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Dr Aled Davies

Dr Aled Davies

Teaching Associate


Aled Davies is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies. He received his DPhil in History at the University of Oxford, and his BA in History at the University of Exeter. Before moving to Cambridge in 2017, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol.

Research Interests

Aled’s research focuses on the political economy of modern Britain. He is interested in the apparent transition from social democracy to neoliberalism in the late twentieth century, and his work has focused primarily on the relationship between the City of London and the state in post-war Britain. He has also written about the politics of property, and on the Thatcher government’s attempted reform of the welfare state in the 1980s.


POL 1: The Modern State and its Alternatives

POL 4: Comparative Politics (Option: The United States and the United Kingdom: exploring the diversity of modern capitalism)

POL 19: The Politics of the International Economy

Key Publications

The City of London and Social Democracy: the political economy of finance in Britain, 1959-1979, (Oxford University Press, 2017)


‘‘Everyman a Capitalist’ or ‘Free to Choose’? Exploring the tensions within Thatcherite Individualism’, with Hugh Pemberton & James Freeman, Historical Journal (2018)


‘Right to Buy: the development of a Conservative housing policy, 1945-80’, Contemporary British History, (2013)