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Luke March

Luke March
Professor Luke March
Personal Chair of Post-Soviet and Comparative Politics; Head of Politics and International Relations; Deputy Director of the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre
3.08 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4241
Research Interests
Moldova, Radical left, Populism, Social movements, Protest, Russian Politics, nationalism

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • (From 6 January 2020: 11-1 Tuesdays)

Research day

Research day will be THURSDAY  in Spring Semester 2020. I will not normally be contactable on Thursday.

Teaching (2019-20)

  • MA Contemporary Russian Politics (Course organiser)


  • MA Social and Political Science (Cambridge)
  • MSocSc Russian and East European Studies (Birmingham)
  • PhD Russian and East European Studies (Birmingham)

Personal Biography

Luke joined Politics and IR in 1999 from Birmingham University, where he finished his PhD and held a temporary post as lecturer in Russian Politics. He spent much of the late 1990s working on the communist left in the former USSR, in particular its ideological and organisational development and influence on democratisation. This research led to several publications including The Communist Party in Post-Soviet Russia (Manchester University Press, 2002), which received a five-star review from Political Studies. His book, Radical Left Parties in Europe was published by Routledge in December 2011 and has become a leading work in its field.  His most recent book was  Europe's Radical Left: From  Marginality  to the Mainstream (edited, with Dan Keith, Rowman and Littlefield, September 2016). He is also working on the Palgrave Handbook of the Radical Left with Fabien Escalona and Daniel Keith (Palgrave 2019).

Research Interests

The politics of the former Soviet Union (especially Russian and Moldovan politics, political parties in the FSU, democratisation and institution-building); Russian nationalism, Russian foreign policy discourse; the radical left in Europe; populism; contemporary communism.

Recent Publications

For the most updated research list, see my Edinburgh Research Explorer page at:

Older Publications Only:

2011.  Radical Left Parties in Europe (Routledge)

2011. Communism, in Graeme Gill  and James Young (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society (Routledge)

2011. Is Nationalism Rising in Russian Foreign Policy?, Demokratizatsiya, 19:3, pp. 187-208

2011. (with Roland Dannreuther) Russia: Representing or Radicalizing Islam?, in S. Hutchings, C. Flood, G. Miazhevich and H. Nickels (eds.), Islam in its International Context (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), pp. 65-83

2010. (edited, with Roland Dannreuther), Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism (Routledge)

2010.  Modern Moscow: Muslim Moscow? in Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism, pp. 84-102.

2010. (with Roland Dannreuther) Introduction in  Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism, pp. 1-8.

2010. (with Roland Dannreuther) Conclusion in  Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism, pp. 222-9.

2009. Managing opposition in a hybrid regime: Just Russia and parastatal opposition, Slavic Review, 68:3, Fall 2009, pp. 504-527

2009. Diplomacy and Russia's de-democratisation.e-IR,

2009. Moldova, in D.J. Sagar (ed.), Political Parties of the World (7th edition) (John Harper Publishing), pp.394-7. 

2008. Contemporary Far Left Parties in Europe: From Marxism to the Mainstream (Bonn/Berlin: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung) 

2008. Die Kommunistische Partei in der Sowjetunion und in Russland (The Communist Party in the Soviet Union and Russia), Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 47

2008. (with Roland Dannreuther) Chechnya: Has Moscow Won?  Survival,  50:4, pp. 97-112

Also downloadable:

2007. From vanguard of the proletariat to vox populi: left-populism as a ‘shadow’ of contemporary socialism, SAIS Review,  27:1

Current Research

Luke is currently working on the radical left in Europe and Russia, and left-wing populism. He has also started a comparative study of nationalism and foreign policy in Russia, the US and China, commencing with a research fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute, Finland, in April 2017.

Luke has membership in the following Research Groups: Public Opinion, Parties and Elections.

Topics interested in supervising

Luke welcomes applications from students considering research in the fields of post-Soviet politics (especially, but not exclusively, Russia and Moldova), populism, the politics of the left (especially radical left).

If you are interested in being supervised by Luke March, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics