Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Andrew Scott Crines

Research Fellow in Rhetoric and British Politics

I am currently a Research Fellow in Rhetoric and British Politics. I gained my PhD at the University of Huddersfield under the supervision of Emeritus Professor of British Politics, Brendan Evans. I am also a Fellow of the HEA, the Publicity Officer for the PSA Conservatives and Conservatism Group, and an Editor for the APSA British Politics Group.

Research Interests

My main research interests occupy two common strands. The first examines the rhetoric and oratory of British political elites within civic society. Rhetorical and oratorical devices are used to negotiate, persuade, and navigate the relationship between political elites and the electorate on a range on issues such as economics, identity and social morality, amongst others.

The second interrogates political leadership and ideological controversies. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis I examine how and why specific political leaders are successful or unsuccessful in their styles of leadership. This dimension also relates to decisions over ministerial selection, and the impact of ideology on those decisions.

My output has appeared in British Politics, Global Discourse, Representation, and Political Quarterly, amongst others. Furthermore I am, with Dr Richard Hayton, the co-editor of two Manchester University Press volumes on oratory in Conservative and Labour Party politics respectively. Currently I am working on a number of projects which speak to the research strands outlined above.

I have also contributed to media outlets such as The Conversation, BBC Radio, as well as appearances on television.

Teaching

  • Approaches to Political Analysis
  • British Central Government
  • British Political Parties
  • British Foreign Policy
  • British Politics

Key Publications

Books
  • Crines, A., Dorey, P. and Heppell, T. (2015) Justifying Thatcherism: The Rhetoric and Oratory of Margaret Thatcher, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Crines, A., Moon, D. and Lehrman, R. (eds.) (2015) Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Hayton, R. and  Crines, A. (eds.) (2015) Conservative Orators from Baldwin to Cameron, Manchester: Manchester University Press. Commissioned through the ‘New Perspectives on the Right’ series.
  • Crines, A. and Hayton, R. (eds.) (2014) Labour Orators from Bevan to Miliband, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Selected Journal Articles
Selected Chapters
  • Crines, A. and Lehrman, R. (2015) ‘The oratory of Barack Obama’ in Crines, A., Moon, D., and Lehrman, R. (eds.), Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Crines, A. (2014) ‘The oratory of Ed Miliband’ in Crines, A. and Hayton, R. (eds.), Labour Orators from Bevan to Miliband, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Crines, A. and Laybourn, K. (2014) ‘The oratory of Aneurin Bevan’ in Crines, A. and Hayton, R. (eds.), Labour Orators from Bevan to Miliband, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Crines, A. (2014) ‘Spitting Image and Political British Comedy’, in Atkins, J., Finlayson, A., Martin, J., Turnbull, N. (eds.), Rhetoric in British Politics and Society, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Media Contact Areas

I am willing to speak to the media on any of the following areas of expertise: political rhetoric, ideologies, and British politics more broadly. I also tweet at @AndrewCrines.

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