Alan Johnson (political theorist)

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Alan Johnson is a British political theorist. He is Professor of Democratic Theory and Practice at Edge Hill University[1] and a political activist.

Political positions[edit]

The panel at the public launch of the Euston Manifesto. From left to right: Alan Johnson, Eve Garrard, Nick Cohen, Shalom Lappin and Norman Geras

Johnson was an editor of the journals Democratiya and Engage Journal, the former of which he also helped found.[2] He is a scholar of the labour movement in Iraq,[3] and is a founding member of Labour Friends of Iraq.[4]

A former Trotskyist researching Hal Draper,[5] Johnson is co-author of the Euston Manifesto.[6] Johnson was opposed to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[4] Since 2003, he has worked with Abdullah Muhsin of the Iraqi Workers Federation.[7] Arguing that the British state should be willing to "get its hands dirty," he proposed that the UK should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, which he argued was obstructing the deportation of terrorism suspects.[8] Critical of blanket labelling of advocats of military intervention against dictatorial regimes as neoconservatism in foreign policy, Johnson calls for a "proper consideration of the social democratic antitotalitarianism of Paul Berman, Václav Havel, Adam Michnik, Ladan Boroumand, Kanan Makiya, Azar Nafisi, Bernard Kouchner, Tony Blair, or Gordon Brown" and points out that "neo-conservatives" in the Democratic Party deserve "their share of the credit" for "undermining cynical and self-defeating 'realism' and embracing democracy-promotion."[9]

Lecture disrupted[edit]

In March 2014, Johnson was interrupted by a group of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions protesters whilst arguing against a boycott of Israel by the Student Union at University of Ireland Galway.[10]



  1. ^ "Professor Alan Johnson". Edge Hill University. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Alan (2008-03-19). "Alan Johnson". Comment is Free (London: The Guardian). 
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  4. ^ a b "Alan Johnson, Research and Publications Officer Officers". Labour Friends of Iraq. September 18, 2004. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
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  7. ^ Johnson, Alan (2008-06-03). "Full profile". The Guardian (London). 
  8. ^ Johnson, Alan (2008-04-14). "Getting our hands dirty". The Guardian (London). 
  9. ^ Johnson, Alan (2008-01-15). "On neoconitis". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ Johnson, Alan (13 March 2014). "On Israel, the intellectuals are driving the students mad". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 15 March 2014.