What is Anarchy Rules?

Click here for a 20 minute YouTube video of Ruth Kinna and Alex Prichard talking about the idea of anarchist constitutionalising

The Anarchy Rules project uncovers the multiple ways in which anarchists develop rules and decision making procedures in order to constrain and enable power – in other words, how anarchists constitutionalise.

This two year project was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, under its ‘Transformative Social Science’ funding call (ES/N006860/1).

The project has resulted in a number of publications, which you can find archived here, and has had significant impact beyond the academy.

This website is a repository of the data we collected, the publications that present our findings, and testimony from those who have found the research to be valuable to them.

For a longer explanation of the origins of anarchist constitutionalising see our ‘Anarchism and Non-Domination’ (2019)


Ruth Kinna

Professor of Political Theory

Ruth graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BA History and Politics and was awarded an SSRC doctoral research scholarship to study at Nuffield College Oxford. She has been working at Loughborough since 1992.

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Alex Prichard

Associate Professor of International Relations

Alex Prichard is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter. He has published widely on the international political theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, the concept of anarchy in International Relations and on the intersections between anarchism and marxisms. His research is available at Research Gate, and his professional profile is available here.

Thomas Swann

Lecturer in Political Theory

Thomas Swann is a lecturer in Political Theory at Loughborough University. He has a PhD from the Leicester School of Management (2015), was a research associate on the Anarchy Rules project between 2016 and 2017, and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Loughborough, 2017-2020.

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