White, Jonathan

Professor Jonathan White  


Position held

Professor of Politics


Experience keywords:

European Union; European identity; European politics; democratic theory; partisanship; political sociology; public opinion; social theory

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My research interests lie in the fields of political sociology and democratic theory, with a focus on contemporary European democracy and EU integration. Areas of particular interest are political engagement and public opinion, partisanship, citizenship under conditions of transnational integration, and the nature of social bonds. My work draws on interpretative social theory and qualitative research methods.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; eastern Europe


Czech [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Italian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

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Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7107 5403



White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2018) Review symposium: the democratic case for partisanship Political Theory. ISSN 0090-5917

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2018) Response to Aurelian Craiutu’s review of the meaning of partisanship Perspectives on Politics, 16 (1). 182. ISSN 1537-5927

White, Jonathan (2018) The British Academy Brian Barry prize essay: the ethics of political alliance British Journal of Political Science. ISSN 0007-1234 (In Press)

White, Jonathan (2018) Between rules and discretion: thoughts on Ordo-liberalism In: Hien, Josef and Joerges, Christian, (eds.) Ordoliberalism, Law and the Rule of Economics. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781509919048

Bonotti, Matteo and White, Jonathan and Leman Ypi, Lea and Calder, Gideon and Donovan, Mark and Roberts, Peri and Vincent, Andrew and Williams, Howard (2018) In defence of political parties: a symposium on Jonathan White and Lea Ypi’s the meaning of partisanship Political Studies Review. ISSN 1478-9299


White, Jonathan (2017) Principled disobedience in the EU Constellations. ISSN 1351-0487 (In Press)

White, Jonathan (2017) Rhythm and its absence in modern politics and music German Life and Letters, 70 (3). 383-393. ISSN 0016-8777

White, Jonathan (2017) Climate change and the generational timescape Sociological Review. ISSN 0038-0261

White, Jonathan (2017) Revisionism as a logic of institutional change European Law Journal, 23 (5). 406-416. ISSN 1351-5993

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2017) The politics of peoplehood Political Theory, 45 (4). 439-465. ISSN 0090-5917

White, Jonathan (2017) The party in time British Journal of Political Science, 47 (4). 851-868. ISSN 0007-1234


White, Jonathan (2016) A common European identity is an illusion In: Zimmermann, Hubert and Dür, Andreas, (eds.) Key Controversies in European Integration. The European Union Series (2). Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK.

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2016) The meaning of partisanship Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2016) The new partisanship Renewal: a Journal of Social Democracy, 24 (2). 27-35. ISSN 0968-252X

White, Jonathan (2016) Archiving for the future: the party constitution In: Gosseries, Axel and González-Ricoy, Iñigo, (eds.) Institutions for Future Generations. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

White, Jonathan (2015) The Greek referendum offers an opportunity to challenge the EU’s preoccupation with the ‘politics of emergency’ LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (1 Jul 2015) Blog entry

White, Jonathan (2015) When parties make peoples Global Policy, 6. 106-114. ISSN 1758-5880

White, Jonathan (2015) Authority after emergency rule Modern Law Review, 78 (4). 585-610. ISSN 0026-7961

Moumoutzis, Kyriakos and White, Jonathan and Codogno, Lorenzo and Konstantinidis, Nikitas and Bertsou, Eri (2015) Experts react: Greek referendum LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (6 Jul 2015) Blog entry

White, Jonathan (2015) Emergency Europe Political Studies, 63 (2). 300-318. ISSN 0032-3217


White, Jonathan (2014) Transnational partisanship: idea and practice Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 17 (3). 377-400. ISSN 1369-8230

White, Jonathan (2014) Politicizing Europe: the challenge of executive discretion LEQS discussion papers, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


White, Jonathan (2013) Book review: philosophical foundations of European Union law - Julie Dickson and Pavlos Eleftheriadis (eds.) Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. ISSN 1538-1617

White, Jonathan (2013) Thinking generations British Journal of Sociology, 64 (2). 216-247. ISSN 0007-1315

White, Jonathan (2013) Left and right in the economic crisis Journal of Political Ideologies, 18 (2). 150-170. ISSN 1356-9317


White, Jonathan (2012) A common European identity is an illusion In: Zimmermann, Hubert and Dür, Andreas, (eds.) Key Controversies in European Integration. The European Union Series. Palgrave Macmilan, Basingstoke, UK, 103-111. ISBN 9781137006158

White, Jonathan (2012) Community, transnationalism, and the left-right metaphor European Journal of Social Theory, 15 (2). 197-219. ISSN 1368-4310

White, Jonathan (2012) Parallel lives: social comparison across national boundaries LSE 'Europe in Question' discussion paper series, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.


White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2011) On partisan political justification American Political Science Review, 105 (2). 381-396. ISSN 1537-5943

White, Jonathan (2011) Left and right as political resources Journal of Political Ideologies, 16 (2). 123-144. ISSN 1356-9317

White, Jonathan (2011) Political allegiance after European integration Studies in European Union Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230279780


White, Jonathan (2010) Europe in the political imagination Journal of Common Market Studies, 48 (4). 1015-1038. ISSN 1468-5965

White, Jonathan (2010) Responding to norm indeterminacy outside the nation-state frame Comparative Sociology, 9 (5). 611-630. ISSN 1569-1322

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2010) Rethinking the modern prince: partisanship and the democratic ethos Political Studies, 58 (4). 809-828. ISSN 0032-3217

White, Jonathan (2010) Left, right and beyond: the pragmatics of political mapping LSE 'Europe in Question' discussion paper series, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

White, Jonathan (2010) European integration by daylight Comparative European Politics, 8 (1). 55-73. ISSN 1472-4790

White, Jonathan (2010) The politics of other citizens Citizenship Studies, 14 (4). 411-427. ISSN 1362-1025

White, Jonathan (2010) Europe and the common Political Studies, 58 (1). 104-122. ISSN 0032-3217


White, Jonathan (2009) Thematization and collective positioning in everyday political talk British Journal of Political Science, 39 (4). 699-709. ISSN 0007-1234

White, Jonathan (2009) The social theory of mass politics Journal of Politics, 71 (1). 96-112. ISSN 0022-3816


White, Jonathan (2003) Theory guiding practice: the neofunctionalists and theHallstein EEC Commission Journal of European Integration History, 9 (1). 111-131. ISSN 0947-9511

White, Jonathan (2003) Rethinking transnational solidarity in the EU Perspectives: The Review of International Affairs, 20. 40-57. ISSN 1210-762X

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The Meaning of Partisanship

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Visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, the Australian National University, Harvard University, Sciences Po in Paris and the Humboldt University Berlin. Previously research fellow at the Czech Institute of International Relations in Prague, and lecturer at universities in the Czech Republic and Albania. His paper ‘Emergency Europe’ was awarded the 2015 Harrison Prize for the best paper published in Political Studies. His paper ‘The Ethics of Political Alliance’ was awarded the 2017 British Academy Brian Barry Prize for excellence in political science.

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