SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Lawrence Sáez

BA (California); MALD (Fletcher); MA, PhD (Chicago)
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Lawrence Saez
SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre on the Politics of Energy Security (CEPES)

CEPES Convenor

Department of Politics and International Studies

Knowledge Transfer and Third Stream Partnerships

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee - Member

Professor Lawrence Sáez
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Professor Lawrence Sáez is Professor in the Political Economy of Asia in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), University of London.  He is also co-director of the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security. He is also a visiting professor at SciencesPo, Paris.  His research is focused on comparative political economy, particularly as it pertains to the challenges of economic reform across different industry sectors in emerging markets.  He is the author of The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC): An Emerging Collaboration Architecture for South Asia (Routledge 2011), (Palgrave MacMillan 2004).  He is the co-editor (with Gurharpal Singh) of New Dimensions of Politics in India: United Progressive Alliance in Power (Routledge 2011) and co-editor (with Katharine Adeney) of Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism (Routledge 2005).
Professor Sáez is the Chair of the Standing Group on Third World Politics of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).  He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s India Agenda Council.  Prior to living in the UK, Professor Sáez was an assistant research political scientist at the Institute of East Asian Studies and visiting scholar at the Center for South Asia Studies, University of California at Berkeley.  He was also the associate editor for South Asia at Asian Survey.  He holds a B.A. in political science from U.C. Berkeley; an M.A.L.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.  


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Gabrielle Bayle, National self-perception and international aid conditionality: A case study of Ethiopia
  • Hyun Jung Lim,
  • Ibrahim Nyei, Decentralisation reforms and the implications for power and authority relations in a centralised unitary state. A study of decentralisation reforms in Liberia
  • Vincent Hakyemez, Research on visa policies
  • MPhil Research Methods


Political economy of South Asia
Fiscal federalism
Energy security
Quantitative research methods


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Available for
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  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
  • China and Inner Asia
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Spanish


Authored Books

Saez, Lawrence (2011) South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC): An emerging collaboration architecture. London: Routledge.

Saez, Lawrence (2004) Banking Reform in India and China. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Saez, Lawrence (2002) Federalism Without a Centre: The Impact of Political and Economic Reform on India’s Federal System. New Delhi: Sage Publications.


Witt, Michael A. and Kabbach de Castro, Luiz Ricardo and Amaeshi, Kenneth and Mahroum, Sami and Bohle, Dorothee and Saez, Lawrence (2017) 'Mapping the business systems of 61 major economies: a taxonomy and implications for varieties of capitalism and business systems research'. Socio-Economic Review.

Saez, Lawrence (2017) 'Business and labor market flexibility in India: The importance of caste'. Business and Politics, (18) 2, pp 171-198.

Saez, Lawrence (2016) 'The Political Budget Cycle and Subnational Debt Expenditures in Federations: Panel Data Evidence from India'. Governance, (29) 1, pp 47-65.

Saez, Lawrence (2013) 'India will never become a superpower'. The Conversation.

Saez, Lawrence and Capoccia, Giovanni and de Rooij, Eline (2012) 'Where State Responses Fail: Religious Extremism and Separatism in India (1952-2002)'. Journal of Politics,, (74) 4, pp 1010-1022.

Saez, Lawrence (2011) 'A republic if you can keep it'. República.

Saez, Lawrence (2011) 'Why the next IMF chief must come from the developing world'. CNN.

Saez, Lawrence and Sinha, Aseema (2010) 'Political Cycles, Political Institutions, and Public Service Expenditure in India, 1980–2000'. British Journal of Political Science, (40) 1, pp 91-113.

Saez, Lawrence (2009) 'The Political Economy of Financial Services Reform in India: Explaining Variations in Political Opposition and Barriers to Entry'. Journal of Asian Studies, (68) 4, pp 1137-1162.

Saez, Lawrence and Chang, Crystal (2009) 'The Political Economy of Global Firms From India and China'. Contemporary Politics, (15) 3, pp 265-286.

Lisa, Harrison and Saez, Lawrence (2009) 'Political Studies in the UK: A Twenty-First Century Health Check'. European Political Science, (8) 3, pp 345-355.

Gallagher, Julia and Saez, Lawrence (2009) 'Authoritarianism and Development in the Third World'. Brown Journal of World Affairs, (15) 2, pp 87-102.

Saez, Lawrence (2008) 'Trade and Conflict Reduction: Implications for Regional Strategic Stability'. British Journal of Politics & International Relations, (10) 4, pp 698-716.

Saez, Lawrence (2008) '‘China’s Global Emergence and the Theoretical Linkages Between Multilateralism and Peripheral Stability'. Daxiyangguo, (13), pp 93-112.

Saez, Lawrence (2007) 'U.S. Policy and Energy Security in South Asia. Economic Prospects and Strategic Implications'. Asian Survey, (47) 4, pp 657-678.

Saez, Lawrence (2006) 'Basel II: Implication on Indian Banking'. Chartered Financial Analyst, (11) 10, pp 71-73.

Saez, Lawrence and Sazena, Rekha (2004) 'The 2004 General Election in India'. Mainstream, pp 95-101.

Saez, Lawrence and Shi, Xianwen (2004) 'Liquidity Pools, Risk Sharing, and Financial Contagion'. Journal of Financial Services Research, (25) 1, pp 5-23.

Saez, Lawrence (2004) 'India in 2003: Pre-Electoral Maneuvering and the Prospects for Regional Peace'. Asian Survey, (44) 1, pp 23-35.

Saez, Lawrence (2003) 'India in 2002: The BJP’s Faltering Mandate and the Morphology of Nuclear War'. Asian Survey, (43) 1, pp 186-197.

Saez, Lawrence and Yang, Joy (2001) 'The Deregulation of State-Owned Enterprises in India and China'. Comparative Economic Studies, (43) 3, pp 69-97.

Saez, Lawrence (2001) 'Banking Reform in India and China'. International Journal of Finance and Economics, (6) 3, pp 235-244.

Saez, Lawrence (2001) 'The 1999 General Elections in India'. Electoral Studies, (20) 1, pp 164-169.

Saez, Lawrence (2001) 'Sri Lanka in 2000: The Politics of Despair'. Asian Survey, (41) 1, pp 116-121.

Saez, Lawrence and Dossani, Rafig (2000) 'Venture Capital in India'. International Journal of Finance, (12) 4, pp 1932-1946.

Saez, Lawrence (2000) 'Tocqueville’s Fragmented Vision of India'. Tocqueville Review, (21) 2, pp 157-166.

Edited Books or Journals

Saez, Lawrence and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), (2011) New Dimensions of Politics in India: The United Progressive Alliance in Power. London: Routledge. (Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies, 21).

Adeney, Katharine and Saez, Lawrence, (eds.), (2005) Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism. London: Routledge. (Routledge advances in South Asian studies).

Book Chapters

Han, Enze and Saez, Lawrence (2015) 'China as Offshore Balancer and South Asia’s Regional Security Complex'. In: Dittmer, Lowell and Yu, Maochun, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security. London; New York: Routledge, pp 123-136.

Saez, Lawrence (2014) 'India: From Failed Developmental State Towards Hybrid Market Capitalism'. In: Redding, Gordon and Witt, Michael, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 55-78.

Saez, Lawrence (2014) 'SAARC, the Road-Map for Economic Co-operation from a European Perspective'. In: Wolf, Siegfried and Casaca, Paulo and Rodrigues, Catia and Flanagan, Anne, (eds.), The Merits of Regional Cooperation: The Case of South Asia. New York: Springer Verlag, pp 71-75.

Saez, Lawrence (2013) 'India in Asia: Geostrategic and Economic Considerations'. In: Kohli, Atul and Singh, Prerna, (eds.), Handbook of Indian Politics. London: Routledge, pp 113-130.

Saez, Lawrence (2011) 'Banks and Power'. In: Downing, Keith, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Power. Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp 51-53.

Saez, Lawrence and Chang, Crystal (2010) 'China and South Asia: Strategic Implications and Economic Imperatives'. In: Dittmer, Lowell and Yu, George, (eds.), China, The Developing World, and the New Global Dynamic. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, pp 83-108.

Saez, Lawrence (2008) 'Banks and Power'. In: Dowding, Keith, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Power. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage. [Inpress]

Saez, Lawrence (2006) 'India and the New International Economic Order: A Focus on Trade'. In: Subrata K., Mitra and Rill, Bernd, (eds.), India’s New Dynamics in Foreign Policy. Munich: Hanns Seidel Stiftung, pp 137-151.

Saez, Lawrence (2006) 'Congruência Comercial, Regionalismo e Segurança Internacional: Exame Crítico das Proposições Institucionalistas Neoliberais [Trade, Regionalism, and Strategic Stability: A Critique of Neoliberal Institutionalist Claims]'. In: de Carvalho, Maria Izabel Valladão and de Castro Santos, Maria Helena, (eds.), O Século XXI no Brasil e no Mundo. São Paulo: EDUSC, pp 143-166.

Saez, Lawrence (2005) 'The Political Economy of the India-Pakistan Nuclear Standoff'. In: Dittmer, L., (ed.), South Asia’s Nuclear Security Dilemma. India, Pakistan, and China.. London: M. E. Sharpe, pp 3-28.

Saez, Lawrence (2005) 'The World Trade Organization and Global Capital Flows'. In: Debroy, Bibek and Saqib, Mohamed, (eds.), The WTO at Ten: Looking Back to Look Beyond. Volumn 2. New Delhi, India: Konark Publications, pp 1-20.

Saez, Lawrence (2005) 'Coalition Politics, Religious Nationalism, and Public Policy: A theoretical Examination'. In: Adeney, Katharine and Saez, Lawrence, (eds.), Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism. London: Routledge, pp 3-12.

Saez, Lawrence (2003) 'Globalisation, Market-Preserving Federalism, and Subnational Economic Growth: Evidence from India and China'. In: Singh, M.P. and Dua, Bhagwan, (eds.), Indian Federalism in the 21st Century. New Delhi: Manohar Publications, pp 351-378.

Saez, Lawrence (2000) 'Economic Liberalization and Federalism: The Case of India'. In: Nagel, Stuart, (ed.), Global Economic Policy. New York: Marcel Dekker Publishers, pp 195-217.

Monographs and Working Papers

Saez, Lawrence (2012) Pakistán y la Política Exterior de la India. Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Saez, Lawrence (2010) Chinese Outward Direct Investments in Spain. London: .

Saez, Lawrence (2007) EU-India Nuclear Energy Co-Operation: Prospects and Challenges. ENCARI Briefing Paper No. 7. Brussels: European Commission.

Saez, Lawrence (2007) The United Kingdom, The European Union, and South Asia’s Energy Security. House of Commons, Foreign Affairs Committee Fourth Report of Session 2006-2007. London: House of Commons.

Saez, Lawrence and Vipradas, Mahesh (2006) Barriers and Opportunities for EU-India Renewable Energy Collaboration. ENCARI Briefing Paper No. 3. Brussels: European Commission.

Saez, Lawrence (2002) Globalization and Federalism in Emerging Markets.. . [Unpublished]


Saez, Lawrence (2008) 'POLEX-India dataset, version 2008.1'. [Unpublished]


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