APSA ANNUAL MEETING 2022 IN MONTREAL: BRITISH POLITICS GROUP PANEL

We look forward to seeing many of our members at the APSA Annual Meeting in Montréal from September 15-18, 2022. We thank our panel organizer, Chitralekha Basu, for her work on our program this year! Abstracts of each paper may be found on the APSA website on-line program.

The State of the Union(s): Sub-national Challenges to the UK

Thursday, September 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, location to be announced

This panel examines the pressures upon the maintenance of the UK. Amid continuing demands for a second referendum on Scottish independence, calls for a border poll on whether Northern Ireland should remain part of the UK or unify with Ireland and the growth of the Yes Cymru Welsh independence movement, the session examines the extent to which fears of the dissolution of the UK are real or exaggerated. Using new datasets from ongoing Economic and Social Research Council-funded projects, the panel assesses the degree of support for the Union with each of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales examining in particular a) the extent to which politics in each polity is defined by a unionist versus nationalist binary b) whether or not there is a discernible Brexit effect undermining fidelity to the UK and c) the impact of the rising institutional strength of the devolved governments and legislatures, exemplified by the variations in Covid regulations across the UK implemented by both pro- and anti-Union parties, in reconfiguring conceptions of Westminster’s relations with the nations of the Union. The panel assesses the modern purpose of the Union, explores whether current strains are likely to accentuate and considers what strategies of the containment of separatist tendencies are viable.

Chair: Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool

Discussant: Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Papers:

“Nationalism and Utopianism in Scotland and the United States,” Paul T. McCartney, Towson University

“Vote Switching and the Constitution: Evidence from the Scottish Election Study,” Ailsa Henderson, University of Edinburgh

“From Brexit to Border Poll? Northern Ireland’s Constitutional Future,” Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool; Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University; Maire Braniff, Ulster University; Jim McAuley, University of Huddersfield; and Sophie Whiting, University of Bath

“Wales and the UK: Territorial Strategies, Devolution, and Union,” Jonathan Paul Bradbury, University of Wales, Swansea

“Labour as the Party of Wales: Explaining 100 Years of Labour Dominance,” Richard Wyn Jones, Wales Governance Centre

ANNOUNCEMENT: THE DONALD E. STOKES DISSERTATION RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

 

The British Politics Group is pleased to announce the Donald E. Stokes Dissertation Research Fellowship. This fellowship of $1000 U.S. is intended to assist a graduate student at a North American university working on a dissertation on British politics (broadly defined to include comparative and historical work as well as contemporary British politics) to conduct research in the United Kingdom. The application deadline for the 2022 competition is Saturday, April 30, 2022. Applications should include a prospectus of 3-5 pages (double-spaced) that outlines the project and makes clear how the fellowship will aid the research, plus a brief C.V. of no more than three pages. A letter from the Chair of the Dissertation Committee concerning the research is also required. Research should be conducted in the United Kingdom sometime during the period starting May 2022 through the end of December 2023. The successful applicant is required to submit a brief report (3-5 double-spaced pages) on the research financed by the fellowship no later than April 30, 2024. Applications will be judged by an international committee of British politics scholars.

The fellowship honors Donald E. Stokes, a founding member of the British Politics Group, a member of its first Executive Committee, and co-author of the seminal book, Political Change in Britain.

           

All materials and/or inquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Janet Laible, Executive Director

British Politics Group

Email: jml6[AT]lehigh.edu

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE 2022 APSA ANNUAL MEETING

Submissions are now being accepted for the British Politics Group at the

2022 APSA Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 1159pm (Pacific Time)

The British Politics Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and other innovative formats on any topic related to British politics for the 2022 APSA annual meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada. We are open to proposals that focus on the United Kingdom as a case study as well as those that provide comparative perspectives on British politics, regardless of methodological approach. Proposals may wish to consider the theme for the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting, “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science,” which invites participants to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of the post-pandemic era. Proposals might address, for example, the implications of the pandemic or Brexit for British politics; the future of the Union; the realities of government and elections in an increasingly diverse and divided Britain; or the consequences of rising economic, social and regional inequality for British politics and society. In line with APSA’s diversity statement, we welcome submissions from scholars from diverse backgrounds, and especially invite submissions from junior scholars or those new to the group. Note that all proposals must go through the APSA on-line process and must be submitted by the regular APSA deadline. Please follow APSA guidelines for submissions, e.g., paper proposals will need an abstract of the paper and full contact details for the presenter(s); panel proposals will need panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. Please also note that all presenters including co-authors must be dues-paying members of the BPG in order to appear on the program (presenters may join the BPG after acceptance to the conference). Information about the British Politics Group, including membership information, may be found at britishpoliticsgroup.com. Additional questions may be addressed to the Program Chair, Chitralekha Basu, at basu[AT]wiso.uni-koeln.de or BPG Executive Director, Janet Laible, at jml6[AT]lehigh.edu.

Update on the BPG Virtual Conference on 8 December 2021

The agenda for our virtual conference, “Anglo-American Politics in Transition: After Brexit and Trump,” is now available here: BPG-CBP Conference_Final

The conference will be taking place on Zoom, beginning at 3pm in the UK – many thanks to our organizer, Dr. Kevin Hickson, for accommodating American participants with this schedule. The Zoom information is:

Topic: BPG Conference

Time: Dec 8, 2021 03:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/98209525998?pwd=RXZRRmtCam5TbmEwQUZKa0phSlNBUT09

(You may need to copy and paste this link). You will be admitted to the meeting by the host, so please wait if you find yourself in a ”waiting room.”

Meeting ID: 982 0952 5998

Announcing a one-day online conference via Zoom* on 8 December 2021:

2021.12.08 BPG CBP V2

Anglo-American Politics in Transition: Beyond Brexit and Trump.

We are happy to announce that our previously-postponed short course will be going forward, with many thanks to Dr. Kevin Hickson of the University of Liverpool and in cooperation with the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull. Proposals for papers are still being accepted. Please contact Dr. Hickson if you would like to propose a paper.

*Note that this conference will be taking place over Zoom, not MS Teams.

APSA Annual Meeting 2021: British Politics Group Virtual Panels

We are pleased to announce that the British Politics Group will have two panels at the upcoming APSA 2021 Meeting – many thanks to our program organizer this year, Holly Jarman, for assembling excellent panels. Both panels will be offered virtually (and thus you will need to access them through APSA’s on-line platform). Please be sure to check your time-zone, as both panels will be taking place at 6am local time in Seattle.

Britain Beyond Boris and Brexit: The Future Trajectory of Politics in the UK

Saturday, October 2, 6am to 7.30am (Pacific Daylight Time)

Come and join members of the APSA related British Politics Group for a roundtable discussion about the future of UK politics, particularly the big picture challenges that the Brexit debate has obscured. The UK is still redefining its role in the world and the terms of its own democracy, while tackling a global pandemic, facing an economic downturn, and struggling with ongoing issues of geographic and demographic political representation. With Brexit out of the way but not out of the picture, what will UK politics look like after a decade of disruption? Panelists will draw on their work on climate change, political economy, youth politics, public health, political parties and the welfare state to address this question.

Chair: Janet Laible, Lehigh University

Presenters:

Holly Jarman, University of Michigan

Sarah Pickard, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

Mark Vail, Wake Forest University

Ian P. McManus, Emerson College

Representation, Welfare and the State in the United Kingdom

Sunday, October 3, 6am to 7.30am (Pacific Daylight Time)

Join the APSA related British Politics Group for a discussion of contemporary UK politics and democracy. What can we learn about the potentially volatile state of British politics by studying the UK’s governing elites, its democratic institutions and its health and welfare systems? Panelists will discuss their work on these topics as well as the challenges of conducting empirical research in contemporary Britain.

Chair: Janet Laible, Lehigh University

Discussant: Sarah Pickard, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

Individual Presentations:

“G.I. Joe vs Tommy Atkins: Comparison of Veterans’ Benefits in the U.S. and U.K.,” Melissa Keller, University of Oregon

“Diagnosing the Health of British Democracy,” RIchard Rose, University of Strathclyde

“Tory Welfare in the Age of Brexit: From Cameron to Johnson,” Daniel Pitt, University of Hull

PLEASE NOTE: The short course has been cancelled due to current US restrictions on overseas visitors. We plan to offer this event in a virtual format at a later date – please check back for updates!

ANGLO-AMERICAN POLITICS IN TRANSITION: AFTER BREXIT AND TRUMP

This short course will be offered by the British Politics Group on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in conjunction with the APSA Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Recent years have seen unprecedented upheavals in both British and US politics. The 2016 referendum on continued membership of the European Union caused deep divisions in British politics, leading to two general elections, parliamentary gridlock and public demonstrations. Formal withdrawal was achieved in early 2020 and the trade deal announced on Christmas Eve, taking effect on 1st January 2021. Meanwhile in the USA the defeat of Donald Trump in November’s presidential election led to his calling the result into question and the storming of Congress.

Now, with both Brexit and the Presidential election resolved the aim of this one-day short course is to explain why these events happened and what the future holds. The ‘special relationship’ between the UK and the US may be challenged as never before. President Biden has professed his support for the European Union and disappointment at Britain’s withdrawal. Several leading advocates of Brexit had pinned their hopes on a trade deal with the US under the seemingly more sympathetic presidency of Mr Trump. The change of presidency may pose an obstacle to obtaining a trade deal going forward.

The future of US and UK politics is open to speculation in other ways. Some commentators on both sides of the Atlantic argued that the Trump presidency and Brexit were expressions of ‘populism’. Some hope that the apparent rejection of populism in the US with the election of Joe Biden will also spell the end of populism in Britain. However, for the moment at least, cultural conflicts remain deep in both countries.

Recent events also bring into new focus the role of both the US and the UK in geopolitics. There are numerous issues here but to name but two – what will relations between both countries and China be like going forward? There is a growing anti-China sentiment in the UK government. Some have argued that Biden will be more friendly towards China while others have questioned that. Will the UK and US reach a shared position on China and, if so, what will it look like? A second issue is the role of both countries in working towards common environmental goals. Trump was a skeptic on global warming but both Biden and Johnson have expressed a desire to bring about a new international agreement here.

Finally, both countries have been severely challenged by the global pandemic, being among the worst affected countries in the developed world. Will this lead to a new social and economic settlement in both countries?

The short course is organized by the British Politics Group and convened by Dr Kevin Hickson of the University of Liverpool, UK. Offers of papers and panels will be encouraged with the aim of having a full day event consisting of four full panels bringing together scholars from the US and the UK. Please send proposals to Dr. Hickson at K.Hickson[AT]liverpool.ac.uk

The BPG is pleased to announce our panel at the APSA 2020 (Virtual) Meeting*:

“Britain After Brexit”

Chair: Scott L. Greer, University of Michigan

Papers:

June Park and Troy Stangarone, Korea Economic Institute: “From Rules Makers to Rules Takers: The UK’s Choice on Huawei amid Brexit and AI”

Hannah Willis, University of Exeter: “Revisiting the Link Between Competitiveness and Turnout with Longitudinal Data”

Oleg Kodolov, University of Toronto: “The Obstacles to Brexit: Judiciary, Parliament, and the European Union”

Discussant: Nina Simeonova Barzachka, College of the Holy Cross

* Provisionally scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2pm to 3:30pm (Pacific Daylight Time). We will update this information as we are able!

Brexit: Transforming Politics, Policy, and Institutions

28 August 2019

Co-sponsored by the British Politics Group and the Political Studies Association (UK), with support from the British Journal of Politics and International Relations

A one-day short course at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park, Room: Virginia C

PANEL 1 — REGIONS, IDENTITIES, AND THE CONTEXT OF BREXIT

9:15 – 10:15

Chair: Janet Laible, Lehigh University

“A Tale of Many Cities: London and the Future of Brexit Britain,” Tim Oliver, Loughborough University London

“Why March for the Nation? The Causes of Irish and British Identity-Activism in Northern Ireland, 2006-2016,” Adam Brodie, University of Oxford

BREAK  10:15 – 10:30

PANEL 2 — BREXIT AND POLITICAL ECONOMY

10:30 – 11:45

Chair: Andrew Russell, University of Liverpool

“EU Single Market(s) After Brexit,” Michelle Egan, American University

Paper is part of a special issue of Politics and Governance Vol. 7 No. 3 (2019) edited by Ferdi De Ville and Gabe Sils Brugge; all articles are open access and available to download. Egan’s paper is available here.

“International Trade Policy in a Post-Brexit World,” Holly Jarman, University of Michigan

“Brexit: Implications for Social Policy,” Scott L. Greer, University of Michigan

BREAK FOR LUNCH, 11:45 – 13:30

PANEL 3 — PARTY LEADERSHIP AND THE CHALLENGES OF BREXIT

13:30 – 14:30

Chair: Matt Beech, University of Hull

“Evaluating Theresa May as Prime Minister: Constraint and Choice in the Disjunctive Premiership,” Chris Byrne, Leeds Beckett University; Nick Randall, Newcastle University; and Kevin Theakston, University of Leeds

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“Corbyn, Brexit, and State Aid: Prospects for a Revived British Industrial Policy,” Tom Wraight, Copenhagen Business School

BREAK  14:30 – 14:45

PANEL 4 — ROUNDTABLE: BREXIT – WHAT’S NEXT?

14:45 – 16:15

Chair: Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Participants:

Marc Geddes, University of Edinburgh

Henry Farrell, George Washington University

Matt Beech, University of Hull

Kevin Hickson, University of Liverpool

AS A GENTLE REMINDER: APSA short courses are intended only for APSA Annual Meeting attendees. You must register for the full APSA conference and the short course if you are presenting or attending. The short course fee – set by APSA – is $25. You will need to check in at the main APSA Conference Registration area in order to pick up your short course badge prior to attending. Based on past experience, APSA will be rather strict about enforcing these rules.

The BPG is pleased to announce our panel at the main APSA Conference!

Brexit and the Reordering of British Politics

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 10:00 – 11:30am, Hilton – Fairchild East

Co-sponsored with the European Politics and Society Division

Chair: Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Papers:

“‘Multiculturalism’ in Policy, Law and Theory: Britain, Brexit and Beyond,” Richard T. Ashcroft, University of California, Berkeley; Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley

“A Kingdom Divided: Brexit and the Reimagining of Labour’s Ideational Traditions,” Matt Beech, University of Hull

“Brexit and the Scottish National Tradition,” Stacey Spring, Boston University

“Brexit and the Conservative Tradition,” Kevin Hickson, University of Liverpool

Brexit and Beyond:

Implications for British and European Politics

Co-sponsored by the British Politics Group and the Political Studies Association, with support from the British Journal of Politics and International Relations

A one-day short course at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting, Boston, MA; Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston: Room 301

PANEL 1 — POLICY AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT

CHAIR: TBD

0900-1015

“The Legal Consequences of Brexit,” Kelley Littlepage, University of Houston

“The Brexit Time Bomb: Are We Witnessing the Disintegration of the UK?” Peter Moloney, Boston College

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“UK Policy-Making in a Post-Brexit World,” Richard Rose, University of Strathclyde

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BREAK 1015-1030

 

PANEL 2 — IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT FOR THE EU – I

CHAIR: Tim Bale, Queen Mary University, London

1030-1145

“Understanding Brexit: Process-Tracing, Critical Junctures and Institutional Reform,” Nina S. Barzachka, Dickinson College

“Getting out from Under those Judges? What Brexit Conflicts over the Court of Justice Reflects About British and EU Politics,” Lisa Conant, University of Denver

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“A Renewed Project for Europe: Brexit and the Future of EU Enlargement Policy,” Jamie Scalera, Georgia Southern University

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BREAK 1145-1200

PANEL 3 — BREXIT AND POLITICAL PARTY MEMBERSHIP

CHAIR: Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

1200-1315

“‘The Secret of Leaving’: Who Quits Their Party and Why? Grassroots Members in the UK,” Tim Bale, Queen Mary University, London; Monica Polletti, Queen Mary University, London; and Paul Webb, University of Sussex

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“From Multi-speed to multi-stream? Recognising the motivations, processes, and triggers in a multi-stream activation model of party membership,” Katharine Dommett, University of Sheffield; and Sam Power, University of Sheffield

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“Brexit and the SNP: Threat or Opportunity?” Rob Johns, University of Essex; James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh; and Lynn Bennie, University of Aberdeen

“Determined and Distinctive Britishness: The Democratic Unionist Party’s Membership,” Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool; Sophie Whiting, University of Bath; Jim McAuley, University of Huddersfield; and Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University

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LUNCH 1315-1445

 

PANEL 4 — IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT FOR THE EU – II

CHAIR: Janet Laible, Lehigh University

1445-1600

“A Stronger European Union? The Unexpected Security Consequences of Brexit ,” Federiga Bindi, University of Rome Tor Vergata and SAIS Johns Hopkins University

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“The Political Economy of Social Europe after Brexit,” Scott Greer, University of Michigan

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“European Union Trade Policy in the Wake of the Brexit Vote,” Holly Jarman, University of Michigan

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BREAK 1600-1615

PANEL 5 — THE NATIONS OF THE UK AND BREXIT

CHAIR: Nina S. Barzachka, Dickinson College

1615-1730

“Brexit’s Scottish Dimension: Dual Identities and Qualified Support for the EU,” Marco Biagi, Yale University

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“Brexit and Historical Precedent: The Dangers of Underestimating the SNP,” Stacey Gorski Spring, Boston University

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“United Kingdom and United Europe: The Implications of Brexit for Continued Unity,” A. Maurits van der Veen, College of William & Mary

AS A GENTLE REMINDER: APSA short courses are intended only for APSA Annual Meeting attendees. You must register for the full APSA conference and the short course if you are presenting or attending. The short course fee – set by APSA – is $25. You will need to check in at the main APSA Conference Registration in order to pick up your short course badge prior to attending. Based on past experience, APSA will be rather strict about enforcing these rules.

Brexit and Trump: What’s Next for the UK, EU and US?

One-Day Conference at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies Library on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce a conference sponsored by the British Politics Group and the Anglo-American Studies Program at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies Library, on Wednesday, August 30thBrexit and Trump: What’s Next for the UK, EU and US?  The lineup and conference papers are available here.  A highlight will be the keynote address given by David Brady and Doug Rivers of Stanford University at 3:30 p.m. Introducing them will be Andrew Whittaker, HM Consul General to San Francisco, whom we are delighted to welcome.  Following the keynote, we are partnering with the Hansard Society and hosting a post-conference reception.  It would be great to see BPG members there!

The BPG is happy to announce our program for APSA 2017!

If you are attending the APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, please attend the two panels of the British Politics Group – check your program for panel locations.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017: 12.00pm to 1.30pm
Panel title: New Research on the Brexit Vote
Chair: Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool
Discussant: Scott Greer, University of Michigan
Papers:
“Brexit or Block it? Party and Demographic EU divisions in Northern Ireland,”
Authors: Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool
Maire Braniff, Ulster University
Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University
Jim McAuley, University of Huddersfield
Sophie Whiting, University of Bath
“Challenging the Narrative of the Left-Behind Brexiter,”
Authors: Lorenza Antonucci
Laszlo Horvath
André Krouwel, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
“Perceptions of Change, Ethnicity, and Immigration Attitudes in Brexit”
Author: Hyun Tae Kim, University of Southern California
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017: 10.00am to 11.30am
Panel title: Constructing Public Values in British Politics
Chair: David Parker, Montana State University

Discussant: Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Papers:

“Why Euroscepticism hindered Europeanization in the UK”
Author: Joo Yeon Park

“Media Ownership Effects and Attitude Change: The Case of the UK Miners’ Strike”
Author: Liam Kneafsey, Trinity College Dublin

“How MP Expenses and Allowances Create Citizen Impressions”
Authors: David CW Parker, Montana State University
Courtney Kellogg, Montana State University