Colin HayColin Hay

Position: Co-Director


Areas of interest and expertise: Civic Capitalism; Crisis; Globalisation; Regionalisation; Growth and Alternative Measures of Economic Success; Competiveness; Austerity; Welfare State Restructuring; Markets and Price Formation.

Colin Hay joined the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield in 2007 as Professor of Political Analysis. He is (with Tony Payne) founding co-director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). He is also Professor of Political Science in the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po, Paris. He studied Social and Political Science at Cambridge University (Clare College), before moving to the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University to work on his Ph.D. under the supervision of Bob Jessop; his first academic post was also at Lancaster University. He moved to the University of Birmingham in 1995 where he was promoted to Professor serving as Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies between 2002 and 2005. He has held visiting posts at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (US), in the Department of Political Science at MIT (US), the Department of Government at the University of Manchester (UK) and at Australian National University in Canberra (Australia). He is editor in chief of New Political Economy and founding co-editor of the journals Comparative European Politics (with Ben Rosamond of Warwick University and Martin A. Schain of New York University) and British Politics (with Peter Kerr of the University of Birmingham, Dave Marsh of the University of Canberra and Stephen Kettell of the University of Warwick).

He was a member of the 2008 RAE sub-panel for politics and international studies and chaired the equivalent sub-panel in the 2014 REF. He has been the co-recipient of major research grants from the ESRC on globalisation, European integration and the European social model.
He is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes including the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize (1997), BISA´s Review of International Studies (2001), the UKPAC prize (2004), the WJM Mackenzie Prize (2008) and the Richard Rose Prize (2009). He was elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences in 2009.

Relevant publications by Colin Hay


  • Developments in British Politics 10 (Palgrave, with Richard Heffernan, Meg Russell and Phil Cowly)
  • Civic Capitalism (Polity 2015, with Anthony Payne)
  • Institutional Crisis in 21st Century Britain (Palgrave 2015, with David Richards and Martin Smith)
  • The Legacy of Thatcherism (Oxford University Press 2014, with Stephen Farrall)
  • The Failure of Anglo-Liberal Capitalism (Palgrave 2013)
  • The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism (Palgrave 2012, with Daniel Wincott)
  • Developments in British Politics (co-edited, Palgrave, 2011)
  • New Directions in Political Science (edited, Palgrave, 2010)
  • Why We Hate Politics (Polity, 2007)
  • Demystifying Globalisation (edited, Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, 2000/1)
  • The Political Economy of New Labour (Manchester University Press, 1999)

Other Selected Publications Since 2004

  • ‘Thatcher’s Children, Blair’s Babies, Political Socialization and Trickle-down Value Change: An Age, Period and Cohort Analysis’, British Journal of Political Science, 2016. Available at
  • (with Craig Berry) ;The great British ‘rebalancing’act: The construction and implementation of an economic imperative for exceptional times. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18(1), 3-25, 2016.
  • ‘Good in a crisis: The ontological institutionalism of social constructivism’, New Political Economy, 21(6), 520-535, 2016.
  • (with Will Jennings, Stephen Farrall and Emily Gray) ‘Penal Populism and the Public Thermostat: Crime, Public Punitiveness, and Public Policy. Governance, iFirst, 2016.
  • (with Gerry Stoker and Matthew Barr) ‘Fast thinking: Implications for democratic politics. European Journal of Political Research, 55 (1), 3-21, 2016.
  • ‘Process tracing: a laudable aim or a high-tariff methodology?’ New Political Economy, 21 (5), 500-504, 2016.
  • (with Gerry Stoker) ‘Understanding and challenging populist negativity towards politics: the perspectives of British citizens’. Political Studies, iFirst, 2016.
  • (with Stephen Farrall and Naomi Burke) ‘Revisiting Margaret Thatcher’s law and order agenda: The slow-burning fuse of punitiveness’, British Politics, 11 (2), 205-231, 2016.
  • (with Florence Faucher) ‘Les rituels de vote en France et au Royaume-Uni’, Revue française de science politique, 65 (2), 213-236, 2015.
  • (with Jeremy Green) ‘Towards a new political economy of the crisis: Getting what went wrong right. New Political Economy, 20(3), 331-341, 2015.
  • (with Will Jennings, Emily Gray & Stephen Farrall) ‘Collating Longitudinal Data on Crime, Victimization and Social Attitudes in England and Wales: A New Resource for Exploring Long-term Trends in Crime. British Journal of Criminology, iFirst, 2015.
  • (with Stephen Farrall, Will Jennings, W & Emily Gray) ‘Thatcherite ideology, housing tenure, and crime: The socio-spatial consequences of the right to buy for domestic property crime’. British Journal of Criminology, iFirst, 2015.
  • ‘Depoliticisation as process, governance as practice: what did the’first wave’get wrong and do we need a’second wave’to put it right?. Policy & Politics, 42 (2), 293-311, 2014.
  • ‘Neither real nor fictitious but ‘as if real’? A political ontology of the state’, The British journal of sociology, 65(3), 459-480, 2014.
  • ‘Treating the symptom not the condition: crisis definition, blame attribution and the search for a new British growth model’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2013
  • ‘The “Dangerous Obsession” of Cost Competitiveness … And the Not So Dangerous Obsession of Competitiveness’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2011, forthcoming, available on iFirst.
  • (with N. Smith) ‘How do Policy-Makers Really Understand Globalisation? The Internal Architecture of Anglophone Globalisation Discourse in Europe’, Public Administration, 2011.
  • ‘The 2010 Leonard Schapiro Lecture: Pathology without Crisis? The Strange Demise of the Anglo-Liberal Growth Model’, Government and Opposition, 46 (1), 2011
  • ‘Chronicles of a Death Foretold: The Winter of Discontent and Construction of the Crisis of British Keynesianism’, Parliamentary Affairs, 63 (3), 446-70, 2010
  • ‘The Winter of Discontent After Thirty Years’, Political Quarterly, 80 (4), 545-61, 2009 (with responses by Lords Baker, Lea and Lispey and the edited transcript of the ensuing discussion at the British Academy).
  • (with G. Stoker) ‘Revitalising Politics: Have We Lost the Plot?’, Representation: The Journal of Representative Democracy, 45 (3), 223-36, 2009
  • On politics, constructivism and the current “crisis”: Responses to Marsh’, British Politics, 4 (2), 82-88, 2009
  • Good Inflation, Bad Inflation: The Housing Boom, Economic Growth and the Disaggregation of Inflationary Preferences in the UK and Ireland’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 11 (3), 461-78, 2009
  • (with N. Smith) ‘Mapping the Political Discourse of Globalisation and European Integration in the UK and Ireland Empirically’, European Journal of Political Research, 47 (3), 359-382, 2008
  • ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Can Only Make You Stronger: The Doha Development Round, the Services Directive and  the EU’s Conception of Competitiveness’, Journal of Common Market Studies, lead article, annual review, Journal of Common Market Studies, 2007, 25-44
  • ‘What’s in a Name? New Labour’s Putative Keynesianism’, British Journal of Political Science, 37, 187-93, 2007
  • ‘Globalisation and Public Policy’ in R. E Goodin, M. Rein and M. Moran (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Refereed.
  • ‘What’s Globalisation Got To Do With It? Economic Interdependence and the Future of European Welfare States’, Government and Opposition, 41 (1), 1-23, 2006
  • (with N. Smith) ‘Horses for Courses? The Political Discourse of Globalisation and European Integration in the UK and Ireland’, West European Politics, 28 (1), 124-58, 2005
  • ‘Globalisation’s Impact on States’, in John Ravenhill (ed.) Global Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • ‘Common Trajectories, Variable Paces, Divergent Outcomes? Models of European Capitalism Under Conditions of Complex Economic Interdependence’, Review of International Political Economy, 11 (2), 2004;jsessionid=9f5ad3odcneea.alexandra
  • ‘Ideas, Interests and Institutions in the Comparative Political Economy of Great Transformations’, Review of International Political Economy, 11 (1), 2004;jsessionid=cxgcibw3j8fy.victoria
  • ‘Credibility, Competitiveness and The Business Cycle in New Labour’s Political Economy: A Critical Evaluation’, New Political Economy, 9 (1), 39-56, 2004