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Christopher Pierson

Professor of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Chris Pierson is Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham, director of teaching and lead editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. He has held visiting posts at the Australian National University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Expertise Summary

M12009 Democracy and its Critics

M13097 Property and its Critics

M12093 Transforming Welfare States

Research Summary

I have a long-standing interest in the problems of the modern state in general and of social democracy in particular. My earliest work was on Marxist accounts of the state and democracy. In more… read more

Current Research

I have a long-standing interest in the problems of the modern state in general and of social democracy in particular. My earliest work was on Marxist accounts of the state and democracy. In more recent years, my attention has focused upon issues surrounding the contemporary welfare state and alternatives to classical social democracy (especially the advocacy of market socialism). More recently, I have been working on the relationship between labour politics in the UK and Australia. My latest project is concerned with the normative justifications for existing property regimes.

Current Research Projects

My principal current research project is reconstructing A Short History of Theft. I interrogate arguments for (the origins of legitimate) private property since antiquity and indicate what the limitations and circumscriptions of these accounts tell us about what a legitimate property regime can be.

I am also an editor of the Oxford University Press Handbook of the Advanced Welfare States, a large international project which brings together expert opinion about comparative welfare state development from around the globe.

Past Research

Marxist accounts of the state and democracy

Future Research

Lost Property: a study of the decline of contemporary interest in political theories of property since ancient times

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