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.
- 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
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
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 and Hickson, Kevin. 2015. Party politics and ideology in hard times: preface to the 2015 paperback edition. In: Simon Griffiths and Kevin Hickson, eds. British Political Parties and Ideology after New Labour. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-22076-8
Griffiths, Simon. 2015. Education Policy: consumerism and competition. In: Simon Lee and Matt Beech, eds. The Conservative-Liberal Coalition Evaluated: Examining the Legacy of the Cameron-Clegg Government. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-46137-7
Griffiths, Simon and Kippin, Henry. 2013. Introduction. In: Simon Griffiths; Henry Kippin and Gerry Stoker, eds. Public Services: A New Reform Agenda. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9781849663489
Griffiths, Simon. 2013. British Socialism in and after the Twentieth Century. In: Paul Kelly and Sato Seishi, eds. Between Pluralism and Multiculturalism; Studies in Contemporary British Political Thought. Waseda University Press.
Griffiths, Simon. 2011. The Con/Lib Agenda for Education: Learning the Hard Way? In: Simon Lee and Matt Beech, eds. The Cameron-Clegg Government:Coalition Politics in an Age of Austerity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 75-88. ISBN 9780230290716
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
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
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
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. 2014. What was Progressive in ‘Progressive Conservatism’? Political Studies Review, 12(1), pp. 29-40. ISSN 1478-9299
Griffiths, Simon. 2014. Engaging enemies: Exploring the left’s fascination with Friedrich Hayek. Juncture, 21(3), pp. 204-209. ISSN 2050-5876
Griffiths, Simon. 2011. Pluralism, neo-liberalism and the ‘all-knowing’ state. Journal of Political Ideologies, 16(3), pp. 295-311. ISSN 1356-9317
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
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. The Public Services Under Gordon Brown – Similar Reforms, Less Money. Policy Studies, 30(1), pp. 53-67. ISSN 0144-2872
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. 189-210. ISSN 1356-9317
Conference or Workshop Item
Griffiths, Simon. 2010. 'evidence to House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on behavioural change'. In: House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. UNDEFINED.
Griffiths, Simon. 2009. '‘Personalisation, choice and empowerment: a political & economic reality check’'. In: Independent Living Association Annual Conference. UNDEFINED.
Griffiths, Simon and Foley, Beth. 2010. Collective co-production: working together to improve public services. Other. UNSPECIFIED.
Griffiths, Simon; Foley, Beth and Prendergrast, Jessica. 2009. Assertive Citizens: New Relations in the Public Services. Other. UNSPECIFIED.
Williams, Laura; Jones, Alexandra; Lee, Neil and Griffiths, Simon. 2006. Ideopolis: Knowledge City Regions - Enabling Norwich in the Knowledge Economy. Other. UNSPECIFIED.
Williams, Laura; Jones, Alexandra; Lee, Neil and Griffiths, Simon. 2006. Ideopolis: Knowledge City-Regions - Enabling Norwich in the knowledge economy. Technical Report. Norwich.