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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 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 StatesmanTimes Higher EducationNotre 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.

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:

‘Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories in Great Britain and Europe?’ in Joseph Uscinski ed., Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018

‘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

'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

Other Publications

'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