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Ian James Manners

Ian James Manners

Professor

Ian Manners works at the nexus of critical social theory and the study of the European Union in global politics.  His current research interest looks at the EU and global governance at the intersections of  global economy,  society, environment, conflict and politics. In global economics he focuses on the promotion of freedom and social solidarity. In global society he focuses on the promotion of human rights and equality. In global environment he focuses on the promotion of sustainable development and addressing global warming. In global conflict he focuses on the promotion of sustainable peace and the rule of law. In global politics he focuses on the promotion of democracy and good governance. 

Ian Manners and Associate Professor Kennet Lynggaard (Roskilde University) are currently involved in a 4-year research project into 'Symbols and Myths in European Integration' funded by the Danish Social Science Research Council (FSE).

Primary fields of research

  • British, Danish and Swedish membership of the European Union
  • the British exit from the European Union
  • the Danish opt outs from the European Union
  • the European Union’s normative power in global politics
  • critical social theory of European union
  • symbols and myths in European integration
  • glocal environmental governance
  • global public governance

Google Scholar Profile

Current research

Co-editor and contributor to the January 2016 special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies on 'Another Theory is Possible: Dissident Voices in Theorising Europe'.

Ian Manners has contributed to four major handbooks of European/EU politics/studies and political psychology:

In 2007 the members of the European Union Studies Association voted ‘Normative Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?’ (Journal of Common Market Studies, 2002) by Ian Manners one of the five most important academic EU works of the last decade. The other four works were by Prof. Liesbet Hooghe and Prof. Gary Marks (University of North Carolina), Prof. Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton University), Prof. Mark Pollack (Temple University), and Prof. Fritz Scharpf (Max Planck Institute). The Normative Power Approach (NPA) has subsequently received over 5,000 citations on Google Scholar, over 1,500 citations on Scopus, and over 1,000 citations on Web of Science, reflecting its leading contribution to the international political theory of the European Union.

Books published

Teaching

Ian Manners teaches EU studies, international relations, international public administration, international political economy, and international political theory. He teaches on the Masters' specialisations in EU Studies and International Political Economy. He is Blended Learning Coordinator for the Department of Political Science, responsible for promoting Active Learning. Some of his courses include:

  • The European Union as a Global Actor (masters)
  • Symbols and Myths in European Integration (masters)
  • Theories and Issues in International Political Economy (masters)
  • Glocal Environmental Governance (masters)
  • Popular Political Culture (masters)
  • Global Public Governance (masters)
  • International Public Administration (bachelors)

 Recent PhD supervision includes the following topics:

  • Marina Lambert (University of Copenhagen) - 'European Identity Construction in the Eurozone Crisis: between Strategy and Narrative'.
  • Christine Søby (University of Copenhagen) – ‘The Diplomacy of Transitioning: Symbols and Myths in EU Diplomacy'.
  • Sanne Brasch Kristensen (Roskilde Unversity) - ‘Mutual Recognition between Regional International Societies within Global International Society: the Cases of the EU-ASEAN Political Contestation of Myanmar and the EU-SADC Political Contestation of Zimbabwe'.
  • Jesper Kelstrup (Roskilde University) - 'Think Tanks in Europe: Explaining their Development and Variation in Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark and at the EU-level'.
  • Tamara Hoch Jovanovic (Roskilde University) - 'Reinventing National Minority Rights through European Integration: from Top-down to Bottom-up Europeanisation'
  • Ted Baird (joint Roskilde University/DIIS) - ‘A System of Survival: Human Smuggling from East Africa to Turkey'.

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