Dr Scott LaveryScott Lavery profile pic 2018

Lecturer in Politics

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Email: scott.lavery@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: 0114 222 8395
Room: Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), ICOSS

Website: speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/people/scott-lavery/


Dr Scott Lavery became a Lecturer in the Department of Politics in September 2018. He is also a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow based at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). Dr Lavery completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow in Philosophy and Politics in 2009 before being awarded an MA in International Political Economy at the University of York in 2012. He completed his PhD thesis, entitled ‘New Labour, the Coalition and Post-Crisis British Capitalism’, at the University of Sheffield in 2016.

Dr Lavery’s research sits at the intersection of international political economy, British politics and EU studies. In broad terms, his research examines the reconfiguration of advanced capitalist economies since the 2008 global financial crisis. In this regard, his research has examined post-crisis economic policy in the UK, labour markets, the political economy of Brexit, business power, state theory, international financial centres and the Eurozone crisis. His current Leverhulme project, 'Capitalising on the European Crisis: New Geographies of Economic Power in the EU', investigates how sub-national economic blocs within the financial and industrial sectors seek to benefit from the structural weaknesses of European capitalism.

Dr Lavery has published articles in numerous academic journals, including New Political Economy, Journal of European Public Policy, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Geoforum. His forthcoming book, 'British Capitalism after the Crisis' (Palgrave) will be published in 2019. He is Deputy Convener of the British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group (PSA). Dr Lavery is the convener of the Department's MA course 'Capitalism and Crisis'


I am the convener of the MA course ‘Capitalism and Crisis’. This course examines the origins and the fall-out of the 2008 financial crisis. It places the 2008 crash into its historical context, comparing it to the crises of the 1930s and 1970s, and arms students with the tools to analyse capitalist crisis theoretically, empirically and politically.

Teaching politics at the Department of Politics is a great privilege. Sheffield Politics students are undoubtedly amongst the best in the country and that is reflected in the high-quality discussions which we regularly hold in lecture theatres and in the seminar room. I see my role as facilitating a collective discussion on the ‘big questions’ of political economy research. ‘What is capitalism?’, ‘Why does it regularly experience crisis?’, ‘What role does the state play in capitalist economies?’, ‘What is the future of capitalism?’

My teaching is research-led, which means my teaching is shaped by my own research agenda. ‘Capitalism and Crisis’ draws on my extensive research into post-crisis British economic policy, the Eurozone crisis, globalisation and state theory. In turn, discussions with students feed back into my own intellectual enquiries and scholarly outputs. I endeavour to create an open, pluralistic and inclusive teaching environment within which critical thinking and collective scholarly enquiry can flourish.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students who work within the discipline of International Political Economy, broadly conceived. In particular, I’m interested in supervising PhD theses which apply a political economy perspective to any of the following topics: globalisation, British politics, the European Union, business power, economic geography, finance, labour markets, state theory.


Dr Lavery’s research sits at the intersection of International Political Economy, EU studies and British politics and analyses processes of continuity and change in advanced capitalist states since the 2008 crisis. His research interrogates post-crisis shifts in economic policy, labour markets and regional economic development with a particular comparative focus on the UK and the EU.

Funded Research Projects

Capitalising on the European Crisis: New Geographies of Economic Power in the EU

The EU faces a number of deep crises, including a political crisis exemplified by ‘Brexit’ and protracted economic difficulties within the Eurozone. These challenges also create opportunities for sub-national economic blocs within member states. Through a series of comparative case studies, this project analyses (i) how rival financial hubs within EU urban centres seek to ‘capitalise’ on Brexit and (ii) how industrial clusters integrated into northern EU supply chains differentially benefit from imbalances within the Eurozone. The project accordingly advances a distinctive political economy account of the changing geography of financial and industrial power within an increasingly unstable European order.

Funded by The Leverhulme Trust (2018 – 2020).

Research Areas

The international political economy after the 2008 crisis

Since the 2008 crash, advanced capitalist economies have been marked by both continuity and change. Unorthodox policies such as Quantitative Easing (QE) and sustained low interest rates have kept advanced economies afloat whilst regressive labour market policies and public sector retrenchment have passed the burdens of adjustment downwards. What distributional and political implications do these processes have? How are these dynamics re-shaping advanced capitalist states and societies? My research examines the changing configuration of economic and political power in the post-crisis global order.

British Capitalism after the Crisis

The 2008 crisis rocked British capitalism to its foundations. One decade after the crisis, we are still dealing with its consequences. Growth remains low, productivity is stagnant and volatile forms of post-crisis politics – exemplified by Brexit, the May government and Corbyn’s Labour – have emerged. This strand of my research traces the emerging political economy of British capitalism after the crisis.

The political economy of Brexit

How do alternative EU financial centres such as Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin seek to benefit from Brexit? How have British business groups aimed to influence EU policy in the past and how does Brexit problematise this orientation? My current research addresses the key policy issue, as evidenced by my forthcoming publications on business strategy and Brexit and my research into rival financial centres to the City of London.

Publications and Papers


[Forthcoming] British Capitalism after the Crisis, (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Journal articles

2018 ‘Finance Fragmented? Frankfurt and Paris as European Financial Centres after Brexit’, Journal of European Public Policy, [with S. McDaniel and D. Schmid] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13501763.2018.1534876

2018 ‘New Geographies of European Financial Competition? Frankfurt, Paris and the Political Economy of Brexit’, Geoforum, 94, pp. 72 - 81 [with S. McDaniel and D. Schmid] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718518300988

2018 ‘The Legitimation of Post-Crisis Capitalism in the United Kingdom: Real Wage Decline, Finance-led growth and the State’, New Political Economy, 23(1), pp 27 - 45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2017.1321627

2018 ‘Introduction to The Political Economy of Brexit and the Future of British Capitalism: First Symposium’, New Political Economy, [with L. Quaglia and C. Dannereuther] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13563467.2018.1484716

2018 ‘Introduction to The Political Economy of Brexit and the Future of British Capitalism: Second Symposium’, New Political Economy, [with L. Quaglia and C. Dannereuther] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13563467.2018.1484720

2017 ‘Defend and Extend’: British Business Strategy, EU Employment Policy and the Emerging Politics of Brexit’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19(4), pp 696 - 714. https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148117722713

2017 ‘After Neoliberalisation: Monetary Indiscipline, Crisis and the State’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 43(1), pp 79 - 94 [with J. Green] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12204/abstract

2015 ‘The Regressive Recovery: Distribution, Inequality and State Power in Britain’s Post-Crisis Political Economy’, New Political Economy, 20(6), pp. 894 – 923 [with J. Green] https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2015.1041478

Book Chapters

2018 ‘Brexit and the future model of British capitalism’, in The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit, (eds. P. Diamond, B. Rosamond and P. Nedergaard), (London: Routledge) [with A. Baker]. Available here: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351689489

2017 ‘Enduring imbalances in the Eurozone’, in The Coming Crisis, (eds. C. Hay & T. Hunt), (Basingstoke: Palgrave). Available here: https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319638133

2017 ‘Towards a Political Economy of Depoliticisation Strategies: Help to Buy, the Office for Budget Responsibility, and the UK Growth Model’, in Anti-Politics, Depoliticisation and Governance, (eds. C. Hay M. Flinders, M. Wood, P. Fawcett), Oxford University Press [with C. Berry]. Available here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/anti-politics-depoliticization-and-governance-9780198748977?cc=gb&lang=en&#

[Forthcoming] ‘The UK’s growth model, business strategy and Brexit’, in Diverging Capitalisms, (eds. C. Hay and D. Bailey), (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Other Publications

2018 Frankfurt as a Financial Centre after Brexit. SPERI Global Political Economy Brief 10 [with D Schmid]. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/SPERI-Brief-10-Frankfurt.pdf

2017 The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model. SPERI Paper 41 [with L. Quaglia and C. Dannreuther]. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SPERI-Paper-41-The-Political-Economy-of-Brexit-and-the-UK-s-National-Business-Model.pdf

2017 Will Brexit deepen the UK’s North-South Divide? SPERI Paper 41. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SPERI-Paper-41-The-Political-Economy-of-Brexit-and-the-UK-s-National-Business-Model.pdf

2017 ‘British business strategy, EU social and employment policy and the emerging politics of Brexit’, SPERI Paper 39. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SPERI-Paper-39-British-Business-Strategy-EU-Social-and-Employment-Policy-Brexit.pdf

2017 ‘Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin: Post-Brexit Rivals to the City of London?’ SPERI Global Political Economy Brief 7 [with A. Barber, S. McDaniel and D. Schmid]. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Global-Brief-6-Frankfurt-Paris-Dublin-Post-Brexit-Rivals-to-the-City-of-London.pdf

2017 ‘EU Business Views on Brexit: Politics, Trade and Article 50’, SPERI Global Political Economy Brief 6 [with A. Barber, S. McDaniel and D. Schmid]. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Global-Brief-7-EU-Business-Views-on-Brexit.pdf

2016 ‘Scotland and the North of England: Sub-national economic development and the UK’s finance-led growth model’, SPERI Policy Brief 26. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Brief-26-Scotland-and-the-North-of-England-Sub-national-economic-development.pdf

2016 ‘UK regions and European structural and investment funds’, SPERI Policy Brief 24 [with T. Hunt, C. Berry and W. Vittery]. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Brief24-UK-regions-and-European-structural-and-investment-funds.pdf

2016 ‘UK regions, the European Union and manufacturing exports’, SPERI Policy Brief 23 [with C. Berry, T. Hunt and C. Kirkland]. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Brief23-UK-regions-the-EU-and-manufacturing-exports.pdf

2016 ‘Capital and labour in the post-crisis European context: Distributional, institutional and political considerations’, Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS) Young Academics Network Paper [with P. Paulusma, M. Venhaus, N. Warner and B. Wilhelm].

2015 ‘Public and private sector employment across the UK since the financial crisis’, SPERI Policy Brief 10. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Brief10-public-sector-employment-across-UK-since-financial-crisis.pdf

2015 ‘Wage decline, welfare retrenchment and the politics of austerity in Britain’ Chapter in Inequality Redux: SPERI Paper 22. Available here: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SPERI-Paper-22-inequality-redux.pdf