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Dr Patrick Diamond, BA, MPhil (Cambs); PhD (Sheffield)


Senior Lecturer

Telephone: 0207 882 8589
Room Number: Arts One, 2.19B
Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm & Wednesdays 11am-12pm


Patrick was formally Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Manchester, and Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and an Associate Member of Nuffield College. He is a local councillor in the London Borough of Southwark, Vice-Chair of the think-tank Policy Network, a member of the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation, and sits on the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Patrick held a number of senior posts in British central government between 2000 and 2010, and was formally Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street. He has been a trustee of the Bromley by Bow Centre, a pioneering voluntary organisation led by the local community in East London.

Patrick has contributed op-ed articles to the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Wall Street Journal, the Times Educational Supplement, the New Statesman, Progress, Renewal, and Tribune. He comments regularly on numerous national media outlets, and has given interviews on the BBC Radio Today programme, the Westminster Hour, Start the Week, Newsnight, Sky News with Adam Boulton, and CNBC news. He contributes to other European newspapers and journals including Die Zeit, Italianieuropei, Berliner Republik, and Berlin Network.

Undergraduate Teaching

POL243 British Politics (Level 5)

POL350 Analysing Public Policy (Level 6) 


Research Interests:

Patrick has recently completed a monograph with IB Tauris which assesses structural change in Whitehall and the core executive during the New Labour years. The book combines a focus on the formal institutional apparatus of the British state with a broader interpretation of how change occurs in political-executive relations through the Westminster model and the British Political Tradition. In addition, his current research focuses on:

  • The Future of Social Democracy: Exploring how social democratic parties and movements in Britain and across the industrialised world are responding to the numerous questions of ideology, doctrine and ideational commitment that have been thrown up by the 2008 financial crisis. This work examines the relationship between social democracy and social liberalism, and the strengths and weaknesses of the British progressive tradition. By adopting an interpretative approach, the aim is to explore the key ideas and understandings promulgated by political actors as they seek to come to terms with the post-crisis environment.
  • Public Policy: The governance narrative raises a series of challenges for the policy-making institutions of the central state, in particular fragmentation, privatisation, agentification, politicisation and devolution. These can be addressed through the ‘meta-governance’ literature which is concerned with how states are reconstituting themselves, exercising greater leverage, power and control from the centre in an era of globalisation. The purpose is to analyse how states are adapting to modernity and post-modernity in terms of the dichotomy between the ‘hollowing-out of the state’ which emphasises the segmentation and fragmentation of the state, and the emphasis on the capacities of states to continue to control, supervise and discipline their populations. This draws in particular on ‘strategic relational’ and ‘structured context’ approaches in state theory, and will inform future research on the development of the core executive.
  • Political Biography and ‘Elite’ Interviewing: Political scientists have traditionally been skeptical of the utility of ‘self-seeking’ political biographies and memoirs which appear to promote an ‘agency-centred’ account of British politics. Nonetheless, interpreting political biographies combined with appropriate techniques of semi-structured ‘elite’ interviewing offers a methodologically innovative approach to analysing the relationship between institutions and ideas at the core of the British political tradition. This affords the opportunity to engage directly with the meanings and symbolic understandings cultivated by actors in the structured settings of everyday political life. Interpreting political biography has the potential to fruitfully augment the diverse research methods of political science.



Endgame for the Centre-Left: The Retreat of European Social Democracy, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

The Crosland Legacy: The Future of British Social Democracy, Policy Press, 2016.

Transforming the Market: Towards a new political economy, London: Civitas, 2014.

Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister, London: IB Tauris, 2013.

Shifting Alliances: Europe, America and the future of British foreign policy, London: Methuen Politico’s Press, 2008.


The Predistribution Agenda: Tackling Inequality and Supporting Sustainable Growth, (ed.) with Claudia Chwalisz, IB Tauris, 2015.

British Conservative Leaders (ed.) with Charles Clarke, Toby James & Tim Bale, Biteback Books, 2015.

Progressive Capitalism in Britain: Pillars of a New Political Economy, (ed.) with Tony Dolphin and Roger Liddle, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Progressive Politics After the Crash (ed.) with Olaf Cramme and Michael McTernan, London: IB Tauris, 2013.

After the Third Way: The Future of European Social Democracy (ed.) with Olaf Cramme,  London: IB Taurus, 2012.

Reassessing New Labour: State and Society under Blair and Brown (ed.) with Michael Kenny, Oxford: Wiley (Political Quarterly Special Edition), 2011.

Beyond New Labour: the future of social democracy (ed.) with Roger Liddle, London: Methuen Politico’s Press, 2009.

Global Justice, Social Justice (ed.) with Olaf Cramme, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008.

Public Matters: How to Revive Britain’s Public Realm (ed.) London: Methuen Politico’s Press, 2007.

Global Europe, Social Europe (ed.) with Anthony Giddens and Roger Liddle, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2006.

The New Egalitarianism (ed.) with Anthony Giddens, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005.

New Labour’s Old Roots: Labour’s Revisionist Thinkers 1931-97 (ed.), Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2004.

Rethinking Social Democracy (ed.) with Matthew Browne, London: Policy Network, 2003

Forthcoming articles/papers under review:

‘The British Welfare State and Social Need’, in S. Cohen & C. Fuhr, Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship in Europe, Bristol: Policy Press, 2017.

‘The Welfare State and Globalisation’, in P. Bent, Routledge Handbook on Welfare States, London: Routledge, 2018.

Paper on ‘Externalisation and politicisation in Policy Advisory Systems: Contestable Policy-Making in the UK 2010-2015’, under review.

Paper on ‘The Westminster System under the Cameron Coalition: Towards ‘Promiscuous Partisanship?’, under review.

Paper on ‘The Limitations of Universal Basic Income’, with D. Sage, under review.

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters:

‘Learning the Lessons from Defeat: The Labour Party’s Beckett Report and the Alternatives’, The Political Quarterly, forthcoming, 2016.

‘Assessing the Performance of UK Opposition Leaders: Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘Straight Talking, Honest Politics’, Politics and Governance, Volume 4 (2), 2016.

‘New Labour, politicisation and depoliticisation: The Delivery Agenda 1997-2007’, British Politics, Volume 10 (4), 2015.

‘Depleted Capital: The State of European Social Democracy’, World Politics Review, 28th July 2015.

‘A Review of Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty’ by Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack, Journal of Social Policy, forthcoming.

‘Re-centring the British Political Tradition: Explaining Contingency in New Labour and the Coalition’s Governance Statecraft’, with David Richards and Martin Smith, in N. Turnbull (ed.), Interpreting Governance: High Politics and Public Policy, London: Routledge, 2016.

'The Social Reality of Europe After the Crisis: Trends, Challenges and Responses', with Daniel Sage and Roger Liddle, London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.

‘Labouring in the Shadow of the British Political Tradition: The Dilemma of ‘One Nation’ Politics in an Age of Disunification’, with D. Richards, The Political Quarterly, Volume 86 (1), 2015.

‘Responding to Crisis: Whitehall and the Politics of Austerity’, with D. Fitzpatrick, in M. Paxton et. al., Politics in Crisis, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.

‘Corporate Stewardship: from Shareholding to Stakeholding', in C. Driver, P. Kenway & J. Williamson, Beyond Shareholder Value – the reasons and choices for corporate governance reform, London: TUC, 2014.

'Review of Britain in the 1970s by L. Black and H. Pemberton, and Progressive Capitalism by D. Sainsbury', Political Quarterly, Volume 85 (2), April-August 2014.

‘Whitehall in Crisis?’, in Institutional Crisis in Twenty-First Century Britain, C. Hay, D. Richards, and M. J. Smith (eds.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.  

'Spending Wisely: Principles for a Good Spending Review: The First Report of the Fabian Commission on Future Spending Choices', The Political Quarterly,  Volume 84 (4), October-December 2013, pp. 527–533)

‘The Progressive Dilemmas of British Social Democracy: Political Economy After New Labour’, British Journal of Politics & International Relations, Volume 15, Issue 1, February 2013

'Wanted - a new strategy for the centre left', Soundings, Issue 50, Spring 2012

‘Step by Step: The EU and Eurozone’s fitful search for better economic governance through the aftershocks of the financial crisis’, with R. Liddle in D. Natali (eds.) Economic Governance Yearbook, Brussels: Peter Lang, 2012.

‘Review: Social Democracy and Capitalism in the Knowledge Age’ (by Jenny Andersson), The Political Quarterly, Volume 83, Issue 3, July 2012.

‘Response to Roy Hattersley and Kevin Hickson: In Praise of Social Democracy’, The Political Quarterly, Volume 83, Issue 1, January-March 2012.

‘The Case for Theoretical and Methodological Pluralism in British Political Studies: Reviewing New Labour’s Political Memoirs and the British Political Tradition’, with D. Richards, Political Studies Review, Volume 10, Issue 1, May 2012.

‘Review of Brown at 10 by Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge’, Juncture: Public Policy Research, Volume 17, Issue 4, February 2011.

‘The coming social crisis in the EU and what is to be done’, with R. Liddle in E. Marlier & D. Natali (eds.) Europe 2020: Towards a more social EU, Brussels: Peter Lang, 2011.

‘Aftershock: The post-crisis social investment welfare state in Europe’, with R. Liddle in N. Morel, B. Palier & J. Palme (eds.) Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Ideas, Policies and Challenges, Bristol: Policy Press, 2011.

‘Governing as New Labour: An Inside Account of the Blair and Brown Years’, Political Studies Review, Volume 9, Issue 2, May 2011.

‘Beyond the Westminster Model’, Renewal, Volume 19, Issue 1, January 2011.

‘Britain and Europe in the Global Age’, in D. Halpern, V. Uberoi & I. Mclean, Options for Britain II, Oxford: Wiley, 2009.

‘Review of S. Lansley, Super Rich: The Rise and Rise of the New Super Wealthy’, Journal of Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 2, February 2008.

‘The Political Salience of Economic Ideas’, in S. Barber (ed.), The City in Europe and the World, London: LMU Research Forum, 2006.

Selected conference papers and workshops:

‘New Labour and Depoliticisation’, Prepared for Panel on Politicisation, Depoliticisation and Public Policy, Politics and Policy Conference, University of Bristol, September 18 2013.

‘New Labour and Social Justice’, Prepared for Panel on New Labour: a Retrospective, Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies Research Cluster, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester, 27 March 2013.

‘Re-centring the British Political Tradition: Explaining Contingency in New Labour and the Coalition’s Governance Statecraft’, Prepared for Panel on Ten Years of Interpreting British Governance: Democratic and Policy Implications, Patrick Diamond, David Richards and Martin Smith, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, March 25th-27th 2013.

‘Fairness and Responsibility in Taxation and Public Services’, Prepared for Panel on Fairness and Responsibility in an Unequal Society, Arts and Humanities Research Council/University of Exeter, 12th June 2012.

‘The British Centre-Left and State Capacity’, Prepared for Conference on the Political Economy of British Social Democracy After New Labour, University of Warwick, 9th March 2012.

‘The Renewal of European Social Democracy’, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna, 7th June 2010.

Published papers and chapters:

‘The End is Not Nigh: The Future of Social Democracy’, Berlin Policy Journal, July/August 2016.

‘Review: The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband by Eunice Goes’, The Political Quarterly, forthcoming, 2016.

‘Connecting Communities: Neighbourhood Empowerment’, in Connected Localism, Jonathan Carr-West (ed.), Local Government Research and Information Unit, June 2013.

‘Review: The Socialist Way by Roy Hattersley and Kevin Hickson’, New Statesman, June 2013.

‘European Welfare States After the Crisis’, with Guy Lodge, London: Policy Network, January 2013.

‘Civil Service Reform: Evidence Submitted to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee’, with David Richards and Martin Smith, 6th December 2012.

‘Political Special Advisers: Evidence Submitted to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee’, with David Richards and Martin Smith, 15th June 2012.

‘The Next British Centre-Left: Labour and the Liberal Tradition’, with Michael Kenny, London: Policy Network, March 2012.

‘What Mutualism Means for Labour’ (ed.), London: Policy Network, October 2011.

‘Review of Trio: Inside the Blair, Brown, Mandelson Project by Giles Radice’, New Statesman, October 2010.

‘Southern Discomfort Again’, with Giles Radice, London: Policy Network, September 2010.

‘Review of the Tortoise and the Hares: Attlee, Morrison, Bevin and Dalton by Giles Radice’, Prospect Magazine, January 2009.

‘The Progressive Agenda: revitalising public service reform’ (ed.), SOLACE Foundation, 2007.

‘The North East in the Global Age’, University of Northumbria/North East Economic Forum, 2007.

‘Conundrums of Public Service Reform’, London: BBC/Policy Network, 2006.

‘Tackling Worklessness in the North East’, University of Northumbria/North East Economic Forum, 2006.

‘The Hampton Court Agenda: the Future of the European Social Model’ (ed.), London: Policy Network, 2006.

‘Equality Now: The Future of Revisionism’, London: Fabian Society, 2005.

‘Family Fortunes: The New Politics of Childhood’ (ed.) London: Fabian Society, 2004.

Where Next for Social Democracy? (ed.), London: Policy Network, 2003.

Must Labour Choose? (ed.), London: Progress, 1999.

Public Engagement

Member of the Diplomatic Excellence Panel of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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