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Christopher Byrne


About Christopher Byrne

Dr. Christopher Byrne is a Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Sciences. He researches and teaches British political history, political leadership, the UK Parliament, and contemporary political theory. Recent research projects include studies of the effect of neoliberal thought on the structure of British central government, the political afterlives of Members of Parliament, and the merits of Prime Minister's Questions as a means of democratic accountability.

As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he is also keenly interested in higher education pedagogy and has carried out research on the teaching of gender in politics and international relations departments in the UK, the determinants of graduate employability, and dyslexia-friendly education in the social sciences.

He previously worked at the University of Exeter and the University of Leeds.

Current Teaching

Dr. Christopher Byrne is leader of the level 5 The UK & EU module and the level 6 Policymaking module. He also helps teach the level 5 Active Citizenship module.

Research Interests

Christopher's research interests lie in British political history, political leadership, parliaments, neoliberalism and depoliticisation.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (3)

  • Byrne C; Randall N; Theakston K (2017), Evaluating British prime ministerial performance: David Cameron's premiership in political time. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol. 19 (1), p. 202-220.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148116685260
  • Foster EA; Kerr P; Byrne C (2014), Rolling back to roll forward: depoliticisation and the extension of government. POLICY AND POLITICS, vol. 42 (2), p. 225-241.
    https://doi.org/10.1332/030557312X655945
  • Bates SR; Kerr P; Byrne C; Stanley L (2014), Questions to the Prime Minister: A Comparative Study of PMQs from Thatcher to Cameron. Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 67 (2), p. 253-280.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gss044
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