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Prof André Azevedo Alves

Honorary Professor of Political Science and Catholic Social Thought

Prof André Azevedo Alves

About Research



André Azevedo Alves holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics, an MA in Political Science from the Catholic University of Portugal and a BA in Economics from the University of Porto. He has been the Director of the Research Centre of the Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal since 2013.

André was Visiting Professor at Rio de Janeiro State University in November 2011, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in October 2012, and at the Catholic University of Mozambique in July 2013. He was also a member of Conselho Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia, an advisory council of the Portuguese government on matters of science and technology (2012 to 2015), and Director of Centro de Estudos e Sondagens de Opinião, a polling and consultancy unit operating within the Catholic University of Portugal (2017 to 2019). At St Mary's University, André has been an affiliate of the Benedict XVI Centre for the Study of Religion and Society since its creation in 2015 and was also Associate Professor in Economics, Political Economy and Public Policy (part-time position) from 2017 to 2024.


Research profile

Areas of research supervision

  • Catholic social thought
  • Political philosophy
  • Political economy

Research profile

André’s main research interests are in political economy, political philosophy, ethics and Catholic social thought. André has a particular research interest in the contributions of the late Iberian scholastics and runs, with Philip Booth, the Catholic Social Thought website, funded through a Templeton World Charity Foundation project on Catholic social thought and teaching and 21st century challenges.

Publication highlights

  • Catholic Social Thought, the Market and Public Policy: Twenty-First-Century Challenges (ed. with PM Booth), St Mary’s University Press, 2024.
  • “Religion and economic freedom” (with I Gregório) in Handbook of Research on Economic Freedom, Edward Elgar, 2024, 101-116.
  • “Virtues, Vices and the Responsibilities of Business: An Application of Catholic Social Teaching to the Problems of Corruption and Lobbying” (with P. Booth), Religions 13, 1070, 2022.
  • “The Right and Far-Right in the Portuguese Democracy (1974–2022)” (with R Marchi) in The Oxford Handbook of Portuguese Politics, Oxford University Press, 2022, 102-118.
  • “Price controls and market economies” (with I Gregório) in Christianity and Market Regulation, Cambridge University Press, 2021, 213-232.
  • “Vitoria and Erasmus on the Justice of War” (with L.D. Barroso) in Empire, Humanism and Rights: Collected Essays on Francisco de Vitoria, Springer, 2021, 171-187.
  • “Business Culture and Corporate Social Responsibility: An Analysis in the Light of Catholic Social Teaching with an Application to Whistle-Blowing” (with PM Booth and B Fryzel), Heythrop Journal 60 (4), 2019, 600-613.
  • De Salamanca a Coimbra y Évora: Caminos cruzados de una Escuela Singular (with JM Moreira), Editorial Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, 2018.
  • “Vitoria, the Common Good and the Limits of Political Power” in JM Beneyto and JC Varela (eds.) At the Origins of Modernity: Francisco de Vitoria and the Discovery of International Law, Springer, 2017, 63-75.
  • "Academic staff quality in higher education: an empirical analysis of Portuguese public administration education" (with CS Sarrico), Higher Education 71 (2), 2016, 143-162.
  • "No Salvation through Constitutions: Jasay versus Buchanan and Rawls", The Independent Review, 20 (1), 2015, 33-46.
  • "Hayek's Slippery Slope: The Stability of the Mixed Economy and the Dynamics of Rent Seeking" (with J Meadowcroft), Political Studies 62 (4), 2014, 843–861.
  • The Salamanca School (with JM Moreira), Bloomsbury, 2013.
  • "Virtue and Commerce in Domingo de Soto's Thought: Commercial Practices, Character and the Common Good" (with JM Moreira), Journal of Business Ethics 113 (4), 2013, 627-638.
  • "Business Ethics in the School of Salamanca" (with JM Moreira), in Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics, Springer, 2013, 207-225.

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