SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

BA (London); MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
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Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

Belt and Road Initiative Research Cluster


Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
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Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at SOAS University of London. All his research has been preoccupied with understanding the forms of power in capitalism, with a particular interest around the nexus between material and symbolic power. Empirical work which investigates these larger tendencies is focused on three areas of global political economy: (1) trade (WTO; NGOs and trade policy); (2) finance (City of London institutional politics); and (3) ideology (neoliberalism, the politics of managerialism). Matt's disciplinary location is within international political economy and international political sociology. He is the author Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization (Oxford, 2013) and Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2016). He has published in Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, International Political Sociology, Competition & Change, and Millennium: Journal of International Studies, among others. He previously taught at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the University of Exeter. Matt was awarded a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from St Antony’s College, Oxford (ESRC Funded).

Matt is very interested in receiving offers for supervising PhD studies in the field of international political economy and the wider study of global capitalism. He is also interested in research projects that are focused on international organisations.

Twitter: @meagletonpierce


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Celal Özkızan, Neoliberalism in a Small Country: Social Structures, Property Ownership and Class Structure in Northern Cyprus
  • Daniel Thumpston, Legitimacy in China’s foreign policy: Reception of the "Belt and Road Initiative" in the European Union, 2013-2020 (working title)
  • Dwi Kiswanto , Centre-Periphery Relations: Politics and Informalities in Indonesia's Intergovernmental Budget Allocation
  • Malaika I. Robinson, The US-China Trade War and the Politics of Rhetoric


My current research is centred around three major projects:
The Political Economy of Managerialism

Derived from a long-standing interest in ideologies associated with capitalism, I have collaborated with a group of colleagues to explore the political economy of managerialism. Our argument is that the field of international political economy has neglected the increasing power of managerial ideas and practices in many domains of the global economy. The project has culminated in co-editing (with Samuel Knafo) a special issue of Review of International Political Economy. My research has explored how to define managerial behaviour and, in an empirical analysis, assess its rise and contestable impact on international NGOs.

The Political Economy of the City of London

I have an emerging interest in the politics of the City of London. I am currently investigating the recent history of the City of London Corporation, an overlooked power centre within the system of UK and international finance. The research examines the unusual, public-private hybrid features of the Corporation and how we can understand its material, institutional, and symbolic forms of power. The scholarship has a particular interest in uncovering how the Corporation has reconfigured and survived when faced with major challenges, such as the global financial crisis.

NGO Activism and International Trade

Founded upon earlier research on the World Trade Organization, I have developed an interest around the history and contemporary impacts of NGO activism on global trade policy. Such research has a particular focus on the relationship between expertise and power, exploring in the process how certain NGOs moved from being ‘outsiders’ to ‘insiders’ in the trade policy game. I have advanced a new concept – the critical technician – to capture how many international NGOs have historically become professionalised in an effort to acquire status with established institutions of power.


Authored Books

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2016) Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts. Abingdon: Routledge.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2013) Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2022) 'Uncovering the City of London Corporation: Territory and Temporalities in the New State Capitalism'. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. [Forthcoming]

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2021) 'Historicizing the Ideology of ‘the Market’'. Competition & Change, (25) 5, pp 517-533.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew and Knafo, Samuel (2020) 'Introduction: The Political Economy of Managerialism'. Review of International Political Economy, (27) 4, pp 763-779.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2020) 'The Rise of Managerialism in International NGOs'. Review of International Political Economy, (27) 4, pp 970-994.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2018) 'Professionalizing Protest: Scientific Capital and Advocacy in Trade Politics'. International Political Sociology, (12) 3, pp 233-255.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2014) 'The Concept of Governance in the Spirit of Capitalism'. Critical Policy Studies, (8) 1, pp 5-21.

Edited Books or Journals

MacCabe, C and Yanacek, H and Keywords Project, The, (eds.), (2018) Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2019) 'Neoliberalism'. In: Shaw, T. M. and Mahrenbach, L. C. and Modi, R. and Yi-Chong, X., (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary International Political Economy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 119-134.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2018) 'EU Trade Policy and Civil Society'. In: Khorana, Sangeeta and Garcia, María, (eds.), Handbook on the EU and International Trade. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp 135-151.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2017) 'All The Trader's Men: Professionals in International Trade Policymaking'. In: Seabrooke, Leonard and Folke Henriksen, Lasse, (eds.), Professional Networks in Transnational Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 115-129.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2016) 'Historicising the Neoliberal Spirit of Capitalism'. In: Springer, Simon and Birch, Kean and MacLeavy, Julie, (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Neoliberalism. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 17-26.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2015) 'Symbolic Power and Social Critique in the Making of Oxfam’s Trade Policy Research'. In: Hannah, Erin and Scott, James and Trommer, Silke, (eds.), Expert Knowledge in Global Trade. Abingdon: Routledge.

Book Reviews

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2021) 'Review of: Dieter Plehwe, Quinn Slobodian and Philip Mirowski (eds), Nine Lives of Neoliberalism (London: Verso 2020)'. Œconomia ­: History / Methodology / Philosophy, (11) 3, pp 539-542.


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