Matt Donoghue

Politics, Policy and Society

I look at the lived experience of policy & politics

I am currently a Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. I consider myself primarily to be a political sociologist, influenced by an interest in political economy (especially Cultural Political Economy). I see policy as a representation and product of the interplay of social, economic and political processes, as a manifestation of power relations and even as a potential site of struggle. Policy creates socio-political conditions as much as it is created by them. I'm particularly interested in the relationship (or lack of!) between policy/'high' politics and every day experiences. Trying to sum this up under one label is difficult, but I think this can be seen as the study of social politics.

You can follow me on Twitter: @drdonoghue

You can email me:

matthew [dot] donoghue [at] spi [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Research Interests

(Social) citizenship in theory and practice; welfare capitalism; poverty/inequality; ideology and discourse; critical theory; Power and power relations in policy and politics

Methodological expertise

(Critical) Discourse Analysis; focus groups; expert and everyday interviews; visual methods

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