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Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Hull

Simon Lee lectures in political economy. He is responsible for the introduction of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in global political economy and globalisation and governance in the Department.

He has written two 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 The State of England: The Nation We’re In (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

His most recent book is the first published study of the Cameron-Clegg Government. It is the fourth book co-edited with Dr Matt Beech, and produced by the Centre for Political Economy in partnership with the Centre for British Politics. The previous works were The Brown Government: A Policy Evaluation (London: Routledge, 2010), TheConservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and Ten Years of New Labour (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

He has previous 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). He has contributed chapters to twenty other edited collections.

His 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.

He is currently working on Globalisation: A Beginner’s Guide (Oxford: Oneworld, 2011), and (with Richard Woodward)Understanding States and Markets: An Introduction to Political Economy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).


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    Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Hull