My PhD research focused on the impact of nostalgia on the political trajectory of the post-war Labour Party. It assessed the extent to which nostalgia shaped the modernisation process within the party. I am also interested in contemporary Labour Party developments.
R. Jobson, '"Waving the Banners of a Bygone Age": Nostalgia and Labour's Clause IV Controversy, 1959-60', Contemporary British History (published online, Jan 2013, forthcoming in print).
R. Jobson and M. Wickham-Jones, 'Reinventing the Block Vote? Trade Unions and the 2010 Labour Party Leadership Election', British Politics, 6 (3), (Basingstoke: Macmillan, September 2011), 317-344.
R. Jobson and M. Wickham-Jones, 'Gripped by the Past: Nostalgia and the 2010 Labour Party Leadership Contest', British Politics, 5 (4), (Basingstoke: Macmillan, December 2010), 525-548.
Review of: Paul J. Deveney, Callaghan's Journey to Downing Street (Palgrave, 2010) in History, 96 (2011), 518-519.