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Geoff Kennedy

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  • Title: Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-2874
  • Office: 371 PLC
  • Affiliated Departments: Political Science
  • Interests: European Studies, European Development, Contentious Politics, Labor Movements, Anti-Austerity Movements, Mediterranean Europe
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Ph.D. (Political Science) York University, Toronto, Canada.

M. A. (Political Science) York University, Toronto, Canada.

B. A. (Political Science) University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.


Dr. Kennedy is the author of Diggers, Levellers, and Agrarian Capitalism: Radical Political Thought in Seventeenth Century England (2008), a study that looks at the emergence of grassroots movements in opposition to the development of agrarian capitalism in early modern England. His current research examines the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the countries of Southern Europe. In particular, he is interested in the impact of austerity on labor movements in Southern Europe, as well as the rise of anti-austerity movements and radical democratic challenges to the embedded neo-liberalism of the European Union, such as Syriza in Greece, the 5 Star Movement in Italy, Podemos in Spain and the Left Bloc in Portugal.

He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the contested process of embedding neoliberalism in Greece in the context of the Eurozone Crisis. His most recent publication, titled 'Embedding Neoliberalism in Greece: The Transformation of Collective Bargaining and Labour Market Policy during the Eurozone Crisis,' is now out in the journal Studies in Political Economy.


  • INTL 260: Culture, Capitalism and Globalization 
  • INTL 407/507: Development and Social Change in Europe 
  • INTL 407/507: Labor, Migration and Globalization
  • PS 321: Introduction to Political Economy 
  • PS 323: European Politics 
  • PS 199: Politics of Business


Forthcoming 'Austerity, Labour Market Reform and the Growth of Precarious Employment in Greece during the Eurozone Crisis,' Global Labour Journal 2018.

Forthcoming ‘No Break from Austerity and Labour Deregulation:  Left-wing Crisis Management in Greece,’ co-authored with Maria Markantonatou, Globalizations 2018.

2018 'From Competitive Corporatism to Embedded Austerity:  Neoliberalism and Structural Reform in Greece during the Eurozone Crisis,' Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies 7: 1, 1-29.

2016 ‘Embedding Neoliberalism in Greece: Collective Bargaining and Labour Market Policy During the Eurozone Crisis,’ Studies in Political Economy 97: 3, 253-269.

2016 ‘Neoliberal Labour Governments and the Union Response,’ by Jason Schulman, New Political Science 38: 2.

2014 ‘Cicero, Roman Republicanism and the Contested Meaning of Libertas,’ Political Studies 62: 3 (2014), 488-501.

2014 ‘The Social Basis of Electoral Reform,’ review of Wrestling with Democracy, by Dennis Pilon, The Political Quarterly 85: 2.

2014 ‘Senatus Populusque Romanus against the Demos: Roman Republicanism versus Athenian Democracy,’ in Athenian Legacies: European Debates on Citizenship, Leo Olschki Publishers: Florence (2014), 69-94.

2013 'Free Men, Free Labour and Republican Discourses of Liberty in Early Modern England,' Contributions to the History of Concepts 8: 2 (2013).

2013 ‘The History of Democracy:  A Marxist Interpretation,’ Das Argument 303, 635-636.

2012 ‘Capitalism and Contextualization in C. B. Macpherson’s The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism,’ Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought, 1: 1 (October 2012), 228-251.

2012 ‘Imperial Republics: Territorial Expansion from the English Civil War to the French Revolution,’ Canadian Journal of Political Science 45: 4 (2012), 977-978.

2012 ‘The American Road to Capitalism:  Studies in Class-Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620-1877,’ Das Argument 299, 771-773.

2012 ‘The Invention of Market Freedom,’ Political Quarterly 83: 1, 189-191.

2011 ‘Citizens to Lords: A Review Essay.’ Historical Materialism 19: 1 (2011), 304-318.

2011 ‘The Neoliberal State,’ New Political Science 33: 3, 391-394.

2011 ‘Hobbes and Republican Liberty,’ Canadian Journal of Political Science 44: 1, 242-245.

2009 ‘The ‘Republican Dilemma’ and the Changing Social Context of Republicanism in the Early Modern Period,’ The European Journal of Political Theory, 8: 3 (July 2009), 313-338.

2009 ‘Republican Discourses and Imperial Projects: Empire and Liberty in American Political Discourse,’ Spectrum:  Journal of Global Studies 1: 1 (April 2009), 53-68.

2008 Diggers, Levellers and Agrarian Capitalism: Radical Political Thought in Seventeenth Century England (Lexington Books 2008).

2007 ‘Radicalism and Revisionism in the English Civil War,’ in M. Haynes and J. Wolfreys, eds., History and Revolution:Refuting Revisionism (London:  Verso Publishers, 2007), 25-50.

2006 ‘Digger Radicalism and Agrarian Capitalism,’ Historical Materialism 14: 3 (Fall 2006), 112-143.

2006 ‘Reflections on Political Theory,’ Historical Materialism 14: 3 (Fall 2006), 314-329.

2002 ‘State, Civil Society and Social Context in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right,’ Problematique 8 (Fall 2002), 56-77.

2001 ‘Ehud’s Dagger: Class Struggle in the English Revolution,’ Problematique 7.

1999 ‘The Origins of Capitalism,’ Labour/le Travail 44.

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