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Dr David Hope

David HopeLecturer in Political Economy

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Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Room 9.15, Bush House (North East)
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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 III. 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.


  • Principles of Economics (1st year undergraduate module)
  • The Political Economy of Inequality (3rd year undergraduate module)
  • Comparative Political Economy (MA module)


David researches at the intersection of economics and political science. He specialises in macroeconomics and 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: the relationship between varieties of capitalism and growth models in the post-industrial era; the effects of technological change on income inequality and in turn on political preferences and voting behaviour; and the integration of modern open economy macroeconomics into political science. He uses a range of research methodologies in his work, including panel data econometrics, casual inference and case studies.

Selected publications

Lacey, N., Soskice, D., & Hope, D. (2018). Understanding the Determinants of Penal Policy: Crime, Culture and Comparative Political EconomyAnnual Review of Criminology, 1:1, 195-217.

Hope, D., & Martelli, A. (2017). The Transition to the Knowledge Economy, Labour Market Institutions, and Income Inequality in Advanced DemocraciesLSE International Inequalities Institute Working Paper Series, No. 18.

Hope, D. (2016). Estimating the effect of the EMU on current account balances: A synthetic control approachEuropean Journal of Political Economy44, 20-40.

Hope, D., & Soskice, D. (2016). Growth Models, Varieties of Capitalism, and Macroeconomics. Politics & Society44(2), 209-226.

Iversen, T., Soskice, D., & Hope, D. (2016). The Eurozone and Political Economic InstitutionsAnnual Review of Political Science19, 163-185.

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