Dr Cécile Laborde
Reader in Political Theory
Director, MA in Legal and Political Theory
Department of Political Science / School of Public Police
University College London
Dr Cécile Laborde is Reader in Political Theory and Director of the MA in Legal and Political Theory. After studying political science in France, Cécile Laborde obtained a doctorate in Politics from Oxford University in 1996. She has held posts in political theory at the University of Exeter and King's College, London. Her principal research interests are in the history of political ideas and contemporary political philosophy, both Anglo-American and European. She joined UCL in April 2003.
She has worked on theories of law and the state, pluralism, syndicalism, and on contemporary theories of nationalism, toleration, republicanism, multiculturalism, secularism and global justice. She is interested in the interplay between normative, critical and contextual theory, and in the methodology of comparative political thought.
She has published 4 books and has written articles in major journals of political science and political theory, including Journal of Political Philosophy, British Journal of Political Science, Political Theory, Political Studies, Constellations, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy and European Journal of Political Theory.
Her most recent books are Republicanism and Political Theory (co-edited with John Maynor) (Oxford Blackwell 2007) and Critical Republicanism. The Hijab Controversy and Political Philosophy (Oxford Political Theory series, Oxford University Press, 2008)
She has been involved in number of collaborative, international research projects and was the principal investigator of a British Academy Large Research Grant. She has recently been awarded an AHRC Research Leave Grant to pursue her research on republicanism. She has been invited to give up to 40 talks at international conferences and university research seminars.
Cécile Laborde is the convenor of the PhD Political Theory workshops. Students under her supervision notably work on the following topics: a coercion-based theory of global justice; minority rights in the Balkans; republicanism and global governance; transnational citizenship in Europe, a republican theory of refugees' rights.
Cécile Laborde is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Political Theory, co-convenor of the Political Studies Association Specialist Group in Political Theory, and has been elected Associate Professor to the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
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SPP's current publications for Cécile Laborde
Critical Republicanism. The Hijab Controversy and Political Philosophy. (Oxford University Press, Oxford Political Theory series, 2008)
Pluralist Thought and the State in Britain and France, 1900-25 (Macmillan, 2000)
La confrérie layenne et les lébou du Sénégal. Islam et culture traditionnelle en Afrique (CNRS/CEAN 1996)
Republicanism and Political Theory (with John Maynor) (Oxford Blackwell, 2007). Read a review here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=13285
Rawls in Europe. European Journal of Political Theory, Special issue, October 2002
Articles and Chapters
‘Virginité et burqa: des accommodements déraisonnables? Autour des rapports Stasi et Bouchard-Taylor’, published in La vie des idées, 16 September 2008 http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Virginite-et-burqa-des.html
‘Republicanism and Global Justice: a Sketch’, forthcoming in European Journal of Political Theory, special issue on ‘Republicanism and International Relations’, forthcoming 2009.
‘Secularism and Fair Treatment for Islam’, in M. Dimova-Cookson, P. Stirk, Multiculturalism and Moral Conflict. London: Routledge, 2008.
'Theorizing French Republican Secularism' in I. Honohan (ed.), Republicanism in Ireland and in Europe. Manchester University Press, 2008.
'The Contribution of Republicanism to Contemporary Political Theory' in C. Laborde, J. Maynor (eds) Republicanism and Political Theory. Oxford Blackwell, 2007.
‘‘Velo islamico e stato laico. Un argomento secolarista a favore dell'abolizione dei simboli religiosi nelle scuole', Notizie di Politeia, XXIII (87), 2007, 55-70.
'Reflections on European Civic Patriotism', in Simona Piattoni and Riccardo Scartezzini (eds), European Citizenship: Theories, Arenas, Levels. Baden Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2007.
'Female Autonomy, Education and the Hijab', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy', Vol. 9, No. 3, September 2006, 351-377.
'Secular Philosophy and Muslim Headscarves', Journal of Political Philosophy, Volume 13, No. 3, 2005, pp. 305-329.
'From Constitutional to Civic Patriotism', British Journal of Political Science, 32, 591-612, October 2002.
'The Culture(s) of the Republic. Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Contemporary French Republican Thought', Political Theory, Vol 29, No 5, 716-35, October 2001
'On Republican Toleration', Constellations. A Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. Vol 9, No 2, 167-83, June 2002. Republished as:
'Toleration and Laïcité', Mc Kinnon, C, Castiglione, D., (eds) The Culture of Toleration in Diverse Societies. Manchester University Press 2003.
'The Concept of the State in British and French Political Thought', Political Studies, Vol. 48, 540-557, 2000
'Republican Citizenship and the Crisis of Integration in France', in Richard Bellamy, Dario Castiglione (eds.), Lineages of Citizenship (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004), pp. 46-72.
'Penser l'Etat en Grande-Bretagne', in L'Etat de la République. Etat et administration en France, une histoire politique, 1880-1944, ed. Marc-Olivier Baruch, Vincent Duclert (Paris: Gallimard 2000)
'The Reception of Rawls in Europe', in Cécile Laborde (ed.), Rawls in Europe (see above)
'Citoyenneté' in Christophe Prochasson, Vincent Duclert (eds.), Encyclopédie de la République (Paris: La Découverte, 2002)
'Syndicalism against the State. Libertarianism in the Thought of Edouard Berth and his Contemporaries', The European Legacy, Summer 1998.
'Pluralism, Syndicalism and Corporatism. Léon Duguit and the Crisis of the State', History of European Ideas, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 227-244,996.