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Patrick Thompson

Patrick Thompson

PhD candidate


Patrick joined the Department of political economy in October 2020. In his research he investigates the relationship between labour market reform and right wing populism in contemporary Europe. He also assists Dr Soohyun Lee with her research, by mapping South Korean education reform and is a graduate teaching assistant for the MA module on comparative capitalism at King’s. Prior to his PhD, Patrick received both a BA (Hons) International Relations and a MA (Hons) in International Political Economy at King’s College London.

Doctoral research:

This research project investigates the evolving relations between labour market policy and political attitudes in the United Kingdom, Austria and Sweden. In particular, the project aims to understand the social context in which right-wing populist politics emerges. By drawing on insights from cultural political economy and social theory, the research hopes to shed light on the institutional and cultural constellations that form the soil of populism, contributing to not only existing research on this phenomena but also adjacent fields e.g. research on party politics, political participation and the study of social movements.

Research interests

  • Varieties of capitalism
  • Right wing populism
  • Social Theory
  • Cultural political economy
  • Inequality
  • Class
  • Electoral politics