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International Political Economy


The IPE Cluster represents a wide range of expertise in PAIS that supports its longstanding and global reputation in IPE. It brings together scholars undertaking cutting-edge research in a variety of conceptual and thematic areas within IPE - see 'Research Themes & Publications' for more information.

The Cluster also contains regional and country-specific expertise, including scholars working on Europe; East, Southeast and South Asia; and on the United Kingdom; South Africa; India; Turkey and Mexico.

There are twenty members of staff and more than thirty doctoral students undertaking research within the field of IPE at PAIS. Find out more about people in PaIS here.

The IPE Cluster hosts a series of events each year, in particular the renowned 'Annual IPE Lecture' and the 'Annual Debate on the Future of IPE' at which leading scholars in the field of IPE present and debate their work.

Research Themes & Publications


  • History of Economic Thought
  • Global Governance
  • Feminist Political Economy
  • Gender Studies
  • Everyday IPE
  • Financial Markets
  • International Development
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Capitalism and the Nation-State
  • IPE of Energy
  • Trade and Investment Policy
  • The Political Economy of Brexit

You can find out more about our research and publications by clicking on the links.

The Cluster also works in collaboration with the: Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) and the Warwick Critical Finance Group.

Annual Debate and Lecture

Annual Debate on the Future of IPE

We also have great pleasure in announcing this year's Annual Debate on the Future of IPE which will, appropriately enough given the date, be on 'Brexit in Context'. The debate will challenge some of the common interpretations of Brexit, whilst offering up a wider range of ways in which we can better understand it, including through gender, post-colonial and new institutionalist lenses. By broadening our vision and placing Brexit within longer term political, cultural and economic contexts, the debate will shed light on Brexit as a process, and on what it means for the political economy of Britain and Europe.

We have, again, a great line-up of speakers: Professor Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey; Professor Ben Rosamond, Copenhagen University; Dr Nadine El-Enany, Birkbeck University of London; and Dr Muireann O'Dwyer, University of Warwick.

You can listen to the debate below:

IPE Annual Lecture:

This year's Annual IPE Lecture was given by Professor Jacqueline Best, University of Ottowa, on 'Little failures and doubtful successes: rethinking neoliberalism in a post-truth era'. Jacqueline's work re-evaluates the early history of neoliberal policies (in the UK, USA and Canada) and challenges contemporary accounts of neoliberalism thereby opening up space for imagining a different political and economic future. The Lecture took place on Thursday, 17th January, from 17:00 to 18:30 in L5 (Science Concourse). This was also a Leverhulme Lecture. You can listen to the lecture below:

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IPE Annual Lecture, 17th January 2019:
Jacqueline Best, University of Ottowa: Little failures and doubtful successes: rethinking neoliberalism in a post-truth era

Abstract: Even its greatest critics have tended to see the early days of the rise of neoliberalism as an almost mythical time, when Thatcher and Reagan swept into power and turned their back on decades of Keynesian orthodoxy with a series of dramatic and ruthless policies that put Friedman and Hayek’s ideas into practice. Monetarism, supply side economics and the rational expectations revolution turned economic theory and policy upside down. Or did they? In this talk, I join a growing chorus of scholars who have begun to question the tidiness of this particular historical narrative. My attention is on the little-discussed but incontestable failure of early efforts to put these three economic theories—monetarism, supply side economics and rational expectations theory—into practice. To recapture the logic and significance of these little failures, we need to shift our attention away from the politics of big “I” ideas—like Neoliberalism and Keynesianism—and focus instead on the more mundane practices and devices that key policymakers in the United States and United Kingdom used to try to transform their economies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By doing so, we will begin to appreciate how fraught and contested the early days of neoliberalism were, and to recognize the complex politics of little economic failures both then and now.

New Publication:

A new special issue of Midwest Studies in Philosophy has just appeared on Moral Responsibility and the Financial Crisis. James Dempsey and Tom Sorell are editors, and the book is available here.


(For details please see: Calendar)
30th October 2019, 15:30-17:00; Room S1.59 (Social Sciences)

David Blaney, Macalester College and Fulbright Fellow at Sheffield University on 'Late Victorian Economists and Empire: Jevons, Marshall and the Cultural Political Economy of Trade'.

20th November 2019, 16:00-17:30; Room E2.02 (Social Sciences)

Ian Bruff, University of Manchester, on 'Overcoming neoliberalism's market myth: recovering the potential for freedom to self-govern'. This is an 'IPE Cluster sponsored' PaIS Seminar.