Political economy has taken on a renewed importance within British political science since the 2008 financial crisis. The British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group aims to bring together a network of political economists conducting research into the political economy of Britain, or comparative political economy encompassing the study of Britain in an international context. Political economy is defined in broad terms, as a form of analysis which recognises that the political and economic dimensions of social life are comprehensively intertwined, and that neither can be satisfactorily understood without the other.

The Specialist Group organises panels at the PSA annual conference, and regular workshops that reflect our research interests. It prioritises the provision of a national dissemination platform for early career researchers and doctoral students, and, as such, seek ideas for panel and workshop topics from younger members in the first instance. It is currently convened by founding convenors Craig Berry and Jeremy Green, alongside James Wood, Inga Rademacher, and Scott Lavery. The group's deputy convenors are Kate Alexander Shaw, Scott James, Sean McDaniel and Matthew Eagleton-Pierce.

Objectives of the Group

  1. To promote and advance the study of British and comparative political economy on a national and international basis.
  2. To facilitate discussion on the nature and future of political economy as a form of analysis.
  3. To boost dialogue between existing networks of political economists whose scholarship focuses on Britain, or comparative analysis involving Britain.
  4. To foster and encourage collaborative research on British and comparative political economy.
  5. To provide a national platform for the work of early career researchers and doctoral students specialising in British and comparative political economy.


Upcoming events

December 2021-May 2022 - PSA Political Economy Seminar Series 2021/22. A series of online seminars showcasing new research by established and early-career scholars. Details on how to join the seminars is available from the Eventbrite links below.


1-13 April 2022 - The group will also host several panels at the PSA Annual Conference convened by University of York (a blended in-peron/online conference). See h/events/psa22-annual-conference for more information.

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Craig Berry

Role: Convenor & Treasurer
Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University

Jeremy Green

Role: Convenor & Secretary
Institution: University of Cambridge

James Wood

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Cambridge

Inga Rademacher

Role: Convenor
Institution: King's College London

Scott Lavery

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Sheffield

Kate Alexander Shaw

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: LSE

Scott James

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: KIng's College London

Sean McDaniel

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University 

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: SOAS

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Group Events

Specialist Group event
16 Mar