Sam completed a PhD in Politics at the University of Sussex. His thesis examined whether certain types corruption are prevalent in different types of party funding regime (i.e. those that are predominantly privately financed and those that are predominantly state financed). Drawing on evidence from a comparison of Great Britain and Denmark, he argues that the level of state subsidy is, in fact, unrelated to the type of corruption that we find, perceived or otherwise. Thus, if subsidies are to be introduced or sustained they must be done so for other reasons – they are not a cure for corruption, or importantly, perceived corruption.
Alongside his role at Sussex, Sam is a Research Associate in Party Membership and Engagement at the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, University of Sheffield.