Dr Adrian Pabst
Senior Lecturer in Politics - Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions
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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- 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)
- 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
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.
- 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
- Broadcast media
- 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)