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Jack Copley


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Research interests

I am a Lecturer in Political Economy. My research explores the politics of governing the capitalist economy, with a focus on how states manage the pressures of world market competition and national political legitimacy. In my forthcoming book, Governing Financialisation (Oxford University Press), I explore the political roots of financialisation by examining the British state's liberalisation of the UK financial sector in the 1970s and 1980s, through an archival analysis of declassified state documents. I am currently researching how states' attempts to respond to climate change through decarbonisation policies are complicated by the long-term slowdown in the capitalist economy. My other interests include Marxist theory and lineages of liberal thought.

Teaching interests

I convene and teach a third year undergraduate unit titled 'Meltdowns, conflicts, and resistance', which covers key empirical themes and theoretical debates surrounding the political economy of capitalist crises and governance. 

I also convene/teach a first year undergraduate unit titled 'Introduction to International Political Economy'. This introduces students to the central theories, issues, and disputes within the discipline of International Political Economy (IPE), including the foundational role of empires in forging our global economy, the rise of the capitalist social system, the automation of industry, and the challenges posed by climate change. Students also explore the intellectual lineages of contemporary IPE theory, from Liberalism and Marxism to Feminism and Post-Colonialism.

Education/Academic qualification

Politics and International Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Warwick


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