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Dr Gabriele Badano



Gabriele Badano is a political philosopher with a penchant for interdisciplinary work. His main research interests include the ethical principles applying specifically to public administration, issues of justice and fairness in resource allocation and other dimensions of health policy, liberal theories of public justification of political decisions, and the task of countering the rise of extreme views in society without contradicting the basic commitments of liberal democracy.

Before taking up his position at York in 2018, Gabriele held a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where he was based at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and at Girton College. Gabriele holds a PhD from the Department of Philosophy at University College London as well as an MA and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Genova, Italy.

He is interested in supervising PhD students in political philosophy and normative political theory, especially but not exclusively in the research areas that are mentioned above.



Gabriele’s current research includes a joint project with fellow Department member Alasia Nuti. In this project, they draw on and develop elements of John Rawls’s framework of political liberalism to help reflect about how liberal democratic societies should push against views that reject the basic commitments of liberal democracy itself.

Gabriele has a long-standing interest in the framework of public reason, which in essence requires that political decisions be widely justifiable. He is currently working on how to extend this framework so as to include a close focus on public administrators, exploring issues including what it means to reason publicly specifically at the level of public administration and how public administration agencies should be designed so as to protect the ability of their members to provide authentically public reasons.

Gabriele also plans to continue looking at issues in health policy, e.g. as case studies for his work on the political philosophy of public administration.

For his published papers and some work in progress, see



  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Topics in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Ethics and Public Policy

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Contact details

Dr Gabriele Badano
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Feedback and Guidance hours, Online appointments (Autumn term) - Tuesdays 17:00-18:00 & Thursdays 9:00-10:00


Selected publications

Gabriele’s publications include:

• “The Principle of Restraint: Public Reason and the Reform of Public Administration”, Political Studies, forthcoming.
• “Rescuing Public Reason Liberalism’s Accessibility Requirement”, Law and Philosophy, forthcoming (with Matteo Bonotti).
• “The Limits of Conjecture: Political Liberalism, Counter-Radicalisation, and Unreasonable Religious Views”, Ethnicities, forthcoming (with Alasia Nuti).
• “Equality, Liberty and the Limits of Person-Centred Care's Principle of Co-Production”, Public Health Ethics, 12 (2019): 176–187.
• “Substance in Bureaucratic Procedures for Healthcare Resource Allocation: A Reply to Smith”, The Journal of Medical Ethics, 45 (2019): 75-76.
• “Under Pressure: Political Liberalism, the Rise of Unreasonableness and the Complexity of Containment”, The Journal of Political Philosophy, 26 (2018): 145-168 (with Alasia Nuti).
• “If You’re a Rawlsian, How Come You’re So Close to Utilitarianism and Intuitionism? A Critique of Daniels’s Accountability for Reasonableness”, Health Care Analysis, 26 (2018): 1-16.
• “NICE's Cost-Effectiveness Threshold, or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and (Almost) Love the £20,000-£30,000/QALY Figure”, in Measurement in Medicine: Philosophical Essays on Assessment and Evaluation, ed. L. McClimans (2017, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield), co-authored with Stephen John and Trenholme Junghans.
• “Still Special, despite Everything: A Liberal Defence of the Value of Healthcare in the Face of the Social Determinants of Health”, Social Theory and Practice, 42 (2016): 183-204.
• “On the Moral Importance of Numbers, Relevance and the Workings of Non-Aggregative Reasoning”, Ethical Perspectives, 23 (2016): 527-543.
• “Public Participation in Decision-Making on the Coverage of New Antivirals for Hepatitis C”, Journal of Health Organization and Management, 30 (2016): 769-785 (with Katharina Kieslich, Jeonghoon Ahn, Kalipso Chalkidou, Leonardo Cubillos, Renata Curi, Chris Henshall, Carleigh Krubiner, Peter Littlejohns, Lanting Lu, Steven Pearson, Annette Rid, Jennifer Whitty, James Wilson).
• “Political Liberalism and the Justice Claims of the Disabled: A Reconciliation”, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 17 (2014): 401-422.

Drafts of Gabriele’s published papers