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Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Hull

Simon Lee lectures in political economy, United Kingdom politics and government, and public policy making and analysis. He has a particular interest in the politics and political economy of England.

This year, during 2022-2023, Dr Lee will deliver 50 two hour on-campus lectures and 50 accompanying online lectures in various aspects of these three fields of political studies.

Dr Lee will lead and deliver single-handedly three modules: UK Politics in an Age of Austerity and Brexit (Level 6); Understanding and Rethinking Political Economy (Level 5) and Introduction to Global Political Economy (Level 4),and lead and deliver 7/11 of a fourth and brand new module Introduction to Policy Making (Level 4).

Dr Lee will also contribute to the teaching of three other modules: Power and The State in International Politics (Level 7), Challenges in International Politics (Level 7), and Understanding America (Level 5). He will also supervise students on both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation modules.

Dr Lee has written two single authored books on the ideas and policies of Gordon Brown: Boom and Bust: The Politics and Legacy of Gordon Brown (Oxford: Oneworld, 2009), which was a second and updated edition of Best for Britain? The Politics and Legacy of Gordon Brown (Oxford: Oneworld, 2007). His next single–authored monograph will be a monograph on the politics and political economy of England

His next publication, and eighth co-edited book, is the forthcoming (March 2023) study of Conservative Governments in the Age of Brexit:

This is the sixth book co-edited with Dr Matt Beech, and produced by the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull:

Previous works included The Brown Government: A Policy Evaluation (London: Routledge, 2010), The Conservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and Ten Years of New Labour (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Dr Lee has previously co-authored (with Andrew Cox and Joe Sanderson) The Political Economy of Modern Britain (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1997), and also edited (with Stephen McBride) Neo-Liberalism, State Power and Global Governance (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007), and (with Maurice Mullard) The Politics of Social Policy in Europe (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1997).

Dr Lee has contributed chapters to more than 20 other edited collections, including works on the politics and political economy of football, the politics and governance of England, and various aspects of the politics and political economy of the United Kingdom. He has also contributed to encyclopaedia of political economy and dictionaries of politics.

Dr Lee's articles have been published in New Political Economy, The Political Quarterly, Local Economy, Policy Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Policy and Society, and Public Money and Management.


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    Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Hull