School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Subject Areas: History
David specialises in modern British political history, with particular reference to Thatcherism and the labour and co-operative movements. He has published on the impact of Margaret Thatcher’s governments on Scottish politics and the Anglo-Scottish Union, and is currently researching the relationship between the Co-op and the Labour Party.
David completed his MA and PhD at the University of Glasgow. His doctoral thesis, which explored the impact of Margaret Thatcher’s governments on Scottish politics and the Anglo-Scottish Union, was published by I.B. Tauris in 2009. Since joining UCLan as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2006, David has played a leading role in forging partnerships with the People’s History Museum and the UK Co-operative College in Manchester. David’s research has concentrated on the Labour Party’s alliances with the trade union movement and the co-operative movement. David has supervised two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award studentships and two UCLan fee bursary studentships, focusing on labour and co-operative history topics, to successful completion during the past year.
The Path to Devolution and Change: A Political History of Scotland under Margaret Thatcher, 1979-1990, (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009).
The Hidden Alternative: Co-operative Values, Past, Present and Future, (New York: United Nations University Press, 2012)
‘Preserving the “Contentious Alliance”? The Labour Party, the trade unions and the political fund ballots of 1985/86’, Labour History Review, 76, 1 (2011), pp.51-69.
‘“A complex question about the remnants of empire”: The Labour Party and the Falklands War’, in Billy Frank, Craig Horner and David Stewart (eds.), The British Labour Movement and Imperialism (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp.173-190.
David completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2005. Since joining UCLan as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2006, David has played a leading role in forging partnerships with the People’s History Museum and the UK Co-operative College. He also has a strong record of postgraduate supervision, overseeing the completion of several PhDs focusing on labour and co-operative history topics.
David’s current research focuses on the relationship between the Co-op and the Labour Party. Since its entry to politics in 1917 the Co-op has aligned itself with the Labour Party, but despite representing over twelve million members at its peak in 1958, the Co-op has barely registered in histories of the Labour Party. David’s research analyses the extent to which there was an inherent tension between the Co-op’s voluntarism and Labour’s state socialism, while scrutinising the balance of power between Labour, the Co-op and the trade unions in order to gauge the Co-op’s agency within its alliance with the Labour Party.
British Scholars Conference, University of Texas, 25-27 March 2010:
‘Unionism in retreat? The post-war ‘decline’ of Scottish unionism reconsidered’
Swan Songs? Reconsidering the Death of Industrial Britain c.1970-1990, German Historical Institute, London, 17-18 October 2013:
‘“Death by a thousand cuts”: The steel industry and Conservative Party decline in Scotland, 1979-1992’
Other Selected Papers
Can Values Make a Difference? Co-operatives – moving from the Rochdale Pioneers to the 21st Century, Co-operative Group, Manchester, 1-2 July 2009:
‘The Co-operative Party and the formation of the Social Democratic Party’
European Social Science History Conference, University of Glasgow, 11-14 April 2012:
‘British Retail Co-operatives and the politics of Resale Price Maintenance, 1945-1964’
Thatcher and Thatcherism, University of Durham, 19-20 January 2017
‘Scottish “civil society” and Thatcherism: A reappraisal’