Dr Tom Quinn

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

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    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

  • The New British Politics (GV204)

  • Political Parties in Britain and Europe (GV519)


Journal articles (28)

Quinn, T., (2018). The Conservative Party's Leadership Election of 2016: Choosing a Leader in Government. British Politics, 1-23

Quinn, T., (2018). From the Wembley Conference to the 'McDonnell Amendment': Labour’s Leadership Nomination Rules. Political Quarterly. 89 (3), 474-481

Quinn, T., (2017). Third-Party Strategy under Plurality Rule: The British Liberal Democrats and the New Zealand Social Credit Party. Political Studies. 65 (3), 740-763

Quinn, T., (2017). The Selection of Political Party Leaders in Contemporary Parliamentary Democracies: A Comparative Study. PARTY POLITICS. 23 (1), 76-77

QUINN, T., (2016). Throwing the rascals out? Problems of accountability in two-party systems. European Journal of Political Research. 55 (1), 120-137

Quinn, T., (2016). The British Labour Party’s leadership election of 2015. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 18 (4), 759-778

Quinn, T., (2015). The Blair Supremacy: A Study in the Politics of Labour's Party Management. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 13 (4), 609-610

Quinn, T. and Heppell, T., (2015). Leaders of the opposition: From Churchill to Cameron. PARTY POLITICS. 21 (3), 495-496

Quinn, T., (2015). How power changes hands: Transition and succession in government. PARTY POLITICS. 21 (3), 495-496

Quinn, T., (2013). From Two-Partism to Alternating Predominance: The Changing UK Party System, 1950–2010. Political Studies. 61 (2), 378-400

Quinn, T., (2013). Cameron and the Conservatives: The Transition to Coalition Government. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 11 (2), 287-287

Quinn, T., (2012). Spin doctors and political news management: A rational-choice ‘exchange’ analysis. British Politics. 7 (3), 272-300

Quinn, T., (2011). From New Labour to New Politics: The British General Election of 2010. West European Politics. 34 (2), 403-411

Quinn, T., Bara, J. and Bartle, J., (2011). The UK Coalition Agreement of 2010: Who Won?. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 21 (2), 295-312

Quinn, T., (2011). Choosing the Labour Leader: Labour Party Leadership Elections from Wilson to Brown. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 9 (3), 426-426

Quinn, T., (2010). New Labour and the Trade Unions in Britain. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 20 (3), 357-380

Quinn, T., (2010). MEMBERSHIP BALLOTS IN PARTY LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS IN BRITAIN. Representation. 46 (1), 101-117

Quinn, T., (2010). Ten years of New Labour. British Politics. 5 (3), 386-387

Quinn, T., (2009). After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics. PARTY POLITICS. 15 (2), 243-247

Quinn, T., (2009). Choosing the Tory Leader: Conservative Party Leadership Elections from Heath to Cameron. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 7 (1), 145-145

Quinn, T., (2009). Prolonged Labour: The Slow Birth of New Labour Britain. PARTY POLITICS. 15 (2), 243-247

Quinn, T., (2009). Building New Labour: The Politics of Party Organisation. PARTY POLITICS. 15 (2), 243-247

Quinn, T., (2008). The Cost of Democracy: Party Funding in Modern British Politics. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW. 6 (2), 224-225

Quinn, T., (2008). The Conservative Party and the ?Centre Ground? of British Politics. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 18 (2), 179-199

Quinn, T., (2006). Choosing the least-worst government: The British general election of 2005. West European Politics. 29 (1), 169-178

Quinn, T., (2005). Leasehold or Freehold? Leader-Eviction Rules in the British Conservative and Labour Parties. Political Studies. 53 (4), 793-815

Quinn, T., (2002). Block voting in the Labour Party: A political exchange model. Party Politics. 8 (2), 207-226

Quinn, T., (2001). Labour's first century. POLITICAL STUDIES. 49 (1), 153-154

Books (2)

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

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

Book 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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