Frederick George Bailey (born 1924) is a British social anthropologist. He received his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Manchester University, working under Max Gluckman, and is closely associated with the Manchester School of social anthropology. A prolific writer, he is probably best known for his studies of local and organizational politics. He has conducted fieldwork in Bisipāra, Orissa, India, and has also written on political functions, particularly the ways that social structure arises out of and is used by the interactions of individuals.
Bailey was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1976. He is professor emeritus in the department of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego.
- Bailey, F. G. (1957) Caste and the economic frontier: a village in highland Orissa. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- -- (1960) Tribe, caste, and nation: a study of political activity and political change in highland Orissa. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.
- -- (1969) Stratagems and spoils: a social anthropology of politics. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
- -- (1971) Gifts and poison: the politics of reputation. New York: Schocken Books.
- -- (1977) Morality and expediency: the folklore of academic politics. Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell.
- -- (1978) Tertius Gaudens aut Tertium Numen. In Scale and Social Organization. F. Barth, ed. Oslo: Universitetforlget.
- -- (1988) Humbuggery and manipulation: the art of leadership. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- -- (1993) The Kingdom of Individuals: an essay on self-respect and social obligation. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- -- (1994) The witch-hunt, or, The triumph of morality. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- -- (2001) Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils. How Leaders Make Practical Use of Beliefs and Values. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.