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British Academy Review, Issue 13, June 2009

This issue of the British Academy Review addresses a range of political topics. The articles under the heading ‘Reflections on British politics’ consider the different forces and traditions that have held sway during the last 100 years, and ask where British political culture is now headed. The ‘Politics of energy’ section publishes the texts of three lectures given in 2008–2009, which examine how our demand for energy impacts so forcefully on the political agenda, and which explore the solutions and constraints facing decision makers. The three articles headed ‘Politics of peace’ show British Academy-funded researchers engaging with some of the most sensitive areas of conflict in the world, and offer valuable perspectives for those trying to broker peaceful settlements.

The whole issue may be downloaded in PDF format (3.4MB). The articles listed below in blue are also available separately in PDF format.


Reflections on British politics

The Strange Career of British Democracy, Martin Kettle

The ‘Winter of Discontent’ in British Politics, Dr Hugh Pemberton and Dr Lawrence Black

The Voluntary Sector in British Society, Professor Pat Thane FBA


The politics of energy

UK Civil Nuclear Energy: What Lessons?, Professor Sir Roger Williams, with additional thoughts by Lord Wilson of Dinton, and a timeline prepared by Professor Robert Bud and Professor Peter Hennessy FBA

How Green Politics Went Mainstream, Sir Crispin Tickell

Middle Eastern politics and oil, Sir Mark Allen


The politics of peace

Public Opinion, Public Diplomacy and Peace Making, Dr Colin Irwin

Democracy in Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process, Dr Michelle Pace

Restorative Justice on Trial: Reconciliation in Kosovo through the Reconstruction of Serbian Orthodox Heritage, Dr Alice Forbess


Africa’s secret success story: Cape Verde, Professor Bruce Baker

Thinking Around the Box: The Work of the Bentham Project


In brief