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Dr Scott James


Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

Postal Address:

Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG


Room number: 8.13 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours: Tuesday 3-4pm, Wednesdy 12-2pm (Or by appointment)

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


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. During 2017, Dr James was a Visiting Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

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’.

From 2016, he is a co-investigator on the UK research team for the nine-country Horizon 2020 project ‘ EMU Choices: The Choice for Europe since Maastricht’.

ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative:

Grants and Awards


Dr James’ research relates to two main themes:

The Politics of Banking and Financial Regulation

My work examines the governance of banking systems to explain the variegated response of policy makers to the global financial crisis. This involved using network analysis to map patterns of industry lobbying, and developing theories of business power to explain financial regulatory reform.

The Political Economy of Brexit

This research concerns the changing relationship between Britain and Europe, the politics of the UK referendum and the Brexit negotiations, and the future of European (dis)integration. My current work investigates the political economy of Brexit and the implications for the City of London.

Main research interests:

Banking and financial regulation

Brexit and EU politics

Lobbying and business power

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)

Selected Publications

  • James, S. and Quaglia, L. (2018) 'Why does the UK have Inconsistent Preferences on Financial Regulation? The Case of Banking and Capital Markets', Journal of Public Policy. DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X17000253.
  • James, S. and Christopoulos, D. (2017) 'Reputational Leadership and Preference Similarity: Explaining Organisational Collaboration in Bank Policy Networks', European Journal of Political Research. DOI:10.1111/1475-6765.12237.
  • James, S. (2017) ‘The Structural-Informational Power of Business: Credibility, Signalling and the UK Banking Reform Process’, Journal of European Public Policy. DOI:10.1080/13501763.2017.1349166.
  • James, S. (2016) ‘The Domestic Politics of Financial Regulation: Informal Ratification Games and the EU Capital Requirement Negotiations’, New Political Economy Vol.21, No.2, pp. 187-203
  • James. S. (2015) ‘The UK in the Multilevel Process of Financial Market Regulation: Global Pace-Setter or National Outlier?’ in R. Mayntz (ed.) Negotiated Reform: The Multilevel Governance of Financial Regulation (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, pp. 121-137)
  • Copeland, P. and James, S. (2014) ‘Policy Windows, Ambiguity and Commission Entrepreneurship: Explaining the Re-launch of the EU's Economic Reform Agenda’, Journal of European Public Policy Vol. 21, No.1, pp. 1-19
  • James, S. and Copeland, P. (2014) ‘Governing in the Shadow of Intergovernmental Hierarchy: Delegation Failure and Executive Empowerment in the European Union’, European Politics and Society Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 518-533
  • James, S. (2012) ‘The Origins and Evolution of the Lisbon Agenda’, in P. Copeland and D. Papadimitriou (eds.) The EU’s Lisbon Strategy: Evaluating Success, Understanding Failure (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 8-28)
  • James, S. (2011) Managing Europe from Home: The Changing Face of European Policy Making under Blair and Ahern (Manchester, Manchester University Press)
  • James, S. (2010) ‘Managing European Policy at Home: Analysing Network Adaptation within the Core Executive’, Political Studies Vol. 58, No.5, pp. 930-950
  • James, S. (2010) ‘The Rise and Fall of Euro Preparations: Strategic Networking and the Depoliticisation of Labour’s National Changeover Plan’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations Vol.12, No.3, pp. 368-386
  • James, S. (2010) ‘Adapting to Brussels: Europeanization of the Core Executive and the “Strategic Projection” Model’, Journal of European Public Policy Vol.17, No.6, pp. 820-837
  • James, S. and Oppermann, K. (2009) ‘Blair and the European Union’, in Casey, T. (ed.) The Blair Legacy: Politics, Policy, Governance and Foreign Affairs (London, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 285-98)
  • James, S. (2009) ‘Taming the Awkward State? The Changing Face of European Policy Making under Blair’, Public Administration Vol.87, No.3, pp. 604-620
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