B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Politics
I was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. I joined Stirling University in 1990. Prior to that I worked at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University). Before becoming an academic, I was a researcher in the International Department of the Labour Party.
I have written five books on the Labour party (the last, with Gerry Hassan, entilted 'The Strange Death of Labour Scotland' published 2012) . .
In my spare time I read (mainly fiction and history), watch films, walk, cycle and listen to classical and rock music (Pink Floyd above all).
My main research interests are all aspects of the British Labour Party and the Scottish Labour party. I am at present working on a study of the ideology of the Labour party under the Miliband leadership.
Shaw E (2020) Labour leadership contest: where each of the five candidates sits on the political spectrum [Received wisdom amongst political scientists is that a major electoral defeat is the main propellent of change in a party’s leadership, programme and strategy. Underpinning this argument is the presumption that the self-evident, rational way to restore a party’s fortunes is to move to the middle ground.]. The Conversation. 15.01.2020. https://theconversation.com/labour-leadership-contest-where-each-of-the-five-candidates-sits-on-the-political-spectrum-129941
Shaw E (2016) Is Gordon Brown the unionists’ super sub? He’ll have to woo Scots working classes to score. The Conversation. 12.05.2016. https://theconversation.com/is-gordon-brown-the-unionists-super-sub-hell-have-to-woo-scots-working-classes-to-score-26599
Shaw E (2016) Antisemitism row: why animosity on the Labour left still runs so deep. The Conversation. 03.05.2016. https://theconversation.com/antisemitism-row-why-animosity-on-the-labour-left-still-runs-so-deep-58609
Shaw E (2015) Is Momentum a return to the bad old days of Labour's militant tendency?. The Conversation. 21.12.2015. https://theconversation.com/is-momentum-a-return-to-the-bad-old-days-of-labours-militant-tendency-52056
Shaw E (2015) A tale of two speeches: how Labour divisions were laid bare in Syria debate. The Conversation. 04.12.2015. https://theconversation.com/a-tale-of-two-speeches-how-labour-divisions-were-laid-bare-in-syria-debate-51764
Shaw E (2015) Corbyn's nightmare and why Labour must allow a free vote on Syria intervention. The Conversation. 27.11.2015. https://theconversation.com/corbyns-nightmare-and-why-labour-must-allow-a-free-vote-on-syria-intervention-51412
Shaw E (2015) Too much too young? Chuka Umunna bows out of Labour leadership race. The Conversation. 15.05.2015. https://theconversation.com/too-much-too-young-chuka-umunna-bows-out-of-labour-leadership-race-41920
Shaw E (2015) While Tories usher Scotland towards UK exit, Miliband’s SNP refusal looks a huge mistake. The Conversation. 06.05.2015. https://theconversation.com/while-tories-usher-scotland-towards-uk-exit-milibands-snp-refusal-looks-a-huge-mistake-41282
Shaw E (2015) One very good reason why Labour should ignore Alan Milburn on the NHS. The Conversation. 28.01.2015. https://theconversation.com/one-very-good-reason-why-labour-should-ignore-alan-milburn-on-the-nhs-36862
Shaw E (2014) It's a sad day when three limp flags are top of the news agenda. The Conversation. 21.11.2014. https://theconversation.com/its-a-sad-day-when-three-limp-flags-are-top-of-the-news-agenda-34550
Shaw E (2014) Ed Miliband’s last chance to tackle image problem and cut through to voters. The Conversation. 22.09.2014. https://theconversation.com/ed-milibands-last-chance-to-tackle-image-problem-and-cut-through-to-voters-31951
Shaw E (2014) Miliband bid to slay dragons of Scottish nationalism will hinge on three key voter groups. The Conversation. 21.03.2014. https://theconversation.com/miliband-bid-to-slay-dragons-of-scottish-nationalism-will-hinge-on-three-key-voter-groups-24690
Shaw E (2014) Miliband's Europe speech was clear, but it won't help his leadership credentials. The Conversation. 13.03.2014. https://theconversation.com/milibands-europe-speech-was-clear-but-it-wont-help-his-leadership-credentials-24385
Shaw E (2009) The Meaning of Modernisation: New Labour and public sector reform. In: Callaghan J, Fishman N, Jackson B & McIvor M (eds.) In Search of Social Democracy: Responses to crisis and modernisation. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 147-167. http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719079207
Shaw E (2009) After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics. Review of: Will Leggett,
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005,196 pp, ISBN: 1 4039 4659 0.. Sociology, 43 (3), pp. 591-593. https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385090430031005
Shaw E (2009) ‘Le New Labour à la recherche de « la meilleure relation possible entre les individus, l’État et le marché » [New Labour in Search of “the Best Possible Relation between Individuals, Markets and Government”]. Critique Internationale, 43 (2), pp. 51-68. https://doi.org/10.3917/crii.043.0051
Shaw E (2009) The consumer and New Labour: the consumer as king?. In: Simmons R, Powell M & Greener I (eds.) The Consumer in Public Services: Choice, values and difference. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 19-38. http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847421807
Shaw E (2009) Gordon Brown, Past, Present and Future,. Review of: Gordon Brown, Past, Present and Future, Francis Beckett, Haus Publishing, 2007, 222pp, ISBN 1905791143 978-1905791149. Parliamentary Affairs, 62 (1), pp. 178-188.
Shaw E (2009) Psychological Socialism: The Labour Party and Qualities of Mind and Character. Review of: 1931 to the Present, J. Nuttall, Manchester University Press, 2006, 213pp, 978-0719071645.. Parliamentary Affairs, 62 (1), pp. 178-188.
Shaw E (2008) The Rebels: How Blair Mislaid his Majority; New Labour, 2nd ed; Dirty politics: New labour, British democracy and the invasion of Iraq. Review of: P. Cowley, The Rebels: How Blair Mislaid his Majority, Politico's, 2005, 317 pp. ISBN 1-84275-127-1.. Parliamentary Affairs, 61 (3), pp. 550-557. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsn019
Shaw E (2008) Gordon Brown: Bard of Britishness - by Tom Nairn (with contributions from Leighton Andrews, David Melding, Vernon Bogdanor, Peter Stead, Charlotte Williams, David Gow, Neal Ascherson and Kevin Morgan). Review of: Gordon Brown: Bard of Britishness, Tom Nairn (with contributions from Leighton Andrews, David Melding, Vernon Bogdanor, Peter Stead, Charlotte Williams, David Gow, Neal Ascherson and Kevin Morgan) Institute of Welsh Affairs, 2006, 91 pp. ISBN: 1904773168. Public Administration, 86 (2), pp. 594-596. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.00734_3.x
Shaw E (2008) New Labour and the Unions: The Death of Tigmoo?. In: Beech M & Lee S (eds.) Ten Years of New Labour. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 120-135. http://www.palgrave.com/Products/TitlePrint.aspx?PID=283290
Shaw E (2007) T H Green and the development of ethical socialism,. Review of: T H Green and the Development of Ethical Socialism, M. Carter. Exeter, Imprint Academic 2003, 223 pp. ISBN 0 907845 32 0. Parliamentary Affairs, 60 (2), pp. 363-369. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsm002
Shaw E (2007) New Labour's old root: Revisionist thinkers in Labour's history 1931-1997s. Review of: New Labour’s Old Root: Revisionist Thinkers in Labour’s History 1931–1997s, P. Diamond, Exeter, Imprint Academic 2004, 264 pp.. Parliamentary Affairs, 60 (2), pp. 363-369. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsm002
Shaw E (2007) Fightback! Labour's traditional right in the 1970s and 1980s. Review of: Fightback! Labour's Traditional Right in the 1970s and 1980s, D. Hayter. Manchester, MUP, 2005, 211 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0719072710. Parliamentary Affairs, 60 (2), pp. 363-369. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsm002
Laffin M & Shaw E (2007) British Devolution and the Labour Party: How a National Party Adapts to Devolution. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 9 (1), pp. 55-72. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-856X.2007.00252.x