VERNON BERNARD BOGDANOR, CBE , FBA /ˈbɒɡdənɔːr/ born 16 July
Middlesex ) is Research
Professor at the Institute
for Contemporary British History at King\'s College London and
Professor of Politics at the
New College of the Humanities . He is
Professor of Politics and Government at the University
Emeritus Fellow of Brasenose College,
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
* 2 Career
* 3 Comments
* 4 Publications
* 4.1 Books
* 4.2 Articles
* 5 Notable former students
* 6 See also
* 7 References
He is the son of Harry Bogdanor by his marriage to Rosa (née
Bishopshalt School ,
Vernon Bogdanor gained his Bachelor
of Arts in
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Hons 1) from The
Oxford . 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 British
Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal
Bogdanor married Judith Evelyn Beckett in 1972.
In 1998, he was awarded the CBE for contributions to constitutional
history, and, in 2009, he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion
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 (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 President of
Trinidad on the Constitution of Trinidad,
and member of the
Economic and Social Research Council 's committee
administering the devolution programme.
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 may have forgotten some of the things I've taught
him. I'd be happy to give him a few more tutorials on civil
Bogdanor referred to the arrest, search and questioning of the
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
* 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
* "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
* "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 (2001): 291-299.
* "The Tories need a genuine liberal". The Spectator. 15 October
* "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
* ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
The Guardian has got it wrong,
The Guardian , 6 December 2000
* ^ A B "Federalism and the future of Europe" Conference Report
(Basel, 2001), p.48
* ^ "Cameron tutor gains French honour". Press Association. 29
October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
* ^ "The
David Cameron story". BBC News. 6 December 2005. Retrieved
27 May 2010.
* ^ Woodward, Will (27 June 2006). "Cameron\'s call to repeal
legislation would not end deportation battles, say ministers". The
Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
* ^ "Row over Green \'grooming\' claims", BBC News, 1 December 2008
* WorldCat Identities
* VIAF : 108696266
* LCCN : n81034913
* ISNI : 0000 0001 0931 8013
* GND : 170451925
* SUDOC : 032047576
* BNF : cb123151