Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Keating.jpgMichael Keating

Department of Politics & International Relations
University of Aberdeen

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Michael Keating is Professor and Head of Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence. He is on long-term leave from the University of Aberdeen, where he is Professor of Scottish Politics.

Keating graduated from the University of Oxford in 1971, gained his Ph.D. in 1975 (Glasgow College of Technology) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has worked in several universities in the United Kingdom, notably the University of Strathclyde (1979-88). From 1988 until 1999 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Norwegian Nobel Institute and has taught course in several universities in Spain and France. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian and has a passive understanding of German and Catalan.

Michael Keating has published widely in the field of urban and regional politics and nationalism. He has been consultant for the Committee of the Regions and the Scottish Executive and is a member of several international advisory committees, including that of the Chaire d'études québécoises et canadiennes, Université de Québec à Montréal.

Michael Keating has British, Canadian and Irish citizenship and is married with one son.

Relevant recent publications include The New Regionalism in Western Europe. Territorial Restructuring and Political Change (Edward Elgar, 1998); Plurinational Democracy. Stateless Nations in a Post-Sovereignty Era (Oxford University Press, 2001); and The Government of Scotland. Public Policy Making after Devolution (Edinburgh University Press, 2005).


  • Urban and regional politics and nationalism
  • European integration and the nationalities question
  • Federalism and the balance of power in European States
  • The Basque conflict
  • Reform of the Bosnian constitution
  • Devolution in the United Kingdom