Professor Albert Weale FBA, Chairman of the British Academy’s Peer Review Working Group, reports on the main findings and recommendations of the Review.
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Published in British Academy Review, Issue 10, 2007.
A British Academy report launched on 5 September 2007. This review - overseen by an Academy Working Group chaired by Professor Albert Weale FBA - addresses issues relating to the current practice of peer review both for the purpose of awarding research grants and for publication in journals.
In March 2007 a group of historians working on British nuclear and defence policy met at the British Academy alongside some of the former officials and ministers involved in the original decision-making processes, to reflect upon the handling of British nuclear defence policy in the post-war period. In front of them was a set of declassified government records from the National Archives, detailing the story of the British nuclear deterrent and how ministers came to their decisions. In this article, Catherine Haddon draws upon edited extracts from the contributions of various participants in that discussion.
In 1972, Professor Stanley Cohen FBA published his seminal work ‘Folk Devils and Moral Panics’. On 9 March 2007, Professor Cohen was joined at the British Academy by Professor David Garland, and Professor Stuart Hall FBA, in an evening meeting to reflect on what has happened to the notion of ‘moral panic’. In the edited extract below, Professor David Garland discusses the phenomenon of moral panic and its characteristics.