Richard Bellamy is currently the Director of the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute in Florence, on exceptional leave from his position as Professor of Political Science at University College, London (UCL).
Richard’s main research interests are in the history of European social and political theory post-1750 and contemporary analytical legal, social and political philosophy, with a particular emphasis on public ethics, and the application of normative theory to the understanding of citizenship, democracy and constitutionalism in modern societies.
Richard has worked extensively on Italian political thought and in 2012 he was awarded the Serena Medal by the British Academy, given `for eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, literature, art or economics’. His work on constitutionalism, culminated in his Political Constitutionalism which won the 2009 David and Elaine Spitz Prize. Richard has also been a leading figure in the normative study of the European Union and directed a number of prominent ESRC and European Commission research projects in this area as well as publishing extensively on the topic.
Richard has written 8 monographs to date, edited or co-edited more than 25 books and specials issues and is the author of over a 150 journal articles and book chapters. He has also edited scholarly editions of works by Beccaria, Bobbio and Gramsci. His publications have been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.
In addition to completing his monograph for Cambridge University Press applying republican theory to the EU, he is writing a book on the Democratic Constitution for Oxford University Press and a study of Political Leadership provisionally titled The Democratic Prince.