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Professor of Politics, University of Sussex

Paul Webb (BA Nottingham 1977-1980, MSc London School of Economic 1980-1982, PhD European University Institute 1983-1986) is Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex, and has held a number of previous and visiting positions in Britain and abroad, including at the Australian National University. He is an elected Academician of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

His research interests focus on representative democracy, particularly party and electoral politics. He is author or editor of numerous publications, including:

The Modern British Party System (Sage Publications, 2000), 2nd edition forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Societies (Oxford University Press, 2002, with David Farrell and Ian Holliday)
The Presidentialization of Politics: A Comparative Study of Modern Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2005, with Thomas Poguntke - revised edition 2007).
His latest book is Gender and the Conservative Party: From Iron Ladies to Kitten Heels (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, with Sarah Childs) . He is currently co-editor of the journal Party Politics and a former editor of Representation (1999-2007). He has regularly contributed to media coverage of politics, especially for BBC television, and national and local radio (see media profile webpage).


  • –present
    Professor of Politics, University of Sussex