Professor of Political Economy
Tel: +44 (0)24765 24547
Office Hours: Currently on Research Leave
Below is the full edit of Ben's recent video on France, Sarkozy, and the furture of the Eurozone.
Professor Ben Clift studied at the University of Sheffield for a BA in French and Politics, and an MA in Political Economy. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2000. He joined the department in 2003 after holding posts at the University of Sheffield and Brunel University. He has held visiting positions at Sciences-Po, Paris in 2007 and 2013, and in 2009 he was a visiting research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he also recently co-organised a conference on France and the politics of austerity.
Ben's research interests lie in comparative and international political economy, and he has published widely on French and comparative capitalisms, the politics of economic ideas, capital mobility and economic policy autonomy, the political economy of social democracy, and French and British politics in journals including The British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Common Market Studies, The Journal of European Public Policy, The Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, Party Politics, and Political Studies. He is co-editor (with Cornelia Woll) of a special issue of The Journal of European Public Policy entitled 'Economic Patriotism: Political Intervention in Open Markets'. You can follow Ben's work on Academia.edu.
- The Changing International Political Economy: The IMF, Fiscal Policy & the Politics of Economic Ideas
- Comparative Political Economy: the French 'Model' of Capitalism
- The Comparative Political Economy of Social Democracy
- The French Left and French Party System Change
Current research projects
‘Its Mostly Fiscal’ - The IMF, Evolving Fiscal Policy Doctrine and The Crisis' (Funded by the Leverhulme Trust)
- ‘Debt & Deficit Discourse: The Construction of Economic Rectitude in the Crisis and its Aftermath'
- 'French Economic Patriotism: the Eurozone Crisis and the Management of the French Economy'
Teaching and supervision
Ben Clift normally convenes the undergraduate module 'States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy', and the masters module 'Theories and Issues in International Political Economy'. He is interested in supervising PhDs in a range of international and comparative political economy fields, as well as on French Politics and European Political Economy.
- Executive Editorial Board Member, French Politics
- Honorary Fellow, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute
- Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
- Member, Warwick European Policy Network
- Coordinator, British Council-funded research project 'Economic Patriotism: The Limits of the European Market Project'