Phillips, Anne

Professor Anne Phillips  


Position held

Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science


Experience keywords:

democracy and representation; equality; feminism; human rights; multiculturalism

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Professor Phillips' research interests lie in feminist political theory and she writes on issues of democracy and representation, equality, multiculturalism, and difference. Much of her work can be read as challenging the narrowness of contemporary liberal theory. In 1992, she was co-winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award for Best Book on Women and Politics published in 1991 (awarded for 'Engendering Democracy'). She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003.


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6979



Phillips, Anne (2019) Recognising difference: reasons and risks Japanese Journal of Political Thought. ISSN 1346-924X (In Press)


Phillips, Anne (2018) What makes culture special? Political Theory, 46 (1). 92-98. ISSN 0090-5917

Phillips, Anne (2018) Democratizing against the grain In: Kymlicka, Will and Rubio Marin, Ruth, (eds.) Gender parity and multicultural feminism: towards a new synthesis. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198829621

Phillips, Anne (2018) Gender equality: core principle of modern society? Journal of the British Academy, 6. 169-185. ISSN 2052-7217

Phillips, Anne (2018) Gender and modernity Political Theory. 009059171875745. ISSN 0090-5917


Phillips, Anne (2017) Asserting one's humanity Contemporary Political Theory. ISSN 1470-8914 (In Press)

Phillips, Anne (2017) Exploitation, commodification, and equality In: Deveaux, Monique and Panitch, Vida, (eds.) Exploitation: from practice to theory. Studies in Social and Global Justice. Rowman and Littlefield International, London, UK, 99-118. ISBN 9781786602039


Phillips, Anne (2016) Book review: Dialogue, politics and gender Contemporary Political Theory, 15 (1). e8-e10. ISSN 1470-8914

Perrons, Diane and Lacey, Nicola and Phillips, Anne and Wearing, Sadie and Ashtiany, Saphieh and Biressi, Anita and Carter, Cynthia and Chakrabarti, Shami and Chinkin, Christine and Couldry, Nick and Criado-Perez, Caroline and DeLargy, Pamela and Dobbs, Linda and Harris, Scarlett and Himmelweit, Susan and Jenkins, Kate and Kabeer, Naila and Lovenduski, Joni and Manning, Alan and Murray, Rainbow and Negra, Diane and Neitzert, Eva and Orgad, Shani and Plomien, Ania and Sen, Purna and Spicer, Harriet and Starmer, Keir (2016) Confronting gender inequality: findings from the LSE commission on gender, inequality and power London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, London, UK.


Phillips, Anne (2015) The politics of the human The Seeley lectures. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107475830

Phillips, Anne (2015) Against authenticity In: Levey, Geoffrey Brahm, (ed.) Authenticity, autonomy and multiculturalism. Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought. Routledge, London, UK, 89-103. ISBN 9781138845213

Phillips, Anne (2015) A reluctant cosmopolitan In: Dumouchel, Paul and Gotoh, Reiko, (eds.) Social bonds as freedom: revisiting the dichotomy of the universal and the particular. Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK, 192-211. ISBN 9781782386933

Phillips, Anne (2015) Confronting gender inequality: How far have we come in the UK? LSE Department of Government Blog (12 Oct 2015) Blog entry


Phillips, Anne (2013) Does the body make a difference? In: Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, agency and coercion. Thinking Gender in Transnational Times. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 143-156. ISBN 9780230300323

Phillips, Anne and Madhok, Sumi and Wilson, Kalpana (2013) Afterword: gender, agency and coercion In: Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, agency and coercion. Thinking Gender in Transnational Times. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 259-261. ISBN 9780230300323

Phillips, Anne and Madhok, Sumi and Wilson, Kalpana (2013) Introduction: gender, agency and coercion In: Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, agency and coercion. Thinking Gender in Transnational Times. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 1-13. ISBN 9780230300323

Phillips, Anne (2013) Inequality and markets: a response to Jessica Flanigan Political Theory, 41 (1). 151-155. ISSN 0090-5917

Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, eds (2013) Gender, agency and coercion Thinking gender in transnational times. Palgrave MacMillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780230300323

Phillips, Anne (2013) Our bodies, whose property? Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. ISBN 9780691150864


Phillips, Anne (2012) Representation and inclusion Politics and Gender, 8 (4). 512-518. ISSN 1743-923X


Phillips, Anne (2011) Cultural skepticism and 'group representation' In: Mahajan, Gurpreet, (ed.) Accommodating Diversity: Ideas and Institutional Practices. OUP India, New Delhi, India, 60-73. ISBN 9780198075035

Phillips, Anne (2011) It's my body and I'll do what I like with it: bodies as objects and property Political Theory, 39 (6). 724-748. ISSN 0090-5917


Phillips, Anne (2010) Multiculturalism In: Edmonds, David and Warburton, Nigel, (eds.) Philosophy Bites. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 68-76. ISBN 9780199576326

Phillips, Anne (2010) Komplexitaten der Einwilligung: juriristische Diskurse um Zwangsehen in Grossbritannien In: Strasser, Sabine and Holzleithner, Elisabeth, (eds.) Multikulturalismus Queer Gelesen. Zwangsverheiratung und Gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe in Pluralen Gesellschaften. Politik der Geschlechterverhältnisse (41). Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. ISBN 9783593391724

Phillips, Anne (2010) Gender and culture Polity, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745647999

Phillips, Anne and Dustin, Moira (2010) Initiatives britanniques concernant les mariages forcés: réglementation, dialogue et stratégie de sortie In: Coene, Gily and Longman, Chia, (eds.) Feminisme et Multiculturalisme: Les Paradoxes du Debat. Europe des cultures (2). Peter Lang, Brussels, Belgium. ISBN 9789052016009

Phillips, Anne (2010) What’s wrong with essentialism? Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 11 (1). 47-60. ISSN 1600-910X


Phillips, Anne (2009) Religion: ally, threat or just religion? In: Phillips, Anne and Casanova, José, (eds.) A Debate on the Public Role of Religion and Its Social and Gender Implications. Gender and development programme paper (5). United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva, Switzerland, 39-58.

Phillips, Anne and Casanova, Jose (2009) A debate on the public role of religion and its social and gender implications Gender and development programme papers, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, Switzerland.


Phillips, Anne (2008) More on culture and representation Social and Legal Studies, 17 (4). 555-558. ISSN 0964-6639

Phillips, Anne (2008) Egalitarians and the market: dangerous ideals Social Theory and Practice, 34 (3). 439-462. ISSN 0037-802X

Phillips, Anne and Saharso, Sawitri (2008) The rights of women and the crisis of multiculturalism (Guest editorial) Ethnicities, 8 (3). 2-12. ISSN 1468-7968

Phillips, Anne (2008) Free to decide for oneself In: O’Neill, Daniel I and Shanley, Mary Lyndon and Young, Iris Marion, (eds.) The Illusion of Consent. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. ISBN 9780271033518

Dustin, Moira and Phillips, Anne (2008) Whose agenda is it?: abuses of women and abuses of `culture' in Britain Ethnicities, 8 (3). 405-424. ISSN 1468-7968


Phillips, Anne (2007) Multiculturalism without culture Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. ISBN 9780691129440


Phillips, Anne (2006) What is 'culture'? In: Arneil, Barbara and Deveaux, Monique and Dhamoon, Rita and Eisenberg, Avigail, (eds.) Sexual Justice / Cultural Justice. Routledge innovations in political theory. Routledge, 15-29. ISBN 9780415770927

Phillips, Anne (2006) "Really" equal: opportunities and autonomy Journal of Political Philosophy, 14 (1). 18-32. ISSN 0963-8016

Dryzek, John S. and Honig, Bonnie and Phillips, Anne (2006) Introduction In: Dryzek, John S. and Honig, Bonnie and Phillips, Anne, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.. ISBN 9780199270033

Dryzek, John S. and Honig, Bonnie and Phillips, Anne, eds (2006) Oxford handbook of political theory Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.. ISBN 9780199270033


Phillips, Anne (2005) Between norms and practicalities: A response to Sawitri Saharso Ethnicities, 5 (2). 271-273. ISSN 1468-7968

Phillips, Anne (2005) Dilemmas of gender and culture: the judge, the democrat and the political activist In: Eisenberg, Avigail and Spinner-Halev, Jeff, (eds.) Minorities Within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 113-134. ISBN 9780521603942

Kuper, Adam and Appiah, Anthony and Phillips, Anne (2005) Identity politics. In: British Academy Panel Discussion, 12 April 2005, London, UK


Phillips, Anne (2004) Feminismo y republicanismo In: Gargarella, R. and Ovejero, F. and Martí, J. L., (eds.) Nuevas Ideas Republicanas. Paidos Iberica, Spain, 263-285. ISBN 84-493-1510-7

Phillips, Anne (2004) Democracy, recognition and power In: Engelstad, Fredrik and Osterud, Oyvind and Sterud, Yvind, (eds.) Power and Democracy: Critical Interventions. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K., 57-78. ISBN 0754637670

Phillips, Anne (2004) Identity politics: have we now had enough? In: Andersen, Jon and Siim, Birte, (eds.) The Politics of Inclusion and Empowerment: Gender, Class and Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 36-48. ISBN 1403932387

Phillips, Anne (2004) Defending equality of outcome Journal of Political Philosophy, 12 (1). 1-19. ISSN 0963-8016

Phillips, Anne and Dustin, Moira (2004) UK initiatives on forced marriage : regulation, dialogue and exit Political Studies, 52 (3). 531-551. ISSN 0032-3217


Phillips, Anne (2003) Recognition and the struggle for political voice In: Hobson, Barbara, (ed.) Recognition Struggles and Social Movements: Contested Identities. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 263-273. ISBN 9780521536080

Phillips, Anne (2003) When culture means gender: issues of cultural defence in the English courts Modern Law Review, 66 (4). 510-531. ISSN 0026-7961


Phillips, Anne (2002) La politique identitaire: faut-il tourner la page? Cahiers du Genre, 33. 43-61. ISSN 1165-3558

Phillips, Anne (2002) La politique identitiaire: faut-il tourner la page? In: Gaspard, Françoise and Heinen, Jacqueline, (eds.) L'égalité, une utopie ?. Cahiers du Genre, 33., Paris, France, 43-61. ISBN 2747535347

Phillips, Anne (2002) Que tiene que ver el socialismo con la igualdad social? In: Gargarella, R. and Overjero, F., (eds.) Razones Para El Socialismo. Estado y sociedad. Paidos, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 8449311195

Phillips, Anne (2002) Multiculturalism, universalism and the claims of democracy In: Molyneux, Maxine and Razavi, Shahra, (eds.) Gender Justice, Development and Rights. Oxford studies in democratization. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 115-140. ISBN 9780199256457

Phillips, Anne (2002) Politics in isolation? Recent developments in political theory In: Bakan, Abigail B and MacDonald, Eleanor, (eds.) Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogues From the Left. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 350-367. ISBN 9780773522527

Phillips, Anne (2002) Feminism and the politics of difference. Or, where have all the women gone? In: James, Susan and Palmer, Stephanie, (eds.) Visible Women: Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy. Hart Publishing, Oxford, 11-28. ISBN 9781841131955

Phillips, Anne (2002) Does feminism need a conception of civil society? In: Kymlicka, Will and Chambers, Simone, (eds.) Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society. Ethikon series in comparative ethics. Princeton University Press, New Jersey, USA, 71-89. ISBN 9780691087962


Phillips, Anne (2001) Not as individuals but in pairs Theory, Culture and Society, 18 (4). 123-127. ISSN 0263-2764

Phillips, Anne (2001) Representation renewed In: Sawer, Mariam and Zappala, Gianna, (eds.) Speaking for the People: Representation in Australian Politics. Melbourne University Press, Australia, 19-35. ISBN 0522849725

Phillips, Anne (2001) Feminism and liberalism revisited: has Martha Nussbaum got it right? Constellations, 8 (2). 249-266. ISSN 1351-0487


Phillips, Anne (2000) Närvarons politik Studentlitteratur, Lund, Sweeden. ISBN 91-44-00673-X

Phillips, Anne (2000) Representing difference: why should it matter if women get elected? In: Coote, Anna, (ed.) New Gender Agenda. Institute of public policy research, London, 58-65. ISBN 9781860301209

Phillips, Anne (2000) Second class citizenship In: Pearce, Nick and Hallgarten, Joe, (eds.) Tomorrow's Citizens: Critical Debates in Citizenship and Education. Institute for Public Policy Research, London, U.K.. ISBN 1860300960

Phillips, Anne (2000) Feminism and republicanism: is this a plausible alliance? Journal of Political Philosophy, 8 (2). 279-293. ISSN 0963-8016

Phillips, Anne (2000) Equality, pluralism, universality: current concerns in normative theory British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2 (2). 237-255. ISSN 1369-1481


Phillips, Anne (1999) Which equalities matter? Polity Press, U.K.. ISBN 0745621090

Phillips, Anne (1999) La reppresentanza rinnovata In: Bianchi, S., (ed.) Emily: Come Eleggere Piu Donne. Reset. ISBN 8887591032

Phillips, Anne (1999) Descriptive representation revisited In: Lukes, S. and Garcia, S., (eds.) The quality of citizenship: social inclusion versus multiculturalism?. Editorial Siglio XXI, Spain.

Phillips, Anne (1999) Strategies de la difference: politique des idees ou politique de la presence? Mouvements, 3. 92-101. ISSN 1776-2995

Phillips, Anne (1999) Who needs civil society? A feminist perspective Dissent, 46 (1). 56-61. ISSN 0012-3846

Phillips, Anne (1999) The politicisation of difference: does this make for a more tolerant society? In: Horton, Joanne and Mendus, Susan, (eds.) Toleration, Identity and Difference. St. Martin’s Press, Basingstoke, UK, 126-145. ISBN 9780312218522

Phillips, Anne (1999) Why does local democracy matter? In: Pratchett, Lawrence and Wilson, David, (eds.) Local Democracy and Local Government. Government beyond the centre. Macmillan Press in association with CLD Ltd, U.K., 20-37. ISBN 0333664329


Phillips, Anne (1998) Democracy In: Jaggar, Alison M. and Young, Marion, (eds.) A Companion to Feminist Philosophy. Blackwell companions to philosophy. Blackwell, Oxford, U.K., 511-519. ISBN 1557866597

Phillips, Anne, ed (1998) Feminism and politics Oxford readings in feminism. Oxford University Press, New York, U.S.. ISBN 9780198782056


Phillips, Anne (1997) In defence of secularism In: Modood, Tariq, (ed.) Church, State and Religious Minorities. Policy Studies Institute, London, U.K., 23-30. ISBN 0853747245

Phillips, Anne (1997) What has socialism to do with sexual equality? In: Franklin, Jane, (ed.) Equality. 1860300537. Institute for Public Policy Research, London, U.K. I, 101-121.

Phillips, Anne (1997) Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas or a politics of presence? In: Goodin, Robert E. and Pettit, Philip, (eds.) Contemporary Political Philosophy: an Anthology. Blackwell philosophy anthologies. Blackwell Publishers, Cambridge, U.K., 174-185. ISBN 1557868417

Phillips, Anne (1997) From inequality to difference: a severe case of displacement? New Left Review, 224. 143-153. ISSN 0028-6060


Phillips, Anne (1996) Why worry about multiculturalism? Dissent, winter. 57-63. ISSN 0012-3846

Phillips, Anne (1996) Must feminists give up on liberal democracy? [Spanish translation] In: Castells, Carme, (ed.) Perspectivas Feministas En Teoria Politica. Paidos, Spain. ISBN 8449303397

Phillips, Anne (1996) Feminism and the attraction of the local In: King, Desmond and Stoker, Gerry, (eds.) Rethinking Local Democracy. Government beyond the centre. Macmillan in association with the ESRC local programme, Basingstoke, UK, 111-129. ISBN 0333638522

Phillips, Anne (1996) Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas, or a politics of presence? In: Benhabib, Seyla, (ed.) Democracy and Difference : Contesting the Boundaries of the Political. Princeton University Press, Princeton, U.S., 139-154. ISBN 0691044791


Phillips, Anne (1995) The politics of presence Oxford political theory. Clarendon Press, Oxford, U.K.; New York, U.S., 209. ISBN 0198279426

Phillips, Anne (1995) Fraternity In: Brown, Gordon and Wright, Tony, (eds.) Values, Visions and Voices: an Anthology of Socialism. Mainstream, Edinburgh, U.K., 166-170. ISBN 9781851587315

Phillips, Anne (1995) Democracy and difference: Some problems for feminist theory In: Kymlicka, Will, (ed.) The Rights of Minority Cultures. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 288-302. ISBN 0198781008


Phillips, Anne (1994) Local democracy: the terms of debate Research report, Commission for Local Democracy, London, UK.

Phillips, Anne (1994) Local democracy: the terms of the debate Commission for local democracy, U.K.. ISBN 1899108106

Phillips, Anne (1994) Comment: Whose community? Which individuals? In: Miliband, David, (ed.) Reinventing the Left. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 123-128. ISBN 074561390X

Phillips, Anne (1994) Democracy and representation. Or, why should it matter who our representatives are? In: Frauen und Politik: Schweizerisches Jahrbuch fur Politische Wissenschaft. Swiss Association for Political Science, Zurich, Switzerland, 63-76.

Phillips, Anne (1994) Pluralism, solidarity and change In: Weeks, Jeffrey, (ed.) The Lesser Evil and the Greater Good : the Theory and Politics of Social Diversity. Rivers Oram Press, London, U.K., 235-252. ISBN 1854890549

Phillips, Anne (1994) Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas or a politics of presence? Constellations, 1. 88-91. ISSN 1351-0487


Phillips, Anne (1993) Democracy and difference Polity Press, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 074561096x

Phillips, Anne (1993) Prospects for democracy: north, south, east, west In: Held, David, (ed.) Prospects for Democracy : North, South, East, West. Polity Press, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 0745609880


Barrett, Michèle and Phillips, Anne (1992) Destabilizing theory: contemporary feminist debates 1st, Stanford University Press. ISBN 10: 0804720304

Barrett, Michèle I. and Phillips, Anne, eds (1992) Destabilising theory: contemporary feminist debates Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA. ISBN 9780804720304

Phillips, Anne (1992) Universal pretensions in political thought In: Barrett, Michele and Phillips, Anne, (eds.) Destabilizing Theory : Contemporary Feminist Debates. Polity Press, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 0745607950

Phillips, Anne (1992) Democracy and difference: some problems for feminist theory Political Quarterly, 63 (1). 79-90. ISSN 0032-3179

Phillips, Anne (1992) Must feminists give up on liberal democracy? Political Studies Review, 40 (1). 68-82. ISSN 1478-9299


Phillips, Anne (1991) Engendering democracy PSU Press Co-published with Polity Press. ISBN 978-0-271-00784-7

Phillips, Anne (1991) Citizenship and feminist theory In: Andrews, G., (ed.) Citizenship. Lawrence & Wishart, 76-88. ISBN 0853157332

Phillips, Anne (1991) So what's wrong with the individual? Socialism, feminism, equality In: Osborne, P., (ed.) Socialism and the Limits of Liberalism. Verso, New York, U.S., 139-160. ISBN 9780860913269

Phillips, Anne (1991) Women in the UK and Republic of Ireland: qualitative or quantitative change? In: Furst Dilic, R, (ed.) Women of Europe towards the year 2000: agents for changing structures and values. Centre Européen de Coordination de Recherche et de Documentation en Sciences Sociales in association with UNESCO, Vienna, Austria.


Phillips, Anne (1989) The enigma of colonialism: British policy in West Africa Currey, London, U.K.. ISBN 0852550251


Phillips, Anne (1988) Fraternidad In: Pimlott, Ben, (ed.) Ensayos Fabianos Sobre Pensamiento Socialista. Ediciones de la Revista de Trabajo (23). Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración, Spain. ISBN 8474344603


Phillips, Anne (1987) Divided loyalties: dilemmas of sex and class Virago, London, U.K.. ISBN 0860685535

Phillips, Anne, ed (1987) Feminism and equality Readings in social and political theory. Basil Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780631155416


Phillips, Anne (1984) Fraternity In: Pimlott, Ben, (ed.) Fabian Essays in Socialist Thought. Heinemann, London, U.K., 230-241. ISBN 9780435836818


Phillips, Anne (1983) Hidden hands: women and economic policies Arguments for socialism. Pluto Press, London. ISBN 0861045114


Phillips, Anne (1981) Marxism and feminism In: No Turning Back : Writings From the Women’s Liberation Movement 1975-80. Women’s Press, London, U.K.. ISBN 0704338734


Phillips, Anne and Taylor, Barbara (1980) Sex and skill: notes towards a feminist economics Feminist Review, 6. 79-88. ISSN 0141-7789


Phillips, Anne (1977) The concept of 'Development' Review of African Political Economy, 4 (8). 7-20. ISSN 0305-6244

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