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Emeritus Professor Nick Hewlett

Profile pictureEmeritus Professor

Email: N dot P dot Hewlett at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University Road
University of Warwick

Research interests

Like my teaching interests, my research interests lie mainly within the general area of French and international politics, political economy and and political thought since 1945. More specifically, they include:

  • Capital, labour and the political economy of our time.
  • Contemporary French political thought on the left, especially Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar and Jacques Rancière.
  • The theory and practice of democracy in France.
  • The French Regulation School.
  • Intellectuals and politics.
  • Political violence.
  • See an interview with Nick on Marx and Political violence here:

I have supervised a broad range of Masters dissertations and PhD theses in these and other, related, areas and am keen to consider further supervisions. I am currently working on a book concerning the global political economy of our time.

Teaching and supervision

My teaching covers various aspects of the history of modern France, with particular emphasis on the political, and on political thought. I teach The Left and the Trade Unions in France, Politics and Violence in Modern France and Paris and Modernity.

I am currently supervising one PhD student, who is conducting research on the centre-right in France.

Selected publications

* Blood and Progress. Violence in Pursuit of Emancipation, Edinburgh University Press, 2016, v + 197pp.

  • The Sarkozy Phenomenon, Exeter, Imprint Academic, 2011, v + 139pp.
  • Badiou, Balibar, Rancière: Rethinking Emancipation, London, Continuum, 2007, ix +210pp.
  • Democracy in Modern France, London, Continuum, 2003, x + 221 pp.
  • Modern French Politics. Conflict and Consensus since 1945, Cambridge, Polity, 1998, xii + 251 pp.
  • Contemporary France. Politics, Economics and Society since 1945, with Jill Forbes and François Nectoux, Longman, 2000, xviii + 388 pp. (Second edition.)
  • Currents in Contemporary French Intellectual Life (ed., with Christopher Flood), Macmillan, 2000, ix + 249 pp.

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BA (Sussex), MA (Essex), PhD (Oxford Brookes), DLitt (Warwick)