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Director of the Max Weber Programme


Short Biography

Richard Bellamy took up the Directorship of the Max Weber Programme on the 1st of May 2014, on exceptional leave from his position as Professor of Political Science at University College, London (UCL). Richard was educated at the University of Cambridge and the European University Institute in Florence. After three years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford he went on to lectureships at Cambridge and Edinburgh and then to Chairs at the Universities of East Anglia, Reading, Essex and UCL. At UCL he was the founding Head of the new Department of Political Science and Director of the School of Public Policy from 2005- 2010 and of UCL’s European Institute, which he established, from 2010-2013.

Richard has held Visiting Fellowships at Nuffield College, Oxford; the EUI in Florence; Australia National University (ANU); the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) in Oslo; and the Hanse Wissenschaft-Kolleg in Delmenhorst. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter


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Research interests

Richard’s main research interests are in the History of European Social and Political Theory post-1750 and Contemporary Analytical Legal and Political Philosophy. He has written on the history of both Italian political thought and European liberalism, on Pluralism, Compromise and Public Ethics; Constitutionalism, Rights and the Rule of Law; and Citizenship, Representation and Democracy. He is currently exploring a number of these themes in relation to the democratic legitimacy of Global Governance, especially in the European Union.

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Prizes and awards

Richard has worked extensively on Italian political thought and in 2012 he was awarded the Serena Medal by the British Academy, given `for eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, literature, art or economics'. His work on constitutionalism, culminated in his Political Constitutionalism which won the 2009 David and Elaine Spitz Prize. Richard has also been a leading figure in the normative study of the European Union and directed a number of prominent ESRC and European Commission research projects in this area. He was the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2012-2014 for a project on `A Republic of European States: Cosmopolitanism, Republicanism and the EU’, which he is currently completing. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2002 and of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2008.

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Main publications

Richard has written 8 monographs to date, edited or co-edited a further 25 volumes and is the author of over a 100 journal articles and book chapters. His books include Modern Italian Social Theory: Ideology and Politics from Pareto to the Present, Liberalism and Modern Society: An Historical Argument; (with Darrow Schecter) Gramsci and the Italian State; Liberalism and Pluralism: Towards a Politics of Compromise; Rethinking Liberalism; Political Constitutionalism and Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction and, as editor or co-editor, Victorian Liberalism; Constitutionalism in Transformation; Pluralism and Liberal Neutrality; Citizenship and Governance in the EU; Political Concepts; The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Political Thought; Lineages of European Citizenship; Making European Citizens. He has also edited scholarly editions of works by Beccaria, Bobbio and Gramsci and numerous journal special issues, including most recently on Courts and Representative Democracyon Representative Democracy in the EU: Does One Come at the Expense of the Other?, and on National Parliaments and the Politicization of European Integration.

His publications have been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.

Richard is currently engaged on a study of Political Leadership provisionally titled The Democratic Prince, a book on The Democratic Constitution for Oxford University Press, and a monograph applying republican theory to the EU for Cambridge University Press. A selection of his articles on Croce, Gramsci, Bobbio and the Italian Political Tradition has just been published by ECPR Press.

You can download some of Richard's past and recent papers from the EUI Repository (Cadmus), his SSRN Author page,  his Academia page, his ResearchGate author pages or via his  Personal website. You can also find details of Richard’s books at his Amazon Author’s Page.

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Professional service

He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Politics and International RelationsGovernment and OppositionModern ItalyRes Publica: A Journal of Legal and Social PhilosophyThe European Legacy: Towards New ParadigmsEuropean Political ScienceGlobal Constitutionalism and Diacritica: Philosophy.

He is an associate editor of the European Journal of Political Theory and the European Political Science Review. He co-edits the journal CRISPP (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy).

Richard was the Academic Director of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) from 2002-2006, the Founding Chair of the Britain and Ireland Association of Political Thought from 2008-2013, and a member of the Politics and International Relations Panel, UK Research Evaluation Framework (REF) 2014.

He has appeared on TV and radio in Britain and abroad, and written for major newspapers and reviews such as The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New York Times Sunday Book Review.


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