accuracy of the electoral registers. He is currently leading the team completing the fourth Democratic Audit of democracy in the UK, to be published in 2011.

Tony Wright, EditorTony Wright (Editor)
Tony Wright is Professorial Fellow in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, working on the development of the new Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life and contributing to the teaching of British Politics. Tony was educated at LSE, Harvard and Oxford. Before being elected to Parliament in 1992, he was Reader in British Political Thought at the University of Birmingham, where he taught in the School of Continuing Studies. In the House of Commons he chaired the Select Committee on Public Administration for over a decade; and also chaired the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons which recommended major changes in how the Commons works. He stood down from the Commons at the last election. His many books include GDH Cole and Socialist Democracy (1979), Socialisms: Theories and Practices (1986), RH Tawney (1987), Citizens and Subjects (1994), British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2003) and several edited volumes including The British Political Process (2000), A collection of his other writing, with a new introduction, is to appear shortly as Doing Politics.

Emma AndersonEmma Anderson
Emma is editorial assistant for The Political Quarterly. A graduate linguist from the University of Portsmouth, Emma went on to undertake a post-graduate diploma in Publishing and Language at Oxford Brookes in 2007. She worked for several years at the BBC, moving on to the charity sector fundraising and volunteer co-ordinating and is now enjoying a life in publishing. Her first book St John’s County Primary School, Wallingford: Celebrating One Hundred Years of an Oxfordshire Market Town School was published in 2010 by Kumquat Publishing. Emma is a qualified TEFL teacher, teaches French at primary level and tutors French and German to GCSE and A Level students.