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Centre for British Politics and Government PhD Conference - 11 September 2019

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The Centre for British Politics and Government, based within the Department of Political Economy at King's College London, will be hosting a half-day PhD conference on Wednesday 11th September 2019.

Taking place in the Anatomy Museum from 14.00 to 18.30, the Conference will feature papers from PhD students based across King's College London showcasing their research on matters related to British politics.

Split across three panels, the following papers are due to be given:

Panel One: Politics, Voters and the British Public (Chair: Professor Jonathan Portes)

  • Karen Jeffrey (Department of Political Economy): 'Automation and Policy Preferences'
  • Jeevun Sandher (Department of Political Economy): 'When Does My Group Get More? How the Relative Electoral Importance of Groups Affects Taxation and Social Security Policies in the United Kingdom'
  • Zheng Sun (King's Business School): 'The Roles of Human Capital in Unemployment Among Britain’s Ethnic Minorities: Evidence from Labour Force Survey Data in 2010 and 2016'

Panel Two: Party Politics and Parliament (Chair: Dr Liz Morrow-Ralph)

  • Michael Bankole (Department of Political Economy): 'The Substantive Representation of Ethnic Minorities by Ethnic Minority Members of Parliament Following the 2017 General Election'
  • Artin Amjady (European and International Studies): 'The British Party System of Containment'
  • Pushkal Agarwal (Department of Informatics): Tweeting MPs: Digital Engagement between Citizens and Members of Parliament in the UK

Panel Three: British Government and Decision-Making (Chair: Dr Michael Kandiah)

  • Eleanor Hallam (Department of Political Economy): 'HM Treasury and its Management of the Financial Crisis 2007-2009: Using Official Digital Records to Write Ultra-Contemporary History'
  • Adrian Carter (Dickson Poon School of Law): 'The Tension Between Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Referendum as an Instrument of Popular Sovereignty'
  • Tom Kelsey (History): 'The Triumph of Technological Chauvinism: ‘High Technology’ and its Discontents in Post-War Britain'

Roger Mortimore (Professor of Public Opinion and Political Analysis) will deliver the keynote address to conclude the conference. 

The event is free to attend. A drinks reception will be held after the conference.


The Centre for British Politics and Government fulfils a need for a new interdisciplinary approach to British politics and government. It promotes a distinctive perspective on British politics and government, engaging with academia within the UK and internationally, the policy environment, and the wider world.

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11 September 2019

Anatomy Museum, London