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Dr Christopher Bickerton


Dr Christopher Bickerton

Christopher Bickerton is University Lecturer in politics at POLIS and an Official Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2008 and since then has held teaching positions at Oxford, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Sciences Po in Paris. He has published numerous books and articles that span a number of different fields within social and political science. These include two research monographs, European Union Foreign Policy: From Effectiveness to Functionality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; paperback in 2015) and European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States (Oxford University Press, 2012). His 2012 book on state transformation was awarded the Best Book prize by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies. His articles have been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS)Political StudiesInternational Politics and the Revue Française de Science Politique. In 2011, he co-edited a special issue in JCMS on the EU’s security and defence policy (with Bastien Irondelle and Anand Menon). In 2016, he published the best-selling The European Union: A Citizen’s Guide with Penguin, which was submitted for the Baillie-Gifford prize, the UK’s leading non-fiction literary prize. He is currently under contract with Oxford University Press for a third research monograph, on the topic of populism, technocracy and the crisis of party democracy (co-authored with Carlo Invernizzi Accetti) which will be published in 2018. Beyond academic publishing, he has written articles for the Financial TimesWall Street JournalThe GuardianNew York TimesForeign PolicyForeign AffairsThe Big Issue and is regularly interviewed for national and international radio.


Research Interests

His research interests span the disciplines of international relations, comparative politics and European studies. The focus of his research is a comparative study of state-society relations, looking in particular at dynamics of state transformation in Europe, the relationship between regional integration and the transformation of national political and party systems, and the challenges presented to representative democracy by growing disenchantment with democracy in advanced industrialised societies. He is currently working on two collaborative projects. One investigates, theoretically and empirically, the relationship between populism and technocracy in contemporary political life. A second is on the nature of post-Maastricht European integration and its implications for our understanding of states, institutions and interests in the process of European integration. A longer term project, currently in the planning stage, is on the theme of political mediation and looks historically and conceptually at the changing practices and meanings of political mediation in modern political life.

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'The EU in international security after Brexit: New paths for Europe?'

Jan 17, 2019

During a workshop at Robinson College on 13 and 14 December 2018 participants explored new paths for the EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The workshop was organised by Geoffrey Edwards, Vlado Kmec and Sebastian Steingass and supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and by the European Centre @POLIS

'The EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit' with Karen E. Smith and Richard Whitman

Nov 30, 2018

Finishing the year with another highlight, the European Centre invites you to a debate with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) and Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent) on Friday, 14 December, at 3pm. Together with our very own Geoffrey Edwards, they will discuss the future of EU-UK relations in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The event will take place in room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. All welcome.

'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' by Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria)

Nov 28, 2018

Join us for your next European Centre event on Thursday, 29 November 2018, at 1pm. Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria) will speak on 'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' The event will be held in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

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