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Mark Bevir

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies
718 Social Sciences Building
Personal Statement

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Hello. Welcome to my webpage.

Born and raised in London, I moved to Berkeley in January 2000, having worked previously in Britain and India. At Berkeley, I am Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies. I hold concurrent appointments as Professor in Political Economy, King's College, London, and Professor of Governance, United Nations University (MERIT). I also do policy work with the United Nations and its agencies and, on occasion, governmental organizations in Asia, Europe, and North America. Policy professionals can find me at UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab and WHO’s Health Systems Governance Collaborative.

I am a theorist in the social and policy sciences. Typically, I work on intellectual history and philosophy of social science to critique and develop theories. I also collaborate with empirical researchers who use critical and interpretive theories to study Britain in a global context. Recently, I have focused on governance and governmentality after neoliberalism (funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation). At the same time I wrote a book on postmodernism and critical theory. Currently, I am exploring democratic innovation, social inclusion, and multiculturalism (funded by grants from DAAD and the European Union). I am also coauthoring a book on the humanities and the study of politics.

  • For a list of my publications, see my cv (there's a link at the top of this page)
  • Links to many of my publications are available at google scholar
  • If you can't find one of my publications, please feel free to email me

Academic Subfields
Research Interests
Social and political theory
D.Phil., University of Oxford
B.A., University of Exeter

The following links should give you free access to books for which your institution has the subscription. If a link is broken, please email me.

Authored books

A History of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Life after God: An Encounter with Postmodernism, Brill, 2022.

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 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.

Edited books

Decentring Health and Care Networks: Reshaping the Organization and Delivery of Healthcare (with Justin Waring), Palgrave, 2020.

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 European Governance (with Ryan Philips), 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.