Barker, Rodney

Professor Emeritus Rodney Barker  


Position held

Emeritus Professor of Government


Non LSE positions held

Gresham College

Emeritus Gresham Professor of Rhetoric


Experience keywords:

enemies; enmity; identity; ideology; legitimacy; legitimation; propaganda; rhetoric

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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.

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Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points



Barker, Rodney (2017) The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is 'essential' and what 'superfluous' in political life British Politics and Policy at LSE (22 Sep 2017) Blog entry

Barker, Rodney (2017) Cultivating political and public identity: why plumage matters Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. ISBN 9781526114587


Barker, Rodney (2014) A tale of three cities: the early years of political science in Oxford, London and Manchester In: Hood, Christopher and King, Desmond and Peele, Gilian, (eds.) Forging a Discipline: A Critical Assessment of Oxford's Development of Politics and International Relations in Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 26-45. ISBN 9780199682218


Barker, Rodney (2013) The plural paths of British pluralism In: Sato, Seishi and Kelly, Paul, (eds.) Studies in Contemporary British Political Thought: Between Pluralism and Multiculturalism. Waseda University Press, Tokyo, Japan. ISBN 9784657130051

Barker, Rodney (2013) Book review: the great persuasion: reinventing free markets since the depression Public Policy Research, 19 (4). 263-266. ISSN 1744-5396


Barker, Rodney (2012) For a society to be truly ‘big’ it must have universal dimensions which sustain and cultivate solidarity and equality British Politics and Policy at LSE (6 Nov 2012) Blog entry

Barker, Rodney (2012) Big societies, little platoons and the problems with pluralism Political Quarterly, 82 (SUPPL1). 48-54. ISSN 0032-3179

Dunleavy, Patrick and Mollett, Amy and Evans, Mary and Newburn, Tim and Voth, Hans-Joachim and Ponticelli, Jacopo and Gilson, Christopher and Barker, Rodney (2012) The 2011 London riots British Politics and Policy at LSE, Public Policy Group, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Barker, Rodney (2011) Book review: ten years of New Labour - by Matt Beech and Simon Lee (eds) Parliamentary History, 30 (2). 283-284. ISSN 0264-2824

Barker, Rodney (2011) Book review: going to war: British debates from Wilberforce to Blair - by Philip Towle Parliamentary History, 30 (2). 265-266. ISSN 0264-2824

Barker, Rodney (2011) The summer’s riots and the Occupy movement are both protests against, and a rejection of, an economy that is no longer working for most ordinary citizens British Politics and Policy at LSE (22 Nov 2011) Blog entry

Barker, Rodney (2011) Big societies, little platoons and the problems with pluralism Political Quarterly, 82 (1). 50-55. ISSN 0032-3179


Barker, Rodney (2010) The perils of electoral success British Politics and Policy at LSE (3 Mar 2010) Blog entry

Barker, Rodney (2010) Red Tories, cameronians, and capitalism for the workers British Politics and Policy at LSE (14 Apr 2010) Blog entry

Barker, Rodney (2010) First debate: what our experts said British Politics and Policy at LSE (16 Apr 2010) Blog entry


Barker, Rodney (2009) The pluralism of British pluralism Journal of Political Ideologies, 14 (1). 31-45. ISSN 1356-9317


Barker, Rodney (2008) On Stefan Collini: absent minds Political Studies Review, 6 (1). 14-22. ISSN 1478-9299

Barker, Rodney (2008) Social democracy and liberalism Re-Public. ISSN 1791-857X


Barker, Rodney (2007) Making enemies Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230516816

Barker, Rodney (2007) Democratic legitimation: what is it, who wants it, and why? In: Hurrelmann, A and Schneider, Steve and Steffek, J, (eds.) Legitimacy in an Age of Global Politics. Transformations of the state. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 19-34. ISBN 9780230518100


Barker, Rodney (2003) Pluralism, revenant or recessive? In: Hayward, J. and Barry, B. and Brown, A., (eds.) The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century. British Academy centenary monographs. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780197262948

Barker, Rodney (2003) Legitimacy, legitimation, and the European Union: what crisis? In: Craig, Paul P and Harlow, Carol and Rawlings, Richard, (eds.) Law and Administration in Europe: Essays in Honour of Carol Harlow. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 157-174. ISBN 9780199265374


Barker, Rodney (2001) Legitimating identities: the self-presentations of rulers and subjects Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521004251


Barker, Rodney (2000) Nuove regole per società aperte In: Moussanet, M., (ed.) Duemila: Verso Una Societa Aperta. Il Sole 24 Ore, Milan, Italy. ISBN 9788883630644

Barker, Rodney (2000) Hooks and hands, interests and enemies: political thinking as political action In: Barker, Rodney, (ed.) Political Ideas and Political Action. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 1-16. ISBN 9780631221425

Barker, Rodney (2000) The long millennium, the short century, and the persistence of legitimation Contemporary Politics, 6 (1). 7-12. ISSN 1469-3631

Barker, Rodney, ed (2000) Political ideas and political action Blackwell Publishers Ltd, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780631221425

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