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Dr James Sloam Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Posted on 23/06/2006

James Sloam joined the Politics and International Relations Department at Royal Holloway in September 2005. He was previously a lecturer in European Studies at King's College, London and an honorary research fellow at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, where he co-ordinated projects on policy transfer in East Central Europe and Youth Participation in democracy. 

About me

My work is situated at the intersection between academic work and public policy. I have three principal areas of interest: German Politics, Political Parties/ European Social Democracy, Youth Participation in Democracy/Civic Education. 

I am the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Centre for European Politics and was the organiser of a high-profile launch event in 2007 featuring Rt. Hon. Peter Mandelson, Sir Stephen Wall, John Peet (The Economist). 

I have published widely in the field of German Politics and youth participation/ civic education. My last book was The European Policy of the German Social Democrats: interpreting a changing world (Palgrave, 2005) was nominated for University Association for Contemporary European Studies best book prize. In the run-up to the 2009 German elections I have co-edited a volume on the Gathering Crisis in German Politics (Palgrave, 2008), and will publish a textbook on the Foundations of German Politics (CUP, 2009) next year.

I organised (in September 2008) the inaugural conference of the PSA Teaching and Learning Group, and recently published an article in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations 10 (3), ‘Teaching Democracy: The Role of Political Science Education’, and have recently launched a research project under the same name. To coincide with the launch of the project I have hosted a talk by David Willetts MP on ‘The Social Role of Higher Education’. I am on the Editorial Board for the American Political Science Association-sponsored Journal of Political Science Education.

Research interest

James Sloam's principle areas of interest are German and European Social Democracy, British and German Foreign Policy, Political Parties, and Youth Participation in Democracy. He has recently published a book on The European Policy of the German Social Democrats as well as an edited volume of Communist Studies and Transition Politics on policy transfer in East Central Europe entitled 'Learning from the West'.

  • BA University of Sussex
  • PhD University of Birmingham
  • Co-Director, Centre for European Politics
  • Working Paper Series Associate Editor
  • Room: FW117
  • Phone: +44 01784 414987
  • Email


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