Professor Tony Wright

Profossorial Fellow in the Department of Politics

Professor Tony Wright is Professorial Fellow in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, working on the development of the new Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life and contributing to the teaching of British Politics.

Tony was educated at LSE, Harvard and Oxford.

Before being elected to Parliament in 1992, he was Reader in British Political Thought at the University of Birmingham, where he taught in the School of Continuing Studies. In the House of Commons he chaired the Select Committee on Public Administration for over a decade; and also chaired the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons which recommended major changes in how the Commons works. He stood down from the Commons at the last election.

His many books include GDH Cole and Socialist Democracy (1979), Socialisms: Theories and Practices (1986), RH Tawney (1987), Citizens and Subjects (1994) and several edited volumes including The British Political Process (2000). His British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2003) has sold over 25,000 copies and is soon to have a new edition. A collection of his other writing, with a new introduction, is to appear shortly as Doing Politics.

He is joint editor of The Political Quarterly.