Dr Philip Lynch

Dr Phil Lynch

Associate Professor in Politics

BA (Leeds), MA (York), PhD (Warwick)

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2712
  • Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5082
  • Email: PLL3@leicester.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @DrPhilipLynch
  • Office: Attenborough Tower 1002
  • Feedback and Support Hours 2018-19: I am on research leave in Semester 2
  •  Teaching

Undergraduate Modules:

  • PL3098 The Conservatives: Crisis and Recovery
  • PL3107 Brexit and British Politics
  • PL2020 Political Parties in Contemporary Britain

Postgraduate Modules (Distance Learning):

  • PL7595 Euroscepticism


I am co-author of two textbooks on British politics:

  • Exploring British Politics, 4th edition, (Routledge, 2016) is a concise and accessible undergraduate textbook which is designed to stimulate critical analysis and provoke lively debate. It provides new perspectives on two key themes – the health of British democracy and the transition from traditional models of government to more flexible forms of 'governance'.
  • UK Government and Politics, (with Paul Fairclough and Toby Cooper), 5th edition, Hodder Education, 2017. Fully updated for the new AS/A level specifications, and covering key topics for all exam boards.

I am also a regular contributor to, and member of the editorial board of Politics Review, the leading magazine for students of Politics.



UK Government and Politics for AS/A level, 5th edition [with Paul Fairclough and Toby Cooper]. (London: Hodder Education, 2017). Pp.352. ISBN 978-1471889238.


Exploring British Politics, 4th edition [with Mark Garnett]. (Oxford: Routledge, 2016). Pp.620. ISBN 9781138842786.


The Conservatives in CrisisThe Conservatives in Crisis. The Tories after 1997 [Editor, with Mark Garnett], (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003) Pp.ix + 320. ISBN 0719063310.


Reforming the European Union Reforming the European Union: From Maastricht to Amsterdam [co-editor]. (London: Longman, 2000). Pp. xii + 256. ISBN 0582289866.


 The Politics of NationhoodThe Politics of Nationhood: Sovereignty, Britishness and Conservative Politics (London: Palgrave, 1999) Pp.xiii + 201. ISBN 0333656121.

Recent Journal Articles

Book chapters


My main research focus is on party politics on the centre right in Britain.  I am particularly interested in the Conservative Party and European integration; the relationship between the Conservative Party and the British nation state; and Euroscepticism in Britain, notably the UK Independence Party.

Current research

1. Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process https://parlbrexit.co.uk/

This study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (with Adam Cygan and Richard Whitaker) as part of the 'UK in a Changing Europe' programme focuses on how the Brexit vote has affected UK party politics, how Parliament has responded to Brexit in terms of its structures and procedures, and attempts to identify those areas of policy that have been most subject to conflict between and within parties and are most likely to change once the UK has left the EU.

2. The Conservative Party and European Integration

My research in this area examines why European integration has been such a difficult issue for the Conservative Party: Conservative policy on European integration: divisions within the Conservative Party on the EU issue and how they are managed: the character of Conservative Euroscepticism; and the Conservatives in the European Parliament.

3. The Conservatives, UKIP and party competition on the centre right

This research with Richard Whitaker, originally funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2009-10), examines party competition between the Conservatives and UK Independence Party (UKIP), with a primary focus on the issue of European integration. It assesses the rise of UKIP and the challenges this poses for the Conservatives, plus the attitudes, policies, support and electoral strategies of the two parties.

 Research grants

  • 'Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process', (with Adam Cygan and Richard Whitaker), Economic and Social Research Council, 2017-18.
  • 'Competing on the Centre Right: an Examination of Party Strategy in Britain', (principal applicant, with Richard Whitaker). Leverhulme Trust, £49,212, 2009-10.
  • 'The Conservatives in the European Parliament: Pariahs or Poodles of the Party Leadership?' (principal applicant, with Richard Whitaker). British Academy, £3,723, 2005/06.
  • 'The British-Irish Council: Dynamics of Institutional Change' (with Stephen Hopkins). Economic and Social Research Council, £5,099, 2000.

Recent research activities

I presented a paper 'Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process' at the 2017 EPOP annual conference at the University of Nottingham. In 2016, I presented 'Making Common(s) Cause: the Parliamentary Activities of Conservative Eurosceptic MPs 2010-15' at the annual conference of the Political Studies Association (Brighton). I gave a paper on Conservative modernisation and European integration to a workshop on 'Whatever happened to Conservative modernisation?' at the University of Leeds in September 2014. Richard Whitaker and I have presented papers on the Conservatives, UKIP and European integration at a number of conferences including the 2014 annual conference of the Political Studies Association (Manchester), the 2013 annual conference of the American Political Science Association (Chicago), and the 2010 ECPR joint sessions (Munster).


I would be interested in supervising postgraduate research on the centre right in Britain, (particularly the Conservative Party and UKIP) and British politics and European integration (particularly Euroscepticism).

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