The study of British politics has been reinvigorated in recent years as a generation of new scholars seeks to build upon a distinct disciplinary heritage while also exploring new empirical territory and finds much support and encouragement from previous generations in forging new grounds in relation to theory and methods. It is in this context that The Oxford Handbook of British Politics has been conceived. The central ambition of the Handbook is
not just to illustrate both the breadth and depth of scholarship that is to be found within the field. It also seeks to demonstrate the vibrancy and critical self-refl ection that has cultivated a much sharper and engaging, and notably less insular, approach to the terrain it seeks to explore and understand. In this
emphasis on critical engagement, disciplinary evolution, and a commitment to shaping rather than re-stating the discipline, The Oxford Handbook of British Politics is consciously distinctive.
Matthew Flinders was awarded the Harrison Prize in 2002, the Richard Rose Prize in 2004, and during 2005-2006 he held a Whitehall Fellowship within the Cabinet Office. His OUP book Delegated Governance and the British State won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize awarded by the Political Studies Association. He is Professor of Parliamentary Government and Governance, University of Sheffield. Andrew Gamble held a Leverhulme Fellowship (2004-07), researching images of Anglo-America in British politics. He is Professor of Politics and Head of Department at the University of Cambridge. Colin Hay is the author of a number of books, including: Why We Hate Politics (Polity, 2007), Political Analysis (Palgrave, 2002) and The Political Economy of New Labour (Manchester University Press, 1999). He is co-founder and co-editor of the journals Comparative European Politics and British Politics and an editor of New Political Economy. He is Professor of Political Analysis and co-director of the Political Economy Research Centre at the University of Sheffield. Michael Kenny is a member of the editorial boards of the journals New Political Economy and Contemporary Political Theory. From January 2008 Professor Kenny is seconded for 2 years to work with the IPPR. His main research interests are in the fields of contemporary political theory, political ideas in modern Britain, and trans-national politics and political thought. He is Professor of Politics at Sheffield University.
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