Professor of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences
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.
M12009 Democracy and its Critics
M13097 Property and its Critics
M12093 Transforming Welfare States
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
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.
Marxist accounts of the state and democracy
Lost Property: a study of the decline of contemporary interest in political theories of property since ancient times
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