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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 the field. It brings together scholars undertaking cutting-edge research in the areas of international economic management and global governance, feminist political economy, the political economy of gender, everyday and cultural political economy, international development, history of economic thought and classical political economy, the political economy of trade and finance, rising powers, ethics, business culture, and the conceptualization of systemically important financial institutions, comparative political economy and more. The Cluster also contains regional and country-specific expertise, including scholars working on Western Europe, East, Southeast and South Asia, as well as South Africa, India, Turkey and Mexico.

Currently, there are twenty-three members of staff and more than twenty doctoral students undertaking research within the field of IPE at PAIS.

Key research themes


Classical political economy
Capitalism and the nation-state
Feminist Political Economy and Gender Studies
Financial markets
Global governance
International development

Research activities


The Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) is a research centre with an intellectual focus of the changing nature of global order and the relationship between global and regional levels of analysis. It is the largest academic centre in Europe dealing with this subject area.

The research area of International Political Economy is also promoted through teaching workshops, research workshops, debates and cluster meetings.

News and headline events


Prof John Ravenhill presents on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

9th December 2015


Professor John Ravenhill (University of Waterloo, Canada) visited Warwick on 9th December to deliver an IPE talk entitled 'The Political Economy of a 21st Century Trade Agreement: the Trans-Pacific Partnership.' Professor Ravenhill is a preeminent scholar in International Relations and International Political Economy and has authored articles in many of the world's leading journals in these fields as well as some of the standard texts in IPE. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the ASEAN Secretariat and the US Department of State. His visit represented a great opportunity for staff and students to engage with a leading IPE scholar and gain some insights into the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its implications.

The Tax Justice Network's John Christensen presents 'The Finance Curse'

25th November 2015

finance curseDirector of the Tax Justice Network (TJN), John Christensen, presented a paper on 'The Finance Curse' in PAIS on 25th November. The Finance Curse is a broad project being pursued by the TJN which highlights the perils of hosting an over-sized financial sector. In his presentation, John Christensen drew out the parallels between an inflated financial sector and the well-known 'Resource Curse', associated with countries that have an abundance of natural resources. He pointed to effects such as the growth of rentierism, the boom-and-bust cycle and shrinking manufacturing sectors, as well as corruption, political capture and growing inequality. The paper, co-authored with Nick Shaxson and Duncan Wigan, will appear in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

The TJN's John Christensen and Nick Shaxson are also engaged in a project with IPE Cluster members Matthew Watson, Jack Copley and Nick Taylor on the idea of 'national competitiveness'. You can view the website, Fool's Gold, here.