Theresa May

Statecraft: The Leadership of Theresa May

9:00am - 5:00pm / Friday 16th September 2022
Type: Conference / Category: Department
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The aim of this event will be to present the latter-stage research of a wider project looking at the political leadership of the former Prime Minister, Theresa May. The project examines her leadership using a thematic approach that draws methodological inspiration from Jim Bulpitt’s concept of ‘statecraft’. This is then applied to May’s leadership over a range of topics that are used to contextualise May’s time as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. Topics include electoral appeal, attempts to secure a Brexit deal, devolution and Northern Ireland, modernization of the party, management of the party, attitudes towards LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, the constitution, and Britishness, amongst others.
The rationale for reassessing May at this point is no period in history is as distant as the recent past. Furthermore, academic interest is starting to turn towards May and her leadership. Moreover, she remains an active and prominent voice in the party and on the backbenches in the Commons, thus ensuring her active profile continues to feed into political debates and decisions. Thus, whilst May is a former leader, she remains an active part of political life under the Premiership of her successor, Boris Johnson.
To scrutinize selected components of her wider leadership, this symposium looks at a selection of topics covered by the project. The symposium will present summations of research papers intended for publication in 2023. The symposium will be open to all to attend who have an interest in political leadership, ideology, statecraft, and conservatism more widely. We welcome undergraduates, postgraduate researchers, early career scholars, and all other academics who are interested in these dimensions of political analysis.
The symposium is organised by Dr Andrew S. Roe-Crines and Dr David Jeffery through the auspices of the Network for the Interface of Classics and Politics, alongside the Political Studies Association ‘Politics and History Specialist Group’.

Please register for this event via email to Dr Andrew Roe-Crines ( or Dr David Jeffery (