Dr Mark Bennister is a Reader in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University. He specialises in comparative politics, political leadership, British and Australasian politics He teaches the following modules: Contemporary British Politics (year 1), Democracies and Alternative Regimes (year 2), Parliamentary Studies (year 3) and Critical Issues in Contemporary Politics (year 3). He also teaches research methods, in particular introduction to the use of SPSS. Mark is a visiting lecturer in British politics on the Tufts in London program at University College London and is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University College London Constitution Unit. Mark was previously a Teaching Fellow in British Politics at University College London and a Teaching Fellow at Sussex University.
Mark is an expert in comparative prime ministerial leadership. He published 'Prime Ministers in Power: A Comparative Study of Political Leadership in Britain and Australia' in March 2012. Mark gained his doctorate from the University of Sussex (2004-2008), where he was awarded a 1+3 ESRC studentship. Mark has an MSc in Social Research (Sussex 2005), MA in Contemporary European Studies (Loughborough 1993), and BA Hons in Social Sciences (Nottingham Trent University 1990).
Mark worked as an Executive Officer at the Australian High Commission in London from 1998 until 2004. He also worked as a parliamentary researcher at the House of Commons and European Parliament from 1993 until 1997.
Research and knowledge exchange
Mark is currently researching Prime Ministerial Accountability to Parliament, leading a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The project is lookinga t the Prime Minister's evidence sessions to the Liaison Committee see https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/social-and-applied-sciences/pm-accountability/prime-ministerial-accountability.aspx He has been awarded an academic fellowship at Parliament to continue this research.
Mark welcomes doctoral applications in the following areas: political leadership (any aspect), British politics, Australian politics, party politics, parliamentary study, executive politics, political oratory and rhetoric. He is currently supervising the following doctoral projects:
The Leadership Capital of Vladmir Putin (Asher Pirt)
Comparing City Mayors in London, New York and Amsterdam (Max Stafford)
Teaching and subject expertise
Mark Bennister gained his PGCLT from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012. He is an HEA Associate Fellow. Mark is an active member of the Political Studies Association and a member of the PSA Specialist Groups on Political Leadership and Rhetoric and Oratory. He is also a member Australasian Political Studies Association.
Mark is a journal referee for British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Government and Opposition and Australian Journal of Politics and History. He is an academic referee the ESRC and a member of ESRC Peer Review College. He is also a book proposal assessor, Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan.
Mark gave evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee Inquiry into the Power of the Prime Minister in March 2013 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmpolcon/writev/842/m6.htm
Mark has also delivered the following conference papers
Bennister, M. (2015) ‘The Politics of Leadership Capital: Blair and Thatcher Compared’, ECPR General Conference, Montreal, Canada, September 2015.
Bennister, M. (2015) ‘Comparing Blair and Thatcher Using the LCI’, PSA Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, April 2015.
Bennister, M., Kelso, A. and Larkin, P (2014) ‘What Have We Learnt About Prime Ministerial Accountability From Liaison Committee Sessions?’ ECPR General Conference, University of Glasgow September 2014.
Bennister, M. and Worthy, B. (2014) ‘Tony Blair: Leadership Capital Squandered?’ ECPR Joint Sessions, Salamanca 10-15 April 2014.
Bennister, M., ‘t Hart, P. and Worthy, B. (2014) ‘Leadership Capital: Measuring the Dynamics of Leadership’ ECPR Joint Sessions, Salamanca 10-15 April 2014.
Bennister, M. (2014) ‘The Oratory of Hillary Clinton’, Democratic Orators Conference, Bath University 4 April 2014.
Bennister, M., ‘t Hart, P. and Worthy, B. (2014) ‘Leadership Capital: Measuring the Dynamics of Leadership’ PSA Political Leadership Specialist Group Workshop, University of East Anglia, Jan 2014.
Bennister, M. and Heffernan, R. (2014) ‘Assessing Cameron as Prime Minister’ PSA Political Leadership Specialist Group Workshop, University of East Anglia, January 2014.
Bennister, M and Heppell, T (2013) ‘Ejecting the Party Leader’ Political Studies Association Annual Conference Cardiff, 25 March 2013.
Publications and research outputs
Bennister, M. 't Hart, P. and Worthy, B. (2017) The Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Leadership, Oxford University Press.
Bennister, M. (2012) Prime Ministers in Power: Political Leadership in Britain and Australia, Palgrave
http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/bookshop/university-authors/uaBookInfo.asp?uabPk=306 or http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=415544
Bennister, M. and Larkin, P. (2017) 'Accountability' in Exploring Parliament, Oxford.
Bennister, M. (2016) ‘Hillary Clinton’ in Crines, A. and Moon D. (eds.) Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama, Palgrave.
Bennister, M. (2015) ‘The Oratory of Michael Heseltine’ in Hayton, R. and Crines A (eds) Conservative Orators from Baldwin to Cameron, Manchester University Press.
Bennister, M. (2015) ‘The Oratory of Tony Blair’ in Hayton, R. and Crines A (eds) Labour Orators from Bevan to Brown, Manchester University Press.
Bennister, M. (2009) 'Tony Blair as Prime Minister' in The Blair Legacy: Politics, Policy, Governance, and Foreign Affairs, (ed T. Casey), Palgrave.
Refereed journal articles
Bennister, M., ‘t Hart, P. and Worthy, B. (2015) ‘Assessing the Authority of Political Office-Holders: The Leadership Capital Index’, West European Politics38 (3) pp.417-440.
Bennister, M and Heffernan, R (2014) ‘The Limits to Prime Ministerial Autonomy: Cameron and the Constraints of Coalition’, Parliamentary Affairs 68 (1) pp25-41.
Bennister, M and Heppell, T (2014) ‘Ejecting the Party Leader: Party Structures and Cultures and the Removals of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and Non Removal of Gordon Brown’, Government and Opposition 51(1) pp 134 – 159.
Bennister, M. and Heffernan, R. (2012) 'Cameron as Prime Minister: The Intra-Executive Politics of Britain's Coalition' Parliamentary Affairs 65 (4) pp 778-800.
Bennister, M. (2008) 'Blair and Howard: Predominant Prime Ministers Compared' in Parliamentary Affairs 61 (2) April pp334-355.
Bennister, M. (2007) 'Tony Blair and John Howard: Comparative Predominance and Institutional Stretch in Britain and Australia', British Journal of Politics and International Relations (3) pp327-345.