Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Nicholas Startin

A senior lecturer in French and European Politics whose research focuses on Euroscepticism and the Far Right in contemporary Europe

Nicholas Startin

Deputy Head of Department
Senior Lecturer in French and European PoliticsBA, PGCE, MPhil, PhD

1WN 2.16
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6899



Dr Startin discussing how Far Right parties exploit the issue of ‘Europe’ to widen their electoral appeal at the Right Turn for Europe conference organised by The German Federal Agency for Civic Education in Cologne in March 2014


I joined the department in 2012. Prior to that I lectured at the University of the West of England in Bristol. My Phd in Politics was awarded by Brunel University and I also have an M.Phil in French Studies from Birmingham University as well as a PGCE from the University of Warwick.

In 2008 I was awarded the Political Studies Association (PSA) 'Vincent Wright Prize' for the best research paper on French Politics for my paper on the French Front National and in the same year was nominated for the Political Studies Association's (PSA) 'Bernard Crick Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award'.

In 2011 I co-founded the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) research network on Euroscepticism, and I have recently taken over the coordination of the PSA French Politics specialist group. I also contribute the annual chapter on France for the prestigious European Journal of Political Research Data Year Book.

In 2013 I co-edited the special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) entitled 'Confronting Euroscepticism' and in 2015 the International Political Science Review special issue: 'The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism.' I am currently also co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism.

In recent years I have organised workshops, delivered lectures and papers and participated in conferences in Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges, Cologne, Paris and Vienna. I have also made national and regional media appearances on BBC, Sky News and other media outlets in relation to French elections, EU referenda, and the rise of Euroscepticism and the Far-Right.

At Bath I am Deputy Director of Studies for Modern Languages and European Studies (MLES), Admissions Tutor for International Management and Modern Languages (IMML) as well as the French Year Abroad Officer.

Research interests

  • The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism in nation states
  • The rise of the Far Right in contemporary Europe
  • French elections and political parties

Current projects





Book Sections

Startin, N., 2008. The French rejection of the 2005 EU constitution in a global context: a public opinion perspective. In: Szarka, J. and MacLean, M., eds. France on the world stage. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 91-110.

Startin, N., 2005. Maastricht, Amsterdam and Beyond: The troubled evolution of the French Right. In: Drake, H., ed. French Relations with the EU. London: Routledge, pp. 64-85.


Startin, N., 2015. Have we reached a tipping point? The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism in the UK. International Political Science Review, 36 (3), pp. 311-323.

Brack, N. and Startin, N., 2015. Introduction:Euroscepticism, from the margins to the mainstream. International Political Science Review, 36 (3), pp. 239-249.

Startin, N., 2014. Contrasting Fortunes, Differing Futures? The Rise (and Fall) of the Front National and the British National Party. Modern and Contemporary France, 22 (3), pp. 277-299.

Startin, N., 2013. France. European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, 52 (1), pp. 70-82.

Usherwood, S. and Startin, N., 2013. Euroscepticism as a persistent phenomenon. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 51 (1), pp. 1-16.

Startin, N. and Krouwel, A., 2013. Euroscepticism re-galvanized: the consequences of the 2005 French and Dutch rejections of the EU constitution. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 57 (1), pp. 65-84.

Startin, N., 2010. Where to for the Radical Right in the European Parliament? The rise and fall of transnational political cooperation. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 11 (4), pp. 429-449.

Startin, N., 2009. Book review: M. Bainbridge & P. Whyman (2008) Britain, the Euro and Beyond, Aldershot, Ashgate. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 10 (1), pp. 143-145.

Neocleous, M. and Startin, N., 2003. 'Protest' and fail to survive: Le Pen and the great moving right show. Politics, 23 (3), pp. 145-155.

Startin, N., 2001. Candidate centred and party free elections: Lessons from the Livingstone mayoral campaign. Representation, 38 (1), pp. 31-45.

Startin, N., 2001. Book Review: Front Contre Front (by Darmon, M. & Rosso, R.). Modern and Contemporary France, 9 (1), p. 104.

Startin, N., 2001. Book Review: L’Europe Autrement (by De Villiers, P. & Berthu, G.). Modern and Contemporary France, 9 (3), pp. 395-396.

Startin, N., 2000. Book Reviews: Front Contre Front (by Darmon, M & Rosso, R) and Politics on the Fringe (by Declair, E G). Party Politics, 6 (4), pp. 524-526.

Startin, N., 1999. Book Review: La Défaite Impossible (by Mano, J-L & Birenbaum,G). Modern and Contemporary France, 7 (2), pp. 258-259.

Conference or Workshop Items

Startin, N. J., 2013. From the margins to the mainstream: The evolution of the debate surrounding UK membership of the EU. In: CRONEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013 - Researching European Integration: Beyond Methodological Nationalism and Disciplinary Silos, 2013-07-02 - 2013-07-03.

Startin, N. J., 2010. Opposing Europe, opposing globalisation: The case of the far-right. In: UACES Annual Research Conference 2010, 2010-09-06 - 2010-09-08.

Startin, N. J., 2009. Where to for the far-right in the European Parliament: The rise and fall of transnational political cooperation. In: UACES Annual Research Conference 2009, 2009-09-03 - 2009-09-05.

Startin, N. J., 2008. From low-key ambivalence to qualified opposition: the French Front national and the European Union. In: Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Conference 2008, 2008-04-01 - 2008-04-03.

Non-academic press

Startin, N., 2015. The Front National’s polling better than ever, but don’t expect a President Le Pen. The Conversation

Startin, N., 2014. Debates showed rationality can’t win the EU membership fight. The Conversation

Mondon, A. and Startin, N., 2013. Far-right earthquake could be bigger than 2002 for France. The Conversation

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