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Dr Mark Garnett

Dr Mark Garnett

Senior Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 594299
Office hours: My office hours are Monday 11-12 am & Monday 3-4pm

My research is chiefly concerned with UK Politics, with particular reference to the relationship between ideas and practice; the Conservative Party; and think tanks. I am currently working with Professor David Denver on a study of British general elections since 1964 (for Oxford University Press).

PhD Supervision Interests

UK Politics, in the following categories:

Political parties

Political ideology, particularly conservatism

Political culture

Research Interests

Mark Garnett arrived at Lancaster in September 2006, having previously taught Politics at several other universities including Leicester, Bristol and Exeter. His main research interests are:

  • The interplay between political ideas, personalities, institutions and 'events';
  • Political ideologies (particularly conservatism);
  • British think-tanks;
  • Political culture in Britain since 1970.

Among a series of deviations from academic life, in 1997-8 he worked as a political researcher to the late Sir Edward Heath, and helped to prepare his memoirs. He is a frequent contributor to the electronic media, including Newsnight and a host of Radio 5 programmes. He has also contributed to many respected newspapers and journals, including the Guardian, Politics Review, Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman and Viz comic.

His major study of contemporary British political culture, From Anger to Apathy: The British Experience, 1975-2005,was published by Jonathan Cape in 2007. Another book, Conservative Thinkers (co-written with Kevin Hickson)was published by Manchester University Press in 2009.

Additional Information

Publications

Principles and Politics in Contemporary Britain (Second edition, Imprint Academic, 2006), 299pp, ISBN 1 84540 026 7.

Exploring British Politics (Pearson Longman, 2006), 499pp, ISBN 0 582 89431 X (with Philip Lynch).

UK Government & Politics (Second edition, Philip Allan, 2005), 397pp, ISBN 1 84489 416 9. (with Philip Lynch)

From Anger to Apathy: The British Experience since 1975 (Random House, 2007), 420pp, ISBN 9780224073066.

('...provocative to the point of perversity', Boyd Tonkin, Independent.)

A selection of earlier publications

Keith Joseph: A Life (Acumen Press, 2001), 488pp, ISBN 1 902683 03 x. (with Andrew Denham)

' ....sets a new standard for political biography' - John Gray, New Statesman, 23 April 2001.

'...this scholarly and percipient biography by two young and very able historians - essential reading for all students of recent Conservative history' - Lord Blake, Times Literary Supplement, 22 June 2001.

' ....a thought-provoking and distinguished book' - Ben Pimlott

Splendid! Splendid! The Authorised Biography of Willie Whitelaw, (Jonathan Cape, 2002), 386pp, ISBN 0 224 06311 1

' .... a model political biography. The accounts of his career and his character are alike totally convincing, and so is their assessment of British Conservative Party history' - James Downey, Irish Independent.

'A vivid and sympathetic portrait... Willie's shrewdness is reflected in his choice of biographers... They write admirably, using full English sentences, and don't hesitate to pause and tease out an argument when it seems worthwhile' - Douglas Hurd, Daily Telegraph.

Whatever Happened to the Tories? (with Ian Gilmour), Fourth Estate, 1997, 440pp, ISBN 1 85702 4753

' ...such verve and cogency in this magnificently provocative book.. This is a serious, thoughtful, intelligent and convincing account of the decline and fall of a once-great party... It is as well argued as it is well written'- - David Cannadine, Independent on Sunday, 19 October 1997.

'... an excellent postwar history of the Conservative Party' - Patrick Seyd, Political Quarterly, 1998.

Articles in journals

'The Free Economy and the Schizophrenic State: Ideology and the Conservatives', in Political Quarterly, Volume 75, No. 4, October-December 2004, 367-72.

(with Andrew Denham), 'Sir Keith Joseph and the undoing of British conservatism', Journal of Political Ideologies, 2002, 7 (1), 57-75.

(with Philip Lynch), 'Bandwagon Blues: The Tory Fightback Fails', Political Quarterly, Vol. 73, No. 1, January-March 2002, 29-37.

(with Andrew Denham),''From "Guru" to "Godfather": Keith Joseph, "New" Labour and the British Conservative Tradition'', in Political Quarterly, Vol.72, No.1, January-March 2001, pp.97-106.

Chapters in edited books

'Planning for Power: 1964-70' in Anthony Seldon and Stuart Ball (eds), Recovering Power: The Conservatives in Opposition since 1867, Palgrave, 2005, pp. 192-218.

'The Conservative Centre' in Kevin Hickson (eds), The Political Thought of the Conservative Party since 1945, Palgrave, 2005, pp.51-68.

Office Hours

My office hours are Monday 11-12 am & Monday 3-4pm

2012

Michael Howard, 2003-5

Garnett, M. 2012 Leaders of the opposition: from Churchill to Cameron. Heppell, T. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 210-221 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Edward Heath, 1965-70 and 1974-5

Garnett, M. 2012 Leaders of the opposition: from Churchill to Cameron. Heppell, T. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 80-96 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Exploring British Politics

Garnett, M. & Lynch, P. 2012 3rd ed. ed. Harlow: Pearson Longman. 594 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

No such thing as the 'Big Society': the Conservative Party's unnecessary search for ‘narrative’ in the 2010 general election

Dorey, P. & Garnett, M. 12/2012 In: British Politics. 7, 4, p. 389-417 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Popularity of British Prime Ministers

Denver, D. & Garnett, M. 02/2012 In: British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 14, 1, p. 57-73 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

From crisis to coalition: the Conservative Party, 1997-2010

Dorey, P., Garnett, M. & Denham, A. 2011 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 216 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Political culture

Garnett, M. 2011 Europe in a global context. Krossa, A. S. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 74-85 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

New Labour's literary legacy: institutions, individuals and ideology

Garnett, M. 09/2010 In: British Politics. 5, 3, p. 315-336 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Built on Sand? Ideology and Conservative Modernisation under David Cameron

Garnett, M. 2010 British party politics and ideology after New Labour. Hickson, K. & Griffiths, S. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 107-118 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Conservative thinkers: the key contributors to the political thought of the modern Conservative Party

Garnett, M. & Hickson, K. 2009 Manchester: Manchester University Press. 194 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2007

Exploring British politics.

Garnett, M. 2007 Harlow: Pearson Longman. 499 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

From Anger to Apathy: The British Experience since 1975.

Garnett, M. A. 2007 Jonathan Cape.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Banality in Politics: Margaret Thatcher and the Biographers.

Garnett, M. A. 05/2007 In: Political Studies Review. 5, 2, p. 172-182 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Principles and politics in contemporary Britain.

Garnett, M. 2006 Exeter: Imprint Academic. 299 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Margaret Thatcher: the woman and her times

Garnett, M. A. 2006 The human tradition in modern Britain. Litzenberger, C. & Lyon, E. G. (eds.). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, p. 235-248 14 p. (Human tradition around the world).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

The Conservative centre.

Garnett, M. 2005 The political thought of the Conservative party since 1945. Hickson, K. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 51-68 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Planning for power: 1964-70.

Garnett, M. 2005 Recovering power: the Conservatives in opposition since 1867. Seldon, A. & Ball, S. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 192-218 27 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

UK government and politics.

Garnett, M. & Lynch, P. 2005 Philip Allan. 397 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2004

The free economy and the schizophrenic state: ideology and the conservatives.

Garnett, M. 10/2004 In: The Political Quarterly. 75, 4, p. 367-372 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Bandwagon blues: the Tory fightback fails.

Garnett, M. & Lynch, P. 01/2002 In: The Political Quarterly. 73, 1, p. 29-37 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sir Keith Joseph and the undoing of British conservatism.

Denham, A. & Garnett, M. 2002 In: Journal of Political Ideologies. 7, 1, p. 57-75 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Splendid! Splendid! The Authorised Biography of Willie Whitelaw.

Garnett, M. A. & Aitken, I. 2002 Jonathan Cape. 386 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2001

From ‘Guru’ to ‘Godfather’: Keith Joseph, ‘New’ Labour and the British Conservative Tradition.

Denham, A. & Garnett, M. 01/2001 In: The Political Quarterly. 72, 1, p. 97-106 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Keith Joseph: A Life.

Garnett, M. A. & Denham, A. 2001 Acumen Press. 488 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1997

Whatever happened to the Tories?

Garnett, M. & Gilmour, I. 1997 Fourth Estate. 440 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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