Dr Simon Griffiths

Simon teaches, writes about, and comments on, contemporary British politics, the history of political thought in the UK, and public policy.

Staff details

Dr Simon Griffiths




Politics and International Relations


s.griffiths (@gold.ac.uk)

Dr Simon Griffiths writes about and teaches British politics and public policy. 

He joined the department in 2008 and 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.

Simon has written for newspapers such as The Independent, Times and The Guardian, and regularly appears on TV and radio to discuss British politics.


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 and research outputs


Griffiths, Simon and Leach, Robert. 2018. British Politics. London: Macmillan Higher Education. ISBN 9781137603005

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

Edited Book

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

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

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

Book Section

Griffiths, Simon. 2020. The contracting state: austerity and the public services. In: M Guderjan; H Mackay and G Stedman, eds. Contested Britain Brexit, Austerity and Agency. Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781529205022

Griffiths, Simon. 2017. ‘I’m Telling You, and You’ll Listen’: Ethos in the Rhetoric of Neil Kinnock. In: Judi Atkins and John Gaffney, eds. Voices of the UK Left Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 23-37. ISBN 978-3-319-51901-2

Griffiths, Simon. 2016. Public Services. In: Kevin Hickson, ed. Rebuilding Social Democracy: core principles for the centre left. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 59-76. ISBN 9781447333173


Griffiths, Simon and Kippin, Henry. 2017. Public Services after Austerity: Zombies, Suez or Collaboration? Political quarterly, 88(3), pp. 417-424. ISSN 0032-3179

Griffiths, Simon. 2016. Liberal Democrats in coalition: education. Journal of Liberal History 92 – Special issue: Liberal Democrats and the coalition: the policy record, 92,

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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

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

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.


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

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

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