Fellows

overview
Dr Benjamin LeruthAssistant Professor

Contact

Centre

Centre for Change Governance

Organisation

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Differentiated integration in the European Union: Benjamin co-edited a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy on this issue (2015, volume 22 issue 6) and is currently working on a joint research project focusing on differentiation in a post-Brexit Europe; Public attitudes towards the future of the welfare state and social policy (with a particular focus on immigration, income inequality and labour market policies); Party-based Euroscepticism across Europe; The rise (and fall) of new political movements, such as the Pirate Parties across Europe, En Marche ! in France and Ciudadanos in Spain; Transnational co-operation between political parties and movements.

bio/cv

Benjamin Leruth is an Assistant Professor in Public Administration specializing in comparative European politics and public policy. Prior to joining the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis, he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Kent and as a Teaching Fellow in French and European Politics at the University of Bath. He also held a visiting fellowship at the ARENA Centre for European Studies (University of Oslo). He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a LL.M. in European Law from the University of Kent and a BA in Political Science from the University of Namur.

Benjamin Leruth is currently working on various forward-looking projects relating to the future of public policy and European integration. For example, he is the co-founder and co-director of the UACES-funded Collaborative Research Network on “Differentiated Integration in the European Union after Brexit”. He is also finalising a series of individual and co-authored publications examining attitudes towards the future of the welfare state and social/public policy across Europe.

He is the co-author and co-editor of various books, such as Differentiated Integration in the European Union (Routledge, 2015); Euroscepticism as a Transnational and pan-European Phenomenon (Routledge, 2017); After Austerity (Oxford University Press, 2017); and the Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism (Routledge, 2018). 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Politics, University of Edinburgh, 2014
  • LL.M. in European Law, University of Kent, 2011
  • BA in Political Science, University of Namur, 2010
publications

Selected Publications:

  • Leruth, B., Startin, N. and Usherwood, S. (eds. 2018) The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, London: Routledge.
  • Taylor-Gooby, P., Leruth, B. and Chung, H. (eds. 2017) After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • FitzGibbon, J., Leruth, B. and Startin, N. (eds. 2017) Euroscepticism as a Transnational and Pan-European Phenomenon, London: Routledge.
  • Leruth, B. and Lord, C. (eds. 2015) Differentiated Integration in the European Union, London: Routledge (Journal of European Public Policy Special Issue as Books).
  • Leruth, B. and Startin, N. (2017) ‘Between Pragmatism and Populism: The Gaullist movement divided over Europe’, Modern and Contemporary France 25:2, 153-169.
  • Leruth, B. (2015) ‘Operationalizing National Preferences on Europe and Differentiated Integration’, Journal of European Public Policy 22:6, 816-835.
  • Leruth, B. and Lord, C. (2015) ‘Differentiated Integration: a Process, a Concept, a System or a Theory?’ Journal of European Public Policy 22:6, 754-763.
  • Fumasoli, T. Gornitzka, Å. and Leruth, B. (2015) “A Multi-level Approach to Differentiated Integration: Distributive Policy, National Heterogeneity and Actors in the European Research Area”, ARENA Working Paper 15/02, Oslo: ARENA Centre for European Studies.
  • Leruth, B. (2013) ‘Differentiated Integration in Practice: The Case of Norway’, ISL Working Paper 2013:2, University of Agder.
  • Leruth, B., Startin, N. and Usherwood, S. (2018) ‘Euroscepticism: from a broad concept to a field of study’, in B. Leruth, N. Startin and S. Usherwood (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, London: Routledge.
  • Leruth, B. (2018) ‘Transnational and pan-European Euroscepticism: The European Conservatives and Reformists’, in B. Leruth, N. Startin and S. Usherwood (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, London: Routledge.
  • Usherwood, S., Leruth, B. and Startin, N. (2018) ‘Euroscepticism and European (dis)integration in the age of Brexit’ in B. Leruth, N. Startin and S. Usherwood (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, London: Routledge.
  • Leruth, B. (2018) ‘Party-Based Euroscepticism in the Nordic Countries: Ever More Reluctant Europeans?’, in B. Leruth, N. Startin and S. Usherwood (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, London: Routledge.
  • Leruth, B., Kutiyski, Y., Krouwel, A. and Startin, N. (2017) ‘Does the Information Source Matter? Newspaper Readership, Political Preferences and Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands’, in M. Caiani and S. Guerra (eds.) Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media: Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 95-120.
  • Taylor-Gooby, P., Leruth, B. and Chung, H. (2017) ‘Liberalism, Social Investment, Protectionism, and Chauvinism: New Directions for the European Welfare State’ in P. Taylor-Gooby, B. Leruth and H. Chung (eds) After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • Leruth, B. (2017) ‘France at a Crossroads: Societal challenges to the welfare state under Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande’s presidential terms’, in P. Taylor-Gooby, B. Leruth and H. Chung (eds) After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • Leruth, B. (2017) ‘The Europeanisation of the Welfare State: the case for a differentiated European Social Model”, in P. Taylor-Gooby, B. Leruth and H. Chung (eds) After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • Taylor-Gooby, P., Leruth, B. and Chung, H. (2017) ‘Where next for the UK welfare state?’ in P. Taylor-Gooby, B. Leruth and H. Chung (eds) After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • Leruth, B. (2017) ‘Is ‘Eurorealism’ the new ‘Euroscepticism’? Modern conservatism, the European Conservatives and Reformists and European integration’, in J. FitzGibbon, B. Leruth and N. Startin (eds) Euroscepticism as a Transnational and Pan-European Phenomenon, London: Routledge, pp. 46-62.
  • FitzGibbon, J., Leruth, B. and Startin, N. (2017) ‘Introduction: Transnational and Pan-European Euroscepticism’, in J. FitzGibbon, B. Leruth and N. Startin (eds.) Euroscepticism as a Transnational and Pan-European Phenomenon, London: Routledge, pp. 1-13.
  • FitzGibbon, J. and Leruth, B. (2017) ‘Conclusion and Epilogue: Transnational and pan-European Euroscepticism after Brexit’, in J. FitzGibbon, B. Leruth and N. Startin (eds.) Euroscepticism as a Transnational and Pan-European Phenomenon, London: Routledge, pp. 162-176.
  • Leruth, B. and Startin, N. (2015) ‘Le Royaume-Uni’, in J.-M. De Waele, N. Brack and J.-B. Pilet (eds) Les Démocraties Européennes (troisième édition), Paris: Armand Colin.

 

Media experience

  • BBC Radio Four on the French Presidential Elections, May 2017.
  • Radio France Internationale (RFI, France) on Brexit, October 2016.
  • ABC RN Breakfast (national radio, Australia) on the UK Independence Party and Brexit, July 2016.
  • Vers L’Avenir (national newspaper, Belgium) on Brexit, June 2016.
  • La Une, RTBF (national television, Belgium) on Brexit, June 2016.
  • La Première, RTBF (national radio, Belgium) on Brexit, June 2016.
  • Heart (national radio, United Kingdom) on Brexit, June 2016.
  • International Business Times (online news website, United States) on Brexit and the London Mayor Elections, May 2016.
  • The Scotsman (national newspaper, United Kingdom) on the Paris Attacks, November 2015
  • Kent Magazine (regional newspaper, United Kingdom) on the Paris Attacks, November 2015
  • KMFM (regional radio, United Kingdom) on the Paris Attacks, November 2015
  • BBC World Service (international radio, United Kingdom): participation to The Forum on “Why do we need the State?”, October 2015
  • STV (Scottish national TV, United Kingdom) on the Nordic Welfare State and the debate on Scottish independence, February 2014.

 

Written evidence and commissioned reports

  • Written evidence on the future of European integration for the UK Government's Balance of Competences, quoted in the 2014 Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union, Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/388422/BoC_EUEnlargement_acc.pdf
  • Written evidence on European Union enlargement for the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, quoted in the 2012-13 House of Lords report on “The future of EU enlargement”, Available at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldselect/ldeucom/129/129.pdf

                               

Selected blog articles and opinion pieces

  • Iceland’s election: The Pirates failed to live up to expectations, but this was still a landmark result, LSE EUROPP blog [online] Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2016/10/31/iceland-elections-2016/
  • Even with a new leader, UKIP still has no defined path, Newsweek [online] Available at: http://europe.newsweek.com/even-new-leader-ukip-still-doesnt-have-defined-path-500130?rm=eu
  • Stick, twist or dissolve? Three options for UKIP after Nigel Farage, The Conversation [online] Available at: https://theconversation.com/stick-twist-or-dissolve-three-options-for-ukip-after-nigel-farage-62020 [Accessed July 2016]
  • With Pirates on the horizon, Iceland’s government may not survive the Panama Papers, The Conversation [online] Available at: https://theconversation.com/with-pirates-on-the-horizon-icelands-government-may-not-survive-the-panama-papers-57236
  • Brussels attacks show Britain absolutely must remain in (or leave) the EU, The Conversation [online] Available at: https://theconversation.com/brussels-attacks-show-britain-absolutely-must-remain-in-or-leave-the-eu-56832
  • The UK’s renegotiation proposal: A good compromise, but much needs to be done to convince voters, LSE EUROPP Blog [online] Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2016/02/03/the-uks-draft-renegotiation-proposal-a-good-compromise-but-much-needs-to-be-done-to-convince-voters/
  • The resignation that never was: why UKIP needs Farage for its next big fight, The Conversation [online] Available at: https://theconversation.com/the-resignation-that-never-was-why-ukip-needs-farage-for-its-next-big-fight-41641
  • The rather large cost UKIP forgot to mention in its manifesto, The Conversation [online] Available at: https://theconversation.com/the-rather-large-cost-ukip-forgot-to-mention-in-its-manifesto-40265
  • A federal House of Cards: the Belgian political landscape following the 2014 regional and federal elections, OpenDemocracy [online] Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/benjamin-leruth/federal-house-of-cards-belgian-political-landscape-following-2014
  • Sarkozy strikes back: implications for the French political landscape, OpenDemocracy [online] Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/benjamin-leruth/sarkozy-strikes-back-implications-for-french-political-landscape
  • The New Flemish Alliance’s decision to join the ECR group says more about Belgian politics than it does about their attitude toward the EU, LSE Europp blog [online] Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2014/06/23/the-new-flemish-alliances-decision-to-join-the-ecr-group-says-more-about-belgian-politics-than-it-does-about-their-attitude-toward-the-eu/
  • Iceland’s election results are not a vote against the EU, LSE Europp blog [online] Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/04/30/iceland-election-eu/ 
  • Eurosceptic attitudes are widespread in the Nordic states, but there is a high level of variation between countries, LSE Europp blog [online] Available at:http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/02/12/eurosceptic-attitudes-nordic-countries-sweden-denmark-finland-iceland-norway/
  • Resolving Iceland’s mackerel war may be crucial to the country joining the EU, LSE Europp blog [online] Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2012/09/13/iceland-mackerel-war/
  • Quoted in Iceland’s national newspaper Morgunblaðið: http://www.mbl.is/frettir/innlent/2012/09/16/litlar_likur_a_esb_adild_verdi_makrildeilan_ekki_le 
  • Quoted in a House of Commons report on ‘Icy fishing: UK and Iceland fish stock disputes’: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06511.pdf
  • Iceland’s economy has entered a period of recovery since 2011, however the on-going Icesave dispute has reduced public support to EU membership and the country’s government, LSE EUROPP blog [online] Available at:
  • Despite on-going accession negotiations, EU membership for Iceland is far from a certainty, LSE EUROPP blog [online] Available at:
research projects and grants

Co-founder and co-director of the Collaborative Research Network entitled “Differentiated Integration in the European Union after Brexit”, funded by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies from 2017 to 2020. This network aims at analysing and understanding the future of the European integration project following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016. More information: https://differentiated-integration.eu/

Associate to the NORFACE-funded project entitled “Welfare State Futures: Our Children’s Europe” (WelfSOC), which examines the aspirations, assumptions and priorities that govern the ideas of ordinary people about the future development of public policy in Europe by using democratic forums as an innovative research method. More information: http://welfsoc.eu.

Back to Fellows