By training, I am a political scientist, and the part of political science I work in is known as "comparative political economy." Although the term political economy is used in many senses in the social sciences, my particular interests lie in how key capitalist institutions--things like money, property, and private law, and the various organizations and state agencies that manage them--emerge, change, and affect economic policy. For me, the best form of evidence on these matters tends to be well-documented narratives about particular historical episodes.
My aim in this blog to present views on current events and intellectual controversies, links to interesting reading, as well as some of my research in progress. Although I started my career as a Russia specialist, lately I've been focussing on the Eurozone crisis and a lot of the commentary will probably be about that. I welcome your feedback.