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Mark Philp

Mark Philp

(MA MPhil DPhil)

Professor of History and Politics, Dissertation Coordinator, Warwick University, Emeritus Fellow, Oriel College
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Oriel College

I have been Fellow and Tutor in Politics of Oriel College and a Lecturer in Politics in the University since 1983. From 2000-2005 I was Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University.

Research Interests

My research includes work in political theory and political sociology, most recently on political corruption and issues relating to standards in public life, as well as in the history of political thought and British history at the time of the French Revolution. I am currently working on issues relating to political conduct and corruption, the re-imaging of democracy at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries, the Godwin Diaries, political realism and political ethics, and the history of political thought.

From 2007-2010 I ran a three year digitization project on the the Diary of William Godwin, 1788-1836, funded by a Levelerhulme Major Research Grant. The edited edition of the diary can be found at: http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/


I teach and supervise mainly in political theory and the history of political thought. At the graduate level I teach papers in political theory, Plato and Aristotle, Machiavelli to Burke and research methods.


recent publications include:


Political Conduct (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2007)

Thomas Paine (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007)

ed., Resisting Napoleon: The British Response to the threat of invasion 1797-1815 (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006).

Napoleon and the Invasion of Britain, with Alexandra Franklin, (Bodleian Library, Oxford, 2003)

ed., The French Revolution and British Popular Politics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Paine (Oxford University Press, Past Master Series, 1989)

Godwins Political Justice (Duckworth (UK) and Cornell University Press (USA), 1986) (paper 1988)


Papers and articles


What is to be Done? Political Theory and Political Realism European Journal of Political Theory 9(4) 2010, 466-84

Delimiting Political Accountability Political Studies (2009) 57, issue 1

Peacebuilding and Corruption in International Peacekeeping 15(3) June 2008, pp. 310-27

Political Theory and History, in D. Leopold and M. Stears, Political Theory: Methods and Approaches (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Political Theory and the Evaluation of Political Conduct Social Theory and Practice 34 (3) July 2008, pp. 389-410

The substance and the shadow: Tale of Two Cities and the French revolution, in C. Jones, J McDonagh and J. Mee Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, and the French Revolution (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009)

Disconcerting Ideas: Explaining Popular Radicalism and Popular Loyalism in the 1790s in G Burgess and M Festenstein eds., English Radicalism 1550-1850 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007)

Corruption Definition and Measurement in Measuring Corruption, ed. C Sampford, A. Shacklock, C. Connors, and F. Galtung (Ashgate, Aldershot, 2006)

Politics and Memory: Nelson and Trafalgar in Popular Song in Trafalgar in History, ed. David Cannadine (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2006)

Modelling Political Corruption in Transition in Political Corruption ed., Von Allerman (Verlag, 2005)

Enlightenment, Republicanism and Radicalism in The Enlightenment World, ed., M Fitzpatrick, P. Jones, K. C. Knellwolf and I. McCalman (London, Routledge, 2004)

Political Corruption, Democratization and Reform in S. Kotkin and A Sajo eds., Political Corruption (Budapest, Central European University Press, 2003).

Korruption, Kontrolle und Konvergence: Die Grenzen der Globalisierung in Harald Blum, Karsten Fischer (eds) Sichtbarkeit und Unsichtbarkeit der Macht (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 2002), 23-40

Access, Accountability, and Authority: Corruption and the Democratic Process Crime, Law and Social Change 36 (4) 357-77 (2001)

Paine and Science Science, religion and Politics, special eighteenth century conference edition of Enlightenment and Dissent, co-published with the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, 1999.

English Republicanism in the 1790s Journal of Political Philosophy 6 (3) September 1998, 235-262.

Defining Political Corruption Political Studies (1997), XLV, 436-62.

Republicanism and Liberalism: On Leadership and Political Order Democratization 3 (4) Winter 1996, 383-419.

Vulgar Conservatism 1792-3, English Historical Review February 1995, CX, 435, pp. 42-69

Thompson, Godwin, and the French Revolution History Workshop 1995 (Spring, 39) pp.89-101.


Edited Texts

ed., The Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin 8 vols (Pickering and Chatto, London, 1992).

ed., The Political and Philosophical Works of William Godwin, 7 vols (Pickering and Chatto, London, 1993)

ed., The Political Writings of Thomas Paine (Oxford, World Classics, 1995)

ed., Prints from the Curzon Collection: Images of Napoleon http://imagelibrary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/external_collection?col=b9d81196e7d345458ee6741da4cc891b

ed., William Godwins Diary 1788-1836: http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Series editor for the Oxford University Press Series: Founders of Modern Political and Social Thought including J Finnis, Aquinas (1998) M. Viroli, Machiavelli, (1998), C. Welch, Tocqueville (2000), G. Poggi, Durkheim (2000), R. Kraut, Aristotle (2002), M. Schofield, Plato (2006), J. Cohen, Rousseau (2010)