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Hugo Drochon

Assistant Professor in Political Theory, Faculty of Social Sciences



Hugo Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought, with interests in continental political philosophy, democratic theory, liberalism and political realism. His book Nietzsche's Great Politics came out with Princeton University Press in 2016 (paperback 2018). It was reviewed in the TLS, New Statesman, Times Higher Education, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Dissent and the LARB, and featured in interviews with Vox and the Irish Times. It was selected as one of CHOICE's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017, and longlisted for the Bronislaw Geremek First Academic Book Prize.

His current research is on elite theories of democracy - Mosca, Pareto, Michels and Ostrogorski - and the impact their thinking had on the development of democratic theory in the US and Europe after WWII, notably on figures such as Schumpeter, Dahl, Wright Mills, Aron, Manin, Rosanvallon and Bobbio. He has a book entitled 'Elites and Democracy' under contract with Princeton University Press.

Expertise Summary

'Macron studied Machiavelli. But did he learn the key lesson?', The Guardian, 11 December 2018

'Britons are swallowing conspiracy theories. Here's how to stop the rot', The Guardian, 28 November 2018

'I Am Dynamite! A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche review: A gripping read', The Irish Times, 10 November 2018

'The Return of Bad Nietzsche', New Statesman, 31 August 2018

'The anti-democratic thinker inspiring America's Conservative elites', The Guardian, 21 April 2018

'We're suckers for conspiracy theories - and it's a sign of a deep social malaise', The Guardian, 1 November 2017

'Jupiter in the Élysée', New Statesman, 14 August 2017

'The Fall of the French Ruling Class?', Project Syndicate, 5 May 2017

'How Emmanuel Macron can hold the centre to beat Marine Le Pen', New Statesman, 11 March 2017

'Why the elites always rule', New Statesman, 18 January 2017

'Nietzsche and the British Referendum', Project Syndicate, 21 June 2016

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