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Professor Christopher Flood

Emeritus Professor
MA (Edin), MA (Reading), DPhil (Oxford), FRSA, FHEA

Academic and research departments

Department of Politics.



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My publications


Balestrini PP, Flood C, Flockton C (2011) How identity interacts with economic and Societal rationality to drive public opinion on the European Union. The role of Crime, Unemployment and Immigration, Perspectives on European Politics and Society 12 (2) pp. 121-138
This paper examines the relative power of identity and utilitarian explanations of the variation in public support for the European Union (EU) as well as the relationship these have with one another. Using Eurobarometer data from 1990 to 2007, the results in this paper demonstrate that contrary to previous research, national economic and societal utility calculations about the EU have greater explanatory power than identity issues. It is also found that unemployment, crime and exclusive national identity mediate the relationship between immigration and EU support. In the light of these findings, the article draws implications for politics at EU and national level. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Flood CG, Hutchings S, Miazhevich G, Nickels H (2012) Political and Cultural Representations of Muslims: Islam in the Plural, Brill Academic Publishers
Flood C (2002) Some European Thoughts in the Wake of 9/11, South Central Review 19 (2/3) pp. 50-63
Frey H, Flood CG (2010) Henry Rousso, In: Daileader P, Whalen P (eds.), French Historians, 1900-2000 pp. 545-555 Wiley-Blackwell
Flood C (2002) Political Myth: A Theoretical Introduction, 2nd edition, 310 pages
Flood CG, Hutchings S, Miazhevich G, Nickels H (2011) Representing the Nation and the Muslim Other: Television News Coverage in Three Countries, In: Barrett M, Flood CG, Eade J (eds.), Nationalism, Ethnicity, Citizenship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives pp. 49-75 Cambridge Scholars
Hutchings S, Flood CG, Miazhevich G, Nickels H (2011) Transnationalizing Islam: Theoretical Challenges and Cosmopolitan Potential, In: Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectives pp. 14-33 Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Flood C (2005) French Euroscepticism and the Politics of Indifference, In: Drake H (eds.), French Relations with the European Union pp. 42-63 Routledge
Flood CG, Hutchings S, Miazhevich G, Nickels H (2012) Islam, Security and Television News, Palgrave
Hutchings S, Miazhevich G, Nickels H, Flood CG (2010) Daily Television News Coverage of Islamism as Security Threat: A Comparative Analysis (Russia, France, Britain), Russian Journal of Communication 3 (3/4) pp. 295-312
Barrett M, Flood CG, Eade J (2011) Nationalism, Ethnicity, Citizenship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Flood C (2007) Marcel Gauchet, Pierre-Andre Taguieff and the question of democracy in France (Daniel Lindenberg), JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES 37 (3) pp. 255-275 SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Flood C (2009) Dimensions of Euroscepticism, JCMS-J COMMON MARK S 47 (4) pp. 911-917 WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
Flood C (2005) The Politcs of Counter-Memory on the French Extreme Right, Journal of European Studies 35 (2) pp. 221-236
Hutchings S, Miazhevich G, Flood CG, Nickels H (2010) The Performance of Tolerance in European Television News: Responses to the Islamic Threat in Russia, Britain and France, In: Dannreuther R, March L (eds.), Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism pp. 63-83 Routledge
Flood C (2004) National Republican Politics, Intellectuals and the Case of Pierre-Andre Taguieff, Modern and Contemporary France 12 (3) pp. 353-370
Flood CG (2008) Nationalism or Nationism? Pierre-André Taguieff and the Defence of the French Republic, South Central Review 25 (3) pp. 86-105 Johns Hopkins University Press
Flood C (2007) Marcel Gauchet, Pierre-Andr Taguieff and the question of democracy in France, Journal of European Studies 37 (3) pp. 255-275
As its starting-point this article situates the new reactionaries controversy in relation to recent intellectual debates on the alleged national crisis of confidence in France's political and social models. The political ideas of Marcel Gauchet and Pierre-Andr Taguieff, two of the leading figures named by Daniel Lindenberg, are examined here to illustrate some key theoretical questions concerning the historical processes which have led to the current crisis, and the possible directions in which France could move in the future. Neither Gauchet nor Taguieff deserves to be labelled as a reactionary in the sense implied by Lindenberg. However they have both offered sophisticated perspectives on the problems of adaptation faced by France with regard to the practice of government, the evolution of democracy, changing patterns of civic participation, and the challenge of integrating ethnic minorities, during a period when Europeanization and globalization call the role of the nation-state itself into question. Copyright © SAGE Publications.
Flood C (2002) Myth and Ideology, In: (.) KS (eds.), Mythical Thinking: Philosophical Contributions to the Study of Myth pp. 174-190 Routledge
Hutchings S, Miazhevich G, Flood CG, Nickels H (2008) The Impact of 'Islamic Extremism' on Television News Representations of Multiculturalism: A Comparative Analysis (Russia, UK, France), Russian Journal of Communication 1 (1) pp. 43-68
Eade J, Barrett M, Flood C, Race R (2008) Advancing Multiculturalism, Post 7/7, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
In this volume, we argue that a multicultural perspective is as relevant and important, both socially and politically in a post 7/7 world.
Balestrini PP, Flood C, Flockton C (2010) National public opinion and the EU in the post-Maastricht era: Is the socialisation theory actually dead?, Journal of Contemporary European Studies 18 (3) pp. 377-400
Flood C (2002) The Challenge of Euroscepticism, In: (.) JG (eds.), The European Union Handbook, 2nd ed. pp. 73-84 Fitzroy Dearborn
Flood C, Frey H (2001) Defending the Empire in Retrospect: The View from the Extreme Right, In: Sackur TCAA (eds.), Promoting the Colonial Idea: Propaganda and Visions of Empire in France pp. 72-83 Palgrave
Flood CG, Hutchings S, Miazhevich G, Nickels H (2011) Between Impartiality and Ideology: The BBC's Paradoxical Remit and the Case of Islam-Related News, Journalism Studies 12 (2) pp. 221-238 Taylor & Francis
The public service broadcasting (PSB) remit of the BBC prescribes objectives of accuracy, impartiality, fairness and balance in news reporting but also requires the broadcaster to serve specified civic values deemed essential to the proper functioning of British society. Since this combination of civic values is not ideologically neutral, it raises the question of how liberal ideological assumptions are communicated in news items purporting to be ideology-free. We examine the question in relation to the representation of Islam(ism) as a security threat. Using a cross-disciplinary conceptual and methodological framework, we analyse reports sampled from nightly recording of the BBC?s Ten O?Clock News over two years (Nov. 06 ? Oct. 08). Our procedure combines statistical analysis of salience with a case study based on close reading of two items concerning the trial of a Muslim man on charges of incitement to racial hatred and murder. The concluding discussion reflects on the tension involved in combining the two sides of the PSB remit in practice.
Hutchings S, Flood CG, Miazhevich G, Nickels H (2011) Islam in Its International Context: Comparative Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing