Iain mclean: curriculum vitae



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IAIN McLEAN: curriculum vitae



Date of birth 13 September 1946
Citizenship UK and Irish
Present positions Senior Research Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford, and Professor of Politics, University of Oxford, 1993--. Fellow of the British Academy 2008 (Vice-President for Public Policy 2012-16). Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2012.
Previous positions Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, 1991-3.

Fellow & Praelector in Politics, University College, Oxford; Lecturer in Politics, University of Oxford, 1978-91.

Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1971‑8.

Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1969‑71.


Visiting positions Fellow, International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, Va, USA, Oct-Dec 2010

Professeur étranger invité, Séminaire d'Histoire du Calcul des Probabilités et de la Statistique (EHESS, Paris), May-June 2009

William H. Orrick Visiting Professor, Program in Ethics, Politics & Economics, Yale University, fall semester 2001.

Academic Visitor, Director’s Section, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University 1996 and 2002.

Visiting Professor of Politics, Universities of Warwick and Newcastle upon Tyne, 1993-6; Stanford University, 1990-1; Washington & Lee University, 1980.
Public service Chair, Section S5 (Politics and International Relations), British Academy 2016-

Vice-President for Public Policy, British Academy, 2012-16.

Member, Independent Expert Group on Finance, [Calman] Commission on Scottish Government, 2008-09.

Specialist Adviser, Treasury Committee, House of Commons, 2002-05; Reform Committee, 2009.

Member and group leader, Oxford City Council 1982—6.

Member, Tyne & Wear Metropolitan County Council 1973—9; chairman, Economic Development Committee 1976—8.


Degrees held (all Oxford University) D.Phil 1972. Title of thesis: The Labour Movement in Clydeside Politics 1914‑22. B.Phil (Politics) 1969. BA (first class honours in Modern History) 1967.
Education Nuffield College, Oxford, 1967‑9. Christ Church, Oxford, 1964‑7 (Exhibitioner 1966‑7). Royal High School, Edinburgh, 1951‑64.
Research interests

Most of my research is on UK public policy. Since 1997 my long-standing interest in devolution in the UK, which goes back to my time on Tyne & Wear County Council, has revived. I wrote the ESRC Programme on devolution in the UK. Several projects touch the allocation of public expenditure to the nations and regions of the UK. These include the Leverhulme and DTLR projects listed under “Research grants and contracts awarded”. The DTLR (later ODPM) contract was a large 18-month project on “Identifying the flow of domestic and European expenditure into the English regions”. The final report has been highly commended by HM Treasury, for instance in the 2004 Budget reports. Other work is for HM Treasury and the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons. The work aims to examine the existing funding mechanisms, both for the non-English territories of the UK and for England, and to suggest possible alternatives. Work on the defects of the UK’s property taxes and possible alternatives has aroused a great deal of interest in government circles.


My research on the Aberfan disaster (21.10.66) aimed to compare the official reaction to Aberfan with that to more recent disasters. In July 1997 the Secretary of State for Wales returned £150,000 to the Aberfan disaster funds, which I argued had been unlawfully taken in 1969. He paid tribute to me for bringing this result about. The research has covered administrative collapse; the management of trauma; the right management of a charitable disaster fund; health and safety regulation; and how governments react when a government agency fails.
I work on the properties of electoral systems and appropriate measures of proportionality. I helped the Cabinet Office draft the electoral provisions of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2010 and of the House of Lords Reform bill 2011. I have been a consultant and expert witness for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Wansdyke District Council, Norwich City Council, Lambeth Borough Council and Southwark Borough Council on parliamentary boundary proposals affecting them. My work was cited by both front benches during the Commons debate on the 4th Review. I was a member of the expert group for the Jenkins Commission on the Electoral System on the properties of electoral systems in 1998. I have given evidence to numerous Select Committees and related bodies, including the Nolan (Neill) Committee on Standards in Public Life and to the Wakeham Commission on the UK second chamber. The last has generated work on church establishment.
Outside public policy, I have worked for many years on the history of social choice. I have uncovered previously unknown documents dating from between 1283 and 1896 which show that there was a prehistory to social choice before Borda and Condorcet; that Condorcet wrote far more than his Essai of 1785, most of it easier to understand; that Condorcet proposed the axiom of Independence from Irrelevant Alternatives; that a practical Condorcet method was tried (but failed) in Geneva in 1794. These works, which I have translated with colleagues, alter our understanding of the history of the subject, and contribute to still current issues such as whether a practically computable Condorcet-extension scheme exists. Kenneth Arrow agrees that the works we have republished foreshadow his Independence axiom. My work on Adam Smith is at the intersection of public policy and social science history.
Duncan Black, the co-founder (with Arrow) of social choice, died in January 1991, I helped to save Black's papers (now in the University of Glasgow). Black's book on Lewis Carroll and proportional representation was published in a version completed and edited by myself and colleagues in 1996, and the second edition of his Theory of Committees and Elections in 1998.
Other academic work applies the rational-choice paradigm to UK political history, with particular focus on the Peel (1841-6), Gladstone (1886, 1892-4), and Liberal/Coalition (1906-22) administrations.
Administrative experience:

I have served on two local authorities: Tyne & Wear County Council (1973--9) and Oxford City Council (1982--6). On Tyne & Wear CC, I chaired the Economic Development Committee, served on various regional quangos, and took part in negotiations with central government on behalf of the authority. On Oxford CC I led my party group throughout. I am Vice-Chairman and Appeals Director of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Preservation Co. Ltd., a charitable guarantee company (Director of the company 1978-92 and 1999--; qualified steam and/or diesel locomotive driver 1976- ). In that capacity I secured a large grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the railway’s Centenary Appeal, and have acted as consultant to other preserved railways preparing applications to HLF. My success rate for HLF applications is 100%. I have held office in Oxford Local Meeting (Treasurer, 1995—9, 2010-15; elder 2000-2) and Oxford & Swindon Area Meeting, both of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I advise the Recording Clerk (=CEO) of Quakers in Britain on issues relating to lobbying for equal marriage legislation. I am Chair, Cherwell Singers.


I have been Investment Bursar (Property) for Nuffield College, in charge of managing (with professional advice) a real estate portfolio of about £40 million. I created, and served as the first Director of, the Public Policy Unit in my Department. I was Director of Graduate Admissions, Dept of Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick, 1992—3; Director of Graduate Studies in Politics, Oxford University, 1994—6; Director of Research Training in Politics, Oxford University, 1996—9.
Editorships and peer reviewing
Joint Editor, Electoral Studies 1993--99. On boards of Electoral Studies, and British Journal of Political Science. Member of Council, Institute of Fiscal Studies. General editor, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics.. Review papers for above; and for Democratisation, Journal of Public Policy, JRSS-A; West European Politics, Political Studies, American Political Science Review, Political Geography, Regional Studies, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Theory and Decision, 20th Century British History and for numerous academic publishers. Proposal reviewer for ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation; National Science Foundation (USA); Social Science Research Council (Ireland); The Academy of Finland. Reviewer, End-of-Award Reports, ESRC.
On selection committees for Chairs in Politics at Newcastle, York (x2), Oxford; Special Adviser on promotions, Dept of Government, LSE; referee for tenure reviews, U. of Illinois, Stanford and Claremont; for Professorships Above Scale, University of California, Irvine, San Diego, and Los Angeles; for Academy Professorships, Academy of Finland. Deputy chair, ESRC Advanced Course Recognition Panel, Politics and International Relations, 1996/7; chairman, 1998—2000. Examiner, ESRC Research Studentship competition 1997--9 (senior examiner 1999). External Examiner, York, Dublin, Southampton; for Ph.Ds at various universities including EUI Florence. Member of Executive Committee, Political Studies Association of the UK, 2009-11. Member, Sub-Panel 21, Research Excellence Framework 2012-14.
Teaching interests
Specialist Public choice; social choice, esp. theory of voting; political economy.
General Political sociology; voting behaviour; classical political theory; UK politics; research methods.
Leisure interests
Mountaineering; ski‑ing; choral music; narrow‑gauge railway preservation.
Publications:

Books and pamphlets


  1. G. W. Brown, I. McLean, and A. McMillan ed., Oxford Concise Dictionary of Politics and International Relations 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford university Press 2018. ISBN 978 0 19 967084 0

  2. Scot Peterson and Iain McLean, Legally Married: love and law in the UK and the US. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2013. ISBN 9780748683789

  3. I. McLean, G. Lodge and J. Gallagher. Scotland’s Choices: The Referendum and what happens after it. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2013. ISBN 9780748669868 / 9780748669875. 2nd revised edition 2014.

  4. M. Balinski, R. Johnston, I. McLean and H.P. Young, Drawing a New Constituency Map for the United Kingdom: the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill 2010. London: British Academy Policy Centre 2010. ISBN 978 0 85672 591 3

  5. S. Hix, R. Johnston and I. McLean. Choosing an Electoral System. London: British Academy Policy Centre 2010. ISBN 978 0 85672 588 3

  6. V. Uberoi, A. Coutts, D. Halpern and I. McLean ed. Options for Britain II: cross-cutting issues – changes and challenges. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell 2010. ISBN 978 1 4443 3395 4

  7. I. McLean, What’s Wrong with the British Constitution? Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010. ISBN 978 0 19 954695 4. Joint Winner, W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for the best book in political science published during 2010. 2nd revised edition 2012: ISBN 978 0 19 965645 5.

  8. V. Uberoi, A. Coutts, I. McLean and D. Halpern ed. Options for a New Britain. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2009. ISBN 978 0 230 57485 4 / 978 0 230 57486 1.

  9. I. McLean and A. McMillan ed. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009. ISBN 978 0 19 920516 5 / 978 0 19 920780 0

  10. I. McLean, G. Lodge, and K. Schmuecker, Fair Shares? Barnett and the politics of public expenditure. London/Newcastle: ippr/ippr north 2008. ISBN 978 1860 3031 97.

  11. I. McLean, Adam Smith, Radical and Egalitarian: an Interpretation for the 21st Century. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2006. ISBN 0 7486 2352 3.

  12. I. McLean and C. Jennings ed., Applying the Dismal Science: When Economists Give Advice to Governments. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2005. ISBN 1403994587

  13. I. McLean and A. McMillan, State of the Union: unionism and the alternatives in the United Kingdom since 1707. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005. ISBN 0 19 924820 1. Winner, W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for the best book in political science published during 2005.

  14. I. McLean, The Fiscal Crisis of the United Kingdom. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2005. ISBN 1-4039-0366-2

  15. I. McLean and B. Linsley, The Church of England and the State: reforming establishment for a multi-faith Britain. London: New Politics Network 2004. ISBN 0 9545982 2 9.

  16. I. McLean and A. McMillan, New Localism, New Finance. London: NLGN 2003. ISBN 1 903 447 29 1.

  17. I. McLean and A. McMillan ed. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics 2nd edn. 2003. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 0 19 280276 3

  18. I. McLean, Kontzisen Oksfordski Rechnik za Politikata transl. by K. Maleska et al. Skopje: Vyes’ Mi-Al 2002. Macedonian translation of Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. ISBN 9989-613-26-5.

  19. I. McLean, FjalorPërmbledhës I Politikës transl. by Z. Simoni. Tiranë: Shtëpia e Librit & Komunikimit. 2002. Albanian translation of Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. ISBN 99927-661-9-0.

  20. I. McLean, Oxford Dictionar de Politica transl. by L. Gavriliu. Bucuresti: Univers Enciclopedic 2001. Romanian translation of Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. ISBN 973-8240-09-3

  21. I. McLean, Politika Tolkoviy Slovar’ transl. by I.P. Babkin et al. Moscow: Vyes’ Mir 2001. Russian translation of Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. ISBN 5-777-0060-8.

  22. F. McGillivray, I. McLean, R. Pahre, and C. Schonhardt-Bailey, International Trade and Political Institutions instituting trade in the long nineteenth century. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2001. ISBN 1 84064 690 X.

  23. I. McLean, Rational Choice & British Politics: an analysis of rhetoric and manipulation from Peel to Blair. Oxford University Press 2001. ISBN 0198295294

  24. I. McLean and M. Johnes, Aberfan: government and disasters Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press 2000. ISBN 1 86057 033X

  25. I. McLean, A. McMillan and B. Monroe eds, The theory of committees and elections by Duncan Black and Committee decisions with complementary valuation by Duncan Black and R. A. Newing Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998. 0 7923 8110 6

  26. I. McLean and D. Butler eds, Fixing the Boundary: defining and redefining single-member electoral districts Dartmouth Publishing Co. 1996. 1 85521 778 3

  27. I. McLean, A. McMillan and B. Monroe, A mathematical approach to proportional representation: Duncan Black on Lewis Carroll Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996. 0 79239 620 0

  28. General editor and contributor, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics, Oxford University Press, 1996. 0 19 285288 4.

  29. Classics of Social Choice ed., transl., and intro. with A.B. Urken, University of Michigan Press, 1995. 372 pp. 0 472 10450 0

  30. Condorcet: foundations of social choice and political theory ed., transl., and intro. with F. Hewitt, Edward Elgar, 1994, 370 pp. 1 85898 068 2

  31. Democracy and New Technology, Polity Press 1989, 198 pp.

  32. Public Choice: an introduction, Blackwell 1987, 222 pp. 4th printing 1994. Croatian edition 1997 (Uvod u Javni Izbor, Zagreb: Fakultet Politickih Znanosti ISBN 953 96058 8 1)

  33. The Legend of Red Clydeside, John Donald 1983, 296 pp. 2nd ed. with new introduction 2000 ISBN (2e.) 0 85976 516 4

  34. Dealing in Votes Martin Robertson 1982, 212 pp.

  35. Elections, Longman 1976, 112 pp. 3rd ed.1983

  36. Keir Hardie, Allen Lane 1975, 192 pp.


Papers in refereed journals


  1. I. McLean, ‘Adam Smith, James Wilson, and the US Constitution’, The Adam Smith Review 8 (2015), 141-60.

  2. I. McLean, ‘The No-men of England: Tyne & Wear County Council and the failure of the Scotland and Wales Acts 1978, Journal of Borderlands Studies 33 (1), 2017, 19-33. DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2017.1294024

  3. I. McLean, ‘The No-men of England: The Geordie revolt that defeated the Scotland and Wales Bill in 1977’, Political Quarterly 87 (4), 2016, 601-8. DOI: 10.1111/1467-923X.12268

  4. Richard Johnson, Ron Johnston & Iain McLean, ‘Overrepresenting UKIP, Underrepresenting the Greens and Lib Dems: The 2014 European Elections in Great Britain’, Representation 50 (2014): 419-37. DOI:10.1080/00344893.2014.982694

  5. I. McLean, ‘Spending too much, taxing too little? Parliaments in fiscal federalism’, European Political Science 14 (2015): 15-27. doi:10.1057/eps.2014.44

  6. I. McLean, ‘The strange history of social choice, and the contribution of the Public Choice Society to its fifth revival’, Public Choice 163 (1), 2015, 153-65. DOI 10.1007/s11127-014-0161-7

  7. I. McLean, ‘Report of the Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons (the McKay Commission)’, Political Quarterly 84 (3), 2013, 395-8.

  8. C. List, R. S. Luskin, J. S. Fishkin, and I. McLean, ‘Deliberation, Single-Peakedness, and the Possibility of Meaningful Democracy: evidence from Deliberative Polls’, Journal of Politics 75(1) , 2013: 80–95. doi:10.1017/S0022381612000886

  9. I. McLean, ‘”England does not love coalitions” – the most misused political quotation in the book’, Government and Opposition 47(1), 2012, 1-18. ISSN 0017-257X

  10. Iain McLean and Scot Peterson: ‘Entrenching the establishment and free exercise of religion in the written U.K. constitution’. International Journal of Constitutional Law (2011) 9(1): 230-250

  11. I. McLean and S. M. Peterson, ‘Secularity and secularism in the United Kingdom: On the way to the First Amendment’, BYU Law Review 2011, Issue 3, 637-56.

  12. I. McLean and S. M. Peterson, ‘Adam Smith at the Constitutional Convention’, Loyola Law Review 56(1), 2010, 95-133.

  13. I. McLean, ‘The bishops’ 1909 moment’, Public Policy Research 16(4), 2010, 232-4. ISSN 1744-5396.

  14. R. Johnston, I. McLean, C. Pattie and D. Rossiter, ‘Can the Boundary Commissions help the Conservative Party? Constituency size and electoral bias in the United Kingdom’, Political Quarterly 80(4), 2009, 479-94. ISSN 0032-3179

  15. I. McLean, ‘Political Science and History: friends and neighbours’, Political Studies 58(2), 2010, 354-67. ISSN 0032-3217. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2009.00826.x

  16. I. McLean and R. Johnston, ‘When is Proportional not Proportional? Great Britain’s 2009 Elections to the European Parliament’, Representation 45:4,349 — 355. ISSN 0034-4893. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00344890903235199

  17. R. Gutiérrez Romero, D. Haubrich and I. McLean ‘To What Extent Does Deprivation Affect the Performance of English Local Authorities?’, International Review of Administrative Sciences, 76(1):137–170 (2010) [DOI:10.1177/0020852309359048. ISSN 0020-8523. Winner, IRAS Best Article Prize for 2010

  18. J. C. Garand, M. W. Giles, A Blais, and I. McLean, ‘Political Science Journals in Comparative Perspective: Evaluating Scholarly Journals in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom’, PS – Political Science and Politics 42(4), October 2009, 695-717. ISSN: 1049-0965. doi:10.1017/S1049096509990205. Reissued in “greatest hits” issue: PS – Political Science and Politics 49 (S1), 2016.

  19. R. Sewell, D. MacKay, and I. McLean, ‘Probabilistic electoral methods, representative probability, and maximum entropy’. Voting Matters 26, 2009, 16-38. ISSN 1745-6231

  20. I. McLean, ‘Lessons from the Aberfan disaster and its aftermath’, British Academy Review 12, 2009, 49-52. No ISSN shown.

  21. I. McLean, A. Blais, J. C. Garand, and M. Giles, ‘Authors’ Response to Reviews’, Political Studies Review 7, 2009, 88-92. ISSN 1478-9299

  22. I. McLean, A. Blais, J. C. Garand, and M. Giles, ‘Comparative Journal Rankings: a survey report’, Political Studies Review 7, 2009, 18-38. ISSN 1478-9299.

  23. I. McLean, ‘Response’ [to review by L. Montes of Adam Smith, Radical and Egalitarian], Adam Smith Review 4, 2008, 276-8. ISSN 1743-5285.

  24. C. Jennings and I. McLean, ‘Public Finance, Public Choice and Political Economy’, Korean Journal of Public Choice 3(1), December 2008, 15-30. No ISSN shown

  25. I. Mclean, H. Lorrey and J. M.Colomer, ‘Social choice in medieval Europe’, Journal électronique d’Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique/Electronic Journal for History of Probability and Statistics 4:1, 2008, online publication only. ISSN 1773-0074.

  26. R. Gutiérrez-Romero, D. Haubrich, and I. McLean, ‘The limits of performance assessments of public bodies: external constraints in English local government’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 26, 2008, 767 -87. ISSN 0263-774X

  27. I. McLean, ‘In Riker’s footsteps’, British Journal of Political Science 39 (1), 2009, 195-210. ISSN 0007-1234.

  28. I. McLean, ‘Don’t let the lawyers do the math: Some problems of legislative districting in the UK and the USA’, Mathematical and Computer Modelling 48: 1446-54 (2008). ISSN: 0895-7177 DOI link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mcm.2008.05.025

  29. C. Jennings and I. McLean, ‘Political economics and normative analysis’, New Political Economy 13(1), 2008, 61-75. ISSN 1356-3467.

  30. I. McLean, ‘Climate change and UK politics: from Brynle Williams to Sir Nicholas Stern’, Political Quarterly 79 (2), 2008, 184-93. ISSN 0032-3179.

  31. I. McLean and A. McMillan. ‘Professor Dicey’s Contradictions’, Public Law 2007 Autumn, 435-43. ISSN 0033-3565.

  32. A. B. Urken and I. McLean, ‘Nicholas Collin and the Dissemination of Condorcet in the United States’, Science in Context 20 (1), 2007, 125-33. ISSN 0269-8897.

  33. I. McLean, D. Haubrich and R. Gutiérrez-Romero, ‘The Perils and Pitfalls of Performance Measurement: The CPA Regime for Local Authorities in England’, Public Money and Management 27 (2), (2007), 111-18. ISSN 0954-0962.

  34. S. M. Peterson and I. McLean, ‘Of Wheat, the Church in Wales and the West Lothian Question’, Welsh History Review /Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 23(3) (2007), 151-74. ISSN 0083-792X.

  35. A. Spirling and I. McLean, ‘UK OC OK? Interpreting Optimal Classification scores for the UK House of Commons’, Political Analysis 15 (2007) 85-96. ISSN 1047-1987

  36. D. Haubrich and I. McLean, ‘Evaluating the performance of local government: a comparison of the assessment regimes in England, Scotland, and Wales’, Policy Studies 27:4 (2006), 271-93. ISSN 0144-2872.

  37. D. Haubrich and I. McLean, ‘Assessing Public Service Performance in Local Authorities Through CPA - A Research Note on Deprivation’, National Institute Economic Review, Vol. 197, No. 1, 93-105 (2006). ISSN: 0027-9501

  38. A. Spirling and I. McLean, ‘The rights and wrongs of roll calls’, Government and Opposition 41 (4), 2006, pp. 581-8. ISSN 0017-257X

  39. S. N. Soroka, C. Wlezien, and I. McLean, ‘Public expenditure in the UK: how measures matter’, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A 169 (2), 2006, pp. 255-71. ISSN 0964-1998

  40. I. McLean and J. Nou, ‘Why should we be beggars with the ballot in our hand? veto players and the failure of land value taxation in the United Kingdom 1909-14’, British Journal of Political Science 36 (4), 2006, 575-91. ISSN 0007-1234

  41. I. McLean, ‘The eighteenth century revolution in social science and the dawn of political science in America’. European Political Science 5 (2) 2006, pp. 112-23. ISSN 1680-4333

  42. I. McLean, ‘Financing the union: Goschen, Barnett, and beyond’, Proceedings of the British Academy 128, 2005, pp. 81-94. ISSN 0068-1202

  43. I. McLean, A. McMillan, and D. Leech. ‘Duverger’s Law, Penrose’s Power Index, and the Unity of the UK’, Political Studies 53(3), 2005, pp. 457-76. ISSN 0032-3217

  44. I. McLean, ‘Can local taxation be progressive?’, Public Policy Research 12 (2), 2005, pp. 111-7. ISSN 1744-5396

  45. R. Johnston and I. McLean, ‘Choosing between Impossible Alternatives: Creating a New Constituency Map for Wales, 2004’, Political Quarterly 76 (1), 2005, pp. 67-81. ISSN 0032-3179

  46. G. Cameron, I. McLean, and C. Wlezien, ‘Public Expenditure in the English Regions: Measurement Problems and (Partial) Solutions’, Political Quarterly 75 (2), 2004, pp. 121-31. ISSN 0032-3179

  47. I. McLean, ‘Fiscal federalism in Australia’, Public Administration 82 (1), 2004, pp. 21-38. ISSN 0033-3298.

  48. I. McLean, ‘Two Analytical Narratives about the History of the EU’, European Union Politics 4 (4), 2003 pp. 519-26, ISSN 1465-1165

  49. I. McLean, A. Spirling, and M. Russell, ‘None of the Above: the UK House of Commons Votes on Reforming the House of Lords, February 2003’, Political Quarterly 74 (3), 2003, pp. 298-310. ISSN 0032-3179

  50. I. McLean and A. McMillan, ‘The distribution of public expenditure across the UK regions’, Fiscal Studies 24:1, March 2003, pp. 45-71. ISSN0143-5671

  51. I. McLean, ‘William H Riker and the invention of Heresthetic(s)’, British Journal of Political Science 32 2002, pp. 535-58. ISSN 0007-1234.

  52. I. McLean, ‘The importance of being important’. IWA Agenda Autumn 2001, pp. 29-30. No ISSN shown

  53. I. McLean, ‘Scotland: towards Quebec - or Slovakia?’, Regional Studies 35, 2001, pp. 637-44. ISSN 0034-3404

  54. I. McLean and C. Bustani, ‘On providence, potatoes, and Peel’, Political Studies 49, 2001, pp. 110-1 ISSN 0032-3217

  55. M. Johnes and I. McLean, ‘Echoes of injustice’, History Today December 2000, pp. 28-30. ISSN 0018-2753

  56. I. McLean and M. Johnes, '”Regulation run mad”': the Board of Trade and the loss of the Titanic', Public Administration 78, 2000 pp. 729-49 ISSN. 0033-3298

  57. I. McLean, 'The divided legacy of Mancur Olson', British Journal of Political Science 30 2000, pp. 651-68 ISSN 0007-1234.

  58. 'I. McLean, 'Getting and spending: can (or should) the Barnett Formula survive?', New Economy 7 2000, pp. 76--80. ISSN1070-3535

  59. A. Heath, I. McLean, B. Taylor and J. Curtice, 'Between first and second order: A comparison of voting behaviour in European and local elections in Britain', European Journal of Political Research 35 1999, pp. 389--414. ISSN 0304-4130

  60. M. Johnes and I. McLean, 'The Aberfan disaster archive: project report', Llafur 3-4 (double issue), 1999, pp. 165--6.

  61. I. McLean, ‘Mr Asquith’s unfinished business’, Political Quarterly 70 1999, pp. 382--9. ISSN 0032-3179

  62. I. McLean and M. Johnes, ‘Regulating Gifts of Generosity: the Aberfan Disaster Fund and the Charity Commission’, Legal Studies 19, 1999, pp. 380--96. ISSN 0261-3875

  63. I. McLean, ‘Editorial: Statistics and devolution in the UK’, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society series A, Statistics in Society 162, Part 2, 1999, pp. 133—6. ISSN 0964-1998

  64. I. McLean and C. Bustani, ‘Irish Potatoes and British Politics: interests, ideology, heresthetic, and the Repeal of the Corn Laws ‘, Political Studies 47, 1999, pp. 817--36 ISSN 0032-3217

  65. I. McLean, ‘The Jenkins Commission and the implications of electoral reform for the UK constitution’, Government and Opposition 34, 1999, pp. 143--60. ISSN 0017-257X

  66. I. McLean, ‘Verejná vol’ba a politika’ [‘Public choice and politics’], trans. by I. Sterusky. Politické Vedy 1 1998, pp. 61—77 ISSN 1335-2741

  67. J. Colomer and I. McLean, ‘Electing popes: approval balloting and qualified-majority rule', Journal of Interdisciplinary History 29:1 1998, pp. 1--22. ISSN 0022 1953. Reprinted in R.I. Rotberg ed., Politics and Political Change: a Journal of Interdisciplinary History Reader (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2001), pp. 47-68. The editor describes this reader is a collection of the best articles to have appeared in the journal.

  68. I. McLean and J. Smith, ‘The 1381 Peasants’ Revolt: lessons for the 1990s?’, Journal of European Economic History 26 1997, pp. 137—43.

  69. ‘On moles and the habits of birds: the Unpolitics of Aberfan’, 20th Century British History, 8, 1997, pp. 285--309. ISSN 0955-2359




  1. ‘E. J. Nanson, social choice, and electoral reform’, Australian Journal of Political Science 31 1996, pp. 369--85 ISSN 1036-1146




  1. G. Garrett and I. McLean, ‘On power indices and reading papers’, British Journal of Political Science 26 1996, p. 600 ISSN 0007-1234




  1. ‘Are Scotland and Wales overrepresented in the House of Commons?’, Political Quarterly 66 1995, pp. 250--68 ISSN 0032-3179




  1. G. Garrett, I. McLean, and M. Machover, 'Power, power indices, and blocking power: a comment on Johnston', British Journal of Political Science 25 1995, pp. 563--8 ISSN 0007-1234




  1. 'Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives before Arrow', Mathematical Social Sciences 30 1995, pp. 107--26 ISSN 0165-4896




  1. S. Wood and I. McLean, 'Recent work in game theory and coalition theory', Political Studies 43 1995, pp. 703--17 ISSN 0032-3217




  1. L. Lo Verso and I. McLean, 'The Italian general election of 1994', Electoral Studies 14 1995, pp. 81--6 ISSN 0261-3794




  1. 'Red Clydeside after 25 years', Scottish Labour History Society Journal 29 1994, pp. 98--111. No ISSN shown




  1. ‘Duncan Black and Lewis Carroll' (with A. McMillan and B.L. Monroe), Journal of Theoretical Politics 7 1995, pp. 107--123 ISSN 0951-6928




  1. 'Democratization and economic liberalization: which is the chicken and which is the egg?', Democratization 1 1994, pp. 27--40 ISSN 1351-0347




  1. 'Apportionment and the Boundary Commission for England' (with R.G.M. Mortimore) Electoral Studies 11 1992 pp. 292-308 ISSN 0261-3794




  1. 'The political economy of regulation: interests, ideology, voters and the UK Regulation of Railways Act 1844' (with Sir C. Foster) Public Administration 70 1992 pp. 313-331 ISSN 0033-3298




  1. 'Ramon Lull and the theory of voting' (with J. London) Studia Lulliana 32,1 1992 pp. 21-37 ISSN 1132-130X




  1. 'Rational choice and the Victorian voter', Political Studies 40 1992 pp. 496-515 ISSN 0032-3217




  1. 'What should rational cognitive misers do?' American Political Science Review 85 1991 pp. 1417-18




  1. (Ed. and prepared for publication with D. Squires) 'Arrow's work and the normative theory of committees', by Duncan Black, Journal of Theoretical Politics 3 1991 pp. 259-75. 'In memoriam: Duncan Black', ibid. p.276




  1. 'A note on Rose's proportionality index', Electoral Studies 10 1991 pp. 52-61 (with V Fry)




  1. 'Rational choice in politics', Political Studies 39 1991 pp. 496-512




  1. 'Did Jefferson or Madison understand Condorcet's theory of social choice?' Public Choice 73 1992 pp. 445-57 (with A B Urken)




  1. 'The politics of Corn Law repeal: a comment' British Journal of Political Science 20 1990 pp. 279-81




  1. 'The Borda and Condorcet principles: three medieval applications' (with J. London), Social Choice and Welfare 7, 1990, pp. 99--108




  1. 'Ships that pass in the night: electoral reform and social choice theory' Political Quarterly 59 1988 pp 63-71.




  1. 'Good blood, bad blood, and the market: The Gift Relationship revisited' Journal of Public Policy 6 1987 pp 431‑45 (with J. Poulton).

  2. 'Some recent work in public choice' British Journal of Political Science 16 1986 pp 377‑94.

  3. 'Tit‑for‑tat and ethical computers' Politics 2 1982, pp 31‑5.




  1. 'The social contract in Leviathan and the Prisoners' Dilemma Supergame' Political Studies 29 1981, pp 339‑51. Republished in Preston King, ed., Critical Assessments of Thomas Hobbes, Routledge, 1992




  1. 'Liberty, equality, and the Pareto principle: a comment on Weale' Analysis 40 1980 pp 212‑3.




  1. 'A non‑zero‑sum game of football' British Journal of Political Science 10 1980, pp 253‑9.




  1. 'The new corporatism?' Parliamentary Affairs 32 1979, pp 109‑112.




  1. 'Another part of the periphery: reactions to devolution in an English Development Area' (with R. Guthrie) Parliamentary Affairs 31 1978, pp 190‑200.




  1. 'Trade unions in politics: bosses or dupes?' Parliamentary Affairs 30 1977, pp 122‑4.




  1. 'The politics of nationalism and devolution', Political Studies 25 1977, pp 425‑30.




  1. 'Devolution', Political Quarterly 47, 1976, pp 221‑7




  1. 'The problem of proportionate swing' Political Studies 21 1973, pp. 57‑63.




  1. 'The scientific status of political science ‑ a comment' British Journal of Political Science 2 1972, pp.383‑4.




  1. 'The Ministry of Munitions, the Clyde Workers' Committee, and the suppression of the Forward : an alternative view' Scottish Labour History Society Journal 6 1972, pp 3‑25.




  1. 'The rise and fall of the Scottish National Party', Political Studies 17, 1970, pp 357‑72 (and reply to critics, 21, 1973, p.119).


Evidence to legislative inquiries


  1. I. McLean, oral evidence to House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, September 2015. At http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/economic-affairs-committee/the-devolution-of-public-finances-in-the-united-kingdom/oral/21644.html

  2. I. McLean, written and oral evidence to Scottish Parliament Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, September 2015. At http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10076&i=93066

  3. I. McLean, written evidence to Scottish Parliament Finance committee, May 2015. At http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_FinanceCommittee/Reports/fir15-12w.pdf, Annex A.

  4. I. McLean, oral evidence to Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons, Jan. 2014. In House of Commons, Scottish Affairs Committee, http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmscotaf/uc140-xiii/uc14001.htm

  5. I. McLean, oral evidence to Constitution Committee, House of Lords, Feb. 2014. In House of Lords, Constitution Committee, http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/constitution/Scottish%20independence/Scottish-Independence-evidence-volume-24-April.pdf

  6. I McLean, written evidence to Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, House of Commons, March 2013. In PCRC, House of Lords reform: what next? Ninth Report of Session 2013–14 Volume II pp. Ev. 14-15. At http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmpolcon/251/251vw.pdf

  7. I McLean, oral and written evidence to Economic Affairs Committee, House of Lords, July 2012. Select Committee on Economic Affairs, The Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish Independence: Oral and Written Evidence at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/economic-affairs-committee/Publications/

  8. I McLean, oral and written evidence to Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons, Jan-Mar 2012. In House of Commons, Scottish Affairs Committee, The Referendum on Separation for Scotland, Session 2010–12: Oral and written evidence HC 1608, pp. Ev. 44-64 and Ev. 177-9.

  9. I McLean, oral and written evidence to Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons, February 2011. Written evidence at House of Commons, Scottish Affairs Committee, The Scotland Bill: written evidence: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/scottish-affairs/Written%20Evidence.pdf. Oral evidence at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmscotaf/uc775-iv/uc77501.htm, published as HC 775-II, pp. Ev69-Ev84.

  10. I McLean, oral and written evidence to Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, House of Commons, January 2011. In PCRC, Constitutional Implications of the Cabinet Manual: Sixth Report of Session 2010-11 vol 1. HC 734, ISBN 978 0 215 55714 8, pp. Ev 1-Ev 16 and Ev 39-Ev 40.

  11. I McLean, oral and written evidence to Scotland Bill Committee, Scottish Parliament, January 2011. Written evidence at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/scotBill/ScotlandBill.htm. Oral evidence, Official Report 11 January 2011.

  12. ‘Memorandum submitted by Professor Iain McLean and Dr Scott Moser, Nuffield College, Oxford University’ in House of Commons, Procedure Committee, Election of the Speaker and of the Deputy Speakers, First Report of Session 2009-10. HC 341, pp. Ev5-Ev9.

  13. I. McLean, oral and written evidence to House of Lords Ad Hoc Committee on the Barnett Formula, 1st Report of Session 2008-09, The Barnett Formula HL Paper 139, Minutes of Evidence, pp. 11-25

  14. I. McLean, oral and written evidence to Scottish Parliament Finance Committee, Official Report, June 2008, cols. 627-48, at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/finance/or-08/fi08-1702.htm#Col627.

  15. D. Butler and I. McLean, ‘The Electoral Commission and the Redistribution of Seats’, iii + 33 pp, Report to the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Eleventh Inquiry, The Electoral Commission, at http://www.public-standards.gov.uk/11thinquiry/research.aspx.

  16. ‘Memorandum by Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University: On not scrapping the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921’ in House of Commons, Public Administration Select Committee, Government by Inquiry: written evidence HC 51-II, 2005, pp. Ev 44 - Ev 45.

  17. ‘Memorandum by Professor Iain McLean: Land Tax: Options for Reform’ in House of Commons, ODPM Committee, Local Government Revenue: 9th Report of Session 2003-04, HC 402-III, pp. Ev 149- Ev 155.

  18. ‘Memorandum from Professor Iain McLean, University of Oxford’ in House of Commons, Treasury Committee, The 2003 Pre-Budget Report 3rd Report of Session 2003-04, HC 136, pp. Ev 67- Ev 70.

  19. ‘Minutes of Evidence, Wednesday 3rd July 2002: Professor Iain McLean’ and ‘Memorandum submitted by Professor Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan, Nuffield College, Oxford’ in House of Commons, Treasury Sub-committee, Regional Spending: minutes of evidence’, HC 234-I of Session 2002-03, pp. Ev 1- Ev 18.

  20. ‘Memorandum by Professor Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, University of Oxford’ in House of Lords, Select Committee on the Constitution, Devolution: inter-institutional relations in the United Kingdom: Evidence, complete to 10 July 2002 HL 147 2001-02. pp. 422-7.

  21. ‘Memorandum by Professor Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University: Cm 5291: The House of Lords - Completing the Reform’ in House of Commons, Public Administration Select Committee, The Second Chamber: Continuing the Reform, Fifth Report of Session 2001-02, Minutes of Evidence, pp. Ev168-174. HC 494-II.

  22. ‘Memorandum submitted by Professor Iain McLean and Mr Christopher Clifford, Nuffield College, Oxford’; oral evidence; and supplementary memoranda in House of Lords, Select Committee on the Public Service, Special Report With Evidence HL 68, Session 1996-97, pp. 84-95.



Chapters in books




  1. I. McLean, ‘The politics of land value taxation‘ in M. O’Neill and S. Orr ed., Taxation: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford: OUP 2018), pp. 185-202.

  2. I. McLean, ‘Electoral Systems’ in J. Fisher (and 6 others) ed., The Routledge handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public opinion (Abingdon: Routledge 2018):207-19.

  3. I. McLean, ‘The British Constitution and Post-Referendum Scotland: a personal comment’ in A. Torre ed., Il Regno è ancora Unita? (Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli, 2016), pp. 464-6. ISBN 978-88-916-2030-9.

  4. I. McLean, ‘The strange history of social choice’ in Jac C. Heckelman and Nicholas R. Miller ed., Handbook of Social Choice and Voting (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2016): 15-34. ISBN 978 1 78347 072 3

  5. I. McLean and S. Peterson, ‘Religious Freedom and Anti-Discrimination in Europe and the US: generally applicable laws and possible exemptions’ in A. Carling ed., The Social Equality of Religion or Belief (Basingstoke: Palgrave 2016): 68-79. ISBN 978 1 137 50194 3.

  6. I. McLean, ‘Three apportionment problems, with applications to the United Kingdom’ in R. Fara, D. Leech and M. Salles ed., Voting Power and Procedures (London: Springer 2014): 363-80.

  7. I. McLean, ‘Constitutionalism since Dicey’ in C. Hood, D. King and G. Peele ed., Forging a Discipline (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014): 144-64. ISBN 978 0 19 968221 8.

  8. A. Alexander and I. McLean, ‘Introduction’ in Royal Society of Edinburgh/British Academy, Enlightening the Constitutional Debate (Edinburgh: RSE 2014): 3-17. ISBN: 978 0 902198 27 2.

  9. I. McLean, ‘Challenging the Union’ in T.M. Devine and Jenny Wormald ed., The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012), 635-51. ISBN 978 0 19 956369 2.

  10. I. McLean, ‘The Paris years of Thomas Jefferson’ in F. Cogliano ed., A Companion to Thomas Jefferson (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell 2012), 110-127. ISBN 978 1 4443 3015 1.

  11. I. McLean, ‘1647 ... 1911 ... 2011: what are the lessons of previous attempts to reform the House of Lords?’ in A. Fitzpatrick ed., The end of the peer show? responses to the draft Bill on Lords reform (London: Centreforum 2011), pp. 30-40. ISBN 1-902622-89-8.

  12. I. McLean and S. Peterson, ‘A Uniform British Establishment’ in M. Chapman, J. Maltby and W. Whyte ed., The Established church: past, present and future (London: T&T Clark 2011), pp. 141-57.

  13. I. McLean and A. McMillan, ‘How we got here’ in J. Curtice and B. Seyd ed., Has Devolution Worked? The verdict from policy makers and the public (Manchester: Manchester University Press 2009), pp. 17-43. ISBN 9778 07190 7559 9

  14. I. McLean, ‘Letting Scotland and Wales go it alone’ in C. Oppenheim and T. Dolphin ed., Opportunities in an Age of Austerity: Smart ways of dealing with the UK’s fiscal deficit (London: ippr, 2009), pp. 76-9. ISBN 978 186030 3302.

  15. I. McLean, ‘Constitutional reform’ in P. Diamond and R. Liddle ed., Beyond New Labour: the future of social democracy in Britain (London: Politico’s, 2009), pp. 171-87. ISBN 978-1-84275-231-9.

  16. I. McLean, G. Lodge and K. Schmuecker, ‘Social citizenship and intergovernmental finance’ in S.L. Greer ed., Devolution and Social Citizenship in the UK (Bristol: Policy Press, 2009), pp. 137-60. ISBN 978-1-84742-035-0.

  17. I. McLean, ‘The national question’ in A. Seldon ed., Blair’s Britain, 1997-2007 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 487-508. ISBN 978-0-521-88293-4 hardback; 978-0-521-70946-0 paperback.

  18. I. McLean, H. Lorrey, and J. Colomer, ‘Voting in the Medieval Papacy and Religious Orders’, in V. Torra, Y. Narukawa and Y. Yoshida ed., Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 4617, (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2007) pp. 30-44.

  19. D. Haubrich and I. McLean, ‘When the grass is greener on the other side’, in C. Grace ed., Comparing for Improvement (London: The Guardian for SOLACE Foundation 2007), pp. 37-9.

  20. I. McLean, ‘The dimensionality of party ideologies’ in J. Bara and A. Weale ed., Democratic Politics and Party Competition (Abingdon: Routledge 2006), pp. 125-42. ISBN 0–415–38505–9.

  21. I. McLean and A. McMillan, ‘England and the Union since 1707’ in R. Hazell ed., The English Question (Manchester: MUP 2006), pp 24-44. ISBN 0 7190 73685 / 7369 3

  22. I. McLean, ‘Land tax: options for reform’ in W. Paxton and S. White ed., The Citizen’s Stake: exploring the future of universal asset policies (Bristol: Policy Press, 2006), pp. 69-85. ISBN 10 1 36134 699 9

  23. I. McLean, ‘The politics of fractured federalism’ in J. Bartle and A. King ed., Britain at the Polls 2005 (Washington, DC: CQ Press 2005), pp. 97-123. ISBN 1 933116 63 3

  24. I. McLean, ‘The politics of land tax – then and now’ in D. Maxwell and A. Vigor ed., Time for Land Value Tax? (London: ippr 2005), pp. 17-31. ISBN 1 86030 290 4

  25. I. McLean, ‘The national question’ in A. Seldon and D. Kavanagh ed., The Blair Effect 2001-5 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005), pp. 339-61. ISBN 0 521 67860 9

  26. I. McLean, ‘Scotland after Barnett: towards fiscal autonomy’ in G. Hassan, E. Gibb and L Howland ed., Scotland 2020: hopeful stories for a northern nation (London: Demos 2005), pp. 134-48. ISBN 1 84180 138 0

  27. I McLean, ‘The history of regulation in the United Kingdom: three case studies in search of a theory’ in J. Jordana and D. Levi-Faur eds, The Politics of Regulation: institutions and regulatory reforms for the age of governance (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2004), pp. 45-66. ISBN 1 84376 464 4

  28. I. McLean, ‘Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen’ in Robert Fatton Jr. and R.K. Ramazani ed., The Future of Liberal Democracy: Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), pp. 13-30. ISBN 1 4039 6565 X

  29. I. McLean, ‘Scottish Labour and British politics’ in G. Hassan ed., The Scottish Labour Party: history, institutions and ideas (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2004), pp. 146-59. ISBN 0 7486 1784 1

  30. I. McLean, ‘The Purse Strings Tighten’ in J. Osmond ed., Second Term Challenge: Can the Welsh Assembly Government Hold its Course? (Cardiff: IWA 2003), pp. 80-96. ISBN 1 871726 16 6.

  31. I. McLean, ‘Before and after Publius: the Sources and Influence of Madison’s Political Thought’ in S. Kernell ed., James Madison: the theory and practice of republican government (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press 2003), pp. 14—40. ISBN 0 8047 4495 5.

  32. I. McLean, ‘The national question’ in A. Seldon ed., The Blair Effect: the first Blair government, 1997-2001 (Boston and London: Little Brown 2001), pp. 431-49. ISBN 0-316-85636-3

  33. I. McLean, in [A. Clesse ed.], Capitalism, Socialism, and Dictatorship: outgrowing communist and capitalist dictatorships (Luxembourg: Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies 1999), at pp. 181-2, 221-3, 229-30, 247-8, 328-9, 352-3. ISBN 2 919989 08 1

  34. I. McLean, 'A fiscal constitution for the UK' in S. Chen and T. Wright ed., The English Question (London: Fabian Society, 2000), pp. 80--95. ISBN 0 7163 6002 0

  35. D. Butler and I. McLean, 'Referendums' in Bridget Taylor and Katarina Thomson (eds) Scotland and Wales: nations again? (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999), pp. 1--14. ISBN 0708315062

  36. 'Introduction to the paperback edition' in The Legend of Red Clydeside 2nd edn (see Books above), pp. ix--xxvi

  37. I. McLean, 'Condorcet theorems' and 'Paradoxes of Voting' in Richard Rose ed., The International Encyclopedia of Elections (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2000), pp. xxx and xxxx. ISBN 1 56802 415 0

  38. I. McLean, C. Clifford, and A. McMillan, ‘The organisation of central government departments – a history 1964—92’ in R. A. W. Rhodes ed., Transforming British Government, vol. 1, Changing Institutions (Basingstoke: Palgrave 2000), pp. 135-55. ISBN 0 333 75241 4

  39. ‘Wellington and the Corn Laws 1845—6: a study in heresthetic’ in C. Woolgar ed., Wellington Studies III (Southampton: Hartley Institute 1999), pp. 227—56. ISBN 085432 698 7

  40. ‘Aberfan at the Public Record Office’ in M. Hughes ed, Aberfan – our Hiraeth – an anthology in poetry, prose, and pictures (Aberfan: Aberfan & Merthyr Vale Community Co-operative 1999), pp. 101—3. ISBN 0 9534868 0X

  41. ‘Irish potatoes, Indian corn, and British politics: interests, ideology, heresthetics, and the Repeal of the Corn Laws’, in A. Dobson and J. Stanyer eds, Contemporary Political Studies 1998 (Nottingham: Political Studies Association of the UK 1998), Vol. I pp. 124--41. ISBN 0 9523150 9 2

  42. ‘The Semi-Detached election: Scotland’ in A. King ed., New Labour Triumphs: Britain at the Polls 1997 (Chatham, NJ: Chatham House 1998), pp. 145—76. 1 56643 057 7

  43. I. McLean and A. B. Urken, ‘La réception des oeuvres de Condorcet sur le choix social (1794—1803): Lhuilier, Morales et Daunou’, in A.-M. Chouillet and P. Crépel ed., Condorcet: homme des Lumières et de la Révolution (Fontenay/Saint-Cloud: ENS Editions 1997), pp. 147—60. ISBN 2-902126-19-0

  44. I. McLean, A. Heath, and B. Taylor, ‘Were the 1994 Euro- and Local Elections in Britain Really Second-Order? Evidence from the British Election Panel Study’ in D. Farrell, D. Broughton, D. Denver and J. Fisher ed., British Elections and Parties Yearbook 1996 (London: Frank Cass 1996), pp. 1—20 ISBN 0 7146 4327 0

  45. (with S. Wood) ‘Arguments for and against devolution’, ‘What powers should devolved assemblies have?’, and ‘The properties of electoral systems’, in D. Halpern, S. Wood, S. White, and G. Cameron eds, Options for Britain: a strategic policy review (Aldershot: Dartmouth 1996), pp. 298—9, 308, 339—41. ISBN 1 85521 831 3

  46. D. Butler and I. McLean, ‘Introduction’ in McLean and Butler ed., Fixing the boundary [see Books above], pp. 1--38.

  47. ‘Railway regulation as a test-bed of rational choice’ in K. Dowding and D. King eds, Preferences, Institutions, and Rational choice (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1995), pp. 134--61. ISBN 0 19 827895 0

  48. ‘Interests and ideology in the United Kingdom Parliament of 1841--7: an analysis of roll call voting’ in J. Lovenduski and J. Stanyer eds, Contemporary Political Studies 1995 (Belfast: Political Studies Association of the UK 1995), Vol. I pp. 1--20. ISBN 0 9523150 2 5

  49. 'The first golden age of social choice 1784--1803', in W. Barnett, H. Moulin, M. Salles, and N. Schofield eds, Social choice, welfare, and ethics: proceedings of the 8th International Symposium in Economic Theory and Econometrics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995), pp.13--33. ISBN 0 521 44340 7

  50. 'The poll tax, the electoral register, and the 1991 Census: an update' in D. Broughton et al. eds, British Parties and Elections Yearbook 1994 (London: Frank Cass 1995), pp. 128--47 (with J. Smith) ISBN 0 7146 4620 2

  51. 'Backbench opinion revisited' in P. Jones ed., Party, Parliament and Personality: essays presented to Hugh Berrington (Routledge, 1995) pp. 121--40 ISBN 0 415 11526 4

  52. 'The poll tax and the electoral register' in A. Heath, J. Curtice and R. Jowell eds, Labour’s Last Chance? (Aldershot: Dartmouth 1994), pp. 229-53 (with J. Smith) ISBN 1 85521 477 6

  53. 'Why does nobody in Britain seem to pay any attention to voting rules?' in P. Norris et al. eds, British Parties and Elections Yearbook 1992 (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester-Wheatsheaf 1992), pp. 13-24 ISBN 0 7450 1259 0

  54. 'Producers v. consumers and labour v. capital: a public-choice approach to social differentiation' in S. Kozyr-Kowalski ed, On social differentiation: a contribution to the critique of Marxist ideology (3 vols, Poznan: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, 1992), vol. 1, pp. 131-146. ISBN 83-232-0548-5. Also published in Polish.

  55. 'Economics and politics' in D Greenaway et al. eds Companion to Contemporary Economic Thought Routledge 1991 pp. 759-80.

  56. 'Forms of representation and systems of voting' in D Held ed. Political Theory Today Polity Press 1991, pp. 172-96.

  57. 'Mechanisms of Democracy' in D Held and C Pollitt eds, New Forms of Democracy Sage 1987, pp 135‑57.

  58. 'Egoistische Gene und der Stamm der Ik: vom Hobbes'schen Naturzustand zum Gefangenendilemmasuperspiel' in Analytische Politikphilosophie und Ökonomische Rationalität Vol. I ed and transl. K‑P Markl, Westdeutscher Verlag 1985, pp 30‑53.

  59. 'Party organisation' in The Labour Party: a student reader eds Cook and Taylor, Longman 1980, pp 32‑49.

  60. 'Labour since 1945' in Trends in British Politics since 1945 eds Cook and Ramsden, Macmillan 1978, pp 47‑66.

  61. 'Red Clydeside 1915‑19' in Popular Protest and Public Order eds. Stevenson and Quinault, Allen & Unwin 1974, pp 215‑42. Reprinted in Essays in Social History vol. 2, eds Thane and Sutcliffe, Clarendon Press 1986, pp. 292‑311.

  62. 'Oxford and Bridgwater' in By‑elections in British Politics, eds Cook and Ramsden, Macmillan 1973, pp 140‑64. 2nd revised edn, UCL Press, 1997, pp. 112--29.


Working papers (Nuffield College Working Papers at www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/politics/papers, unless otherwise shown)





  1. 2013-01 (11 January 2013) Iain McLean, Adam Smith, James Wilson, and the US Constitution.

  2. 2011-01 (10 February 2011) Iain McLean, Scottish Enlightenment influence on Thomas Jefferson’s book-buying.

  3. 2010-W1 (25 March 2010) Iain McLean, Calman and Holtham: The Public Finance of Devolution

  4. Iain McLean, ‘Jefferson à Paris entre 1784 et 1789 : la rencontre des Lumières écossaises, américaines et françaises’, Paris : EHESS Centre d’Analyse et de mathématique sociales, Cahiers du CAMS no. 256

  5. 2008-03 (14 July 2008) Iain McLean, 'The Constitutional Position of the Sovereign': Letters between King George V and Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, Autumn 1913

  6. 2008-W1 (05 April 2008) Iain McLean, André Blais, James C. Garand and Micheal Giles Comparative journal rankings: a survey report .

  7. 2007-W6 (12 September 2007) Iain McLean Adam Smith at the Constitutional Convention . .

  8. 2007-W5 (12 September 2007) Iain McLean Climate change and UK politics, from Brynle Williams to Sir Nicholas Stern .

  9. 2007-W4 (08 June 2007) Iain McLean and Tom Lubbock The Curious Incident of the Guns in the Night Time: Curragh, Larne and the UK Constitution.

  10. 2007-W3 (08 June 2007) Arthur Spirling and Iain McLean Dimensions of House of Lords Reform, March 2007. Roll Calls, Cycling and the 'Iowa School' Research Tradition in British Political Science.

  11. 2007-W1 (23 March 2007) Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan Professor Dicey's Contradictions

  12. 2006-W16 (3 November 2006) Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero, Dirk Haubrich, and Iain McLean The limits of performance assessments of public bodies: the case of deprivation as an environmental constraint on English local government

  13. 2006-W15 (31 October 2006) Iain McLean Aberfan: No end of a lesson .

  14. 2006-W14 (18 October 2006) Iain McLean Review Article: In Riker's Footsteps .

  15. 2006-W1 (27 February 2006) Iain McLean and Arthur Spirling The rights and wrongs of roll-calls.

  16. 2005-W18 (15 December 2005) Iain McLean How local government should be funded.

  17. 2005-W17 (12 December 2005) Iain McLean Barnett and the West Lothian Question: no nearer to solutions than when the Devolution Programme started .

  18. 2005-W14 (10 July 2005) Iain McLean Adam Smith and the modern Left. Also published as Mannheimer Vorträge Nr. 31. Universität Mannheim: Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung.

  19. 2005-W11 (17 June 2005) Iain McLean and Jennifer Nou Why Should We Be Beggars with the Ballot in Our Hand? Veto Players and the Failure of Land Value Taxation in the UK 1909-1914.

  20. 2005-W9 (12 April 2005) Iain McLean The English Regions after Regionalism.

  21. 2004-W11 (5 July 2004) Iain McLean and Neil Shephard A Program to Implement the Condorcet and Borda Rules in a Small-n Election

  22. Iain McLean, Land Tax: Options for Reform, Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics,2004-W7 (6 June 2004)

  23. Iain McLean, The Dimensionality of Party Ideologies, Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics,2004-W8 (6 June 2004)

  24. Gavin Cameron, Iain McLean, and Christopher Wlezien Public Expenditure in the English Regions: Measurement Problems and (Partial) Solutions. Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2004-W1 (9 January 2004)




  1. Iain McLean, Christopher Wlezien and Gavin Cameron Where Did All the Money Go? Measuring Public Expenditure in the English Regions. Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2004-W2 (9 January 2004)




  1. Roger Sewell, David MacKay and Iain McLean Probabilistic Electoral Methods, Representative Probability, and Maximum Entropy. Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2004-W3 (9 January 2004)




  1. Iain McLean, Fiscal Federalism in Canada Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2003-W17 (8 October 2003)

  2. Iain McLean et al., Identifying the Flow of Domestic and European Expenditure into the English Regions DTLR Contract No. LGR 65/12/75. Oxford: Nuffield College; London: ODPM, July 2003.

  3. Iain McLean and Arthur Spirling UK OC OK? A Note on Interpreting Optimal Classification Scoring for the United Kingdom. Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2003-W6 (3 June 2003). Revised February 2006.

  4. Iain McLean The Reasonableness of Independence: A Conversation from Condorcet and Borda to Arrow and Saari Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2003-W6 (18 March 2003)

  5. Iain McLean Analytical Narratives and Social Choice Theory in EU Research Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2003-W5 (18 March 2003).

  6. Iain McLean, Arthur Spirling and Meg Russell None of the Above. The UK House of Commons Votes on Reforming the House of Lords, February 2003 [Revised 31 March 2003]. Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2003-W4 (18 March 2003).

  7. I. McLean, ‘Australian electoral reform and two concepts of representation’, Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2002 W23.

  8. Iain McLean, ‘Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen’, Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2002-W24.

  9. I. McLean and A. McMillan, ‘The Fiscal Crisis of the United Kingdom’, Nuffield College Working Papers in Politics, 2002 W10.

  10. C. Clifford, A. McMillan and I. McLean, ‘A history of the organisation of central government departments 1964—92’, 5 vols in 3 parts: Nuffield College, Oxford, 1998.

  11. 'The UK poll tax and the declining electoral roll: consequences for London' (with J. Smith). London: Association of London Authorities, 1992

  12. 'The UK poll tax and the electoral register: unintended consequences?' (with J. Smith) Warwick University, Economic Research Papers, no. 398, 1992

  13. 'The first golden age of social choice', Warwick University, PAIS Papers no. 111, 1992

  14. The Political Theory of Condorcet II transl. and ed. with F Sommerlad. 304 pp. Oxford University, Social Studies Faculty Centre Working Paper 1/91, 1991

  15. The Political Theory of Condorcet transl. and ed. with F Sommerlad. 330 pp. Oxford University, Social Studies Faculty Centre Working Paper 1/89, 1989


Web sites


  1. I. McLean et al, Identifying the Flow of Domestic and European Expenditure into the English Regions http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/projects/odpm/

  2. M. Johnes and I. McLean, ‘The Aberfan disaster’, http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/politics/aberfan/home.htm

  3. C. Clifford, A. McMillan and I. McLean, ‘A history of the organisation of central government departments 1964—92’, http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/politics/whitehall/index.html



Policy briefings





  1. I. McLean (and 8 others). First Evidence from the Independent Expert Group to the Commission on Scottish Devolution. Edinburgh: Heriot-Watt University 2008. At http://www.commissiononscottishdevolution.org.uk/uploads/2008-12-15-hwu-first_evidence_report-web.pdf.

  2. [B. Seyd and I. McLean], Elections under regional Lists: a guide to the new system for electing MEPs London: Constitution Unit, 18 pp., 1998


Other academic publications

I. McLean, Riker, William H. (1920–93). The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. 3279–3281. (New York: Wiley). DOI: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0894

V. Bogdanor and I. McLean, ‘Debate: shifting sovereignties’, Political Insight 1:1, 2010, 11-13.

Three entries (Edmund Beckett Denison, Donald Dewar, and John W. Muir) in The New Dictionary of National Biography, eds Matthew and Harrison, OUP 2004.

13 entries in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century British Politics ed, J. Ramsden, OUP 2002. ISBN 0 19 860134 4

Five entries in The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Institutions ed. Bogdanor, Blackwell 1987.



Consumers' Guide to Tactical Voting, 40 pp. London, Centre for Electoral Choice, 1987.

Why Electoral Reform? (with P M Williams) 24 pp. London, SDP, 1981.

32 entries in A Dictionary of World History ed. Howat, Nelson 1973.

Book reviews for Albion, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Democratization, Economica, Economic History Review, Electoral Studies, Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Journal of Legislative Studies, Parliamentary History Yearbook, Party Politics, Political Quarterly, Political Studies, Public Choice, Scottish Historical Review, Science, THES, TLS, and Welsh History Review.

Frequent radio and TV commentator on UK politics


Research grants and contracts awarded:

£499,996 by the Nuffield Foundation 2017. For ‘The history of UK public spending control 1993-2015’. PI Christopher Hood.


£144,000 by ESRC 2007, topped up to £250,000 from Gatsby Foundation, Gwilym Gibbon Fund, John Fell Fund, and Oxford University Department of Politics & International Relations. For ‘Options for Britain II’.
£4,990 by the Committee on Standards in Public Life 2006. For a research report on ‘The Electoral Commission and the boundary drawing function’ in connection with the Committee’s Eleventh Inquiry, The Electoral Commission.
£45,000 by ESRC 2005 (Public Services Programme). For ‘The correlates of Comprehensive Performance Assessment’.

£ 176,520 by the Department of Transport, Local Government, and the Regions 2002. For ‘Identifying the Flow of Domestic and European Expenditure into English Regions’.

£56,000 by the Leverhulme Trust 1999 (research started in 2001). For ‘Attitudes towards the Union’, a project in the Programme ‘Nation and regions in the UK’ directed by the School of Public Policy, University College, London. The main output of the project won an award for the best book in political science published during 2005 (see Books above).

£9,000 by the ESRC 1998. For ‘Preparation of programme bid on Devolution and Regionalism in the UK’

£40,908 by the ESRC 1998. For 'Corporatism and regulatory failure: government response to the Aberfan disaster'. End-of-Award Report classed as ‘outstanding’.

£3 549 by the Cabinet Office 1997. For ‘Departmental function transfers: completion of electronic version’.

£4,000 by the British Academy 1997. For ‘The Aberfan disaster and its aftermath’.

£4,500 by the British Academy 1996. For ‘A second edition of The Theory of Committees and Elections by Duncan Black’

£122,360 by the ESRC 1995-7. For ‘A history of the organisation of central government departments since 1964’, a project grant under the Whitehall Programme. End-of-Award Report classed as ‘outstanding’.

£1,000 by the British Academy 1994 and £1 500 by the ESRC 1995. For conference on 'Boundary determination in the UK Parliament'.

£2,000 by the Nuffield Foundation 1994. For research assistance on 'Divisions in the House of Commons between 1832 and 1886'.

£20,710 by the ESRC 1993-4. For 'Selection and cataloguing of papers in the Duncan Black Archive'. End-of-Award Report classed as ‘outstanding’.

£1,809 by the Nuffield Foundation 1991-2. For collaborative research with Professor Arnold Urken on voting procedures in 18th-century scientific academies.

£2,627 by the Nuffield Foundation 1989-90. For research assistance on 'Newly discovered primary documents for the theory of voting'.

£2,200 by the British Council 1989. For collaborative research with Professor Arnold Urken on Condorcet.

£39,000 (two grants) by the Leverhulme Trust 1988‑90. For 'A translation of Borda and Condorcet on elections'.

£22,336 by the ESRC 1984‑5. Personal Research Grant to work on 'Political applications of public choice theory'.

£3,590 by the SSRC and £250 by the University of Newcastle‑upon‑Tyne Research Fund, 1976‑7. For 'Labour Elites and Electorates in Glasgow 1922‑74'.



Prof. Iain McLean, CV, page



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