School of Social and Political Science

Professor Luke March

Job Title

Personal Chair of Post-Soviet and Comparative Politics

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Luke's photo

Room number

3.08

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Research interests

Research interests

Russian politics, Radical left, Populism, Social movements, Protest, Moldova, Nationalism

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.

Research day

 Thursday 

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 and the US, 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 (open in new windows) for more information:

Background

Teaching (2023-24)

  • MA Contemporary Russian Politics (Course organiser)
  • MA Populism: Pathology or Panacea? (Course organiser)
  • MSc Nationalism, Populism and Democracy (contribution)

Qualifications

  • 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.  One of his most recent books was  Europe's Radical Left: From  Marginality  to the Mainstream (edited, with Dan Keith, Rowman and Littlefield, September 2016). He has also recently completed the Palgrave Handbook of the Radical Left with Fabien Escalona and Daniel Keith (Palgrave 2023).

Recent Publications

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

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, http://www.e-ir.info/?p=1877.

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

Staff Hours and Guidance

Wednesdays 10-12. At all other times, please contact l.march@ed.ac.uk (I receive a lot of emails and there may be delay in answering).

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
March L. Putin: Populist, anti-populist, or pseudo-populist? Journal of Political Ideologies. 2023 Sept 5. Epub 2023 Sept 5. doi: 10.1080/13569317.2023.2250744
Escalona F, (ed.), Keith D, (ed.), March L, (ed.). The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Left Parties in Europe. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2023. 768 p. Epub 2023 Apr 17. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56264-7
Keith D, March L, Escalona F. Introduction. In Escalona F, Keith D, March L, editors, The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Left Parties in Europe. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2023. p. 3-45 doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56264-7_1
Keith D, March L. Conclusion. In Escalona F, Keith D, March L, editors, The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Left Parties in Europe. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2023. p. 695-762 doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56264-7_24
Keith D, March L. The United Kingdom. In Escalona F, Keith D, March L, editors, The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Left Parties in Europe. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2023. p. 541-569 doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56264-7_19
March L. The Eastern European Context. In Escalona F, Keith D, March L, editors, The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Left Parties in Europe. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2023. p. 573-596 doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56264-7_20
March L. The party of European Socialists and its Problems. In Newell JL, editor, Europe and the Left: Resisting the Populist Tide. 1 ed. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 2020. p. 93-119. (Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century).
March L, Dunphy R. The European Left Party. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. 304 p.
March L. Textual analysis: The UK party system. In Hawkins KA, Carlin RE, Littvay L, Rovira Kaltwasser C, editors, The Ideational Approach to Populism: Concept, Theory, and Analysis. 1st ed. Routledge. 2018. p. 49-66 doi: 10.4324/9781315196923-3
March L. Nationalism. In Tsygankov AP, editor, Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy. 1 ed. London; New York: Routledge. 2018. p. 79-98. (Routledge Handbooks). doi: 10.4324/9781315536934
March L. Populism in the post-Soviet states. In Rovira Kaltwasser C, Taggart P, Ochoa Espejo P, Ostiguy P, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Populism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2017. p. 214-231
March L. Radical Left Parties and Movements: Allies, Associates or Antagonists? In Wennerhag M, Fröhlich C, Piotrowski G, editors, Radical Left Movements in Europe. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing. 2017. 2. (The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture). doi: 10.4324/9781315603483
March L. Left and right populism compared: The British case. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 2017 May 1;19(2):282-303. Epub 2017 Mar 31. doi: 10.1177/1369148117701753
March L. La “nuova sinistra” radicale europea: dalla crisi della socialdemocrazia ai cambiamenti nelle democrazie rappresentative contemporanee. In Damiani M, editor, Rivista di Politica: Il nuovo radicalismo politico: populismi di destra e di sinistra nella crisi della democrazia europea. Vol. 2/2017. Rubbettino. 2017. p. 23. 2. (Rivista di Politica; 2).
March L, (ed.), Keith D, (ed.). Europe’s Radical Left: From Marginality to the Mainstream? Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016. 466 p.
March L, Cheskin A. State-society relations in contemporary Russia: New forms of political and social contention. East European Politics. 2015 Aug;31(3):261-273. Epub 2015 Aug 18. doi: 10.1080/21599165.2015.1063487
March L. The ‘post-Soviet’ Russian left: Escaping the shadow of stalinism? In Ross C, editor, Systemic and Non-Systemic Opposition in the Russian Federation. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing. 2015
Dunphy R, March L. Seven Year Itch? The European Left Party: Struggling to Transform the EU. Perspectives on European Politics and Society. 2013 Mar 20. Epub 2013 Mar 20. doi: 10.1080/15705854.2013.773653
March L, Rommerskirchen C. Out of Left Field? Explaining the Variable Electoral Success of European Radical Left Parties. Party Politics. 2013. Epub 2012 Nov 5. doi: 10.1177/1354068812462929
March L. Nationalist grievance and Russian foreign policy: The case of Georgia. In Freire MR, Kanet RE, editors, Russia and its Near Neighbours. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. p. 63-88 doi: 10.1057/9780230390164_4
March L. Nationalism for Export? The Domestic and Foreign-Policy Implications of the New ‘Russian Idea’. Europe-Asia Studies. 2012;64(3):401-425. doi: 10.1080/09668136.2012.661927
March L. The Russian Duma 'Opposition': No Drama out of Crisis? . East European Politics. 2012. Epub 2012 May 29. doi: 10.1080/21599165.2012.687688
March L. Communism. In Gill G, Young J, editors, Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society. 1st ed. Routledge. 2012. p. 129-139 doi: 10.4324/9780203804490-13
March L. Problems and perspectives of contemporary European radical left parties: Chasing a lost world or still a world to win? International Critical Thought. 2012;2(3):314-339. doi: 10.1080/21598282.2012.706777
March L. Is Nationalism Rising in Russian Foreign Policy? The Case of Georgia. Demokratizatsiya. 2011;19(3):187-208.
March L. Radical Left Parties in Europe. Routledge, 2011. 274 p.
Dannreuther R, March L. Introduction. In Dannreuther R, March L, editors, Russia and Islam: State, society and radicalism . Abingdon: Routledge. 2010. p. 1-8
Dannreuther R, March L. Conclusion. In Dannreuther R, March L, editors, Russia and Islam: State, society and radicalism . Abingdon: Routledge. 2010. p. 222-229
March L. Why Not Parties in Russia? Democracy, Federalism, and the State. Slavonic and east european review. 2010 Jul;88(3):584-586.
Dannreuther R, March L. Conclusion. In Dannreuther R, March L, editors, Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism. 1 ed. London: Routledge. 2010. p. 222-229. (BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies).
Dannreuther R, March L. Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism. 1 ed. London: Routledge, 2010. 272 p. (BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies). doi: 10.4324/9780203854211
March L. Modern Moscow: Muslim Moscow? In Dannreuther R, March L, editors, Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism . 1 ed. London: Routledge. 2010. p. 84-102. (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies).
Dannreuther R, March L. Introduction. In Dannreuther R, March L, editors, Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism. 1 ed. London: Routledge. 2010. p. 1-8. (BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies).
March L. Managing Opposition in a Hybrid Regime: Just Russia and Parastatal Opposition. Slavic Review: Interdisciplinary Quarterly of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. 2009 Sept 1;68(3):504-527.
March L. Moldova. In Sagar DJ, editor, Political Parties of the World . 7 ed. London: John Harper Publishing. 2009. p. 394-7
Colton TJ, Hale HE, March L, Robertson GB. Responses: Political science, democracy, and authoritarianism. Slavic Review. 2009;68(3):552-556. doi: 10.1017/S0037677900019732
Dannreuther R, March L. Chechnya: Has Moscow won? Survival. 2008;50(4):97-111. doi: 10.1080/00396330802329030
March L. Contemporary far left parties in Europe: from Marxism to the mainstream? 2008.
March L. From moldovanism to Europeanization? Moldova's communists and nation building. Nationalities Papers. 2007 Sept;35(4):601-626. doi: 10.1080/00905990701475061
March L. The contemporary Russian left after communism: Into the dustbin of history? Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics. 2006 Dec;22(4):431-456. doi: 10.1080/13523270601017585
March L, Herd GP. Moldova between Europe and Russia: Inoculating against the colored contagion? Post-Soviet Affairs. 2006 Oct 31;22(4):349-379. doi: 10.2747/1060-586X.22.4.349
March L. Security strategy and the 'Russia problem'. In Dannreuther R, Peterson J, editors, Security Strategy and Transatlantic Relations. 1 ed. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2006. p. 97-114 doi: 10.4324/9780203965665-14
March L. Power and opposition in the former Soviet Union: The communist parties of Moldova and Russia. Party Politics. 2006 May;12(3):341-365. doi: 10.1177/1354068806063085
March L. Virtual parties in a virtual world: The use of the Internet by Russian political parties. In Oates S, Owen D, K. Gibson R, editors, The Internet and Politics: Citizens, Voters and Activists. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2005. p. 121-145 doi: 10.4324/9780203017531
March L. Russian parties and the political internet. Europe - Asia Studies. 2004 May 31;56(3):369-400. doi: 10.1080/09668130410001682681
March L. Socialism with unclear characteristics: The Moldovan communists in government. Demokratizatsiya. 2004;12(4):507-524.
March L. For victory? The crises and dilemmas of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Europe - Asia Studies. 2001;53(2):263-290. doi: 10.1080/09668130020032299