Articles by Matthew Flinders

08 2021

🦋 On not rescuing an abandoned science of democracy

Matthew Flinders
Launching this series, Jean-Paul Gagnon made the case for ‘a database of democracy’ to grasp the conceptual complexity that other theorists have, he suggests, generally skirted around. Matthew Flinders disputes whether a taxonomical approach really is the answer to the question ‘What is democracy?’
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10 2020

The relevance of political science and the public responsibility of political scientists

Matthew Flinders
Political scientists face increasing demands to demonstrate the relevance of their research beyond the academy (the so-called ‘impact agenda’). Matthew Flinders argues that this should be seen less a threat to the discipline’s autonomy than an opportunity to rise to public responsibilities
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Matthew Flinders
Professor of Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield

Matt's research interests include modes of depoliticisation; governance and public policy; legislative studies with a focus on parliamentary scrutiny of the executive and the extended state; majoritarian modification and constitutional reform; territorial and functional decentralisation; the politics of patronage and public appointments; and a set of broader issues that rotate around the theme of political disengagement.

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Cutting-edge analysis showcasing the work of the political science discipline at its best.
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