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Disciplining the political: the Westminster Model and the crisis of British political science

In this guest seminar, Professor Jonathan Dean will argue for greater conceptual and analytical attention to the disciplining of political science.

  • 16 Oct 2018, 1.15pm to 16 Oct 2018, 2.05pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 1 West North, 2.4, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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The Westminster Model is the parliamentary system within the UK

During this lecture, Professor Jonathan Dean will present his paper arguing that the Westminster Model, the parliamentary system of government within the United Kingdom, should be understood as a hegemonic sensibility that shapes not just the scope of political scientists' object of study, but also the normative and affective relations that shape political scientists' scholarly practices.

The first half of this paper offers a mapping of the contours of the Westminster Model’s hegemony, highlighting its affective and normative (as well as analytic) dimensions.

The second part of the paper offers an analysis of the performative and disciplining effects of the Westminster Model by tracing the discipline’s varying responses to forms of politics that fall outside the contours of the Westminster Model.

Speaker profiles

Jonathan Dean is Associate Professor of Politics in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. He specialises in gender and politics, political theory, and left politics. He has recently completed a Leverhulme-funded project on the changing shape of left politics in the UK, and has recently published articles in Politics and Gender, Renewal, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and Capital and Class.


There is disabled ramp access to this seminar room.


1 West North, 2.4 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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