Fraser, Maurice

Professor Maurice Fraser  


Position held

Professor of Practice in European Politics and Head of the Institute


Non LSE positions held

Chatham House

Associate Fellow


Forum for European Philosophy

Trustee and Executive Member


Henry Jackson Society

Academic Council



Undergraduate Admissions Jury


The Franco-British Council

Trustee and Council Member


Experience keywords:

EU external relations; EU foreign policy; EU institutions; EU legitimacy; Europe; European identity; European politics; France; French politics; Transatlantic relations; the British Conservative Party; the Centre-Right in Europe; the West

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My current research focuses on the West's central role as a descriptive and normative concept across intellectual disciplines, notably the humanities, civilisational studies and international relations. I seek to explain the reasons for the West's self-doubt and its increasingly hesitant claims for an unique and irreducible content; and to evaluate its continuing significance as a concept in the changing geopolitical and economic environment of the post-Cold War era and a 'multipolar' world. I also examine the extent to which the West's identity is based on its self-understanding as a normative 'project' of universal reach, and ask whether the EU constitutes a project of comparable scope and ambition.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; France; Greece; Italy; UK


French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Greek [Spoken: Basic, Written: N/A]; Italian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Spanish [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6006

LSE email:

Alt phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6310



Fraser, Maurice (2012) Nicolas Sarkozy: down but not out in the French elections LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (25 Apr 2012) Blog entry

Fraser, Maurice (2012) France’s presidential election campaign is confirming the deep-seated caution of both main candidates. But, for all the disappointed expectations of Sarkozy as a reformer, there is still a sense that he ‘gets it’. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (10 Apr 2012) Blog entry

Fraser, Maurice (2012) The EU’s Nobel Prize means that it must do even more to overcome its current crises, and increase its role as a force for peace and prosperity LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (12 Oct 2012) Blog entry


Fraser, Maurice and Lane, Philippe, eds (2011) Franco-British academic partnerships: the next chapter Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. ISBN 9781846316630


Fraser, Maurice (2010) Is the decline of the West reversible? European View, 9 (2). 149-156. ISSN 1781-6858


Fraser, Maurice (2009) Making Europe matter: a realistic path to legitimacy In: Cramme, Olaf, (ed.) Rescuing the European Project: Eu Legitimacy, Governance and Security. Policy Network , London, UK , 23-34.


Fraser, Maurice , ed (2008) European Union: policies and priorities 2008 Financial Times Business, London, UK. ISBN 9780900671821


Fraser, Maurice, ed (2007) European Union: the next fifty years Financial Times Business. ISBN 9780900671814

Fraser, Maurice, ed (2007) G8 summit 2007: issues and instruments Newsdesk Communications and Agora Projects, London, UK. ISBN 1905435177

Fraser, Maurice , ed (2007) G8 summit 2007: growth and responsibility Newsdesk Communications and Agora Projects, London, UK. ISBN 1905435452


Fraser, Maurice, ed (2005) The world trade brief : the sixth WTO Ministerial Conference, Hong Kong, 13-18 December 2005 Haymarket Management, London, UK.

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Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia ; Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur; European Information Award 2007

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