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Research Focus

Cillian McBride’s research is in political theory with a particular focus on the ethics and politics of recognition and on republican political theory. His work on recognition deals with the questions of equal respect, civility, toleration, and freedom and draws on work in the analytical and critical theory traditions. His current research project deals with modern conceptions of freedom and the challenge of formulating a distinctively modern conception of republicanism. This deals, on the one hand, with the fragmentation of republican political thought following the French Revolution, when it was subsumed into liberal, socialist, and nationalist political projects, and, on the other hand, with the demands a genuinely modern conception of republican freedom must now meet. This project draws not only on the conception of freedom as non-domination, but also on accounts of individual and political autonomy in order to forge a unified theory of social and political freedom. Questions about the equal standing of persons, struggles for recognition and critical reflection on the authority of social and political norms are common to both republicanism and theories of recognition. Dr McBride welcomes inquiries from students interested in pursuing research in these areas, including the application of these ideas to populism and democratic politics, particularly deliberative conceptions of democracy, collective responsibility, and historical perspectives on the development of modern moral, social, and political ideas. Interdisciplinary applications are also welcome, and recent projects supervised have studied recognition in relations to whistleblowing, crime, and authenticity and musical taste.

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Research Output


McBride, C., 25 Oct 2013, Cambridge: Polity Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Deliberative Democracy and the Politics of Recognition

McBride, C., Oct 2005, In : Political Studies. 53 (3), 3, p. 497-515 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

21 Citations (Scopus)

Democratic Participation, Engagement, and Freedom

McBride, C., Nov 2013, In : British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 15, 4, p. 493-508

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    746 Downloads (Pure)

    Regimes of toleration: liberal and republican

    McBride, C., 15 Jun 2020, (Accepted) Toleration and Challenges to Liberalism. Drerup, J. & Schweiger, G. (eds.). London: Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    Invited speaker

    Cillian McBride (Contributor)

    25 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Authenticity and Recognition

    Cillian McBride (Invited speaker)

    13 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Authenticity and Recognition

    Cillian McBride (Invited speaker)

    26 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    The Future of Republicanism

    Cillian McBride (Participant)

    26 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    PhD External Examiner

    Cillian McBride (Examiner)

    15 Sep 2017

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination