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Dr Simon Griffiths

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Politics
Email s.griffiths (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5319
Dr Simon Griffiths

Dr Simon Griffiths joined the Department in 2008. His research is mainly in the recent history of British political thought and on contemporary debates in the public services, particularly in health and education.

Simon has also held a variety of roles in public policy. He was formerly Senior Policy Advisor at the British Academy, where he was involved in setting up their Policy Centre. Before that he worked at a leading think tank; as a parliamentary researcher; and for the sociologist, Anthony Giddens.

In 2010-11, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Political Ideologies at Oxford University. Simon has also taught at Queen Mary, University of London, and the LSE.

As well as publishing academically on politics and public policy, Simon has written for newspapers such as The Independent, Times and The Guardian, and has appeared many times on television and radio to discuss British politics.

Teaching

Simon teaches various modules in British politics and public policy from first year to third year, and runs the department's third year work placement modules.

In 2013, he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Area of supervision

Simon has supervised PhDs on New Labour, post-war Conservatism, trade unionism and the Conservative Party and public services. He would be interested in supervising students in, amongst other things, contemporary British politics, political parties and ideology, the public services, or the recent history of British political thought.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, London School of Economics, 2006
  • MSc in Political Theory, London School of Economics, 2001
  • BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Wadham College, Oxford, 1998

Publications

Book

Engaging Enemies: Hayek and the left
Griffiths, Simon. 2014. Engaging Enemies: Hayek and the left. London: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781783481064

Edited Book

Public Services: A New Reform Agenda
Griffiths, Simon; Kippin, Henry and Stoker, Gerry, eds. 2013. Public Services: A New Reform Agenda. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781849665940

British Political Parties and Ideology after New Labour
Griffiths, Simon and Hickson, Kevin, eds. 2010. British Political Parties and Ideology after New Labour. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-22076-8

Well-being: How to lead the good life and what government should do to help
Griffiths, Simon and Reeves, Richard, eds. 2009. Well-being: How to lead the good life and what government should do to help. London: Social Market Foundation. ISBN 1904899676

Well-being how to lead the good life and what government should do to help
Griffiths, Simon and Reeves, Richard, eds. 2009. Well-being how to lead the good life and what government should do to help. The Social Market Foundation. ISBN 978-1904899679

The Politics of Aspiration
Griffiths, Simon, ed. 2007. The Politics of Aspiration. London: Social Market Foundation. ISBN 1-904899-53-6

The Politics of Aspiration
Griffiths, Simon, ed. 2007. The Politics of Aspiration. SMF.

Sociology
Giddens, Anthony and Griffiths, Simon, eds. 2006. Sociology. Polity Press; 5th Edition edition.

Book Section

‘Public Services: A New Agenda'
Griffiths, Simon and Kippin, Henry. 2013. ‘Public Services: A New Agenda'. In: Henry Kippin; Gerry Stoker and Simon Griffiths, eds. Public Services: A New Agenda. London: Bloomsbury 3PL, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-1474218054

Neil Kinnock
Griffiths, Simon. 2012. Neil Kinnock. In: Tim Heppell; Nigel Fletcher; Philip Norton and Tim Bale, eds. Leaders of the Opposition. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 142-154. ISBN 978-0230296473

The Con/Lib Agenda for Education
Griffiths, Simon. 2011. The Con/Lib Agenda for Education. In: Matt Beech and Simon Lee, eds. The Cameron-Clegg Government: Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 75-88. ISBN 9780230296442

New Labour, New Liberalism and Revisionism's Second Wave
Griffiths, Simon. 2010. New Labour, New Liberalism and Revisionism's Second Wave. In: Simon Griffiths and Kevin Hickson, eds. British Party Politics and Ideology after New Labour. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 70-86. ISBN 978-0-230-22076-8

Introduction
Griffiths, Simon and Hickson, Kevin. 2009. Introduction. In: Simon Griffiths and Kevin Hickson, eds. British Political Parties and Ideology After New Labour. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-1137516435

Preface
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. Preface. In: Simon Griffiths and Richard Reeves, eds. Well-being. The Social Market Foundation.

Cameron’s Conservatives and Public Service Reform
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. Cameron’s Conservatives and Public Service Reform. In: Matt Beech and Simon Lee, eds. The Conservatives under David Cameron Built to Last? Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 97-108. ISBN 978-0-230-57565-3

Article

What was Progressive in ‘Progressive Conservatism’?
Griffiths, Simon. 2014. What was Progressive in ‘Progressive Conservatism’? Political Studies Review, 12(1), pp. 29-40. ISSN 1478-9299

The retreat of the state: Conservative ‘modernisation’ and the public services
Griffiths, Simon. 2011. The retreat of the state: Conservative ‘modernisation’ and the public services. Public Policy Review, 18(1), pp. 23-29.

Pluralism, neo-liberalism and the all-knowing state
Griffiths, Simon. 2011. Pluralism, neo-liberalism and the all-knowing state. Journal of Political Ideologies, 16(3), pp. 295-311. ISSN 1356-9317

‘Pluralism, neo-liberalism and the 'all-knowing' state’
Griffiths, Simon. 2011. ‘Pluralism, neo-liberalism and the 'all-knowing' state’. Journal of Political Ideologies, 16(3), pp. 295-311. ISSN 1356-9317

‘The retreat of the state: Conservative ‘modernisation’ and the public services’
Griffiths, Simon. 2011. ‘The retreat of the state: Conservative ‘modernisation’ and the public services’. Public Policy Research, 18(1), pp. 23-29. ISSN 1744-5396

The Public Services Under Gordon Brown – Similar Reforms, Less Money
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. The Public Services Under Gordon Brown – Similar Reforms, Less Money. Policy Studies, 30(1), pp. 53-67. ISSN 0144-2872

The public services under Gordon Brown – similar reforms, less money
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. The public services under Gordon Brown – similar reforms, less money. Policy Studies, 30(1), pp. 53-67. ISSN 0144-2872

'Comrade Hayek' or the revival of liberalism? Andrew Gamble's engagement with the work of Friedrich Hayek
Griffiths, Simon. 2007. 'Comrade Hayek' or the revival of liberalism? Andrew Gamble's engagement with the work of Friedrich Hayek. Journal of Political Ideologies, 12(2), pp. 289-210. ISSN 1356-9317

‘"Comrade Hayek"? Andrew Gamble and the new right’
Griffiths, Simon. 2007. ‘"Comrade Hayek"? Andrew Gamble and the new right’. Journal of Political Ideologies, 12(2), pp. 189-210. ISSN 1356-9317

Market socialism in retrospect
Griffiths, Simon. 2006. Market socialism in retrospect. Contemporary Politics, 12(1), pp. 25-44. ISSN 1356-9775

‘Market Socialism in Retrospect’
Griffiths, Simon. 2006. ‘Market Socialism in Retrospect’. Contemporary Politics, 12(1), pp. 25-44. ISSN 1356-9775

Conference or Workshop Item

Social Democracy and the Market
Griffiths, Simon. 2010. 'Social Democracy and the Market'. In: UNSPECIFIED. UNDEFINED.

Into University, The Politics of Aspiration
Griffiths, Simon. 2010. 'Into University, The Politics of Aspiration'. In: UNSPECIFIED. UNDEFINED.

House of Lords, presentation to the Social Democratic Philosophy Group
Griffiths, Simon. 2010. 'House of Lords, presentation to the Social Democratic Philosophy Group'. In: House of Lords, presentation to the Social Democratic Philosophy Group. House of Lords.

evidence to House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on behavioural change
Griffiths, Simon. 2010. 'evidence to House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on behavioural change'. In: House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. UNDEFINED.

Happiness and the third way
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. 'Happiness and the third way'. In: ESRC seminar series on emotional well-being. UNDEFINED.

‘Personalisation, choice and empowerment: a political & economic reality check’
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. '‘Personalisation, choice and empowerment: a political & economic reality check’'. In: Independent Living Association Annual Conference. UNDEFINED.

Report

History and policymaking in the Cabinet Office
Griffiths, Simon. 2014. History and policymaking in the Cabinet Office. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

Collective co-production: working together to improve public services
Griffiths, Simon and Foley, Beth. 2010. Collective co-production: working together to improve public services. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

Engaging Behaviour
Griffiths, Simon and Foley, Beth. 2010. Engaging Behaviour. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

Assertive Citizens: New Relations in the Public Services
Griffiths, Simon; Foley, Beth and Prendergrast, Jessica. 2009. Assertive Citizens: New Relations in the Public Services. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

SMF Health Project: Supply Side Paper
Griffiths, Simon. 2008. SMF Health Project: Supply Side Paper. Other. The Social Market Foundation.

Ideopolis: Knowledge City Regions - Enabling Norwich in the Knowledge Economy
Williams, Laura; Jones, Alexandra; Lee, Neil and Griffiths, Simon. 2006. Ideopolis: Knowledge City Regions - Enabling Norwich in the Knowledge Economy. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

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