Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Professor Charles Lees

Charles Lees is an academic member of staff with teaching duties. His research focuses on comparative party systems, coalition government, politics and policy.

Charles Lees

Professor of Politics

1 West North 2.34
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3294

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Professor Lees joined the University of Bath in 2011. He delivers academic teaching and provides PhD supervision. He has an international research profile and is available for media comment and consultancy.

Related posts

  • Visiting Fellow at the University of Birmingham
  • Visiting Scholar at Cardiff University
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex
  • Visiting Professor at Plymouth University
  • External Examiner (BA, MA, European Studies Programmes) at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • External Examiner (BA, MA, Public Policy Programs) at the University of Malta

Career achievements

Professor Lees has spoken at numerous international conferences and workshops.

  • Head of Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (2012-2015)
  • Elected Chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (2011-2014)
  • Awarded the Political Studies Association Prize for best article in the journal Politics (2007)
  • Managing Editor of Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) (2002-2010)
  • Editor of the Manchester University Press book series ‘Issues in German Politics’ (1999-2006)
  • Member of UK HEFCE C-SAP reference group for teaching and learning in the discipline of Politics (2001–2009)
  • Member of UK Political Studies Association Executive Committee (1999–2006)
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego (2005)
  • Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University (2007)
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney (2010)


  • PhD German Studies, University of Birmingham (awarded June 1998)
  • MA European Politics (Distinction), University of Essex (awarded July 1995)
  • BA Modern European Studies (First Class Honours), Thames Valley University (awarded July 1993)


  • Comparative party systems
  • Coalition government
  • Environmental politics and policy
  • Multi-level governance
  • Methodology


  • Discounting our future: towards an understanding of how we model pure time preference and how this impacts upon environmental policy making



Geddes, A., Lees, C. and Taylor, A., 2013. The European Union and South East Europe: the dynamics of Europeanization and multi-level governance. Routledge. (Routledge/UACES contemporary European studies; 21)

Lees, C., 2005. Party Politics in Germany: A Comparative Politics Approach. Palgrave Macmillan. (New Perspectives in German Political Studies)

Martell, L., van den Anker, C., Browne, M., Hoopes, S., Larkin, P., Lees, C., McGowan, F. and Stammers, N., eds., 2001. Social Democracy: Global and National Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lees, C., 2000. The Red-Green Coalition in Germany: Politics, Personalities and Power. Manchester University Press.

Book Sections

Lees, C., 2015. The presidentialization of political parties in Germany. In: Passarelli, G., ed. The Presidentialization of Political Parties. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 178-195.

Lees, C., 2009. Germany. In: Szajkowski, B., ed. Political Parties of the World, 7th ed. Letchworth: John Harper.

Lees, C., 2008. The German Party System(s) in 2005 - a return ot Volkspartei dominance. In: Clemens, C. and Saalfeld, T., eds. The German Election of 2005: Voters, Parties and Grand Coalition Politics. Abingdon: Routledge.

Lees, C., 2008. The limits of party-based Euroscepticism in Germany. In: Taggart, P. and Szczerbiak, A., eds. Opposing Europe? The Comparative Party Politics of Euroscepticism.Vol. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 16-37.

Lees, C., 2008. The political opportunity structure of Euroscepticism: Institutional setting and political agency in European Polities. In: Taggart, P. and Szczerbiak, A., eds. Opposing Europe? The Comparative Party Politics of Euroscepticism.Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 28-51.

Lees, C., 2005. Germany. In: Szajkowski, B., ed. Political Parties of the World, 6th ed. Letchworth: John Harper.

Lees, C., 2005. Political marketing in Germany. In: Lees-Marshment, J. and Lilleker, D., eds. Political Marketing: a Comparative Perspective. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Lees, C., 2005. The law of diminishing returns? Environmental policy in the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Green, S. and Paterson, W., eds. The Semi-Sovereign State Re-Visited. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lees, C., 2003. Germany. In: Szajkowski, B., ed. Revolutionary and Dissident Movements of the World. Letchworth, U. K.: John Harper.

Lees, C., 2001. Coalition. In: Michie, J., ed. Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences. London: London: Fitzroy Dearborn.

Lees, C., 2001. Coalitions:Beyond the Politics of Centrality? In: Padgett, S. and Poguntke, T., eds. Continuity and Change in German Politics. London, U. K.: Frank Cass.

Lees, C., 2001. Social democracy and structures of governance in Britain and Germany: How institutions and norms shape political innovation. In: Martell, L., van den Anker, C., Browne, M., Hoopes, S., Larkin, P., Lees, C., McGowan, F. and Stammers, N., eds. Social Democracy: Global and National Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 160-178.

Lees, C., 2000. Paradise Postponed: an assessment of ten years of governmental participation by the Green Party in Germany. In: Young, S., ed. Ecological Modernisation. Abingdon: Routledge.

Lees, C., 1999. The Red-Green coalition. In: Padgett, S. and Saalfeld, T., eds. Bundestagswahl '98: the End of an Era. London: Frank Cass.

Lees, C. and Jeffery, C., 1998. Whither the Old Order? The role of West German parties in the last days of the German Democratic Republic. In: Davies, P. and White, J., eds. Political Parties and the Collapse of Old Orders. Albany: SUNY Press,.

Lees, C., Paterson, W. E. and Green, S., 1995. The 1994 Elections To The European Parliament: The Federal Republic of Germany. In: Lodge, J., ed. The 1994 European Elections. London: Pinter.


Lees, C. and Chen, G., 2016. Growing China’s renewables sector:a developmental state approach. New Political Economy, 21 (6), pp. 574-586.

Lees, C., 2015. Chancellor Hegemony:Party Politics and the Bundestag Party System after the 2013 Federal Election. German Politics & Society, 32 (2), pp. 41-53.

Lees, C., 2015. The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years on. Political Insight

Lees, C., 2013. Christian Democracy is dead; long live the Union parties:Explaining CDU/CSU dominance within the German Party System. German Politics, 22 (1-2), pp. 64-81.

Lees, C., 2012. The paradoxical effects of decline: assessing party system change and the role of the catch-all parties in Germany following the 2009 federal election. Party Politics, 18 (4), pp. 545-562.

Lees, C., 2011. Coalition formation and the German party system. German Politics, 20 (1), pp. 146-163.

Lees, C., 2011. How unusual is the United Kingdom Coalition (and what are the chances of it happening again)? The Political Quarterly, 82 (2), pp. 279-292.

Lees, C., Hough, D. and Keith, D., 2010. Towards an analytical framework for party mergers: operationalising the cases of the German Left Party and the Dutch Green Left. West European Politics, 33 (6), pp. 1299-1317.

Lees, C., 2010. The Grand Coalition and the party system. German Politics, 19 (3-4), pp. 312-331.

Lees, C., 2010. The SPD’s coalition moment? Policy Network, 26 May 2010.

Lees, C., 2010. Coalition dynamics and the changing German party system. German Politics & Society, 28 (3), pp. 119-132.

Lees, C., 2010. Rule makers and rule takers: On volkspartei adaptation and strategy. German Politics, 19 (1), pp. 89-104.

Lees, C., 2007. Environmental policy in the United Kingdom and Germany. German Politics, 16 (1), pp. 164-183.

Lees, C., 2006. We are all comparativists now: Why and how single-country scholarship must adapt and incorporate the comparative politics approach. Comparative Political Studies, 39 (9), pp. 1084-1108.

Lees, C. and Taylor, A., 2006. Explaining the 2005 Coalition Formation Process in Germany: A Comparison of Power Index and Median Legislator Approaches. Politics, 26 (3), pp. 151-160.

Odmalm, P. and Lees, C., 2006. Getting ethnic questions on the agenda: Party formation as a strategy for social movements. Social Movement Studies, 5 (1), pp. 1-18.

Taggart, P. and Lees, C., 2006. Politics - The State of the Art. Politics, 26 (1), pp. 1-2.

Lees, C., 2006. The German party system(s) in 2005: A return to Volkspartei dominance. German Politics, 15 (4), pp. 361-375.

Lees, C. and Saalfeld, T., 2004. Conclusion. German Politics, 13 (2), pp. 384-392.

Lees, C. and Saalfeld, T., 2004. Introduction. German Politics, 13 (2), pp. 155-169.

Lees, C., 2002. ‘Dark Matter’: Institutional Constraints and the Failure of Party-based Euroscepticism in Germany. Political Studies, 50 (2), pp. 244-267.

Lees, C., 2001. Coalitions: Beyond the politics of centrality? German Politics, 10 (2), pp. 117-134.

Lees, C., 2000. Editorial. Politics, 20 (2), pp. 51-53.

Lees, C., 2000. Reconstituting European social democracy: Germany's pivotal role. German Politics, 9 (2), pp. 71-88.

Lees, C., 1999. The red‐green coalition. German Politics, 8 (2), pp. 174-203.

Lees, C., 1996. A watershed election: The Berlin state and district elections of 22 October 1995. Regional and Federal Studies, 6 (1), pp. 63-72.

Lees, C., 1995. Bringing the PDS into the coalition equation. German Politics, 4 (1), pp. 150-154.


Lees, C., 1998. 'Red-Green' Coalitions in the Federal Republic of Germany: Models of Formation and Maintenance. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)).

Non-academic press

Lees, C., 2016. What does the success of the right-wing AfD mean? Prospect Magazine

Lees, C., 2016. Jeremy Corbyn could transform the Brexit debate – but does he want to? The Conversation

Lees, C., 2016. Mayoral maths: why backing Brexit was the only option for Boris Johnson. The Conversation

Lees, C., 2015. Poll says 66% of Labour members support Corbyn – but it’s hard to find a friend in parliament. The Conversation

Lees, C., 2015. Plenty for Labour’s new recruits, but Corbyn speech was no vote winner. The Conversation

Lees, C., 2015. The saint in the bear pit:reviewing Jeremy Corbyn’s first PMQs. The Conversation

Amery, F., Happer, C., Lees, C., McAngus, C., Cutts, D., Shaw, E., Thomson, J., Van Reenan, J., Tonge, J., Thompson, L., Saward, M., Matthews, N., Lynch, P., Murray, R., Scully, R., Whiting, S., Wilks-Heeg, S. and Honeyman, V., 2015. Election 2015:Conservatives gain in England, SNP rampant across Scotland – experts react. The Conversation

Lees, C., 2015. Want to form a coalition? Follow this simple step-by-step guide. The Conversation


Lees, C., 2015. Chaired UK Political Studies Association ‘Hear from the Experts’ Google Hangout on Britain and Europe.

Lees, C., 2014. The Scottish Referendum shows us why the British political class must embrace real change or die. APSA British Politics Specialist Group.

Lees, C., 2013. The 2013 German Federal Election: not so boring after all. Political Studies Association/EPOP.

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