Darcy Luke

From ‘funny money’ to ‘hard cash’: Cash limit reforms to Treasury control of public expenditure in the context of the global crisis of capital in the 1970s

Supervisors: Dr. Stephen Bates and Professor Peter Burnham

Darcy Luke is undertaking doctoral research into changes in the political management of public expenditure in the UK in the 1970s. His PhD makes use of archival materials in order to examine critical junctures in British political history, so as to better understand and theorise the contemporary political management of public service provision. His research examines changes to state budgeting processes as a means of explaining the current prevalence of outsourcing in public service provision to private and Third Sector bodies.


Darcy Luke has been studying Political Science at the University of Birmingham since 2009. He was awarded the Ferns and the J.D. Armstrong Prizes for Distinctive Merit in Political Science at undergraduate and MA level. He received the Joseph Chamberlain scholarship for his MA in Political Science, and an ESRC 1+3 scholarship in order to undertake his PhD research. He has worked as a GTA in POLSIS, teaching on core and optional modules relating to political science. 


  • BA Political Science and International Studies
  • MA Political Science
  • MA Political Science (Research Methods)

Research interests

British politics; political economy; state theory; the philosophy of social science; critical methodologies; Marxism; Critical Theory. 

Other activities

Darcy Luke is active in the Conference of Socialist Economists (Midlands branch), which seeks to develop Marxian research into political economy. He has been involved in organizing a number of reading groups focusing on Marxist and critical theory and was a founding editor of the Birmingham Undergraduate Political Review. He is a member of UCU and the Labour Party. 


Journal Articles

With Bates, S. (2015) ‘Using Critical Realism to Explain Indeterminacy in Role Behaviour Systematically’ Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour¸45 (3): 331-351.

With Williams, H; Bates, S; Jenkins, L; Rogers, K. (2015) ‘Gender and Journal Authorship: An assessment of articles published by women in three top British Political Science and International Relations journals’, European Political Science, 14 (2): 116-130.

Book Chapters

With Birmingham Autonomous University Collective. (2017) ‘Six Theses In, Against and Beyond the University’ in Hall, R and Winn, J. (2017) Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education’, London: Bloomsbury.

Book reviews

With Schwevers, P. (2018) ‘The Strong State and the Free Economy by Werner Bonefeld’, Capital & Class, 42 (1): 185-188. 

Contact details:

Email: Dxl996@bham.ac.uk