Dr Stephen Bates

Dr Stephen Bates

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Stephen is a senior lecturer in political science. Before re-joining POLSIS in 2007, he was a research fellow  in the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (Innogen) at the University of Edinburgh.


PhD Political Science (Birmingham)


I convene the second year course Analysing Political Worlds and convene the third year courses Parliamentary Studies and Politics, Music & the Arts.

My research is at the intersection of British politics, parliamentary studies, and political sociology. At a theoretical level, my research focuses on conceptualising power, political agency and political change. This theoretical work currently feeds into substantive empirical research in three main areas: Select Committees in the UK Parliament, Prime Minister’s Questions, and the status of women in academia.


  • Analysing Political Worlds (POLS 201)
  • Politics, Music & the Arts (POLS 355)

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research in the areas mentioned above in the biography section, as well as related areas.


  • Power and political agency
  • Select Committees
  • Prime Minister's Questions
  • The status of women in academia

Other activities

Stephen is an Assistant Editor on the PSA journal Political Studies Review.


Recent publications


Gaines, B, Goodwin, M, Bates, S & Sin, G 2019, 'A bouncy house? UK Select Committee newsworthiness, 2005-18', The Journal of Legislative Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2019.1662612

McKay, S, Goodwin, M & Bates, S 2019, 'A means to an end and an end in itself: select committee membership, parliamentary roles and parliamentary careers, 1979-present', Parliamentary Affairs. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsz038

Bates, S, Goodwin, M, Gaines, B & Sin, G 2019, 'Conclusion: prospects for analysing committees in comparative perspective', The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Gaines, B, Goodwin, M, Bates, S & Sin, G 2019, 'Introduction: the study of legislative committees', The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Bates, S & Sealey, A 2019, 'Representing women, women representing: backbenchers' questions during Prime Minister's questions, 1979-2010', European Journal of Politics & Gender.

Bates, S, Goodwin, M & McKay, S 2017, 'Do UK MPs engage more with Select Committees since the Wright reforms?: An interrupted time series analysis, 1979-2016', Parliamentary Affairs. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsx007

Bates, S & Sealey, A 2016, 'Prime Ministerial self-reported actions in Prime Minister’s Questions 1979-2010: A corpus-assisted analysis', Journal of Pragmatics, vol. 104, pp. 18-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2016.07.010

Bates, S & Goodwin, M 2015, 'The ‘powerless parliament’? Agenda-setting and the role of the UK parliament in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008', British Politics. https://doi.org/10.1057/bp.2015.37

Williams, H, Bates, S, Jenkins, L, Luke, D & 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, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 116-130. https://doi.org/10.1057/eps.2015.8

Bates, SR 2015, 'The Emergent Body: Marxism, Critical Realism and the Corporeal in Contemporary Capitalist Society', Global Society, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 128-147. https://doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2014.974514

Luke, D & Bates, S 2014, 'Using Critical Realism to Explain Indeterminacy in Role Behaviour Systematically: Using Critical Realism to Explain Indeterminacy in Role Behaviour Systematically', Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, pp. n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1111/jtsb.12070

Bates, S, Jenkins, L & Amery, F 2014, '(De)politicisation and the Father's Clause parliamentary debates', Policy and politics, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 243-258. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557312X656007

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Bates, S, Jenkins, L, Amery, F & Savigny, H 2015, Metaphors on Women in Academia: A Review of the Literature, 2004-2013. in Advances in Gender Research: At the Center: Feminism, Social Science and Knowledge. vol. 20, Emerald, pp. 247-268. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-212620150000020022


Bates, S 2015, 'Conclusion: The future status of women in European political science', European Political Science, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 131-136. https://doi.org/10.1057/eps.2015.9


Bates, S & Savigny, H 2015, 'Introduction: women in european political science', European Political Science, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 75-8. https://doi.org/10.1057/eps.2015.3

View all publications in research portal


  • Prime Minister's Questions

Media experience