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Professor Michael Rush

Ba PhD (Sheffield) FRSA

Emeritus Professor of Politics

I retired in 2003 but remain actively involved in research and writing.    The Parliamentary Archive of MPs, 1832-present, which I built up over a number of years, has been transferred to the History of Parliament Trust as part its work in extending the History of Parliament beyond 1832.   I am also involved with the Trust's work on building an oral history of former MPs elected in 1945 and later and  with the extension of this project to the local level in Devon.   I remain an active member of the Study of Parliament Group and the Hansard Society.   I am also a member of the academic panel advising the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) on MPs' pay and allowances and the seection panel of the parliamentary module supported by the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service.

Research interests

British politics, especially Parliament.
Political sociology, especially political recruitment and career patterns.

Canadian politics, especially Parliament and federalism.

Research supervision

I no longer supervise any research students, but I continue to act as external examiner for PhDs and other research degrees on request.

Research students



Emeritus Professor of Politics 2003-

Professor of Politics 1994-2003

Previously Reader in Parliamentary Government 1990-94, Senior Lecture and Lecturer in Politics 1964-90.
Head of the Department of Politics 1985-92.
Director of the Graduate School of Politics 1993-98.
Research Officer, Political and Economic Planning, 1966-67.
Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, University of Western Ontario, 1967-68.
Research Fellow, Carleton University Ottawa, 1975, 1992 and 1999.

BA (Hons.) in Modern History and Government, University of Sheffield, 1962.
PhD in Politics, University of Sheffield, 1966.

Chair, Study of Parliament Group, 1990-93.
Member of the Council of the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, 1993-2000.
Vice-President, British Association for Canadian Studies, 1995-97.

Associate Editor, Journal of Legislative Studies

Member Editorial Board of The British Journal of Canadian Studies.

Elected FRSA 1992

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