Dr Thomas Lundberg
- Lecturer (Politics)
Office hours for guidance and feedback: My office is located in 1213 Adam Smith Building. While the campus is closed, please e-mail for an appointment via Zoom.
Tom received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame (USA) in January 2003. He was a lecturer in Politics at Keele University, England, until joining Politics at the University of Glasgow in July 2007. He has taught courses in comparative politics, British and Scottish politics, and the European Union. Outside the UK, Tom has taught in Canada, China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA, and he has done field research in New Zealand.
His comparative politics research focuses on political parties, political institutions and rules (including decentralisation and electoral systems), and the quality of democracy. Tom's first research monograph, Proportional Representation and the Constituency Role in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), compares the British experience with proportional representation to the experiences of Germany and New Zealand. Other research has examined minority government, referendums, anti-political establishment parties (including the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru, and the UK Independence Party), and the supposedly 'new politics' in Scotland since devolution. His current research is exploring the quality of democracy in Scotland, as well as the Yes campaign in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Tom's has a contract with Routledge for his second monograph entitled Democracy in Scotland: Freedom, Equality and Control Since Devolution. He has also been working on projects comparing British and Spanish politics.
Tom's expertise in electoral systems, political parties, and British and Scottish politics has been sought by international journalists (see below), as well as by parliaments and non-governmental organisations. He has presented evidence on electoral systems to commissions and committees in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, as well as to civil society groups in Spain.
Selected media interviews:
Financial Review (25 September 2020): 'Boris Johnson fights to hold a pandemic-stricken UK together'
The National (19 July 2020): 'Gerry Hassan: Are new indy parties helping or hindering?'
Financial Review (29 November 2019): 'I might have to break the habit of a lifetime and vote Tory'
Infobae (4 August 2019): 'Puede el Brexit significar el final del Reino Unido tal como lo conocemos?'
Washington Post (29 July 2019) 'Could Boris Johnson's 'no-deal' Brexit break up the United Kingdom?'
La Razón (14 March 2017): 'Little England'
Washington Post (13 March 2017): 'Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon to seek second independence referendum'
BBC Radio 4 (25 July 2015): Profile - 'Mhairi Black'
Al Jazeera (10 June 2015): 'UK moves closer to "in-out" EU referendum'
La Razón (9 May 2015): 'El debate del autogobierno'
Times Higher Education (7 May 2015): 'How to improve British politics'
Wall Street Journal (7 May 2015): 'U.K. Voting System to Deliver Mixed Results for Smaller Parties'
Washington Post (6 May 2015): 'Uncertainty: The only sure thing in Britain's too-close-to-call election'
Svenska Dagbladet (19 March 2015): 'Nationalistparti växer i Skottland'
Globe and Mail (16 September 2014): 'As historic referendum nears, Scots not feeling English love'
BBC News Magazine Monitor (11 March 2014): 'The world of 100% election victories'
El Periódico (28 November 2013): 'Escocia reprocha a Rajoy que la situe fuera de la UE si se independiza'
Reuters (6 May 2011): 'SNP wins majority'
Reuters (29 April 2010): 'Instant View - Reaction to leaders' debate'
BBC Radio 4 (22 March 2009): The Westminster Hour - 'UKIP's future'
Herald (Glasgow) (11 May 2016): 'The pros and cons of minority government'
Herald (Glasgow) (6 May 2015): 'Minority government is not necessarily undemocratic'
London School of Economics, British Politics and Policy blog (11 November 2014): 'Scottish politics has turned upside down since the independence referendum'
University of Glasgow, Policy Scotland blog (27 November 2013): 'The Scottish Government's White Paper on independence: Appeal for a "yes" vote'
Herald (Glasgow) (6 May 2011): 'Analysis: How SNP defied devolution's designers'
- Comparative politics (including British and Scottish politics)
- Political parties
- Electoral systems and political institutions
- Federalism and devolution
- Constitutional change
- Representative democracy
- Quality of democracy
- Small states and nations
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Tom is able to speak to the media on the above topics. Please contact him by e-mail, not by telephone.
Lundberg, T. C. (2007) Proportional Representation and the Constituency Role in Britain. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230006522
Lundberg, T. C. (2014) Tensions between constituency and regional members of the Scottish Parliament under mixed-member proportional representation: a failure of the new politics. Parliamentary Affairs, 67(2), pp. 351-370. (doi: 10.1093/pa/gss055)
Abedi, A. and Lundberg, T.C. (2009) Doomed to failure? UKIP and the organisational challenges facing right-wing populist anti-political establishment parties. Parliamentary Affairs, 62(1), pp. 72-87. (doi: 10.1093/pa/gsn036)
- Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 'New Zealand, New Politics, and Mixed-Member Proportional Representation: Lessons for Scotland?', £1710, awarded June 2009. Project Code: 52183/1
- (with Paul Graham), Adam Smith Research Foundation, University of Glasgow, 'Political Participation and Health Outcomes', £1000, awarded January 2012. Project Code: 44564
- Electoral systems, political parties and institutions
- British, Scottish and comparative politics
- Quality of democracy
- Small states and nations
- Politics 1A - Introduction to Liberal Democracy
- Scottish Government
- Political Parties and Institutions
- Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
- Comparative European Politics (Nankai University - Joint Graduate School)
- Assessment Officer
- International Relations MSc programme convener (Nankai University - Joint Graduate School)
- Politics open/visit day co-ordinator
- College of Social Sciences Senior Adviser of Studies
- College of Social Sciences Progress Committee member