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Marc Geddes

Marc Geddes
Dr Marc Geddes
Lecturer in British Politics
Office B.09 19 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 651 3784
Research Interests
British politics, parliamentary studies, UK Parliament, interpretive political science, evidence in politics, ethnography, democracy

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My research

My research is about the role of parliaments and their place in democratic politics. Specifically, I'm interested in:

  • How politicians interpret and enact their role, especially with respect to scrutinising government, and how this affects democratic politics;
  • The role of knowledge claims in politics, especially how their use affects evidence-informed policy-making; and,
  • The way we can effectively study political phenomena, particularly engaging with debates on interpretive political science.


Most recently, I have completed a four-year ESRC project entitled Interpreting Parliamentary Scrutiny that explores a lot of these issues, and focused predominantly on the UK Parliament. This has now been published as a book, about which you can find out more here.

My love for parliaments extends well beyond the UK - keep abreast by following #lovinglegislatures. I am also generally interested in contemporary challenges to democracy (in the UK and further afield).

As well as my research and teaching role in Politics and International Relations, I am:

Selected publications

For enquiries about recent conference papers and current work-in-progress, please contact me directly.


(2019) Dramas at Westminster: Select Committees and the Quest for Accountability. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


(2019) 'Performing Scrutiny along the Committee Corridor of the UK House of Commons', Parliamentary Studies. Early view.

(2019) 'The Explanatory Potential of 'Dilemmas': Bridging practices and power to understand political change in interpretive political science', Political Studies Review 17:3, pp.239-54.

(2018) 'Governing under Pressure? The Mental Wellbeing of Politicians', Parliamentary Affairs. Co-authors: J. Weinberg, A. Weinberg, M. Flinders and R. Kwiatkowski. Early view.

(2018) 'Committee Hearings of the UK Parliament: Who gives evidence and does this matter?', Parliamentary Affairs 71:2, pp.283-304.

(2018) 'A Recipe for Impact? Exploring knowledge requirements in the UK Parliament and beyond', Evidence and Policy 14:2, pp.259-76. Co-authors: K. Dommett and B. Prosser.

(2014) ‘The Silent Revolution: A political history of the politics of patronage and reform’, Contemporary British History 28:1, pp.24-55. Co-author: M. Flinders.

Book chapters

(2019) ‘Democracy: Problems and challenges, opportunities and design’, in K. Larres and R. Wittlinger (eds.) Understanding Global Politics: Actors and themes in international affairs, London: Routledge. Co-author: M. Flinders.

(2018) ‘Towards an Interpretive Parliamentary Studies’, in J. Brichzin, D. Krichewsky, L. Ringel and J. Schank (eds.) The Sociology of Parliaments. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Co-author: R.A.W. Rhodes.

(2018) ‘Supporting Members and Peers’, in C. Leston-Bandeira and L. Thompson (eds.) Exploring Parliament, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Co-author: J. Mulley.

Blogs and public/policy engagement 

(2019) 'The effectiveness and influence of the select committee system', written submission to the House of Commons Liaison Committee. Inquiry details here.

(2018) 'Establishing select committees in a new parliament', written submission to the House of Commons Procedure Committee. Inquiry details here.

(2017) 'A Place Where MPs Try To Shine', commissioned article for Donmar Theatre production 'Committee... (A New Musical)'. More information here.

(2017) 'Enhancing Scrutiny in the Scottish Parliament', written submission to Commission on Parliamentary Reform (final report here). Co-author: J. Mitchell.

(2017) 'New parliament offers new opportunities for impact', Research Professional.

(2017) 'Weak Government, Strong Parliament? A preview of Theresa May's legislative challenges', LSE British Politics and Society Blog. Co-authors: A. Meakin and L. Thompson.

(2017) 'Dilemmas of Accountability: Will the Brexit committee succeed?', PSA Insight Blog.

My teaching responsibilities

I contribute to a range of courses, but my principal teaching commitments at the moment include:

  • Course Organiser, Parliamentary Studies
  • Course Organiser, Government and Politics of the UK (Parliamentary Placement Programme)
  • Course Organiser, Introduction to British Politics

In addition to these courses, I am also the International Exchange Coordinator for Politics and International Relations. You can find out more about going abroad as part of your degree if you click here.


2016, PhD in Politics (Sheffield)

2012, MA in Politics with Research Methods (Sheffield)

2011, BA in History and Politics (Sheffield)

Other professional involvement

My other activities include the following:

  • Associate Fellow, Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. Find out more here.
  • Member, Study of Parliament Group (registered charity no.  251208).
  • Member, Political Studies Association. Find out more here.
  • Member, American Political Science Association.
  • Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Topics interested in supervising

I would be interested in supervising PhD applicants within parliamentary and legislative studies, especially on British politics. I am also happy to supervise PhD students on UK governance issues and/or those interested in adopting interpretive approaches to political science.

If you are interested in being supervised by Marc Geddes, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics