On 10 November 2010, the British Academy’s International Engagement Day considered
‘The Role of Area Studies in Higher Education’. Liz Lightfoot gives a flavour of the discussion.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, No. 17 (March 2011).
The British Academy Lecture, delivered by Dr Mogens Hansen FBA, on 25 February 2010 (venue: The British Academy). The theory of the separation of powers between a legislature, an executive and a judiciary is the foundation of modern representative democracy. It was developed by Montesquieu and came to replace the older theory of the mixed constitution which goes back to Plato, Aristotle and Polybios, that there are three types of constitution: monarchy, oligarchy and democracy. When institutions from each of the three types are mixed, an interplay between the institutions emerges that affects all functions of state. Today Montesquieu's separation of powers is obsolete. The mixed constitution deserves to be revived as a corrective to the prevailing view that western states are pure democracies. Ancient political thought is remarkably modern or – rather – modern political thought has much to learn from the Greek and Roman political thinkers.
The British Academy series ‘Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi’ (‘Medieval British Authors’) is making available texts and translations that demonstrate Britain’s rich medieval philosophical heritage. The series Director, Professor John Marenbon FBA, explains why it is so important that such works should be edited and published today.
Panel discussion on ‘Towards a Better Tomorrow? The Crucial Role of Social Science’. Researchers, government and policymakers address how social science research can strengthen its involvement in policymaking, increase its impact and combat potential public expenditure cuts.