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I work on New Labour's political economy, with a particular focus on the oft-ignored role of John Prescott's super-ministries, thereby offering a novel interpretation of the New Labour project and impact. 

For part of the second year of the PhD, I am working on secondment in the Labour Market Analysis team at the Department for Work and Pensions. 

I also have an interest in the history of the social sciences and political economy in the 20th century, which sees me look at the history of 'neoliberal' thought.

Gaining a starred first in Human, Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge, I then completed an MPhil on technology and democracy in the works of Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse, specifically their interaction with American Pragmatism and theorists of technocracy. I have also worked on lottery and contemporary democratic representation. 


  • Labour Party political economy
  • Housing
  • Regionalism
  • UK politics
  • Monetary policy 
  • International political economy, especially business politics and global finance
  • 20th century political thought and history of social sciences


Key publications: 

- 'The problem with the Corbyn-McDonnell regional agenda, and where to look for lessons.' LSE Politics and Policy Blog

- 'Corbyn’s September: Reading the Benn Act and Party Conference through the Labour Party’s recent history.' In The Long Run, POLIS.

Teaching and Supervisions


I teach on two papers:

  • The History of Political Thought 1890-present
  • The Politics of Europe (British module) 
Department: POLIS
Supervisor: Dr Peter Sloman
College: Corpus Christi
AHRC subject area: Political Science
Title of thesis: The Political Economy of New Labour and John Prescott: a study of the politics and built environment of England 1997-2010
 Jerry  O'Shea

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