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.


1 September 2017

Sarah Childs has joined the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College as Professor of Gender and Politics. She will also be taking over as the Director of the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life. 

30 August 2017

Sarah Childs and Rosie Campbell will participate in an event at the Fawcett Society on 5 September 2017 to mark the publication of their collection Open House?, a pamphlet of essays discussing the issue of job-sharing for MPs. Find out more.

Upcoming events

7 November 2017

Civil Society Organisations: Whatever Happened to Morality and Altruism?

21 November 2017

John Maynard Keynes: Historian of Political Thought?

5 December 2017

Nobody Knows Anything: Why is Politics so Surprising? (Political Quarterly Annual Lecture by David Runciman)

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Recent Posts

Desperately Seeking an Elderly Gentleman with a Large Majority … to Persuade Parliament to Allow MPs to Job-Share

Open House

by Professor Rosie Campbell and Professor Sarah Childs

Or a woman MP for that matter. But they must be adored by their parliamentary and local constituency party so that both will be happy for them to stand as half of one of the first MP job-shares at the next General Election. We think it might take someone who understands Parliament, and is respected within it, to push the debate about making parliament accessible forward.

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  2. General Election 2017: Pre-Election Predictions
  3. Can Progressive Parties Work Together?
  4. What is it like to work for an MP?
  5. The 2016 US Election: Trump Can Win
  6. The EU Referendum: Will it be In or Out?
  7. Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK
  8. The Conservatives have been the biggest borrowers over the last 70 years
  9. David Willetts in Conversation with Tony Wright