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Professor David Runciman

Professor David Runciman

Professor in Political Thought, POLIS


Subject groups/Research projects

Political Thought And Intellectual History:

Political theory and the history of twentieth century political thought

Departments and Institutes

Trinity Hall:

Research Interests

Contemporary political theory, including the theory of representation and theories of the state.

The history of political thought, especially the history of modern theories of democracy.

The use of history and theory in analysing contemporary politics

Other Professional Activities

Leverhulme Major Research Fellow: 2009-2012 ('Democracy and Disaster: A Political and Intellectual History')

Key Publications

Pluralism and the Peronsality of the State (CUP, 1997)

The Politics of Good Intentions (Princeton, 2006)

Political Hypocrisy (Princeton, 2008)

Representation (with Monica Brito Vieira) (Polity 2008)

The Confidence Trap. A History of Democracy and Crisis (Princeton, 2013 forthcoming)