Dr Mark GarnettSenior Lecturer
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 on books concerning British Foreign Policy (with Simon Mabon and Robert Smith), and the coalition government (with Pete Dorey).
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.
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.
PhD Supervision Interests
UK Politics, in the following categories:
Political ideology, particularly conservatism
Conservatism and ideology
Johnson, M., Garnett, M., Walker, D.M. 2/08/2015 London : Routledge. ISBN: 9781138852020.
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.
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.
Edward Heath, 1965-70 and 1974-5
Garnett, M. 2012 In: Leaders of the opposition. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 80-96. 17 p. ISBN: 9780230296473.
Exploring British Politics
Garnett, M., Lynch, P. 2012 3rd ed. ed. Harlow : Pearson Longman. 594 p. ISBN: 9781408263655.
Michael Howard, 2003-5
Garnett, M. 2012 In: Leaders of the opposition. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 210-221. 11 p. ISBN: 9780230296473.
From crisis to coalition: the Conservative Party, 1997-2010
Dorey, P., Garnett, M., Denham, A. 2011 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 216 p. ISBN: 9780230542389.
Garnett, M. 2011 In: Europe in a global context. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 74-85. 12 p. ISBN: 9780230285835 .
New Labour's literary legacy: institutions, individuals and ideology
Garnett, M. 09/2010 In: British Politics. 5, 3, p. 315-336. 22 p.
Built on Sand? Ideology and Conservative Modernisation under David Cameron
Garnett, M. 2010 In: British party politics and ideology after New Labour. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 107-118. 11 p. ISBN: 9780230220768.
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. ISBN: 9780719075087.
Banality in Politics: Margaret Thatcher and the Biographers.
Garnett, M.A. 05/2007 In: Political Studies Review. 5, 2, p. 172-182. 11 p.
Exploring British politics.
Garnett, M. 2007 Harlow : Pearson Longman. 499 p. ISBN: 9780582894310.
From Anger to Apathy: The British Experience since 1975.
Garnett, M.A. 2007 Jonathan Cape. ISBN: 9780224073066.
Margaret Thatcher: the woman and her times
Garnett, M.A. 2006 In: The human tradition in modern Britain. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman and Littlefield Publishers p. 235-248. 14 p. ISBN: 9780742537347.
Principles and politics in contemporary Britain.
Garnett, M. 2006 Exeter : Imprint Academic. 299 p. ISBN: 9781845400262.
Planning for power : 1964-70.
Garnett, M. 2005 In: Recovering power : the Conservatives in opposition since 1867. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 192-218. 27 p.
The Conservative centre.
Garnett, M. 2005 In: The political thought of the Conservative party since 1945. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 51-68. 18 p.
UK government and politics.
Garnett, M., Lynch, P. 2005 Philip Allan. 397 p. ISBN: 1844894169.
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.
Bandwagon blues : the Tory fightback fails.
Garnett, M., Lynch, P. 01/2002 In: The Political Quarterly. 73, 1, p. 29-37. 9 p.
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.
Splendid! Splendid! The Authorised Biography of Willie Whitelaw.
Garnett, M.A., Aitken, I. 2002 Jonathan Cape. 386 p. ISBN: 0712606998.
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.
Keith Joseph: A Life.
Garnett, M.A., Denham, A. 2001 Acumen Press. 488 p. ISBN: 190268303X.
Whatever happened to the Tories?
Garnett, M., Gilmour, I. 1997 Fourth Estate. 440 p. ISBN: 1857024753.