Professor Alan Scott

Lecturer, School of Cognitive, Behavioural & Social Sciences - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Phone: +61 2 6773 1771



Alan Scott is Professor of Sociology. He has taught and researched in universities in UK and Austria as well as Australia. In 2008 he was Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. In 2009 he held the Vincent Wright Visiting Chair in Sciences Po, Paris. Between 2013-2016 he was Vice President (for humanities and social sciences) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in Vienna. His main areas of research are in political and organisational sociology, and in social theory.

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PhD, University of Leeds, UK

Teaching Areas

  • Foundations of Modernity: an Introduction to Social Theory (SOCY340)
  • Working With and In Organizations (SOCY302/502)
  • State, Power and Violence (SOCY356/556)
  • The City and Social Change (SOCY300/500)
Areas of postgraduate supervision
  • Classical and contemporary social theory (especially, Weber, Simmel, (Karl) Polanyi, Aron).
  • Political sociology (e.g. social movement, state theory).
  • Organisational sociology and public policy (e.g. higher education policy, neoliberalization).
  • Urban and regional sociology.

Research Supervision Experience

Social theory, organisational and political sociology, European studies


Books (since 2010)

Palumbo, Antonino and Scott, Alan (2018) Remaking Market Society. A Critique of Political Economy and Social Theory in the Age of Neoliberalism. London: Routledge, pp. 248. IBSN 9780415837736. For further information, click here.

Amenta, Edwin, Nash, Kate and Scott, Alan(eds) (2012/16) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 564. IBSN 978-1-4443-3093-9.

Journal Articles and Chapters (since 2010, selected)

Palumbo, Antonino and Scott, Alan (2019) ‘Polanyi's double movement and the making of the “knowledge economy”’. In Roland Atzmüller, Brigitte Aulenbacher, Ulrich Brand, Fabienne Décieux, Klaus Dörre, Karin Fischer, Birgit Sauer (eds.) Great Transformations? Capitalism after Polanyi. London: Edward Elgar, pp. 274-88.

Scott, Alan (2019) ‘Shifting repertoires of populism and neo-nationalism: Austria and Brexit Britain’. In Grant, B.J., Moore, T.W. and Lynch, T. (eds) The Rise of Right-Populism. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Australian Politics. Singapore: Springer, pp.217-35. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-2670-7_11.

Scott, Alan(2018) ‘(Plebiscitary) leader democracy: The return of an illusion?’ Thesis Eleven, 148: 3-20. DOI: 10.1177/0725513618800120.

Scott, Alan (2018) ‘The state.’ In William Outhwaite and Stephan Turner (eds) The Sage Handbook of Political Sociology. London: Sage.

Scott, Alan and Pasqualoni, Pier Paolo (2014) ‘The making of a paradigm: exploring the potential of the economy of convention and pragmatic sociology of critique.’ In Paul S. Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan and Mike Reed (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 64-86.

Ötsch, Silke, Pasqualoni, Pier Paolo and Scott, Alan (2013) ‘From “new spirit” to new steal-hard casing? Civil society actors, capitalism and crisis: The case of Attac in Europe’. In Paul du Gay and Glenn Morgan (eds) New Spirits of Capitalism? Crises, Justifications and Dynamics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp.231-50.

Scott, Alan (2013) 'Capitalism as culture and Statecraft. Weber-Simmel-Hirschman.' Journal of Classical Sociology. 13(3): 30-46. DOI: 10.1177/0725513618800120.

Scott, Alan (2011) ‘Raymond Aron’s political sociology of regime and party.’ Journal of Classical Sociology 11(2): 155-171. DOI: 10.1177/1468795X10396274.


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