Liam StanleyLiam Stanley

Lecturer in the Department of Politics and co-leader of SPERI’s research programme on ‘Austerity and Welfare’

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1705

Areas of interest and expertise:  International and Comparative Political Economy; the Politics of Austerity; Taxation and Fiscal Policy; Everyday Narratives of the Economy.

Liam Stanley is Associate Fellow of SPERI and Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield. He joined the Department of Politics in September 2014, having taken an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Birmingham and a Masters degree in Cross-Cultural and Comparative Research Methods at the University of Sussex. He returned to the University of Birmingham for his ESRC-funded doctoral research on the politics of austerity. Liam was awarded his PhD in 2014.Liam’s primary research areas are political economy and political science methodology. The former entails analysing the ideas and relations that underpin the political organisation of economies and specifically involves researching how the public make sense of austerity, how austerity is governed in the UK and Eurozone, and how new digital forms of debt resilience emerge. The latter area concerns political science as a craft. This goes from posing answers to the most foundational questions about the sort of knowledge we can produce, to implementing innovative concrete strategies and methods of data collection and analysis.

  • Stanley, L. (2016), ‘Using focus groups to study everyday narratives in world politics’, Politics, forthcoming.
  • Stanley, L. (2015), ‘Legitimacy gaps, taxpayer conflict, and the politics of austerity in the UK’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, forthcoming.
  • Stanley, L. (2014), ‘‘We’re reaping what we sowed’: Everyday crisis narratives and acquiescence to the age of austerity’, New Political Economy, 19(6), 895-917.
  • Bates, S., C. Byrne, P. Kerr, and L. Stanley (2014), ‘Questions to the Prime Minister: A Comparative Study of PMQs from Thatcher to Cameron’, Parliamentary Affairs, 67:2, pp. 253-280.
  • Stanley, L. (2012) ‘The Difference Between an Analytical Framework and a Theoretical Claim: A Reply to Martin Carstensen’ Political Studies, 60:2, pp. 474–482.
  • Stanley, L. (2012) ‘Rethinking the definition and role of ontology in political science’, Politics, 32:3, pp. 93–99.