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Professor Tim Bale

Chair in Politics

email: t.bale@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7882 5833
Location: 2.35, Arts 1 Building

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Tim Bale

Office hours:

Monday 1-2pm; Wednesday 2-3pm

Tim Bale graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  After teaching English in Spain, he did a Masters Degree at Northwestern University in the USA.  Following a few years spent working for the NHS, he returned to do a PhD at the Department of Politics at Sheffield University, where he then lectured for a year.  After Sheffield, he taught politics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand until 2003 and then at Sussex University until 2012. For four years he was the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research's annual Political Data Yearbook.  In 2008 he won the Political Studies Association's Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching.  He was the co-founder of the PSA's specialist group on Conservatives and Conservatism.  He also provides an Internet Guide to European Politics to accompany his book, European Politics: a Comparative Introduction, the third edition of which was published in the spring of 2013. Tim's media work includes writing for the Financial Times and the Guardian, and he has appeared on various BBC radio and television programmes.  In 2011 he received the Political Studies Association's W.J.M. Mackenzie prize for his book The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron.  His latest monograph is The Conservatives since 1945: the Drivers of Party Change.  He occasionally tweets @ProfTimBale.

Research

Research interests:

Tim works on all aspects of party politics in Britain, Europe and sometimes further afield.  As well as his ongoing interest in the Conservatives and centre-right parties more generally, current projects include the following: the relationship between parties and interest groups (particularly left-wing parties and trade unions); the party politics of immigration; and the British Labour Party after Blair.

Publications

Publications since 2008

Bale, Tim (2013) ‘Concede and move on? One Nation Labour and the Welfare State’, Political Quarterly, 84 (3).

Bale, Tim (2013) ‘What the modernisers did next: From opposition to government – and beyond’, Juncture, 20 (2).

Bale, Tim and Krouwel, André (2013) ‘Down but Not Out: A Comparison of Germany's CDU/CSU with Christian Democratic Parties in Austria, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands’, German Politics, 22 (1-2), pp. 16-45.

Bale, Tim (2013) ‘More and More Restrictive—But Not Always Populist: Explaining Variation in the British Conservative Party's Stance on Immigration and Asylum’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 21 (1), pp. 25-37.

Bale, Tim (2013) European politics: a comparative introduction, 3rd edition (Palgrave).

Bale, Tim (2012) 'Supplying the Insatiable Demand: Europe’s Populist Radical Right,' Government and Opposition, 47 (2), pp. 256–274

Bale, Tim (2012) The Conservatives since 1945: the Drivers of Party Change (Oxford University Press).

Bale, Tim, Hough, Dan and Van Kessel, Stijn (2012)  'In or out of proportion? Labour and social democratic parties responses to the radical right', in Jens Rydgren (ed) Class Politics and the Radical Right (Routledge).

Bale, Tim (2012) ‘Wither the Tory left?  The demise of progressive conservatism’, Juncture, 19(2), pp. 84-91.

Bale, Tim (2012) ‘Don’t expect too much’, Renewal, 20 (2/3).

Bale, Tim (2012) ‘The black widow effect: why Britain’s Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition might have an unhappy ending’, Parliamentary Affairs, 65 (2), pp. 323-337.

Allern, Elin H. and Bale, Tim (2012) ‘Political parties and interest groups: disentangling complex relationships’, Party Politics, 18 (1), pp. 7-25.

Allern, Elin H. and Bale, Tim (2012) ‘Qualifying the common wisdom: political parties and interest groups’, Party Politics, 18 (1), pp. 99-106.

Bale, Tim (2012) ‘David Cameron, 2005-2010’, in Timothy Heppell (ed) Leaders of the Opposition: from Churchill to Cameron (Palgrave).

Bale, Tim and Hampshire, James (2012) ‘Immigration Policy’ in Timothy Heppell and David Seawright (eds.) Cameron and the Conservatives: the Transition to Coalition Government (Palgrave).

Bale, Tim and Dunphy, Richard (2011) ‘De parias à participants’ in Jean-Michel De Waele et Daniel-Louis Seiler (eds.) Les partis de la gauche anti-capitaliste en Europe (Economica).

Bale, Tim and Kolodny, Robin (2011) ‘Divided in Victory: the Conservatives and the Republicans’, in Terrence Casey (ed) Legacy of the Crash: How the Financial Crisis Changed America and Britain (Palgrave Macmillan).

Bale, Tim, Hampshire, James and Partos, Rebecca (2011) ‘Having One's Cake and Eating It Too: Cameron's Conservatives and Immigration’, Political Quarterly, 82 (3), pp. 398-406. Full text available here.

Bale, Tim (2011) ‘Fresh start or false promise? Lessons from Tory policy reviews’. Public Policy Research, 18 (2). pp. 115-120

Bale, Tim and Dunphy, Richard (2011) In from the cold? Left parties and government involvement since 1989’, Comparative European Politics, 9 (3). pp. 269-291.

Dunphy, Richard and Bale, Tim (2011) ‘The radical left in coalition government: Towards a comparative measurement of success and failure’. Party Politics, 17 (4). pp. 488-504. Full text available here.

Bale, Tim (2011) ‘I don't agree with Nick: retrodicting the conservative-liberal democrat coalition’, Political Quarterly, 82 (2). pp. 244-250. Full text available here.

Bale, Tim and Sanderson-Nash, Emma (2011) ‘A Leap of Faith and a Leap in the Dark: the Impact of Coalition on the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats’ in Simon Lee and Matt Beech (eds.) The Cameron-Clegg Government Coalition: Politics in an Age of Austerity (Palgrave), pp. 237-250.

Bale, Tim, van Kessel, Stijn and Taggart, Paul (2011) ‘Thrown around with abandon? Popular understandings of populism as conveyed by the print media: a UK case study’, Acta Politica, 46 (2). pp. 111-131. Full text available here.

Bale, Tim (2011) ‘Painting their way out of the corner: the Conservatives in opposition’, in Nigel Fletcher (ed) How to be in Opposition: Life in the Political Shadows (Biteback), pp. 133-154.

Bale, Tim (2011) The Conservative party: from Thatcher to Cameron, 2nd edition (Polity).

Webb, Paul, Bale, Tim and Taggart, Paul (2011) Deliberative Versus Parliamentary Democracy in the UK: An Experimental Study. Working Paper. No.118, Sussex European Institute.

Bale, Tim and Caramani, Daniele (2010) ‘Political data in 2009’. European Journal of Political Research, 49 (7-9). pp. 855-867. 

Bale, Tim, Green-Pedersen, Christoffer, Krouwel, André, Luther, Kurt Richard and Sitter, Nick (2010) ‘If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them? Explaining Social Democratic Responses to the Challenge from the Populist Radical Right in Western Europe’, Political Studies, 58 (3). pp. 410-426.

Bale, Tim, Hanley, Seán and Szczerbiak, Aleks (2010) ‘“May Contain Nuts”? The Reality behind the Rhetoric Surrounding the British Conservatives' New Group in the European Parliament’, Political Quarterly, 81 (1). pp. 85-98. Full text available here, appendix 1 and table.

Bale, Tim and Webb, Paul (2010) ‘The Conservative Party’ in Nicholas Allen and John Bartle, Britain at the Polls 2010 (Sage).

Bale, Tim and van Biezen, Ingrid (2009) ‘Political data in 2008’, European Journal of Political Research, 48 (7-8). pp. 859-873.

Bale, Tim (2009) '“Cometh the hour, cometh the Dave”: how far is the conservative party's revival all down to David Cameron?’, Political Quarterly, 80 (2). pp. 222-232. Full text available here.

Bale, Tim (2009) ‘The conservatives: trounced, transfixed - and transformed?’, in Terrence Casey (ed) The Blair legacy: politics, policy, governance, and foreign affairs (Palgrave) pp. 52-64.

Bale, Tim (2008) European politics: a comparative introduction, 2nd edition (Palgrave).

Bale, Tim and van Biezen, Ingrid (2008) ‘Political Data in 2007’, European Journal of Political Research, 47 (7-8). pp. 877-891.

Bale, Tim, (ed) (2008) Immigration and Integration Policy in Europe: Why Politics - and the Centre-Right - Matter (Routledge).

Bale, Tim (2008) ‘Shaping the Union: Brown's Britain and the EU’ in Michael Rush and Philip Giddings (eds.) When Gordon Took the Helm The Palgrave Review of British Politics 2007-08 (Palgrave).

Bale, Tim (2008) '“A Bit Less Bunny-Hugging and a Bit More Bunny-Boiling”? Qualifying Conservative Party Change under David Cameron’. British Politics, 3 (3). pp. 270-299.

Bale, Tim and Szczerbiak, Aleks (2008) Why Is There No Christian Democracy in Poland - and Why Should We Care?Party Politics, 14 (4). pp. 479-500. Full text available here.

Bale, Tim (2008) ‘Turning round the telescope: centre-right parties and immigration and integration policy in Europe’, Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (3). pp. 315-330. Full text available here and conclusion.

Bale, Tim (2008) ‘Politics matters: a conclusion’, Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (3). pp. 453-464.

Bale, Tim and Blomgren, Magnus (2008) ‘Close but no cigar? Newly governing and nearly governing parties in Sweden and New Zealand’, in Kris Deschouwer (ed) New parties in government: in power for the first time (Routledge), pp. 85-103.

Bale, Tim, Reilly, Barry and Witt, Robert (2008) Determining constituency marginality in the UK using the expense claims of MPs, Surrey Discussion Paper DP 01/08.

Selected publications prior to 2008

British Politics

Bale, Tim (2006) ‘Between a soft and a hard place?  The British Conservative Party and the need for a new “Eurorealism”’ , Parliamentary Affairs, 59 (3), pp. 385-400.

Huntington, Nicholas and Bale, Tim (2002) ‘New Labour: New Christian Democracy?’ Political Quarterly, 73 (1), pp. 44-50.

Bale, Tim (1999) Sacred Cows and Common Sense: the Symbolic Statecraft and Political Culture of the British Labour Party (Ashgate).

Bale, Tim (1999) ‘The “logic of no alternative”?  Political scientists, historians and the politics of Labour’s past’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 1 (2), pp. 192-204.

Bale, Tim (1997) ‘Towards a ‘Cultural Theory’ of parliamentary party groups’, Journal of Legislative Studies, 3 (4), pp. 25-43.

Brivati, Brian and Bale, Tim (eds.) (1997) New Labour in Power: Precedents and Prospects (Routledge).

European and Comparative Politics

Bale, Tim (2007) ‘Are bans on political parties bound to turn out badly? A comparative investigation of three ‘intolerant’ democracies: Turkey, Spain and Belgium’, Comparative European Politics, 5 (2), pp. 141-157.

Dunphy, Richard and Bale, Tim (2007) Red Flag Still Flying? Explaining AKEL - Cyprus's Communist Anomaly. Party Politics, 13 (3). pp. 287-304.

Bale, Tim and Bergman, Torbjörn (2006) Captives No Longer, but Servants Still? Contract Parliamentarism and the New Minority Governance in Sweden and New Zealand. Government and Opposition, 41 (3). pp. 422-449.

Bale, Tim (2006) ‘A taste of honey is worse than none at all?  Coping with the generic challenges of support party status in Sweden and New Zealand’ (with Torbjörn Bergman), Party Politics, 12 (2), pp. 189-209.

Bale, Tim (2005) ‘“It’s Labour, but not as we know it.” Media lesson-drawing and the disciplining of social democracy: a case study’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 7 (3), pp. 386-401.

Bale, Tim (2003) ‘Cinderella and her ugly sisters: the mainstream and extreme right in Europe’s bipolarising party systems’, West European Politics, 26 (3), pp. 67-90.

Bale, Tim and Dann, Christine (2002) ‘Is the grass really greener: the rationale and reality of support party status: a case study’, Party Politics, 8 (3), pp. 349-365.

Bale, Tim (2002) ‘Restrictions on the broadcast and publication of pre-election and exit polls: some selected examples’, Representation, 39 (1), pp.15-22.

Bale, Tim (2000) ‘Field-level CFSP: EU diplomatic cooperation in third countries’, Current Politics and Economics of Europe, 10 (2), pp. 187-212.

PhD Supervision

Tim has successfully supervised five graduate students to PhD level and is keen to hear from anyone interested in doctoral study.

Current PhD Students:

Jack Brown, The London Docklands Development Corporation and Canary Wharf: 1981 – 1998

Robert Ledger, Liberal Economic Thought and the Thatcher Governments

Luke Maynard, The British Conservative Party and the Influence of Soviet Russia on Back-bench Opinion, 1929-1939

Hazel Stroud, The Conservatives and the Crisis: Three Case Studies

Alan Wager, An Analysis of Interparty Negotiations and Coalition Building in the British Party System

Public engagement

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