Chris Gilligan

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Chris Gilligan in 2010

Chris Gilligan is an academic associated with the libertarian anti-environmental LM network. He has written for Living Marxism, Culture Wars and Spiked, spoken at the Battle of Ideas and the Belfast Salon, contributed to the Institute of Ideas via its 2002 conference on 'Attention Seeking: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognition'[1] and via its Global Uncertainties Schools Network,[2] adjudged for Debating Matters and promoted WORLDwrite.


Gilligan has a BA (Hons) in Politics and West European Studies, University of Wolverhampton (1992) and studied for a PhD in Politics and Contemporary History, University of Salford from 1997-2002.[3]

Edinburgh RCP

Gilligan was an RCP organiser in Edinburgh in the mid 1990s. According to a 1996 Scotland on Sunday report:

a surprising note of optimism came from two people on Edinburgh's Princes Street, competing with the festival leafleters to try to promote the left-wing magazine Living Marxism and having as much luck as the Hare Krishna man further down. "The feel-good factor is just a phrase the Tories use to win votes but the strange thing is that things are actually getting better," was Chris Gilligan's theory as he tried to encourage another passer-by to buy his magazine.
But he countered this by saying that although life was better economically, people don't feel good because they feel they can't change anything. "If people don't feel in control of the society they live in then it doesn't matter if things are getting better - they won't feel good." It is all apparently explained in their book, The Point is to Change It, his fellow persuader Tiffany Jenkins pointed out. But not many of the shoppers who raced past seem to feel bad enough about their situation to want to change it by buying the magazine. Too busy spending their disposable income.[4]


LM magazine

Other publications

  • 2006 ‘Traumatised by peace? A critique of five assumptions in the theory and practice of conflict-related trauma policy in Northern Ireland’, Policy and Politics, April 2006, Vol. 34, No. 2, 325-44
  • 2005 ‘Le crisi ricorrenti di un processo incessante: la pace nel Nord Irlanda, le sue precarie strutture e una debole ‘human agency’, Medeura, Anno 2, Numero 6, (2005), pp. 4-7 – adaptation and translation into Italian of ‘Constant crisis/permanent process’, Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 2003
  • 2003 ‘Constant crisis/permanent process: Diminished agency and weak structures in the Northern Ireland peace process’, Global Review of Ethnopolitics, Vol. 3, No. 1 (September 2003), pp. 22-37
  • 2002 'Devolving Power? Human rights and state regulation in Northern Ireland', in Chandler, David, (ed), (2002), Rethinking Human Rights, Palgrave, London, pp. 79-96



  1. Around Town: Listings - Saturday 16; Time Out November 13, 2002, SECTION: Pg. 50 52
  2. "Global Uncertainties Schools Network", Institute of Ideas website, accessed 8 May 2010
  3. Chris Gilligan Biography, University of Ulster, 2006, accessed 3 August 2011
  4. 'Feel-good factor takes a pounding: Are Consumers Conscious Good Times Are Coming, Or Are They Keeping Their Pounds In Their Pockets', Asks Elizabeth Quigley Scotland on Sunday August 25, 1996, Sunday Pg. 8