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Dr Peter Sloman

Dr Peter Sloman


University Teaching Officer


Office hours: Tuesdays 1.00pm-2.00pm (term-time only)

Peter Sloman is accepting applications for PhD students.


Peter Sloman is University Lecturer in British Politics at POLIS and a Fellow of Churchill College. Before joining POLIS in 2015 he spent ten years in Oxford as a student at Queen's and junior research fellow at New College. His first book, The Liberal Party and the Economy, 1929-1964 (Oxford, 2015) explored how British Liberals engaged with economic thought in the era of John Maynard Keynes and William Beveridge. He has also published articles in Political Studies, the Journal of Social PolicyPolitical Studies Review, Historical Research, Twentieth Century British History, and Contemporary British History and has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Peter is currently working on the history of redistribution and tax-benefit integration in the British welfare state from the Beveridge Report to Universal Credit. He is available to supervise PhD and MPhil dissertations across his areas of interest. Peter is currently chair of the Management Committee for the new History and Politics Tripos, and also chairs the editorial board for the department's blog, In The Long Run. 

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century British political history
  • Party politics and electoral sociology
  • Liberalism
  • Histories of poverty and inequality
  • The impact of ideas and professional expertise on the making of economic and social policy


Peter convenes the first-year Evidence and Argument paper for History and Politics students and the third-year POL13 paper on The Politics of Europe for POLIS. He also supervises students in a number of other Politics and History papers, and welcomes enquiries from prospective MPhil and PhD students in his areas of interest.

Key Publications


The Liberal Party and the Economy, 1929-1964 (Oxford University Press, 2015)


'Redistribution in an age of neoliberalism: Market economics, "poverty knowledge", and the growth of working-age benefits in Britain, c. 1979-2010', forthcoming in Political Studies
'Universal Basic Income in British politics, 1918-2018: From a "vagabond's wage" to a global debate', Journal of Social Policy, 47 (2018)

'"The pragmatist's solution to poverty": The Heath government's Tax Credit Scheme and the politics of social policy in the 1970s', Twentieth Century British History, 27 (2016)

‘Beveridge’s rival: Juliet Rhys-Williams and the campaign for basic income, 1942-1955’, Contemporary British History, 30 (2016)

‘Can we conquer unemployment? The Liberal Party, public works, and the 1931 political crisis’, Historical Research, 38 (2015)

‘Partners in progress? British Liberals and the Labour Party since 1918’, Political Studies Review, 12 (2014)

‘Rethinking a progressive moment: The Liberal and Labour parties in the 1945 general election’, Historical Research, 84 (2011) 

Other Publications

‘Leslie Burgin’ and ‘Harcourt Johnstone’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (September 2015 update)

(with Dr Kit Kowol) The Politics of Foresight: British Election Manifestos and Social Change, 1945-2010 (NESTA pamphlet, 2014)

‘Crisis, coalition, and cuts: The Liberals and the National Government, 1931’, Journal of Liberal History, no. 72 (2011)