GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

PhD – Associate Professor of Political Theory. Dr Clayton is the Director of the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs.

Research Area(s)

Theories of social justice; liberal political philosophy; individual autonomy; public reason and religion; philosophy of education and justice in upbringing; Rawls; Ronald Dworkin.

Specific Research Interest(s)

Contemporary Anglo-American political theory.

Theories of distributive justice.

Philosophy of education.


In 2010-11, I shall be teaching on the final year undergraduate module, Issues in Political Theory (PO301).

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

Contemporary Anglo-American political theory.

Theories of distributive justice.

Philosophy of education.

Overview of Publications


Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Social Justice [Blackwell Readings in Philosophy] (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004). Co-edited with Andrew Williams.


The Ideal of Equality (London/New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 2000); paperback (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). Co-edited with Andrew Williams. A PDF version of the opening chapter by the editors is available here: 'Some Questions for Egalitarians'.


'Equality, Justice and Legitimacy in Selection', Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming)

'The Case Against the Comprehensive Enrolment of Children', Journal of Political Philosophy (forthcoming) (available on the journal's 'early view' page).

'Reply to Morgan', Studies in Philosophy and Education, 28 (2009), 91-100.

'Should the Voting Age be Lowered to Sixteen? Normative and Empirical Considerations', Political Studies, 54 (2006), 533-558. With Tak Wing Chan.

'School Choice and the Burdens of Justice', Theory and Research in Education, 2 (2004), 111-126. With David Stevens.

'Liberal Equality and Ethics', Ethics, 113 (2002), 8-22.

'Rawls and Natural Aristocracy', Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 1 (2001), 239-259.

'The Resources of Liberal Equality', Imprints, 5 (2000), 63-84.

'Political Liberalism, Disagreement, and Sectarianism', Polis: Revista de Stiinte Politice, 6 (1999), 71-92.

'Egalitarian Justice and Interpersonal Comparison', European Journal of Political Research, 35 (1999), 445-464. With Andrew Williams.

'White on Autonomy, Neutrality and Well-Being', Journal of Philosophy of Education, 27 (1993), 101-12.



'Justice and Distribution', in John Skorupski (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Ethics (London: Routledge, 2010), 692-703.

'A Puzzle about Ethics, Justice, and the Sacred', in Justine Burley (ed.), Dworkin and His Critics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 99-110.

'Individual Autonomy and Genetic Choice', in Justine Burley and John Harris (eds.), A Companion to Genethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), 191-205.

'Some Questions for Egalitarians', in M. Clayton & A. Williams (eds.), The Ideal of Equality (London/New York: Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, 2000), 1-19. With Andrew Williams.

'Distributive Justice and Subjective Health Assessment', in C. Jenkinson (ed.), Measuring Health and Medical Outcomes (London: UCL Press, 1994), 160-75. With Andrew Williams. 


Other things 

'Contemporary Liberalism' in Mark Bevir (ed.) Encyclopedia of Political Theory (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010), vol. 2, 802-808.

'Parents' Rights and Children's Rights', in Barry McGaw, Penelope Peterson and Eva Baker (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition, (Oxford: Elsevier, 2010), vol. 6, 17-21.

'The Limits of Equal Opportunity', European Political Science, 6 (2007), 412-420. (A critical notice of Andrew Mason's, Levelling the Playing Field: The Idea of Equal Opportunity and Its Place in Egalitarian Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).)

'Liberalism', Encyclopedia of Globalization, eds. Roland Robertson & Jan Aart Scholte (New York: Routledge, 2007).