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James Brassett

Dr James Brassett is Reader in International Political Economy (IPE) and Director of the MA IPE for PAIS. He was previously RCUK Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR). Brassett works on the politics of globalisation with a focus on questions of ethics, governance, crisis, and resistance. His most recent book is entitled Affective Politics of the Global Event: Trauma and the Resilient Market Subject (Routledge, 2018) and he is a founding Editor of the International Political Economy of Everyday Life.

Brassett's first book is entitled Cosmopolitanism and Global Financial Reform: A Pragmatic Approach to the Tobin Tax (Routledge, 2010; Paperback, 2013) and he is Editor of seven Journal Special Issues on subjects including 'Ethics and World Politics', 'The Political Economy of the Sub-Prime Crisis', 'The Politics of Legitimate Global Governance', and 'Security and the Politics of Resilience'. He has authored or co-authored some fifty articles and chapters, with work appearing in journals such as Alternatives, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Democratization, Ethics and International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, Global Society, International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, Millennium, New Political Economy, Politics, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Studies, and Security Dialogue. Brassett was a plenary speaker at the Political Studies Association (PSA) Conference and an invited speaker at the Universities of Amsterdam, Lund, the LSE, Queensland, Toronto, and Utah. He won the BISA Prize for the Best Article in Review of International Studies for: 'British Irony, Global Justice: A Pragmatic Reading of Chris Brown, Banksy, and Ricky Gervais' and he is Co-Editor of the Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy along with Susanne Soederberg, and Eleni Tsingou.

Recent Articles

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

  • International Political Economy
  • Ethics and Global Governance
  • Everyday Politics of Market Life
  • Politics of the Global Event
  • Resistance and Dissent


  • LSE Democratic Audit Blog Post on British Comedy and the Politics of Resistance.
  • Carnegie UK Trust Commissioned Report on Gobal Governance and Democratic Civil Society.
  • UNDP Commissioned Report on Financial Transactions Taxes and Global Democracy.

Contact Details

Office: E2.12

Telephone: 02476-574420

Office Hrs: Friday, 1-3pm during term time. Please e-mail to arrange appointment.