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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Karl Pike, BA (Royal Holloway), MA (Birkbeck), PhD (QMUL)


Lecturer in British Politics/Public Policy

Room Number: Arts One, 2.03A
Office Hours: Wednesday, 11.30-12.30 (Arts One, 2.03A), and Friday, 11.30-12.30 (online)


Following his studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a year in online journalism, Karl began working for the Labour Party in Westminster and Parliament. He worked for the Minister for Europe, and after the 2010 general election became the political advisor to the Shadow Foreign Secretary and then the Shadow Home Secretary. During his time working in politics, he completed an MA at Birkbeck and commenced a PhD at Queen Mary. Following completion of my PhD, he was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). He became Lecturer in British Politics/Public Policy in January 2021.

Karl was awarded the PSA Walter Bagehot Prize for best dissertation in the field of government and public administration. His dissertation was titled "The party has a life of its own: Labour's ethos and part modernisation, 1983-1997".

Twitter: @p_ikek

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Research Interests:

My research interests include the Labour Party and social democratic politics more generally, and the concepts of tradition and myth in political analysis.

Examples of research funding:

 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a postdoctoral fellowship at Queen Mary


Pike K and Diamond P (2021) 'Myth and meaning: "Corbynism" and the interpretation of political leadership', The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Pike K (2020) ‘“A life of their own”? Traditions, power and “as if realism” in political analysis’, Political Studies 

Pike K and Diamond P (2020) ‘“Better in kung fu movies than in political parties”: Labour’s factionalism and a reappraisal of Eric Hobsbawm’s political thought’, The Political Quarterly. ttps://

Pike K and Hindmoor A (2020) ‘Do As I Did Not As I Say: Blair, New Labour and Party Traditions’, The Political Quarterly 91(1): 148-155. 

Pike K (2019) ‘Mere theology? Neil Kinnock and the Labour Party’s aims and values, 1986-1988’, Contemporary British History 34(1): 95-117. 

Pike K (2019) ‘Deep religion: policy as faith in Kinnock’s Labour Party’, British Politics, Vol.14(1), pp.106-120. 



Hindmoor A and Pike K (2020) ‘Past and Present: Blair and the political legacy of New Labour’, chapter in a new edited collection on Labour Party history (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).


Book reviews and other articles

Pike K (2020) ‘The (not) comeback kid: Labour’s New Left’, Political Quarterly.

Pike K (2020) ‘The Modernisation of the Labour Party, 1979-1997’, Twentieth Century British History.  

Pike K (2017) ‘The Party has a Life of its Own: Labour’s Doctrine and Ethos’, Renewal, Vol.25(1), pp.74-87.


Public Engagement

Outside of politics, I have also worked in advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers.

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