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Matthew Flinders

Matthew Flinders

Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, University of Sheffield

Professor Flinders studied Modern European Studies at Loughborough University before coming to the University of Sheffield to complete his doctorate in public policy and governance. He was appointed to a permanent Lectureship in 2000 (Senior Lecturer 2003, Reader 2005, Professor 2009). He was Sub-Dean for Graduate Affairs during 2004-2005 and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2005-2006. He was a Governor on the Board of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust between 2008-2011 and Deputy Head of the Department of Politics between 2008-2012. Professor Flinders is also on the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association. In addition to his academic work, Professor Flinders is a writer and broadcaster and has made numerous contributions to national newspapers, including The Times and The Guardian, and in 2011 he wrote and presented a three-part series for BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘In Defence of Politics’.

His latest book, 'What Kind of Democracy is This?' is published by Policy Press, 2017.

Parliament may not have what it takes to fix its crumbling house

Jan 30, 2018 12:36 pm UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate Economy

Back in 2015, a detailed analysis of the Palace of Westminster concluded that the risk of catastrophic failure is increasing … a major failing of the existing service infrastructure is inevitable. As the subsequent...

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Economy

Australian bonds rally as geopolitical risks resurface; 10-year bond yield at 1-week low

Australian government bonds ralliedon Wednesdayas investors risk sentiments weighed down by renewed geopolitical caution towards US negotiations with North Korea and China. The yield on Australias benchmark 10-year...

U.K. public finances continue to rebound in April

U.K. public finances continued to rebound at the beginning of FY 2018/2019, with net borrowing in April of GBP 7.8 billion the lowest figure for that month since 2008. This was a rebound of GBP 1.6 billion on April 2017,...

Bank of England unlikely to tighten monetary policy until November

BoE Governor Mark Carney and other MPC members, today at Inflation Report hearing, repeated their main message that limited and gradual monetary policy tightening is expected in the forecast horizon. There was a change in...

Poland’s growth cycle likely easing

In recent weeks, the Polish zloty has been unusually subdued, even against an already soft euro. Even if this is not viewed as a result of local factors a glance at the Hungarian forint might clarify that this is...

U.S. Treasuries suffer ahead of May manufacturing PMI, April FOMC policy meeting minutes

The U.S. Treasuries slumped Tuesday ahead of the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of May, scheduled to be released on May 23 by 13:45GMT. Also, the 5-year Note auction, due on the same day and of utmost importance,...

Politics

The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

Indonesia witnessed another terrorist act last week. But, this time, it occurred in a maximum-security detention centre located at the polices Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. More than 150 terrorist...

Would America vote for Oprah for president?

America has had a black president. Is the country ready for a black president who is also a woman? Speculation about the candidacy of Oprah Winfrey makes clear that some voters think so. Granted, Winfrey says she...

Lawyers keep secrets locked up – so they get asked to do the dirty work

Lawyers seem to at the center of lot of scandals lately. President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel were raided by the FBI, is only the latest example. Harvey Weinsteins law firm...

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

There has been a lot of talk in foreign policy circles of the coming post-American world in which the international system will transition from a unipolar to a multipolar system. But, as we currently stand, the US remains...

Debate: On secularism in the 21st century

In January 2018 the French commemorated the Charlie Hebdo attacks that occurred three years earlier. The expression of American solidarity then toward the victims in France was quick and unwavering just as it was in the...

Science

Scientists Just Found A Black Hole That Is Eating Everything In Its Path

Black holes are some of the most terrifying subjects in the realm of science. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the raw power that is present in the universe, they also invoke undefinable terror in those who imagine...

Salt Could Prevent Hearing Loss After An Explosion

In movies, whenever a bomb goes off or an explosion occurs, there is that iconic moment where sounds are muffled and there is a high-pitched ring that pervades the whole scene. While films can go over-the-top with regards...

Scientists Want To Make Dogs Live Longer

Dogs are some of the most endearing creatures on the planet and one of the most tragic things about them is their short lives, at least when compared to humans. Depending on the breed, they can live from 7 to 15 years, on...

700,000-Year-Old Find Proves Early Humans Settled The Philippines Longer Than Previously Thought

Archeologists recently made a monumental discovery in the Philippines that pushes back the earliest period of human settlement in the region that was previously thought by over 600,000 years. Rhino bones and tools that...

States Sue EPA Over Rollbacks Of Environmental Protection Regulations

The Trump administration might not believe in climate change and could not care less about the environment, but the rest of the US does. This is why 18 states so far are now suing the Environmental Protection Agency for...

Technology

Bank of America wins Blockchain Patent for Security Measures

Bank of America has recently been awarded control over a patent that allows users verified access to certain blockchain network. The patent was given on May 22 as reported by the US Patent and Trademark Office...

Google No Longer Believes In “Don’t Be Evil” Mantra, Finally Joins The Dark Side

Since its founding, Google had a few central mottos that its founders abided by and one of them is Dont Be Evil. This has guided the companys actions for over two decades and one that many of its employees firmly believed...

Gamers Will Literally Play Anything, Even A Home Renovation Simulator

In a development that will likely infuriate some indie developers who have created video games that follow traditional examples of the industry, gamers are apparently going nuts over a new game on Steam called House...

Google Is Looking At $4.3 Billion Loss Thanks To UK Lawsuit

Google spying on users has become the norm these days and most people have learned to look past the fact that the search engine company is now in their lives in much deeper ways than their closest loved will ever be....

Resident Evil 7 Comes To The Switch, But Just Through The Cloud

Playing Resident Evil 7 on the Switch is a dream for a lot of players and it seems this dream is coming through in a roundabout way. Yes, the game will soon become available on the Nintendo portable console hybrid....
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