Univ Ben Jackson
Leslie Mitchell Tutorial Fellow in History; Associate Professor of Modern History

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Ben Jackson


My teaching focuses on modern British history and the history of political thought. I teach outline papers on British History 1815-1924 and British History since 1900, as well as the first year optional paper Theories of the State, the second year further subject Political Theory and Social Science, and the third year special subject War and Reconstruction: Ideas, Politics and Social Change, 1939-45. I also supervise graduate students who are working on topics in modern British political history, twentieth-century British social and economic policy, and the history of modern political and economic thought.


I am a historian of modern Britain, with particular interests in political thought, labour history, and the history of economic and social policy. I have written about topics such as the political ideas of British liberalism and socialism, the conceptual history of social justice and equality, theories of industrial relations, and Anglo-American political rhetoric. My current research focuses on the rise of neo-liberalism, especially the international development of neo-liberal political and economic ideas between the 1930s and the 1960s; on the history of Thatcherism; and on the history and politics of Scottish nationalism.

Articles & publications


Equality and the British Left: A Study in Progressive Political Thought, 1900-64 (Manchester UP, 2007, paperback 2011)
Making Thatcher’s Britain (co-edited with Robert Saunders) (CUP, 2012)
Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden (co-edited with Marc Stears) (OUP, 2012)

Selected Articles and Chapters

‘Currents of Neo-Liberalism: British Political Ideologies and the New Right, c. 1955-79’, English Historical Review, 131(551) (2016), pp. 823-50
‘Hayek, Hutt and the Trade Unions’, in R. Leeson (ed.), Hayek: A Collaborative Biography, Part V (Palgrave, 2015), pp. 159-75
‘The Political Thought of Scottish Nationalism’, Political Quarterly, 85 (2014), pp. 50-6
‘Social Democracy’, in M. Freeden, L. Tower Sargent and M. Stears (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (OUP, 2013), pp. 348-63
‘Freedom, the Common Good and the Rule of Law: Lippmann and Hayek on Economic Planning’, Journal of the History of Ideas, 73(1) (2012), pp. 47-68
‘Property-Owning Democracy: A Short History’, in M. O’Neill and T. Williamson (eds.), Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), pp. 33-52
‘An Ideology of Class: Neo-Liberalism and the Trade Unions, c.1930-79’, in C. Griffiths, J. Nott and W. Whyte (eds.), Classes, Cultures and Politics: Essays on British History for Ross McKibbin (OUP, 2011), pp. 263-81
‘At the Origins of Neo-Liberalism: The Free Economy and the Strong State, 1930-47’, Historical Journal, 53(1) (2010), pp. 129-51
‘The Rhetoric of Redistribution’, in J. Callaghan, N. Fishman, B. Jackson and M. McIvor (eds.), In Search of Social Democracy (Manchester UP, 2009), pp. 233-51
'Revisionism Reconsidered: “Property-Owning Democracy" and Egalitarian Strategy in Post-War Britain’, Twentieth Century British History, 16(4) (2005), pp. 416-40
‘The Conceptual History of Social Justice’, Political Studies Review, 3(3) (2005), pp. 356-73
‘The Uses of Utilitarianism: Social Justice, Welfare Economics and British Socialism, 1931-48’, History of Political Thought, 25(3) (2004), pp. 508-35