Professor Marc Stears

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Marc Stears is Director of the Sydney Policy Lab. Before arriving in Sydney in 2018, Marc had been Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford and Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation, one of the UK’s largest think tanks, where his work often focused on deepening partnerships with community groups who are often overlooked in the policy process. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Chief Speechwriter to the UK Labour Party, a co-author of the party’s 2015 election manifesto and a member of the Party's general election steering committee. He has also advised a number of commercial and non-commercial organisations on strategic communication, democratic inclusion and community engagement, these have included Coram Young Citizens, Channel 4 television, EY, GlaxoSmithKline, Let Us Learn and Linklaters. In his academic work, Marc is an expert in democratic theory and the history of ideologies and social movements. He is the author of Demanding Democracy (Princeton, 2010), Progressives, Pluralists and the Problems of the State (Oxford, 2002) and an editor of many volumes including The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (Oxford, 2014). He has two books currently under contract, one focusing on the recent revival of socialism internationally, for Profile Books, and one looking at the cultural roots of anti-statism on the British left, with Harvard University Press.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Stears, M. (2013). Demanding Democracy: American Radicals in Search of a New Politics. Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press.
  • Stears, M. (2006). Progressives, Pluralists, and the Problems of the State: Ideologies of Reform in the United States and Britain, 1909-1926. New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Freeden, M., Sargent, L., Stears, M. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Jackson, B., Stears, M. (2012). Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Stears, M., Floyd, J. (2011). Political philosophy versus history?: Contextualism and real politics in contemporary political thought. Cambridge: University of Oxford. [More Information]
  • Leopold, D., Stears, M. (2008). Political Theory: Methods and Approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Stears, M. (2012). Guild socialism. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Modern Pluralism: Anglo-American Debates Since 1880, (pp. 40-59). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Jackson, B., Stears, M. (2012). Introduction. In Ben Jackson and Marc Stears (Eds.), Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Stears, M. (2012). Liberalism and American Stories of Peoplehood. In Ben Jackson and Marc Stears (Eds.), Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden, (pp. 77). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Floyd, J., Stears, M. (2011). Introduction. In Jonathan Floyd and Marc Stears (Eds.), Political philosophy versus history?: Contextualism and real politics in contemporary political thought, (pp. 1-10). Cambridge: University of Oxford. [More Information]
  • Honig, B., Stears, M. (2011). The new realism: From modus vivendi to justice. In Jonathan Floyd and Marc Stears (Eds.), Political philosophy versus history?: Contextualism and real politics in contemporary political thought, (pp. 177-205). Cambridge: University of Oxford. [More Information]
  • King, D., Stears, M. (2009). The Missing State in Postwar American Political Thought. In Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King (Eds.), The Unsustainable American State, (pp. 116). New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Stears, M. (2017). Ideology, socialism and the everyday: Forgotten lessons from the inter-war years? Journal of Political Ideologies, 22(3), 274-284. [More Information]
  • Stears, M. (2015). Post-democracy, democratic renewal and the recent history of British politics. Juncture, 22(3), 216-219. [More Information]
  • Stears, M., Humphrey, M. (2012). Public reason and political action: Justifying citizen behavior in actually existing democracies. The Review of Politics, 74(2), 285-306. [More Information]
  • Pellicano, E., Stears, M. (2011). Bridging autism, science and society: Moving toward an ethically informed approach to autism research. Autism Research, 4(4), 271-282. [More Information]
  • Pellicano, E., Ne�eman, A., Stears, M. (2011). Engaging, not excluding: A response to Walsh et al. Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, 12(12), 271-282. [More Information]
  • King, D., Stears, M. (2011). How the U.S. state works: A theory of standardization. Perspectives on Politics, 9(3), 505-518. [More Information]

2017

  • Stears, M. (2017). Ideology, socialism and the everyday: Forgotten lessons from the inter-war years? Journal of Political Ideologies, 22(3), 274-284. [More Information]

2015

  • Stears, M. (2015). Post-democracy, democratic renewal and the recent history of British politics. Juncture, 22(3), 216-219. [More Information]

2013

  • Stears, M. (2013). Demanding Democracy: American Radicals in Search of a New Politics. Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press.
  • Freeden, M., Sargent, L., Stears, M. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012

  • Stears, M. (2012). Guild socialism. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Modern Pluralism: Anglo-American Debates Since 1880, (pp. 40-59). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Jackson, B., Stears, M. (2012). Introduction. In Ben Jackson and Marc Stears (Eds.), Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Stears, M. (2012). Liberalism and American Stories of Peoplehood. In Ben Jackson and Marc Stears (Eds.), Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden, (pp. 77). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Jackson, B., Stears, M. (2012). Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Stears, M., Humphrey, M. (2012). Public reason and political action: Justifying citizen behavior in actually existing democracies. The Review of Politics, 74(2), 285-306. [More Information]

2011

  • Pellicano, E., Stears, M. (2011). Bridging autism, science and society: Moving toward an ethically informed approach to autism research. Autism Research, 4(4), 271-282. [More Information]
  • Pellicano, E., Ne�eman, A., Stears, M. (2011). Engaging, not excluding: A response to Walsh et al. Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, 12(12), 271-282. [More Information]
  • King, D., Stears, M. (2011). How the U.S. state works: A theory of standardization. Perspectives on Politics, 9(3), 505-518. [More Information]
  • Floyd, J., Stears, M. (2011). Introduction. In Jonathan Floyd and Marc Stears (Eds.), Political philosophy versus history?: Contextualism and real politics in contemporary political thought, (pp. 1-10). Cambridge: University of Oxford. [More Information]
  • Stears, M., Floyd, J. (2011). Political philosophy versus history?: Contextualism and real politics in contemporary political thought. Cambridge: University of Oxford. [More Information]
  • Honig, B., Stears, M. (2011). The new realism: From modus vivendi to justice. In Jonathan Floyd and Marc Stears (Eds.), Political philosophy versus history?: Contextualism and real politics in contemporary political thought, (pp. 177-205). Cambridge: University of Oxford. [More Information]

2009

  • King, D., Stears, M. (2009). The Missing State in Postwar American Political Thought. In Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King (Eds.), The Unsustainable American State, (pp. 116). New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2008

  • Leopold, D., Stears, M. (2008). Political Theory: Methods and Approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2006

  • Stears, M. (2006). Progressives, Pluralists, and the Problems of the State: Ideologies of Reform in the United States and Britain, 1909-1926. New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

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