Dr Tom Quinn

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr Tom Quinn
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    +44 (0) 1206 872505

  • Location

    5.012, Colchester Campus

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  • BSc (Econ) Queen Mary, London

  • MSc, PhD London School of Economics

Research and professional activities

Research interests

UK party leadership elections

the Labour Party, including links with trade unions

party organisation and intra-party democracy

strategic positioning of British political parties

UK party system

Current research

UK party leadership elections

UK party system change

plurality electoral system ('first-past-the-post') and accountability

Teaching and supervision

  • Political Parties in Britain and Europe (GV519)


Journals (28)

Quinn, T., (2018). The Conservative Party's Leadership Election of 2016: Choosing a Leader in Government. British Politics

Quinn, T., (2017). Third-Party Strategy under Plurality Rule: The British Liberal Democrats and the New Zealand Social Credit Party. Political Studies. 65 (3)

Quinn, T., (2017). The Selection of Political Party Leaders in Contemporary Parliamentary Democracies: A Comparative Study. PARTY POLITICS. 23 (1)

QUINN, T., (2016). Throwing the rascals out? Problems of accountability in two-party systems. European Journal of Political Research. 55 (1)

Quinn, T., (2016). The British Labour Party’s leadership election of 2015. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 18 (4)

Quinn, T., (2015). The Blair Supremacy: A Study in the Politics of Labour's Party Management. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 13 (4)

Quinn, T. and Heppell, T., (2015). Leaders of the opposition: From Churchill to Cameron. PARTY POLITICS. 21 (3)

Quinn, T., (2015). How power changes hands: Transition and succession in government. PARTY POLITICS. 21 (3)

Quinn, T., (2013). From Two-Partism to Alternating Predominance: The Changing UK Party System, 1950–2010. Political Studies. 61 (2)

Quinn, T., (2013). Cameron and the Conservatives: The Transition to Coalition Government. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 11 (2)

Quinn, T., (2012). Spin doctors and political news management: A rational-choice ‘exchange’ analysis. British Politics. 7 (3)

Quinn, T., (2011). From New Labour to New Politics: The British General Election of 2010. West European Politics. 34 (2)

Quinn, T., Bara, J. and Bartle, J., (2011). The UK Coalition Agreement of 2010: Who Won?. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 21 (2)

Quinn, T., (2011). Choosing the Labour Leader: Labour Party Leadership Elections from Wilson to Brown. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 9 (3)

Quinn, T., (2010). New Labour and the Trade Unions in Britain. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 20 (3)


Quinn, T., (2010). Ten years of New Labour. British Politics. 5 (3)

Quinn, T., (2009). After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics. PARTY POLITICS. 15 (2)

Quinn, T., (2009). Choosing the Tory Leader: Conservative Party Leadership Elections from Heath to Cameron. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 7 (1)

Quinn, T., (2009). Prolonged Labour: The Slow Birth of New Labour Britain. PARTY POLITICS. 15 (2)

Quinn, T., (2009). Building New Labour: The Politics of Party Organisation. PARTY POLITICS. 15 (2)

Quinn, T., (2008). The Cost of Democracy: Party Funding in Modern British Politics. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 6 (2)

Quinn, T., (2008). The Conservative Party and the ?Centre Ground? of British Politics. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 18 (2)

Quinn, T., (2006). Choosing the least-worst government: The British general election of 2005. West European Politics. 29 (1)

Quinn, T., (2005). Leasehold or Freehold? Leader-Eviction Rules in the British Conservative and Labour Parties. Political Studies. 53 (4)

Quinn, T., (2002). Block voting in the Labour Party: A political exchange model. Party Politics. 8 (2)

Quinn, T., (2001). Labour's first century. POLITICAL STUDIES. 49 (1)

Quinn, T., From the Wembley Conference to the 'McDonnell Amendment': Labour’s Leadership Nomination Rules. Political Quarterly

Books (2)

Quinn, T., (2012). Electing and ejecting party leaders in Britain. 9780230362789

Allen, N., Bartle, J., Birch, S., Campbell, R., Clarke, HD., Curtice, J., Goodwin, M., Johns, R., Kenny, M., Quinn, T. and Whiteley, P., None past the post: Britain at the polls 2017. Manchester University Press

Chapters (1)

Quinn, T. and Clements, B., (2011). Realignment in the centre: The Liberal Democrats. In: Britain at the Polls 2010. 63- 88. 9781446269220

Grants and funding


Mandates, Manifestos and Coalitions: UK Party Politics after 2010

The Constitution Society

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5.012, Colchester Campus

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