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 Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He is also Professor of Governance, United Nations University (MERIT), and Professor, Political Economy, King's College, London.

Born and raised in London, Mark moved to Berkeley in January 2000, having previously worked at universities in India and the UK. He has held visiting fellowships in Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Norway, South Korea, UK, and USA. He is currently the general editor of The Oxford History of Political Thought, and he has been editor of Journal of the Philosophy of History, associate editor of Journal of Moral Philosophy, President of the Society for the Philosophy of History, and Chair of the Interpretive Politics Group (PSA). Mark has been a policy consultant for governmental organizations in Asia, Europe, and North America, as well as for the United Nations and its agencies.

Mark's research interests in political theory include moral philosophy, political philosophy, and history of political thought. His methodological interests cover philosophy of social science, philosophy of history, and history of social science. His work on public policy focuses on organization theory, democratic theory, and governance. His current research includes projects on multiculturalism and postcolonialism, genealogy and governmentality, and democratic innovations.



  • 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.


  • Decentering 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.
  • 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.