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Dr Christopher Bickerton

Dr Christopher Bickerton


University Teaching Officer

Queens' College

Office hours: Tuesdays 11.00-12.00pm

Office Phone: 01223 767254 (POLIS) / 335558 (College)


Christopher Bickerton is University Lecturer in politics at POLIS and an Official Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2008 and since then has held teaching positions at Oxford, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Sciences Po in Paris. He has published widely in academic journals that include Political Studies and the Journal of Common Market Studies and he has published two research monographs, one with Palgrave-Macmillan and another with Oxford University Press. Beyond academia, he is also a regular writer for Le Monde Diplomatique, has published articles in the New York Times, The Nation and The Guardian, and is co-editor of the political economy blog, The Current Moment. In 2011 he co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies on the topic of the EU’s common security and defence policy. His most recent book on European integration won the University Association of Contemporary European Studies’ (UACES) Best Book Award of 2013.

Research Interests

His research interests span the disciplines of international relations, comparative European politics and European studies. His published work includes a co-edited volume on sovereignty in contemporary international relations, a book on the European Union’s foreign policy, and most recently a book on European integration as a process of state transformation. He is currently working on the topic of state transformation in post-1945 Europe, from a comparative historical perspective. He is also working on two collaborative projects. One investigates, theoretically and empirically, the relationship between populism and technocracy in contemporary political life. A second is on the nature of post-Maastricht European integration and its implications for our understanding of states, institutions and interests in the process of European integration.

Key Publications


(2012) European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States (Oxford University Press)

(2011) European Union Foreign Policy: From Effectiveness to Functionality (Palgrave-Macmillan)

(2007) (co-editor) Politics Without Sovereignty: A Critique of Contemporary International Relations (UCL Press)


(2014) ‘Democracy Without Parties? Italy After Berlusconi’, co-authored with C. Invernizzi Accetti, The Political Quarterly, 85:1, pp23-28

(2011) ‘Towards a social theory of European foreign and security policy’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 49:1, pp170-190

(2011) ‘Security Beyond the Nation-State: The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy’, co-authored with B. Irondelle and A. Menon, Journal of Common Market Studies, 49:1, pp1-21

(2011) ‘Europe’s neo-Madisonians: rethinking the legitimacy of limited power in a multi-level polity’ Political Studies, 59:3

(2010) ‘Une Europe néo-madisonienne? Pouvoir limité et légitimité démocratique’, Revue Française de Science Politique, 60:6, pp1077-1090

(2010) ‘Functionality in EU foreign policy: towards a new research agenda?’ Journal of European Integration 32:2, pp213-228.

(2009) ‘From Brezhnev to Brussels: Transformations of Sovereignty in Eastern Europe’ International Politics 46, pp732-52 [ISI ranking 2011: International Relations 57/80; Political Science: 97/148; 2011 Impact Factor: 0.413]

(2007) ‘The Perils of Performance: Legitimization in EU Foreign Policy’ Perspectives: The Central European Review of International Affairs 28 pp24-42

Other Publications


‘Austerity and its critics’, Le Monde Diplomatique, July 2013


‘Italy: populism versus technocracy?’, with Carlo Accetti Invernizzi, March 2013


‘What future for the French right?’ Le Monde Diplomatique, November, 2012


‘Dutch Culture Wars’, New York Times, 23-24 October, 2010


‘Beyond the ‘new politics’, Le Monde Diplomatique, May, 2010


‘Decoding Sarkozy’, Le Monde Diplomatique, February, 2009


‘Why Ireland rejected the Lisbon Treaty’, The Nation, 20th June, 2008


‘Le bazar de l’humanitaire’ Courrier International, 15-21st November, 2007