Staff Profile:Alan Renwick
I teach and convene the Part One module on Modern Government, the Part Two module on British Government and Politics and the Part Three module on the Politics of Electoral Systems. I also teach Part Two Comparative Government and Politics. I convene our Postgraduate Seminars in Politics and give part of the University Graduate School's Researcher Development Programme. I am Acting Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations from April to June 2014.
- Areas of Interest:
My work lies in the area of comparative politics and is nested within the School's research theme on Applied Political Theory. My current research focuses on political and electoral reform in the UK and around the world. My first book, The Politics of Electoral Reform: Changing the Rules of Democracy, was published by Cambridge University Press in early 2010. My second book, A Citizen's Guide to Electoral Reform was published by Biteback in 2011.
I am now extending my existing research in two directions. With the generous support of the Nuffield Foundation, I am analysing change in debates over political reform in the UK since the 1960s. And with the support of the McDougall Trust, I am exploring electoral system change across Europe since 1945. I am particularly interested in understanding how changing popular attitudes towards democracy and representation influence institutional choices, how values as well as self-interest influence the ways in which both politicians and mass publics approach issues of institutional reform, and how choices in new democracies differ from those in established democracies.
I also have a research stream looking into the nature of political leadership. I am particularly interested in understanding what leaders actually do and how this varies across diverse contexts.
- Research groups / Centres:
YNumber of items: 19.
- Renwick, A. (2014) Don’t trust your poll lead: how public opinion changes during referendum campaigns. In: Cowley, P. and Ford, R. (eds.) Sex, lies and the ballot box: 50 things you need to know about British elections. Biteback, London, pp. 79-84. ISBN 9781849547550
- Renwick, A. (2014) Is the future of electoral reform local? The Political Quarterly, 85 (3). pp. 368-372. ISSN 1467-923X doi: 10.1111/1467-923X.12105
- Renwick, A., (2014) After the referendum: options for a constitutional convention. Report. The Constitution Society, London. pp126. ISBN 9780992890407
- Renwick, A. (2013) The origins and impact of proportional representation. Oxford Bibliographies. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756223-0075 (in Political Science module, ed. Richard Valelly)
- Renwick, A. and Lamb, M. (2013) The quality of referendum debate: the UK's electoral system referendum in the print media. Electoral Studies, 32 (2). pp. 294-304. ISSN 0261-3794 doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2012.10.013
- Laycock, S., Renwick, A., Stevens, D. and Vowles, J. (2013) The UK's Electoral Reform Referendum of May 2011. Electoral Studies, 32 (2). pp. 211-214. ISSN 0261-3794 doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2012.10.007
- Renwick, A. (2012) Reforming the House of Lords: difficult but not impossible. Political Insight, 3 (3). pp. 12-15. ISSN 2041-9066 doi: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00117.x
- Renwick, A. (2012) Im Interesse der Macht: Ungarns neues Wahlsystem. Osteuropa, 62 (5). pp. 3-17. ISSN 0030-6428 (http://firstsearch.oclc.org/WebZ/FSPage?pagetype=return_frameset:sessionid=fsapp2-60782-h5p1ku4z-jtmnxy:entitypagenum=4:0:entityframedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.osteuropa.dgo-online.org%2F:entityframedtitle=WorldCat:entityframedtimeout=30:entityopenTitle=:entit)
- Renwick, A., (2011) House of Lords reform: a briefing paper. Briefing Papers. Report. Political Studies Association, London. pp96. ISBN 9780956966131
- Renwick, A. (2011) Electoral reform in Europe since 1945. West European Politics, 34 (3). pp. 456-477. ISSN 1743-9655 doi: 10.1080/01402382.2011.555975
- Renwick, A. (2011) The role of dissident values in institutional choice: 1989 in comparative perspective. East European Politics and Societies, 25 (2). pp. 296-317. ISSN 1533-8371 doi: 10.1177/0888325410387645
- Renwick, A., (2011) The alternative vote: a briefing paper. Other. Political Studies Association, London. pp25. ISBN 9780956966117
- Renwick, A., Lamb, M. and Numan, B. (2011) The expenses scandal and the politics of electoral reform. The Political Quarterly, 82 (1). pp. 32-41. ISSN 1467-923X doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2011.02168.x
- Renwick, A. (2011) A citizen's guide to electoral reform. Biteback, London, UK. ISBN 9781849540766
- Renwick, A. (2010) The politics of electoral reform: changing the rules of democracy. Cambridge University Press, UK. ISBN 9780521765305
- Renwick, A. (2009) Do 'wrong winner' elections trigger electoral reform? Lessons from New Zealand. Representation, 45 (4). pp. 357-367. ISSN 0034-4893 doi: 10.1080/00344890903235256
- Renwick, A. (2009) How likely is proportional representation in the House of Commons? Lessons from international experience. Government and Opposition, 44 (4). pp. 366-384. ISSN 0017-257X doi: 10.1111/j.1477-7053.2009.01293.x
- Renwick, A. (2009) Introduction to ECPR classics edition. In: Rokkan, S. (ed.) Citizens, Elections, Parties: Approaches to the Comparative Study of the Processes of Development. ECPR Press, Colchester, i-xix. ISBN 9780955248887
- Renwick, A. and Hanretty, C. (2009) Partisan self-interest and electoral reform: The new Italian electoral law of 2005. Electoral Studies, 28 (3). pp. 437-447. ISSN 0261-3794 doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2009.04.003
- BA, M.Phil., and D.Phil. (Oxford
MA and M.Phil. (Central European University, Budapest)