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Associate Professor Brian Roper

Associate Professor Brian RoperPhD (Griff)
MA (Cant)

Associate Professor Roper’s research interests include: New Zealand politics; public policy; political economy; social inequality; gender and feminism; classical and contemporary Marxism; history and major theories of democracy.

He has co-edited two books: State and Economy in New Zealand (1993) and The Political Economy of New Zealand (1997). His book Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935 was published in 2005. His second authored book is The History of Democracy, originally published by Pluto Press in 2013, with translated editions due to appear in China, Germany and Turkey. It is described by David McNally, Professor of Political Science at York University, as a “stunning and panoramic book”, which “sheds light on the theory and practice of democracy across the ages”.

According to reviewers, The History of Democracy provides: "an excellent exploration of the history of democracy and the struggle to extend it" (Socialist Review (UK)); “an excellent text for anyone seeking to understand a socialist perspective on democracy, historically rooted, and then read on further” (London Socialist Historians Group); an “ambitious project of cutting-edge relevance for the Arab region and the world” (Jordan Times).

He has been a political activist for more than twenty years, and has been involved in a wide variety of progressive struggles and campaigns.


Teaching


Contact details

Room 4N2, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 8667
Email brian.roper@otago.ac.nz
Office hours - Monday 11-11:30am or Thursday 1-1:30p, or email for an appointment

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Publications

Roper, B. (2015). The importance of political theory. In J. Hayward (Ed.), New Zealand government and politics. (6th ed.) (pp. 72-73). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Roper, B. (2015). New Zealand politics post-1984. In J. Hayward (Ed.), New Zealand government and politics. (6th ed.) (pp. 25-36). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Roper, B. S. (2014). [Review of the book The democracy project: A history, a crisis, a movement]. New Socialist Webzine. Retrieved from http://www.newsocialist.org/760-the-democracy-project-a-review

Roper, B. (2014, December). New Zealand's political history from 1984 to 2014: Has it centrally involved the rise, entrenchment, and continued roll out of neoliberalism? Verbal presentation at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Roper, B. S. (2013). The history of democracy: A Marxist interpretation. London, UK: Pluto Press, 310p.

Authored Book - Research

Roper, B. S. (2013). The history of democracy: A Marxist interpretation. London, UK: Pluto Press, 310p.

Roper, B. S. (2005). Prosperity for all? Economic, social and political change in New Zealand since 1935. Victoria: Thomson, 302p.

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Edited Book - Research

Rudd, C., & Roper, B. S. (Eds.). (1997). The Political Economy of New Zealand. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 310p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Roper, B. (2015). The importance of political theory. In J. Hayward (Ed.), New Zealand government and politics. (6th ed.) (pp. 72-73). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Roper, B. (2015). New Zealand politics post-1984. In J. Hayward (Ed.), New Zealand government and politics. (6th ed.) (pp. 25-36). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Roper, B. S. (2008). The welfare state: Origins, development, crisis, and redesign. In N. Lunt, M. O'Brien & R. Stephens (Eds.), New Zealand, new welfare. (1st ed.) (pp. 10-18). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning.

Roper, B. S. (2005). Globalization and the shift in policy-making from Keynesianism to Neoliberalism: The decline of national and state autonomy? In R. Patman & C. Rudd (Eds.), Sovereignty under siege? Globalization and New Zealand. (pp. 23-38). England: Ashgate.

Roper, B. S. (2001). Neo-liberalism in New Zealand: the radical critique. In R. Millar (Ed.), New Zealand Politics in Transition. (pp. 544-555). Auckland: Oxford University Press.

Roper, B. S. M., & Rudd, C. (1997). Introduction: New Zealand's economy, civil society, and the state during the postwar era. In B. Roper & C. Rudd (Eds.), The Political Economy of New Zealand. (pp. v-x). Auckland: Oxford University Press.

Roper, B. S. M. (1997). New Zealand's economic history. In C. Rudd & B. Roper (Eds.), The Political Economy of New Zealand. (pp. 3-21). Auckland: Oxford University Press.

Roper, B. S. M. (1997). The changing class structure. In C. Rudd & B. Roper (Eds.), The Political Economy of New Zealand. (pp. 79-99). Auckland: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Roper, B. (2011). Reformism on a global scale? A critical examination of David Held's advocacy of cosmopolitan social democracy. Capital & Class, 35(2), 253-273.

Roper, B. (2011). The Fifth (Key) National Government's neoliberal policy agenda: Description, analysis and critical evaluation. New Zealand Sociology, 26(1), 12-40.

Roper, B. S. (2011). The fire last time: The rise of class struggle and progressive social movements in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1968 to 1977. Marxist Interventions, 3, 7-30.

Roper, B. (2007). The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and the struggle against the Employment Contracts Act: Lessons for activists today. Red & Green, 6, 10-32.

Roper, B. (2006). Business political activity in New Zealand from 1990 to 2005. Kōtuitui, 1(2), 161-183. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2006.9522417

Roper, B. S. (2004). The globalisation of revolt and the critique of capitalism: Exploitation, agency, democracy. Red & Green, 3, 13-36.

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Journal - Research Other

Roper, B. S. (2014). [Review of the book The democracy project: A history, a crisis, a movement]. New Socialist Webzine. Retrieved from http://www.newsocialist.org/760-the-democracy-project-a-review

Roper, B. (2011). Why is John Key so popular? Socialist Review, 36, 6-7.

Roper, B. S. (2011). [Extended review The transition of New Zealand Government and Politics]. Political Science, 63(2), 244-246.

Roper, B. (2006). The reality of class inequality in Aotearoa. Socialist Review, 21, 8-11.

Roper, B. S. (2004). Working for families? Brian Roper reviews Budget 2004. Socialist Review, 18, 10.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Roper, B. S. (2002). United we stand? Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 10, 27-28.

Roper, B. S. (2002). Troubled times at the degree factory. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 10, 16-17.

Roper, B. S. (2002). Green Politics: A New Radicalism? Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 10, 22-24.

Roper, B. S. (2001). The movement against globalisation. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 5, 14-21.

Roper, B. S. (2000). The new right in Aotearoa and the socialist critique. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 3, 10-15.

Roper, B. S. (2000). Big money backs the National Party. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 4, 13.

Roper, B. S. (2000). The democratic spirit of socialism from below. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 3, 24-25.

Roper, B. S. (2000). Fiji coup. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 4, 7.

Roper, B. S. (2000). Can Labour and the Alliance bring real change? Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 3, 4-5.

Roper, B. S. (2000). Where is New Zealand going? Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 4, 3-6.

Roper, B. S. (2000). A return to 'old Labour'? Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 4, 10-11.

Roper, B. S. (1998). The Dunedin Sound. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2, 18.

Roper, B. S. (1998). Democracy. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2, 8-10.

Roper, B. S. (1998). Why you should be a socialist. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2, 10.

Roper, B. S. (1997). Why hasn't MMP changed anything? Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1(8-9), 14.

Roper, B. S. (1997). Volatile cocktail. Socialist Review of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1, 3.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Roper, B. S. (2012). Back to the future? The collapse of ancient Roman civilisation and the future of capitalism [Plenary panel discussion: Sociology and the future]. New Zealand Sociology, 27(1), (pp. 74-87). [Full Paper]

Roper, B. S. (2007). Cosmopolitan social democracy: A Marxist appreciation and critique. Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons. Retrieved from http://www.tasa.org.au/conferences/conferencepapers07/

Roper, B. S. (2005). Gender inequality in Aotearoa: A socialist-feminist analysis. Proceedings of the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference. [Full Paper]

Roper, B. S. (2004). The fire last time: The rise of class struggle and new social movements, 1968 to 1977. Proceedings of the Seventies in New Zealand Symposium: A decade of change. [Full Paper]

Roper, B. S. (2004). Power shifts on contested terrain: Business versus workers and social movements, 1968 to 2004. Proceedings of the New Zealand Sociology Annual Conference. [Full Paper]

Roper, B. S. (2000). Democracy: Past, present, future. In S. Oakley, J. Pudsey, J. Henderson, D. King & R. Boyd (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Australia. CD ROM. Adelaide, Aust.: Flinders University. [Full Paper]

Roper, B. S. (1998). The Long Struggle for Democracy: from Athenian Democracy to Feudal Absolutism. Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Australasian Political Science Association and the European Union Studies Association of New Zealand. (pp. 534-548). [Full Paper]

Roper, B. S. M. (1996). Leading from the rear? A theoretical analysis of the contingent bureaucratic conservatism of the NZCTU leadership. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations. 21(3), (pp. 257-275). [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Roper, B. S. (2011). The Fifth National Government's neoliberal policy agenda: Securing a brighter future? Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 5). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/nzpsa-2011-conference-abstracts.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Roper, B. (2014, December). New Zealand's political history from 1984 to 2014: Has it centrally involved the rise, entrenchment, and continued roll out of neoliberalism? Verbal presentation at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Roper, B. S. (2011, December). The Fifth National Government's neoliberal policy agenda: Securing a brighter future? Verbal presentation at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Annual Conference: Looking Forward: Trends, Horizons and Utopias, Wellington, New Zealand.

Cremin, C., Jones, C., McIntosh, T., Nickel, T., Roper, B., & Trundle, C. (2011, December). Sociology and the future [Panel discussion]. Verbal presentation at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Annual Conference: Looking Forward: Trends, Horizons and Utopias, Wellington, New Zealand.

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