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Dr Andrew Roe-Crines BA, PhD, FHEA, FRHistS

Senior Lecturer in British Politics Politics

Research

Research Overview

I am a specialist in British Politics, governance, leadership, and institutions. My particular focus is on political communication and voting behaviour(s) on which I have written and/or edited a number of books and journal articles. At present my citations are 497 with a h-index of 14 and a i10-index of 20.

My research interest in political communication examines how the language used by politicians informs the health of a liberal democratic society. I do this by applying classical theories of political oratory and rhetoric upon contemporary British political leaders and concepts. This enables me to produce original research across a number of subfields which include Parliamentary behaviour, Conservative Party politics, Labour Party politics and the study of political ideology.

Along with Timothy Heppell and David Jeffery, I have also paricipated in a major study on political leadership which has produced a series of quantitative studies on MPs voting behaviour in the UK House of Commons. Themes witihin the project include (but are not limited to) attitudes towards international aid; Brexit; leadership preference(s). These studies have appeared in leading national and international academic journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies; Parliamentary Affairs; the British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties; British Politics, and Representation.

Alongside this project I have also published extensively on political communication in Contemporary British History, Politics and Religion, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Global Discourse. I have also produced academically informed 'think pieces' for Political Quarerly, The Fabian Review, Political Insight, and Renewal: Journal of Social Democracy, as well as online outlets such as The Conversation, the UK in a Changing Europe, and the ECPR blog 'The Loop'.

My most recent published (co)-authored book is a study of leadership selection entitled Choosing Party Leaders: Britain's Labour and Conservative Party Compared (with Peter Dorey (Cardiff) and Andrew Denham (Nottingham)). A further (co)-authored book with Timothy Heppell (Leeds) and Dorey (Cardiff) analyses political communication using the rhetorical theories from the ancient world entitled 'The Political Rhetoric and Oratory of Margaret Thatcher' was published with Palgrave in 2016.

In addition to these, I am also the contributing (co)-editor of a several academic studies that have appeared with Palgrave, Manchester University Press, Agenda Publishers, and Biteback. My latest collaborative project (with David Jeffery) concerned with statecraft and political leadership is a comprehensive academic study of Theresa May's time as leader of the Conservative Party which is due to be published with Palgrave (under contract) in 2023.

For Routledge I am also an editor of a forthcoming substantive project aimed at producing a new 600-page collection on 'The History of the Conservative Party' that is due for publication in 2026. The project involves over 50 historians and political experts of conservatism which will seek to provide a comprehensive history of the Party and its multifaceted evolution.

In 2021 I completed an academic study on Jeremy Corbyn's time and legacy as leader of the Labour Party with Agenda Publishers. In 2020 I completed a similar academic study (with Heppell, Leeds) on the legacy of Edward Heath entitled Policies and Politics Under Prime Minister Edward Heath and his significance on British conservatism and Conservative Party politics more broadly. Prior to these I have produced academic studies on the political legacy of Harold Wilson (with Kevin Hickson, Liverpool), Republican Orators (with Sophia Hatzisavvidou, Bath), Democratic Orators (with David S. Moon (Bath) and Robert Lehrman (American University, Washington DC)), Conservative Orators (Richard Hayton, Leeds), and Labour Orators (Hayton, Leeds).

As part of my continuing professional development I am currently researching the impact of 'entertaining' visual learning as a pedological approach using the method of phenomenography within the broader field of interpretivism. This is intended to produce an output in 2022/23.

In terms of doctoral supervision, I am enthusiastic to supervise promising PhD candidates researching British Politics, Parliamentary behaviour, political communication, or British Foreign Policy. I have recently successfully co-supervised (with Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg) a candidate (Steven Daniels) who was researching trade unionism, the miners, statecraft, & Thatcherism to completion and without amendments. Should you be interested in me supervising a project please visit the department page on doctoral research, or email me directly to discuss your ideas.

I am also a member of the departmental research cluster for Government, Parties and Elections led by Dr Luca Bernardi.

With regards to media engagement, I have appeared onnumerious national and local radio programmes such as BBC Breakfast, and contributed to written articles in national & international (US & European) press outlets. I am more than happy to provide media insights to news organisations on topics relevant to my research expertise. Please email me directly or contact the University media office if you would like me to book me for an appearance. Finally, my Twitter can be found at @AndrewCrines.

In September 2021, I presented a 'memorial paper' in memory of Dr Judi Atkins at the Second Annual Anglo-American Studies Roundtable in Prague which can be read here.

Click here to visit my ResearchGate page, and click here for my GoogleScholar. My ORCID profile can also be found here.

Select Journal Articles

(2022) 'The Degenerative Tendencies of Long-Serving Governments… 1963… 1996… 2009… the Conservatives in 2022?' Political Quarterly, 93 (2), 336-41. Full Text.

(2022, with David Jeffery and Timothy Heppell) 'The Conservative Party Leadership Election of 2019', Parliamentary Affairs, 75 (1), 113-34. Full Text.

(2021) 'A Problem of Communication: The Labour Leadership of Keir Starmer', Political Insight, 12 (4), 22-4. Full Text.

(2021, with Timothy Heppell & David Jeffery) 'Selecting Starmer:The Nomination Preferences of Labour Parliamentarians in the 2020 Labour Party Leadership Election', Representation. Full Text.

(2021, with Thomas McMeeking and Timothy Heppell) 'Prime Ministerial Power of Patronage: Ideology and Cabinet Selection under Margaret Thatcher 1979-1990', British Politics. Full Text.

(2020, with Timothy Heppell and David Jeffery) 'Theresa May and the Conservative Party Leadership Confidence Motion of 2018: Analysing the voting behaviour of Conservative parliamentarians', British Politics, 16, 317-35. Full Text.

(2019, with Timothy Heppell) 'Legitimising Euroscepticism? The construction, delivery and significance of the Bruges Speech', Contemporary British History, 34 (2), 204-27. Full Text.

(2019) Boris Johnson and the Future of British Conservatism, Political Insight, 10 (3), 4-6. Full Text.

(2019) Improving Democratic Discourse in UK General Election and Referendum Campaigns, Political Quarterly, 90 (2), 310-13. Full Text.

(2018, with David Jeffery, Richard Hayton, Timothy Heppell) 'The Conservative Party leadership election of 2016: An analysis of the voting motivations of Conservative Parliamentarians', Parliamentary Affairs, 71 (2), 263-82. Full Text.

(2018, with Timothy Heppell and David Jeffery) 'The British Labour Party and the Leadership Election Mandate(s) of Jeremy Corbyn: Patterns of Opinion and Opposition within the Parliamentary Labour Party', Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, 28 (3), 361-79. Full Text.

(2017, with Timothy Heppell and David Jeffery) 'The United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership: The Voting of Conservative Parliamentarians', Journal of Common Market Studies, 55 (4), 762-78. Full Text.

(2017, with Timothy Heppell and David Jeffery), 'The United Kingdom Government and the 0.7 Percent International Aid Target: Factors influencing attitudes amongst Conservative Parliamentarians', British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19 (4), 895-909. Full Text.

(2017) 'Transforming Labour: The 'New' Labour Leadership of Jeremy Corbyn', Political Insight, 8 (2), 26-29. Full Text.

(2017, with Stuart McAnulla) 'The Rhetoric of Alex Salmond and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum', British Politics, 12, 473-91. Full Text.

(2016, with Timothy Heppell) 'Conservative ministers in the coalition government of 2010-15: evidence of bias in the ministerial selections of David Cameron?', Journal of Legislative Studies, 22 (3), 385-403. Full Text.

(2016, with Timothy Heppell) 'Rhetorical Style and Issue Emphasis within the Conference Speeches of UKIP’s Nigel Farage 2010-2014', British Politics, 12 (2), 231-49. Full Text.

(2015, with Kevin Theakston) ‘Doing God in Number 10’: British prime ministers, religion and political rhetoric’, Politics and Religion, 8 (1), 155-77. Full Text.

(2015) 'Reforming Labour: The Labour Leadership of Jeremy Corbyn', Political Insight, 6 (3), 4-7. Full Text.

(2015, with Timothy Heppell and Michael Hill) ‘Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood Speech: A Rhetorical Political Analysis’, British Politics 11, 72-94. Full Text.

(2015) ‘The epideictic oratory of Barack Obama’, Global Discourse, 5 (4), 616-618. Full Text.

(2014) 'The rhetoric of neoliberalism in the politics of crisis', Global Discourse, 5 (1), 116-29. Full Text.

(2014) ‘A Discussion of Rhetoric in Harold Wilson’s White Heat Speech’, Renewal Journal of Social Democracy, 22 (3-4), 128-34. Full Text.

(2013) 'Why did Boris Johnson win the 2012 Mayoral election?', Public Policy and Administration Research, 3 (9), 1-7. Full Text.

(2013) ‘Rhetoric and the Coalition: Governing in the National Interest?’ Representation, 49 (2), 207-18. Full Text.

(2013) ‘An Analysis of George Galloway’s Oratorical and Rhetorical Impact’, Politics, 33 (2), 81-90. Full Text.

(2012, with Jamie Halsall) 'Remoulding Welfare Britain: The Philosophy of the Big Society in Cameron's Britain', Public Policy and Administrative Research', 2 (7). Full Text.

(2011, with Timothy Heppell) ‘How Michael Foot won the Labour Party leadership’, Political Quarterly, 82 (1), 81-94. Full Text.

(2010, with Timothy Heppell) ‘Ideological alignments within the parliamentary Labour Party and the leadership election of 1976’, British Politics, 5 (1), 65-91. Full Text.

Select Books and Edited Collections

Authored Books

(2020, with Andrew Denham and Peter Dorey) Choosing Party Leaders Britain's Conservatives and Labour Compared, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

(2016, with Timothy Heppell and Peter Dorey) The Political Rhetoric and Oratory of Margaret Thatcher, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Edited Collections

(2021) Corbynism in Perspective The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, Columbia University Press/Agenda Books.

(2021, with Timothy Heppell) Policies and Politics Under Prime Minister Edward Heath, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2017, with Sophia Hatzisavvidou) Republican Orators from Eisenhower to Trump, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2016, with Kevin Hickson) Harold Wilson: The Unprincipled Prime Minister? Reappraising Harold Wilson London: Biteback.

(2016, with David S Moon and Robert Lehrman) Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2015, with Richard Hayton) Conservative orators From Baldwin to Cameron, Manchester: Manchester University Press. Commissioned through the ‘New Perspectives on the Right’ series.

(2015, with Richard Hayton), Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Select Chapters

(2021) 'Who Governs? The General Election Defeats of 1974' in Roe-Crines, A & Heppell, T. (eds), Policies and Politics Under Prime Minister Edward Heath, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2020) 'Margaret Thatcher and the Rhetorical Road to Brexit' in Mullen, A., Farrall, S & Jeffery, D. (eds), Thatcherism in the 21st Century The Social and Cultural Legacy, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2020) 'The Rhetorical Portrayal of Public Servants' in Sullivan, H & Dickinson, H. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2018, with David Dolowitz) 'The Oratory of Donald Trump' in Crines, A. & Hatzisavvidou, S. (eds),Republican Orators from Eisenhower to Trump, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2017, with Stuart McAnulla) 'The Rhetorical Personas of George Galloway and Tommy Sheridan', Atkins, J. & Gaffney, J. (eds.) Voices of the UK Left Rhetoric: Ideology and the Performance of Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2016) 'The Rhetoric of the EU Referendum Campaign', Jackson, D., Thompson, E., Wring, D (eds.) EU Referendum Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from leading UK academics', PSA/CCRICC/CSJCC Report.

(2016) 'Harold Wilson as Orator', Crines A. and Hickson, K (eds.), Harold Wilson: The Unprincipled Prime Minister? Reappraising Harold Wilson, London: Biteback.

(2016, with Robert Lehrman) ‘The oratory of Barack Obama’ in Crines, A., Moon, D., and Lehrman, R. (eds.), Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

(2015) ‘The oratory of Ed Miliband’ in Crines, A. and Hayton, R. (eds.), Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

(2015, with Keith Laybourn) ‘The oratory of Aneurin Bevan’ in Crines, A. and Hayton, R. (eds.), Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

(2014) ‘Spitting Image and Political British Comedy’, in Atkins, J., Finlayson, A., Martin, J., Turnbull, N. (eds.), Rhetoric in British Politics and Society, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Research Collaborations

Prof Peter Dorey

Project: Choosing Party Leaders: Britain's Conservatives and Labour Compared
External: Cardiff University

Co-author

Prof Kevin Theakston

Project: ‘Doing God in Number 10’: British prime ministers, religion and political rhetoric
External: University of Leeds

Co-author

Prof David Dolowitz

Project: The Oratory of Donald Trump
Internal

Co-author

Prof Robert Lehrman

Project: The Oratory of Barack Obama
External: American University, Washington

Co-author

Dr Timothy Heppell

Project: Ongoing projects on ideological divisions within British political parties
External: University of Leeds

Co-author

Dr David Jeffery

Project: Ongoing projects on ideological divisions within British political parties
Internal

Co-author

Dr David S Moon

Project: Democratic Orators
External: University of Bath

Co-Editor

Dr Sophia Hatzisavvidou

Project: Republican Orators
External: University of Bath

Co-Editor

Dr Stuart McAnulla

Project: The Rhetoric of Alex Salmond and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum
External: University of Leeds

Co-author

Dr Andrew Denham

Project: Choosing Party Leaders: Britain's Conservatives and Labour Compared
External: University of Nottingham

Co-author

Dr Thomas McMeeking

Project: Prime Ministerial Powers of Patronage: Ideology and Cabinet Selection under Margaret Thatcher 1979-1990
External: University of Leeds

Co-author

Dr Richard Hayton

Project: Labour/Conservative Orator Projects
External: University of Leeds

Co-Editor