Adrian Pabst

Adrian Pabst is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent where he is also an associate member of the Global Europe Centre. His research is at the interface of political theory, political economy, and European politics – with a particular focus on critiques of liberalism and on alternatives to the central administrative state and the global free market.

His work on the liberal politics of both the left and the right has been published in leading journals, and he has co-edited an essay collection entitled Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015), with contributions from Jon Cruddas MP, Lord Maurice Glasman, David Lammy MP, Tom Watson MP and Frank Field MP, as well as leading academics and influential commentators. A second edition will be published at end of September 2015, including new material on the future of Labour after the 2015 General Election.

He has just completed (together with Professor John Milbank) a monograph that combines a critique of contemporary liberalism with post-liberal alternatives, notably new concepts and fresh policy ideas. The book is entitled The Politics of Virtue: post-liberalism and the human future and will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in early 2016.

Currently he is writing a book on Europe. His main argument is that the European Union has mutated into a ‘market-state’ that centralises power, concentrates wealth and commodifies society. The alternative is neither a cosmopolitan project nor a retreat to narrow national sovereignty but rather a commonwealth of nations and peoples that reflects the social and cultural ties within and across European countries. Such a civic commonwealth requires British involvement and leadership.

Related Sessions
Tuesday 22 September 2015, 18.00 Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham ME13 7BQ


Adrian Pabst, Europe’s Historical Hope – why European civilisation is collapsing and how British leadership can save it (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

John Milbank and Adrian Pabst, The Politics of Virtue: post-liberalism and the human future (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), in press

Ian Geary and Adrian Pabst (eds.), Blue Labour: forging a new politics, 2nd edition (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015).

Adrian Pabst, Metaphysics: the creation of hierarchy (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2012)

Judge rule: is the law taking over politics?

"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

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