Professor Kenny is the course director for the MPhil in Public Policy. He will be leading research in place and public policy, and re-making government in the 21st century.
Before he arrived in Cambridge, Michael held positions at: Queen’s University, Belfast; the University of Sheffield, where he was appointed Head of Department; and Queen Mary University of London, where he was the inaugural Director of the Mile End Institute. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the UCL’s Constitution Unit, sits on the Leverhulme Trust’s Advisory Committee, is co-director of the British Academy’s “Governing England” programme, and is a member of an external experts panel convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit.
Public policy; territorial politics, national identity, and the future of the UK; British political thought.
He has a particular interest in the governance of England, and has recently completed an in-depth examination of the system of “English Votes for English Laws” which was introduced into the House of Commons in October 2015.
- ‘Back to the Populist Future?; Nostalgia in Contemporary Ideological Discourse’, Journal of Political Ideologies (forthcoming, 2017).
- The Politics of Nationhood in England: (Oxford University Press, 2014); winner of the UK Political Studies Association’s ‘McKenzie’ prize for best book in political studies.
- The Politics of Identity: Liberal Political Theory and the Dilemmas of ‘Difference’ (Polity Press, 2004).
- The First New Left in Britain, 1956-64: British Intellectuals after Stalin (Lawrence and Wishart, 1995).
- (With M.Flinders, A.Gamble, and C.Hay) eds., The Oxford Handbook of British Politics(Oxford University Press, 2009).
- ‘The Return of Englishness in British Political Culture’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 53, 1, 2014, pp. 35-51.
- ‘A Traditional English (Not British) Country Gentleman of the Radical Left’; Understanding the Making and Unmaking of Edward Thompson’s English Idiom’, Contemporary British History, 28, 4 (14), 2014, pp 494-516.
- ‘Englishness Politicised?; unpicking the normative implications of the McKay Commission’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, April 2014.
- ‘History and Dissent: Bernard Crick’s The American Science of Politics’ American Political Science Review, 100, 4, November 2006, pp 547-53.
- ‘Isaiah Berlin’s Contribution to Modern Political Theory’, Political Studies, 48, 5, 2000, pp 1026-39.
- ‘In Defence of Political Understanding?’, in B.Jackson and M.Stears (eds.) Liberalism in Theory and Practice: Essays for Michael Freeden (Oxford University Press, 2013).
- ‘Politics as an Academic Vocation’, in M.Flinders, A.Gamble, C.Hay and M.Kenny, eds., The Oxford Handbook of British Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009).