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Professor Werner Bonefeld



Werner Bonefeld studied at the University of Marburg, the Free University of Berlin and the University of Edinburgh where he received his doctorate. Before coming to York, he taught at the Universities of Frankfurt and Edinburgh. His work contributed to the development of the internationally recognized Open Marxism school. Werner Bonefeld was a Leverhulme Research Fellow in 2016/17 and he is the principal investigator of research into the humanist Marxist tradition. The research is funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship and conducted by Kieran Durkin as Fellow.

He is a member of the Critical Theories of Antisemitism network ( and an associated researcher of the research network ‘Right, History and Memory’ ( 

He serves on the Advisory Board of The Cooperative Institute of Transnational Studies.

His bibliography was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in the World (Marquis), starting in 2010. 

Recent book publications include Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy and The Strong State and the Free Economy. With Beverly Best and Chris O’Kane he is co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, three volumes.




Werner Bonefeld is interested in research students on topics in critical theory, critical political economy and political sociology, including state theory, global political economy, Marx and Marxism, German ordoliberalism, and the Frankfurt School.


Werner Bonefeld is currently co-editing a three volume handbook on critical theory, which is forthcoming with Sage in 2018.


  • Globalisation and the Transformation of the German Model
  • European Union and the Crisis of the Growth and Stability Pact
  • The critical theory of Castoriadis, Papaioannou and Axelos
  • Globalisation and the crisis of the Korean state
  • From Dictatorship to Democracy: state and economy in Turkey
  • Thailand and the Politics of Social Forces: A Neo-Gramscian Account
  • Transforming China: Smith and Marx in Beijing
  • Badiou and Precariat



Werner Bonefeld is a member of the lecture team of the Year Two module State, Society and Economy.

His option modules include:


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Professor Werner Bonefeld
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323544