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Oliver Daddow

Assistant Professor in British Politics and Security, Faculty of Social Sciences



Twitter: @oliver_daddow

I joined the School of Politics and International Relations in September 2016. I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, took an MA with Distinction in International Relations at the University of Nottingham, and was funded by the University of Nottingham to research my PhD into British European policy, subsequently published as Britain and Europe since 1945. I research and deliver research-led teaching in the School of Politics and International Relations, as well as being Director of Admissions for Postgraduate Research students.

I have published research monographs, many peer reviewed journal articles, edited books and guest edited several journal special issues across my research interests. I am the author of a top selling textbook on International Relations theory, which in 2017 goes into its third edition, and co-editor of the forthcoming ninth edition of the Pearson textbook PoliticsUK. I am currently writing a book, contracted to Manchester University Press, called Brexit: The Conservative Party and Britain's Withdrawal from Europe.

My research specialises in:

  • Brexit and British European policy
  • British foreign policy
  • British politics
  • Discourse analysis and interpretivist International Relations
  • Public policy and foreign/security policy fiascos

I am actively looking to supervise new doctoral research students working on the following topics: Brexit, Euroscepticism and pro-Europeanism in Britain, British foreign policy, British politics, public policy and foreign/security policy fiascos, and discourse analysis as research method in Politics and International Relations.

Praise for New Labour and the European Union:

"I was as close to Tony Blair's European policy as it was possible to get. My hand was dipped in the blood. But it is only with Oliver Daddow's comprehensive and authoritative analysis that it is possible to see the shape of the failures, and successes, with perspective and clarity"

- Sir Stephen Wall, European adviser to Tony Blair

"Anyone who wants to know more about the link between self-persuasion and the persuasion of others in modern democracies ought to read this book. It is a fascinating and sobering case study"

- Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust

Expertise Summary

  • Brexit
  • British European policy since 1945
  • Pro-Europeanism and Euroscepticism
  • British party politics
  • Public policy fiascos and failures
  • Discourse and the study of political language

I have appeared on many local, national and international broadcast outlets, including BBC Radio 5Live Breakfast, BBC1 Heir Hunters, BBC World Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, France 24 television, Capital Radio, LBC Radio and Voice of Islam (London).

I have been interviewed for, and had my work quoted in, many international and national press agencies such as Associated Press, Reuters, YahooNews, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Oman Observer, Le Jeudi (France), Sud Ouest (France), Kaleva (Finland), Turun Sanomat (Finland), Keskisuomalainen (Finland), Karjalainen (Finland), Etelä-Suomen Sanomat (Finland), Bharat Press (India) and Kuwait Times.

I write opinion and reaction pieces for high impact online bogs and have given evidence to the UK and other governments on the subjects of British foreign policy, British European policy and the Brexit referendum.

Teaching Summary

I teach the following modules in the School of Politics and International Relations:

  • British Political History Since 1945 (Year 1)
  • British Party Politics (Year 2)

I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations as well as doctoral research students.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Recent Publications

  • OLIVER DADDOW, 2017. International Relations Theory 3rd edition. SAGE.
  • OLIVER DADDOW, BILL JONES and PHILIP NORTON, eds., 2017. PoliticsUK Routledge. (In Press.)
  • OLIVER DADDOW, 2017. Britain, the World, and Europe. In: BILL JONES, PHILIP NORTON and OLIVER DADDOW, eds., PoliticsUK 9th edition. Routledge. 18-37 (In Press.)
  • RORY CORMAC and OLIVER DADDOW, 2017. Covert Action Failure and Fiasco Construction: William Hague’s 2011 Libyan Venture Journal of European Public Policy.

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