Dr Robin Pettitt

About

I am an expert in the internal life of political parties. I do research on the role of party members and their role both as participants in internal structures, and as campaigners for the party. I have published on internal party democracy, the rhetoric of party leaders at party conferences (especially how much they talk about themselves), and political marketing. I am currently working on a book about how parties recruit and retain the activists that help politicians engage with voters. I also regularly comment on British politics. 

I teach British politics to first year students, with a focus on how politically interested and active citizens can influence political decision making. I also teach research methods to post-graduate students, in order to give them transferable skills for the employment market, and to give them the tools to do well in their dissertations.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer of Comparative Politics

Qualifications

  • PhD Manchester University
  • MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies - Lancaster University
  • BA in Politics and International Relations - Lancaster University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching - Kingston University

Teaching and learning

Research

Publications

Number of items: 21.

Article

Pettitt, Robin T. (2018) The ‘how’ of election manifestos in the British Labour Party : a source of ongoing controversy. Party Politics, 24(3), pp. 289-295. ISSN (print) 1354-0688

Lees-Marshment, Jennifer and Pettitt, Robin T. (2014) Mobilising volunteer activists in political parties: the view from central office. Contemporary Politics, 20(2), pp. 246-260. ISSN (print) 1356-9775

Pettitt, Robin T. (2012) Exploring variations in intra-party democracy: a comparative study of the British Labour Party and the Danish centre-left. The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations, 14(4), pp. 630-650. ISSN (print) 1369-1481

Pettitt, Robin (2012) Me, myself and I: 'self-referencing' in Labour Party conference leaders' speeches. British Politics, 7(2), pp. 111-134. ISSN (print) 1746-918X

Pettitt, R T (2007) Challenging the leadership: The Party Conference as a platform for dissenting membership voice in British and Danish Parties of the Left. Scandinavian Political Studies, 30(2), pp. 229-248. ISSN (print) 0080-6757

Pettitt, Robin T. (2006) Rebellion by the seaside: how single member plurality has affected membership dissent at the Labour Party conference. Representation: journal of representative democracy, 42(4), pp. 289-301. ISSN (print) 0034-4893

Book

Pettitt, Robin (2014) Contemporary party politics. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave MacMillan. 240p. ISBN 9780230237803

Book Section

Pettitt, Robin (2015) The oratory of John Smith. In: Crines, Andrew S. and Hayton, Richard, (eds.) Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719089800

Pettitt, Robin (2012) Internal party political relationship marketing: encouraging activism amongst local party members. In: Lees-Marshment, Jennifer, (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing. Oxford, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 137-150. ISBN 9780415579933

Lees-Marshment, Jennifer and Pettitt, Robin (2010) UK political marketing: a question of leadership? In: Lees-Marshment, Jennifer , Rudd, Chris and Stromback, Jesper, (eds.) Global political marketing. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 113-127. (Routledge Research in Political Communication) ISBN 9780415427227

Conference or Workshop Item

Pettitt, Robin (2011) From mass party accountability to catch-all television fodder : the changing role and content of the Labour Party leader's conference speech. In: Transforming Politics : New Synergies - 61st Annual Conference; 18-21 Apr 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin (2009) Towards a unified typology of political parties. In: 59th Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Challenges for democracy in a global era; 07 - 09 Apr 2009, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin Thomas (2008) Still the 'parliament of the movement'? The changing fortunes of the Labour Party conference as a policy making assembly. In: 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Democracy, governance and conflict: dilemmas of theory and practice; 01 - 03 Apr 2008, Swansea, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin (2007) Resisting political marketing: lessons from the making of new Labour. In: European Consortium for Political Research General Conference; 06 - 08 Sep 2007, Pisa, Italy. (Unpublished)

Lees-Marshment, Jennifer and Pettitt, Robin (2007) 'Top of the class'?: political marketing in the UK. In: European Consortium for Political Research 4th General Conference; 06 - 08 Sep 2007, Pisa, Italy. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin T. (2007) Bending Michel's 'iron law of oligarchy': can democracy ever be for 'home consumption' in political parties? In: Partisanship in Europe: members, activists and identifiers. European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions; 07 -12 May 2007, Helsinki, Finland. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin T. (2007) Revisiting Michels' 'iron law of oligarchy': an examination of membership influence in political parties. In: 57th Political Studies Association Annual Conference; 11 - 13 Apr 2007, Bath, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin T. (2006) Understanding organisational change in the British Labour Party after 1997: the impact of electoral systems on party organisations. In: 56th Political Studies Association Annual Conference; 03 - 06 Apr 2006, Reading, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin (2005) Platforms for member dissent: comparison of the British Labour Party and the Danish Social Democratic Party's congresses. In: 55th Political Studies Association Annual Conference; 4-7 April 2005, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pettitt, Robin T. (2004) The members and the message: membership influence on party policy in Western Europe. In: 54th Political Studies Association Annual Conference; 05 - 08 Apr 2004, Lincoln, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Monograph

Pettitt, Robin T. (2004) The members and the message: membership influence on party policy in western Europe. (Working Paper) Manchester, U.K. : European Policy and Research Unit, University of Manchester. 35 p. (Manchester papers in politics EPRU series, no. 1/2004)

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