Dr Judi Atkins
Research Fellow in British Politics
My research is located on the interface between Political Theory and British Politics, with a particular focus on the relationship between rhetoric, ideology and the performance of leadership.
Before coming to Leeds, I worked as Research Assistant on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘How the Leader Speaks: British Political Rhetoric and Argumentation’ at Swansea University in 2008-2011.
My current research focuses on the role of rhetoric in defining, managing and sometimes creating conflict within the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. This project is supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant and will generate a number of journal articles and a monograph (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan). Alongside this research I am working with Kevin Theakston on aspects of British government and prime ministerial leadership, and I am co-authoring a book with Alan Finlayson on the organisation of political speech in Britain.
I teach on the MA module ‘Developments in British Politics’ and the first-year module ‘British Politics’.
- Justifying New Labour Policy (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
- ‘The Rise of the Novice Cabinet Minister? The Career Trajectories of Cabinet Ministers in British Government from Attlee to Cameron’ (co-authored with Timothy Heppell and Kevin Theakston), The Political Quarterly, 83(4), forthcoming.
- ‘The Ministerial Foothills: Labour Government Junior Ministers 1997-2010’ (co-authored with Kevin Theakston and Mark Gill), Parliamentary Affairs, forthcoming, DOI: 10.1093/pa/gss054.
- ‘A Renewed Social Democracy for an “Age of Internationalism”: An Interpretivist Account of New Labour’s Foreign Policy’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 15(2), 2013: 175-191. [Invited contribution to the peer-reviewed Special Issue ‘Interpreting British Foreign Policy’]
- A 40-year-old black man made the point to me”: Anecdotes, Everyday Knowledge and the Performance of Leadership in British Politics’ (co-authored with Alan Finlayson), Political Studies, 61(1), 2013: 161-177.
- ‘Moral Argument and the Justification of Policy: New Labour’s Case for Welfare Reform’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 12(3), 2010: 408-424.
- ‘How Virtue Theoretic Arguments may be used in the Justification of Policy’, Politics, 28(3), 2008: 129-137.
- ‘A New Approach to Humanitarian Intervention? Tony Blair’s “Doctrine of the International Community”’, British Politics, 1(2), 2006: 274-283.
- ‘The Oratory of Gordon Brown: “Let the Work of Change Begin”’, in R. Hayton and A. Crines (eds.) Labour Orators from Aneurin Bevan to Gordon Brown (under contract with Manchester University Press).
- ‘The Oratory of William Hague’, in R. Hayton and A. Crines (eds) Conservative Orators from Stanley Baldwin to David Cameron (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming).
- ‘Civil Liberties and Civil Duties’, in M. Beech (ed.) The Just Society: A Manifesto for Labour (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, forthcoming).
- ‘Assessing the Impact of the Third Way’, in S. Griffiths and K. Hickson (eds.), British Party Politics and Ideology after New Labour (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010): 39-52. (With a Reply by Anthony Giddens)
Media Contact Areas
- Political speech and rhetoric in Britain
- UK political ideologies
- British political parties
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