April 30, 2012
My research interests are as follows: First, I am interested in contemporary radical political thought, particularly post-Marxism and anti-capitalism/anti-globalisation. My recent work has dealt specifically with the work of Antonio Gramsci, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe and Michael Hardt and Toni Negri. Second, I am concerned with issues of political participation, specifically though not exclusively in liberal democratic societies, and in particular how active political engagement might be encouraged. I am currently involved in a number of research projects which address this issue. Third, I am interested in the political role of 'the intellectual' in contemporary societies, both in terms of political philosophy, and the relationship with wider movements of social change.
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Dr David Bates, Director, Politics and International Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University