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Professor Iain McLean FBA

Public policy; public choice; the history and politics of Union since 1707; fiscal federalism; Scottish, French and American Enlightenment thought; electoral systems and social choice
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About this Fellow

Iain McLean is a professor of politics at Oxford University and a fellow of Nuffield College, where he directs a public policy research unit. He also sings and drives steam trains. Iain has worked in many areas of political history and political economy. In recent years he has focused on two areas: the political thought of the Scottish and American Enlightenments, and public policy in the UK. Within public policy, Iain's focus has been on constitutional reform (including the nations of the UK and church-state relations) and on fiscal federalism.



Current post

  • Professor of Politics, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Weir Fellow and Praelector in Politics, University College University of Oxford, 1970
  • Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, 1970
  • William H. Orrick Visiting Professor, Program in Ethics, Politics & Economics, Yale University, 1970
  • Lecturer in Politics, Newcastle University, 1970
  • Professor of Politics, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford, Nuffield College University of Oxford, 1970

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice-President Public Policy, 2012 - 2016


Scotland's Choices (with J Gallagher and G Lodge) 2013, hb and pb

State of the Union: unionism and the alternatives in the UK since 1707.with A. McMillan 2005

Rational choice and British politic 2001

Classics of Social Choice, ed. and trans. with A. B. Urken 1995

Other Political Studies: Political Theory, Government and International Relations Fellows

Professor Jonathan Haslam

History of thought in international relations; history of Soviet foreign policy; contemporary history of Chile; biography (E H Carr); origins of the Second World War.

Professor Richard English

Modern Irish and British politics and history; nationalism, political violence, and intellectual history; the politics and history of terrorism

Professor Duncan Snidal

International relations theory, emphasis on international cooperation and design of international institutions; international organisations and law; multilateralism; international political economy; transnational regulation; governance

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