Jake Scott

Jake ScottResearch into the normative elements of populism and its relationship to democracy. 

Supervisors: Dr Richard Shorten and Dr Jeanne Morefield

Jake Scott is undertaking doctoral research into the phenomenon of populism and its theoretical relationship to democracy. He is particularly concerned with the phenomenological nature of populism, and whether a normative theory can be constructed.

He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in History and Political Science, and a Distinction Class Master’s Degree in Political Theory (for which he was awarded the JD Armstrong Prize) at the University of Birmingham. He is also a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for core and optional modules at undergraduate level.


  • BA History and Political Science
  • MA Political Theory

Research Interests

  • Populism
  • Ideology
  • Democratic Theory
  • Conservatism.


Jake Scott is a Doctoral Researcher in Political Theory at the University of Birmingham, researching populism and its relationship to the democratic principle of ‘the people’. He has worked with the Bow Group, the Henry Jackson Society, and is the Chairman of the Mallard, a conservative online and print publication. He completed his BA in History and Political Science, and his MA in Political Theory, at the University of Birmingham, receiving the JD Armstrong prize for his Master’s Thesis. 

Other activities

Jake is the editor of online publication The Mallard, and has been involved in multiple publications concerned with youth political engagement. He is also a freelance business rates consultant. 


Scott, J. A. (2021), ‘‘There is no Alternative?’ The role of depoliticisation in the emergence of populism’, Politics, https://doi.org/10.1177/0263395721990279

Scott, J. A. (2020), ‘The UK’s Food Supplies & the Impact of Covid-19’, The Bow Group, https://bowgroup.org/the-uks-food-supplies-the-impact-of-covid-19-2/