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Nick Taylor

About me

I am currently an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick and coordinator of the IPE Research Cluster in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS). I submitted my PhD thesis in September 2015, entitled Perspectives on the Social Question: Poverty and Unemployment in Liberal and Neoliberal Britain, funded by an ESRC (1+3) scholarship. Prior to my PhD I completed an MA in Politics and an MA in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick and a BA in International Relations at the University of Sussex.

Read more about the IAS at Warwick here and about what the IPE Research Cluster does here.


My research interests lie within the history of economic thought, the history of the welfare state and unemployment and poor relief in Britain, international political economy and the political economy of labour.

My doctorate looked at the transition to neoclassical economics from classical political economy and the development of understandings of poverty and unemployment among policy-makers, economists, working-class movements, and in novels in the late 19th century and early 20th century. I employed this historical research to explore perspectives on poverty and unemployment in the contemporary era of ‘welfare-to-work’.

My supervisors were Matthew Watson and Ben Clift.

I'm currently working on publications from my thesis concerning the role of character in social and political thought as well as the relationship between moral and economic reasoning in neoclassical economics. As well as this I am a Research Assistant on the Political Studies Association Commission into the Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain.


Taylor, Nick (2014) 'Theorising Capitalist Diversity: the uneven and combined development of labour forms', Capital & Class, 38 (1): 123-135.

Taylor, Nick (2013) 'Die ungleiche und kombinierte Entwicklung von Arbeitsformen', Peripherie, 130/131: 179-196.


'Workfare and its intangible social goods: wellbeing, character and resilience', presented at PSA 2015 conference, Sheffield, March 30th - April 1st 2015.

'The New Normal of Welfare? Neuro-psychological politics and the workfare industry', presented at BISA-IPEG annual conference, University of Leeds, 5-6th September 2014.

'The rebellious unemployed: radical opposition to government unemployment measures in Britain, then and now', presented at PSA 2014 Conference, Manchester, 14-16th April 2014.

'The Social Question and Twenty-First Century Workfare: constructing a market in the unemployed', presented at 'The New Social-ism' conference, organised by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, December 11th 2013.

'Discipline and Commodification: the co-evolution of work and welfare from 19th century to modern Britain', paper presented at Historical Materialism 2012 conference, 8th November 2012, SOAS, London.

'IPE disciplined: the neglect of classical political economy and its relevance for today', paper presented at the CPERN (ESA) workshop, ‘The “Critical” in “Critical Political Economy”’. 20-21st September 2012, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

'Historicizing the varieties of capitalism approach: the uneven and combined development of labour forms', paper presented at the BISA workshop 'Comparison, Analysis, Critique - Perspectives on the Diversity of Contemporary Capitalism(s)', in Wiesbaden, Germany, 10-11th February 2012

Blogs & Book Reviews

'Outsource First, Evaluate Later', Centre for Health and the Public Interest, September 2014.

'The Language of Unemployment: A History' for Lacuna, June 2014.

'The Politics of "Character"' for Politics Reconsidered, March 2014.

Review of Samuel Hollander's (2013) Essays on Classical and Marxian Political Economy: Collected Essays IV, 7th September 2013, LSE Review of Books.

Review of Marcello Musto's (Ed.) (2013), Marx for Today, July 23rd 2012, LSE Review of Books.

Review of Hans-Werner Sinn's (2010), Casino Capitalism: How the Financial Crisis Came About and What Needs to be Done Now, July 12th 2012, LSE Review of Books.

Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

n dot j dot taylor at warwick dot ac dot uk