- Manwaring, R., Duncan, G. and Lees, C. (2023). ‘Thin labourism’: Ideological and policy comparisons between the Australian, British, and New Zealand labour parties. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. doi:10.1177/13691481221148326.
- Lees, C. and Praino, R. (2022). Young voters, older candidates and policy preferences: Evidence from two experiments. International Political Science Review pp. 19251212211395–19251212211395. doi:10.1177/01925121221139544.
- Chen, G.C.-.F. and Lees, C. (2022). Greening the Chinese Leviathan: China’s renewable energy governance as a source of soft power. Journal of International Relations and Development, 25(1), pp. 79–106. doi:10.1057/s41268-021-00213-3.
- Lees, C. (2021). Brexit, the failure of the British political class, and the case for greater diversity in UK political recruitment. British Politics, 16(1), pp. 36–57. doi:10.1057/s41293-020-00136-6.
- Chen, G.C. and Lees, C. (2019). Political Recentralisation and the Diffusion of Solar Energy in China. Europe-Asia Studies, 71(7), pp. 1162–1182. doi:10.1080/09668136.2019.1619669.
- Lees, C. (2019). Using Social Network Analysis to Explore Patterns of Europeanisation and Multi-Level Governance in South East Europe. . doi:10.4135/9781526473127.
- Lees, C. (2018). The ‘Alternative for Germany’: The rise of right-wing populism at the heart of Europe. Politics, 38(3), pp. 295–310. doi:10.1177/0263395718777718.
- Chen, G.C. and Lees, C. (2018). The New, Green, Urbanization in China: Between Authoritarian Environmentalism and Decentralization. Chinese Political Science Review, 3(2), pp. 212–231. doi:10.1007/s41111-018-0095-1.
- Lees, C. (2018). The German Greens and the 2017 Federal Election: Between Strategic Calculation and Real-World Politics. German Politics, 27(1), pp. 124–130. doi:10.1080/09644008.2018.1437905.
- Lees, C. (2018). Vote Seeking and the Strategy of Provocation: An Initial Analysis of the AfD's Impact on the German Bundestag. AUSTRALASIAN PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW, 33(1), pp. 108–133.
- Lees, C. (2017). German Elections: back to the future or into the unknown? Political Insight, 8(3), pp. 28–32. doi:10.1177/2041905817744633.
- Chen, G.C. and Lees, C. (2016). Growing China’s renewables sector: a developmental state approach. New Political Economy, 21(6), pp. 574–586. doi:10.1080/13563467.2016.1183113.
- Lees, C. (2013). Christian Democracy is Dead; Long Live the Union Parties: Explaining CDU/CSU Dominance within the German Party System. German Politics, 22(1-2), pp. 64–81. doi:10.1080/09644008.2013.794453.
- Lees, C. (2012). The paradoxical effects of decline. Party Politics, 18(4), pp. 545–562. doi:10.1177/1354068810386841.
- LEES, C. (2011). How Unusual is the United Kingdom Coalition (and What are the Chances of It Happening Again)? The Political Quarterly, 82(2), pp. 279–292. doi:10.1111/j.1467-923x.2011.02192.x.
- Lees, C. (2011). Coalition Formation and the German Party System. German Politics, 20(1), pp. 146–163. doi:10.1080/09644008.2011.554114.
- Lees, C. (2010). The Grand Coalition and the Party System. German Politics, 19(3-4), pp. 312–331. doi:10.1080/09644008.2010.515773.
- Lees, C., Hough, D. and Keith, D. (2010). Towards an Analytical Framework for Party Mergers: Operationalising the Cases of the German Left Party and the Dutch Green Left. West European Politics, 33(6), pp. 1299–1317. doi:10.1080/01402382.2010.508910.
- Lees, C. (2010). Coalition Dynamics and the Changing German Party System. German Politics and Society, 28(3), pp. 119–132. doi:10.3167/gps.2010.280307.
- Lees, C. (2010). Rule Makers and Rule Takers: On Volkspartei Adaptation and Strategy. German Politics, 19(1), pp. 89–104. doi:10.1080/09644001003588747.
- Lees, C. (2007). Environmental Policy in the United Kingdom and Germany. German Politics, 16(1), pp. 164–183. doi:10.1080/09644000601157640.
- Lees, C. (2006). The German Party System(s) in 2005: A Return toVolksparteiDominance. German Politics, 15(4), pp. 361–375. doi:10.1080/09644000601068078.
- Lees, C. (2006). We Are All Comparativists Now. Comparative Political Studies, 39(9), pp. 1084–1108. doi:10.1177/0010414005284381.
- Lees, C. and Taylor, A. (2006). Explaining the 2005 Coalition Formation Process in Germany: A Comparison of Power Index and Median Legislator Approaches. Politics, 26(3), pp. 151–160. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2006.00263.x.
- Odmalm, P. and Lees, C. (2006). Getting Ethnic Questions on the Agenda: Party Formation as a Strategy for Social Movements. Social Movement Studies, 5(1), pp. 1–18. doi:10.1080/14742830600620987.
- Taggart, P. and Lees, C. (2006). Politics – The State of the Art. Politics, 26(1), pp. 1–2. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2006.00244.x.
- Lees, C. and Saalfeld, T. (2004). Introduction. German Politics, 13(2), pp. 155–169. doi:10.1080/0964400042000248160.
- Lees, C. (2002). ‘Dark Matter’: Institutional Constraints and the Failure of Party-Based Euroscepticism in Germany. Political Studies, 50(2), pp. 244–267. doi:10.1111/1467-9248.00369.
- Lees, C. (2001). Coalitions: Beyond the Politics of Centrality? German Politics, 10(2), pp. 117–134. doi:10.1080/772713266.
- Lees, C. (2000). Reconstituting European social democracy: Germany's pivotal role. German Politics, 9(2), pp. 71–88. doi:10.1080/09644000008404592.
- Kaase, M. (2000). A New Government – A New Democracy? The Red–Green Coalition in Germany. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 1(1), pp. 129–149. doi:10.1017/s1468109900000165.
- (2000). Editorial. Politics, 20(2), pp. 51–53. doi:10.1111/1467-9256.00111.
- Lees, C. (1999). The red‐green coalition. German Politics, 8(2), pp. 174–203. doi:10.1080/09644009908404561.
- Lees, C. (1996). A watershed election: The Berlin state and district elections of 22 October 1995. Regional & Federal Studies, 6(1), pp. 63–72. doi:10.1080/13597569608420954.
- Lees, C. (1995). Bringing the PDS into the coalition equation. German Politics, 4(1), pp. 150–154. doi:10.1080/09644009508404392.
London EC1V 0HB
Charles Lees is Executive Dean and Professor of Policy and Global Affairs in the School of Policy and Global Affairs, City, University of London, UK (2022 - ). Previously, he was Dean (People and Resources) and Professor of Government in the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University, Australia (2017-2022), and Head of Department and Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies at the University of Bath, UK (2011-2017).
Charles Lees has research expertise in comparative politics and policy, including party systems, coalition government, environmental politics and policy, and has contributed to debates on the methodology of single-country studies. He has provided research and advice for the Centre for American Progress, Australian Labor Party, the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, the UK House of Lords, and the Scottish Executive, amongst others. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex, and Associate Fellow in the Institute for German and European Studies at the University of Birmingham. He has also held visiting fellowships at the University of California San Diego, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Bath, and Cardiff University.
Charles Lees has a strong record of program and unit design, teaching innovation and delivery, and PhD supervision, across political science, area studies, and other inter-disciplinary settings. He remains very active in PhD supervision, as well as widening opportunity activities and improving the student experience.
- PhD, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Sep 1994 – Jul 1998
- MA, University of Essex, United Kingdom, Sep 1993 – Jul 1994
- Executive Dean, City, University of London, Aug 2022 – present
- Dean (People and Resources), Flinders University, Dec 2017 – Jul 2022
German (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review).
- Australia & Oceania
Publications by category
- Lees, C. (2018). Paradise postponed: An assessment of ten years of governmental participation by the German green party: 1985-95. The Emergence of Ecological Modernisation: Integrating the Environment and the Economy? (pp. 189–208). ISBN 978-1-317-79886-6.
- Lees, C. (2018). Paradise postponed. The Emergence of Ecological Modernisation (pp. 189–208). Routledge.
- Lees, C. (2015). The Presidentialization of Political Parties in Germany. The Presidentialization of Political Parties (pp. 178–195). Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 978-1-349-57767-5.
- Lees, C. (2015). Chancellor hegemony: Party politics and the bundestag party system after the 2013 federal election. The Merkel Republic: An Appraisal (pp. 48–60). ISBN 978-1-78238-895-1.
- Lees, C. (2010). Coalition dynamics and the changing German party system. Between Left and Right: The 2009 Bundestag Elections and the Transformation of the Germany Party System (pp. 137–150). ISBN 978-0-85745-222-1.
- Lees, C. (2005). Environmental Policy: the Law of Diminishing Returns? Governance in Contemporary Germany (pp. 212–238). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-84881-7.
- Lees, C. The Presidentialization of Political Parties in Germany. The Presidentialization of Political Parties Palgrave Macmillan.