Dr Eunice Goes

Professor of Politics

Dr Eunice Goes

Dr Eunice Goes


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 Britain’s relationship with Europe and European politics 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 to renew social democracy. Currently, I am conducting research on European social democratic parties’ approach to the European Union.

I am passionate about teaching and my pedagogy focuses on supporting students to develop their critical thinking skills. In recent years, this approach has translated in the creation of new assessment formats that enable students to learn how to apply theory to concrete examples.

I am an enthusiastic blogger and often contribute to the academic blogs TheConversation.comLSE Democratic Audit, LSE Politics&Policy, LSE Europp, Political Insight and OpenDemocracy.net, Social Europe. 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.

You can contact me on Eunice.goes@richmond.ac.uk or follow me on Twitter @DrEuniceGoes.

Faculty Research


Journal Articles:

Book Chapters:

  • (co-written with Cristina Leston-Bandeira) “The Portuguese Assembleia da Republica in Context”, in Jorge M. Fernandes and Cristina Leston-Bandeira (editors) The Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019,
  • “The British Party System(s): Fragmented, Unstable and Very Capricious”, in Marco Lisi (editor) Party System Change, the European Crisis and the State of Democracy, Abingdon: Routledge, 2018
  • “’Jez, We Can!’ Labour’s Campaign: A Defeat With the Taste of Victory”, in J. Tonge, C. Leston-Bandeira, S. Wilks-Heeg (editors) Britain Votes 2017, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018
  • “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

Eunice Goes publication

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.

Non-Academic Journal Articles


I teach on:
Political Science
Development Studies
International Relations programmes

Some of the courses I teach:

PLT 3100 Foundations of Politics
PLT 5205 British Politics: Inside Parliament
PLT 6430 Democracy and Democratisation
PLT 6205 Policy-Making in the Globalised World
PLT 6296/6297 Senior Seminar I and II in Political Science

Research Clusters:
The Study of the State, Power and Globalisation

Research Interest & Expertise:
My research interests lie in British politics and the role of ideas in policy-making. As such I am interested in political parties and how their ideologies interplay with their office-seeking goals. Currently I am writing a book on the Labour Party under Ed Miliband that fits into this research area. I am interested in Britain’s relationship with the European Union and I conduct research on the coalition government’s approach to the EU.

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