Politics and International Relations


Dr Pabst joined the School in 2009 as a lecturer in politics. Previously he gained a PhD in political thought and philosophy of religion from Cambridge (2002-06) and held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Nottingham (2007-09). His most recent book publications include a monograph entitled Metaphysics: The Creation of Hierarchy (W.B. Eerdmans, 2012) and an edited essay collection on The Crisis of Global Capitalism (Wipf & Stock, 2011). Both his teaching and research are situated at the interstice of political theory, political economy and international relations (particularly British and continental European politics). Dr Pabst also has a strong interest in the role of ethics and religion in politics. Currently his research focuses on contemporary post-liberal politics. This work combines a critique of economic and social liberalism with alternatives that emphasise reciprocity, mutuality and the common good.

The work on post-liberalism involves several publication projects. First, an essay collection on Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics, co-edited with Ian Geary (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015) – featuring contributions from, among others, Jon Cruddas MP, Lord Glasman, Natascha Engel MP, Frank Field MP, Tom Watson MP, Ruth Davis, David Lammy MP, Arnie Graf and David Goodhart. Second, a monograph provisionally entitled The Politics of Virtue: Britain and the post-liberal future (together with John Milbank), which contrasts the impersonalism of liberal institutions and policies with the post-liberal politics of individual virtue and public honour. Third, a number of journal articles, including on the self-abolition of liberalism (to be submitted to Political Theory) and on post-liberal political economy (which will be published in the International Review of Economics and other journals). Linked to the work on post-liberalism is a future book project on The Global Politics of Paradox. The focus will be on the three ‘logics’ of modern politics (binomial, dialectic and paradoxical) and on contemporary phenomena such as authoritarian democracy, market monopoly and state capitalism, which neither binomial nor dialectical approaches can explain.

Over the next decade, Dr Pabst intends to extend his work on Europe by writing Europe’s Historical Hope, a book that blends a critique of the dominant models of European integration with alternatives that accentuate the shared cultural and social ties. The aim is to develop this work in a second book, The European Commonwealth, which shifts the focus on the greater Europe in a world of resurgent empires. In addition to his research, Dr Pabst is involved in a number of other ventures. Since 2007, he has been an associate editor of the journal TELOS and a Fellow of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. In 2012, he joined the independent, non-partisan think-tank ResPublica as a Trustee, helping shape its strategic direction and contributing to various essay collections – including on House of Lords reform, the hidden wealth of communities, Church of England social action, and moral markets.

For the past eight years, he has also been writing regularly for the comment and op-ed pages of The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Moscow Times, The National, The Huffington Post, The Conversation, ABC Religion & Ethics and Les Echos on geo-politics, political economy, Europe and religion.

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Expertise: British Politics – with a special focus on post-liberal ideas (Blue Labour, UKIP) The UK’s role in Europe and in the world (including the Commonwealth) The wider Europe in international affairs (with a focus on relations with Russia) The global economy and alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation Available for: Print Broadcast media  Languages: German (native) English (like native) French (fluent) Spanish (fluent) Russian (intermediate) Italian (beginners) Since 2005 frequent op-ed articles in The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, The Moscow Times, The National; online pieces in The Huffington Post, Les Echos, ABC Religion & Ethics, The Conversation Regular appearances on international television and radio, including ABC Religion & Ethics (Australia), Radio Uno (Italy)

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Pabst, A. (2017). 'Obligations written in the heart': The primacy of association and the renewal of political theology. Journal of International Relations and Development [Online] 21. Available at: http://www.springer.com/political+science/journal/41268.
Pabst, A. (2017). Fall and Redemption: the Romantic alternative to liberal pessimism. Telos [Online] 178:33-53. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/0317178033.
Pabst, A. (2017). Postliberalism: The New Centre Ground of British Politics. The Political Quarterly [Online] 88. Available at: http://www.politicalquarterly.org.uk.
Pabst, A. (2016). Brexit, Post-liberalism and the Politics of Paradox. Telos [Online] 2016:189-201. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/0916176189.
Pabst, A. (2016). Is Liberal Democracy Sliding into 'Democratic Despotism'? The Political Quarterly [Online] 87:91-95. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12209.
Pabst, A. and Scazzieri, R. (2016). The Political Economy of Constitution. Œconomia [Online] 6:337-362. Available at: http:// oeconomia.revues.org/2433.
Pabst, A. (2016). Trump's Triumph: The Failure of Clinton's Progressive Politics and the Demise of Liberal World Order. Telos [Online] 177:192-197. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/1216177192.
Pabst, A. and Milbank, J. (2015). The meta-crisis of secular capitalism. International Review of Economics [Online] 62:197-212. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12232-015-0239-7.
Pabst, A. (2015). 'A habitual disposition to the good': on reason, virtue and realism. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought [Online] 5:261-279. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23269995.2015.1013385.
Pabst, A. (2015). Political Economy of Virtue: Genovesi's 'civil economy' alternative to modern economic thought. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought.
Pabst, A. and Milbank, J. (2014). The Anglican Polity and the Politics of the Common Good. Crucible: the Christian journal of social ethics:7-15.
Pabst, A. (2014). After the Scottish No: The Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Case for "Mixed Government". Telos [Online] 169:8-27. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/1214169008.
Pabst, A. (2014). Commonwealth and Covenant: The West in a neo-medieval era of international relations. Telos [Online] 168:107-131. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/0914168107.
Pabst, A. (2013). Athens, Rome and Jerusalem - A Reply to Luciano Pellicani. Telos [Online] 162:164-176. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/0313162164.
Pabst, A. (2012). The Politics of Paradox: Metaphysics beyond 'Political Ontology'. Telos [Online] 161:99-119. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/1212161099.
Pabst, A. (2012). The secularism of post-secularity: religion, realism and the revival of grand theory in IR. Review of International Studies [Online] 38:995-1017. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/ S0260210512000447.
Pabst, A. and Scazzieri, R. (2012). The Political Economy of Civil Society. Constitutional Political Economy [Online] 23:337-356. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10602-012-9127-2.
Pabst, A. (2010). The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy. Telos [Online] 2010:44-67. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/0910152044.
Pabst, A. (2010). Modern Sovereignty in Question: theology, democracy and capitalism. Modern Theology [Online] 26:570-602. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0025.2010.01633.x/abstract.
Book section
Pabst, A. (2017). Political Economy and the Constitution of Europe's Polity: Pathways for the common currency beyond ordo-liberal and neo-functionalist models. in: Cardinale, I., Coffman, D. 'M. and Scazzieri, R. eds. The Political Economy of the Eurozone. Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/political-economy-of-the-eurozone/68EC3B3C5BEA4F7CF54A6BC4D215C742.
Pabst, A. (2016). International Relations and the 'Modern' Middle Ages: Rival Theological Theorisations of International Order. in: Bain, W. ed. International Relations and the Medieval Imagination. Routledge.
Pabst, A. (2016). Market-State or Commonwealth? Europe's Christian heritage and the future of the European polity. in: Chaplin, J. and Wilton, G. eds. God and the EU. London: Routledge, pp. 109-128.
Pabst, A. (2015). Prosperity and Justice for All: Why solidarity and fraternity are key to an efficient, ethical economy. in: Curzio, A. Q. and Marseguerra, G. eds. Solidarity as a "Social Value" – Paradigms for a Good Society. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, pp. 125-159.
Pabst, A. (2015). 'Civil Economy': Blue Labour's alternative to capitalism. in: Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 97-119. Available at: http://www.ibtauris.com/bluelabour.
Pabst, A. (2015). Why Labour lost and how it can win again. in: Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics. London: I.B. Tauris, p. xix-xxxvi. Available at: http://www.ibtauris.com/bluelabour.
Pabst, A. (2015). Conclusion: Blue Labour - Principles, Policy Ideas and Prospects. in: Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 253-263. Available at: http://www.ibtauris.com/bluelabour.
Pabst, A. (2015). Introduction: Blue Labour and the Politics of the Common Good. in: Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 1-10. Available at: http://www.ibtauris.com/bluelabour.
Pabst, A. (2014). Constitutionnalisme et gouvernement mixte : le christianisme face aux dérives de la démocratie libérale. in: Poirier, P. ed. Démocratie(s), Liberté(s) et Religion(s). Paris: Parole Et Silence, pp. 75-96.
Pabst, A. (2013). Liberalism. in: Bruni, L. and Zamagni, S. eds. Handbook on the Economics of Reciprocity and Social Enterprise . London: Edward Elgar, pp. 217-226. Available at: http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?id=14159.
Pabst, A. (2013). People who want to change things must keep pushing for change: Manuel F. Montes in conversation with Adrian Pabst. in: Dutkiewicz, P. and Sakwa, R. eds. 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers. New York City: Social Sciences Research Council and New York University Press, pp. 305-325. Available at: http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=12169#.UrL1ZBy2-cA.
Pabst, A. (2013). Fraternity. in: Bruni, L. and Zamagni, S. eds. Handbook on the Economics of Reciprocity and Social Enterprise. Edward Elgar, pp. 153-162. Available at: http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?id=14159.
Pabst, A. (2013). The Pan-European Commonwealth: the heritage of Byzantium and the future of Europe beyond the EU. in: Gromyko, A. ed. Wider Europe in the Global World: New Challenges – New Solutions. Moscow: Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, pp. 29-50.
Pabst, A. (2012). The Western Paradox: Why the United States is more Religious but less Christian than Europe. in: Leustean, L. N. ed. Representing Religion in the European Union: Does God Matter? London: Routledge, pp. 169-184. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415685047/.
Pabst, A. (2012). Economy of LIfe: Charismatic Dynamics and the Spirit of Gift. in: Bruni, L. and Sena, B. eds. The Charismatic Principle in Social Life. London: Routledge, pp. 1-19. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415638227/.
Pabst, A. (2012). The Civil State: an alternative model of democracy and modernization. in: Inozemtsev, V. and Dutkiewicz, P. eds. Democracy versus Modernization: A Dilemma for Russia and for the World. London: Routledge, pp. 179-198. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415506649/.
Pabst, A. (2011). From Civil to Political Economy: Adam Smith's Theological Debt. in: Oslington, P. ed. Adam Smith as Theologian. London: Routledge, pp. 106-124. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415880718/.
Pabst, A. (2011). The Paradox of Faith: Religion beyond secularization and de-secularization. in: Calhoun, C. and Derlugian, G. eds. The Deepening Crisis: Governance Challenges after Neoliberalism. New York City: New York University Press, pp. 157-181. Available at: http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=8250#.Uqd84RyzNQo.
Milbank, J. and Pabst, A. (2016). The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future. [Online]. London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International. Available at: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/books/the-politics-of-virtue.
Pabst, A. (2012). Metaphysics: The creation of hierarchy. [Online]. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm.B. Eerdmams. Available at: http://www.eerdmans.com/Products/6451/metaphysics.aspx.
Edited book
Geary, I. and Pabst, A. eds. (2015). Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics. [Online]. London: I.B. Tauris. Available at: http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/Society%20%20social%20sciences/Politics%20%20government/Political%20ideologies/Socialism%20%20leftofcentre%20democratic%20ideologies/Blue%20Labour%20Forging%20a%20New%20Politics.aspx?menuitem={DFF51E2F-C0BA-4928-ACC4-415188DC.
Pabst, A. ed. (2011). The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI's social encyclical and the future of political economy. [Online]. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock. Available at: https://wipfandstock.com/store/The_Crisis_of_Global_Capitalism_Pope_Benedict_XVIs_Social_Encyclical_and_the_Future_of_Political_Economy.
Pabst, A. ed. (2011). The Good Life in Common: Europe beyond the crisis of instrumental reason. Venice: Marcianum Press.
Research report (external)
Blond, P., Antonacopoulou, E. and Pabst, A. (2015). In Professions We Trust: fostering virtuous practitioners in teaching, law and medicine. [Online]. London: The ResPublica Trust. Available at: http://www.respublica.org.uk/our-work/publications/virtuous-practice-professions/.
Milbank, J. and Pabst, A. (2014). The future of welfare: a Theos collection. [Online]. Theos think-tank. Available at: http://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/files/files/Reports/The%20future%20of%20welfare%20a%20theos%20collection%20combined.pdf.
Pabst, A. (2013). The Genesis and Ethos of the Market. Economics and Philosophy [Online] 29:430-437. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266267113000333.
Pabst, A. (2013). The New Evangelicals and the Future of the United States of America. Telos [Online] 165:179-184. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3817/1213165179.
Total publications in KAR: 46 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Research Interests

  • The politics of paradox beyond the false dichotomies of left versus right, state versus market and liberal versus authoritarian
  • The English School of IR and the primacy of association over the international system of national states and transnational markets; notions of commonwealth and covenant
  • The contribution of Christian social teaching to political economy (notably the principles and practices of subsidiarity, solidarity, distributism, just wages and fair prices)

Current Projects

  • A research monograph with the title The Politics of Virtue: Britain and the post-liberal future (co-written with John Milbank)
  • Articles on a post-crisis political economy, on Romantic Realism and on a greater, wider Europe beyond the EU

Research Supervision

Adrian Pabst is interested in supervising doctoral dissertations or MPhil theses in the field of political and social theory, including political economy and politics and religion, as well as European politics. Especially encouraged are projects in the following areas: ancient, medieval and modern political philosophy; alternatives to modern, secular, liberal thought; European politics beyond the EU.

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