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Sir Ivor Martin Crewe (born 15 December 1945) is the Master of University College, Oxford. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex and Professor in the Department of Government.

Crewe was educated at Manchester Grammar School and then went to Exeter College, Oxford, where he gained a first-class BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 1966. From 1977 to 1982, he was editor of the British Journal of Political Science and from 1984 to 1992 he was a co-editor.

From 1995 to 1 September 2007, he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex and is a former Chair of the 1994 Group and President of Universities UK.

In July 2008, Sir Ivor succeeded Lord Butler of Brockwell as Master of University College, Oxford.

He is generally credited with being the person to first write about pocket book voting, particularly in the 1987 general election.

He was appointed Knight Bachelor by HM The Queen in the New Year Honours List 2006.[1]



  • Ivor Crewe, 'The Electorate: Partisan Dealignment Ten Years On (1984)', West European Politics, 6(4), pp. 183–215.
  • Ivor Crewe, 'Has the Electorate Become Thatcherite?', in Robert Skidelsky (ed.), Thatcherism (Chatto & Windus, 1988), pp. 25–49.
  • Ivor Crewe, 'Values: The Crusade that Failed' in Dennis Kavanagh and Anthony Seldon (eds.), The Thatcher Effect (Oxford University Press, 1989), pp. 239-50.
  • Ivor Crewe, 'Margaret Thatcher: As the British Saw Her', The Public Perspective, Vol. 2(2), January/February 1991, pp. 15–17.
  • Ivor Crewe, 'The Thatcher legacy', in Anthony King (ed.), Britain At The Polls, 1992 (Chatham House, 1992), pp. 1–28.
  • Ivor Crewe, 'Electoral Behaviour' in Dennis Kavanagh and Anthony Seldon (eds.), The Major Effect (Macmillan, 1994), pp. 99–121.
  • Ivor Crewe and Anthony King, SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the British Social Democratic Party (Oxford University Press, 1995).

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Preceded by
Lord Butler of Brockwell
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by


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