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In July 2012, John Gaffney was awarded £77,000 by the Leverhulme Trust for a two year study of UK political leadership.

His latest book, Political Leadership in France: From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy (Palgrave, 2012), is now out in paperback.

He is also the author of three other monographs on UK and French Politics. He has written over fifty journal articles and chapters, and has edited a dozen books, his two most recent being Stardom in Postwar France (Berghahn, 2011), with Diana Holmes; and The Presidents of the French Fifth Republic (Palgrave, 2013), with David Bell.

Professor Gaffney appears regularly in the media. He has twice been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard, and is currently a Visiting Professor at The Institute for Political Studies, Sciences-Po, Rennes. He is currently setting up a new Joint Master’s degree with Rennes, Multilevel Governance and International Relations. He supervises PhDs on a range of topics, in particular on the theory and practice of political leadership. He teaches a range of politics modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He has twice been Head of the Politics Group. He is currently the Politics Group’s Research Enhancer, with particular reference to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He sits on the School’s Research Committee and on School Board. He was a long-standing member of Senate until 2011.

John Gaffney is a Member of the Executive Editorial Board of the journal French Politics.

He is a member of the Political Studies Association (UK), the American Political Science Association, the National Communication Association (US), and the University Association for Contemporary European Studies.


Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe


D.Phil. Comparative Politics, Sussex University, UK, 1984

M.A. Politics, Sussex University, 1979

B.A. French and European Studies (1st Class Honours), Sussex University 1978

Contact Details

Room: NW802A
Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 3761
Mobile: +44 (0) 7554000668
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 3766
Office Hours: 
Thursday: 2pm - 4pm
Friday: 2pm - 3pm

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Research Output

Narrative, Persona and Performance: The Case of Theresa May 2016-2017

Atkins, J. & Gaffney, J., 1 May 2020, In : British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 22, 2, p. 293-308 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle. By Julian Jackson

    Gaffney, J., 1 Oct 2019, In : French Studies. 73, 4, p. 656-657

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Leadership and the Labour Party: narrative and performance

    Gaffney, J., Jan 2017, London (UK): Palgrave Macmillan. 254 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Voices of the UK Left: Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics

    Atkins, J. (ed.) & Gaffney, J. (ed.), 2017, Palgrave Macmillan. 250 p. (Rhetoric, Politics and Society)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • France in the Hollande Presidency: the unhappy Republic

    Gaffney, J., 2015, Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave Macmillan. (French Politics and Society)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity

    French Politics (Journal)

    John Gaffney (Editorial board member)

    2001 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

    John Gaffney (Editorial board member)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    Midlands Today

    John Gaffney


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    1 hr Programme on Presidentialism

    John Gaffney


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other