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

 

 

 

 

 

All Publications

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Atkins, J., Finlayson, A.

(2016)

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

in Political Studies

64.

pp. 164-181

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

What we argue about when we argue about tax

The Fabian Society

pp. 4-7

ISBN 978-0-7163-7016-1

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

Labour's New Identity Politics

in Renewal

23.

UEA Repository

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

Cultural Studies

Routledge

pp. 113-125

ISBN 9780415657143, 0415657148

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

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

in Contemporary Political Theory

14.

pp. 295-305

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Finlayson, A.

(2015)

Becoming a Democratic Audience

Routledge

ISBN 978-0-415-71650-5

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

Nationalism

Routledge

ISBN ISBN-10: 0415618177

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

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

in Contemporary Political Theory

13.

pp. 183-193

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

(2014)

Rhetoric in British Politics and Society

Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN 9781137325525 , 9781137325549

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

The Peculiar Character of Political Speech

The Fabian Society

pp. 24-34

ISBN 978-0-7163-4122-2

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

Introduction: Rhetoric and the British Way of Politics

Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN 9781137325525 , 9781137325549

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Finlayson, A.

(2014)

Proving, Pleasing and Persuading? Rhetoric in Contemporary British Politics

in The Political Quarterly

85.

pp. 428–436

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

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

in British Journal of Politics & International Relations

15.

pp. 70-88

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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

in Political Studies

61.

pp. 161–177

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

Critique and Political Argumentation

in Political Studies Review

11.

pp. 313-320

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

Preface

in Political Studies Review

11.

pp. 311-312

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

From Neoliberalism to Pluralism: A Response to Mulheirn and Jacobs

in The Political Quarterly

84.

pp. 211–217

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Finlayson, A.

(2013)

‘Ideology and Political Rhetoric’

Oxford University Press

pp. 197-213

ISBN 978-0-19-958597-7

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Finlayson, A.

(2012)

Rhetoric and the Political Theory of Ideologies

in Political Studies

60.

pp. 751-767

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Finlayson, A.

(2011)

Cameron, Culture and the Creative Class: The Big Society and the Post-Bureaucratic Age

in The Political Quarterly

82.

pp. 35-47

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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.

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