Politics and International Relations


Matthew joined the School in 2015 and is known for his work on British and European politics, populism, immigration and Euroscepticism. Matthew holds a B.A. (First Class Hons), M.A. and PhD. He started his academic career working for a self-funded research institute at the University of Manchester. He was then awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council. In 2010, he was appointed lecturer at the University of Nottingham, where he completed projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy and others. He was also the recipient of an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent twelve months on a full-time secondment in a central government department. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of Kent.

Matthew's contribution to research has been recognised by several bodies. In 2014 he was recipient of the Richard Rose Prize for his distinctive contribution to the study of politics. In the same year, he was awarded the Communicator Prize for his dissemination of social science research to a wider audience. In 2015, he won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year for Revolt on the Right, co-authored with Robert Ford, which was also long-listed for the Orwell Prize. He has published six books, including National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Penguin) and dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research and Party Politics. Since completing his PhD, he has attracted around £2 million in external research funding.

Matthew has several other roles and responsibilities. Since 2008 he has been co-editor of the Routledge book series on Extremism and Democracy. Between 2011 and 2015 he served as a member of the UK government's working group on anti-Muslim hatred. Between 2013 and 2016 he was a Trustee and member of the executive committee of the Political Studies Association, a leading association for the study of politics that was founded in 1950. Matthew is an outward-facing researcher who shares the view that social science should be as much about contributing to wider society as to the social sciences. He frequently appears in broadcast and print media and has engaged with more than 200 non-academic organizations, from the European Parliament and U.S. State Department to the Prime Minister’s Office and Deutsche Bank.

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Larsen, E., Cutts, D. and Goodwin, M. (2019). Do Terrorist Attacks Feed Populist Eurosceptics? Evidence from Two Comparative Quasi-Experiments. European Journal of Political Research [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12342.
Goodwin, M., Hix, S. and Pickup, M. (2018). For and Against Brexit: A Survey Experiment of the Impact of Campaign Effects on Public Attitudes toward EU Membership. British Journal of Political Science [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007123417000667.
Kaufmann, E. and Goodwin, M. (2018). The diversity Wave:A meta-analysis of the native-born white response to ethnic diversity. Social Science Research [Online] 76:120-131. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.07.008.
Clarke, H., Goodwin, M. and Whiteley, P. (2017). Why Britain Voted for Brexit: An Individual-Level Analysis of the 2016 Referendum Vote. Parliamentary Affairs [Online] 70:439-464. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsx005.
Goodwin, M. and Ford, R. (2017). Britain After Brexit: A Nation Divided. Journal of Democracy [Online] 28:17-30. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jod.2017.0002.
Goodwin, M., Cutts, D. and Milazzo, C. (2017). Defeat of the People’s Army? The 2015 British General Election and the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Electoral Studies [Online] 48:70-83. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2017.03.002.
Goodwin, M. and Milazzo, C. (2017). Taking back control? Investigating the role of immigration in the 2016 vote for Brexit. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations [Online] 19:450-464. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148117710799.
De Rooij, E., Goodwin, M. and Pickup, M. (2017). A Research Note: The Differential Impact of Threats on Ethnic Prejudice Toward Three Minority Groups in Britain. Political Science Research and Methods [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/psrm.2017.24.
Heath, O. and Goodwin, M. (2017). The 2017 General Election, Brexit and the Return to Two-Party Politics: An Aggregate- Level Analysis of the Result. Political Quarterly [Online] 88:345-358. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12405.
Goodwin, M. and Heath, O. (2016). The 2016 Referendum, Brexit and the Left Behind: An Aggregate-level Analysis of the Result. The Political Quarterly [Online] 87:323-332. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12285.
Goodwin, M. and Ford, R. (2015). Different Class? UKIP's Social Base and Political Impact: A Reply to Evans and Mellon. Parliamentary Affairs [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsv012.
Goodwin, M., De Rooij, E. and Pickup, M. (2015). Threat, prejudice and the impacts of the riots in England. Social Science Research 51:369-383.
Dennison, J. and Goodwin, M. (2015). Immigration, Issue Ownership and the Rise of UKIP. Parliamentary Affairs [Online] 68:168-187. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsv034.
Goodwin, M., Cutts, D. and Janta-Lipinski, L. (2014). Economic Losers, Protestors, Islamophobes or Xenophobes? Predicting Public Support for a Counter-Jihad Movement. Political Studies [Online]:1-23. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12159.
Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2014). Understanding UKIP: Identity, Social Change and the Left Behind. Political Quarterly [Online] 85:277-284. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12099.
Cutts, D. and Goodwin, M. (2014). Getting out the right-wing extremist vote: extreme right party support and campaign effects at a recent British general election. European Political Science Review [Online] 6:93-114. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773912000288.
Goodwin, M. (2013). Forever a False Dawn? Explaining the Electoral Collapse of the British National Party (BNP). Parliamentary Affairs [Online] 67:887-906. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gss062.
Goodwin, M., Ford, R. and Cutts, D. (2013). Extreme right foot soldiers, legacy effects and deprivation: A contextual analysis of the leaked British National Party (BNP) membership list. Party Politics [Online] 19:887-906. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1177/1354068811436034.
Goodwin, M. and Harris, G. (2013). Rallying intolerance in the valleys: Explaining support for the extreme right in Wales. British Politics [Online] 8:433-456. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1057/bp.2013.7.
Ford, R., Goodwin, M. and Cutts, D. (2012). Strategic Eurosceptics and polite xenophobes: Support for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in the 2009 European Parliament elections. European Journal of Political Research [Online] 51:204-234. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6765.2011.01994.x.
Cutts, D., Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2011). Anti-immigrant, politically disaffected or still racist after all? Examining the attitudinal drivers of extreme right support in Britain in the 2009 European elections. European Journal of Political Research [Online] 50:418-440. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6765.2010.01936.x.
Goodwin, M. (2010). Activism in Contemporary Extreme Right Parties: The Case of the British National Party (BNP). Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties [Online] 20:31-54. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1080/17457280903450690.
Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2010). Angry White Men: Individual and Contextual Predictors of Support for the British National Party. Political Studies [Online] 58:1-25. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2009.00829.x.
Goodwin, M. et al. (2010). Can we make environmental citizens? A randomised control trial of the effects of a school-based intervention on the attitudes and knowledge of young people. Environmental Politics [Online] 19:392-412. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1080/09644011003690807.
Book section
Goodwin, M. (2015). The great recession and the rise of populist Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom. in: European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession. ECPR Press.
Goodwin, M. (2014). A breakthrough moment or false dawn? The great recession and the radical right in Europe. in: Sandelind, C. ed. European Populism and Winning the Immigration Debate. European Liberal Forum, pp. 15-40.
Goodwin, M. (2012). Mobilizing the workers? Extreme right party support and campaign effects at the 2010 British General Election. in: Rydgren, J. ed. Class Politics and the Radical Right. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Goodwin, M. (2012). Backlash in the ‘hood: Exploring Support for the British National Party at the Local Level. in: Mammone, A., Godin, E. and Jenkins, B. eds. Mapping the Far Right in Contemporary Europe: From Local to Transnational. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 17-32. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415502658.
Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. (2010). Conclusions. in: Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. J. eds. The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 231-248. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. (2010). Introduction. in: Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. J. eds. The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 1-20. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Goodwin, M. et al. (2010). Who votes extreme right in 21st Century Britain? The social bases of support for the National Front and British National Party. in: The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 191-210. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Goodwin, M. (2010). In search of the winning formula: Nick Griffin and the ‘modernization’ of the British National Party. in: Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. J. eds. The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 169-190. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Goodwin, M. and Heath, O. (2017). The UK 2017 General Election Examined: Income, Poverty and Brexit. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Goodwin, M. (2016). Britain's EU Referendum - A Plausible Pathway to Brexit. Redburn. Available at: http://www.matthewjgoodwin.org/uploads/6/4/0/2/64026337/platform_matthew_goodwin2.pdf.
Goodwin, M. (2013). Preventing and countering far-right extremism and radicalisation: the United Kingdom and Germany. Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Ministry of Justice, Sweden.
Goodwin, M. (2013). The roots of extremism: The English Defence League and the counter-Jihad challenge. Chatham House. Available at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/papers/view/189767.
Goodwin, M., Roberts, C. and Harris, G. (2013). Far right groups and public attitudes in Wales: A community-based study. Welsh Government.
Goodwin, M. (2013). How might changes in political allegiances affect notions of identity in the next ten years? Report for the Future of Identity Foresight Project, UK Government Office for Science. UK Government Office for Science. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/275765/13-511-changes-in-political-allegiances-affect-identity.pdf.
Goodwin, M. (2012). The New Radical Right: Violent and Non-Violent Movements in Europe. Institute for Strategic Dialogue & Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.
Goodwin, M. (2011). Recruiting to right-wing extremism: What do we know?. Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.
Goodwin, M. (2011). Right response: Understanding and countering populist extremism. The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Available at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/papers/view/178301.
Clarke, H., Goodwin, M. and Whiteley, P. (2017). Brexit! Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union. [Online]. Cambridge University Press. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/british-government-politics-and-policy/brexit-why-britain-voted-leave-european-union?format=PB#HeGxvQGOpBUgLSBk.97.
Goodwin, M. and Milazzo, C. (2015). Ukip: Inside the Campaign to Redraw British Politics. Oxford University Press.
Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2014). Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain. [Online]. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415661508.
Goodwin, M. (2011). New British Fascism: Rise of the British National Party. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Goodwin, M. and Milazzo, C. (2015). Britain, the European Union and the Referendum: What drives Euroscepticism? [pdf]. Available at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/publications/research/20151209EuroscepticismGoodwinMilazzo.pdf.
Goodwin, M. (2014). Using evidence-based understanding to refine policy responses to right-wing extremism. [REF submission].
Goodwin, M. (2012). Submission of oral evidence on the roots of radicalisation, Home Affairs Committee. [oral evidence]. Available at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmhaff/1446/1446.pdf.
Edited book
Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M.J. eds. (2010). The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. [Online]. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Internet publication
Goodwin, M. and Heath, O. (2016). Brexit Vote Explained: Poverty, Low Skills and Lack of Opportunities [Web article]. Available at: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/brexit-vote-explained-poverty-low-skills-and-lack-opportunities.
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