Alan Hamlin

Alan Hamlin


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Since becoming Emeritus I can no longer take on new PhD students.




Before coming to Manchester as Professor of Political Theory I was Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton, where I was also Dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences. I have held visiting posts at The Centre for Study of Public Choice, Virginia, USA; All Souls College, Oxford; and the Australian National University. From 2001-2010 I was a Member of the UK Competition Commission.

I am currently a member of the Editorial Boards of a number of journals including: Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Constitutional Political Economy: and The Journal of Theoretical Politics.

From November 2013 I am Emeritus, but srill actively involved in research.



My web page is here

Research interests

Specific research interests:

My research interests lie in both positive and normative political theory. I am interested in areas such as:

  • Rational Actor Political Theory and Political Economy - whether from a methodological or a substantive perspective.
  • Democratic theory - including positive and normative debates.
  • Issues relating to the motivation of political agents and, in particular, expressive political behaviour.
  • Conservatism as a political philosophy.
  • Institutional and constitutional design.

Current research projects:

I am currently working on:

  • Ideal and non-ideal theory and political feasibility
  • Expressive political behaviour
  • Constitutional political economy
  • Analytic conservatism



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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