Dr David Seawright
Senior Lecturer in British Politics
I am a Senior Lecturer working in the field of British Politics with a focus on political parties and psephology. In March 2007, I was invited to contribute to the prestigious French 'agrégation programme' held at Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle.
As a director of the MPP, I was lead researcher on the ESRC funded survey of Scottish and Welsh Parliamentarians' attitudes to European integration.
Presently, I am undertaking a British Academy funded study of One Nation Conservatism and also examining the Conservative party's approach to devolution policy. I also have research interests in how the issue of European integration impacts on British political parties and public opinion with a developing interest in political communication.
I teach at every academic level here at the University of Leeds with a first level module on ‘'British Politics', a second level module on 'Spin Doctors and Electioneering' and a third level module on 'British Political Parties'. I also teach on our MA British Politics and Parliamentary Studies programme.
I would be delighted to supervise research students who wish to examine topics and issues in the following areas.
- Political parties
- Electoral behaviour
- Political communication
- Seawright, D. (1999) An Important Matter of Principle: The Decline of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Ashgate.
- Seawright, D.; Baker, D. (eds.) (1998) Britain for and Against Europe?: British Politics and the Question of European Integration. Oxford: Clarendon.
Chapters in Books
- Seawright, D. (2005) "One Nation". In: Hickson, K (ed.) The Political Thought of the Conservative Party since 1945, Palgrave, pp.69-90.
- Seawright, D. (2000) "A Confessional Cleavage Resurrected? The Denominational Vote in Britain". In: Broughton, D. and Napel, H.M.T. (eds.) Religion and Mass Electoral Behaviour in Europe, Routledge, pp.44-60.
- Seawright, D. (2005) "On a Low Road: The 2005 Conservative Campaign". Journal of Marketing Management, 21(9-10), pp.943-958.
Media Contact Areas
- British political parties
- Electoral Behaviour in Britain
- Political communication and electioneering in Britain.