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Dr Dermot Hodson

Reader in Political Economy
Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Research

Biography

I am Reader in Political Economy in the Department of Politics and Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Research in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck. I studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the College of Europe, Bruges and the London School of Economics and worked as an economist at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs before joining Birkbeck. I have taught at the London School of Economics and held visiting positions at the College of Europe in Natolin, the University of Agder in Kristiansand and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am Visiting Professor in the Department of European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges.

Main research interests

My research looks at the question of who governs when centralised, hierarchical and hard law approaches to policy-making are lacking. The main substantive focus of my research is macroeconomic policy and I have also worked on regional policy, social policy and the ratification of treaties. Much of my research looks at the European Union, with a particular emphasis on the governance of the euro area. I am also interested in policy-making in Ireland and the United Kingdom and at the global level through fora such as the International Monetary Fund, the G7 and the G20. My approach to these issues is grounded in the study of international and comparative political economy. I am influenced too by institutionalist approaches to and legal perspectives on international relations and public policy.

My recent research has focused on the following topics:

  • The euro crisis and EMU governance;
  • European integration in the post-Maastricht period;
  • Treaty-making in the European Union;
  • EU and US economic diplomacy towards China;
  • The IMF and the global financial crisis.

Other interests

I am co-editor of 10 Gower Street: The Birkbeck Politics Department Blog and co-presenter of Birkbeck's British politics podcast, Westminster Watch. Among my other research interests is the relationship between politics and the arts. I convene Birkbeck’s Seminar on Politics, the Arts, Culture and Entertainment (SPACE) series and I am a member of the photography + (con) text network.

I direct the Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence Programme, which allows suitably qualified writers to spend up to a year at the Department of Politics. For further details about this programme, please see here.

Publications

Edited special issues of journals

  • European Perspectives on the Global Financial Crisis’ (edited with Lucia Quaglia) Journal of Common Market Studies 47, no. 5 (2009).
  • ‘Special Issue on the principal-agent approach to EU studies’ (edited with Stijn Billiet and Imelda Maher), Comparative European Politics 7, no. 4 (2009).

Journal articles and book chapters

  • 'The Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure as European Integration: A Legalisation Perspective', Journal of European Public Policy, early view (2017).
  • 'Theorizing EU Institutions: Why They Matter for Politics and International Relations' (with John Peterson) in D. Hodson and J. Peterson (eds) The Institutions of the European Union (4th edition, Oxford University Press): 1-29 (2017).
  • 'The European Central Bank: New Powers and New Institutional Theories' in D. Hodson and J. Peterson (eds) The Institutions of the European Union (4th edition, Oxford University Press): 213-235 (2017).
  • 'Conclusions: EU Institutions in Theory and Practice' (with John Peterson) in D. Hodson and J. Peterson (eds) The Institutions of the European Union (4th edition, Oxford University Press): 401-419 (2017).
  • 'Eurozone Governance in 2016: The Italian Banking Crisis, Fiscal Flexibility and Brexit (Plus, Plus, Plus)' Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 55, No. s1 (2017).
  • 'Eurozone Governance: From the Greek Drama of 2015 to the Five Presidents' Report' Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 54, No. s1: 150–166 (2016).
  • 'Jacques Delors: Vision, Revision and the Design of EMU' in K. Dyson and I. Maes (eds) Architects of the Euro: Intellectuals in the Making of European Monetary Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 212-232 (2016).
  • ‘The Euro Crisis and European Integration’ (with Uwe Puetter) in M. Cini and N. Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds.) European Union Politics, 5th edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 367-79 (2016).
  • ‘Eurozone Governance: Deflation, Grexit 2.0 and the Second Coming of Jean-Claude Juncker’ Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53, No. s1: 144–161 (2015).
  • ‘The New Intergovernmentalism: A Reply to Frank Schimmelfennig’ (with Christopher Bickerton and Uwe Puetter) Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53, No. 4: 731–736 (2015).
  • ‘The IMF as a De Facto Institution of the EU: A Multiple Supervisor Approach’ Review of International Political Economy Vol. 22(3): 570-598 (2015).
  • ‘Policy-Making under Economic and Monetary Union: Crisis, Change and Continuity’ in H. Wallace, M. Pollack and A. Young (eds.) Policy Making in the European Union, 7th edition, (Oxford University Press): 166-195 (2015).
  • ‘British Brinkmanship and Gaelic Games: EU Treaty Ratification in the UK and Ireland from a Two-Level Game Perspective’ (with Imelda Maher) The British Journal of Politics & International Relations, Vol. 16, No.4: 645-661 (2014).
  • ‘The European Union, Globalization and the Problem of Legitimacy’ in A. Guven and R. Sandbrook (eds.) Civilizing Globalization: A Survival Guide. CUNY Press, 2014: 49-61 (2014).
  • ‘Eurozone Governance: Recovery, Reticence and Reform’ Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 50, no. S1: 186-201 (2014).
  • ‘The little engine that wouldn’t: supranational entrepreneurship and the Barroso Commission.’ Journal of European Integration Vol. 35, no. 3: 301-314 (2013).
  • ‘The Eurozone in 2012: “Whatever It Takes to Preserve the Euro”?’ Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 51, no. S1: 183-200 (2013).
  • ‘The European Union and the Economic Crisis’ (with Uwe Puetter) in M. Cini and N. Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds.) European Union Politics, 4th edition. (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 367-39 (2014).
  • ‘The EMU Paradox: Between Centralization and Decentralization in EU Macroeconomic Policy’ in J. Richardson (ed.), Policy Dynamics of the European Union. (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 170-188 (2012).
  • ‘The Eurozone in 2011’ Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 49, no. S1: 178-194 (2012).
  • ‘Managing the Euro: The European Central Bank’ in J. Peterson and M. Shackleton (eds.), The Institutions of the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press) 199-218 (2012).
  • ‘EU Regional and Cohesion Policy’ in E. Jones, A. Menon and S. Weatherill (eds.), Handbook of the European Union. (Oxford University Press): 496-507 (2012).
  • ‘Unhappy in their own way: comparing UK and Irish Experiences of the Global Financial Crisis’ British Politics Review Vol. 7, no. 1: 12-3 (2012).
  • ‘The Eurozone in 2010’ Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 49, no. S1: 231-250 (2011).
  • ‘Economic and Monetary Union: An Experiment in New Modes of European Union Policy-Making’ in H. Wallace, M. Pollack and A. Young (eds.), Policy-Making in the European Union, 6th edition. (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 157-180 (2010).
  • ‘The Euro Area in 2009’ Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 48, no. S1: 225-42 (2010).
  • European perspectives on the global financial crisis: Introduction’ (with Lucia Quaglia) Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 47, no. 5: 939-953 (2009).
  • UK Economic Policy and the Global Financial Crisis: Paradigm Lost?’ (with Deborah Mabbett) Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 47, no. 5: 1041-61 (2009).
  • ‘The principal-agent approach to EU studies: Apply liberally but handle with care’ (with Imelda Maher and Stijn Billiet) Comparative European Politics Vol. 7, no. 4: 409-413 (2009).
  • ‘Reforming EU economic governance: A view from (and on) the principal-agent approach’ Comparative European Politics Vol. 7, no. 4: 455-75 (2009).
  • ‘EMU and political union: what, if anything, have we learned from the euro’s first decade?’ Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 16, no. 4: 508-526 (2009).
  • ‘The Broad Economic Policy Guidelines: Before and After the Re-launch of the Lisbon Strategy’ (with Servaas Deroose and Joost Kuhlmann) Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 46, no. 4: 827-4 (2008).
  • ‘The Legitimation of EMU: Lessons from the early years of the euro’ (with Servaas Deroose and Joost Kuhlmann) Review of International Political Economy Vol. 14, no. 5: 800-19 (2007).
  • ‘Soft Sanctions and the Reform of the Stability and Growth Pact’ (with Imelda Maher) Journal of European Public Policy Vol. 11, no. 5: 798-813 (2004).
  • ‘Macroeconomic Coordination under EMU: The Scope and Limits of the Open Method’ Journal of European Public Policy Vol. 11, no. 2: 231-48 (2004).
  • ‘The Exchange Rate as an Adjustment Mechanism: A Structural VAR Approach to the Case of Ireland’ The Economic and Social Review Vol. 34, no. 2: 151-72 (2003).
  • ‘Economic Policy Coordination in the European Union’ (with Iain Begg and Imelda Maher) National Institute Economic Review Vol. 183, January: 66-77 (2003).
  • ‘EMU: Balancing Credibility and Legitimacy in an Asymmetric Policy Mix’ (with Imelda Maher) Journal of European Public Policy Vol. 9, no. 3: 391-407 (2002).
  • ‘Social Inclusion through Social Partnership: The Case of Ireland’ in D. Mayes, J. Berghman and R. Salais (eds.), Social Exclusion and European Policy. Edward Elgar: 170-87 (2001).
  • ‘The Open Method of Coordination as a New Mode of Governance: The Case of Soft Economic Policy Coordination’ (with Imelda Maher) Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 39, no. 4: 719-46 (2001).
  • ‘Regional adjustment mechanisms under EMU’ (with Iain Begg) Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie Vol. 91, no.1: 78-84 (1999).

Commentary

Teaching

  • I currently teach the following modules at Birkbeck:
    • Public Policy: Interests, Ideas and Institutions
    • Politics of European Integration
    • The Politics of Global Europe
    • Global Governance
    • Contemporary British Politics
  • I have previously contributed to the following modules at Birkbeck and elsewhere:
    • European Union: Integration, Politics and Policy (Birkbeck)
    • European Management and Political Economy (Birkbeck)
    • Comparative European Public Policy (Birkbeck)
    • EU Macroeconomic Policy and Economic Governance (College of Europe)
    • The Economics of European Integration (London South Bank)
    • International Economics (London Metropolitan University)
    • Economic Analysis of the European Union (LSE)

PhD Supervision

  • I am currently supervising PhD students working on:
    • The governance of UK alcohol policy
    • Secessionist regions in the EU
    • EU public procurement policy
  • I have successfully supervised PhD students who worked on:
    • The governance of water (Dr Patrick Coupar)
    • EU migration policy (Dr Marco Scipioni)
  • I am always keen to hear from suitably qualified applicants who are interested in doing a PhD under my supervision. If you have a PhD topic that fits with my research interests, please feel free to e-mail me.
  • I also direct Birkbeck's Politics MPhil/PhD programme and welcome general inquiries on doctoral studies at Birkbeck.

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3073 8124

Email: d.hodson@bbk.ac.uk

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