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Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 483934
I am Professor of Politics and a member of the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society (GPES - http://www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/research/gpes/). I serve as a member of the International Editorial Boards of the journals Globalizations, Telematics and Informatics, The International Journal of Electronic Governance and Reinventions. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Studies Association. Recent books include 'Theories of Globalization' (Polity, 2013) and 'Cultures and / of Gobalization' (CSP, 2011) edited with Richard Huggins; 'Mere Connection: the World-Making Power of New Media' for Routledge (2018), and the 3rd edition of 'Politics: An Introduction' also for Routledge, with Victoria Browne, Richard Huggins and Rico Isaacs (2019). I have recently co-edited a collection of research papers on "Ideology in the Age of Global Discontent" for Routledge (2018).Currently I am working on a manuscript for Sage, "Postmodern Populism and the New Globalization",to be published in 2020. Collaborative projects on multiple modernities and global theory and globalization theory and populism are being pursued with Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main and a network of scholars across globe. Collaborative research at Brookes includes a workshop on "Digital Democracy in Britian", scheduled for June 14 2019.
I supervise a number of undergraduate Honours dissertation students and Masters dissertations.
I am currently supervising 2 research students in the Department and am keen to encourage applications from promising and suitably qualified potential students. I would particularly welcome projects on aspects of globalization, and on new media and politics/governance.
Recent successful completions include:
Current students include:
The eagerly awaited third edition of this
highly respected and user-friendly text for introductory courses has
been thoroughly updated to reflect the world today. Politics: An Introduction provides
stimulating coverage of topics essential to the understanding of
contemporary politics. It offers students necessary guidance on ways of
studying and understanding politics, and illustration of the many
different sites at which politics is construed and conducted. Ideal for
students taking combined degrees at introductory level in politics and
the social sciences, it emphasises the individual and social dimension
of politics and covers theories and concepts in an accessible way.
Fundamentally, it helps students see the political, and its relevance,
in their lives.
Key features include:
Politics: An Introduction is a broad-ranging, accessible, and essential guide for all students studying, or beginning to study, politics.
In this article, I interrogate elements of a global and European Studies scholarship to be found in the imbrication of sociological institutionalism, modern systems theory and network analysis, where the latter includes complexity models of social (dis)order. I note tensions between them and express concern with their bloodless treatment of agency and, more variably, consciousness while still holding out the possibility of synergy. I argue that there is a strong case for dispensing with any constraining levels of analysis approach to understanding Europe-making, favouring a version best described as ‘macro-lite’. In doing so, I endorse the premise of the special issue that much scholarship under the rubric of European Studies has been too narrowly focused and too constrained by normative or ideological positions, by disciplinary firewalls, by territorialist and ‘internalist’ constructions and even by the ‘integration’ motif, to comprehend the extent to which European/EU agency is socially constructed at the global level and enacted through the imbrication of actors, institutions and networks that cross scales at all levels, sometimes rendering them nugatory.
The chapter addresses the latest political frisson to engage students of globalization and of contentious politics the world over; the spectre or promise of populism. Populism affords some purchase on an axial feature of this globalized world -- the imbrication or antithesis of local and global, of difference and sameness – and gives it an intriguing twist. My argument will be that what I call postmodern populism holds up a mirror to current politics and the present phase of globalization; and what that shows is both unedifying – since it depicts easy solutions to perceived troubles – and in some respects more palatable, because it conjures images of a less curated, popular and engaged politics, both within, and heedless of, borders.