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Dr Ian Lovering
Ian Lovering

Dr Ian Lovering

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AEP Lecturer in International Political Economy

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Since September 2022, I am an AEP Lecturer in International Political Economy. I joined the Department of European and International Studies (EIS) in October 2021 as a Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project The Political Economy of Growth Models in an Age of Stagnation.

Before joining King’s, I was a Teaching Fellow in European Studies and Public Policy at the University of Warwick. I completed my PhD in International Relations at the University of Sussex in April 2021. I also completed an MSc in European Studies from Maastricht University, and an undergraduate degree in politics from Lancaster University.

Office hours

Tuesday: 16.00 - 17.00 (online)

Wednesday: 13.30 - 14.30 (VWB 3.43)

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My research is at the intersection of global political economy and public policy. I am interested in the political power that managers wield in the neoliberal era within both the public and private sector.

There are three strands to this research:

  1. Intergovernmental organisations: I am interested in the ways in which organisations like the OECD or EU have used techniques of management to build their authority.
  2. Histories of state economic planning: I look back at debates on economic planning in Britain and France in the 1960s to interpret capitalist governance in the transition to neoliberalism.
  3. Public sector reform: I research the history of neoliberal reform to understand the paradox of why, after years of marketization, public services are more tightly controlled than ever by a managerial class. My research looks in particular at the growing role of corporate outsourcing giants in performing key state functions.


  • 7AAON107 The International Political Economy of Energy Markets
  • 4AAOB109 The Making of Modern Europe
  • 6AAOB304 The Political Economy of Finance and Crisis


Lovering, I. (2022) EU fiscal governance and the managerial reformatting of neoliberal constitutionalism. Competition & Change, DOI: 10.1177/10245294221127360

Hansen R.H., & Lovering, I. (2022) Balancing EU social and economic governance through performance management, Contemporary Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2022.2044604

Dutta, S., Knafo, S., & Lovering, I. (2021) Neoliberal failures and the managerial takeover of governance. Review of International Studies, 1-19. doi:10.1017/S0260210521000619

Lovering, I. (2017) Bruised but not beaten: the persistence of austerity in Europe, Journal of European Integration, 39:6, 707-722, DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2017.1333504