My recent publications include:


“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

I also served as research assistant on Michael Crick, Sultan of Swing: The Life of David Butler (London: Biteback, 2018), with Crick writing in the acknowledgements, “Seth Thévoz has been a wonderful companion these past three years in exploring the Butler story. Seth’s extraordinary knowledge and understanding of modern history, and his instinctive feel for both politics and the academic world, have been a huge asset to the project, along with his eye for quirky and amusing detail. As a successful historian, or as a journalist, or maybe both, Seth Thévoz is a future name to watch.“

Book Chapters

[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.

Working Papers

“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.

 (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.)


"Like everything [Thévoz] writes, it is worth reading." Jonathan Calder, Liberal England

"some incredible detail on one of the most dramatic stories of last year’s election...thorough interrogation" Adam Ramsay, Co-Editor, OpenDemocracyUK

"Complete nonsense!" Former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick Clegg

(Coverage in The Guardian.)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles - Published/Accepted

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 Andrew Mell and Simon Radford) “’Show Me the Money!’ Can Donations Buy You a British Peerage? A Study in the Link Between Party Political Funding and Peerage Nominations, 2005-14” (forthcoming article, modified from the below working paper).

  • (co-written with Alec Corio) “Defending the Protestant principles of the constitution: the National Club, 1845-55” (forthcoming article for the English Historical Review).

  • “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).



(Coverage in the Daily Telegraph.)

"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

(Coverage in The Independent.)

Edited Pamphlets

I am also Editor of the 'Long Reads' pamphlet series run by the Social Liberal Forum since 2015: