School of Politics and International Relations

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


Senior Lecturer

Telephone: 0207 882 8589
Room Number: Arts One, 2.19B
Office Hours: Wednesday 12-1pm & 10-11am


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 a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and an Associate Member of Nuffield College. Patrick is a trustee of the Dartington Service Design Lab and the Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET). He is also on the Board of the Campaign for Social Science. He is Chair of the think-tank Policy Network, 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 was a Local Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark from 2010 to 2014, and 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 Daily Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, the Times Educational Supplement, and the New Statesman. He comments regularly on numerous national media outlets, and has given interviews on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, the Westminster Hour, the Moral Maze, 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.


Research Interests:

Patrick has completed a research monograph 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. His more recent work focuses on the Whitehall model during the Cameron and May governments, and the changing relationship between ministers and civil servants. 

In addition, Patrick’s current research focuses on:

The Future of Social Democracy: This work is examining 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, alongside 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 issues 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 work draws in particular on ‘strategic relational’ and ‘structured context’ approaches in state theory, and will inform additional research on the development of governance and the core executive. Future research will address the prospects for ‘evidence-led’ policy-making in a world shaped by notions of ‘post-truth democracy’, as well as the growing discord between ‘experts’ and citizens.

Political Biography and ‘Elite’ Interviewing: Political scientists have traditionally been sceptical 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 framework 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.


Examples of research funding:

Research Grants:

  • ESRC Impact Acceleration Award on ‘anti-politics’ jointly with the University of Manchester and the Institute for Government, £12k per annum for 18 months, November 2016 [Awarded], Co-Investigator.

ESRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU), £25k per annum over three years, June 2015 [Awarded], Co-Investigator.



The End of Whitehall: Government by Permanent Campaign, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

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

The Crosland Legacy: The Future of British Social Democracy, Bristol: 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.

Edited Books:

The Crisis of Globalisation, (ed.), London: IB Tauris, 2018.

The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit, (ed.) with Peter Nedergaard & Ben Rosamund, London: Routledge, 2018.

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

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

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

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters:

The Westminster System under the Cameron Coalition: Towards ‘Promiscuous Partisanship’ or Institutional Resilience? Public Policy and Administration, forthcoming, 2018.

The Welfare State and Globalisation, in P. Bent (ed.), Routledge Handbook on Welfare States, London: Routledge, 2018.

‘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.

‘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.

‘Learning the Lessons from Defeat: The Labour Party’s Beckett Report and the Alternatives’, The Political Quarterly, Volume 87, Issue 3, Pages 431-436, July–September 2016. 

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

‘Whitehall in Crisis?’, in Institutional Crisis in Twenty-First Century Britain, C. Hay, D. Richards, and M. J. Smith (eds.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

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

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

‘Dynamic Social Security after the crisis: Towards a new welfare state?’, with Guy Lodge, International Social Security Review, Volume 67, Issue 2-3, pp. 37-58, 2014.

'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.

‘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.

 ‘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.

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

Forthcoming articles/papers under review:

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

Paper on ‘Anti-Politics and the British Political Tradition’, with D. Richards & A. Wager, under review.

Selected conference and workshop papers:

‘Policy Advisory Systems: Contestable Policy-Making in the UK 2010-2015’, European Policy Association Conference, Milan, 7-8th September 2017.

‘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, 27th 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.

Other published papers and reviews:

‘Review: Britain: No Poster Child for Neo-Liberalism – What’s Left Now? By Andrew Hindmoor, The Political Quarterly, forthcoming, 2018.

‘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, 2016.

‘A Review of Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty’ by Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack, Journal of Social Policy, 2015.

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

'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.

‘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.

‘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.

‘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.

 ‘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.

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

‘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.

‘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 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.

PhD Supervision

Academic supervision (PhD):

•    Lindsay Acqui, Joint First Supervisor (with Dr James Ellison), Completed, May 2018.
•    Baris Tufecki, Joint First Supervisor (with Professor Michael Kenny), Completed, February 2018.
•    Colm Murphy, Joint First Supervisor (with Dr Robert Saunders), September 2017.
•    Karl Pike, Joint First Supervisor (with Dr Madeleine Davis), September 2014.
•    Andrew Walker, First Supervisor, September 2015.



Public Engagement

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

I sit on the board of the following Non-Governmental Organisations:

  • The Policy Network think-tank
  • The Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET)
  • Dartington Service Design Lab
  • The Campaign for Social Science
  • Member of the Diplomatic Excellence Panel of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

I am Co-Editor of the Routledge Book Series on British Politics (with Professor Tim Bale).

I served as Deputy Director of the Mile End Institute (MEI) alongside Professor Michael Kenny and Dr Helen McCarthy (2014-17). This included co-leadership of the Institute together with participation in a series of external events and conferences.

Engagement with society/impact:

  • Senior Consultant, PWC/DIFD programme on improving governance and public administration in the Balkans [January 2016-].
  • Policy Fellow, Strategy Unit, Ministry of Justice, Whitehall (temporary secondment) [February 2016-January 2017].
  • I have undertaken policy consultancy for a variety of organisations including the Government of Kosovo and the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU).
  • I have also engaged with various Labour party audiences (e.g. the Fabian Society) following my book on the legacy of Anthony Crosland.