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School of Politics and International Studies

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Professor Kevin Theakston's Publications

Books

  • How Labour Governments Fall: From Ramsay MacDonald to Gordon Brown, ed. by Heppell T and Theakston K (Palgrave, 2013)

  • Theakston K, Winston Churchill (Shire Pubns, 2012)

  • Theakston K, De Vries J, Former Leaders in Modern Democracies (London: Palgrave, 2012)

  • Theakston K, Volumes of Influence (Manchester University Press, 2011)

  • Theakston K, After Number 10: Former Prime Ministers in British Politics (London: Palgrave, 2010)

  • Theakston K, British foreign secretaries since 1974 ([n.pub.], 2004), 1-281
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203310168

  • Theakston K, Winston Churchill and the British constitution (Politico's Publishing, 2004), 276p

  • Theakston K, Bureaucrats and Leadership (Macmillan, 2002)

  • Theakston K, Leadership in Whitehall (London: Macmillan, 1999), 266 pp.

  • Theakston K, The Civil Service Since 1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995)

  • Theakston K, The Labour Party and Whitehall (Routledge, 1992), 233p

  • Theakston K, Top Jobs in Whitehall (Royal Institute of Public Administration, 1987)

  • Theakston K, Junior Ministers in British Government (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987), 199p

Journal articles

  • Byrne C, Theakston K, ‘Leaving the House: The Experience of Former Members of Parliament Who Left the House of Commons in 2010’, Parliamentary Affairs, 69.3 (2016), 686-707
    DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsv053, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89948/

  • Crines AS, Theakston K, ‘Doing god" in number 10: British prime ministers, religion, and political rhetoric’, Politics and Religion, 8.1 (2015), 155-177
    DOI: 10.1017/S1755048315000036, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/87033/

  • Theakston K, ‘David Cameron as Prime Minister 2010-15’, British Politics Review, 10.2 (2015), 6-7
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90136/

  • Theakston K, ‘The 1964-70 Wilson Government and the British Constitution’, British Politics Review, 9.3 (2014), 6-7
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90135/

  • Heppell T, Atkins J, Theakston K, ‘The Rise of the Novice Cabinet Minister: The Career Trajectories of Cabinet Ministers in British Government from Attlee to Cameron’, Political Quarterly, 84.3 (2013), 362-370
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2013.12022.x, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78664/

  • Theakston K, ‘David Cameron: How powerful is a coalition prime minister?’, Politics Review, 22.3 (2013), 18-21

  • Theakston K, Gill M, Atkins J, ‘The Ministerial Foothills: Labour Government Junior Ministers 1997-2010’, Parliamentary Affairs: devoted to all aspects of parliamentary democracy, Early View (2012)
    DOI: 10.1093/pa/gss054, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78656/

  • Theakston K, ‘Life after political death: Former leaders in Western democracies’, Representation, 48.2 (2012), 139-149
    DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2012.683494, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78535/

  • Theakston K, ‘John Major as prime minister and political leader’, British Politics Review, 7.2 (2012), 4-5

  • Theakston K, ‘Gordon Brown as prime minister: political skills and leadership style’, British Politics, 6.1 (2011), 78-100
    DOI: 10.1057/bp.2010.19, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78654/

  • Theakston K, ‘The afterlives of former Liberal prime ministers’, Journal of Liberal History, 71 (2011), 4-13
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78655/

  • Theakston K, Gill M, ‘The Postwar Premiership League’, Political Quarterly, 82.1 (2011), 67-80
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2011.02170.x, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78536/

  • Theakston K, ‘What next for Gordon Brown?’, History and Policy 2010

  • Theakston K, ‘Part of the Constitution": Winston S. Churchill and Parliamentary Democracy’, Finest Hour 2007, 30-36

  • Theakston K, ‘What Makes for an Effective British Prime Minister?’, Quaderni di Scienza Politica, 14 (2007), 39-61

  • Theakston K, ‘After Number Ten: What do former prime ministers do ?’, POLIT QUART, 77.4 (2006), 448-456
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78537/

  • Theakston K, Gill M, ‘Rating 20th-Century British Prime Ministers’, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 8.2 (2006), 193-213
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2006.00220.x

  • Theakston K, ‘Prime ministers and the constitution: Attlee to blair’, PARLIAMENT AFF, 58.1 (2005), 17-+
    DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsi004

  • Theakston K, ‘Richard Crossman: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister’, Public Policy and Administration, 18.4 (2004), 20-40

  • Theakston K, ‘Public Policy and Administration(Editorship)’, Public Policy and Administration, 18.3 (2003)

  • Theakston K, ‘Political Skills and Context in Prime Ministerial Leadership in Britain’, Politics and Policy, 30.2 (2002), 283-323

  • Theakston K, ‘Permanent Secretaries in the British Civil Service’, None, 12.2 (2000), 327-332

  • Theakston K, ‘Skill in Context: A Comparison of Politicians’, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 29.3 (1999), 528-548

  • Theakston K, ‘Junior Ministers in the 1990s’, Parliamentary Affairs, 52.2 (1999), 230-245

  • Theakston K, ‘New Labour, New Whitehall?’, Public Policy and Administration, 13.1 (1998), 13-34

  • Theakston K, ‘Permanent Secretaries: Leadership as Conservation’, None 1998, 5-8

  • Theakston K, ‘Comparative Biography and Leadership in Whitehall’, Public Administration, 75.4 (1997), 651-667

  • Theakston K, ‘Whirlwind follows Blair through No 10's door’, The Parliamentary Monitor, 5.11 (1997), 18-19

  • Theakston K, ‘Labour and Whitehall: Mandarins set to stay in plum jobs’, The Parliamentary Monitor, 5.5 (1997), 18-20

  • Theakston K, ‘Continuity, Change and Crisis: the civil service since 1945’, Public Policy and Administration, 10.3 (1995), 45-59

  • Theakston K, ‘Whitehall Earthquake Swallows Up Employment Department’, None 1995, 4-6

  • Theakston K, ‘The Life and Times of a Government Dogsbody’, Parliamentary Brief, 3.7 (1995), 74-75

  • Theakston K, ‘Evelyn Sharp (1903-1985)’, Contemporary Record : The journal of the Institute of Contemporary British History, 7.1 (1993), 132-148

  • Theakston K, ‘Is the government machine failing British industry?’, None 1993, 8-9

  • Theakston K, ‘Keeping Up With the Next Steps: A Review’, None, 12.2 (1992), 6-15

  • Theakston K, ‘The Civil Service: Progress Report 1990’, Contemporary Record : The journal of the Institute of Contemporary British History, 4.3 (1991), 24-25

  • Theakston K, ‘Ministers and Mandarins’, None, 4.2 (1990), 92-95

  • Theakston K, ‘The Civil Service: Progress Report 1989/90’, Contemporary Record : The journal of the Institute of Contemporary British History, 3.4 (1990), 32-33

  • Theakston K, ‘Labour, Thatcher and the Future of the Civil Service’, Public Policy and Administration, 5.1 (1990), 44-57

  • Theakston K, ‘The Civil Service: Progress Report 1988/89’, Contemporary Record : The journal of the Institute of Contemporary British History, 2.6 (1989), 16-17

  • Fry GK, Theakston K, ‘Britain's Administrative Elite: Permanent Secretaries 1900-1986’, Public Administration, 67.2 (1989), 129-147

  • Theakston K, ‘Saboteurs or Scapegoats? The Civil Service and Labour Governments’, Contemporary Record : The journal of the Institute of Contemporary British History, 2.2 (1988), 11-14

  • Theakston K, ‘Politicising the Higher Civil Service’, None, 6.1 (1986), 14-28

  • Theakston K, ‘The Use and Abuse of Junior Ministers: Increasing Political Influence in Whitehall’, The Political Quarterly, 57.1 (1986), 18-35

Chapters

  • Theakston K, ‘The oratory of Winston Churchill’, in Conservative orators from Baldwin to Cameron, ed. by Hayton R and Crines A (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015), 30-46
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85689/

  • Theakston K, Heppell T, ‘Introduction’, in How Labour Governments Fall, ed. by Heppell T and Theakston K (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

  • Crowcroft R, Theakston K, ‘The fall of the Attlee Government, 1951’, in How Labour Governments Fall: From Ramsay Macdonald to Gordon Brown, ed. by Heppell T and Theakston K (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 61-82
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137314215_4, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85710/

  • Upham P, Gössling S, ‘Conclusion’, in Climate Change and Aviation: Issues, Challenges and Solutions ([n.pub.], 2012), 373-376
    DOI: 10.4324/9781849770774

  • Theakston K, ‘Former Prime Ministers in Britain since 1945’, in Former Leaders in Modern Democracies, ed. by Theakston K and De Vries J (London: Palgrave, 2012), 33-53

  • Theakston K, ‘Winston Churchill, 1945-51’, in Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron (London: Palgrave, 2012), 7-19

  • Theakston K, ‘David Cameron as prime minister’, in Cameron and the Conservatives, ed. by Heppell T and Seawright D (London: Palgrave, 2012)

  • Theakston K, De Vries J, ‘Introduction’, in Former Leaders in Modern Democracies, ed. by Theakston K and De Vries J (London: Palgrave, 2012), 1-11

  • Theakston K, De Vries J, ‘Conclusion’, in Former Leaders in Modern Democracies, ed. by Theakston K and De Vries J (London: Palgrave, 2012), 231-247

  • Bourlakis M, Vlachos I, Zeimpekis V, ‘Conclusions’, in Intelligent Agrifood Chains and Networks ([n.pub.], 2011), 281-287
    DOI: 10.1002/9781444339895.ch17

  • Theakston K, ‘Richard Crossman: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister’, in Volumes of Influence (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011), 110-130

  • Theakston K, ‘Introduction’, in Volumes of Influence (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011), 1-12

  • Theakston K, ‘Walter Bagehot: The English Constitution’, in Volumes of Influence (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011), 13-36

  • Theakston K, ‘The Whitehall Model: Ministers and Civil Servants in 20th Century Britain’, in Governo rappresentativo e dirigenze amministrative (secoli XIX-XX), ed. by Manca AG and Rugge F (Societa editrice il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, 2008), 187-206

  • Theakston K, ‘The Premier League: ranking Tony Blair’, in Politics UK (sixth edition), ed. by al BJE (Longman, 2007), 482-485

  • Theakston K, ‘Whitehall Reform’, in The Labour governments 1964-1970, ed. by Dorey P (Routledge / Taylor and Francis, 2006), 147-167

  • Theakston K, ‘The British Administrative Elite: Permanent Secretaries Since 1945’, in JEV: Yearbook of European Administrative History, ed. by Heyen EV (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 2005), (17), 27-49

  • Theakston K, ‘Whitehall Under Tony Blair’, in Politics UK, ed. by al BJE (Pearson Education, 2004), 590-592

  • Theakston K, ‘Sir (Philip) Dennis Proctor’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. by Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Oxford University Press, 2004), vol 45, 460-461

  • Theakston K, ‘Evelyn Adelaide Sharp, Baroness Sharp’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. by Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Oxford University Press, 2004), vol 50, 12-14

  • Theakston K, ‘William Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. by Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Oxford University Press, 2004), 2, 452-456

  • Theakston K, Gouge ES, ‘Central and local government’, in New Labour, Old Labour: The Wilson and Callaghan Governments 1974-79, ed. by Seldon A and Hickson K (Routledge, 2004), 207-222

  • Theakston K, ‘The Changing Role of the British Foreign Secretary’, in British Foreign Secretaries Since 1974, ed. by Theakston K (Routledge, 2004), 1-44

  • Theakston K, ‘Norman Craven Brook, Baron Normanbrook’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. by Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Oxford University Press, 2004), vol 7, 859-862

  • Theakston K, ‘New Labour and the Foreign Office’, in New Labour’s Foreign Policy, ed. by Little R and Wickham-Jones M (Manchester University Pres, 2000), 112-127

  • Theakston K, ‘Political Skills and Context in Prime Ministerial Leadership in Britain’, in Leadership in Context, ed. by Hargrove EC and Owens JE (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), 89-129

  • Theakston K, ‘Permanent Secretaries: Comparative Biography and Leadership in Whitehall’, in Transforming British Government vol. 2 Changing Roles and Relationships, ed. by Rhodes RAW (Macmillan, 2000), 125-145

  • Theakston K, ‘Politicians and Bureaucrats in Whitehall: changing roles and relationships’, in United Kingdom Governance, ed. by Robins L and Pyper R (Macmillan, 2000), 39-60

  • Theakston K, ‘The Biographical Approach to Public Administration: Potential, Purpose and Problems’, in Bureaucrats and Leadership, ed. by Theakston K (Macmillan, 2000), 1-21

  • Theakston K, ‘A Permanent Revolution in Whitehall: the Major Governments and the Civil Service’, in The Major Premiership, ed. by Dorey P (Macmillan, 1999), 26-44

  • Theakston K, ‘Labour and the Civil Service’, in The Impact of Blair, ed. by Taylor GR (Macmillan, 1999), 106-119

  • Theakston K, ‘The Heath Government and Whitehall’, in The Heath Government 1970-74, ed. by Seldon A and Ball S (Longman, 1996), 75-105

  • Theakston K, ‘Whitehall, Westminster and Industrial Policy’, in Industrial Policy in Britain, ed. by Coates D (Macmillan, 1996), 159-181

  • Theakston K, ‘Ministers and Civil Servants’, in Governing the UK in the 1990s, ed. by Robins, L and Pyper R (Macmillan, 1995), 43-60

  • Theakston K, ‘Whitehall and British Industrial Policy’, in UK Economic Decline: Key Texts, ed. by Coates D and Hillard J (Prentice Hall/ Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1995), 300-314

  • Theakston K, Fry GK, ‘The Conservative Party and the Civil Service’, in Conservative Century: the Conservative Party Since 1900, ed. by Seldon A and Ball S (Oxford University Press, 1994), 383-402

  • Theakston K, ‘The Party and the Civil Service’, in Conservative Century. The Conservative Party since 1900 (Conservative Century. The Conservative Party since 1900, 1994), 383-402

Conference papers

  • Theakston K, ‘Churchill's Oratory’, in Conservative orators From Baldwin to Cameron ([n.pub.], 2015) Oratory in Conservative Party Politics Conference, University of Huddersfield, 09/11/2012

  • Theakston K, ‘The Fall of the Attlee Labour Government, 1951’ How Labour Government Fall, University of Leeds, 01/10/2011
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137314215_4

  • Theakston K, ‘How Labour Governments Fall’ American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 01/01/2012

  • Theakston K, ‘David Cameron as prime minister’ Cameron and the Conservatives, University of Leeds, 01/04/2011

  • Theakston K, ‘Gordon Brown as prime minister: political skills and leadership style’ Political Studies Association annual conference, Edinburgh, 01/04/2010

Conference presentations

  • Theakston K, ‘Evaluating prime ministerial leadership: the British experience’ Prime Ministerial Leasdership Workshop, Monash University, Australia, 01/12/2010

  • Theakston K, ‘Former prime ministers in Britain since 1945’ Symposium on former leaders, The Hague, Netherlands, 01/09/2010

  • Theakston K, ‘Winston Churchill as Leader of the Opposition 1945-51’ Leaders of the Opposition since 1945, University of Leeds, 01/07/2010

Reports

  • Heppell T, Theakston K, Seawright D, What Makes for an Effective Leader of the Opposition, (London: Centre for Opposition Studies, 2015)

  • Theakston K, Gouge ES, Honeyman V, Life After Losing or Leaving: the experience of former Members of Parliament, (The Association of Former Members of Parliament, 2007)

Internet publications

  • Heppell T, Theakston K, Atkins J, Party Leaders are getting younger, but Cabinet ministers are not, (Democratic Audit, 2013)

  • Theakston K, What next for Gordon brown?, (History and Policy, 2010)

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