GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Dr. Steven Kettell is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. He received a BSc. (Hons) in Politics from Plymouth (spending a semester at the University of Economics, Prague), and an MA in Comparative Politics from York. He recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in 2003 on the subject of exchange rate policy-making, with particular reference to Britain's membership of the gold standard during the interwar period. He worked as a lecturer in British Politics at the University of Birmingham from 2003-2005, and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for PaIS. He is also a founder and Co-Executive Editor of British Politics.

Research Area(s)

His main research interests are centred on Britain's role in the 'war on terror' and the relationship between politics and religion. He is currently engaged in a research project analysing the politics of atheism. 

Specific Research Interest(s)

British politics, especially British political economy; British foreign policy, particularly concerning Britain's role in the war on terror; theories of New Imperialism; the relationship between politics and religion, especially relating to the public discourse of religion, and debates on the role of religion in the public sphere.


PO380: Britain and the War on Terror 

PO383: The Politics of Religion 

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

Topics exploring broadly Britain's role in the 'war on terror' and the relationship between politics and religion. 

Overview of Publications


New Labour and the New World Order: Britain's Role in the War on Terror  (MUP, 2011) 

Dirty Politics? New Labour, British Democracy, and the Invasion of Iraq  (Zed, 2006) 

The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy-Making  (Palgrave, 2004)



'Rites of Passage: Discursive Strategies in the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill Debate', Political Studies 58(4), 2010.

'Taking the Power of Ideas Seriously: The Case of the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill' (with Paul Cairney), Policy Studies 31(3), 2010.

 'On the Public Discourse of Religion: An Analysis of Christianity in the UK', Politics and Religion 2(3), 2009.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog That Didn't Bark in the Night Time: Structure and Agency in Britain's War With Iraq', Politics and Policy 37(2), 2009. 

'Did Secularism Win Out? The Debate Over the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill', Political Quarterly 80(1), 2009.

'One Year On: The Decline and Fall of Gordon Brown' (with Peter Kerr), British Politics 3(4), 2008. 

'Does Depoliticisation Work? Evidence From Britain's Membership of the Exchange Rate Mechanism, 1990-1992', British Journal of Politics and International Relations 10(4), 2008: 630-648.

'The Political Economy of Open Source Software in the UK', The Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 28(4), 2008.

'Who's Afraid of Saddam Hussein?: Re-Examining the 'September Dossier' Affair', Contemporary British History 22(3), 2008.

'In Defence of British Politics: The Past, Present, and Future of the Discipline' (with Peter Kerr), British Politics 1(1), 2006.

'Circuits of Capital and Overproduction: A Marxist Analysis of the Present World Economic Crisis', Review of Radical Political Economics 38(1), 2006. 

 'Why New Labour Wants the Euro' , Political Quarterly 75(1), 2004


Book chapters

'Britain and the International Economy' (with Peter Burnham), The Oxford Handbook of British Politics, 2009.


Unpublished work

'Rhetorical Anatomy: Hope and Fear in the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill Debate'.

'A Complete Disaster or a Relative Success? Reconsidering Britain's Membership of the ERM, 1990-1992'.

'The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy-Making'.


Ph.D thesis

'The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy-Making: A Re-Assessment of Britain's Return to the Gold Standard in 1925'.


Conferences, seminar papers and public talks

'Political Science, Religion and Secularisation', Lecture to the Leicester Secular Society, July 2011.

'Has Political Science Ignored Religion?'. Conference of the Political Studies Association, Novotel London West, April 2011. 

'Dilemmas of Discourse'. Workshop at Berkeley University, December 2010. 

'Re-Conceptualising the Iraq War'. Conference of the Political Studies Association, Reading University, 6/4/06.

'Does Depoliticisation Work?'. Seminar on depoliticisation, Sheffield University, 16/1/06.