David Runciman

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The Hon. David Walter Runciman (born 1967) is a British political scientist who teaches political theory at Cambridge University and is a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge,.[1] He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

Runciman has worked as a columnist for The Guardian newspaper and written for many other publications.[3] He currently writes about politics for the London Review of Books.[4] His monograph, The Politics of Good Intentions, was adapted in part from his LRB articles.[5] His book, Political Hypocrisy (2008), explores the political uses of hypocrisy from a historical perspective.[6] His latest book, The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present (2013), lays out his theory of the threat of democratic overconfidence.[7]

Runciman is heir to his family's Viscountcy.[8]


He is the great nephew of the historian, Sir Steven Runciman, and his father, Viscount Runciman, Garry Runciman, is a noted political scientist and academic,[9] who has also written for the LRB. He specialises in the development of the theory of the modern state and on aspects of contemporary politics.[10]

Personal life[edit]

David Runciman is married to the food writer Bee Wilson.


  1. ^ "Trinity Hall - David Runciman". Trinity Hall College official website. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  2. ^ O'Reilly, Judith (1 September 2008). "David Cameron's reading list made me the dinner guest from Hell". The Times. 
  3. ^ "The Politics of Good Intentions". Barnes and Noble. 
  4. ^ "LRB: David Runciman". London Review of Books. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Rowat, Alison (18 February 2006). "From Berlin to Baghdad David Runciman argues that there is little we haven't seen before in the new world order". The Herald. 
  6. ^ Dunne, Tim (17 July 2008). "Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power, from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond". Times Higher Education. 
  7. ^ Bogdanor, Vernon (14 November 2013). "The Confidence Trap by David Runciman: Are we too complacent about democracy?". New Statesman. 
  8. ^ Crick, Michael (9 January 2008). "Happy families". BBC Newsnight blog. 
  9. ^ "Woman behind "soft" policy on cannabis has addict relative". Daily Mail. 15 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "David Runciman". University of Cambridge POLIS department. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 

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