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James Brassett

Dr James Brassett is Reader in International Political Economy (IPE); previously RCUK Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR). Brassett works on everyday discourses of global politics with a focus on ethics, emotion, resistance and humour. His most recent book is Affective Politics of the Global Event: Trauma and the Resilient Market Subject (Routledge, 2018) and his first book is Cosmopolitanism and Global Financial Reform: A Pragmatic Approach to the Tobin Tax (Routledge, 2010; Paperback, 2013). Brassett is Editor of seven Journal Special Issues on subjects including 'Ethics and World Politics', 'Legitimacy and Global Governance', and 'The Politics of Resilience'. He won the BISA Prize for the Best Article in Review of International Studies for 'British Irony, Global Justice: Chris Brown, Banksy, and Ricky Gervais'. And his articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics and International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly, and Review of International Political Economy. A full list of publications is available here. 

Journal Articles (Select)

  • British Satire, Everyday Politics: Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, and Charlie Brooker, in ´╗┐British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2017, 19(2): 245-262, with Alex Sutton.
  • British Comedy, Global Resistance: Russell Brand, Charlie Brooker, and Stewart Lee, in European Journal of International Relations, 2015, 22(1): 168-191.
  • Performing the Sub-Prime Crisis: Trauma and the Financial Event, in International Political Sociology, 2012, 6(1): 4-20, with Chris Clarke.
  • The Politics of Legitimate Global Governance, in Review of International Political Economy, 2011, 18(1): 1-16, with Eleni Tsingou.
  • A Pragmatic Approach to the Tobin Tax Campaign: The Politics of Sentimental Education, in European Journal of International Relations, 2009, 15(3): 447-476.

Book Chapters (Select)

  • International Political Economy (IPE) and the Ethics of a Global Economy, in Steele, B. and Heinze, E. (eds.) (2018) Handbook of Ethics and International Relations, Routledge.
  • Post-Structuralism, in Weiss, T.G and Wilkinson, R. (eds.) (2018) International Organization and Global Governance, Routledge.
  • The Ethical Dimensions of Global Governance, in Payne, T. and Phillips, N. (2015) Handbook of the Political Economy of Global Governance, Edward Elgar.
  • Richard Rorty, in Edkins, J. and Vaughan-Williams N. (eds.) (2009) Critical Theorists in International Relations´╗┐, Routledge.  

Completed Phds

Dr Donna Greene, The Sustainability of the Social Democratic Welfare State: A Case Study of Barbados 1974-1994.

Dr Maurice Stierl, Migration Resistance as Border Politics: Counter Imaginaries of Europe, Warwick Chancellors Fellowship.

Dr Chris Rossdale, Anarchism, Anti-Militarism and the Politics of Security, ESRC Funded, Winner of the BISA Michael Nicholson Prize for the Best Thesis in IR, 2014.

Dr Chris Clarke, The Ethics of Liberal Market Governance: Adam Smith and the Constitution of Financial Market Agency, ESRC Funded.

Dr Mark Fowle, Practices of Emancipation: Security, Dialogue and Change in Post-War Vukovar, ESRC Funded.

Dr Chris Holmes, Economistic Fallacies in Contemporary Capitalism: A Polanyian Analysis of Regimes of Marketised Protection, ESRC Funded.

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Research Interests

  • Everyday Discourses of Global Politics
  • Ethics, Cosmopolitanism and Pragmatism
  • Everyday Practices of Resistance
  • Comedy, Satire, and Humour
  • Emotion and the Market Subject


  • Panel on Humour and Politics at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
  • Roundtable on the Future of Political Comedy, London South Bank.
  • LSE Democratic Audit Blog on Comedy and the Politics of Resistance.
  • Carnegie UK Trust Report on Gobal Governance and Democratic Civil Society.
  • UNDP Report on Financial Transactions Taxes and Global Democracy.

Contact Details

Currently on Study Leave. Please e-mail to arrange an appointment.

Office: E2.12

Telephone: 02476-574420