About David Lewis Baker
This book centres on the effects of the political and later economic crisis which seriously affected the European Union and its impact on the seemingly endless UK debate over Britain's position within the EU.
'The thirty year civil war in the Conservative Party over Britain's membership of the EU is reaching a climax. Baker and Schnapper provide a superb guide both to the bizarre British debate on Europe, and to the deepening crisis of the EU itself, showing how one feeds off the other. This book is essential reading for understanding the deep-seated problems which threaten to overwhelm the European project.'
-Andrew Gamble, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
'This outstanding book provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the UK's troubled relationship with the European Union. Baker and Schnapper's rich analysis chronicles the complex party political, political economy and diplomatic dimensions of the British politics of European integration, while also showing how the EU's own crisis has fed back into and shaped domestic discourses on Europe. It is difficult to think of a better companion volume as we approach the referendum on the UK's EU membership.'
-Ben Rosamond, Professor of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
David Lewis Baker is a retired professor of Politics from the University of Warwick UK, now living and working in retirement in Bath.
He occupied a visiting professorship at the University of Cincinnati Ohio in the spring Quarter 2011, sponsored by the Taft Research Centre and the predecessor of this this site was created as an on-line teaching resource, schedule and information document for a Taft Seminar series he jointly hosted there with professor Joel Wolfe of the Political Science Department of UC.
He has always incorporated a strong political economy and historical focus in his teaching, research and publications and since retirement has been researching the neglected area of the political economy of fascism, publishing a seminal article on the subject in 2006 in the year of his retirement: The ‘Political Economy' of Fascism: Myth or Reality: or Myth and Reality? New Political Economy, Volume 11, Number 2, June 2006. pp. 227-250. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) at Sheffield University in 2005-6 and again 2008-10 to study the political economy of fascism.
He has also researched the political economy of British Euroscepticism. In 1991 he founded (with Professor Andrew Gamble of Cambridge University) the ‘Members of Parliament Group’ (MPP) which researched the influence of Euroscepticism on the major UK political parties, with special emphasis on the Conservative Party. The MPP was in receipt of over £700,000 in research funding. He was elected to a Jean Monet Research Fellowship of the European University Institute in Florence Italy, for the academic year 2000/01 to study in this area.
He is presently finishing a jointly authored book with professor Pauline Schnapper (Sorbonne Paris) entitled Britain and the Crisis of the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan mid 2015).
He is currently starting a single authored political economy monograph for Routledge due for publication in 2016.
Since retirement he has developed his lifelong interest in fine art and street photography, with several solo and joint exhibitions. In 2014 he exhibited works in an exhibition in Rome as a member of an international artist’s collective. He is also a member of the ‘For Now’ group of artists in Bath. His street photography has been exhibited in Bath and London. His digital art works sell to buyers around the world in the form of Giclée prints. Examples of his art and photography can be found here: http://david-lewis-baker.smugmug.com/