Professor Jason Glynos

Department of Government
Professor Jason Glynos
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872515

  • Location

    5A.217, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Fridays 9-11am (Spring Term)



I teach political theory at the Department of Government, University of Essex, where I am co-director of the Centre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis. Adopting a discourse analytic and psychoanalytic approach to social and political analysis, my research engages broadly with theories of ideology, political economy, and democracy, seeking to delimit a field of investigation I call critical fantasy studies. I am especially interested in the role fantasy can play in helping us understand our affective investment in a wide range of discourses and organizational practices, and to draw out the ideological, political and normative implications of such analyses. The ‘logics approach’ to social and political analysis I have developed with my colleague David Howarth is partly informed by this interest in affect and fantasy, and runs alongside it. A product of sustained engagement with key debates in the philosophy of social science the logics approach operationalizes important insights of the Essex School of Discourse Theory - and poststructuralism more generally - for the conduct of critical empirical research. Grounded in our monograph Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory, we argue that this approach helps draw out in a rather forceful way the ideological, political and normative significance of practices. My current areas of interest and investigation include: • Competition as a principle of neoliberal governance; its varieties and counter-hegemonic alternatives – in policy and practice • Valuation practices, including those that incorporate techniques of quantification and monetization • ‘Alternative’ organizations and practices (eg., alternative financial organizations, alternative workplace practices, alternative ways of doing research, alternative forms of democratic practice, alternative community economies, such as time banks) • Practices in which the signifier ‘populism’ appears • Practices and justifications of remuneration • Practices of initiation, transition and experimentation; conditions of transformation • Creative ways of developing and combining a range of research strategies and methodologies, drawing on discourse analysis, psychoanalysis, psycho-social studies, ethnography, participatory-action research, and corpus linguistics.


  • BA Cambridge

  • LLB LLM British Columbia

  • PhD Essex

Research and professional activities

Research interests

political philosophy

Open to supervise

Lacanian and post-Marxist discourse theory

Open to supervise

philosophy and methodology of social science

Open to supervise

post-structural approaches to political and policy studies

Open to supervise

theories of democracy and ideology

Open to supervise

grammars of freedom and equality in contemporary political discourse

Open to supervise

cultures and discourses of the economy

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Discourse, Rhetoric and Power (GV252)

  • Career Portfolio (GV711)

  • Placement Year (GV834)

  • Placement-Linked Project (GV836)

  • Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (GV909)

  • PhD Seminar in Ideology and Discourse Analysis (GV990)

Previous supervision

Samuele Mazzolini
Samuele Mazzolini
Thesis title: Populism and Hegemony in Ernesto Laclau. Theory and Strategy in the Italian Communist Party and the Ecuadorian Citizens' Revolution.
Degree subject: Ideology and Discourse Analysis
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 8/8/2018
Jonathan Richard Wildman
Jonathan Richard Wildman
Thesis title: Ideology and Politics in the Struggle to Regulate the Talking Therapies: The Rise and Fall of the Hpc Plans, 2006-2011
Degree subject: Government
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 13/7/2018
Shu Shimizu
Shu Shimizu
Thesis title: The Battle of Economic Ideas: A Critical Analysis of Financial Crisis Management Discourse in the Uk, 2007-8
Degree subject: Ideology and Discourse Analysis
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 1/4/2016
Savvas Voutyras
Savvas Voutyras
Thesis title: Ideological Manifestations of National Identity in Greece, 1992-2013: Loss, Ressentiment, Blocked Mourning
Degree subject: Ideology and Discourse Analysis
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 9/6/2015
Raul Eduardo Barclay Contreras
Raul Eduardo Barclay Contreras
Thesis title: Indigenous Peoples and the Formation of Contemporary Mexican National Identity: Culture, Power, and Resistance
Degree subject: Government
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 8/5/2015


Journal articles (31)

Lapping, C. and Glynos, J., (2018). Psychical contexts of subjectivity and performative practices of remuneration: teaching assistants' narratives of work. Journal of Education Policy. 33 (1), 23-42

De Cleen, B., Glynos, J. and Mondon, A., (2018). Critical research on populism: Nine rules of engagement. Organization. 25 (5), 649-661

Howarth, D., Glynos, J. and Griggs, S., (2016). Discourse, explanation and critique. Critical Policy Studies. 10 (1), 99-104

West, K. and Glynos, J., (2016). "Death talk", "loss talk" and identification in the process of ageing. Ageing and Society. 36 (2), 225-239

Glynos, J. and Voutyras, S., (2016). Ideology as blocked mourning: Greek national identity in times of economic crisis and austerity. Journal of Political Ideologies. 21 (3), 201-224

Glynos, J., Klimecki, R. and Willmott, H., (2015). Logics in Policy and Practice: A Critical Nodal Analysis of the UK Banking Reform Process. Critical Policy Studies. 9 (4), 393-415

Glynos, J., Speed, E. and West, K., (2015). Logics of marginalisation in health and social care reform: Integration, choice, and provider-blind provision. Critical Social Policy. 35 (1), 45-68

Glynos, J., (2014). Hating government and voting against one?s interests: Self-Transgression, enjoyment, critique. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 19 (2), 179-189

Glynos, J., (2014). Neoliberalism, markets, fantasy: The case of health and social care. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 19 (1), 5-12

Glynos, J., Klimecki, R. and Willmott, H., (2012). Cooling Out the Marks: The Ideology and Politics of the Financial Crisis. Journal of Cultural Economy. 5 (3), 297-320

Glynos, J., (2012). The Place of Fantasy in a Critical Political Economy: The Case of Market Boundaries. Cardozo Law Review. 33 (6), 101-139

Glynos, J. and Speed, E., (2012). Varieties of co-production in public services: time banks in a UK health policy context. Critical Policy Studies. 6 (4), 402-433

Glynos, J., (2011). Fantasy and Identity in Critical Political Theory. Filozofski Vestnik. 32 (2), 65-88

Glynos, J., (2011). On the Ideological and Political Significance of Fantasy in the Organization of Work. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 16 (4), 373-393

Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., (2010). Politics and the unconscious. Subjectivity. 3 (3), 225-230

Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., (2010). Politics and the unconscious ? An interview with Ernesto Laclau. Subjectivity. 3 (3), 231-244

Glynos, J. and Howarth, D., (2008). Critical Explanation in Social Science: A Logics Approach. Swiss Journal of Sociology. 34 (1), 5-35

Glynos, J., (2008). Ideological Fantasy at Work. Journal of Political Ideologies. 13 (3), 275-296

Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., (2008). Lacan and Political Subjectivity: Fantasy and Enjoyment in Psychoanalysis and Political Theory. Subjectivity. 24 (1), 256-274

Glynos, J., (2008). Self-Transgressive Enjoyment as a Freedom Fetter. Political Studies. 56 (3), 679-704

Glynos, J. and Howarth, D., (2008). Structure, Agency and Power in Political Analysis: Beyond Contextualized Self-Interpretations. Political Studies Review. 6 (2), 155-169

Glynos, J., (2003). Radical Democratic Ethos, or, What is an Authentic Political Act?. Contemporary Political Theory. 2 (2), 187-208

Glynos, J., (2003). Self-Transgression and freedom. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 6 (2), 1-20

Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., (2001). Postures and Impostures: On Lacan's Style and Use of Mathematical Science. American Imago. 58 (3), 685-706

Glynos, J., (2001). ?There is no Other of the Other? Symptoms of a Decline in Symbolic Faith, or, ?i?ek's Anti-capitalism. Paragraph. 24 (2), 78-110

Glynos, J., (2001). The grip of ideology: A Lacanian approach to the theory of ideology. Journal of Political Ideologies. 6 (2), 191-214

Glynos, J., (2000). Sexual identity, identification and difference A psychoanalytic contribution to discourse theory. Philosophy and Social Criticism. 26 (6), 85-108

Glynos, J., (2000). Thinking the Ethics of the Political in the Context of a Postfoundational World: From an Ethics of Desire to an Ethics of the Drive. Theory & Event. 4 (4)

Glynos, J., (1999). Formalising-to-the Limits and the End of Analysis. Psychoanalytical Notebooks of the LSNLS. 2, 153-158

Glynos, J., (1999). The Knowledge/Practice Disjunction. Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. 4, 150-154

Glynos, J., (1999). Metalanguage, Formal Structures, and the Dissolution of Transference. The Letter. Irish Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalyis. 17, 21-37

Books (3)

Glynos, J. and Howarth, D., (2007). Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory. Routledge. 020393475X. 9780203934753

Boucher, GM., Glynos, J. and Sharpe, M., (2005). Traversing the Fantasy: Critical Responses to Slavoj Zizek. Ashgate

Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., (2002). Lacan and Science. Karnac. 9781855759213

Book chapters (13)

Glynos, LJ. and Howarth, D., (2019). The Retroductive Cycle: The Research Process in Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis. In: Discourse, Culture and Organization: Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power. Editors: Marttila, T., . Palgrave MacMillan. 9783319941226

Glynos, J., (2014). Death, Fantasy, And The Ethics Of Mourning. In: The Social Construction of Death Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Editors: Van Brussel, L. and Carpentier, N., . Palgrave Macmillan. 137- 160. 9781137391902

Glynos, J., West, K., Hagger, B. and Shaw, R., (2014). Narrative, Fantasy, and Mourning: A Critical Exploration of Life & Loss in Assisted Living Environments. In: The Psychosocial and Organization Studies Affect at Work. Editors: Kenny, K. and Fotaki, M., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9781137347848

Glynos, J., (2013). Capitalism and the Act: From Content to Form and Back Again. In: Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy. Editors: Pav�n-Cu�llar, D. and Parker, I., . Routledge. 150- 161. 978-0-415-52162-8

Glynos, J., (2012). ?Body, Discourse, and the Turn to Matter?. In: Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions. Editors: Bahun, S. and Radunovi?, D., . Ashgate. 192- 211. 9781409428343

Glynos, J., (2012). Body, discourse, and the turn to matter. In: Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions. 173- 192. 9781409428343

Chang, W. and Glynos, J., (2011). ?Ideology and Politics in the Popular Press: The Case of the 2009 UK MPs' Expenses Scandal?. In: Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics. Editors: Dahlberg, L. and Phelan, S., . Palgrave-Macmillan. 106- 127. 9780230276994

Glynos, J., (2010). ?Lacan at Work?. In: Lacan and Organization. Editors: Cederstrom, C. and Hoedemaeker, C., . MayFly Books. 13- 58. 9781906948108

Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., (2004). Encounters of the Real Kind: sussing out the limits of Laclau's embrace of Lacan. In: Laclau: A Critical Reader. Editors: Critchley, S. and Marchart, O., . Routledge. 201- 216. 0415238439. 9780415238434

Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., (2002). Postures and Impostures: on Lacan's style and use of mathematical science. In: Lacan and Science. Editors: Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., . Karnac. 207- 230. 9781855759213

Glynos, J., (2002). Psychoanalysis operates upon the subject of science. In: Lacan and Science. Editors: Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., . Karnac. 51- 88. 9781855759213

Glynos, J., (2002). Theory and Evidence in the Freudian Field. In: Lacan and Science. Editors: Glynos, J. and Stavrakakis, Y., . Karnac. 13- 50. 9781855759213

Glynos, J., (2000). Sex and the Limits of Discourse. In: Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change. Editors: Howarth, D., Norval, AJ. and Stavrakakis, Y., . Manchester University Press. 205- 218

Reports and Papers (7)

Willmott, HC., Djelic, M-L., Spicer, A., Parker, M., Perrow, C., S. Pugh, D., Spender, J-C., Gond, J-P., ten Bos, R., Beverungen, A., Calas, MB., Thompson, GF., Morgan, G., Clegg, SR., McSweeney, B., Ahonen, P., Hancock, P., Czarniawska, B., Gospel, H., S. Pitsis, T., Taylor, S., Land, C., Shukaitis, S., Simpson, AV., Keenoy, T., Vachhani, S., Taskin, L., Cheney, G., Bencherki, N., Perret, V., Allard-Poesi, F., Palpacuer, F., Espinosa, J., Jacobs, DC., Brewis, J., King, D., Wainwright, T., Thanem, T., Jarvis, W., Hoedemaekers, C., Glynos, J., Towers, I., Mansell, S., Cabantous, L., Cooke, BM., Marens, R., Munro, I., Komlik, O., Weir, K., Lilley, S., Cailluet, L., Chabrak, N., Huzzard, T., Nadir Alakavuklar, O., Mowles, C., Murphy, J., Le Goff, J., Slater, R., Cambre, M-C., Velez-Castrillon, S., Laouisset, DE., Schmidt, SM., Erturk, I., Meyer, AD., Kuhn, T., Huault, I., Tchalian, H., Clarke, T., Cassiers, I., Chanteau, J-P., Malaurent, J., Cooper, DJ., O'Reilly, D., Pirson, M., Srinivas, N., de Souza Rosa Filho, D., Faria, A., Mir, R., Serrano Archimi, C., Cairns, G., Tennent, K., Doherty, D., Wartzman, R., Liew, P., Hlupic, V., Bourguignon, A., O’Mahoney, J., Riaz, S., Al-Amoudi, I., Montiel, O., McKenna, S., Bosch, HVD., Rees, C., Bell, E., Kyriakidou, O., Cathcart, A., Ridley-Duff, RR., Stevenson, L., Kornelakis, A. and Veldman, J., (2016). The Modern Corporation Statement on Management

Glynos, J., Howarth, D., Norval, AJ. and Speed, E., (2009). Discourse Analysis: varieties and methods

Angouri, J. and Glynos, J., (2009). Managing Cultural Diversity in the Multinational Corporate Workplace: Solution or Symptom?

Glynos, J., (2008). Ideological Fantasy at Work

Glynos, J., (2002). Democratic innovation: deliberation, representation and association

Glynos, J., (2001). Radical Democracy: Democratic Theory from an Anti-essentialist Perspective

Glynos, J., (1999). From Identity to Identification: Discourse Theory and Psychoanalysis in Context

Grants and funding


Timebanking in Essex: Developing an Impact Evaluation Methodology

Colchester Community Voluntary Services


Timebanking in Essex: Developing an Impact Evaluation Methodology

Economic And Social Research Institute

+44 (0) 1206 872515


5A.217, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Fridays 9-11am (Spring Term)