Steve McGiffen, Ph.D.

Thesis Advisor

Fields of expertise

  • The European Union

  • Neoliberalism, corporate power and resistance

  • Global inequalities

  • International environmental politics


  • Ph.D, US political history, University of Manchester, England

  • M.A., British and American History, University of Manchester, England

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Leeds, England

  • B.A. with Honors, Humanities, Middlesex Polytechnic, England

Other current posts

  • Consultant, Socialist Party of the Netherlands

Previous experience

  • Tutor in Comparative British and American History, Open University, UK, 1986-93

  • Political assistant to Thomas Megahy, Member of the European Parliament, 1986-99

  • Member of the Secretariat and advisor on environmental affairs, European Parliament United Left Group, 1999-2005

Selected publications


  • Poisoned Spring: The European Union and Water Privatisation (London: Pluto Press, 2009)

  • The European Union: A Critical Guide (2nd Edition; Dutch and Romanian translations) (London: Pluto Press, 2005)

  • Biotechnology: Corporate Power versus the Public Interest (London: Pluto Press, 2005)

  • Globalisation (Harpenden, England: Pocket Essentials, 2002)

  • Tennant's Rock (a novel) (New York: St Martin's Press, 2001)

  • Edits, an English-language website sponsored by the Socialist Party of the Netherlands


  • “The European Union as ‘Universalist’ Project: Developing a Critical Left response” (Politika Annual Journal 2009, University of Hong Kong) 

  • “Bloodless Coup d’Etat: The European Union’s Response to the Eurozone Crisis” Socialism & Democracy  Vol 25/2, 56 (2011) pp25-44

  •  “European ‘Democracy Promotion’: dynamic versus passive revolutions in the Arab Spring”, Chapter 3 of Osha, Sanya (ed.) The Social Contract in Africa (Pretoria, RSA, Africa Institute of South Africa, 2014)


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Tim FrancisNew Zealand International Relations
Class of 2014

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