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Dr Jack Copley

Assistant Professor in International Political Economy

Assistant Professor in International Political Economy in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 45655


Jack Copley researches and teaches on the governance of global capitalism. He is interested in how states strategise to manage the dilemmas generated by capitalist economic development. One part of this research agenda is his work on the role of states in propelling the financialisation of the world economy. Drawing from declassified government archives, he explores how British governments in the 1970s and 1980s used policies of financial liberalisation to navigate the problems created by the 'stagflation' crisis. This will be published in 2021 as a book, titled Governing Financialization: The Tangled Politics of Financial Liberalization in Britain, with Oxford University Press. His current research examines the governance of the climate crisis. He analyses the challenges to the decarbonisation of the economy posed by the long-term slowdown in economic growth since the 1970s. 

Jack joined the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University in 2021. Prior to that, he was Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Bath. He earned his PhD from the University of Warwick. 

Research interests

  • Capitalist development
  • Economic governance
  • Financialisation
  • Climate change
  • Value theory
  • Liberal thought
  • Marxism


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