Michael Kenny

Governance, Centre on Constitutional Change
University of Cambridge
Professor of Public Policy

Biography

Professor Michael Kenny is Director of the Cambridge Institute for Public Policy. Prior to moving to Cambridge, he held posts at Queen Mary Univresity London, Queen’s University, Belfast, the College of William and Mary in the US, and Sheffield University. He has been awarded Visiting Fellowships at: Wolfson College, Oxford; the Centre for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge; and, most recently, the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge. From September 2012 to August 2014 he held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship.  In addition to being a fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change, 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.

Twitter - @michaelkenny_

 

Posts by this author

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Unionism, Conservative thinking and Brexit

Has the Conservative Party abandoned its unionist heritage to focus on other goals? Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, explore how the Union featured in the Conservative Party's elites during Theresa May's premiership, and argue that a more assertive and self-conscious type of unionism has displaced the more pragmatic unionism of previous decades.
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How can relations between the UK's governments be made more effective?

After Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, how can intergovernmental relations in the UK be more effective? Nicola McEwen, Michael Kenny, Jack Sheldon and Coree Brown Swan discuss.
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Why have the UK's governments diverged on easing lockdown?

Jack Sheldon and Michael Kenny consider why Boris Johnson’s televised address on a phased approach to easing lockdown has sparked public disagreements with the devolved governments, and the implications these differences might have for future relations between the governments of the UK.  
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Territorial governance and the coronavirus crisis

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, discuss the seemingly co-ordinated approach from governments throughout the UK in response to the coronavirus, but all may not be as harmonious as it seems.
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England's territorial politics after Brexit

England's regional governance is going to become more prominent in policy terms because of the implications of Brexit. But what to do about devolution in England? Michael Kenny states that the new UK Government will have a challenge navigating territorial tensions.
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How can Boris Johnson keep the UK together?

Boris Johnson used his victory speech to restate his intention to lead a 'one nation' government. But he made no direct reference to either Scotland or Northern Ireland, where the 'one nation' idea is under most obvious threat. Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, consider whether Boris Johnson is likely to be the last Prime Minister of a United Kingdom.