Nick Dickinson



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Politics
Department: Department of Politics
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Elections, Media & Participation

Nick is a PhD student in the Politics Department. His doctoral research focuses on compensation for political work, with a particular focus on the regulation of salaries and expenses of members of parliament in Westminster democracies.

The project spans themes of the economics of politics, the theory of independent regulation, as well as democratic accountability and the sovereignty of parliaments over their internal arrangements.  

In addition to examining the evolving legal relationship between parliament and regulatory bodies such as the UK’s Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the project also aims to help explain the professionalisation of political work, and the emergence of the ‘political class’ in advanced democracies in recent decades.  

Prior to starting his doctoral research, Nick completed a BA in History and Politics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2013, and a masters (Mst.) in Modern British & European History in 2014. He came to Exeter in autumn 2015 and completed a masters (MRes) in Politics before beginning his PhD in autumn 2016.



“Advice Giving and Party Loyalty: an Informational Model for the Socialisation Process of New British MPs”. Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 71, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 343 -364,


with Nicole Bolleyer, “[Remuneration of political work in in Ireland: favorable conditions, but dependent on economic context]” in Le Saout, Rémy (ed.), La rémunération du travail politique en Europe. Berger-Levrault. May, 2019. 

with Nicole Bolleyer and James Mitchell, “[Remuneration of political work in the UK: from self-regulation to stricter control]” in Le Saout, Rémy (ed.), La rémunération du travail politique en Europe. Berger-Levrault. May, 2019.

Book Reviews

“Checkbook Elections?: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective”, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 57:1, December 2018, 135-137,

“Party rules? Dilemmas of Political Party Regulation in Australia”, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 56:2, February 2018, 268-270,

Blogs and Media

“Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar: (mis)connecting Brexit and the Expenses Scandal”. PSA Parliaments Blog, 3rd April, 2019.

“Why Do We Care What Our Politicians Get Paid?”. Democratic Audit Blog. Democratic Audit UK, 13th November, 2018.

“Harassment and Bullying at Westminster: the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy, Parliamentary Standards Investigations, and the MPs’ Expenses Scandal”. PSA Parliaments Blog, 23rd July, 2018. 

“Reproducing The Political Class: How Socialisation Makes MPs More Loyal To Their Parties”. Democratic Audit Blog. Democratic Audit UK, 14th June 2018. 

“Socialising new British MPs: the role of good advice in cultivating legislators’ loyalty norms”. PSA Parliaments Blog, 15th November, 2017.

with Felix-Christopher von Nostitz, “Surveys from 38 years apart reveal changing face of student vote”. The Conversation. July 4th, 2017.