Adrian’s main research interests are in political thought, political economy and contemporary European and international politics. He joined the School in 2009 as lecturer in politics, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013 and to Reader in 2016. Previously he gained a PhD in political thought and philosophy of religion from the University of Cambridge (2002-06) and held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Nottingham (2007-09).
In political thought, Adrian’s research focuses on liberalism and its modern critics, in particular Edmund Burke and Alexis de Tocqueville, as well as thinkers in the conservative and the socialist tradition.
In political economy, he has written on the moral philosophy underpinning Adam Smith’s conception of the market, the ‘civil economy’ tradition, in particular Antonio Genovesi, and contemporary questions – including the role of civil society.
In contemporary European and international politics, Adrian’s work is on post-liberal ideas, including Catholic Social Teaching, guild socialism, economic anthropology (Karl Polanyi, Marcel Mauss) and contemporary movements such as Blue Labour. He also has an interest in different traditions of federalism, in particular in the European context.
Adrian holds a number of roles. Since 2007, he has been an associate editor of the critical theory journal TELOS. In 2015 he joined the academic board of the Foundation Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice whose main mission is to promote Catholic social teaching. He is also a trustee of The James Madison Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to the study of federal systems – linked to his role as Director of Kent’s Centre for Federal Studies. In November 2017 he was appointed as a Fellow of the The National Institute of Economic and Social Research where he works on a project on British fiscal policy.Adrian is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media. His essays and comment articles have been published in The New Statesman, The International Herald Tribune (USA), The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Conversation, ABC (Australia) and Les Echos (France). He has appeared on the BBC, ITV, France24 and NTR (Netherlands).
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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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- 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.back to top