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Professor of Comparative Democratic Institutions, Nuffield College, Director of Graduate Students Professional Training
Professor in the Sociology of Politics, Official Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College
21st Jan 2019
Professor Paul Chaisty argues that Ukraine's current political problems "will not be solved by a new executive structure", instead suggesting that legislators should focus on the balance of power between political structures in the Eastern European country.read more
21st Sep 2018
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jane Green as Gwilym Gibbon Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Politics and International Relations. She will also hold a Professorial Fellowship at Nuffield College.
Prof Green is the Director of Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy; Co-Director of the British Election Study; Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Previously, she was Professor of Political Science in the Cathy Marsh Institute for Social Research and the Politics Department at the University of Manchester, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies in 2016, and at the University of California at Berkeley in 2007. She holds a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College).
Her research interests are in public opinion and electoral behaviour, especially relating to competence and reward-punishment voting and blame. Her research is characterised by long-term contextual explanations of political choice, and over-time variation in public opinion - and their implications for politics, broadly defined.
She is an Election Analyst for ITV News, a regular commentator on national media, and was winner of the Political Studies Association Research Communicator of the Year (2015). In 2015 Prof Green was a member of the inquiry into the 2015 opinion polls, and she has given evidence to House of Lords and House of Commons committees.
The Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy, part of Nuffield College, conducts research into public policy issues and British politics. It aims to combine the rigour of academe with the timetable required by policymakers, and to submit evidence in support of policy choices.
Prof Green said, “It is essential to understand the causes and profound consequences of major social, economic and political changes in such an important and tumultuous period in British politics. I am excited about the opportunities to do that here in Oxford, and to build bridges between policy and political practitioners and academia”.read more
Petra Schleiter explains how the UK Prime Minster can call an early election under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act
18th Apr 2017
Barely an hour after Theresa May announced the calling of a snap election in June, the country's airwaves and social media channels have been asking whether this is possible since the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Being an expert on this particular act, Professor Petra Schleiter offers the following explanation:read more
22nd Mar 2017
Sudhir Hazareesingh has written an article for the Wednesday 22 March edition of Le Monde on the French presidential campaign, arguing that, "Fertile en rebondissements, la campagne présidentielle est non moins turbulente sous l’angle des idées" (for all its unexpected developments, the presidential campaign is no less turbulent when seen through the lens of ideas).read more
3rd Mar 2017
James Tilley has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Analysis’ programme (27 February), discussing how voters behaviour changes over time.read more
11th Jan 2017
Congratulations to Karina Gould (MPhil International Relations, 2011) who has been appointed as Minister of Democratic Institutions in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle yesterday.read more
11th Nov 2016
Stephen Fisher has appeared on the Howard Bentham show on BBC Radio Oxford (10 November) to talk about the major US election polls that got the results wrong.read more
4th Nov 2016
Vuk Vukovic, a departmental DPhil student in politics, has written an article for the New Scientist (3 November) calling for a more scientific approach to political polls.read more
27th Oct 2016
Scot Peterson has written an article for the Guardian (25 October) about the current difficulties that prevent the Prime Minister from calling a snap election.read more
5th Jul 2016
Geoffrey Evans was one of a group of academics who spoke in a televised seminar entitled "Britain's European vote: The Outcome and Implications of the EU Referendum on EU membership" for the BBC Parliament channel (30 June).read more