I regularly provide expert commentary for the international media. I feature on Global Experts, the United Nations media database, and on the media databases of the Campaign for Social Science and the Political Studies Association.


Topics: State structures, federalism, confederalism, regional government, devolution, secession, nationalism, identity, parties, democracy, direct democracy, referendum; higher education internationalisation, Erasmus, international student mobility.

Regions and countries: Western Europe; especially Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Languages: English, French, Italian


2016. A New Union? Federalism and the UK. Political Insight. December, pp. 12-5 (with John Kincaid).

2014. Evel but not evil: how to deliver ‘English votes for English laws’ without breaking the Union. PSA Blog. 21 October.

2012. Beware the lure of Switzerland. Unpublished opinion piece. 6 December.

2012. Recession is only one explanation for the drive for secession. The Guardian. 24 November.

2002. El futuro de la izquierda. La Jornada – Masiosare. 28 April (with Susana Berruecos).

2000. Los pequeños contras los privilegios de las potencias – nuevas reglas del club europeo. La Jornada – Masiosare. 17 December (with Susana Berruecos).

Shorter comments and letters

2014. SNP Campaign Suffers Major Blow with Expected Currency Decision. Online comment, University of Kent. 12 February.

2008. Bologna’s masterstroke. Times Higher Education. 16 October.

2001. Trusting Europe. The Economist. 18 May.

1994. Pan-European but Eurosceptic. The European. 28 October.


2016. Interview on Italy’s constitutional referendum. BBC Radio Kent, UK, 5 December.

2016. Interview on direct democracy in Switzerland for the Drive programme. BBC Radio 5 live, UK, 15 June

2015. Interview on direct democracy in Switzerland for the Modem programme ‘Vota meno, vota meglio?’. RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland, 8 October.

2015. Interview on Switzerland-EU relations for the Analysis programme ‘Free Movement: Britain’s Burning EU Debate‘. BBC Radio 4, UK, 20 July.

2014. Interview on EU politics for ‘Good Morning Scotland’ programme. BBC Radio Scotland, UK, 28 June.

2012. Debate on direct democracy for ‘Beyond Westminster’ programme. BBC Radio 4, UK, 7 April.

2007. Debate on the Swiss executive elections. World Radio Switzerland, Switzerland, 12 December.

2005. Debate on ‘Europe’ in the campaign for the 2005 general election. BBC News 24, UK, 2 May.


2017. Switzerland-EU research co-operation and lessons for the UK (paywall). Research Professional, UK, 12 January.

2016. Consequences of a Brexit. CNBC, US, 23 June.

2016. Basic income vote in Switzerland. CNBC, US, 2 June.

2015. Two-party systems in Europe. Yomiuri Shinbum, Japan, 23 April.

2015. Euroscepticism in the UK. Ö1, Austria, 10 April.

2014. Federalism in the UK. Ottawa Citizen, Canada, 13 October.

2014. Foreign policy aspects of Scotland’s independence. World Politics Review, US, 10 September.

2013. Parliament’s vote on Switzerland-US banking bill. Bloomberg, US, 18 June.

2012. Switzerland-EU relations for the article ‘Making the Break‘ (paywall). The Economist, UK, 20 November.

2012. Switzerland-EU relations. The Times, UK, 26 October.

2012. Poland and EU Politics. Gazeta Polska, Poland, 31 January.

2011. Immigration issue in European politics. Rzeczpospolita, Poland, 10 May.

2011. European politics. FirstNews, Russia. 4 May.

2011. Swiss economy. Sankei Shimbun, Japan, 13 January.

2010. Swiss politics and economy in 2010. SwissInfo, Switzerland, 25 December.

2010. Nationality and identity in Switzerland. Swisster, Switzerland, 21 June.

2009. Erasmus Mundus programme. European Voice, Belgium, 14 January.

2008. Ratification of the Lisbon treaty. Rzeczpospolita, Poland, 24 September.

2008. Anglo-French relations in the EU. Rzeczpospolita, Poland, 27 March.

2007. Ratification of the Lisbon treaty. Metro, UK, 14 December.

2007. Federalism in Europe for ‘Today’ programme. BBC Radio 4, UK, 2 July.

2007. Swiss direct democracy. South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, 2 May.

2003. Swiss federal parliamentary elections. Campaign and Elections, USA, 25 October.

2003. Swiss federal parliamentary elections. News Radio 938, Singapore, 22 October.

2003. Swiss election campaign. SwissInfo, Switzerland, 29 July.

2002. Article and interview on my appointment to Kent. Facts, Switzerland, 16 May.


2014. Article on the first evidence session in the inquiry of the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee on ‘The Scottish Government’s Proposals for an Independent Scotland: Membership of the European Union’. BBC, 16 January.