Professor Vernon Bogdanor discusses the character of postwar Britain. The post war years, by contrast with the first 45 years of the 20th century, were marked by peace and stability. For much of the period, ideological conflict gave way to consensus and the convergence of political creeds. Yet, by the end of the century, Britain seemed a markedly less optimistic society than it had been in 1945. Indeed, perhaps a central theme of the post war period is the decline in national self-confidence and confidence in British institutions. How is this to be explained?
Professor Vernon Bogdanor
Vernon Bogdanor CBE is EmeritusGresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of theBritishAcademyand an Honorary Fellow of theInstituteofAdvanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor Fellow ofBrasenoseCollege, is Professor of Government atOxfordUniversity.
He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of theCzechRepublic,Hungary,Kosovo,IsraelandSlovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in theUnited Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometime special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir IsiaiahBerlinprize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.