Mark Bevir

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Research Interests: 
Political Theory
Public Policy
D.Phil., University of Oxford
B.A., University of Exeter
Personal Statement: 

Mark Bevir is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Professor of Governance, United Nations University (MERIT), and a Distinguished Research Professor, Swansea University.

Born and raised in London, Mark received his BA from the University of Exeter and his DPhil from the University of Oxford. Before moving to Berkeley, he held posts at the University of Madras, India, and the University of Newcastle, UK. He has held visiting fellowships in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Norway, South Korea, the UK, and the USA. He has done policy work for governmental organizations in Asia, Europe, and North America as well as for the United Nations and several of its agencies..

Mark's research interests in political theory include ethics, political philosophy, and history of political thought. His work on public policy focuses on organization theory, democratic theory, and governance. His methodological interests cover philosophy of social science, history of social science, and interpretive theory.



  • Interpretive Social Science: An Anti-Naturalist Approach (with Jason Blakely), Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • A Theory of Governance, University of California Press, 2013.
  • Governance: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • The Making of British Socialism, Princeton University Press, 2011.
  • Democratic Governance, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2010.
  • The State as Cultural Practice (with R.A.W. Rhodes), Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Key Concepts in Governance, Sage, 2009.
  • Governance Stories (with R.A.W. Rhodes), Routledge, 2006.
  • New Labour: A Critique, Routledge, 2005.
  • Interpreting British Governance (with R.A.W. Rhodes), Routledge, 2003.
  • The Logic of the History of Ideas, Cambridge University Press, 1999.


  • Multiculturalism in the British Commonwealth: Comparative Perspectives on Theory and Practice (with Richard T. Ashcroft), University of California Press, 2019.
  • Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Policy, Law and Theory (with Richard T. Ashcroft), Routledge, 2019.
  • Decentring Security: Policing Communities at Home and Abroad, Routledge, 2018.
  • Decentring Urban Governance: Narratives, Resistance, and Contestation (with Kim McKee and Peter Matthews), Routledge, 2018.
  • Decentring Health Policy: Learning from British Experiences in Healthcare Governance (with Justin Waring), Routledge, 2018.
  • Modernism and the Social Sciences: Anglo-American Exchanges, c. 1918-1980, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Historicism and the Human Sciences in Victorian Britain, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Wittgenstein and Normative Inquiry (with Andrius Gališanka), Brill, 2016.
  • Governmentality after Neoliberalism, Routledge, 2016.
  • Rethinking Governance: Ruling, Rationalities, and Resistance (with R.A.W. Rhodes), Routledge, 2016.
  • The Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science (with R.A.W. Rhodes), Routledge, 2016.
  • Interpreting Global Security (with Oliver Daddow and Ian Hall), Routledge, 2014.
  • Modern Pluralism: Anglo-American Debates since 1880, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • The SAGE Handbook of Governance, Sage, 2011.
  • Encyclopedia of Political Theory, 3 vols., Sage, 2010.
  • Interpretive Political Science, 4 vols., Sage, 2010
  • Governance, Consumers and Citizens: Agency and Resistance in Contemporary Politics (with Frank Trentmann), Palgrave, 2007.
  • Histories of Postmodernism (with Jill Hargis and Sara Rushing), Routledge, 2007.
  • Modern Political Science: Anglo-American Exchanges since 1880 (with Robert Adcock and Shannon Stimson), Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • Public Governance, 4 vols., Sage, 2007.
  • Encyclopedia of Governance, 2 vols., Sage, 2007.
  • Markets in Historical Contexts: Ideas and Politics in the Modern World (with Frank Trentmann), Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Critiques of Capital in Modern Britain and America: Transatlantic Exchanges 1800 to the Present Day (with Frank Trentmann), Palgrave, 2002.
  • Links to many of Mark's articles are available at google scholar.
  • Alternatively, you might try the California Digital Library, where, when copyright allowed, Mark used to place pre-print versions of his papers. To see a list of the available papers, go to "advanced search" and enter "Mark Bevir" as author at eScholarship Repository.
  • PS4: Introduction to Political Theory
  • PS112c/212c: History of Political Theory: Modern
  • PS114: Theories of Governance
  • PS210: Philosophy of Social Science
  • PS213: Methodological Topics in the History of Political Thought
  • PS214: Symposium in the History of Political Thought
  • PS215a: Approaches to Contemporary Political Theory
  • PS215b: Topics in Contemporary Political Theory
  • PS216: Symposium in Contemporary Political Theory
  • PS284: Strategies of Contemporary Governance
  • PS291T: Research Workshop in Political Theory
Exchange of Ideas: 

Edited books and journal issues focused on Mark's work include:

  • Nick Turnbull, ed.,  Interpreting Governance, High Politics and Public Policy: Essays Commemorating 'Interpreting British Governance', Routledge, 2016.
  • M. Shamsul Haque, ed., Symposium on Democratic Governance, a special issue of Asian Journal of Political Science, 24/3 (2016), 305-66.
  • Mark Kaswan, ed., Democracy, Social Science, and Governance, a special issue of International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior 14/4 (2011), 473-596.
  • Robert Lamb, ed., Post-Analytic Hermeneutics: Themes from Mark Bevir’s Philosophy of History, a special issue of Intellectual History Review 21/1 (2011), 1-119.
  • J. W. Burrow, ed., Mark Bevir and the Logic of the History of Ideas, a special issue of History of European Ideas, 28/1 (2002), 1-117.