Dr Stephen Bates

Dr Stephen Bates

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

Contact details

POLSIS - 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)


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

His research is mainly in the field of parliamentary studies.  He is concerned with how power relations impact on parliamentary behaviour, roles and careers and what makes for an effective parliament.


  • Analysing Political Worlds (POLS 201)
  • Politics, Music & the Arts (POLS 355)
  • Parliamentary Studies (POLS 372)


Research Interests

  • Power and political agency
  • Parliamentary committees
  • Parliamentary roles
  • Parliamentary questions
  • The status of women in academia

Other activities

Stephen is the co-convenor of the PSA Parliaments specialist group.


Recent publications


Goodwin, M, Bates, S & McKay, S 2020, 'Electing to do women’s work? Gendered divisions of labour in UK Select Committees, 1979-2016', Politics & Gender. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X19000874

Pflaeger Young, Z, Amery, F, Bates, S, McKay, S, Miller, C, Billings, T, Hayton, R, Holt, M, Khatri, J, Marvin, M, Ogunsanya, L, Ramdehal, A & Sullivan, R 2020, 'Women in the profession: an update on the gendered composition of the discipline and political science departments in the UK', Political Studies Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929920905503

Gaines, B, Goodwin, M, Bates, S & Sin, G 2019, 'A bouncy house? UK Select Committee newsworthiness, 2005-18', The Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 409-433. 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, vol. 72, no. 4, pp. 799-820. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsz038

Gaines, B, Goodwin, M, Bates, S & Sin, G 2019, 'Conclusion: prospects for analysing committees in comparative perspective', The Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 434-441. https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2019.1662613

Bates, S & Sealey, A 2019, 'Representing women, women representing: backbenchers' questions during Prime Minister's questions, 1979-2010', European Journal of Politics & Gender, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 237–256 . https://doi.org/10.1332/251510819X15490283059237

Gaines, B, Goodwin, M, Bates, S & Sin, G 2019, 'The study of legislative committees', The Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 331-339. https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2019.1662614

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, vol. 70, no. 4, pp. 780–800. 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, 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

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

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

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  • Prime Minister's Questions

Media experience