Andrew BakerAndrew Baker

Position: Faculty Professorial Fellow in SPERI and the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield

Telephone: +44 (0)1142228348


Areas of interests and expertise: The Politics of Economic Ideas and Knowledge, Macroeconomic Policy, Economic Crises, Financial Governance.

Andrew Baker is Professorial Fellow in Political Economy and joined the University of Sheffield as Professor in September 2016. Prior to this, Andrew spent 17 years at Queen’s University Belfast where he was Reader in Political Economy (from 2011), and Director of Research (from January 2015) in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. He was also co-founder of the University’s pioneer interdisciplinary research programme on Risk and Inequality. From 2010-2015 he served as the senior managing editor of the Political Studies Association Journal, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPR). From 1995-1998, Andrew was a research officer in the School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, University of Ulster, where he also undertook his doctoral research under the supervision of Colin Thain, obtaining a DPhil in May 2000. He has held visiting positions in the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Autumn 2011, and at the centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Spring/Summer 2014. He was also an Honorary SPERI Fellow from 2012-2016, and is an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick.

Andrew works in the broad field of International Political Economy. His interests include the politics of economic ideas and knowledge, the political economy of change following financial and economic crises, the politics of macroeconomic policy and financial governance, financial sector power, alternative forms of financial and monetary organization, NGO campaigning on these issues, and the future of the global financial and monetary system.
He is the author of over 40 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of international and comparative economic governance, and two books – The Group of Seven and Governing Financial Globalization. He is currently working on a project on the political economy of macroprudential regulation, including finishing a book manuscript – Stabilizing the System? New Macroprudential Political Economy in the Twenty First Century.

Most recent publications:

(2017 forthcoming) with Wigan, D ‘Constructing and Contesting City of London Power: NGOs and the Emergence of Noisier Financial Politics’, Economy & Society, Impact Factor 1.204.

(2017) ‘Esteem as Professional Currency and Consolidation: The Rise of the Macroprudential Cognosenti’ in Seabrooke, L and Henriksen, L (eds). Professionals and Organizations in Transnational Governance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

(2015)  ‘Varieties of Economic Crisis, Varieties of Ideational Change: How and Why Financial Regulation and Macroeconomic Policy Differ?’ New Political Economy, 20:3, pp.342-366

(2015) with Underhill, G ‘Economic Ideas and the Political Construction of the Financial Crash of 2008’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 17:3, pp.381-390.

(2015) with Widmaier, W ‘Macroprudential Ideas and Contested Social Purpose: A response to Terrence Casey’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 17;2, pp.371-380.

(2014) ‘The G20 and Monetary Policy Stasis’, International Organizations Research Journal, 9:4, pp.19-31

(2014) ‘Macroprudential Regulation’ in Mugge, D (ed.) Europe’s Place in Global Financial Governance, Oxford: Oxford University Press

(2014) ‘Explaining the Stunted Rise of Macroprudential Regulatory Philosophies’, Politik,

(2014) With Widmaier, W ‘The Hidden Institutionalist Roots of Macroprudential Ideas: Veblen and Galbraith on Regulation, Policy Success and Overconfidence’, New Political Economy,

(2014) ‘Flexible G Groups and Network Governance in an Era of Uncertainty and Experimentation’, with Carey, B in Payne, T and Phillips, N (eds) Handbook of International Political Economy: Governance Vol. Edward Elgar.

(2014) ‘Transnational Technocracy and the Macroprudential Paradox’, in Porter, T (ed). Financial Regulation after the Financial Crash, Routledge: RIPE Studies in Global Political Economy

(2013) ‘The Gradual Transformation? The Incremental Dynamics of Macroprudential Regulation’, Regulation & Governance, 7:4, pp.417-434.

(2013) ‘When New Ideas meet Existing Institutions: Why Macroprudential Regulatory Change is an Incremental Process’, in Moschella, M and Tsingou, E (eds.) Explaining Incremental Change in Global Financial Governance, Routledge, ECPR book series, pp.35-56.

(2013) ‘The New Political Economy of the Macroprudential Ideational Shift’, New Political Economy, 18:1, pp.112-139.

(2012) ‘The ‘Public Interest’ Agency of International Organizations? The Case of the OECD’s Corporate Governance Principles’, Review of International Political Economy, 19:3, pp.389-414.

The Group of Seven: Finance Ministries, Central Banks and Global Financial Governance, London: Routledge, 2006.

Governing Financial Globalization: International Political Economy and Multi-Level Governance, London: Routledge, 2005 with Hudson, D and Woodward, R (eds.)