Ben Wellings

Ben Wellings is the head of Politics and International Relations at Monash University. He researches the relationship between nationalism and European integration, specifically Brexit and English nationalism, and the politics of the Anglosphere. He is author of English Nationalism, Brexit and the Anglosphere: Wider still and wider (Manchester University Press).

Ben Wellings reviews 'Democracy Rules' by Jan-Werner Müller

January–February 2022, no. 439 22 December 2021
Ben Wellings reviews 'Democracy Rules' by Jan-Werner Müller
In this accessible contribution to the burgeoning literature on democracy’s travails and what to do about them, Jan-Werner Müller makes a case for hard borders and fundamental principles. These are not the hard borders desired by authoritarian leaders. Instead, Müller asks us to go back to basics (he uses the concept riduzione verso il principo) to establish some hard borders in our understand ... (read more)

Ben Wellings reviews 'Englishness: The political force transforming Britain' by Ailsa Henderson and Richard Wyn Jones

March 2021, no. 429 22 February 2021
Ben Wellings reviews 'Englishness: The political force transforming Britain' by Ailsa Henderson and Richard Wyn Jones
This book addresses one fundamental question: is nationalism a transformative force in politics? Nationalism is usually seen as an offshoot of ‘identity politics’, which in turn is the product of long-term social change, notably access to higher education. Such an analysis can be found in David Goodhart’s The Road to Somewhere: The new tribes shaping British politics (2017) and Maria Sobolew ... (read more)

Ben Wellings reviews 'Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat' by Jan Zielonka

October 2018, no. 405 24 September 2018
Ben Wellings reviews 'Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat' by Jan Zielonka
Jan Zielonka has provided us with an engaging and stimulating diagnosis of the pathologies of the European crisis of liberalism. The prognosis is not great, but there is hope. This short book takes the form of an intergenerational letter to Zielonka’s former mentor, the émigré German liberal intellectual Ralf Dahrendorf. Dahrendorf wrote a treatise on the European revolutions of 1989, which w ... (read more)