Academic Staff

Professor David Howarth MA Natal MA, PhD Essex

Position in departmentPGR Education Officer, Division Officer Political Theory
Staff positionLecturer
Emaildavidh@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 873403
Room5.014
Office hoursFriday 14:00 - 16:00
Biography

David Howarth is a Professor in the Department of Government and Co-Director of the Centre for Theoretical Studies at the University of Essex. He is first and foremost a political theorist, whose main interests are poststructuralist theories of society and politics, focussing especially on the empirical study of political ideologies and discourses; the theoretical relationship between space, time and the political; and the intersections between identity, difference and subjectivity. In pursuing this project, he has written a single-authored book entitled Discourse (Buckingham: Open University Press, 2000), which puts forward a distinctive theory of discourse and an approach for its analysis, and he has recently co-authored a research monograph entitled Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory (London: Routledge, 2007), which elaborates an innovative, post-structuralist approach to social science method and explanation.

He has also co-edited three volumes of papers on applying theory to particular empirical cases, and published numerous articles and chapters in respected academic journals and edited collections. In Discourse Theory and Political Analysis (MUP, 2000) and Discourse Theory in European Politics (London: Palgrave, 2005) he introduces post-structuralist discourse theory, contributes case studies, and reflects upon its method. His contribution to South Africa in Transition (London: Macmillan, 1998) explores the logic of democratic transition. Articles in Political Studies, Anthropological Theory and Alternatives extend the scope of his approach by engaging with other relevant theorists and topics, including reflections on space and time. Research on South African politics appears in Africa Today, Journal of Political Ideologies and South African Historical Journal.

He is currently working on two book projects: poststructuralist social and political theory – Poststructuralism and After (London: Palgrave) - and the governance of airports in the UK: The Politics of Sustainable Aviation (Manchester: Manchester University Press). He is also conducting research into the relationship between faith, politics and public space in contemporary liberal democracies, in which he is exploring the impact of faith schools on the development of democratic citizenship.

Qualifications

1990-5 PhD, University of Essex.
1986-90 MA, University of Natal. By research.
1987-8 MA, University of Essex. Ideology and Discourse Analysis. Distinction.
1984-5 BA (Hons), University of Natal. Politics. Distinction.

Teaching responsibilities

GV988 Ideology and Political Discourse

GV991 Project

GV993 Dissertation

Publications

Authored Books

Poststructuralism and After: Structure, Agency and Power (2013) London: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137-26697-2.

The Politics of Airport Expansion in the United Kingdom: Hegemony, Policy and the Rhetoric of ‘Sustainable Aviation’ (2013) Manchester: Manchester University Press. (Co-written with Dr Steven Griggs.) 380 pp. ISBN: 978 0 7190 7613 8.

Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory, London: Routledge, 2007. (Co-written with Jason Glynos.) 264 pp. ISBN: 0415404282. 

Discourse, Buckingham: Open University Press, 2000. 176 pp. ISBN: 0335200702.


Edited Books
Discourse Theory in European Politics: Identities, Policy and Governance, London: Palgrave, 2005. (Co-edited with Professor Jacob Torfing.) ISBN: 1403917191.

Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000. (Co-edited with A. J. Norval and Y. Stavrakakis.) 243 pp. ISBN: 0719056632.

South Africa in Transition: New Theoretical Perspectives, London: Macmillan, 1998. (Co-edited with A. J. Norval.) 220 pp. ISBN: 0333671562.


Academic Journal Articles
‘Reimagining Capitalism and Christianity Today: Articulating and Negotiating Contestable Faiths in a Minor Key’, Political Theology, (2011), forthcoming.

‘A Fiasco of Volcanic Proportions? Eyjafjallajokull and the Closure of European Airspace’, Mobilities, (2011), forthcoming. (Co-written with Lucy Budd, Steven Griggs, and Steve Ison).

‘Discourse, Power, and Policy: Articulating a Hegemony Approach to Critical Policy Studies’, Critical Policy Studies, (2010), Vol. 3, Nos. 3–4, pp. 309–335.

‘Critical Explanation in Social Science: A Logics Approach’, Swiss Journal of Sociology, (2008), Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 5-35.

‘Ethos, Agonism and Populism: William Connolly and the Case for Radical Democracy’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, (2008), Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 171-93.

‘Populism, Localism and Environmental Politics: The Logic and Rhetoric of the Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign in the United Kingdom’, Planning Theory, (2008), Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 123-44. (Co-authored with Dr Steven Griggs.)

‘Metaphor, Catachresis and Equivalence: The Rhetoric of Freedom to Fly in the Struggle over Aviation Policy in the United Kingdom’, Policy and Society (2006), Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 23-46. (Co-authored with Dr Steven Griggs.)

‘Space, Subjectivity and Politics’, Alternatives (2006), Vol. 31, No. 2 pp. 105-34.

‘A Transformative Political Campaign? The New Rhetoric of Protest against Airport Expansion in the UK’, Journal of Political Ideologies, (2004), Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 167-87. (Co-authored with Dr Steven Griggs.)

‘Towards a Heideggerian Social Science: Heidegger, Kisiel and Wiener on the Limits of Anthropological Discourse’, Anthropological Theory, (2004), Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 229-47.

‘Archaeology, Genealogy and Hegemony: A Reply to Mulligan’, Political Studies, (2003), Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 436-40.

‘An Archaeology of Political Discourse? Michel Foucault and the Critique of Ideology’, Political Studies, (2002), Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 117-35.

‘An Alliance of Interest and Identity? Explaining the Campaign against Manchester Airport’s Second Runway’, Mobilization, (2002) Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 43-58. (Co-written with Dr Steven Griggs).

‘Second Runway at Manchester’, Parliamentary Affairs, (1998) Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 358-69. (Co-authored with Dr S. Griggs and Professor B. Jacobs).

‘Complexities of Identity/Difference: The Ideology of Black Consciousness in South Africa’, Journal of Political Ideologies, (1997) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 51-78. (This article is reproduced in Bevir, M. (2010) (ed) Interpretive Political Science, London: SAGE.)

‘The Ideologies and Strategies of Resistance in Post-Sharpeville South Africa: Thoughts on Anthony Marx’s Lessons of Struggle’, Africa Today, (1994) Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 21-38.

‘Reflections on the Politics of Space and Time’, Angelaki, (1993) Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 43-56.


Review Articles
‘Structure, Agency and Power in Political Analysis: Beyond Contextualized Self-Interpretations’, Political Studies Review, (2008), Vol. 6, pp. 155-169.

‘Ethnic and Racial Identities in a Changing South Africa: The Limits of Social Science Explanation’, South African Historical Journal, (2002), 46, pp. 250-74.

‘Reflections on Ernesto Laclau’s New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time’, Politikon: Journal of South African Political Science, (1991) Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 120-134.


Editor of Special Issue of Academic Journal
‘Reconsidering the Political’, Angelaki, (1994), Vol. 1, No. 3, 184 pp. ISBN 1 899567 02 X. Co-edited with A. J. Norval.


Edited Works: Contributions
‘Phronesis, Logics, and Critical Policy Analysis: Heathrow’s “Third Runway” and the Politics of Sustainable Aviation in the UK’, in T. Landman and S. Schram (eds), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. (Co-written with S. Griggs).

‘Essentialism’, in M. Bevir (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Political Theory (London: Routledge), London: Sage, 2010.

‘Discourse’, in M. Bevir (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Political Theory (London: Routledge), London: Sage, 2010.

‘Populism in Context’, in P. Casula and J. Perovic (eds). Identities and Politics during the Putin Presidency: The Discursive Foundations of Russia's Stability, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2009, pp. 30-39.

‘Discourse Analysis: Varieties and Methods’, in ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Review Paper, ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, NCRM 014, 2009.

‘Pluralizing Methods: Contingency, Ethics and Critical Explanation’, in S. Chambers (ed) Becoming Plural: The Political Thought of William E. Connolly, London: Routledge, 2008.

‘Metaphor, Catachresis and Equivalence: The Rhetoric of Freedom to Fly in the Struggle over Aviation Policy in the United Kingdom’, in Carver, T. and Pikalo, J. (eds), Politics, Language and Metaphor, London: Routledge, 2008. (Co-written with S. Griggs).

‘Protest Movements, Environmental Activism and Environmentalism in the United Kingdom’, in Pretty, J. (ed.) Sage Book on the Environment, London; Sage, 2007, pp. 314-24. (Co-written with S. Griggs).

‘Airport Governance, Politics and Protest Networks’, in J. Torfing and M. Marcussen Democratic Network Governance in Europe (London: Palgrave, 2006.

‘Discourse’, in John Scott (ed) Sociology: The Key Concepts, London: Routledge, 2006.

‘Edward Said’, in John Scott (ed) 50 Key Sociologists: the Contemporary Theorists, London: Routledge, 2006.

‘Ernesto Laclau’, in John Scott (ed) 50 Key Sociologists: the Contemporary Theorists, London: Routledge, 2006.

‘Ferdinand de Saussure’, in John Scott (ed) 50 Key Sociologists: the Formative Theorists, London: Routledge, 2006.

‘Discourse’, in A. Harrington, H-P, Mueller, B. Marshall, Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Routledge, 2005.

‘Applying Discourse Theory: The Method of Articulation’, in Discourse Theory and European Politics: Identities, Policy and Governance, London: Palgrave, 2005. Co-edited book with Dr Jacob Torfing.

‘Populism or Popular Democracy? The UDF, Workerism and the Struggle for Radical Democracy in South Africa’, in F. Panizza (ed) Populism and the Mirror of Nature, London: Verso, 2005, pp. 202-23.

‘Hegemony, Subjectivity and Radical Democracy’, in S. Critchley and O. Marchant (eds), Laclau: A Critical Reader, London: Routledge, 2004, pp. 256-76.

‘The Work of Ideas and Interests in Public Policy’, in A. Finlayson and J. Valentine (eds), Politics and Post-Structuralism: An Introduction, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002. (Co-written with S. Griggs).

‘Political Frontiers’, in B. Clarke and J. Foweraker (eds) Encyclopaedia of Democratic Thought, London: Routledge, 2001. (Co-written with A. J. Norval).

‘Inclusion/Exclusion’, in B. Clarke and J. Foweraker (eds) Encyclopaedia of Democratic Thought, London: Routledge, 2001.

‘Democratic Ideology’, in B. Clarke and J. Foweraker (eds) Encyclopaedia of Democratic Thought, London: Routledge, 2001.

‘New Environmental Movements and Direct Action Protest: The Campaign against Manchester Airport's Second Runway’, in D. Howarth, A. J. Norval and Y. Stavrakakis (eds) Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000. (Co-written with S. Griggs).

‘Introducing Discourse Theory and Political Analysis’, in D. Howarth, A. J. Norval and Y. Stavrakakis (eds) Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000. (Co-written with Y. Stavrakakis).

‘The Difficult Emergence of a Democratic Imaginary: Black Consciousness and Non-Racial Democracy in South Africa’, in D. Howarth, A. J. Norval and Y. Stavrakakis (eds) Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.

‘Representing Blackness: Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement’, in L. Switzer and M. Adhikari (eds), The Oppositional Press in South Africa: Alternative Voices in the Last Generation under Apartheid, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2000. (Co-written with Mbulelo Mzamane).

‘Post-Marxism’, in A. Lent (ed) New Developments in Political Thought, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1998, pp. 126-42.

‘Paradigms Gained? A Critique of Theories of Democratization in South Africa’, in David Howarth and Aletta Norval (eds) South Africa in Transition: New Theoretical Perspectives, London: Macmillan, 1998, pp. 182-214.

‘Discourse Theory and Political Analysis’, in E. Scarborough and E. Tanenbaum (eds), Research Strategies in the Social Sciences Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 268-93.

‘Discourse Theory’, in David Marsh and Gerry Stoker (eds), Theories and Methods in Political Science, London: Macmillan, 1995, pp. 115-133.

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