GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Professor Peter Burnell studied at the University of Bristol for a Bachelor of Arts degree (1st class honours) in Economics and Politics (1968) before going on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Politics (1969) and a PhD (1973) on 'The Political and Social Thought of Thomas Paine, 1737-1809', both at the University of Warwick. In 2007 he was awarded a Doctor of Letters by the University of Warwick. Professor Burnell has authored and edited many books and articles and was founding joint editor of the international refereed journal Democratisation and the accompanying book series Democratisation Studies, published by Routledge. He is an invited member of the founding Executive Committee of the journal Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft and on the editorial boards of Democratization and Government and Opposition. Prof Burnell is the Deputy Director of Graduate Studies for taught postgraduate students.

Research Area(s)

Democratisation in post-conflict societies and issues in democratisation; governance and public policy in selected African countries; international democracy promotion; international dimensions of democratisation and democratic decline; politics of foreign aid; accountable governance in Africa; selected issues at the intersection of democratisation and development.

Specific Research Interest(s)

There are three main areas of research: 

  • Theoretical and practical issues in democratisation especially the efforts of the 'international community' to promote political change in 'developing countries' 
  • The political economy of foreign aid. 
  • Accountability issues in sub-saharan africa (see: http://www.publiclaw.uct.ac.za/research/partnership )

Current Research Projects

  • Democracy promotion
  • The implications of democratisation and climate change for each other

Teaching(s)

  • The International Politics of Democracy Promotion (2nd Year UG module)
  • Democratisation and Development (MA module)

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

  • Theoretical and practical issues in democratisation especially the efforts of the 'international community' to promote political change in 'developing countries' 
  • The political economy of foreign aid. 
  • Accountability issues in sub-Saharan Africa 

Overview of Publications

Most recent publications

Professor Peter Burnell has recently featured on ElectionGuide Digest with his piece: 'Does autocracy promotion matter for democray assistance?'.

Promoting Democracy Abroad: Policy and Performance. (Transaction Books at Rutgers University, New Jersey, US), monograph, July 2011. 

Promoting Party Politics in Emerging Democracies. Special issue of Democratization 17/6 (December 2010), co-edited with Professor Andre Gerrits (University of Leiden) to be published as a book by Routledge in August 2011. 

Promoting democracy - Promoting Autocracy? International Politics and National Political Regimes. Special issue of Contemporary Politics 16/1 (March 2010) co-edited with Professor Oliver Schlumberger (University of Tubingen, Gemany) to be published as a book by Routledge in late 2011.

'Is the international environment becoming less benign for democratisation?', article in Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (Vol. 4, mid-2011). 

'External accountability meets accountability assistance with reference to legislative strengthening in Africa', chapter in Accountable Government in Africa, eds. D. Chirwood and L. Nijzink (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, September 2011).

Revised third edition of Politics in the Developing World (Oxford University Press), edited jointly with Prof. Vicky Randall and Prof. Lise Rakner (January 2011).

'Promoting democracy and promoting autocracy: towards a comparative evaluation', article in Journal of Politics and Law (Canada)(Vol.3, No. 2, September 2010), pp. 3-14 

A New Autocracy Promotion? Working Paper 96, Fondacion para las Relaciones Internationales y el Dialogo (FRIDE, Madrid))(March 2010). 

Climate Change and Democratization: a Complex Relationship, an extended Policy Paper for Heinrich Boll Stiftung (Berlin) published along with independent commentary responding to it on the Foundation's web site (April/May 2010). 

 

Books (single authored)

Forthcoming: Promoting Democracy Abroad: Policy and Performance (Transaction Books/Rutgers University, New Jersey, US), monograph, July2011. 

Building Better Democracies: Why Political Parties Matter
(Westminster Foundation for Democracy, London, 2004) 

Foreign Aid in a Changing World
(Milton Keynes: Open University Press, hardback and paperback, 1997), 268 pages. 

Charity, Politics and the Third World
(Brighton, Harvester Wheatsheaf in the UK, New York, St Martin's Press in the US, 1991), 314 pages.

Economic Nationalism in the Third World
(Brighton, Wheatsheaf Press in the UK, Boulder, Colorado, Westview Press in the US, 1986), 294 pages.

Books (edited)

Politics in the Developing World (third revised edition)
Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner (eds) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, December 2010), paperback 573 pages. 

New Challenges to Democratization
Peter Burnell and Richard Youngs (eds) (London and New York: Routledge, October 2009), soft and hardback 240 pages. 

Evaluating Democracy Support: Methods and Experiences
(Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, 2007), 255 pages. 

Globalising Democracy: Party Politics in Emerging Democracies
(London and New York, Routledge, September 2006), soft and hardback, 220 pages. 

Politics in the Developing World
(edited jointly with Vicky Randall)(Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008, second edn. ), 552 pages. 

Foreign Aid in the New Global Economy
(edited jointly with Oliver Morrissey)(Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2004), 628 pages. 

Civil Society in Democratization
(edited jointly with Peter Calvert)(London, Frank Cass, 2004), 279 pages. 

Politics in the Developing World
(edited jointly with Vicky Randall)(Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004, first edn). 

Democratization Through the Looking-Glass
(single edited)(Manchester, Manchester University Press, October 2003 and published in US in paperback by Transaction Publishers in March 2006), 283 pages.

Democracy Assistance: International Co-operation for Democratization
(single edited)(London, Frank Cass, 2000), 376 pages.

The Resilience of Democracy
(hardback and paperback, edited jointly with Peter Calvert) (London, Frank Cass, 1999), 293 pages.

Funding Democratization
(Manchester, Manchester University Press, March 1998) (edited jointly with Alan Ware), 250 pages, and to be published in US in paperback in December 2006 by Transaction Publishers. 

Britain's Overseas Aid since 1979. Between Idealism and Self-Interest
(Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1991)(edited jointly with Anuradha Bose), 233 pages. 

Selected Book chapters and other recent publications

A New Autocracy Promotion? Working Paper 96, Fondacion para las Relaciones Internationales y el Dialogo (FRIDE, Madrid))(March 2010). 

'Democracy promotion: an evaluation', in D. Forsythe (ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, August 2009); Volume 2, pp. 1-11 

'Is Democratisation Bad for Global Warming?' CSGR (Centre for Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation) Working Paper 257/09, available from http://www2.warwick.ac.uk.uk/fac/soc/csgr/workingpapers/2009 

'The coherence of democratic peacebuilding', chapter 4 in T. Addison and T. Bruck (eds) Making Peace Work. The Challenges of Social and Economic Reconstruction (London and Helsinki: Palgrave Macmillan UNU-WIDER Studies in Development Economics and Policy, 2008), pp. 51-74 

'Foreign aid resurgent: new spirit or old hangover?', chapter 2 in T. Addison and G. Mavrotas (eds), Development Finance in the Global Economy: The Road Ahead (London and Helsinki: Palgrave Macmillan UNU-WIDER Studies in Development Economics and Policy, 2008), pp. 24-42. 

'Promoting democracy', chapter 25 in D. Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, second edn. 2011), pp. 467-84. 

'Democratization' (chapter 14) and 'Governance and aid conditionality in a globalizing world' (chapter 15) in P. Burnell,V. Randall and L. Rakner(eds), Politics in the Developing World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, third edition), pp. 257-276, 276-95. 

'Political parties and the globalization of democracy', chapter 1 in S. Gloppen and L. Rakner (eds), Globalization and Democratization: Challenges for Political Parties. Essays in Honour of Lars Svasand (Bergen: Fagbokforlaget), pp. 21-41. 

Does International Democracy Promotion Work? (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik/German Development Institute Discussion Paper, 17/2007). 

'Political parties in Africa: different, functional, dynamic?', in Matthias Basedau, Gero Erdmann and Andreas Mehler (eds), Votes, Money and Violence : Political Parties and Elections in sub-Saharan Africa (Uppsala: Nordkisa Afrikainstitutet, and Scottsville: University of Kwazulu Press, 2007), pp. 65-81. 

'European democratic values:relations between state, civil society and private sector', in Marieke van Doorn and Roel von Meijenfeldt (eds), Democracy. Europe's Core Value? (Delft: Eburon Academic Publishers, 2007), pp. 15-32. 

'Foreign aid: reports of its death greatly exaggerated', in Anthony McGrew and Nana Poku (eds), Globalization, Development and Human Security (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007), pp. 47-65. 

'Unterstutzung fur politische parteien in neuen demokratien:parteiensystem und globalisierungsdenken', KAS/Auslands-Informationen, 9/06 (Berlin, 2006), pp. 75-98. 

'Promoting Democracy Backwards', Working Paper 28, Fundacion Para Las Relaciones Internacionales Y El Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE) (Madrid: November 2006). 

'Taking stock of democracy in Zambia', chapter 8 in Jeff Haynes (ed.), Democracy and Political change in the 'Third World' (Routledge/ECPR Studies, paperback. edn. 2006). 

Building Better Democracies. Why political Parties matter
(London: Westminster Foundation for Democracy, 2004). 

‘Promoting parties and party systems in new democracies: is there anything the international community can do?’, in K. Dowding, J. Hughes and H. Margetts (eds.), Challenges to Democracy: The PSA Yearbook (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001), pp. 188-204.