Dr Stuart White is a political theorist with an interest in ideas and their application. A Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, his research analyses political ideals such as social justice, equality and liberty and considers the kind of policies and institutions that advance these ideals. Recent work has focused on the ethics of the welfare state, freedom of association, and the theoretical and practical arguments for inheritance tax. A unifying theme is the concern to explore visions of society that are at once anti-capitalist and opposed to authoritarian forms of socialism. Major publications include: (ed.)New Labour: The Progressive Future? (2001); The Civic Minimum: On the Rights and Obligations of Economic Citizenship (2003); The Ethics of Stakeholding(2003); and The Citizen’s Stake: Exploring the Future of Universal Asset Policies(forthcoming).
Dr White believes that political theory should inform policy-making and is a member of the National Council of Catalyst, a political think-tank. He is also on the Academic Advisory Team for the Social Policy group at the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr).