I teach Comparative Political Economy in the Department of Government MSc programme. I run two courses:
- GV4D4 The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution: This course examines why income inequality varies across similarly economically developed democracies, and why inequality has tended to rise in these countries over the past decades. It looks in particular at the role of financialization, welfare reform, and labour market changes as causes of inequality, and examines the role of structural economic change and political institutions in driving these changes.
- GV4E2 Capitalism and Democracy: Capitalism and democracy are the two foundational concepts of contemporary liberal societies, yet have a profoundly conflictual relationship. This course examines the relationship between the market economy and democratic institutions through the prism of liberal and social democratic thought. The course looks in particular at constitutionalism, central banking, electoral politics and financial market development.
PhDs I have successfully supervised:
- Sarah Harrison (co-supervised with Michael Bruter) ‘Extreme-right Parties in Western Europe’ 2005-10 (completed). Currently Associate Professorial Research Fellow in the LSE Department of Government.
- Jens Flanding (co-supervised with Simon Hix) ‘Europeanization and Labour Market Reform’ (completed), Now at World Health Organization, Washington D.C.
- Sofia Vasilopoulou (EI, second supervisor). ‘Euroskepticism in Greece’ 2006-11 (completed). Currently Associate Professor University of York.
- José Olivas (co-supervised with Martin Lodge). ‘Governments and the Military: Policy Instruments from Authoritarian to Democratic Portugal and Spain’ (completed). Currently Guest Lecturer and Teacher / Editor LSE Eurocrisis
- Jan-Emmanuel de Neve (co-supervised with Simon Hix) ‘Left party support and Varieties of Capitalism’ 2008-11 (completed) Currently Associate Professor University College London.
- Sonia Bussu (co-supervised with Ed Page) ‘Decentralization and Local Participation: An Italian Case Study’ (completed). Currently Research Associate, Institute of Epidemiology & Health, University College London.
- Kathleen Henahan ‘Childcare Policy in Liberal Welfare Regimes’ 2010-14 (completed). Currently Researcher, Resolution Foundation.
- Oyvind Skorge ‘Employers, Unions, Parties, And Work-Family Policies In Advanced Democracies, 1970-2002.’ 2013-16 (completed). Currently Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
- Clara Volintiru (Darabont) (co-supervised with Vesselin Dimitrov) ‘Clientelism and cartelization in post-communist Europe: the case of Romania’ 2011-16 (completed). Currently Lecturer in International Economic Relations, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (ASE).
- Kate Alexander ‘Constructing the Great Moderation: Discourse and Rhetoric in UK Economic Policy’ 2010- (submitted)
- Carol Thanki ‘Inequality and Electoral Politics in Britain’ 2014-
I accept PhD proposals on the comparative politics of Europe and inequality.