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Prof Scott Newton 

Professor Scott Newton
Position:Professor of Modern British and International History

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75652
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74929
Location:John Percival Building, Room 5.38

Research Interests

Currently working on a book, to be published by Routledge, The Reinvention of Britain: a political and economic history. This explores the successive attempts to transform the UK since 1960, into, first, a social-democratic state, secondly, a neo-liberal market economy, and thirdly, into the New Labour synthesis of those two models. The research is based on study of the problems  caused for postwar British social democracy by globalization, and aims to revise and bring up to date many of the arguments developed in an earlier text, Modernization Frustrated: the politics of industrial decline in Britain since 1900 (with Dilwyn Porter: 1988).


20th century British economic history and policy;

socio-economic change and international relations;

the application to postwar domestic and international economic policy of the ideas of J. M. Keynes.


Impact and Engagement

Creator, Organiser and Convenor of the Cardiff University Keynes Seminar. This involves inviting distinguished figures from the worlds of the academy, journalism and politics to discuss contemporary political and economic history, with the emphasis on Keynes, Keynesian ideas, and the application of these to the understanding of modern Britain and the wider world since 1945.

Speakers have included:

William Keegan (Economics Correspondent, The Observer); Gerald Holtham (former Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research); Jim Tomlinson (Professor of Modern History, Dundee University). Will Hutton (now Principal of Hertford College, Oxford); Larry Elliott (Economics Editor, The Guardian), Rhodri Morgan (former First Minister for Wales) and Peter Hennessy.

The audiences to these occasions are open to all staff members of Cardiff University, academics from other organizations, and also members of the Welsh Assembly Government and of the wider political and business community in this area.

As a result of this venture I contributed to a feature on the relevance of policies based on the ideas of John Maynard Keynes published last year in the BBC Knowledge magazine ('The Man who Saved Economics', BBC Knowledge, 18, July-August 2011, pp. 30-1

Secondly, my research has informed discussions about the implications of the current crisis within the TUC, following from my work on the global economy and on the 1964-70 Labour governments. The paper, Life in the Middle was the most direct result of this contact, which also led to the establishment of the Keynes seminar series here at Cardiff (initially financed by £500 from ACAS).

Thirdly, the paper jointly authored with Professor Peter Cain (Sheffield Hallam University) for History and Policy and published in March 2011 'Crisis and recovery: historical perspectives on the Coalition's economic policies’ attracted some press attention, notably in the Western Mail (article of 22 March 2011: link is below).

Finally, I participated with diplomats and other historians in a discussion in September 2009 held at the residence of the Minister of the US Embassy on  “The Economic Crisis of 2008-2009:  How Bad Was It and How Will it Affect the Future Leadership Roles of the United States and the United Kingdom?”