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Professor Raymond Kuhn, MA (Glasgow), MA , PhD (Warwick)

Professor of Politics

email: r.kuhn@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7882 8591
Location: Arts One, 2.29

Profile

Raymond  Kuhn

Office Hours: Tuesday 11am-12pm & Wednesday 11am-12pm

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching:

  • POL333 French Politics (Level 6)

Research

Research interests:

My research is concentrated in two main areas of the discipline: political communication and contemporary French politics. With regard to the former I am particularly interested in the following aspects: media policy, news management, political leadership and image projection, political journalism, and globalisation and the media. 

I have recently published several pieces on political communication in Britain, including chapters in Blair's Britain, 1997-2007 (Cambridge, CUP, 2007),  including chapters in The Blair Effect 2001-5 (Cambridge, CUP, 2005), Developments in British Politics 7 (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and Political Journalism: New Challenges, New Practices (London, Routledge, 2002), of which I was also one of the editors. My single authored book Politics and the Media in Britain was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007. 

I am one of the leading UK specialists on the French media. My book Media in France (London, Routledge, 1995) has established itself as the key English language work on this topic. I am currently working on a monograph entitled The French Media in the Twenty-First Century: Digital and Global Challenges, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

With respect to my interest in contemporary French politics, my focus is on the politics of the Fifth Republic, with special emphasis on the executive, political leadership, elections, political communication and the mediation of the interface between the public and the private. From 2004 to 2006 I was executive editor of the peer-reviewed research journal Modern & Contemporary France, one of the leading interdisciplinary journals on French studies in the UK, and I remain a member of the journal's editorial board.

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in the following areas of research:

  • Media policy and political communication
  • Media and globalisation
  • Contemporary French politics

Publications

Books

Politics and the Media in Britain , Basingstoke , Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Political Journalism: New challenges, new practices, (co-edited with Erik Neveu), London, Routledge (Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science), 2002.

The Media in France, London, Routledge, 1995.

The Politics of Broadcasting (ed.), London, Croom Helm, 1985.

Broadcasting and Politics in Western Europe, (ed.) London, Frank Cass, 1985.

Recent journal articles

‘The French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 2007', Representation, 43/4, 2007, 323–36.

‘The Public and the Private in Contemporary French Politics' French Cultural Studies , 18/2, 2007, 185–200.

‘Where’s the Spin? The Executive and News Management in France’, Modern & Contemporary France, 13/3, 2005, 307-322.

‘The Raffarin Premiership: A Case of Failed Political Leadership’, South European Society & Politics, 10/2, 2005, 245-261.

‘”Be Very Afraid” Television and l’Insécurité in the 2002 French Presidential Election’, European Journal of Communication, 20/2, 2005, 181-198.

‘The French Regional and European Elections, 2004’, representation, 41/2, 2005, 96-105.

'"Vive La Différence"? The Mediation of Politicians' Public Images and Private Lives in France', Parliamentary Affairs, 57/1, 2004, 24-40.

'The French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 2002', representation, 39/1, 2003, 44-56.

Recent book chapters

‘Media management' in A. Seldon (ed.), Blair's Britain, 1997–2007 , Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 2007, 123–142.

‘Journalism in France' in P. J. Anderson and G. Ward (eds), The Future of Journalism in the Advanced Democracies , Aldershot, Ashgate, 2007, 243–258.

‘Media management’ in A. Seldon and D. Kavanagh (eds), The Blair Effect 2001-5, Cambridge, CUP, 2005.

'The media and the elections' in J. Gaffney (ed.), The French Presidential and Legislative Elections of 2002, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2004.

'The myth of exceptionalism? French television in a West European context' in T. Chafer and E. Godin (eds), The French Exception, Oxford, Berghahn, 2004.

'The Media and Politics' in P. Dunleavy, A. Gamble, R. Heffernan and G. Peele (eds), Developments in British Politics 7, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

‘The first Blair government and political journalism’ in R. Kuhn and E. Neveu (eds), Political Journalism: New challenges, new practices, London, Routledge, 2002.

Recent conference organisation

Co-convenor of the conference on The 2007 French presidential and parliamentary elections , Maison Française, Oxford, May 2007 (with Ben Clift, University of Warwick).

Co-convenor of the conference on The Public and the Private in Contemporary France: Retracing the Boundaries , Maison Française, Oxford , January 2006 (with Shirley Jordan, Oxford Brookes University ).

Co-convenor of the conference on Spin, Image and the Media: Political Communication in France and Britain , Maison Française, Oxford , November 2004 (with Dominic Wring, University of Loughborough ).

Convenor of the panel on The Media in France at the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France annual conference, University of Portsmouth, September 2001.

Co-director of the workshop on Political Journalism: New Challenges, New Practices at the ECPR joint sessions, University of Copenhagen, April 2000 (with Erik Neveu, Political Science Institute, Rennes).

Recent conference papers

‘The Third Age of Public Television in France ', paper presented at the RIPE conference, University of Amsterdam , November 2006.

‘Pushing back and reaching out: French television in the global era', paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for French Studies, University of St Andrews , July 2006.

‘Who's talking? Political communication in Britain and France', paper presented at the Centenary Celebration of the Department of French, Queen Mary, University of London, June 2006.

‘The Public and the Private in French Politics', paper presented at the conference The Public and the Private in Contemporary France: Retracing the Boundaries , Maison Française, Oxford, January 2006.

‘The end of the affair? Tony Blair and the British news media’, paper presented at the conference Politics of Sight – Propaganda, Persuasion, Communication, Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille (October 2005).

‘Why is there no French Alastair Campbell?’, paper presented at the conference Spin, Image and the Media: Political Communication in France and Britain, Maison Française, Oxford (November 2004).

'"Be very afraid." The mediatisation of l'insécurité in the 2002 presidential election campaign', paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, University of Surrey (July 2004).

'Television and agenda-setting: the case of l'insécurité and Le Pen in the 2002 French presidential election', paper presented at the workshop on Political Agenda-Setting and the Media at the ECPR joint sessions, University of Uppsala (April 2004).

'Lessons of Le Pen? The media and voter mobilisation in France', paper presented at the conference Can Vote, Won't Vote: are the media to blame for political disengagement?, Goldsmiths College, University of London (November 2003).

'The Raffarin government: an imperfect fusion of style and substance', paper presented at the conference The Right in France and Italy, Maison Française, Oxford (September 2003).

'The politics of news media management: a tale of two governments', paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, University of Paris (September 2003).

'Stability restored or requiem for the Fifth Republic?', paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for French Studies, University of Sheffield (July 2003).

'The media in France: Europe's cultural exception?', paper presented at the conference Cultural globalisation and the defence of national cultures: the case of Brazil in comparative perspective, Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford (June 2002).

'The media and the campaigns', paper presented at the conference The 2002 French elections, Maison Française, Oxford (June 2002).

'Much the same, sometimes different, but rarely exceptional? French television in a West European context', paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, University of Portsmouth (September 2001).

'Spinning out of control? New Labour and political journalists in contemporary Britain', paper presented at the workshop on Political Journalism: New Challenges, New Practices at the ECPR joint sessions, University of Copenhagen (April 2000).

PhD Supervision

Public engagement

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