Dr Sam Warner
Associate Lecturer



I joined the Department as Associate Lecturer in September 2019. I completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Birmingham in 2018, prior to which I undertook an MA in British Politics and the State at the same university. Before joining York, I was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham. I have taught across a range of British politics, political economy and public policy modules.

My doctoral research focused on the Industrial Relations Act of 1971 as a failed attempt at depoliticised governing. This forms part of a broader interest in the management of British capitalism and continuities and discontinuities in policymaking. I am particularly interested in the development of governing strategies in response to the crisis of Keynesianism in the 1970s and how these acted as the precursor to the neoliberal turn of the 1980s.

I have published work in these areas in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations and British Politics.



For the 2019/20 academic year, I will be part of the team teaching on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Democratic Politics POL00002C
  • Politics in the UK POL00008I



My research is interdisciplinary, intersecting British politics, political economy and political history. I am interested in the management of British capitalism, especially the politics of depoliticisation. In recent work, I adopt a critical political economy perspective to analyse recently released archival material, including documents from the National Archives. This informed my doctoral studies and is reflected in my recent journal articles on the Industrial Relations Act 1971.

My current project examines debates on public ownership in the British context to re-examine the challenges associated with nationalisation in the 1970s. More specifically, the research is concerned with the contradictory relationship between commercial principles and political control in nationalised industries. This, for me, is important territory for research given the political salience of debates surrounding nationalisation in contemporary British politics. 

More broadly, I am interested in the relationship between depoliticisation and anti-politics in the contemporary context. To this end, I am keen to further understanding of not only the imposition of governing strategies but also how they are contested and resisted.  

I am currently working on a book project building on the research undertaken during my doctoral studies.


Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Warner, S. (2019) ‘(Re)politicising the governmental: Resisting the Industrial Relations Act’. British Journal of Politics and International Relations 22 (3): 541- 558.
  • Warner, S. (2019) ‘“The majesty of the law”: Depoliticisation, the Rule of Law and judicial independence’. British Politics. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41293-019-00121-8

Book chapters

  • Warner, S. (Forthcoming) ‘Industrial Relations: Reappraising the Industrial Relations Act 1971 and its legacy’ in T. Heppell and A. Crines ed. The Heath Premiership: Politics and Policies under Prime Minister Edward Heath, 1970 – 1974. Routledge British Politics Series.

Blog posts


Contact details

Dr Sam Warner
Associate Lecturer
Department of Politics
University of York
Heslington Lane
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 328118


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