Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Nicholas Startin

Head of Department and Senior lecturer in French and European Politics whose research focuses on Euroscepticism including the Brexit and on the Radical Right in contemporary Europe

Nicholas Startin

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

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



Dr Startin discusses the rise of populism in Europe and the question of how citizenship education should respond to Euroscepticism and populistic currents


I joined the department in 2012. Prior to that I lectured at the University of the West of England. 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.

In 2011 I co-founded the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) research network on Euroscepticism. I am also the co-convenor of the PSA French Politics and Policy specialist group.

In 2013 I co-edited the Special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) entitled 'Confronting Euroscepticism' and in 2015 an International Political Science Review special issue: 'The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism.' My co-edited book entitled 'Euroscepticism as a Transnational and Pan-European Phenomenon: The emergence of a new sphere of opposition' was published by Routledge in 2016. I am also currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism due for publication in the spring of 2017.

In recent years I have been a guest speaker at events in Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges, Cologne, Paris, Split and Vienna. I have organised conferences in Brussels, Edinburgh and Paris and am co-organiser for the prestigious UACES Annual conference which takes place at the University of Bath in 2018. I have also made numerous international, national and regional media appearances in relation to French elections, the Brexit and other EU referenda, and the rise of Euroscepticism and the radical right.

At Bath I am Deputy Head of Department for PoLIS.

Research interests

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

Current projects


Book Sections

Leruth, B., Kutiyski, Y., Krouwel, A. and Startin, N. J., 2017. Does the Information Source Matter? Newspaper Readership, Political Preferences and Attitudes Towards the EU in the UK, France and the Netherlands. In: Caiani, M. and Guerra, S., eds. Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 95-120. (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology)

Startin, N., 2016. ‘To be or not to be?, ‘Should I stay or should I go?’ and other clichés: The 2016 UK referendum on EU membership. In: The EU, Euroscepticism and Brexit, A Routledge Free Book. Routledge, pp. 2-12.

Startin, N., 2016. Le Pen, Jean-Marie/Marine Le Pen (Front National). In: Stone, J., Dennis, R., Rizova, P. and Hou, X., eds. Stone, J, Dennis, R. Rizova, P. & Smith, A. (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. WIley-Blackwell.

Startin, N., 2015. Le Royaume-Uni. In: Brack, N., De Waele, J.-M. and Pilet, J.-B., eds. Les démocraties européennes Institutions, élections et partis politiques.3rd edition ed. Paris: Armand Colin, p. 413.

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.


Leruth, B. and Startin, N., 2017. Between Euro-Federalism, Euro-Pragmatism and Euro-Populism:the Gaullist movement divided over Europe. Modern and Contemporary France, 25 (2), pp. 153-169.

Startin, N., 2016. The Brexit referendum and the future of the EU. IPR Blog

Startin, N., 2015. France. European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, 54 (1), pp. 108-116.

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. France. European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, 53 (1), pp. 124-130.

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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