Dr Denham holds a 1st Class degree in Applied Social Sciences, an MA in Political Thought and a PhD in Politics from the University of Southampton, where he was supervised by Professor Raymond (now Lord) Plant. His PhD on New Right think tanks in British politics, won the UK Political Studies Association's Walter Bagehot Prize for Best Thesis in Government and Administration. In 2007, he received the PSA's Richard Rose Prize for his distinctive contribution to research in British Politics. His research and teaching interests encompass British political ideas, British public policy, Conservative Party politics and political biography.
Director, PhD Admissions
Chair, Learning Community Forum
Deputy Director, Centre for British Politics
Dr Denham's principal research interest is in the relationships between (contemporary) political ideas and public policy, particularly - but not exclusively - within the context of the British political tradition. His other main interest is in the nature of contemporary conservatism and the British Conservative Party.
British Political Ideologies, e.g. liberalism, conservatism, ecologism, fascism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism, racism, socialism, social democracy.
British Public Policy, including contemporary debates about multi-level governance, Europeanisation, globalisation, pressure groups, new social movements.
(British) Political Biography.
Principal Research Interests:
- British political ideas (particularly conservatism and the New Right)
- The Conservative Party, past and present
- Party leadership selection in British politics
Current Research Projects
Cameron's 'Mandate' and the 'Crisis' of British Conservatism
Having dominated much of the 20th century, the Conservative Party has struggled to recover from its crushing defeat to 'New' Labour in 1997, when it polled its lowest share of the popular vote since 1832. The purpose of this project is to examine why the Conservatives have found it so difficult to re-establish themselves as the 'natural party of government' in British politics in recent years. To this end, it examines the background to the 1997 defeat and the initial Conservative responses to it; subsequent debates in the Party over ideological orientation, along with parallel debates over specific policies; organisational changes to 'modernise' the Party; and the leadership (s)elections, styles, approaches and performances of William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard and David Cameron.
This project is associated with the Centre for British Politics.
DENHAM, A and BALE, T. & FIELDING, S. (EDS.), 2009. Cameron's Conservatives Political Quarterly. 80(2), 168-269
DENHAM, A. and O'HARA, K., 2008. Democratising Conservative leadership selection: from grey suits to grass roots Manchester University Press.
Areas of Supervision
British public policy
Conservatism and Conservative Party politics
Party Leadership Selection in British politics.
Current Research Students
Matthew Francis: The Idea of the Market: Economic Liberalism and British Politics
Matthew Lakin: Cameron's Conservatives and the Problem of Ideology
Marianne Sieker: German Political Foundations and their Role in International Relations