Justin Fisher

Professor of Political Science
Politics and History

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Room: Marie Jahoda Room 208
Brunel University
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266309
Email: justin.fisher@brunel.ac.uk

Biography

Qualifications

  • PhD Government (Brunel)
  • BA (Hons) Politics & Government (City of London Polytechnic)

Personal Biography

After nearly 3 years working in market research, I took my first degree and then moved on to a PhD, which was funded by the ESRC. After nine years as a lecturer at London Guildhall University, I moved to Brunel in 2000, where I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003 and then to Professor of Political Science in 2006. After serving as Head of Politics & History (2004-2007), I was appointed Director of the Magna Carta Institute in 2009 and combined that role with being Deputy Head of School for Research. I was appointed Head of the School of Social Sciences in January 2012.

Research

Research Overview

My research is broadly based on British and comparative politics. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, I focus on several inter-related themes: how parties fight election campaigns; the effectiveness of election campaigning; how parties are financed; the regulation of political activity, including party funding and lobbying; and how political parties function more broadly. This research has influenced policy and practice through comparative analyses of the effects of regulations in political life and the desirability of pursuing statutory or self-regulation. My current research focuses on a new theme: how political trust is generated and why trust judgements vary from institution to institution.

Director, Magna Carta Institute

 

Current Projects

Trust in Political Institutions
2008 -
Justin Fisher, Jennifer van-Heerde Hudson (UCL) & Andrew Tucker (Brunel)

Comparative Political Finance
2009 -
Justin Fisher & Jennifer van-Heerde Hudson (UCL)

Constituency Level Campaigning
2010 -
Justin Fisher, Edward Fieldhouse (Manchester), David Cutts (Manchester), Ron Johnston (Bristol) & Charles Pattie (Sheffield)

 

Recently Completed Projects

Economic & Social Research Council
Constituency Campaigning in the 2010 General Election
£98,056
February 2010 - January 2011
Justin Fisher (PI)

Electoral Commission
Attitudes of Electoral Agents on the Administration of the General Election
£9,990
April 2010 - August 2010
Justin Fisher (PI)

 

PhD Supervision

Dana Humaid Al-Marzooqi: Consultation of citizens during policy development: consultation in the United Arab Emirates; 2012 -

Elisabetta Mocca: Multi-level governance and environmental policy: the role of transnational municipal networks in the definition of local policy-making; 2012 -

Teaching

Undergraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • Parties & Voters in the UK (Yr 3)

Postgraduate Programmes

Programme convenor

  • MSc Public Affairs & Lobbying

Module convenor

  • Parties & Voters in the UK

Administration

  • Head of the School of Social Sciences
  • Director of the Magna Carta Institute

External Activity

  • Academician, Academy of Social Sciences (2008 - ) 
  • Visiting Professor in Political Science, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (2009)
  • President, British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association (2008 - 2010)
  • Elected Member of Executive Committee, British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association (2011-13)
  • Editor of Journal of Elections, Parties & Public Opinion, 2004 - 2011
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Parliamentary Affairs (2012 - 2015)
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties (2012 - 2017)
  • Academic Advisor, Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (2010 - 2013)
  • Member of Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee and Chair of the Academic Sub-Committee
  • External Reviewer, Department of Politics, University of Newcastle (2008)
  • External Examiner (Undergraduate), Department of Political Science, University College London (2010 - 2012)
  • External Examiner (PhD), School of Law & Social Science, University of Plymouth (2008)
  • External Examiner (PhD), Department of Government, University of Essex (2008 & 2010)
  • Witness to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee hearing on the referendum on separation for Scotland, July 2012
  • Advisor the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s in its response to the government’s proposals on a statutory register of lobbyists, February 2012
  • Witness to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee hearing on the government’s proposals on a statutory register of lobbyists, February 2012
  • Advisor the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s inquiry into Party Political Funding, (2010 - 11)
  • Witness to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee hearing on the government’s proposals for voting and parliamentary reform, July 2010
  • Witness to the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s hearing on Party Political Funding, July 2010
  • Director of Project. Attitudes of Agents on the Administration of the 2010 General Election. Report completed on behalf of the Electoral Commission (2010)
  • Witness to the Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation, July 2009
  • Member of the Public Affairs Council Working Party (2009)
  • Witness to the Political Parties and Election Bill Committee, November, 2008
  • Scientific Expert, 3rd Evaluation Round of the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) on the transparency of party funding (2008 - 2011)
  • Senior Policy Advisor to the Electoral Commission (2008)
  • Specialist Advisor to the Public Administration Select Committee for its inquiry into Lobbying (2007 - 2008)

Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(2013) Fisher, J., Johnston, R., Cutts, D., Pattie, C. and Fieldhouse, E., You get what you (don’t) pay for: The impact of volunteer labour and candidate spending at the 2010 British General Election, Parliamentary Affairs forthcoming

(2013) Fisher, JT., Fieldhouse, E. and Cutts, D., Members Are Not the Only Fruit: Volunteer Activity in British Political Parties at the 2010 General Election, British Journal of Politics & International Relations

(2012) Fisher, JT., Cutts, D., Johnston, RJ. and Pattie, C., Laying the foundations for electoral success: Conservative pre-campaign canvassing before the 2010 UK general election, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties 22 (3) : 359- 375

(2012) Johnston, R., Pattie, C., Cutts, D. and Fisher, JT., Spending, contacting and voting: The 2010 British general election in the constituencies, Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research 44 (5) : 1165- 1184

(2011) Fisher, JT., Johnston, RJ., Pattie, C., Cutts, D. and Fieldhouse, E., The Long and the Short of it: Local Campaigning at the British 2010 General Election, Political Studies

(2011) Fisher, JT., Cutts, D. and Fieldhouse, E., The electoral effectiveness of constituency campaigning in the 2010 British General Election: The ‘triumph’ of labour?, Electoral Studies 30 (4) : 816- 828

(2011) VanHeerde-Hudson, J. and Fisher, JT., Parties heed (with caution): Public knowledge of and attitudes towards party finance in Britain, Party Politics 19 (1) : 41- 60

(2011) Johnston, R., Pattie, C., Cutts, D., Fieldhouse, E. and Fisher, JT., Local campaign spending at the 2010 General Election and its impact: Exploring what wider regulation has revealed, Political Quarterly 82 (2) : 169- 192

(2011) Fisher, J., Cutts, D. and Fieldhouse, E., The electoral effectiveness of constituency campaigning in the 2010 British general election: The 'triumph' of Labour?, Electoral Studies 30 (4) : 816- 828

(2011) Fisher, J., van Heerde-Hudson, J. and Tucker, A., Why Both Theory and Empirics Suggest There is More than One Form of Trust: A Response to Hooghe, British Journal of Politics and International Relations 13 (2) : 276- 281

(2010) Fisher, J., van Heerde, J. and Tucker, A., Does one trust judgement fit all? Linking theory and empirics, British Journal of Politics and International Relations 12 (2) : 161- 188

(2010) Fisher, J., Party finance: Normal service resumed?, Parliamentary Affairs 63 (4) : 778- 801

(2010) Fisher, JT. and Hough, D., Wird alles anders? Oder viel Lärm um nichts? Die britischen Parlamentswahlen vom 6. Mai 2010, Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen 41 (4) : 725- 739

(2009) Fisher, J. and Denver, D., Evaluating the electoral effects of traditional and modern modes of constituency campaigning in Britain 1992-2005, Parliamentary Affairs 62 (2) : 196- 210 Download publication

(2009) Fisher, J., Hayden Phillips and Jack Straw: The continuation of British exceptionalism in party finance?, Parliamentary Affairs 62 (2) : 298- 317 Download publication

(2008) Fisher, J. and Denver, D., From foot-slogging to call centres and direct mail: a framework for analysing the development of district-level campaigning, European Journal of Political Research 47 (6) : 794- 826 Download publication

(2008) Fisher, J., Party funding: back to square one (and a half) or every cloud has a silver lining?, Political Quarterly 79 (1) : 119- 125 Download publication

(2006) Fisher, J., Denver, D. and Hands, G., Party membership and campaign activity in Britain: the impact of electoral performance, Party Politics 12 (4) : 505- 519 Download publication

(2006) Fisher, J., Denver, D. and Hands, G., The relative electoral impact of central party co-ordination and size of party membership at constituency level, Electoral Studies 25 (4) : 664- 676

(2006) Fisher, J., Denver, D. and Hands, G., Unsung heroes: Constituency election agents in British general elections, British Journal of Politics and International Relations 8 (4) : 569- 586 Download publication

(2005) Clift, B. and Fisher, J., Party finance reform as constitutional engineering? The effectiveness and unintended consequences of party finance reform in France and Britain, French Politics 3 234- 257 Download publication

(2004) Clift, B. and Fisher, J., Comparative party finance reform: the cases of France and Britain, Party Politics 10 (6) : 677- 699

(2003) Fisher, J. and Webb, P., Political participation: the vocational motivations of Labour party employees, British Journal of Politics and International Relations 5 (2) : 166- 187 Download publication

(2001) Fisher, J., Campaign finance: Elections under new rules, Parliamentary Affairs 54 (4) : 689- 700

Book Chapters

(2011) Fisher, JT., Legal regulation and political activity at the local level in Britain. In: Ewing, K., Tham, J-C. and Rowbottom, J. eds. The Funding of Political Parties. Routledge -

(2011) Fisher, JT., Cutts, D. and Fieldhouse, E., Constituency Campaigning in 2010. In: Wring, D., Mortimore, R. and Atkinson, S. eds. Political Communication in Britain. Palgrave MacMillan -

(2011) Fisher, JT., Cutts, D. and Fieldhouse, E., Constituency Campaigning in 2010. In: Wring, D., Mortimore, R. and Atkinson, S. eds. Political Communication in Britain. Palgrave MacMillan 198- 217

(2011) Fisher, JT., State Funding and Political Parties: Truths Myths and Legends. In: Young, L. and Jansen, HJ. eds. Money, Politics, and Democracy. Vancouver : UBC Press 19- 36

(2009) Denver, D. and Fisher, J., Blair’s electoral record. In: The Blair Legacy: Politics, Policy, Governance, and Foreign Affairs. Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan 23- 38

(2008) Russell, A., Denver, D., Cutts, D., Fieldhouse, E. and Fisher, J., Non-party activity in the 2005 UK general election: “Promoting or procuring electoral success”?. In: Farrell, D. and Schmitt-Beck, R. eds. Non-Party Actors in Electoral Politics: The Role of Interest Groups and Independent Citizens in Contemporary Election Campaigns. Baden-Baden : Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 103- 125

(2008) Fisher, J., Whither the parties?. In: Hazell, R. ed. Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain's Constitution to 2020. Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan 249- 266

(2007) Fisher, J., Denver, D., Fieldhouse, E., Russell, A. and Cutts, D., Constituency campaigning in 2005: Ever more centralisation ?. In: Wring, D., Green, J., Mortimore, R. and Atkinson, S. eds. Political communications. Palgrave MacMillan 79- 92

(2005) Fisher, J., Campaign finance. In: Geddes, A. and Tonge, J. eds. Britain decides: The general election of 2005. Palgrave MacMillan 170- 186

(2005) Fisher, J., Financing party politics in Britain. In: Malamud, C. and Posada-Carbó, E. eds. The financing of politics: Latin Americn and European perspectives. London: Institute of Latin American Studies 104- 121

Books

(2011) Fisher, JT. and Wlezien, C., The UK General Election of 2010: Explaing the Outcome. Routlrdge

(2004) Cowley, P., British elections & parties review. Frank Cass

(2003) Fisher, J., Denver, DT. and Benyon, J., Central debates in British politics. Longman

(1999) Fisher, J., Cowley, P., Denver, D. and Russell, A., British elections & parties review. Frank Cass

(1998) Cowley, P., Denver, D., Fisher, J. and Pattie, C., British elections & parties review.

(1997) Pattie, C., Denver, D., Fisher, J. and Ludlam, S., British elections & parties review. Frank Cass

(1996) Farrell, D., Broughton, D., Denver, D. and Fisher, J., British elections & parties yearbook 1996. Frank Cass

(1996) Fisher, J., British political parties. Prentice Hall

 

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