Matthew Flinders (academic)

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Matthew V. Flinders (born 1972[1]) is a British academic and political scientist. From July 2014 until April 2017 he was Chair of the Executive Committee of Trustees of the Political Studies Association.[2][3]

Flinders did his undergraduate degree at Loughborough University before completing his PhD in public policy and governance at the University of Sheffield.[1][4] He teaches on the undergraduate politics degree at the University of Sheffield and has written a number of academic books. His main area of expertise is British governance. He obtained a departmental chair in 2009, and is deputy head of the department.[1]

Flinders's book Delegated Governance and the British State: Walking without Order won the 2009 W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize, awarded by the Political Studies Association for the best book published in 2008.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Flinders, M.V. (2008) Delegated governance and the British state: walking without order, Oxford University Press.
  • Brazier, A., Flinders, M. and McHugh, D. (eds.) (2005) New politics, new parliament? : a review of parliamentary modernisation since 1997, Published by Hansard Society.
  • Bache, I. and Flinders, M. (eds.) (2004) Multi-level governance, Oxford University Press.
  • Flinders, M. (2001) The politics of accountability in the modern state, Ashgate.
  • Flinders, M. V. (2000) The politics of accountability : the enduring centrality of individual ministerial responsibility within the British constitution, (Dissertation: University of Sheffield).
  • Flinders, M., Smith, M. (1999) Quangos, accountability and reform : the politics of quasi-government, Macmillan.
  • Flinders, M.V., Harden, I. and Marquand, D. (eds.) (1997) How to make quangos democratic, Published by Charter88 in association with PERC.


  1. ^ a b c "Dr Matthew Flinders Sheffield Telegraph". Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  2. ^ "Honour for Professor Matthew Flinders". Latest News. University of Sheffield. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  3. ^ "PSA announces new Chair and Vice-Chair". News. Political Studies Association. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  4. ^ "University of Sheffield Politics Department Staff". Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  5. ^ "University of Sheffield Media Centre". Retrieved 2010-03-29.