Nicholas Dickinson



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

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,