GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Associate Professor of International Political Economy. Ben studied at the University of Sheffield for a BA in French and Politics, and an MA in Political Economy. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2000. He joined the department in 2003 after holding posts at the University of Sheffield and Brunel University. He has held visiting positions at Sciences-Po, Paris, and he is currently a visiting research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is Co-Convenor, Political Studies Association French Politics, Policy and Society Specialist Group; Executive Editorial Board Member, French Politics;  Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation ; Member, Warwick European Policy Network ; Coordinator, British Council-funded research project 'Economic Patriotism: The Limits of the European Market Project'

Ben Clift is the Programme Director of the MA in International Political Economy and Director of Research Degrees in PAIS. He convenes the undergraduate module 'States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy' and the postgraduate module 'Theories and Issues in International Political Economy'.

Research Area(s)

  • The Changing International Political Economy
  • Comparative Political Economy: the French 'Model' of Capitalism
  • The Comparative Political Economy of Social Democracy
  • The French Left and French Party System Change

Current projects:

  • ‘Debt & Deficit Discourse: The Construction of Economic Rectitude in the Crisis and its Aftermath' 
  • 'French Economic Patriotism: the Crisis and the Management of the French Economy' 
  • ‘Managed Globalisation, Social Europe, and French Attitudes to EU Integration & Enlargement’ 

Specific Research Interest(s)

  • The Changing International Political Economy
  • Comparative Political Economy: the French 'Model' of Capitalism
  • The Comparative Political Economy of Social Democracy
  • The French Left and French Party System Change

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

I am interested in supervising PhDs in a range of international and comparative political economy fields, as well as on French Politics and European Political Economy. These include: 

  • Capitalist Restructuring and Models of Capitalism in the Global Political Economy
  • Corporate Governance and Comparative Capitalisms
  • The Politics of Economic Ideas and IPE
  • The Political Economy of Social Democracy
  • French Political Economy
  • The French Socialist Party

Overview of Publications

Books

French Socialism in a Global Era: The Political Economy of the New Social Democracy in France , Continuum, 2003, pp. 272 , ISBN 9780826486929

Where are National Capitalisms Now? (co-edited with Jonathon Perraton) , Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 312 , ISBN 9780333928943

Selected Journal Articles

‘Comparative Capitalisms and Ideational Political Economy: French Post-Dirigiste Responses to the Global Financial Crisis’ Forthcoming.

‘When Rules Started To Rule: The IMF, Neo-Liberal Economic Ideas, and Economic Policy Change in Britain’ (with Jim Tomlinson) Review of International Political Economy forthcoming, Volume 18 (2011).

'Negotiating Credibility: Britain and the IMF 1956-1976' (with Jim Tomlinson), Contemporary European History 17: 4 (2008), 545-66

'French Corporate Governance in the New Global Economy: Mechanisms of Change and Hybridisation within Models of Capitalism'. Political Studies 55: 3 (2007), 546-67.