Welcome to the website for the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, based in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.

News

11 NOVEMBER 2016

The Centre hosted Dame Joan Ruddock on Wednesday to discuss her long career in politics, and her new memoir, Going Nowhere. Catch up with the podcast.

5 October 2016

Professor Rosie Campbell presented an episode of Radio Four’s Analysis programme last week, titled ‘Tearing Up the Politics Textbook’. Listen here.

15 September 2016

Amidst an unpredictable election with two historically unpopular candidates, Professor Rob Singh considers the question: Can Trump win?

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 5 December 2016

Political Quarterly Annual Lecture: Andy Haldane on Who Owns a Company?

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Recent Posts

What is it like to work for an MP?

On Wednesday 16 November the British Politics Centre welcomed Robert Dale,
author of the book How to Be a Parliamentary Researcher and a former member of staff for Andy Sawford, MP for Corby.

Robert spoke to students from the Department of Politics and beyond about how to get a job in parliament, the kinds of people who apply for these positions, and what it’s like when they get there.

The talk was followed by a Q&A session.

Listen to a podcast of the event:

  1. The 2016 US Election: Trump Can Win
  2. The EU Referendum: Will it be In or Out?
  3. Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK
  4. The Conservatives have been the biggest borrowers over the last 70 years
  5. David Willetts in Conversation with Tony Wright
  6. The State of British Democracy
  7. Charities Regulation Under Scrutiny
  8. The Politics of David Bowie
  9. Podcast: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right