Rodney Barker is a professor of government in London School of Economics.
He has published on political thinking in modern Britain, and on the legitimation of governments, subjects, and rebels.
His most recent books in these fields are Political Ideas in Modern Britain in and after the Twentieth Century, published by Routledge in 1997, and Legitimating Identities: the self-presentations of rulers and subjects, published by Cambridge University Press in 2001.
His research on legitimation is continuing, and he is in addition working on the conceptualisation of enemies in the construction of political identities.
- Democratic Legitimation: What is it, Who Wants it, and Why?, in Hurrelmann, A and Schneider, Steve and Steffek, J, editors, Legitimacy in an Age of Global Politics, 2000
- Hooks and Hands, Interests and Enemies: Political Thinking as Political Action, in Barker, R. Blackwell, editor, Political Ideas and Political Action, 2000
- Legitimacy, Legitimation, and the European Union: What Crisis?, in Rawlings, Paul Craig & Richard, editors, Law and Administration in Europe: Essays in Honour of Carol Harlow, 2003
- Legitimating Identities: The Self-presentations of Rulers and Subjects, 2001
- Making Enemies, 2007
- Nuove regole per società aperte, in M. Moussanet, editor, Duemila: Verso una società aperta, Vol. 2: Politica, migrazioni, guerra e pace, religione. Il Sole 24 Ore, 2000
- Pluralism, Revenant or Recessive?, in J. Hayward, B. Barry and A. Brown, editors, The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century, 2003
- Political Ideas and Political Action, editor, 2000
- Political Ideas in Modern Britain, 1997
- 2000, The Long Millennium, the Short Century, and the Persistence of Legitimation, Contemporary Politics
- 2008, On Stefan Collini: Absent Minds, Political Studies Review
- 2008, Social Democracy and Liberalism, Re-public
- 2009, The Pluralism of British Pluralism, Journal of Political Ideologies