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Dr David Hope is a Lecturer in Political Economy in the King’s College London Department of Political Economy. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) International Inequalities Institute (III). Prior to joining King’s, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the LSE International Inequalities Institute. David holds a PhD (2017) in Political Science from the LSE Department of Government and has previously studied Economics at both the LSE (MSc) and University College London (BSc). During his time as a PhD student, he was the Economics Editor for the CORE project; an ambitious international collaboration to overhaul the undergraduate economics curriculum. In his professional life before beginning the PhD, he worked as an economist for PwC, Oxera and HM Treasury.

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David researches at the intersection of economics and political science. He specialises in comparative political economy and works predominantly on the high-income democracies, such as the Western Europe countries and the United States. He is interested in the diversity of advanced capitalism and how national institutions, politics and policies can help explain cross-country differences in economic and political outcomes. His current areas of interest include: varieties of capitalism and growth models; the knowledge economy; the effects of technological change on economic and political outcomes; inequality and redistribution; gender and populism; and the political economy of macroeconomic policies. He uses a range of research methodologies in his work, including panel data econometrics, causal inference approaches, interviews, and case studies.

His recent work appears in World Politics, the European Journal of Political Economy, Politics & Society, and the Annual Review of Political Science (among others). More details about David’s research, including his publications, can be found on his website.


PhD Supervisions

David is interested in supervising students researching on the advanced democracies (i.e. the OECD countries) in the following areas:

  • Comparative political economy
  • Varieties of capitalism and growth models
  • Income inequality and redistribution
  • The knowledge economy
  • The political consequences of technological change (including the rise of populism)
  • Gender and populism
  • The politics of macroeconomic policies