Dr Tim Haughton

 

Reader in European Politics

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Contact details

Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom

About

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 the joint editor with Nathaniel Copsey of the Journal of Common Market Studies’ Annual Review of the European Union. He served as the Director of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) from August 2012 to July 2014. In that capacity he initiated and organized the celebrations surrounding the Centre's 50th anniversary including a special series of seminars and an enhanced annual conference, he managed the transformation of CREES from a separate department into a pan-university research centre, and instigated and led the transformation of CREES into the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies.  

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 August 2012 to July 2014.  

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 and was a 2011-12 Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.

He has published widely on the politics of Central and Eastern Europe in a number of journals including Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Comparative European Politics, East European Politics, 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 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 four successive British Ambassadors/Heads of Mission to Slovakia and given presentations at the State Department in Washington DC.

With Isabelle Hertner he co-convenes the POLSIS departmental seminar series.

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Teaching

2014-15

  • Introduction to the European Union: History, Politics and Institutions (1st year undergraduate)
  • Comparative European Government (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Readings in Russian and East European Studies (MA/MSc) (convenor)
  • He also contributes to various team-taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He has also taught numerous modules/courses for undergraduates and postgraduates including 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 supervised 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 and Dr Laurence Cooley's ESRC funded PhD thesis examining the European Union and ethnic conflict resolution and management in the Western Balkans.

He is supervisor/co-supervisor of theses exploring:

  • infrastructure, legacy and sceintific knowledge in the process of nuclear development in Poland
  • 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, especially party politics and the domestic politics of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic

Research

Research interests

There are currently six strands to Dr Haughton’s research:

  • sources of stability and instability of 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 relationship between politics and government
  • Britain and the European Union
  • a book-length project providing an overview and examination of the political development of Central and Eastern Europe since the 1989 revolutions.

Current and recent projects 

  • Annuals and Perennials: Sources of Instability and Stability of Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe (with Kevin Deegan-Krause).
  • Exit, Choice and Legacy: Explaining the Patterns of Party Politics in Post-communist Slovakia
  • Splitting the Difference: 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)
  • Britain and the EU (with Nathaniel Copsey) 
  • With Birmingham colleagues Nicholas Martin and Pierre Pursiegle (now at Yale) he edited a collection of essays examining the legacies of war: Aftermath: Legacies of War in Europe – 1918, 1945, 1989, due for publication with Ashgate in October 2014
  • National Preference Formation of three (relatively) new EU Member states: Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. (Grant ran from May 2008-June 2009). For more information see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-000-22-2786/read

Other activities

With Nathaniel Copsey he is the joint editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union which is published by Wiley Blackwell. In addition to a host of articles by leading scholars in the field, the six Annual Reviews they have edited so far have 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. (2014, forthcoming), 'Farewell Britannia? "Issue Capture" and the Politics of Cameron's EU Referendum Pledge', Journal of Common Market Studies

Haughton, T. (2014, forthcoming), 'When Permissiveness Constrains: Money, Regulation and the Development of Party Politics in the Czech Republoic 1989-2012', East European Politics

Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2014, forthcoming) (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

Haughton, T, (2012), An SUV on a Road to Nowhere? Solidarity, Unanimity and Vulnerability in the European Union, Washington DC: Johns Hopkins University SAIS. http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/publications/articles/Tim%20Haughton%20An%20SUV%20on%20a%20Road%20to%20Nowhere%20Solidarity.pdf

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

Haughton, T. (2012), ‘A Law Unto Themselves: Money, Regulation and the Development of Party Politics in the Czech Republic’ Leiden University Working Paper Series on the Legal Regulation of Political Parties, No. 20, http://www.partylaw.leidenuniv.nl/uploads/wp2012.pdf

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) http://www.ces.fas.harvard.edu/publications/docs/pdfs/CEE_WP_68.pdf

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

Full list of Publications (PDF)

Expertise

Domestic politics of Central and Eastern Europe, especially party politics in the Czech and Slovak Republics; impact of EU membership on domestic politics – the impact on party politics and the factors which shape the preferences of new member states at the EU level

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Expertise

Domestic politics of Central and Eastern Europe, especially party politics in the Czech and Slovak Republics; impact of EU membership on domestic politics – the impact on party politics and the factors which shape the preferences of new member states at the EU level

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

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