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Adrian Pabst

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Adrian Pabst is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Kent. Prior to that he completed his PhD at Cambridge and held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Nottingham. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po) and an Associate Fellow of the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies. Adrian’s research is at the interstice of political theory, political economy and international relations. He also writes on religion, civil society and civic life.

His recent publications include a monograph entitled Metaphysics: The Creation of Hierarchy (Eerdmans, 2012) and an edited collection on The Crisis of Global Capitalism. Pope Benedict XVI’s social encyclical and the future of political economy (Wipf&Stock, 2011). Currently he is writing The Politics of Paradox, a book on alternatives to the logic of left/right and state/market that has been dominant since the secular settlement of the French Revolution. The argument draws on Platonist political philosophy from Plato to Kierkegaard and develops insights in the English School of IR as well as also various traditions of mutuality and reciprocity such as associative democracy, civil economy, guild socialism and Christian social teaching. The second book is provisionally entitled The European Commonwealth: pan-Europe in a world of resurgent empires. It focuses on alternative ideas for Europe beyond both Franco-German centralism and an Anglo-Saxon glorified free-trade area – a commonwealth of peoples and nations rather than a union of states and markets.

Adrian is a regular contributor to the comment pages of The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The National, The Moscow Times, The Huffington Post and Les Echos. His essays have also been published on OpenDemocracy, The Immanent Frame and ABC Religion & Ethics.

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Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

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The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

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Mutuals and Co-ops Can Be The Very Best Option!

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Book Review: ‘Taking Power Back: Putting people in charge of politics’ by Simon Parker

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