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Dr Matt Qvortrup

Dr Matt Qvortrup

Senior Lecturer
Centre for Security & Resilience
Cranfield Defence and Security
E: m.qvortrup@cranfield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0) 1793 785880


Current Activities

Matt's current activities include research and consultancies on:

  • comparative constitutional engineering 
  • how to draft and implement constitutions
  • referendums and elections
  • terrorism and comparative politics
  • European politics.
  • Background

    Matt Qvortrup studied politics at Oxford University, and earned his doctorate from Brasenose College in 1999 on a study entitled 'Constitutional Implications of the Use of the Referendum'. He subsequently gained a graduate Diplomafrom the College of Law. Before joining Cranfield University, Matt taught at the London School of Economics and University College, London.

    As a practitioner, Matt was head of the Gun Crime Section in the British Home Office 2002-2003. He was a special envoy for the US State Department in Cyprus 2004-2005 and in the Sudan in 2009.

  • Clients

    Clients include:
    • American Bar Association's Rule of Law Programme
    • US State Department
    • BBC
    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    • European Commission.

  • Publications

    Qvortrup M & Taagepera R (2012) Who gets what, when, how and through which electoral system?, European Political Science, 11 244-258.

    Qvortrup & M (2011) A Question for Scotland alone, The Sunday Express, 12.6.2011, p. 36-36.

    Qvortrup M (2011) Citizen Initiated Referendums (CIRS) in New Zealand: A Comparative Appraisal, Representation, 44 (1) 69-78.

    Qvortrup M (2011) Rousseau, law and the sovereignty of the people by Ethan Putterman.[Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 187pp., £55.00, ISBN 978 0 521 76538 1].

    Qvortrup M (2011) The Sociology of elections. In: The Concise encyclopedia of sociology. Ritzer, G and Ryan, JM (ed.), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 178-179, ed. 1.

    Qvortrup M (2011) United Kingdom: extreme institutional dominance by the executive...most of the time. In: The Role of governments in legislative agenda setting. Rasch, BE and Tsebelis, G (ed.), London: Routledge, p. 78-95, ed. 1.

    Qvortrup M (2009) Rebels without a cause? The Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Political Quarterly, 80 (1) 59-67.

    Qvortrup & M Hasta la Vista: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of the Recall, Representation, 47 (2) 161-170.

    Qvortrup M The Parliamentary elections in Trinidad and Tobago on 24th May 2010, Electoral Studies, 30 (3) 575-577.

    Qvortrup M The Authoritative Allocation of Values:Policy outcomes and Political Institutions, European Political Science.

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