Frédéric Volpi, Senior lecturer

Biography

Frédéric Volpi is Senior Lecturer in international politics at the School of International Relations of the University of Saint Andrews. He received his PhD from Cambridge University and specialises on Middle East politics, with a focus on contentious politics, democratization and Islamism.

He single-authored three monographs:

  • Islam and Democracy (2003)
  • Political Islam Observed (2010)
  • Revolution and Authoritarianism in North Africa (2017).

His articles have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Democratization, The Middle East Journal, Third World Quarterly, among others. His research in the Middle East and North Africa has received support from the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

He is the editor of Mediterranean Politics and has held visiting professorships at Science-Po Paris.

Research areas

Dr Volpi researches processes of authoritarian resilience and of democratization in a comparative perspective. He uses a constructivist approach to elucidate the dynamics of political empowerment and disempowerment of social actors.

His recent work focused on the Muslim world and more specifically the Middle East and North Africa. In this particular context, the research considered the specific role of Islamism in contemporary political processes, and the representations of political Islam the social sciences.

More broadly in comparative politics, Dr Volpi’s research focuses on the interactions between social movements and state actors. His current work considers the issue of contingency during political crises and critical junctures in contemporary authoritarian regimes.

Publications

Monographs

  • Revolution and Authoritarianism in North Africa. Oxford University Press USA/Hurst, 2017.
  • Political Islam Observed: Disciplinary Perspectives. Oxford University Press USA/Hurst, 2010.
  • Islam and Democracy: The Failure of Dialogue in Algeria. Pluto Press, 2003.

Edited books

  • Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings: Mapping Interactions between Regimes and Protesters (with J.M. Jasper). Amsterdam University Press, 2017.
  • The Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics (with R. Gillespie). Routledge, 2017.
  • Political Civility in the Middle East. Routledge, 2011.
  • Political Islam: A Critical Reader. Routledge, 2010.
  • Democratization in the Muslim World: Changing Patterns of Authority and Power (with F. Cavatorta). Routledge, 2007.
  • Transnational Islam and Regional Security: Cooperation and Diversity between Europe and North Africa. Routledge, 2006.

Articles

  • ‘Local (R)evolutions in Tunisia, 2011–2014: Reconstructing Municipal Political Authority’, with F. Merone & C. Loschi, The Middle East Journal 70/3, 2016.
  • ‘Constitutionalism and political order in Libya 2011–2014: three myths about the past and a new constitution’, with C. Geha, The Journal of North African Studies 21/4, 2016.
  • ‘Islamism and the state after the Arab uprisings’, With E. Stein, Democratization 22/2, 2015.
  • ‘The Arab Uprisings and the political trajectories of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia’, Orient 56/2, 2015.
  • ‘Stabilité et changement politique au Maghreb’, Maghreb–Machrek No.221, 2014.
  • ‘Reconfiguring post-Cold War views of international order in the Mediterranean’, Cahiers de la Méditerranée, No.89, 2014.
  • ‘Revolution, Reform, and Stasis in the Maghreb’, Current History 113/763, 2014.
  • ‘Framing Political Revolutions in the Aftermath of the Arab Uprisings’, Mediterranean Politics 19/1, 2014.
  • ‘Revisiting Theories of Arab Politics in the Aftermath of the Arab Uprisings’, with M. Valjborn, Mediterranean Politics 19/1, 2014.
  • ‘Algeria versus the Arab Spring’, Journal of Democracy 24 (3) 2013.
  • ‘Explaining (and re-explaining) political change in the Middle East during the Arab Spring: trajectories of democratization and of authoritarianism in the Maghreb’, Democratization 20 (6) 2013.
  • ‘Framing Civility in the Middle East: Alternative Perspectives on the State and Civil Society’, Third World Quarterly 32 (5) 2011.
  • ‘Framing Islamism: Understanding the Dynamics of Globalized Violence and Politics’ International Studies Review 12 (3) 2010.
  • ‘Normative and Technical Power at the EU-Moroccan Interface: The Islamization of the North as a Response to the Democratization of the South’, European Foreign Affairs Review 15 (5) 2010.
  • ‘Political Islam in the Mediterranean: The View from Democratization Studies’, Democratization 16 (1) 2009.
  • ‘Constructing the 'Ummah' in European Security: Between Exit, Voice and Loyalty’, Government and Opposition, 42 (3) 2007.
  • ‘Making Islamic Authority Matter’, (with B.S. Turner), Theory, Culture and Society 24 (2) 2007.
  • ‘Algeria’s Pseudo-democratic Politics: Lessons for Democratization in the Middle East’, Democratization 13 (3) 2006.
  • ‘Strategies for Regional Cooperation in the Mediterranean: Rethinking the Parameters of the Debate’, Mediterranean Politics 11 (2) 2006.
  • ‘Pseudo-Democracy in the Muslim world’, Third World Quarterly 25 (6) 2004.
  • ‘Regional Community Building and the Transformation of International Relations: The Case of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’, Mediterranean Politics 9 (2) 2004.
  • ‘Language, Practices and the Formation of a Transnational Liberal-Democratic Ethos’, Global Society 16 (1) 2002.
  • ‘Pragmatism and “Compassionate” Political Change: Some Implications of Richard Rorty’s Anti-Foundationalist Pragmatism’ Philosophy & Social Criticism 28 (6) 2002.
  • ‘Understanding the Rationale of the Islamic Fundamentalists’ Political Strategies’, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 1 (3) 2000.
  • ‘Democracy in Algeria: Continuity and Change in the Organisation of Political Representation’, Journal of North African Studies 5 (2) 2000.

Book chapters

  • ‘Rethinking mobilization in the Middle East after the Arab uprisings’ (with J.M. Jasper), in F. Volpi and J.M. Jasper (eds.), Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings: Mapping Interactions between Regimes and Protesters (with J.M. Jasper). Amsterdam University Press, 2017.
  • ‘Shaping contention as a Salafi movement: The rise and fall of Ansar al-Sharia in post-revolutionary Tunisia’, in F. Volpi and J.M. Jasper (eds.), Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings: Mapping Interactions between Regimes and Protesters (with J.M. Jasper). Amsterdam University Press, 2017.
  • ‘The Growing International Relevance of Mediterranean Politics’ (with R. Gillespie), in R. Gillespie and F. Volpi (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics. Routledge, 2017.
  • ‘Algeria versus the Arab Spring’, in L. Diamond and M.F. Plattner (eds.), Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World. John Hopkins University Press, 2014.
  • ‘Islamism is Dead, Long Live Islamism’, in A. Boubekeur and O. Roy (eds.), Whatever Happened to the Islamists? Salafism, Heavy Metal Muslims and the Lure of Consumerist Islam. Columbia University Press, 2012.
  • ‘Pathways of Islamist Mobilisation against the State in the Middle East and Central Asia’, in S.N. Cummings and R. Hinnebusch (eds.), Sovereignty after Empire Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia. Edinburgh University Press, 2011.
  •  ‘Invoking Political Civility in the Middle East’, in F. Volpi (ed.), Political Civility in the Middle East. Routledge, 2011.
  • ‘L’Islam, la nation et la politique : le passé de bien plus d’une illusion’, in N. Kessous, C. Margerrison, A. Stafford and G. Dugas (eds.), Algérie: Vers le cinquantenaire de l’Indépendance. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2009.
  •  ‘Forgetting Democratization? Recasting Power and Authority in a Plural Muslim World’ (with F. Cavatorta), in F. Volpi and F. Cavatorta (eds.), Democratization in the Muslim World: Changing Patterns of Authority and Power. Routledge, 2007.
  •  ‘The Algerian Islamic Revolt’, in J. Defronzo (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Modern Revolutions. ABC-CLIO, 2006.
  • ‘Liberalisation and Securitisation: Irreconcilable Objectives in the post-9/11 Order?’ in J. Kalpakian (ed.), Africa after 9/11: Strategies for Engagement and Co-operation. Al-Akhawayn University Press, 2005.
  •  ‘Democratisation and its Enemies: The Algerian Transition to Authoritarianism’, in R. Luckham and G. Cawthra (eds.), Governing Insecurity. Zed Books, 2003.

Teaching

Current modules:

  • Political Islam and International Relations (IR4604)
  • Global and Transnational Islamism (IR5502)
  • Democracy and Revolution in North Africa (IR3302)
  • Social Movements, Revolutions and Authoritarianism in North Africa (IR5528)

Previous modules:

  • Democracy and Democratization (IR3007)

Research students

First supervisor

  • Timothy Poirson

PhD supervision topics

Topics include:

  • political Islam/Islamism.
  • democratization and authoritarianism in the Middle East.
  • social movements and revolutions in the Muslim world.

Further information

Editor:

  • Mediterranean Politics (journal)
  • Routledge Studies in Mediterranean Politics (book series).