My recent publications include:
Club Government: How the Early Victorian World was Ruled from London Clubs (London: I. B. Tauris, 2018 [hardback]; Bloomsbury, 2019 [paperback]).
Shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society’s 2018 Whitfield Prize, for the best book on British or Irish history by a first-time author.
“A fascinating forensic study of the period’s networks of power" Ian Hislop, Editor, Private Eye
“We are in Seth Thévoz's debt for this splendid book, at once a scholarly work and an insider's account” Prof Eugenio Biagini, Cambridge University
“Presenting a wealth of new evidence, he has produced a tour de force of scholarship” Dr Piers Brendon, author, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire
“Skilful presentation as well as uniquely well-informed content” Sir Peter Newsam, former Director of the Institute of Education, London University
“Magisterial” Dr Sunny Singh, Chair of the Authors’ Club and novelist
"Seth Thévoz has undertaken the most comprehensive and rational analysis of the part clubs played and how they were enabled to do so. He has demystified some of the aura that Trollope and Disraeli tried to create around clubland." - Journal of Liberal History
“Dr Thévoz's scholarly and readable book is an outstanding and important contribution to our understanding of politics in nineteenth century Britain.” - Sherlock Holmes Journal
“Compelling and detailed” David Palfreyman, London's Pall Mall Clubs (Oxford, 2019).
I have also served as a research assistant on five books, including the #1 bestseller Prannoy Roy and Dorab R. Sopariwala, The Verdict: Decoding India’s Elections (New Delhi: Penguin India, 2019), and Michael Crick, Sultan of Swing: The Life of David Butler (London: Biteback, 2018). Further details of these books (including reviews, and author testimonials on my input) can be found on my “Editorial“ page.
[The chapter is] “rather amazing . . . provides a good statistical analysis of the heyday of the Whig party in the aftermath of the Reform Bill, during which the aristocratic dominance of the Whigs was gradually transmogrified into a broader liberalism.” The Spectator.
" 'Every Treasurer of the Party Has Gone to the Lords, and I Hope I Don't Set a Precedent by Being the First Who Doesn't': Conservative Party Treasurers and Peerages, 1986-2016" (Oxford: Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy, Nuffield College, Oxford, September 2016), 32pp.
(co-written with Andrew Mell and Simon Radford), “Is There a Market for Peerages? Can Donations Buy You a British Peerage? A Study in the Link Between Party Political Funding and Peerage Nominations, 2005-14” (Oxford University Department of Economics Discussion Paper, March 2015), 34pp. (Simultaneously submitted, in a reworked form, as a journal article).
“a groundbreaking study with profound implications for the country’s democracy”, The Observer.
“a comprehensive analysis”, Daily Telegraph.
“a new, exhaustive study”, Daily Mail.
“the most detailed cross-party examination into peerages that has ever been conducted”,The National.
“an academic spotlight on donations and peerages”, Michael White, The Guardian.
“Mell, Radford and Thevoz . . . have taken one of the oldest scandals in Britain, and tied it to modern concern about the power of the wealthy to manipulate government. They used the techniques of the investigative journalist to find how the parties’ nominees for the peerage donate through shell companies, holding companies, wholly owned subsidiaries, spouses and children. Then they used the techniques of the academic statisticians to analyse their findings”, Nick Cohen, The Observer.
“What very British coyness [in the paper’s findings].” Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent.
“An ambitious project…an exhaustive study…What they discovered was groundbreaking.” Martin Williams, Parliament Ltd.: A Journey to the Dark Heart of British Politics (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2016), p. 175.
(Further positive coverage of the paper was to be found in numerous other outlets including the Daily Mirror, the Herald Scotland, the Huffington Post, Shout Out UK, and by George Monbiot in The Guardian.)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles - Published/Accepted
“The Mystery of Doctor Watson’s Club”, Sherlock Holmes Journal, 35:1 (Winter 2019) - accepted; forthcoming.
“The Diogenes Club: The Case for the Junior Carlton Club”, Baker Street Journal, 69:3 (Autumn 2019) - accepted; forthcoming.
(co-written with Andrew Mell and Simon Radford), “‘Lordy Me!’ Can donations buy you a British peerage? A study in the link between party political funding and peerage nominations, 2005–2014”, British Politics - first published online, 14 March 2019.
“Cambridge University Liberal Club, 1886-1916: A Study in Early Student Political Organisation”, Journal of Liberal History, 91, Summer 2016, pp. 10-22.
“Winston Churchill and the Dundee Unionists, 1908-22″, Conservative History Journal, 2:1, September 2012, pp. 7-10.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles - In Preparation/ In Peer Review
“Defeat in Dundee: Winston Churchill and the 1922 general election” (forthcoming article, submitted to Scottish Historical Review and currently implementing suggested revisions from the peer review).
(co-written with Alec Corio) “Defending the Protestant principles of the constitution: the National Club, 1845-55” (forthcoming article for Historical Research).
“The Experiences of Women Rhodes Scholars, 1970-1989: A Commentary Upon the Breakdown of Gender Barriers” (article in the final stages of completion, written as part of my Junior Research Fellowship with the Rhodes Project).
“Local Political Clubs and Constituency Electoral Politics, 1885-1910” (forthcoming article co-written with Luke Blaxill, research still in progress, for submission to Historical Journal).
“Liberal Lives: Review of ‘Workhouse to Westminster‘ by Trevor Smith“, Journal of Liberal History, 103, Summer 2019, pp. 37-38.
"Review: Coalition Diaries, 2012-2015, by David Laws", Liberator, 387, November 2017, p. 29.
"BFI Review: Simon Callow and Keith Baxter on Orson Welles", Wellesnet, August 10 2015.
“Book Review: A Room of His Own – A Literary-Cultural Study of London Clubland”, Canadian Journal of History, 49:2, Spring/Summer 2014, pp. 101-3.
“Review: Around the World by Cole Porter and Orson Welles”, Wellesnet, November 12 2013.
The Richmond Park By-Election in Perspective: Lessons from Liberal, Social Democrat and Liberal Democrat By-Election Gains (London: Social Liberal Forum, February 2017), 28pp.
"Like everything [Thévoz] writes, it is worth reading." Jonathan Calder, Liberal England
Show Me the Money: A Study of the Efficacy of Donations and Spending on Lib Dem Seats at the 2015 General Election (London: OpenDemocracy, September 2016), 46pp.
"some incredible detail on one of the most dramatic stories of last year’s election...thorough interrogation" Adam Ramsay, Co-Editor, OpenDemocracyUK
"Complete nonsense! Complete nonsense!" Former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick Clegg
Digital Disruption in the Public Sector (London: Leadership Centre, June 2016), 12pp.
(Editor) Leaving the EU: An Assessment of its Impact on Services and Trade (London: London First, May 2016), 20pp.
(Coverage in The Guardian.)
(with Henry Kippin and Anna Randle) Demand Management and Behaviour Change: A Manual for Collaborative Practice (London: Leadership Centre, November 2015), 36pp.
Electing the Lords: How Did That Work Out for the Lib Dems? A Study into the Effectiveness of the Interim Peers Panel System for Electing Liberal Democrat Nominees to the House of Lords, 1999-2015 (London: Social Liberal Forum, September 2015), 28pp.
(Editor and contributor) The Local Parliament: A Liberal Democrat Approach to Devolution (London: Local Government Association, September 2009), 48pp.
“Winston Churchill’s 1922 electoral defeat in Dundee” (King’s College, London, MA thesis, 2009).
British Liberal history bibliography [substantively original, but embeds a sizeable pre-existing bibliography produced by the Liberal History Group] (updated since 2013):
London clubs bibliography (updated since 2010).
“India Sees a Landslide”, Liberator, 397, September 2019, pp. 22-24. (Simultaneously printed in Interlib: Journal of the Liberal International British Group, 2019:4, September 2019.)
“What to make of the Labour Breakaway?”, Social Liberal Forum blog, 18 February 2019.
"Clubs and Club Government", Resign: The Newsletter of the New Sheridan Club Newsletter, 143, September 2018, pp. 4-7.
"Chucking its Money Down the Drain", Liberator, 380, September 2016, pp. 10-11.
(co-written with John Lubbock) "This Ludicrous Election to Replace Lord Avebury Should be Boycotted", The Guardian, April 18 2016.
"A Very Nearly Successful Coup", Liberator, 376, February 2016, pp. 8-9.
"How Do Political Parties Take Defeat?", Huffington Post UK, January 5 2016.
"Winston Churchill's Portrait by Ernest Townsend", National Liberal Club News, 69, November 2015, p. 18. (Coverage in the Sunday Times.)
" 'Mr Cameron's Poodle?' The House of Lords and its Powers", Huffington Post UK, October 28 2015.
(co-written with Lewis Baston), "Lib Dem Seats in 2010-5: Where did the Votes Go? (Part 2 of 2)", Social Liberal Forum, July 3 2015.
(co-written with Lewis Baston), "Lib Dem Seats in 2010-5: Where did the Votes Go? (Part 1 of 2)", Social Liberal Forum, July 2 2015.
"very interesting...It’s worth reading the whole thing...helps to explode the myth that so many seats were lost because the Tories persuaded huge numbers of Lib Dem voters to switch." Nick Barlow, What You Can Get Away With
"Lib Dem Runners-up: Just How Bad Things Are", Social Liberal Forum, May 22 2015.
“What Price a Lib Dem Peerage?”, Liberator, 371, April 2015, pp. 6-7.
“Cash for Peerages”, Social Liberal Forum, March 22 2015.
(co-written with Andrew Mell and Simon Radford), “We Need a Government Responsive to the People as a Whole, Not Just Those With Deep Pockets”, The Observer, March 22 2015.
"Blast from the Past: Wisdom from the old Liberal Party", Lib Dem Voice, September 10 2014.
“Why Nick Clegg is in trouble in his own back yard”, Huffington Post UK, August 11 2014.
“It may already be too late to save the Liberal Democrats”, Social Liberal Forum, September 30 2013.
“James Bond has always been stylish, insecure, and a bit rubbish”, The Independent, October 24 2012.
“Confessions of an immigrant: Knowledge of Life in the UK”, Independent blogs, July 2 2012.
“Letter to the Editor: Higher Education Funding”, Evening Standard, December 10 2010, p. 53.
"Clubland - A Beginner's Guide: When Gentlemen's Clubs Ruled the Earth", New Sheridan Club Newsletter, 43, May 2010, pp. 4-8.
From 2015-2017, I was also Editor of the 'Long Reads' pamphlet series run by the Social Liberal Forum:
Lewis Baston and Seth Thévoz, Lib Dem Seats in 2010-5: Where Did the Votes Go? SLF Long Reads Number 1 (London: Social Liberal Forum, July 2015), 22pp.
Simon Radford, Shouldn't We Listen to Those Who Predicted the Crash? SLF Long Reads Number 2 (London: Social Liberal Forum, August 2015), 12pp.
Seth Thévoz, Electing the Lords: How Did That Work Out for the Lib Dems? A Study into the Effectiveness of the Interim Peers Panel System for Electing Liberal Democrat Nominees to the House of Lords, 1999-2015. SLF Long Reads Number 3 (London: Social Liberal Forum, September 2015), 28pp.
Paul Pettinger, Why Centrism Doesn't Work for Minor Parties. SLF Long Reads Number 4 (London: Social Liberal Forum, April 2016), 18pp.
Edward Robinson, The European Carbon Market isn’t Working — and Social Liberals Should be Worried. SLF Long Reads Number 5 (London: Social Liberal Forum, February 2017), 10pp.
Seth Thévoz, The Richmond Park By-Election in Perspective: Lessons from Liberal, Social Democrat and Liberal Democrat By-Election Gains. SLF Long Reads Number 6 (London: Social Liberal Forum, February 2017), 28pp.
Michael Mullaney, Northern Discomfort: An Analysis of the Liberal Democrat Performance in the 2017 General Election. SLF Long Reads Number 7 (London: Social Liberal Forum, June 2017), 10pp.
Tom Holden, Universal Basic Income as a Tool for Tax and Benefit Reform. SLF Long Reads Number 8 (London: Social Liberal Forum, August 2017), 14pp.
Paul Pettinger, The Progressive Alliance: Why the Liberal Democrats Need It — Revised Edition. SLF Long Reads Number 9 (London: Social Liberal Forum, September 2017), 20pp.