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Dr Danny Rye

History and Politics
0151 291 3329

BA (Hons) (Sussex); MSc (London); PhD (London)

My teaching responsibilities are wide ranging but my main focus is on British Politics and aspects of political theory, especially the concept of power.

Since completing my PhD in 2012, my research has been mainly concerned with the development and application of theoretical tools with which to analyse power in political organisations and political institutions. 

More recently my attention has turned to the democratic role played by community organising groups like Citizens UK and campaigning platforms like 38 Degrees, as well as local activism and political participation.

I am the author of a book, Political Parties and the Concept of Power (Palgrave 2014), which is an exploration of the organisation and operation of power in a political party. 

I have also written for a number of key web-based publications such as Open Democracy, the Democratic Audit and the LSE British Politics and Policy blog.

I was awarded the Political Studies Association’s Sir Ernest Barker Prize in 2012.

Summary of current research interests and scholarly activity
Political Parties, Party Organisation, Social Movements and Organisations, Theories of Power, British Politics and Political Institutions, Political Participation, Political Sociology, the British Labour Party.

 Rye, D. (2014) Political Parties and the Concept of Power (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Journal Articles:
Dommett, K. and Rye D. (2017) ‘Taking up the baton? New campaigning organisations and the enactment of representative functions’ in Politics (published online September 2017 -

Rye, D. (2015) ‘The Analysis of Power in Organisations with Social and Political Goals’ in Journal of Political Power 8:3, 301-320.

Rye, D. (2015) ‘Political Parties and Power: A New Framework for Analysis’ in Political Studies 63:5, 1052-1069 (published online 9 June 2014

Book Chapters
Rye, D. (2018) 'Political Parties' in Politics UK 9th Ed (London: Routledge)

Rye, D. (2018) The Meaning of Partisanship by Jonathan White and Lea Ypi (Book Review) in Political Studies Review (published online November 2017 -

Rye, D. (2016) Politics in a Time of Crisis: Podemos and the Future of Democracy in Europe by Pablo Iglesias (Book Review), in Parliamentary Affairs 69:4, 954-957.

Rye, D. (2014) ‘Robert Michels’ in Gibbons, M. (ed) The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Oxford: Blackwell).

Rubin, J., Rye, D., Rabinovich, L. (2008) ‘Appetite for Change: School Meals Policy in the Limelight 2005’ in Carnegie UK Trust, Power Moves: Exploring Power and Influence in the UK (Dunfermline: Carnegie UK Trust), 20-43.