Political economy has taken on a renewed importance within British political science since the 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. The group's deputy convenor is Scott Lavery, and the other committe members are Hannah Petersen, Sean McDaniel and Tom Barker.

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.


The Specialist Group welcomes any scholar researching the characteristics of, and outcomes from, political and economic structures in Britain – including policy-making processes – from a political economy perspective.

For more information and to engage with group members, visit our Wordpress and Facebook pages.


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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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

Scott Lavery

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: University of Sheffield

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