Dr James Muldoon
My research is on political parties, social movements, political campaigns and democratic theory. I offer courses on political theory and a variety of skills for social change such as political communication, public narrative, situation analysis and project planning. I am interested in how people can be empowered through greater skills and knowledge to act collectively and strengthen their communities.
I have three main research interests in political philosophy, political theory and political parties. My main focus in political philosophy is on German Idealism, in particular G. W. F. Hegel and Immanuel Kant. I have also written on the philosophical thought of French post-structuralism and Italian post-Marxism with a focus on Michel Foucault and Maurizio Lazzarato. More recently, I have worked on the political thought of Hannah Arendt and Jacques Rancière.
In political theory my main areas of research are in democratic theory and the history of political thought. I have worked on the European labour movements of the early twentieth century, Marxism, revolutionary socialism, and council communism. Within this field, I am particularly interested in Rosa Luxemburg, Anton Pannekoek, Karl Korsch and Richard Müller.
I also work on political parties and social movements. I have analysed the rise of populism and the transformation of political dynamics in European democratic states due to the electoral success of the far right. I am interested in the role of social movements and political parties in articulating demands and struggling for transformative political programs. I have worked on synthesising the traditions of community organising and methodologies from the NGO sector for practical training purposes. My current work focuses on the British Labour Party, Momentum and the relationship between social movements and political parties.
I am able to supervise research students in political theory and on topics related to democracy, populism, social movements and political parties. In political theory, I am particularly interested in the political thought of Michel Foucault, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, Gilles Deleuze, G. W. F. Hegel, Immanuel Kant, Jacques Rancière, Rosa Luxemburg, Anton Pannekoek, Iris Marion Young and Sheldon Wolin. I would also be interested in supervising students working on radical social movements, anti-austerity politics, political parties, political campaigns, populism, the far right, the alt right, and issues of race, class and gender.