Toby James speaking at the British Leaders Launch

British Leaders Book Series launched at the House of Commons

Last week we launched a book series on British party leaders at the House of Commons, published with Biteback. John Bercow kindly hosted the event in his State Office.  The three books, of which I co-edit two, all focus on the issue of how to assess party leaders.  Jim Buller and I provide a chapter…Read more British Leaders Book Series launched at the House of Commons

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Five tests for Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn was emphatically elected as the next leader of the Labour Party at the weekend.  In a blog in the Huffington Post last week, I suggest that he, as with any Labour Leader, faces five key tests: 'Selecting a replacement for Ed Miliband has turned into an existential moment for the Labour Party, and…Read more Five tests for Jeremy Corbyn

A new trilogy of books on British political leaders out in September

This summer will be busy for politics in the UK as both the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats are elected new leaders of their parties. It is therefore perfect timing for a trilogy of books on British political leaders.  I've co-edited two of these on British Labour Leaders (with Charles Clarke) and British Conservative Leaders (with Charles Clarke,…Read more A new trilogy of books on British political leaders out in September

Political Leaders are facing challenging times

I recently convened a Political Studies Association workshop on political leadership at the University of East Anglia.  Below, I reflect on some of the lessons learnt. Political leaders are facing challenging times. International financial austerity has had dramatic consequences for leaders around the world. Leaders have often had to campaign for (re)election and govern with…Read more Political Leaders are facing challenging times