Professor Christopher Flood

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

Academic and research departments

Department of Politics.



Research interests



CG Flood, S Hutchings, G Miazhevich, H Nickels (2011)Between Impartiality and Ideology: The BBC's Paradoxical Remit and the Case of Islam-Related News, In: Journalism Studies12(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.

P Balestrini, CG Flood, C Flockton (2011)How Identity Interacts with Economic and Societal Rationality to Drive Public Opinion on the EU: The Role of Crime, Unemployment and Immigration, In: Perspectives on European Politics and Society12(2)pp. 121-138 Taylor & Francis

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.

C Flood (2009)Dimensions of Euroscepticism, In: JCMS-J COMMON MARK S47(4)pp. 911-917 WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
C Flood (2007)Marcel Gauchet, Pierre-Andre Taguieff and the question of democracy in France (Daniel Lindenberg), In: JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES37(3)pp. 255-275 SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
PP Balestrini, C Flood, C Flockton (2010)National public opinion and the EU in the post-Maastricht era: Is the socialisation theory actually dead?, In: Journal of Contemporary European Studies18(3)pp. 377-400
J Eade, M Barrett, C Flood, R Race (2008)Advancing Multiculturalism, Post 7/7 Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Multiculturalism still matters and is even more important after 7/7 than it was before. The political discourse and rhetoric of integration sits uncomfortably alongside both multicultural realities e.g. the civil disturbances in Birmingham, England (October 2005), Paris, France (November 2005) and Sydney, Australia (December, 2005) and social scientific notions of where multiculturalism positions itself domestically and internationally. This edited collection is intended to be a major contribution to studies of multiculturalism examining the historical background and anthropological context, alongside more contemporary applied social policy perspectives. In this volume, we argue that a multicultural perspective is as relevant and important, both socially and politically in a post 7/7 world. Within a post 7/7 context, there are contributors within this edited collection who argue for both integrationist and multicultural approaches. The volume acknowledges both concepts and encourages the reader to increase understandings of both arguments and position her / himself within the debates.

MD Barrett, C Flood, J Eade (2011)Nationalism, Ethnicity, Citizenship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Nationalism, ethnicity and citizenship lie at the heart of many of the societal changes that are currently transforming countries across the world. Global migration has undermined old certainties provided by the established framework of nation-states, with inward migration, cultural diversity and transnational affiliations having become established facts of life in many countries. These phenomena raise significant challenges for traditional conceptions of citizenship. This book provides a detailed examination, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, of contemporary issues relating to nationalism, ethnicity and citizenship. The book aims to take stock of current understandings in this area, and to establish whether there are connections between the understandings that are being articulated within different social science disciplines. The contributors, who are all senior international figures in their respective fields, are drawn from a range of disciplines, including Politics, Sociology, Communication/Media, Geography, Psychology and Education. Collectively, they address the following specific questions: • To what extent do multiculturalism and transnationalism undermine nationalism or, on the contrary, provoke its reassertion? • How do the multiple identities and multiple levels of belonging experienced today interact with traditional nationalist ideology? • Within multicultural societies, how far do representations of ‘cultural others’ still play a role in nationalist constructions of ‘the nation’? • How successfully have the welfare systems of nation-states responded to the influx of migrants? • How have national politicians responded to the cultural diversity of their own countries and have they moved beyond the traditional logic of nationalism within their thinking? • Why are extreme right-wing parties gaining increased levels of support? • What social and psychological resources do citizens require in order to function effectively at the political level within multicultural democratic societies? • How can the educational systems of states, which have traditionally been used for nationalist purposes, be harnessed to enhance the competences needed by their citizens for successful living in multicultural societies? • What changes need to be made to educational policies in order to ensure the effective integration of minority citizens? Despite the fact that they have been written from different disciplinary perspectives, the various chapters in this book paint a consistent picture. They offer a view of a world in which nationalism is still very much a dominant ideology which configures the discourse and thinking of citizens and politicians alike about nation-states, ethnic diversity, multiculturalism and citizenship. The crucial role of education is also highlighted, with school systems being uniquely positioned to equip citizens with the psychological resources and intercultural competences that are needed to function effectively within multicultural societies.

S Hutchings, G Miazhevich, CG Flood, H Nickels (2010)The Performance of Tolerance in European Television News: Responses to the Islamic Threat in Russia, Britain and France, In: R Dannreuther, L March (eds.), Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalismpp. 63-83 Routledge
C Flood (2004)National Republican Politics, Intellectuals and the Case of Pierre-Andre Taguieff, In: Modern and Contemporary France12(3)pp. 353-370
S Hutchings, G Miazhevich, H Nickels, CG Flood (2010)Daily Television News Coverage of Islamism as Security Threat: A Comparative Analysis (Russia, France, Britain), In: Russian Journal of Communication3(3/4)pp. 295-312
S Hutchings, CG Flood, G Miazhevich, H Nickels (2011)Transnationalizing Islam: Theoretical Challenges and Cosmopolitan Potential, In: Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectivespp. 14-33 Cambridge Scholars Publishing
C Flood (2005)The Politcs of Counter-Memory on the French Extreme Right, In: Journal of European Studies35(2)pp. 221-236
C Flood (2002)Some European Thoughts in the Wake of 9/11, In: South Central Review19(2/3)pp. 50-63
C Flood (2005)French Euroscepticism and the Politics of Indifference, In: H Drake (eds.), French Relations with the European Unionpp. 42-63 Routledge
C Flood (2002)Myth and Ideology, In: KS (.) (eds.), Mythical Thinking: Philosophical Contributions to the Study of Mythpp. 174-190 Routledge
S Hutchings, CG Flood, G Miazhevich, H Nickels (2011)Islam in Its International Context: Comparative Perspectives Cambridge Scholars Publishing
CG Flood, S Hutchings, G Miazhevich, H Nickels (2012)Islam, Security and Television News Palgrave
C Flood, H Frey (2001)Defending the Empire in Retrospect: The View from the Extreme Right, In: TCAA Sackur (eds.), Promoting the Colonial Idea: Propaganda and Visions of Empire in Francepp. 72-83 Palgrave
H Frey, CG Flood (2010)Henry Rousso, In: P Daileader, P Whalen (eds.), French Historians, 1900-2000pp. 545-555 Wiley-Blackwell
S Hutchings, G Miazhevich, CG Flood, H Nickels (2008)The Impact of 'Islamic Extremism' on Television News Representations of Multiculturalism: A Comparative Analysis (Russia, UK, France), In: Russian Journal of Communication1(1)pp. 43-68
CG Flood, S Hutchings, G Miazhevich, H Nickels (2012)Political and Cultural Representations of Muslims: Islam in the Plural Brill Academic Publishers
CG Flood (2008)Nationalism or Nationism? Pierre-André Taguieff and the Defence of the French Republic, In: South Central Review25(3)pp. 86-105 Johns Hopkins University Press
C Flood (2002)The Challenge of Euroscepticism, In: JG (.) (eds.), The European Union Handbook, 2nd ed.pp. 73-84 Fitzroy Dearborn
CG Flood, S Hutchings, G Miazhevich, H Nickels (2011)Representing the Nation and the Muslim Other: Television News Coverage in Three Countries, In: M Barrett, CG Flood, J Eade (eds.), Nationalism, Ethnicity, Citizenship: Multidisciplinary Perspectivespp. 49-75 Cambridge Scholars