Professor Jonathan  White

Professor Jonathan White

Deputy Head of the European Institute and Professor in Politics

European Institute

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About me

Jonathan White is the Deputy Head of the European Institute and Professor in Politics. He joined LSE as Lecturer in September 2008, after completing his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence.  He has held visiting positions at the Berlin Institute of Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg), Harvard, Stanford, the Humboldt University, Sciences Po in Paris, the Australian National University, and University College London. Before his PhD he was a research fellow at the Czech Institute of International Relations in Prague, and a lecturer at universities in the Czech Republic and Albania.  His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of PoliticsPolitical StudiesModern Law ReviewPolitical TheoryJournal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Sociology, and Boston Review.  He is also the author of Political Allegiance after European Integration (Palgrave, 2011) and, with Lea Ypi, The Meaning of Partisanship (Oxford University Press, 2016).

His paper ‘The Ethics of Political Alliance’ was awarded the 2017 British Academy Brian Barry Prize for excellence in political science.  His paper ‘Emergency Europe’ was awarded the 2015 Harrison Prize for the best paper published in Political Studies.  

Research Interests

Jonathan White's research interests lie in the fields of political sociology and applied political theory, with a focus on contemporary European democracy and the European Union. Areas of interest include political engagement, partisanship, models of citizenship, the politics of emergency, and the nature of social bonds. His work draws on democratic theory, social theory, and qualitative research methods.

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Selected publications


The Meaning of Partisanship,  with Lea Ypi (Oxford University Press, Oct. 2016)

Political Allegiance after European Integration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)


‘Climate Change and the Generational Timescape’ (forthcoming), Sociological Review.

‘The Politics of Peoplehood’, with Lea Ypi (forthcoming), Political Theory. (link)

'The Party in Time’ (online early), British Journal of Political Science.  (link)

‘Authority after Emergency Rule’ (2015), Modern Law Review 78 (4), pp.585-610.  (link)

'When Parties make Peoples’ (2015), Global Policy 6(S1), pp.106-114.  (link)

‘Emergency Europe’ (2015), Political Studies  63 (2), pp.300-18.  (link)

‘Transnational Partisanship: Idea and Practice’ (2014), Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17 (3), pp.377-400. (link)

‘Thinking Generations’ (2013), British Journal of Sociology 64 (2), pp.216-47. (link)

‘Left and Right in the Economic Crisis’ (2013), Journal of Political Ideologies 18 (2), pp.150-70. (link)

'Community, Transnationalism and the Left-Right Metaphor' (2012), European Journal of Social Theory 15 ( 2 ), pp. 197-219. (link) 

'On Partisan Political Justification' (2011), with Lea Ypi, American Political Science Review105 (2), pp.381-396.   (link) 

'Left and Right as Political Resources' (2011), Journal of Political Ideologies 16 (2), pp.123-44.   (link) 

'Rethinking the Modern Prince: Partisanship and the Democratic Ethos' (2010), with Lea Ypi, Political Studies 58 (4), pp.809-28.  (link) 

'Europe in the Political Imagination' (2010), Journal of Common Market Studies 48 (4), pp.1015-1038.   (link) 

'Responding to Norm Indeterminacy Outside the Nation-State Frame' (2010),Comparative Sociology 9 (5), pp.611-630.   (link) 

'The Politics of Other Citizens' (2010), Citizenship Studies 14 (4), pp.411-427.   (link) 

'Europe and the Common' (2010), Political Studies 58 (1), pp.104-22.   (link) 

'European Integration by Daylight' (2010), Comparative European Politics 8 (1), pp.55-73.  (link) 

'Thematization and Collective Positioning in Everyday Political Talk' (2009), British Journal of Political Science 39 (4), pp.699-709.   (link) 

'The Social Theory of Mass Politics' (2009), Journal of Politics 71 (1), pp.96-112.   (link) 

'Theory Guiding Practice: the Neofunctionalists and the Hallstein EEC Commission' (2003), Journal of European Integration History 9 (1), pp.111-131.

'Rethinking Transnational Solidarity in the EU' (2003), Perspectives: the Central European Review of International Affairs 20, pp.40-57.

Book Chapters

‘Archiving for the Future: The Party Constitution’ (2016, forthcoming), in Axel Gosseries & Iñigo González (eds.) Institutions for Future Generations (Oxford: OUP).

‘Politicising Europe: The Challenge of Executive Discretion’ (2014), in Sara Hobolt and Olaf Cramme (eds.), Democratic Politics in a European Union under Stress (Oxford: OUP).

‘Parallel Lives: Social comparison across national boundaries’ (2013), in Niilo Kauppi (ed.) A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe (Colchester: ECPR Press), pp.223-42.

‘A Common European Identity is an Illusion’ (2012,) in Hubert Zimmermann and Andreas Dür (eds.) Key Controversies in European Integration (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), pp.103-11.

Working Papers

‘Politicising Europe: The Challenge of Executive Discretion’ (2014), LSE Europe in Question Series (LEQS), Paper 72/2014,, pp.1-28.

'Parallel Lives: Social comparison across national boundaries' (2012), LSE Europe in Question Series (LEQS), Paper 47/2012 , , pp.1-38 .

'Left, Right and Beyond: The Pragmatics of Political Mapping' (2010), LSE Europe in Question Series (LEQS), Paper 24/2010, , pp.1-32.

'The Political Bond in Europe' (2004), European Consortium for Political Research 

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