Dr Eunice Goes
Associate Professor of Politics
I joined the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences at Richmond University in 2008. I hold a DPhil in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2002), a M.A. in Politics from the University of Warwick (1997) and a B.A. in International Relations from Lusíada University (Lisbon, Portugal, 1994).
My areas of expertise are British party politics, British political thought and Britain’s relationship with Europe. I am also very interested in exploring the role of ideas in politics. My latest research project is the monograph The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband: Trying But Failing to Renew Social Democracy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016). This book examines the Labour Party’s response to the 2008 global financial crisis and identifies the factors that explain Ed Miliband’s failure in developing a social democratic programme.
I am an enthusiastic blogger and often contribute to the academic blogs TheConversation.com, LSE Democratic Audit, LSE Politics&Policy, LSE Europp, Political Insight and OpenDemocracy.net. I am a regular panellist in the BBC programmes Dateline London and Weekend and I am a Visiting Research Fellow at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations.
Before joining Richmond I worked as a foreign correspondent for the Portuguese media. My experience as a London correspondent to the Portuguese reference newspapers Diário de Notícias and Expresso enabled to watch and learn about British politics from a privileged position.
- The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband: Trying But Failing to Renew Social Democracy, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016)
- A Era Blair Em Exame (The Blair Era Under Examination), Lisbon: Quimera, 2003.
- ‘The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband: Trying But Failing to Renew Social Democracy”, Renewal, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2016, 29-40,
- ‘The Liberal Democrats and the Coalition: Driven to the Edge of Europe’, The Political Quarterly, 86 Issue 3, April 2015, 93-100,
- ‘Power and the Public Sphere: Lessons from Tahrir Square’, Portuguese Journal of Social Sciences, 14. No.1 March 2015, 57-70,
- ‘Keeping Tabs on Coalition Partners: An analysis of How the Liberal Democrats Influenced the Coalition’s Approach to the EU’, Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 67, Number 1, January 2014, 45-63,
- ‘Deliberation and the Plural Polity: Talk as a Tool for Social Cohesion’, Portuguese Journal of Political Science, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2012,
- ‘Assessing New Labour’s Decade in Power’, Relações Internacionais, winter 2008, pp. 97-114,
- ‘Entente Cordiale: The Engine of European Defence’, Relações Internacionais, May 2004, pp. 95-103.
- ‘The Left and the Financial Crisis: The Labour Party in Search of a New Economic Narrative’, in João Rosas and Ana Rita Ferreira (Editors) Left and Right: The Great Dichotomy Revisited, (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2013),
- ‘The End of British Tolerance? Changing Elite Attitudes Towards Muslim Veiled Women in Britain’, in Media, Culture and Identity and Europe, Savaş Arslan, Defne Karaosmanoğlu, Süheyla Kirca Schroeder (Editors), (Istanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press, 2009),
- ‘It’s Good to Talk: Addressing Moral Conflict in Multicultural Societies’, in Tarun Pokyia, Managing a Multicultural World: Policy and Practice (New Delhi: ICFAI University Press, 2008),
- ‘The Third Way and the Politics of Community’ in Luke Martell et al. The Third Way and Beyond: Criticisms, Futures and Alternatives, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004).
Research Projects in Focus
The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband: Trying But Failing to Renew Social Democracy
The 2008 global financial crisis offered an opportunity for a renewal of social democratic politics in Europe. In 2010, the recently elected Labour leader, Ed Miliband, was one of Europe’s social democratic leaders who believed that a social democratic moment was within his grasp. By mapping the ideas that informed Labour’s 2015 electoral manifesto this book explains Labour’s attempt to develop a social democratic programme that addressed the policy puzzles raised by the global financial crisis. But timing, the scarcity of ideas and institutional constraints conspired against these efforts. This failure is one of the reasons why Labour lost the 2015 general election.
The Blair Era (Lisbon: Quimera, 2003)
This book examines the political and policy achievements of the New Labour governments until 2003. Blair’s approach to the economy, social justice, constitutional reform, foreign policy and Europe are examined and assessed in the context of Third Way politics.
Extracts from Recent Research
“The Coalition and Europe: A Tale of Reckless Drivers, Steady Navigators and Imperfect Maps”, in Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 67, No. 1 January 2014
This paper examines how the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats negotiated and agreed the coalition’s approach to the EU with a view to shed light on how each party exerted influence over this policy area. For that purpose the article analyses how the two parties of the coalition negotiated the programme of government, agreed on the distribution of government portfolios and have handled three of the most divisive European issues faced by the coalition, namely the European Union Act 2011, the exercise of the veto at the December 2011 EU summit, and the announcement of the referendum on EU membership. The article argues that the Conservatives are the drivers of the coalition’s approach to the EU however the Liberal Democrats have acted as steady navigators ensuring, most of the time, that the agreed roadmap is respected.