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Dr Hugo Drochon

Dr Hugo  Drochon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CRASSH

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


Hugo Drochon is a political theorist and historian of 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 StatesmanTimes Higher EducationNotre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Dissent and the LARB, and featured in interviews with Vox and the Irish Times

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 American 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.

Subject groups/Research projects

Political Thought And Intellectual History:

Departments and Institutes

St John's College:
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Key Publications


Nietzsche's Great Politics, Princeton University Press, 2016

Selected Articles:

'Nietzsche Theorist of the State?'History of Political Thought, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2017, pp. 323-344

'"An Old Carriage with New Horses": Nietzsche’s Critique of Democracy’History of European Ideas, Vol. 42, No. 8, 2016, pp. 1055-1068

‘Nihilism, democracy and liberalism: Maudemarie Clark’s “Nietzsche on Ethics and Politics”’European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2017, pp. 481-489

Other Publications

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

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

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

‘Nietzsche and the British Referendum’, Project Syndicate, 21 June 2016