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Mr Jake Watts

Post:Research Student (Sussex European Institute)
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Jake is an Associate Tutor in the Department of Politics at the University of Sussex. He completed a PhD in Politics at the University of Sussex. His thesis examined narratives of organisational change in the British Labour Party since 1979. 


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2014 - 2017  Politics PhD - University of Sussex

2013 - 2014  Social Research Methods MSc - University of Sussex - Distinction

2010 - 2013  Politics BA - University of Sussex - First Class



Watts, J. (2017) 'The Lost World of the British Labour Party? Community, Infiltration and Disunity', British Politics. Online First.

Watts, J. (2016) 'Reorganising Labour: Constructing a New Politics', Renewal, 24:4. pp. 52-58. 


Conference Papers

Corbyn and Labour Party Democracy: The Cultural Politics of Party Organisation, Party Leadership and Intra-Party Politics Workshop, Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, Brighton, 4th November 2016.

The Lost World of the British Labour Party? Community, Infiltration, Disunity, Labour (dis)united Conference, Manchester, 4 April 2016.

Organisational Change in the British Labour Party: Cultures of Change and Changing Cultures, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Brighton, 21 March 2016. 

Labour Elites and Pressures for Party Reform: Back to the Future?, Modern British History Seminar Series, Institute for Historical Research, London, 1 October 2015. 



Watts, J. 'Intra-party democracy: how will Labour’s organisation change after GE2017?', LSE British Politics & Policy, 5 June 2017.

Watts, J. 'Labour's Left Won't Go Down Without a Fight', Political Insight, 8 May 2017. 

Watts, J. 'Labour is a turkey voting for Christmas', Prospect Magazine, 19 April 2017. 

Watts, J. 'Labour in Limbo', Prospect Magazine, 28 March 2017. 

Watts, J. ‘Labour’s turmoil, the business of opposition and parliamentary democracy’, Parliaments and Legislatures PSA Specialist Group Blog, 8 August 2016. 

Watts, J. 'Corbyn’s Organisational Dilemmas: Leaving a Mark, Making a Movement', Political Insight, 21 April 2016.