Research Areas

My research sits at the interface between political economy, political sociology and economic history.

I am broadly interested in the relationship between finance and the state, and between transnational power structures and traditional processes of democratic representation, as well as the myriad ways in which people are responding to the ongoing legitimation crisis of Western liberal democracies through various forms of social and political mobilization.


I currently specialize in the study of sovereign debt and default, crisis management, state-finance relations, social movements and the quality of democracy. My theoretical work focuses on state theory, autonomy and legitimacy, and the concept of structural power.


  • Global Finance
  • Sovereign Debt
  • Crisis Management
  • State Capacity
  • Business Power
  • Quality of Democracy
  • Social Movements