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Dr Peter Bloom

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for People and Organisations
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Professional biography

Dr. Peter Bloom is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University and Co-Founder of the research group REEF (Research into Employment, Empowerment, and Futures). His research focuses on critically reimagining contemporary power, politics and economic - specifically related to themes of democracy, capitalism, and technology.  His books include Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization (Edward Elgar Press), Beyond Power and Resistance: Politics at the Radical Limits (Rowman and Littlefield International, November 2016), and The Ethics of Neoliberalism: The Business of Making Capitalism Moral (Routledge, 2017). He also has the books The CEO Society: How the Cult of Corporate Leadership Transform Our World co-written Carl Rhodes (Zed Books). His scholarly work has been published in leading international journals such as Human Relations,  Theory and Event, Journal of Political Ideologies, Journal of Political Power, New Formations, Research on the Sociology of Organization, Culture and Organizations, Ephemera, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Organization and International Journal of Žižek Studies. His writing has also been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Independent, The New Statesmen, The Week, The Conversation and Open Democracy among others. He has also served as the lead academic on a range of BBC programmes including "The Bottom Line" on Radio 4, the "Can Britain Have a Payraise" aired on BBC2 and most recently the two part television documentary "The Secrets of Silicon Valley".


Bloom, P. and Rhodes, C. (2018). The CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life  Zed Books (Forthcoming)

Bloom, P. (2017) The Ethics of Neoliberalism: The Business of Making Capitalism Moral. Routledge.

Bloom, P. (2016) Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization. Edward Elger Publishing

Bloom, P. (2016) Beyond Power and Resistance: Politics at the Radical Limits. Rowman and Littlefield International.

Journal Articles

Bloom, P. (2016). Back to the capitalist future: Fantasy and the paradox of crisis. Culture and Organization, 22(2): 158 - 177.

Bloom, P. & White, P. (2016) 'The Moral Work of Subversion'. Human Relations, 69(1): 5 - 31.

Bloom, Peter. (2015) ‘Cutting off the King’s Head: The Self-Disciplining  Neoliberal Fantasy of Sovereignty’ New Formations 85.

Bloom, Peter (2015). Work as the contemporary limit of life: Capitalism, the death drive, and the lethal fantasy of ‘work-life balance’. Organization, 23(4) pp. 588–606.

Bloom, P. (2015). 'The "Real" Enemy: Fantasizing the Liberal Final Solution'. The Library of Social Science. 

Montaño, E. A., & Bloom, P. (2014). The Closed Promise: The Authoritarian" Grip" of Democracy. Theory & Event, 17(3).

Bloom, P. (2014). We are all monsters now!: A Marxist critique of liberal organization and the need for a revolutionary monstrous humanism. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 33(7), 662-680.

Bloom, P. (2013). The power of safe resistance. Journal of Political Power, 6(2), 219-239.

Bloom, P. (2013). Fight for your alienation: The fantasy of employability and the ironic struggle for self-exploitation. ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 13(4), 785-807.

Rhodes, C., & Bloom, P. (2012). The Cultural Fantasy of Hierarchy: Sovereignty and the Desire for Spiritual Purity. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 35, 141-169.

Bloom, P., & Dallyn, S. (2011). The paradox of order: reimagining ideological domination. Journal of Political Ideologies, 16(01), 53-78.

Bloom, P., & Cederstrom, C. (2009). “The sky's the limit”: fantasy in the age of market rationality. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22(2), 159-180.

Bloom, P. (2008). Capitalism's cynical leviathan: cynicism, totalitarianism, and hobbes in modern capitalist regulation. International Journal of Zizek Studies, 2(1), 1-30.

Book Chapters

Bloom, P. and Rhodes, C. (2016) "Political Leadership in the 21st Century: NeoLiberalism and the Rise of the CEO Politician" in in Storey, J., Hartley, J.-.L., Denis, P., Hart, P. & Ulrich, D. (eds), The Routledge Companion to Leadership, Routledge, London, pp. 359-372.

Bloom, P. (2015). ‘Resisting the power of organizational resistance’. In: Allison Pullen and Carl Rhodes (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics, and Organizations. London: Routledge. 


"Thanks to Jeremy Corbyn, populism is no longer a dirty word" The Independent (12 June 2017).

"Corbyn and Labour are Fighting for a New Progressive Political Mainstream" Common Dreams (08 June 2017)

"Donald the demagogue: How Trump measures up to US presidents, dictators and despots" by Hannah Berry George The Metro  (11 April, 2017) - QUOTED


"The Democrats Should Stop Wishing on a "Star" and Start Helping to Build a Progressive Movement" Common Dreams (22 March 2017) 

"How to Resist the Political Rise of the Global Nativist" The Conversation (1 March 2017)

"How data analysis helps you to know your workforce" by Peter Crush The Times (31 January 2017) - QUOTED

"To Avoid Being Trumped, Businesses Must Empower Employees" Management Today (19 December 2016).

"Trump and the Dangerous Rise of Executive Salvation" co-written with Carl Rhodes The Sociological Review Blog (22 November 2016)

"Rejecting Dangerous Saviors: Can "The People" Save the US?" Truthout (19 Novemer 2016)

"With a Mainstream politics seemingly devoid of answers, many vote for the previously unthinkable" US Election Analysis 2016 (18 November 2016)

"Progressives Wake Up: Its Time to Put Centrism to Rest" Common Dreams (17 November 2016)

"Trump and the Triumph of Hopeful Nihilism" The Conversation (9 November 2016)

"Both Trump and Clinton would see the US Run Like a Corporation" co-written with Carl Rhodes The Conversation (3 November 2016)

"Corporate Authoritarianism and the New American Anti-Democracy" Common Dreams (23 October 2016)

"Is Corbynomics a return to the socialist past or a vision of the progressive future?" Open Democracy (17 October 2016)

"Sex, Lies and America's Deplorable Democracy" Common Dreams (09 October 2016)

"Momentum’s first conference season will test its ability to turn protest into power" The Conversation (27 September 2016)

"Apple and Ireland are betting on Nation Inc. and World of Shareholder Citizens" co-written with Carl Rhodes The Conversation (September 6 2016)

"By Sitting Down Kaepernick Challenges Americans to Reflect on What They Really Stand For" Common Dreams (30 August 2016).

"Clinton's Inspiring and Troubling Liberal Feminism" Common Dreams (2 August 2016)

"After Bernie Sanders: How Progressives Can Actually Change America" The Conversation (26 July 2016)

"Fighting the Liberal Reaction", Common Dreams (26 July 2016)

"Selling Out Democracy: Trump's Dangerous Market Politics", Common Dreams (22 July 2016)

"Police brutality: Is America teetering on edge of sectarian violence?" openDemocracy (21 July 2016) 

"Brexit, Racism and the European Blame Game" Truth Out (18 July 2016)

"Chilcot Report on Iraq Invasion Shows Threat of Lesser Evils", Common Dreams (06 July 2016).

"Is the Productivity Drive Hurting Employers and Employees" with Caroline Clarke, The Conversation (23 June 2016).

"What Progressives and Democrats Need is Coalition Not Unity" Common Dreams (19 June 2016)

Interview with Rise Up with Sonali (08 June 2016)

"If Sanders has Lost, What have the Democrats Won?" Common Dreams (07 June 2016)

"Protesting American Privilege at Home and Abroad" Common Dreams (19 May 2016)

"The Threat of Evangelical Clintons" Common Dreams (05 May 2016)

"The Democratic Stockholm Syndrome" The Indypendent (21 April 2016)

"When all that we count becomes all that counts: HR at the heart of the productivity shift" with Caroline Clarke, HR Magazine (12 April 2016)

"Sanders is Right: Clinton Not Qualified To Be a Progressive President" Common Dreams (07 April 2016)

"The Smart Con: Clinton vs. Trump" Common Dreams  (28 March 2016)

"Should Sanders Build a Progressive Movement All the Way to the Convention and Beyond" Alternet  (21 March 2016)

"Fighting a Dangerous Establishment: Chicago Protestors Stand Up to Mainstream American Politics of Fear" Common Dreams  (12 March 2016) 

"With Michigan triumph, Sanders proves the US need not settle for the ‘inevitable’" The Conversation (9 March 2016) 

"Incumbent Lessons: What Obama’s Presidency Can Teach Sander’s Revolution" Common Dreams  (18 February 2016)

"A new Supreme Court Justice will change America’s future – but how much and in what direction?" The Independent (15 February 2016)

"Why are our progressive political leaders still old white men?" The Conversation (12 February 2016)

"Turnbull, Trump and the rise of the CEO politician: we're all just shareholders in Nation Inc" with Carl Rhodes, The Guardian (11 February 2016)

"The Failed Record of the Establishment: Why Talk is Cheap in 2016" Common Dreams (9 February 2016)

"Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders have made it clear they like each other – but what are their actual similarities?" The Independent (3 February 2016)

"Democratic Myths: Challenging Mainstream Misconceptions Before the Iowa Caucus" Common Dreams (1 February 2016).

"Off With Their Heads! Why Change Demands Progressive Hearts, Not Centrist Brains" Common Dreams (25 January 2016).

"Can Star Wars be a Force for Revolution, Not Empire" Common Dreams (18 December 2015)

"Beware the Moderate Extremists in Syria and at Home" Common Dreams (3 December 2015)

"The Dangerously Limited Foreign Policy Discourse of the Democratic Candidates" Truth out (26 November 2015)

"Socialism is not a dirty word: Bernie Sanders really is changing US democracy" The Conversation (21 November 2015).

"Terrorism for Dummies: Clinton's Neoconservatism is Simply Dangerous" Common Dreams (20 November 2015)

"Revolution or Rhetoric: The Choice Democrats and the Country Face between Sanders and Clinton" Common Dreams (28 October 2015).

"One World Labourism: Can Corbyn Link National Security to Global Justice?" OpenDemocracy (23 September 2015)

"Review of the Wellness Syndrome" 3AM Magazine (22 September 2015)

"Labour Voter 'Purge' Show that Moderates can be Authoritarian too" The Conversation (21 August 2015)

"Authoritarian Capitalism in Modern Times: When Economic Discipline Really Means Political Disciplining" openDemcocracy (22 July 2015)

"Never Gonna Be Respectable: Jeremy, Bernie and Donald Offer a Real Alternative" The Conversation (22 July 2015)

"Bin Ladin's Death and the Fairy Tale of the War on Terror" Roar Magazine (9 June 2015).

"A 'Hero' for the 21st Century: Meet the CEO Politician" openDemocracy co-written with Professor Carl Rhodes (14 May 2015).

"Baltimore's Dangerous Politics of Containment" openDemocracy (29 April 2015)

"We Must Decry All Police Shooting, Not Just What's Caught on Video" The Conversation (9 April 2015)

"Germany Wants to Bail Out its Austerity Measures, Not Greece" The Economy Watch (31 March 2015)

"The Ferguson Shooting Shows the Need for Lighter, not Heavier, Policing" The Conversation ( 12 March 2015)

"Until We Fix Our Economic System Tax Evasion Will Continue" The Conversation (12 February 2015)

"America's Tragic Journey From Selma to American Sniper" The Conversation (3 February 2015)

"An Institution Under Siege" Open Democracy (26 January 2015)

"Casting Idris Elba as the First Black James Bond wouldn't Make the Films Less Troubling" The Conversation (6 January 2015)

"When a Top Cop and Russell Brand Unite Against Austerity Something Must Be Happening" The Conversation (22 December 2015)

"Under Divine Instruction" Open Democracy (22 December 2014)

"Why the Message of the Hunger Games is Dangerous" The Washington Post (15 December 2014)

"Eric Garner, The American Problem and the Chance to Unite" The Conversation (4 December 2014)

"The Self Interest Hidden Behind Britian's Concern for Democracy in Hong Kong" The Business Spectator (2 December 2014)

"Ferguson has Reinforced Racial Fears and Stereotypes" The New Statesman (26 November 2014)

"Insterstellar is a Dangerous Fantasy of US Colonialism" The Conversation (18 November 2014)

"The Government Must Focus on Employment, not Employability" The Conversation (10 November 2014)

"US Republicans are not Alone: Fear And Hatred on the Campaign Trail" Open Democracy (2 November 2014)

 "Midterm Elections: American Politics Still Thrives on the Common Enemy" The Conversation (5 November 2014)

 "Without the Green Party, We Will Not Get a Real Debate" The Conversation (31 October 2014)

 "As anti-Globalization Politics Fail, Nationalism Sweeps the World" The Conversation (20 October 2014).



The moral work of subversion (2016-01-01)
Bloom, Peter N. and White, Paul J.
Human Relations, 69(1) (pp. 5-31)
Back to the capitalist future: Fantasy and the paradox of crisis (2016)
Bloom, Peter
Culture and Organization, 22(2) (pp. 158-177)
Cutting off the King’s Head: The Self-Disciplining Fantasy Of Neoliberal Sovereignty (2016)
Bloom, Peter
New Formations, 88 (pp. 8-29)
Work as the contemporary limit of life: Capitalism, the death drive, and the lethal fantasy of ‘work-life balance’ (2015-07-01)
Bloom, Peter
Organization, 23(4) (pp. 588-606)
Fighting the “Real” Enemy: Fantasizing the Liberal “Final Solution” (2015-03-17)
Bloom, Peter
The Library of Social Science Newsletter
We are all monsters now!: A Marxist critique of liberal organization and the need for a revolutionary monstrous humanism (2014)
Bloom, Peter
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 33(7) (pp. 662-680)
The Closed Promise: The Authoritarian "Grip" of Democracy (2014)
Montaño, Emilio Allier and Bloom, Peter
Theory & Event, 17(3)
Fight for your alienation: The fantasy of employability and the ironic struggle for self-exploitation (2013-11)
Bloom, Peter
Ephemera: theory & politics in organizations, 13(4) (785 -807)
The power of safe resistance (2013)
Bloom, Peter
Journal of Political Power, 6(2) (pp. 219-239)
The paradox of order: reimagining ideological domination (2011)
Bloom, Peter and Dallyn, Sam
Journal of Political Ideologies, 16(1) (pp. 53-78)
“The sky's the limit”: fantasy in the age of market rationality (2009)
Bloom, Peter and Cederstrom, Carl
Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22(2) (pp. 159-180)
Capitalism’s Cynical Leviathan: Cynicism, Totalitarianism, and Hobbes in Modern Capitalist Regulation (2008-02-26)
Bloom, Peter
International Journal of Žižek Studies, 2(1)
The Ethics of Neoliberalism: The Business of Making Capitalism Moral (2017-06-15)
Bloom, Peter
Routledge Studies in Business Ethics
ISBN : 1138667242 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Beyond Power and Resistance: Politics at the Radical Limits (2016-11-02)
Bloom, Peter
ISBN : 9781783487547 | Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield | Published : London
Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization (2016-03-25)
Bloom, Peter
ISBN : 978-1-78471-313-3 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Press | Published : Cheltenham
Resisting the power of organizational resistance (2015-05-28)
Bloom, Peter
In: Pullen, Alison and Rhodes, Carl eds. The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations (pp. 368-383)
ISBN : 9780415821261 | Publisher : Routledge Publishing | Published : Abingdon
The Cultural Fantasy of Hierarchy: Sovereignty and the Desire for Spiritual Purity (2012)
Rhodes, Carl and Bloom, Peter
In: Diefenbach, Thomas and Todnem, Rune eds. Reinventing Hierarchy and Bureaucracy – from the Bureau to Network Organizations. Research in the Sociology of Organizations (35) (pp. 141-169)
ISBN : 978-1-78052-782-6 | Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing Limited | Published : Bingley