Professor David S. Bell

Professor David S. Bell


I joined the University of Leeds from Sussex in 1979. I taught European politics and ran the MA in European Studies in the European School of the University of Sussex for four years.

My research career has involved work on political parties in Spain and France and in the European Parliament. In addition I have carried out work on political leadership and on the nature of leadership in the western systems.



Research interests

My research interests have broadly covered political parties on the political extremes, the extreme left, western socialists and party competition. In the past, my work has included the European parties and the development of leadership within party systems. I have recently become interested in the opening field of political leadership, particuarly, though not exclusively, as it pertains to party politcs.

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Student education

As well as MA and PhD teaching, I have taught undergraduate modules on 'European Socialist Parties', on the idea of Europe and on western Communist Parties. I have also taught second year 'French Government' and third year 'Political leadership and Political parties'.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leadership, Parties and Institutions