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Dr Matt Qvortrup
Centre for Security & Resilience
Cranfield Defence and Security
T: +44 (0) 1793 785880
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.
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 include:
- American Bar Association's Rule of Law Programme
- US State Department
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- European Commission.
Qvortrup M (2015) Power to the People! But How? The Different Uses of Referendums Around the World, Political Studies Review, 13 (1) 37-45.
Qvortrup M (2015) New development: The courts and multi-level governance-some comparative perspectives on the emerging jurisprudence of the UK Supreme Court, Public Money & Management, 35 (1) 57-61.
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.