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Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick

Lecturer, Politics and International Relations | Aston University


Dr Fitzpatrick's research explores theories of the state, nationalism and identity, and higher education policy and reform.




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Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick joined the department as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in September 2016. Before coming to Aston he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Politics at the University of Manchester. He has also held research positions at the University of Sheffield and has been a Visiting Fellow at Boston University.

Danny’s research explores theories of the state, nationalism and identity, the politics of sport, representation and governance, and higher education policy and reform. His book on The Politics of UK Regulation: Between Tradition, Contingency and Crisis was published by Palgrave in 2016.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Political Party Systems

Politics of Sport and Football

Public Policy

British Politics


UK Elections

Political Parties

Education (6)

University of Liverpool: BA, Politics 2004

University of Sheffield: MA, Research Methods in Politics and International Relations 2007

University of Sheffield: PhD, Politics 2011

Sheffield Hallam University: PGCE, Citizenship and Social Science 2011

Aston University: PG Certificate, Higher Education 2017

Aston University: PG Diploma, Higher Education 2019

Affiliations (2)

  • Football Collective : Co-Founder
  • Political Studies Association Sport and Politics specialist group : Co-Convenor

Media Appearances (4)

Sunday Politics Midlands/West Midlands

IMDB  online


Talk Show.

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The Civil Service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition

LSE Blogs  online


Daniel Fitzpatrick and Dave Richards examine the patterns of gender representation in the UK Civil Service under the coalition government. They explain why there was a regressive change in the most senior grades and highlight the role of ‘critical feminist actors’ in driving forward gender equality and diversity agendas in Whitehall.

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‘Back to the Future?’ Brexit, elitism, and the British Political Tradition

LSE Blogs  online


Following the referendum, British politics is about to enter into a process of de-Europeanisation. Danny Fitzpatrick and Dave Richards warn that Brexit – an outcome unanticipated and perhaps even unwanted by many on the Leave campaign – should not be used as a justification for preserving the elitism that has characterised the British Political Tradition.

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The re-glazed glass ceiling: After a decade of concerted progress the lack of diversity in Whitehall is again in the headlines

LSE Blogs  online


Only two years ago people were talking of a ‘smashed glass ceiling’ in relation to women’s representation in Whitehall. But female representation has stalled since 2010 as a result of austerity and the failure to prioritise the diversity agenda in recruitment. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains and Dave Richards argue that if gender equality in the Senior Civil Service is not addressed as a priority, a climate of complacency is likely to undo many of the gains made since 1999.

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Articles (2)

The civil service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition: where have the critical feminist actors gone?

British Politics

This article examines the patterns of gender representation in the UK Civil Service to interrogate the claim that there was a regressive change in the proportion of women in the most senior grades of Whitehall under the UK Coalition Government (2010–2015). It does so by analysing both quantitative data covering civil service employment patterns during the Coalition years, complemented by new, primary qualitative data drawn from interviews conducted by the authors.

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The politics of football in an era of regulatory ‘crisis’: the last bastion of ‘club-regulation’?

Soccer & Society

The financial crisis that hit the UK in 2008 brought the debate on regulation into sharp relief. For many, it marked the end of one of the last vestiges of ‘club regulation’: an elitist, secretive, informal practice of governance, which privileges self-regulation and cooperation over intervention and sanctioning.

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