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Dr Colin Jennings


Reader in Political Economy 

Programme Director for BSc Economics




Postal Address:

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


Telephone:  +44 (0)20 7848 2948

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Room number: 9.05 Bush House (North East Wing)

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Wednesday: 10.00 - 11:00
Thursday: 11.00 - 12.00


Dr Colin Jennings is a Reader in Political Economy.

Colin was an undergraduate at Queen's Belfast, he did his masters at Queen's Kingston, Ontario and his PhD at Southampton University. He has worked as a lecturer at Portsmouth University, as a college lecturer at Queen's College, Oxford University and most recently he was a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Strathclyde University.


Colin's research area is Political Economics. Within this broad area his work splits into two branches. The first looks at conflict and the second at political competition and voting behaviour in stable constitutional democracies. 

Themes in his work are a) the sources of individual motivation (for example instrumental or expressive) in collective action, b) the heterogeneity of preferences (for example moderate or extreme) that are typically available when determining the political position taken by groups c) how motivation and heterogeneity of political preferences interact under different institutional arrangements and the implications of this for social welfare.


Colin teaches the following undergraduate modules:

  • Principles of Economics (Year 1)
  • Economics of Politics (Year 2)
  • Economics of the Public Sector (Year 2)


Journal Articles:

Social capital, conflict and welfare (with Santiago Sanchez-Pages), Journal of Development Economics; 2017, 124, 157-167.

Expressive voting and two-dimensional political competition: an application to law and order policy by New Labour in the UK (with Stephen Drinkwater), Constitutional Political Economy; 2017, 28, 79-96.

Group support for political violence: The role of emotions and expressive choice in creating conflict or providing peace, Defence and Peace Economics, 2016, 27, 404-422.

Domestic violence and football in Glasgow: Are reference points relevant? (with Alex Dickson and Gary Koop), Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2016, 78, 1-21.

Collective choice and individual action: Education policy and social mobility in England, European Journal of Political Economy, 2015, 40, 288-297.

'A study of expressive choice and strikes' (with Christa Brunnschweiler and Ian MacKenzie), European Journal of Political Economy 2014, 34, 111-125. 

'The Good, the Bad and the Populist: A Model of Political Agency with Emotional Voters',  European Journal of Political Economy , 2011, 27, 611-624

'Expressive Political Behaviour: Foundations, Scope and Implications' (with Alan Hamlin),  British Journal of Political Science,  2011, 41, 645-670

'Intra-Group Competition and Inter-Group Conflict: An Application to Northern Ireland', Defence and Peace Economics 2011, 22, 63-84

'Civil Conflict, Federalism and Strategic Delegation of Leadership'  (with Hein Roelfsema), Journal of Peace Research,  2008, 45, 557-573

'Political Economics and Normative Analysis' (with Iain McLean) , New Political Economy,  2008, 13, 61-76

'Who are the Expressive Voters? (with Stephen Drinkwater), Public Choice, 2007, 132, 179-189

'Leadership and Conflict' (with Alan Hamlin), J ournal of Economic Behavior and Organization,  2007, 64, 49-68

'Political Leadership, Conflict and the Prospects for Constitutional Peace',  Economics of Governance,  2007, 8, 83-94 (also published as World Bank, Research Working Paper, WPS 4196)

' Group Formation and Political Conflict: Instrumental and Expressive Approaches' (with Alan Hamlin),  Public Choice,  2004, 118, 413-435

'An Economistic Interpretation of the Northern Ireland Conflict' , Scottish Journal of Political Economy,  1998, 45, 294-308.


Applying the Dismal Science: When Economists give advice to Governments  (coedited with Iain Mclean), 2006, Palgrave Macmillan.

Other Publications:

'Institutions and Prosperity: A review of Besley and Persson, Pillars of Prosperity and Acemoglu and Robinson, Why Nations Fail'European Journal of Political Economy 2013, 29, 252-258.

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