Professor Jonathan  White

Professor Jonathan White

Deputy Head of the European Institute and Professor in Politics

European Institute

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Key Expertise
Democracy, Crisis, Technocracy, Populism

About me

Jonathan White is Professor of Politics and Deputy Head of the European Institute. He joined LSE as Lecturer in September 2008, after completing his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. He has held visiting positions at the Berlin Institute of Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg), Harvard, Stanford, the Humboldt University, Hertie School, Sciences Po in Paris and the Australian National University. Before his PhD he was a research fellow at the Czech Institute of International Relations in Prague, and a lecturer at universities in the Czech Republic and Albania. Books include Politics of Last Resort: Governing by Emergency in the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2019), The Meaning of Partisanship (with Lea Ypi, Oxford University Press, 2016) and Political Allegiance after European Integration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His work has appeared in the American Political Science ReviewJournal of PoliticsPolitical StudiesModern Law ReviewPolitical TheoryJournal of Common Market StudiesBritish Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of SociologyEuropean Journal of International Relations, and Journal of Political Philosophy. He has also written for The Guardian, New Statesman and Boston Review.


Democracy, Ideology and the European State (EU447

The Future: Political Responses to a Challenge (EU481

Research Interests

Jonathan White's research interests lie in the fields of political sociology and political theory, with a focus on European democracy. Areas of interest include political engagement, partisanship, ideology, ideas of the future, the politics of emergency, and the relation between social and political ties. His work draws on democratic theory, social theory, and qualitative research methods.

Please see LSE Research Online for a comprehensive list of research papers and articles.

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Expertise Details

Democracy; Emergency Politics; Technocracy; Populism; Politics of Left and Right; Political Theory

Selected publications


White, Jonathan (Feb. 2024), In the Long Run: the Future as a Political Idea (London: Profile Books).

White, Jonathan (2019) Politics of Last Resort: Governing by Emergency in the European Union.  Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9780198791720

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2016) The meaning of partisanship. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199684175

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



White, Jonathan (forthcoming), ‘WhatsApp Government: on technology, legitimacy and the performance of roles’, Journal of Politics.

White, Jonathan (2023), ‘Constitutionalizing the EU in an Age of Emergencies’ (2023), Journal of Common Market Studies 61 (3), pp.781-96 

White, Jonathan (2022), Circadian Justice, Journal of Political Philosophy 30 (4), pp.487-511.

White, Jonathan (2022), ‘The De-Institutionalisation of Power Beyond the State’European Journal of International Relations 28 (1), pp.187-208.

Heupel, Monika, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, Markus Patberg, Astrid Séville, Jens Steffek and Jonathan White (2021), ‘Emergency politics after globalization’International Studies Review.

White, Jonathan (2021), ‘Europe and the transnational politics of emergency’, with Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, Journal of European Public Policy.

White, Jonathan (2021), ‘What Kind of Electoral System Sustains a Politics of Firm Commitments?’Representation 57 (3), pp.329-345.

White, Jonathan (2020), ‘Europeanizing Ideologies’Journal of European Public Policy 27 (9), pp.1287-1306.

Bellamy, Richard and Bonotti, Matteo and Castiglione, Dario and Lacey, Joseph and Näsström, Sofia and Owen, David and White, Jonathan (2018) The democratic production of political cohesion: partisanship, institutional design and life form. Contemporary Political Theory. ISSN 1470-8914

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

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, 16 (4). pp. 289-305. ISSN 1478-9299

White, Jonathan (2018) The British Academy Brian Barry prize essay: the ethics of political alliance. British Journal of Political Science, 48 (3). pp. 593-609. ISSN 0007-1234

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

White, Jonathan (2015) Review essay: the Riptide of technocracy – can there be a democratic EU? Boston Review.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Edited Volume

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti and Jonathan White (eds.) (2021), Ideologies and the European Union (London: Routledge).

Innerarity, Daniel and White, Jonathan and Astier, Cristina and Errasti, Ander (2018) A New Narrative for a New Europe.  Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham MD.


Book Chapters

White, Jonathan (2021), ‘Emergency Europe after Covid-19’, in Gerard Delanty (ed.), Pandemic, Politics, and Society: Critical Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis (De Gruyter: Berlin), pp.75-92.

White, Jonathan (2020), ‘Technocracy after Covid-19’, in Thinking in a Pandemic: the Crisis of Science and Policy in the Age of COVID-19 (ed.) Boston Review (London: Verso).

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2020) Reselection and deselection in the political party. In: Welp, Y. and Whitehead, L., (eds.) The Politics of Recall Elections. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. 

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2020) Recalling representatives. In: Battini, Michele and Urbinati, Nadia, (eds.) The Future of Democracy. Feltrinelli editore, Milan, Italy.

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

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2016) The partisan claim. In: The meaning of partisanship. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 8-37. ISBN 9780199684175

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 (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 (2014) Politicizing Europe: the challenge of executive discretion. In: Hobolt, Sara and Olaf Cramme, (eds.) Democratic Politics in a European Union under Stress.  Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

White, Jonathan (2012) Parallel lives: social comparison across national boundaries. In: Kauppi, Niilo (ed.) A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe.  ECPR Press, Colchester, UK.

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 Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 103-111. ISBN 9781137006158