Dr Sam Power

PhD, MSc, MA, BA

Lecturer in Politics

Amory 236A

My primary research interests are political party financing, party politics and corruption in advanced industrial democracies - particularly in Western Europe. I am particularly interested in investigating whether different types of corruption are prevalent in certain institutional settings (e.g. in those party funding regimes which are predominantly privately financed and those which are predominantly state financed). Alongside my work on political party financing I also have a research focus on party membership, comparative politics, partisanship, new institutionalism and theories of representation. I have published widely on these themes and have provided expert interview to a number of media outlets including the BBC (television and radio), the Financial Times (in print) and Vice (online).

I hold a PhD in Politics from the University of Sussex. Previously to joining Exeter I held a teaching position at the University of Sussex and worked as a Research Associate in Party Membership and Engagement at the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, University of Sheffield.


External impact and engagement

I regularly provide commentary to media organisations and have written for publications such as The Conversation, New Statesman and the Washington Post. A full list of all my publications is below:

Dommett, K. and Power, S. (2018), "Membership organisations: how to boost numbers and activate engagement", LSE: British Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2018), “The financial health of British political parties: what the latest data tells us”, LSE: British Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2018), “Brexit campaigners fined: what rules did they break and does it make the vote invalid?”, The Conversation

Power, S. and Dommett, K. (2018), "Labour Live is exactly what political parties should be doing", LabourList

Power, S. and Dommett, K. (2018), "How the SNP just gained 5,000 new members - and how other parties can do the same", New Statesman

Power, S. (2018), "Russian influence in the Brexit vote? We don’t really know how to deal with that", The Conversation

Power, S. (2018), "British election spending laws explained - and why they need updating", The Conversation 

Power, S. (2017), "Q+A: why is Vote Leave under investigation for its Brexit spending", The Conversation

Power, S. (2017) "Is it time to rethink party funding?", Political Studies Association: Political Insight

Power, S. (2017) "No charges in Conservative party election spending affair – here’s why", The Conversation

Power, S. (2017) "Q+A: how the Conservatives landed a £70,000 fine after an expenses scandal", The Conversation

Power, S. (2017) "Living the Legislature: Teaching Congressional politics through simulation", Political Studies Association: Political Insight

Power, S. (2017) "The funding of politics in Great Britain - an issue transformed", LSE: British Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2016) "Kate Bush, Theresa May and the trouble with political partisanship", The Conversation

Power, S. (2016) "Why a World Series win for Cleveland tonight could help tip a swing state to Hillary Clinton", LSE: United States Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2016) "Big money, politics and public opinion; a difficult mixture", Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

Power, S. (2016) "How British party finance might have changed for good", Politics

Power, S. (2016) "Huge rise in membership figures show Corbyn's strength", The Conversation

Power, S. (2016) "We hold these truths to be self evident": common misperceptions about money in US politics, Politics@Sussex

Power, S. (2016) "Explained: The Conservative election expenses saga", New Statesman

Power, S. (2016) "The Conservative election expenses saga explained", The Conversation

Power, S. (2016) "The London Anti-Corruption Summit: one good day is not enough", LSE: European Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2015) "What are the benfits of campaign finance reform?", The Washington Post

Power, S. (2015) "Of nuclear zombie blasters and party funding", Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

Power, S. (2015), "Party funding in Britain has been changed by the 'Joyce Affair' forever and so might our understanding of how reform occurs", Democratic Audit

Power, S. (2015), "A golden moment for political funding reform could be about to slip by", The Conversation

Power, S. (2015), "Why using public opinion to reform party funding is a bad idea", The Conversation

Power, S. (2015), "Political Parties, Public Funding and Unintended Consequences", Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

Power, S. (2015), "Cleaning up Westminster, a bitter (but necessary) pill to swallow", The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption

Power, S. (2014), "Could state funding help fix Britain's flailing political parties?", The Conversation

Power, S. (2014), "The financing of politics - corrupt, whichever way you look at it?", Political Studies Association: Political Insight

Power, S. (2014), "The funding of politics and the challenge of tackling corruption", Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

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