Monday, 24 February 2014

Peter Hennessy in Conversation with Tony Wright

Peter Hennessy and Tony Wright met on 20 February 2014, conversing about Peter’s many interests and offered an opportunity to hear from someone with a unique place in the study of the recent history of British politics and society.

Professor Peter Hennessy (Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield) is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary University and a crossbench member of the House of Lords. He is the leading historian of post-1945 Britain, especially its politics and politicians, which he writes (and speaks) about in a vivid and witty way. His many books and his journalism offer trenchant analysis of the British constitution and the ‘hidden wiring’ of government, including the secret state and the bomb.

Professor Tony Wright is Professorial Fellow in Politics at Birkbeck College and Professor of Politics at UCL. MP for Cannock Chase from 1992 to 2010, he chaired the Reform of the House of Commons Committee (publishing the report ‘Rebuilding the House’ in 2009). He chaired the Public Administration Committee of the House of Commons from 1999 to 2010. He has been co-editor of Political Quarterly since 1995.

You can hear the conversation here

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Colin Crouch Making Capitalism Fit for Society

On 30 January 2014 The Political Quarterly, in conjunction with the department of Politics at UCL and The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck hosted a public debate about Colin Crouch's new book Making Capitalism Fit for Society. 

Panellists were: David Coen (UCL), Helen Thompson (Cambridge), Andrew Gamble (Cambridge), and chair Tony Wright (Birkbeck and UCL). You can see the videocasts here.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Appointment of Deborah Mabbett as Co-editor of The Political Quarterly

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new co-editor of the Political Quarterly to replace Michael Jacobs. Deborah Mabbett is Professor of Public Policy, Department of Politics, Birkbeck and she writes and researches on a wide range of issues related to welfare and inequality, from macroeconomic policy to anti-discrimination policy. She teaches public policy and public management at Birkbeck and has a D.Phil in Economics from Oxford. Deborah will be the first woman co-editor of the journal.