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Robert Garner

Robert Garner, 2013

Robert Garner (born 1960) is professor of political theory at the University of Leicester in the UK. He specializes in animal rights, focusing on animal protectionism and the political representation of non-human interests.

He is the author of several books on the subject, including A Theory of Justice for Animals (2013), The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (2010, with Gary Francione), Animal Ethics (2005), and Animals, Politics and Morality (2004).[1]

Garner became a founding member in 2011 of the Centre for Animals and Social Justice, a British charity that aims to "embed animal protection as a core goal of public policy."[2]


Garner obtained his BA from the University of Salford, and his MA and PhD from the University of Manchester.[1]


  • A Theory of Justice for Animals. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • With Gary Francione. The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?. Columbia University Press, 2010.
  • With Peter Ferdinand and Stephanie Lawson. Introduction to Politics. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Animal Ethics. Polity Press, 2005.
  • The Political Theory of Animal Rights. Manchester University Press, 2005.
  • Animals, Politics and Morality. Manchester University Press, 2004.
  • Environmental Politics: Britain, Europe and the Global Environment. Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.
  • Political Animals: Animal Protection Politics in Britain and the United States. Palgrave Macmillan, 1998.
  • With Richard Kelly. British Political Parties Today. Manchester University Press, 1998.
Selected papers
  • "Animals, ethics and public policy," The Political Quarterly 81 (1): 123–130, 2010.
  • "The politics of animal rights," British Politics 3 (1): 110–119, 2008.
  • "Political ideologies and the moral status of animals," Journal of Political Ideologies 8 (2): 233–246, 2003.
  • "Animals, politics and justice: Rawlsian liberalism and the plight of non-humans," Environmental Politics 12 (2): 3–22, 2003.
  • "Animal rights, political theory and the liberal tradition," Contemporary Politics 8 (1): 7–22, 2002.
  • "Political Ideology and the Legal Status of Animals", Animal Law 8: 77, 2002.
  • "Political Science and Animal Studies", Society and Animals 10 (4): 395–402, 2002.
  • "The scope of green realism," Contemporary Politics 6 (2): 185–190, 2000.
  • "Animal protection and legislators in Britain and the United States," The Journal of Legislative Studies 5 (2): 92–114, 1999.
  • "The Politics of Animal Protection: A Research Agenda," Society and Animals 3 (1): 43–60, 1995.
  • "Ecology and Animal Rights: Is Sovereignty Anthropocentric?," Reclaiming Sovereignty: 181–191.
  • "The Animal Lobby," The Political Quarterly 62 (2): 285–291, 1991.


  1. ^ a b Professor Robert Garner, University of Leicester, accessed 19 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Founding Committee", Centre for Animals and Social Justice.
    • "Animal Ethics and Public Policy", Centre for Animals and Social Justice, July 2011.
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