Dr Tim Haughton

Dr Tim Haughton

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Reader in European Politics
Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies

Contact details

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6360
Email
t.j.haughton@bham.ac.uk
For appointments contact: Jill Williams
j.williams.9@bham.ac.uk
Address
Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

For departmental enquiries contact: Jill Williams, tel: +44 (0)121 414 4852, email: j.williams.9@bham.ac.uk.

Tim Haughton is a political scientist with a particular interest in electoral and party politics, the relationship between politics and government, the interaction between domestic and European sources of change, the relationship between Britain and the EU, the role of the past in the politics of the present and the domestic politics of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. He is currently co-writing a book with Kevin Deegan-Krause for Oxford University Press entitled "The New Party Challenge". He was the joint editor with Nathaniel Copsey of the Journal of Common Market Studies’ Annual Review of the European Union for nine years (2008-17). He served as the Director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) from 2012 to 2014.During his directorship he initiated and organized the celebrations surrounding the Centre's 50th anniversary including a special series of seminars and an enhanced annual conference. He became Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) in 2016. In that capacity he initiated and oversaw the inaugural departmental conference.

Qualifications

  • PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Birmingham)
  • PhD in Social Sciences/Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL)
  • Diploma in Czech (Westminster)
  • MA in Slavonic and East European Studies (London)
  • BSc (Econ) in Government (LSE)

Biography

Tim Haughton joined the University of Birmingham in 2003 having previously taught at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), Sheffield University and Comenius University in Bratislava. Initially appointed as Lecturer in the Politics of Central and Eastern Europe, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and was promoted again to Reader (Associate Professor) in European Politics in 2012. He served as the Director of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies/Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies from 2012 to 2014. Tim became Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) in 2016.

He has held Visiting Fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Colorado College and was an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.

He has published widely in a number of journals including Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Comparative European Politics, East European Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Electoral Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Party Politics, Political Studies Review, Politics and Policy and West European Politics. He has also written several articles for the Washington Post. He is the author of Constraints and Opportunities of Leadership in Post-Communist Europe (2005) and the editor of Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe: Does EU Membership Matter? (2011). His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation.

Dr Haughton has good links with the policy making community, having briefed inter alia three successive British Ambassadors to Slovakia and given presentations at the State Department in Washington DC.

Teaching

Due to his role as the head of department his teaching is currently restricted to:

He has also taught numerous modules/courses for undergraduates and postgraduates including introduction to the EU, comparative politics, democratization, the political history and contemporary politics of Central and Eastern Europe and specialized courses on the European Union for civil servants on programmes funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Haughton has supervised 11 doctoral researchers through to the completion of their PhDs: Dr Bernd Rechel's ESRC funded PhD thesis, 'Minority Rights in Post-Communist Bulgaria', Dr Brigid Fowler's ESRC funded thesis examining EU accession and party politics in Hungary, Dr William Westwater's thesis on regional legislatures in Russia, Dr Magdalena Skrybant's AHRC funded thesis exploring the relationship between the intellectuals and workers in the Solidarity movement in Poland, Dr Lara Scarpitta's ESRC funded thesis examining Romanian accession to the EU, Dr Richard Connolly's CEELBAS funded thesis exploring the relationship between economic structures and political change in post-communist Europe, Dr Odeta Barbullushi's thesis examining Albania's Euro-Atlantic orientation, Dr Mike Adkins's thesis exploring party based Euroscepticism, Dr Laurence Cooley's ESRC funded PhD thesis examining the European Union and ethnic conflict resolution and management in the Western Balkans, Dr Stephanie Garstin’s thesis assessing infrastructure, legacy and scientific knowledge in the process of nuclear development in Poland, and Dr Charlotte Galpin’s thesis examining the euro crisis and discourses of Europe in Germany, Ireland and Poland.  

He is particularly keen to supervise students wishing to study the domestic politics of East-Central Europe, party politics and political campaigning.

Research

Research interests

There are currently four strands to Dr Haughton's research:

  • party politics in Central and Eastern Europe
  • domestic Czech, Slovak and Slovene politics
  • the role of the past in the politics of the present
  • the role of campaigns in electoral outcomes

Current and recent projects 

  • The New Party Challenge (with Kevin Deegan-Krause).
  • Exit, Choice and Legacy: Explaining the Patterns of Party Politics in Post-communist Slovakia
  • Splitting the Difference/the Volatility of Volatility: Towards a More Sophisticated Measures of Volatility (with Fernando Casal-Bertoa and Kevin Deegan-Krause)
  • A Permissiveness that Constrains: Money Regulation and the Development of Party Politics in the Czech Republic (1989-2012)
  • The Uses and Misuses of Theory in the Study of the European Union
  • With Birmingham colleagues Nicholas Martin and Pierre Pursiegle he edited a collection of essays examining the legacies of war: Aftermath: Legacies of War in Europe – 1918, 1945, 1989, Ashgate 2014.

Other activities

With Nathaniel Copsey he was the joint editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union for nine years (2008-17) which is published by Wiley. In addition to a host of articles by leading scholars in the field, the nine Annual Reviews they edited included commissioned articles by Jose Manuel Barroso, Jean-Claude Trichet, Jerzy Buzek, Douglas Hurd, Iveta Radicova and Sergey Lavrov.

Publications

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) (2017) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2016 (including keynote articles by Helen Wallace, John Curtice and Catherine De Vries) Oxford: Wiley

Haughton, T. (2017) 'Central and Eastern Europe: The Sacrifices of Solidarity, the Discomforts of Diversity and the Vexations of Vulnerabilities' in Desmond Dinan, Neill Nugent and William Paterson (eds) The European Union in Crisis, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 253-268

Haughton, T. (2016) 'Beelines, Bypasses and Blind Alleys: Theory and the Study of the European Union', Journal of Common Market Studies, 54 (s1), pp. 65-82

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) (2016) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2015 (including keynote articles by Tanja Borzel, Kevin Featherstone and Hanspeter Kriesi) Oxford: Wiley 

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2015) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2014 (including keynote articles by Sara Hobolt, Kathleen McNamara, Sonia Lucarelli and David Phinnemore) Oxford: Wiley

Haughton, T . and Deegan-Krause, K. (2015) ‘Hurricane Season: Systems of Instability in Central and East European Party Politics’, East European Politics and Societies 29 (1), pp. 61-80

Haughton, T.  (2014) ‘When Permissiveness Constrains: Money, Regulation and the Development of Party Politics in the Czech Republic (1989-2012)’, East European Politics 30 (3),  pp. 372-388

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2014) ‘Farewell Britannia? “Issue Capture” and the Politics of Cameron’s EU Referendum Pledge’ (with Nathaniel Copsey), Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (s1), pp. 74-89

Martin, N.,  Haughton, T. and Purseigle, P. (eds) Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918-1945-1989 Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate (2014)

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2014) (eds), The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2013 (including keynote articles by Andre Sapir, Heather Grabbe, Anand Menon and Daniel Hamilton), Oxford: Wiley

Haughton, T. (2014), 'Exit, Choice and Legacy: Explaining the Patterns of Party Politics in Post-communist Slovakia', East European Politics, 30 (2), pp. 210-229

Haughton, T. (2014), 'Money, Margins and the Motors of Politics: the EU and the Development of Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (1), pp. 71-87

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) (2013) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2012 (including keynote articles by Sergey Lavrov, Iveta Radicova, Paul de Grauwe and Christian Lequesne), Oxford: Wiley (2012)

Haughton, T. (2013), ‘Battlefields, Ammunition and Uniforms: the Past and Politics in Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe’, Comparative European Politics, 11 (2), pp. 249-260

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) (2012) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2011 (including keynote articles by Willem Buiter, Daniel Gros, Douglas Hurd and Erik Jones), Oxford: Wiley

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) (2011) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2010 (including State of the Union article by Jerzy Buzek), Oxford: Wiley

Haughton, T. (ed) Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe: Does EU Membership Matter?, London: Routledge (2011) originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics (vol. 25 no.4, 2009)

Krasovec, A. and Haughton, T., (2011) ‘Money, Organization and the State: the Partial Cartelization of Party Politics in Slovenia’, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 44 (3), pp. 199-209

Haughton, T. (2011) ‘Half Full But Also Half Empty: Conditionality, Compliance and the Quality of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe’, Political Studies Review, 9 (3), pp. 323-333 

Haughton, T. Novotna, T. and Deegan-Krause, K. (2011), ‘The 2010 Czech and Slovak Parliamentary Elections: Red Cards to the “Winners”’, West European Politics, 34 (2011), pp. 394-402

Haughton, T. (2010), ‘Zranitelnost, povstupni kocovina a role predsednictvi: formovani narodnich preference novych clenskych statu EU’, Mezinarodni vztahy, 45 pp. 11-28

Deegan-Krause, K. and Haughton, T. (2010), ‘A Fragile Stability: the Institutional Roots of Low Party System Stability in the Czech Republic 1990-2009’, Politologicky casopis/Czech Journal of Political Science, 10, pp. 227-241

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) (2010) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2009 (including State of the Union article by Jean-Claude Trichet), Oxford: Wiley

Haughton, T. (2010), ‘Vulnerabilities, Accession Hangovers and the Presidency Role: Explaining New EU Member States’ Choices for Europe’, Harvard University Center for European Studies: Central and Eastern Europe Working Paper Series no. 68 (February 2010).

Haughton, T. (2009), ‘For Business, For Pleasure or For Necessity: The Czech Republic’s Choices for Europe’, Europe-Asia Studies, 61, pp.1371-1392

Haughton, T. and Rybar, M. (2009), ‘A Tool in the Toolbox: Assessing the Impact of EU Membership on Party Politics in Slovakia’, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 25 (4), pp. 540-563

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) (2009) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2008 (including State of the Union article by Jose Manuel Barroso), Oxford: Wiley

Deegan-Krause, K. and Haughton, T. (2009), ‘Toward a More Useful Conceptualization of Populism: Types and Degrees of Populist Appeals in the Case of Slovakia’, Politics and Policy, 37 (4) pp. 821-841

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2009), ‘The Choices for Europe: National Preferences in Old and New Member States’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 47 (2) pp. 263-286

Haughton, T. (2008), ‘Parties, Patronage and the Post-Communist State’, Comparative European Politics, 6 (4), pp. 486-500

Haughton, T. and Fisher, S. (2008), ‘From the Politics of State-building to Programmatic Politics: The Post-Federal Experience and the Development of Centre-Right Party Politics in Croatia and Slovakia’, Party Politics, 14 (4), pp. 435-454

Haughton, T. and Rybar, M. (2008) ‘A Change of Direction: the 2006 Parliamentary Elections and the Dynamics of Party Politics in Slovakia’, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 24 (2), pp. 232-255

Fisher, S. and Gould, J. and Haughton, T. (2007), ‘Slovakia’s Neoliberal Turn’, Europe-Asia Studies, 59 (6) pp. 977-988

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Expertise

Domestic politics of Central and Eastern Europe, EU politics, parties and elections, and political campaigning.

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Expertise

Domestic politics of Central and Eastern Europe, EU politics, parties and elections, and political campaigning.

Alternative contact number available for this expert: contact the press office