Matthew Flinders

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    Devolution revolution? Assessing central-local relationships in England’s devolution deals

Devolution revolution? Assessing central-local relationships in England’s devolution deals

Much recent debate has been generated by the priorities of the newly-elected metro-mayors and their implications for the sub-national governance of England. But the broader question is: will they lead to longer-term change in relationships between central and local government? Mark Sandford, Sarah Ayres, and Matthew Flinders argue that, although not radical, England’s devolution deals may contain the seeds […]

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    What kind of democracy is this? Scholars must look beyond the populist signal

What kind of democracy is this? Scholars must look beyond the populist signal

Matt Flinders reflects on the changing nature of democratic politics and asks whether a focus upon all things ‘post’ – post-Trump, post-Brexit, post-truth, post-democratic, etc. – has prevented scholars and social commentators from looking beyond or beneath the populist signal.

Although there is no doubt that we live in ‘interesting times’, I cannot help but think that there is […]

Dear Mrs May – What went wrong?

Matthew Flinders sends a note to the Prime Minister as she reflects upon the general election results and her own future. He concludes that a negative campaign, a failure to play the generation game, and over-personalisation are the factors that contributed to the GE2017 result.

Friday 9 June 2017
Dear Theresa

Sorry to bother you at what I expect is an incredibly […]

The future of democracy: is there ground for optimism?

In what is often described as a post-political and post-truth world, is it worth being positive about democracy’s future? Is there even anything new to say about democracy altogether? Inspired by a new book on the crises of American democracy, Matthew Flinders takes a broader view and explains the book’s relevance and reach.

It is a brave scholar who dares […]