Professor Rodney Barker

Professor Rodney Barker

Emeritus Professor of Government

Department of Government

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Rodney Barker is Emeritus Professor of Government in the LSE Department of Government and Emeritus Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College. Rodney joined the LSE Department of Government in 1971 having gained an MA from Downing College, Cambridge and a PhD from LSE.

Professor Barker has conducted research in many areas, including British politics, civil disobedience, legitimation, modern political ideologies, political identity, enmity, enemies, and political propaganda and rhetoric. He has been widely published, both in academic literature and in the print media, and has written several books, most recently 'Making Enemies'.

Research interests

  • Enemies
  • Enmity
  • Identity
  • Ideology
  • Legitimacy
  • Legitimation
  • Propaganda
  • Rhetoric


Making Enemies
(Palgrave, 2007)

Whom a prime minister or president will not shake hands with is still more noticed than with whom they will. Public identity can afford to be ambiguous about friends, but not about enemies. Professor Barker examines the accounts of how enmity functions in the cultivation of identity, how essential or avoidable it is, and what the global consequences are.

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