Scott James is a visiting researcher at SPERI. Scott’s research focuses on the political economy of finance, Britain and Europe, and the power of economic ideas.

Scott joined SPERI in July 2021 from King College London (KCL) where he is Reader in Political Economy. He will be a visiting researcher at SPERI until December 2021 whilst on sabbatical from KCL.

Scott James studied at the University of Liverpool, before completing his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2008. He joined the Department of Political Economy at KCL in 2010, and in 2017 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Further information about Scott is available at: Scott can be followed on Twitter at @DrScottJames

Research Interests

Scott’s research interests relate to three main areas: 1) the political economy of finance and financial regulation at the national, European and international levels; 2) the political economy of Britain and Europe, Brexit and the City of London; and 3) the role and power of economic ideas, discourse and knowledge in policy making.  

Whilst at SPERI Scott will present work from his forthcoming book with Oxford University Press (with David Howarth) on ‘The Politics of Bank Structural Reform in the US and Europe’, as well as new research on policy learning and paradigm change in UK fiscal policy. Scott will also organise a one-day workshop on ‘Economic Policy Transformations’ exploring the impact of Covid-19 on economic ideas, discourse and policy in the UK and beyond.

Key Publications

  • Howarth, D. and James, S. (forthcoming) The Politics of Bank Structural Reform: A Comparative Agenda Setting Approach (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • James, S., Kassim, H. and Warren, T. (2021) ‘From Big Bang to Brexit: The City of London and the Discursive Power of Finance’, Political Studies.
  • James, S., Pagliari, S. and Young, K. (2020) ‘The Internationalization of European Financial Networks: A Quantitative Text Analysis of EU Consultation Responses’, Review of International Political Economy.
  • James, S. and Quaglia, L. (2020) The UK and Multi-Level Financial Regulation: From Post-Crisis Reform to Brexit (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • James, S. and Quaglia, L. (2019) ‘Brexit and the political economy of euro-denominated clearing’, Review of International Political Economy.
  • Dunlop, C., James, S. and Radaelli, C. (2019) ‘Can’t Get No Learning: The Brexit Fiasco through the Lens of Policy Learning’, Journal of European Public Policy Vol.27, No.5, pp.703-22.
  • Howarth, D. and James, S. (2019) ‘The Politics of Bank Structural Reform: Business Power and Agenda Setting in the UK, France and Germany’, Business and Politics Vol.22, SI.1, pp.25-51.
  • James, S. and Quaglia, L. (2019) ‘Brexit, the City and the Contingent Power of Finance’, New Political Economy Vol.24, No.2, pp.258-271.
  • James, S. and Quaglia, L. (2019) ‘Why does the UK have Inconsistent Preferences on Financial Regulation? The Case of Banking and Capital Markets’, Journal of Public Policy Vol.39, No.1, pp.177-200.
  • Hungin, H. and James, S. (2018) ‘Central Bank Reform and the Politics of Blame Avoidance in the UK’, New Political Economy Vol.24, No.3, pp.334-349.
  • James, S. and Christopoulos, D. (2018) ‘Reputational leadership and preference similarity: Explaining organisational collaboration in bank policy networks’, European Journal of Political Research Vol.57, No.2, pp.518-538.
  • James, S. (2018) ‘The Structural-Informational Power of Business: Credibility, Signalling and the UK Banking Reform Process’, Journal of European Public Policy Vol.25, No.11, pp.1629-1647.