Runciman is the son of Leslie Runciman, 2nd Viscount Runciman of Doxford, by his second wife Katherine Schuyler Garrison. British historian Sir Steven Runciman was his uncle. He was educated at Eton College, where he was an Oppidan Scholar, and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Runciman has been a senior research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, since 1971, researching in the field of comparative and historical sociology. His principal research interest is the application of neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory to cultural and social selection.
He holds honorary degrees from King's College London and the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, and York. He is also an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Bencher of Inner Temple. He was elected to the British Academy in 1975 and served as its President from 2001 to 2005.
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Royal Commission on Criminal Justice
Runciman chaired the British Government's Royal Commission on Criminal Justice which continued Sir John May's inquiry into the convictions of the Maguire Seven and encompassed further miscarriages of justice. As a result, the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 established the Criminal Cases Review Commission as an executive Non-Departmental Public Body.
Runciman's first major publication was Relative Deprivation and Social Justice: a Study of Attitudes to Social Inequality in Twentieth-Century Britain. Since then, he has published A Critique of Max Weber’s Philosophy of Social Science, A Treatise on Social Theory, and The Social Animal. In 2004, he edited and contributed to a British Academy occasional paper Hutton and Butler: Lifting the Lid on the Workings of Power, which deals with the events surrounding Britain's participation in the invasion of Iraq and the way in which it was presented to the British public.
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- Cambridge University Press, 1972
- Cambridge University Press, Vol. 1 1983, Vol. 2 1989, Vol. 3 1997
- HarperCollins, 1998
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Runciman of Doxford
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- Interviewed by Alan Macfarlane 16th April 2014 (video)
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
Walter Leslie Runciman
| Viscount Runciman of Doxford