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 (PSA BCPE) 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 Craig Berry, Jeremy Green, Scott James, Sean McDaniel, Scott Lavery, Inga Rademacher, and James Wood. The group's deputy convenors are Kate Alexander Shaw, Valentia Ausserladscheider, Matthew Eagleton-Pierce, and Nick O'Donovan.

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

  • PSA BCPE hosts regular online seminars, featuring eastablished scholars and ECRs. The next series of seminars will launch in late 2023 and continue through 2024. See our twitter feed for more information (@PSAPolEc).
  • PSA BCPE will organise a series of panels at the PSA annual conference in Glasgow in 2024.
  • PSA BCPE's annual workshop will be held in late 2023.


2023-24 BCPE seminar series

We have a number of seminars planned with leading scholars beginning in late 2023 and extending through 2024. The agenda will be confirmed shortly.


Early Career Researchers’ Workshop

Friday 3 November 2023, King’s College London

Organisers: Scott James (King’s College London), Inga Rademacher (City University, London)

The PSA-BCPE Specialist Group is delighted to announce the forthcoming one-day Early Career Researchers’ Workshop. The event is intended to support the development of the next generation of scholars in British and comparative political economy, as well as providing practical advice on publishing and academic careers.

We invite submissions from researchers working broadly in the field of (comparative) political economy – and whose work either relates directly to the UK or enables us to reflect on the UK case from a comparative perspective.

The workshop is aimed at Early Career Researchers (including doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers), but we also welcome submissions from other scholars at the start of their academic career (junior lecturers, research fellows, etc). We also plan to organise a practical career advice session and keynote speaker/roundtable discussion.

Participants that will be presenting a paper will be expected to attend the event in person. However, hybrid facilities will also be available to allow a limited number of non-presenting ECRs to participate online. It is expected that all presenters will submit a full draft paper prior to the workshop.

A limited number of bursaries may be available to support travel expenses for presenters without financial support from their home institution. Please indicate in your submission if you wish to apply for a bursary.

Please email your abstract (<300 words) and short bio to

Deadline for abstracts: 21 August 2023

Notification of participants: 4 September 2023

Submission of papers: 20 October 2023


Contact Us

Craig Berry

Role: Convenor
Institution: University College London

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

Scott James

Role: Convenor
Institution: KIng's College London

Sean McDaniel

Role: Convenor & Treasurer
Institution: University of Leeds 

Kate Alexander Shaw

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: LSE

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: SOAS

Valentina Ausserladsscheider

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: University of Vienna

Nick O'Donovan

Role: Deputy Convenor
Institution: University of Keele

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