GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Associate Professor of International Political Economy. Dr Sinclair is the Programme Director for the MA in International Relations

Research Area(s)

I am a political scientist whose work is concentrated in the field of international relations and the sub-field of international political economy.

Specific Research Interest(s)

More specifically, my research is concerned with the politics of global finance and emerging concepts of global governance. My approach has been strongly influenced by the classic writings on the political economy of capitalism, retroductive reasoning, the theoretical writings of Robert W. Cox, and most recently, of John R. Searle. You can find out more about what I do at my research expertise website and my website on the credit rating agencies.

Teaching(s)

Politics of Global Finance (Graduate)

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

The politics of global finance, private authority, global governance and institutional change in market societies. 

Overview of Publications

Books:

The Problem with Banks. Co-authored with Lena Rethel. London: Zed Books, forthcoming 2011. Cloth and paperback.

Global Governance. Key Concepts series. Cambridge: Polity Press, forthcoming 2012. Cloth and paperback. 

The New Masters of Capital: American Bond Rating Agencies and the Politics of Creditworthiness. A volume in the series, Cornell Studies in Political Economy edited by Peter J. Katzenstein. Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press, 2005. Paperback published 2008. 202 pages. 

Edited Books: 

Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility. Edited by Timothy J. Sinclair and Kenneth P. Thomas. London and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2001. Cloth and paperback. 

Approaches to Global Governance Theory. Edited by Martin Hewson and Timothy J. Sinclair. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999. Cloth and paperback. 

Global Governance: Critical Concepts in Political Science. Four volumes. 1885 pages. London and New York: Routledge, 2004. Cloth.

Robert W. Cox with Timothy J. Sinclair. Approaches to World Order. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Cloth and paperback. 

Encyclopedia: 

Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy. Associate Consulting Editor. [R.J. Barry Jones, General Editor] London and New York: Routledge, 2001. Cloth. 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

“Round up the Usual Suspects: Blame and the Subprime Crisis” New Political Economy. Volume 15, Number 1, March 2010, pp. 91-107. 

“Let’s Get it Right This Time! Why Regulation Will Not Solve or Prevent Global Financial Crises.” International Political Sociology. Volume 3, Number 4, December 2009, pp. 450-453. 

“Private Actors and Public Policy: A Requiem For The New Basel Capital Accord.” Co-authored with Michael R. King. Special issue on The Political Economy of International Finance. International Political Science Review. Volume 24, Number 3, July 2003, pp. 345-362. 

“Global Monitor: Bond Rating Agencies.” New Political Economy. Volume 8, Number 1, March 2003, pp. 147-161. 

“The Infrastructure of Global Governance: Quasi-Regulatory Mechanisms and the New Global Finance.” Global Governance. Volume 7, Number 4, October-December 2001, pp. 441-451. 

“Reinventing Authority: Embedded Knowledge Networks and the New Global Finance.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. Volume 18, Number 4, August 2000, pp. 487-502. 

"Between State and Market: Hegemony and Institutions of Collective Action Under Conditions of International Capital Mobility." Policy Sciences. Volume 27, Number 4, 1994, pp. 447-466. [actually published in November 1995.] 

"Passing Judgement: Credit Rating Processes as Regulatory Mechanisms of Governance in the Emerging World Order." Review of International Political Economy, Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 1994, pp. 133-159. 

Book Chapters etc: 

“Box 4.2: Timothy J. Sinclair: Not Being Deterred by the Ultimate Taboo.” Peter Katzenstein and Rudra Sil. Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics. London and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming 2010. 

“Global Financial Crises.” Issues in 21st Century World Politics. Edited by Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley. London and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010. 

“Credit Rating Agencies.” The Oxford Handbook of Business and Government. Edited by David Coen, Graham Wilson and Wyn Grant. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 

“An Institutional Approach to the Politics of Global Finance.” Towards a Cognitive Mode in Global Finance: The Governance of a Knowledge-Based Financial System. Edited by Torsten Strulik and Helmut Willke. Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag, 2007 and Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008, pp. 104-128. 

“Credit-Rating Agencies.” Encyclopedia of Globalization. Edited by Roland Robertson and Jan Aart Scholte. London: Routledge, 2007, Volume 1, pp. 238-240. 

“A Private Authority Perspective on Global Governance.” Contending Perspectives on Global Governance. Edited by Alice D. Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann. London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 178-189. 

“Global Governance.” Routledge Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics. Edited by Martin Griffiths. London and New York: Routledge, 2005., pp. 324-330. 

“The Making and Breaking of Reputational Governance in Global Financial Markets.” The State of Europe: Transformations of Statehood from a European Perspective. Edited by Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Monika Mokre and Michael Latzer. Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag, 2004, pp. 237-265. 

“General Introduction.” Global Governance: Critical Concepts in Political Science. Edited by Timothy J. Sinclair. London and New York: Routledge, 2003. 

“Private Makers Of Public Policy: Bond Rating Agencies and The New Global Finance.” Common Goods: Reinventing European and International Governance. Edited by Adrienne Héritier. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. 

“Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility: An Introduction.” Co-authored with Kenneth P. Thomas. Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility. Edited by Timothy J. Sinclair and Kenneth P. Thomas. London and New York: Palgrave, 2001. 

“International Capital Mobility: An Endogenous Approach.” Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility. Edited by Timothy J. Sinclair and Kenneth P. Thomas. London and New York: Palgrave, 2001. 

Entries for Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy. General Editor, R.J. Barry Jones. London and New York: Routledge, 2001. Basle convention; country risk rating; debt ratios; credit allocation; finance and information technology; savings and loans crisis; budget deficits; capital; credit rating; disintermediation; securities; Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); speculation; trading. 

“Deficit Discourse: The Social Construction of Fiscal Rectitude.” Globalization and Its Critics: Perspectives from Political Economy. Edited by Randall D. Germain. London and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, 2000. 

“Synchronic Global Governance and the International Political Economy of the Commonplace.” Approaches to Global Governance Theory. Edited by Martin Hewson and Timothy J. Sinclair. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press,1999. 

“The Emergence of Global Governance Theory.” Co-authored with Martin Hewson. Approaches to Global Governance Theory. Edited by Martin Hewson and Timothy J. Sinclair. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press,1999. 

“Bond-Rating Agencies and Coordination in the Global Political Economy.” Private Authority and International Affairs. Edited by A. Claire Cutler, Virginia Haufler, and Tony Porter. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999. 

“Beyond International Relations Theory: Robert W. Cox and Approaches to World Order.” Introduction to Robert W. Cox with Timothy J. Sinclair. Approaches to World Order. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Cloth and paperback. 

Reprinted in Collections: 

“The Infrastructure of Global Governance: Quasi-Regulatory Mechanisms and the New Global Finance.” International Monetary Relations in the New Global Economy, Volume II. Edited by Benjamin J. Cohen. Cheltenham, Gloucester: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2004. Part of the series, The International Library of Writings on the New Global Economy, Helen V. Milner (ed.), pp. 116-126. [First published in Global Governance, 2001] 

“The Emergence of Global Governance Theory.” Co-authored with Martin Hewson. Global Governance: Critical Concepts in Political Science. Edited by Timothy J. Sinclair. London: Routledge, 2003. [First published in Martin Hewson and Timothy J. Sinclair. Approaches to Global Governance Theory. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999.] 

“Reinventing Authority: Embedded Knowledge Networks and the New Global Finance.” Global Governance: Critical Concepts in Political Science. Edited by Timothy J. Sinclair. London: Routledge, 2003. [first published in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2000] 

"Passing Judgement: Credit Rating Processes as Regulatory Mechanisms of Governance in the Emerging World Order." The New Political Economy of Globalization. Edited by Richard Higgott and Anthony Payne. Cheltenham, Gloucester: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2000. [First published in Review of International Political Economy, 1994.]