Biography

Professor Alan Finlayson came to UEA in 2012 having previously worked at The Queen’s University of Belfast in Ireland and the University of Swansea in Wales. His research combines contributions to the development of democratic political and cultural theory (particularly ‘agonistic’ theories) with the analysis and interpretation of the ideologies shaping British politics and political economy – including “Blairism” and “Cameronism”. In particular he is interested in the intersection of British social policy with ‘financialisation’, and in the development of ‘neoliberal governmentality’. He also has particular expertise in the theoretical and practical study of political rhetoric, a field which he has done much to establish within British Political Studies, and he oversees the website British Political Speech.

Alan is an Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory; Chair of the Editorial Board of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy; co-editor of the Palgrave book series Rhetoric, Politics and Society; co-founder and Treasurer of the Rhetoric and Politics Group of the UK Political Studies Association and a member of the International Task Force of the Rhetoric Society of America. He has contributed political commentary and analysis for print, broadcast and online media including The Guardian and Open Democracy.  

Career History

2012 - Present:       Professor of Political and Social Theory, UEA

2000 - 2011:           Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, Department of Politics and International   

                              Relations, Swansea University

1992 - 1999:           Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, School of Politics, The Queen’s University of Belfast

Honorary Appointments:

2003:                       Visiting Professor, Department of Speech Communication, University of Southern

                                Illinois, USA

2008:                       Visiting Lecturer, Centre for Theoretical Studies, Essex University

2008:                       Visiting and Guest lecturer , University of Jyväskylä, POLITU Doctoral Course:   

                                Rhetoric of Governments, Parliaments and Movements

2011:                       Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

 

 

 

 

 

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Atkins, J., Finlayson, A.

(2016)

‘As Shakespeare so Memorably Said…’: Quotation, Rhetoric, and the Performance of Politics

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Finlayson, A.

(2016)

The Present Crisis and the Questions We Must Ask

(Editorial)


Finlayson, A.

(2016)

Obama's Rhetoric

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

What we argue about when we argue about tax

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

Labour's New Identity Politics

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

Cultural Studies

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

From theorising realism to the reality of theory: A response to Adrian Little

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

Becoming a Democratic Audience

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

Nationalism

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

The ‘Virtu’ of Invention: Bonnie Honig’s Exemplars of Agonistic Politics

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Finlayson, A. (ed.), Atkins, J. (ed.), Martin, J. (ed.), Turnbull, N. (ed.)

(2014)

Rhetoric in British Politics and Society

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

The Peculiar Character of Political Speech

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

Introduction: Rhetoric and the British Way of Politics

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

Proving, Pleasing and Persuading? Rhetoric in Contemporary British Politics

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

From Blue to Green and Everything in Between: Ideational Change and Left Political Economy After New Labour

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Atkins, J., Finlayson, A.

(2013)

‘... A 40-Year-Old Black Man Made the Point to Me’: Everyday Knowledge and the Performance of Leadership in Contemporary British Politics

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

Critique and Political Argumentation

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

Preface

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

From Neoliberalism to Pluralism: A Response to Mulheirn and Jacobs

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

‘Ideology and Political Rhetoric’

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Key Research Interests

Alan’s research encompasses contemporary social and political theory (particularly theories of radical, pluralist or agonistic democracy), theories of political analysis (especially conceptions of ‘governmentality’ and the study of how ideas shape politics), the cultures and ideologies of British Politics (including “Blairism” and “Cameronism”) and the theory, history and practice of political rhetoric.

Teaching Interests

Professor Finlayson teaches on a range of undergraduate courses including those concerned with classical and contemporary social and political theory and with political communication. He also teaches a third-year specialist module on political rhetoric.

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Contemporary Political Theory
  • Co-Editor Rhetoric and Politics Book series, Palgrave
  • Member, International Task Force, Rhetoric Society of America. 2011-present
  • Treasurer, Rhetoric and Politics Specialist Group. 2010-present
  • Convenor, Poststructuralism and Radical Politics Specialist Group. 2000-2010

Key Responsibilities

Prof. Finlayson is Director of Research in the School and course director for the BA and MA in Politics.

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Research in Political, Social and International Studies,
  • Course Director, BA Politics, BA Philosophy and Politics
  • Course Director, MA Politics