Vernon Bernard Bogdanor CBE FRSA FBA (/ˈbɒɡdənɔːr/; born 16 July
1943) is Research
Professor at the Institute for Contemporary
British History at
King's College London
King's College London and
Professor of Politics at
the New College of the Humanities. He is also
Politics and Government at the University of
Oxford and Emeritus
Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford.
He is one of Britain's foremost constitutional experts and has written
extensively on political and constitutional issues. He supports both
the British monarchy and the adoption of proportional
1 Early life
3.1 David Cameron
3.2 Damian Green
5 Notable former students
6 See also
Born in Staines, Bogdanor is the son of Rosa (née Weinger) and
Harry Bogdanor. Bogdanor married Judith Evelyn Beckett in 1972; the
marriage was dissolved in 2000.
Educated at Bishopshalt School,
Vernon Bogdanor gained a first-class
Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
from The Queen's College,
Oxford in 1964. Since 1966, he has been
Senior Tutor (1979–85 and 1996–97), Vice-Principal, and (in
2002-03) Acting Principal at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is a Fellow
of the Royal Society of Arts, a
Fellow of the British Academy and an
Honorary Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies.
Bogdanor was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
1998 Birthday Honours for services to constitutional
history. In 2009, he was appointed a Chevalier de la Légion
d'honneur by the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, for his work on
the law and history of Britain and France; the honour was presented to
Bogdanor by the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Maurice
He has been a member of Council of the
Hansard Society for
Parliamentary Government, Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords
Select Committee on the European Communities, Member of the Court of
Essex University, adviser (as a member of the
Council of Europe
Council of Europe and
American Bar Association
American Bar Association delegations) to the governments of the Czech
Slovakia on constitutional and electoral
reform, member of the Academic Panel of Local Authority Associations,
member of the
Hansard Society Commission on the Legislative Process,
member of the UK Government delegation on Democratic Institutions in
Central and Eastern Europe and Conference on the Protection of
Minorities, Consultant to
Independent Television News
Independent Television News (ITN) on the
General Election, member of the Economic and Social Research Council's
committee administering the 'Whitehall' programme, special adviser to
the House of Commons Select Committee on the Public Services, member
of the Swedish
Constitutional Reform Project, member of the Advisory
Group to the High Commissioner on National Minorities, adviser to the
Trinidad on the Constitution of Trinidad, and member of
the Economic and Social Research Council's committee administering the
Bogdanor is a frequent contributor to television, radio and
newspapers. Between 2004 and 2008 he gave public lectures as Professor
of Law at Gresham College, London. He continues to give public
lectures at the College, now as Visiting
Professor of Political
History. He has published numerous books and articles. Recently, he
edited The British Constitution in the 20th Century (published by
Oxford University Press to mark the centenary of the British Academy)
and authored The New British Constitution (2009) which analyses
constitutional changes under the Labour government since 1997.
Bogdanor is a member of the Henry Jackson Society.
Professor Bogdanor's most famous former student is David Cameron, who
became Conservative Party leader and served as Prime Minister from
2010 to 2016. Bogdanor described Cameron as "one of the ablest"
students he has taught, whose political views were "moderate and
sensible Conservative". He has, however, expressed reservations
about some of Cameron's policies, notably his proposal for a British
"Bill of Rights", about which Bogdanor said, "I believe it's ill
thought-out and confused.... He [Cameron] may have forgotten some of
the things I've taught him. I'd be happy to give him a few more
tutorials on civil liberties."
Bogdanor referred to the arrest, search and questioning of the
Conservative MP Damian Green, for aiding and abetting misconduct in
public office by police from
Special Branch, as "a storm in a
teacup…". "The important principle is that MPs – apart from when
they're speaking in the chamber and dealing with constituents'
correspondence – are subject to the same laws as the rest of us."
Among books written or edited by
Vernon Bogdanor are the following:
The Age of Affluence, 1951-1964 (1970, edited, with Robert Skidelsky)
Democracy and Elections: Electoral Systems and Their Political
Consequences (1983; edited, with David Butler)
Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution (1983)
What is Proportional Representation? (1984)
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Institutions (1987)
Constitutions in Democratic Politics (1988; edited)
The Monarchy and the Constitution (1997)
Power and the People: Guide to
Constitutional Reform (1997)
Devolution in the
United Kingdom (2001)
Joined-Up Government (2005; edited)
The New British Constitution (2009)
The Coalition and the Constitution (2011)
"Power and participation."
Oxford Review of Education 5, No. 2 (1979):
"Direct elections, representative democracy and European integration."
Electoral Studies 8, No. 3 (1989): 205-216.
"Founding elections and regime change." Electoral Studies 9, No. 4
"The European Community and Sovereignty." Parliamentary affairs 44,
No. 4 (1991): 481-492. (with Geoffrey Woodcock)
"Overcoming the twentieth century: democracy and nationalism in
Central and Eastern Europe." The Political Quarterly 66, No. 1 (1995):
"Ministerial accountability." Parliamentary Affairs 50, No. 1 (1997):
"Devolution: decentralisation or disintegration?." The Political
Quarterly 70, No. 2 (1999): 185-194.
"Reform of the House of Lords: A sceptical view." The Political
Quarterly 70, No. 4 (1999): 375-381.
"Civil service reform: a critique." The Political Quarterly 72, No. 3
"The Tories need a genuine liberal". The Spectator. 15 October 2005.
"The West Lothian Question." Parliamentary Affairs (2009)
"Mayors: Good for Britain -- in the end." Prospect. 19 March 2012.
"Why English votes for English laws is a kneejerk absurdity". The
Guardian. 24 September 2014.
"Time to ditch 'first-past-the-post'". Prospect. 22 January 2015.
"Who pays for our politics?". Prospect. 26 March 2015.
"Britain needs a new constitution". Prospect. 21 May 2015.
"A second Brexit referendum? It’s looking more likely by the day".
The Guardian. 03 August 2017.
Notable former students
Bogdanor's most notable former student is David Cameron. Others
include Kate Allen, Camilla Cavendish, Diane Coyle, Guy Spier, Toby
Young, and Dido Harding.
List of Gresham Professors of Law
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^ Bogdanor, Vernon (6 December 2000). "
The Guardian has got it wrong".
The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
^ a b c "Federalism and the future of Europe" Conference Report
(Basel, 2001), p.48
^ "No. 55155".
The London Gazette
The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1998.
^ "Appointments". Times Higher Education. 5 November 2009.
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David Cameron story". BBC News. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 27
^ Woodward, Will; Travis, Alan (27 June 2006). "Cameron's call to
repeal legislation would not end deportation battles, say ministers".
The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
^ "Row over Green 'grooming' claims"". BBC News. 1 December 2008.
Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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