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.

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Posts by this author

Divergence

Whatever happened to Tory unionism?

When the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May was debated in the House of Commons many Conservative MPs argued that they could not vote for an arrangement that would treat Northern Ireland differently from Great Britain. The revised deal negotiated by Boris Johnson envisages far greater divergence within the UK, yet is far more popular among Conservatives. Jack Sheldon and Michael Kenny explain how this u-turn has come about.
Downing Street

The last Prime Minister of the Union?

Michael Kenny assesses the implications of Boris Johnson's Premiership on the Union.
20 years devolution

The English Question – from the margins to the mainstream?

In the latest blog in our "Twenty Years of Devolution" series, CCC Fellow Professor Michael Kenny (University of Cambridge) ponders the omission of England from the UK's twenty year old devolution settlement.

Is Tory unionism the greatest obstacle to Brexit?

As the Brexit process continues, the Conservative Party is finding it hard to reconcile its desire to leave the EU with its longstanding commitment to maintaining the territorial and political union of the United Kingdom. CCC Fellow Professor Michael Kenny (University of Cambridge) argues that, far from introducing a destabilising element to an otherwise sound constitutional set-up, Brexit has instead amplified and accelerated the debate about the UK’s territorial constitution.
network

Brexit and Intergovernmental Relations

Professor Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon discuss a new report from the Centre on Constitutional Change and the Bennett Institute offering a comprehensive analysis of the weaknesses that bedevil the machinery for relations between the UK government and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over the coming weeks, we will highlight some of the findings and recommendations.
Ragged Union Jack

Is the UK straining at the seams?

With little enough fanfare, Cabinet Office Minister David Liddington MP set out how Britain will operate post-Brexit. Prof Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon consider what he had to say.