Robert Gleave is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the Director of the ‘Clerical Authority in Shi’i Islam’ project.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, No. 19 (January 2012).
Andrew Millie is Professor of Criminology, Edge Hill University, and Dr Karen Bullock is a Lecturer in Criminology, University of Surrey. A conference on ‘Policing in a time of contraction and constraint: Re-imagining the role and function of contemporary policing’ was held at the British Academy on 27 September 2011.
In December 2011, a British Academy Forum discussed the government’s plans to introduce
Individual Electoral Registration in the UK, and to feed in comments and concerns ahead
of the publication of a Bill in early 2012. The British Academy Forum was attended by the
Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Mark Harper MP, and experts from
academia, the media, the civil service, local government and other public sector organisations. In this article, Professor Ron Johnston FBA and Professor Iain McLean FBA examine what this change in the way we register to vote would mean and, in particular, how it would impact on constituency boundaries and the nature of British representative democracy.
The British Academy’s annual awards ceremony in October 2011 marked the fact that
the Derek Allen Prize for Numismatics had been awarded to Dr Mark Blackburn – who had
sadly died just the month before. Professor Simon Keynes FBA describes the singular
contribution Mark had made to one of the Academy’s most fruitful long-term projects.