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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 latest project, I explored 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 government and central bank documents. I am also interested in 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. The unit explores different theories of economic crisis, from Marx to Minsky; the history of acute financial crises and prolonged economic stagnation; changing forms of international economic regulation, from the 19th to the 21stcenturies; the role of the City of London in today’s ‘financialised’ capitalism; and the varieties of social resistance that crises generate.

I also convene/teach a first year undergraduate unit titled 'Introduction to International Political Economy'. This introduces students to the central issues and disputes within the discipline of International Political Economy (IPE) - including globalisation, empire, automation, and climate change - and explores the intellectual lineages of contemporary IPE theory.

Education/Academic qualification

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


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