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Dr. Stephen Meredith

Politics Subject Leader

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH307

+44 (0) 1772 89 2864

Stephen's teaching and research interests traverse (and integrate) the disciplines of political science, political theory and political history, and he has published widely in the areas of Labour Party history and social democratic politics. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Prior to arriving at UCLan, Stephen completed his PhD and was Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. A political historian by trade and an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, his research has won both academic and popular acclaim. In 2008 he was interviewed by the BBC Parliament 'BOOKtalk' programme about his book 'Labours Old and New'. In Progress Magazine, Lord (Roger) Liddle described the book concerned with the dilemmas of post-war social democracy and origins and roots of New Labour as 'an excellent academic study of Labour's parliamentary right in the 1970s. It is a bedside must-read for anoraks of Labour history (like me) and insightful on many of the continuing debates that still perplex social democracy on the central importance of the EU, the modern role of the trade unions and reform of the state. In this respect there is not much 'new' about New Labour’. Stephen continues his research and publication in areas of Labour history and links and transitions of Liberal and social democratic traditions, although he has turned to the 'dark side' of progressive politics and political history with a current (and fashionable) focus on Progressive Conservatism and Conservative 'One Nation' politics.


PhD Politics/Political History, University of Sheffield, 2004
MSc (Econ) Birkbeck College, University of London, 1994
MA (Distinction) Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London, 1990
BA (Hons) Humanities - History/Philosophy, University of North London, 1988



Labours Old and New: The Parliamentary Right of the British Labour Party 1970-79 and the Roots of New Labour (Manchester University Press, 2008, ISBN 0719073227)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

'Rethinking Revisionist Social Democracy: The Case of the Manifesto Group and Labour’s 1970s Third Way', Labour History Review, 79 (2), July 2014 (forthcoming)

‘The Labour Oratory of James Callaghan: 'We used to think that you could spend your way out of a recession...’, in Hayton, R. & Crines, A. (eds.) Labour Orators: From Bevan to Brown, Manchester University Press, 2013

More publications


Research Grants and Awards:

British Academy Small Research Grant (£7,452), 2007-09
University of Lancashire Livesey Sabbatical Leave Scheme (£10,000), 2008
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award for a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship, 2009-12
Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

UK Political Studies Association (PSA)

PSA specialist Labour Movements and Liberal Political Studies groups

Labour and Liberal Democrat History groups

External Affiliations and Roles

External links and collaboration with the People's History Museum and Co-operative College in Manchester in areas of postgraduate supervision and public history events.

Reviewer and referee for academic journals and publishers.

Regular commentator on British and Labour politics in the print and broadcast media.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Undergraduate teaching:

PO1101 Political Analysis: Concepts, Ideas and Skills
PO1112 British Politics
PO2400 Radical Politics and Political Ideas in Modern Britain: From Lloyd George to Tony Blair
PO3134 Governing Public Services
PA3101 Investigating Public Administration (School of Journalism)
PO3991/3992 Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision

Postgraduate teaching and supervision:

Director of Studies MA by Research - 'The British Left in the Age of Global Capital, 1997-2012'
Director of Studies PhD (AHRC-funded) - 'The Co-operative Party and the Labour Party, 1931-1951'


'One Nation Conservatism and the 'Progressive Tradition' of British Politics'

With both David Cameron and Ed Miliband recently proclaiming their 'One Nation' credentials, the research explores the neglected dimension of progressive Conservatism in conceptual and historical analysis of the axis and junctures of a 'progressive tradition' of British politics, as a means of evaluating the progressive claims and trajectory of contemporary British politics.

Other recent work has addressed aspects and transitions of progressive politics in South Wales in the tumultuous period immediately following the First World War, divisions and crises of Labour revisionism and British social democracy in the late 1960s and 1970s as a prelude to the formation of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981, and the oratorical and opposition dimensions of James Callaghan's leadership of the Labour Party.