Show/hide main menu

Academic Staff (A-Z)

Scott James

Senior Lecturer in Political Economy


Contact Details:

Department of Political Economy
Room S2.07
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS



Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1220
Twitter: @DrScottJames

On sabbatical leave, 2016/17

Visiting Fellow, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
(from January 2017)


Dr Scott James studied for a BA (Hons) in Politics at the University of Liverpool between 1998 and 2002. He was awarded an ESRC Research Studentship to undertake an MA in European Politics (Research) and doctoral research on the ‘Europeanisation of National Policy Making’ at the University of Manchester from 2004 to 2008. He joined King’s College London as Lecturer in European Public Policy in September 2008, and in 2014 was made a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy and Deputy Head of Department.

Dr James was the Principal Investigator for the ESRC Project: 'Voices in the City: Understanding the Role of the City of London as a Multi-Level Policy Actor and the Impact of the Financial Crisis’.

ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative:

Grants and Awards


Dr James’ research relates to two main themes:

The Political Economy of Banking and Financial Regulation

This research examines the political economy of banking systems and explains the response of policy makers to the global financial crisis.  This has involved using political network analysis to map patterns of industry lobbying and rational choice frameworks to model the preferences and strategies of competing bureaucratic interests.

Britain and Europe and the Politics of the Eurozone

Research in this area concerns the changing role of the UK in Europe, including its ability to shape regulatory outcomes, the politics of the UK referendum and ‘Brexit’, and the implications of further Eurozone integration. The ESRC ‘Voices in the City’ project analysed the capacity of the City of London to engage collectively at the EU level.

Main research interests:

  • Banking and regulation
  • EU politics and Eurozone governance
  • Lobbying and collective action
  • New institutionalism
  • Rational choice theory
  • Network analysis


  • Comparative Public Policy (2015-16)
  • Advanced Issues in International Politics (2015-16)
  • European Union: Power, Politics and Economics (2014-15)
  • European Public Policy (2014-15)
  • Comparing Political Systems (2013-14)


Articles in Journals 

Books and Chapters

Policy Reports

Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions Privacy policy Accessibility Modern slavery statement Contact us

© 2017 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454