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Hugh Pemberton was Professor of Contemporary British History at the University of Bristol. Recently retired but still actively researching and writing, he is an expert on the history of of modern Britain, and particularly of British politics, from the Second World War to the very contemporary.
His research focuses principally on UK economic and social policy (both together in the case of his interest in British pensions policy); public administration and governance; party politics; and the politics of change. His work engages with and seeks empirically to test political science theories of historical institutionalism for he has a particular interest in the means by which radical policy change occurs (and why it sometimes doesn't), in why such change sometimes turns out to be temporary despite intentions to the contrary, and in why it is that changes that might seem apparently superficial sometimes turn out have enduring consequences.
He is currently pursuing twoparallel research projects:
- The implementation of neoliberalism in the UK, explored through the Thatcher governments' reform of pensions (as part of the AHRC-funded Thatcher's Pension Reforms project).
- The history of Civil Service reform in the Thatcher and John Major eras (research funded by the Cabinet Office as part of an Official History of the Civil Service, published in 2020, but also still ongoing).
Prof. Pemberton is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and remains Emeritus Professor of Contemporary British History at the University of Bristol.
Personal website: hughpemberton.org.uk
Research interests (key words)
Modern and Contemporary British history; British political history; economic policy history; industrial policy and industrial strategy; UK pensions history; pensions policy; pensions crisis; Labour party history; Conservative party history; Thatcher and Thatcherism; ideas and policy; history of government; history of public administration; governance; historical institutionalism; policy and history; history and politics.
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Pemberton, H., 11 Aug 2017, In : Political Quarterly. 88, 3, p. 510-516 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile610 Downloads (Pure)
Pemberton, H., Feb 2018, The state of welfare: comparative studies of the welfare state at the end of the long boom, 1965–1980. Eklund, E., Oppenheimer, M. & Scott, J. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, p. 17-38 22 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a bookOpen Access
joint seminar of the Chantiers d'histoire administrative" research group at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the British Conservatism research group at Paris Diderot University
Hugh Pemberton (Keynote/plenary speaker)27 Jan 2017
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Hugh Pemberton (Contributor)18 Aug 2016
Activity: Other activity types › Media coverage or participation
Pemberton, H., 2001
Supervisor: Wickham-Jones, M. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)