Chris Hanretty joined UEA in 2010 from the European University Institute. Chris's doctoral thesis, "The Political Independence of Public Service Broadcasters", won the inaugural François Mény Prize for the Best Comparative Study of European Institutions and was subsequently published by Routledge. He has published peer-reviewed articles in the British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, and the European Political Science Review. He previously studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, and has worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the OSCE. He tweets (@chrishanretty) and blogs (http://www.chrishanretty.co.uk/blog/) regularly.
The Bulgarian Constitutional Court as an additional legislative chamber
in East European Politics and SocietiesUEA Repository
Comparative determinants of horse-race coverage
in European Political Science ReviewUEA Repository
Media outlets and their moguls: why concentrated individual or family ownership is bad for editorial independence
in European Journal of CommunicationUEA Repository
Haves and Have-Nots before the Law Lords
in Political StudiesFull Text UEA Repository
Behavioural Economics in Competition and Consumer Policy
ESRC Centre for Competition PolicyUEA Repository
Dissent in Iberia: The ideal points of justices on the Spanish and Portuguese Constitutional Tribunals
in European Journal of Political Research
pp. 671-692Full Text UEA Repository
The Decisions and Ideal Points of British Law Lords
in British Journal of Political Science
pp. 1-3Full Text UEA Repository
Shall the law set them free? The formal and actual independence of regulatory agencies
in Regulation & Governance
pp. n/a-n/aFull Text UEA Repository
The Governance of Broadcasters in Small Countries
In: Small Among Giants. Television Broadcasting in Smaller Countries.
ISBN 978-91-86523-16-9UEA Repository
Public Broadcasting and Political Interference
ISBN 978-0415665520UEA Repository
The concept of pluralism in the Italian public media
in Modern Italy
pp. 19-34Full Text UEA Repository
Measuring the formal independence of regulatory agencies
in Journal of European Public PolicyFull Text UEA Repository
The Partito Democratico: A Troubled Beginning
In: Italian Politics: Managing Uncertainty.
ISBN 978-0-85745-134-7UEA Repository
Explaining the De Facto Independence of Public Broadcasters
in British Journal of Political Science
pp. 75Full Text UEA Repository
The media between market and politics
In: Italy Today: the Sick Man of Europe.
ISBN 978-0415561594UEA Repository
Partisan self-interest and electoral reform: The new Italian electoral law of 2005
in Electoral Studies
pp. 437-447Full Text UEA Repository
The Gospel Truths of Italian Media Bias
in Comunicazione Politica
pp. 31-48UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Chris' research looks at the politics of non-majoritarian institutions, and how institutions can be made more responsive to, or better insulated from, political pressure. Part of that research looks at independent regulators -- organisations like Ofcom or Ofgem -- and examines their design, functioning and effects. A second part of this research looks at courts and judges, examining not only their independence but also the factors which determine judges' behaviour. His research focuses primarily on developments at the national level in European Union member states.
Chris teaches on the second year Comparative Politics and Building Blocks of Political Analysis modules. He also teaches qualitative and quantitative methods at MA level.
Chris would be interested in supervising any research involving comparative European politics, and Italian and Scandinavian politics in particular; and any research involving institutional design or party competition.
- François Mény Prize for the Best Comparative Study of European Institutions. Awarded by the European University Institute. 2010
- Association for the Study of Modern Italy, Graduate Essay Prize. 2009