SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

BA (London); MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

Name:
Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Email address:
Telephone:
+44(0) 20 7898 4701
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
4411
Academic Support Hours:
Mondays, 13.00-14.00 and Wednesdays, 11.30-12.30.
Website:
http://www.eagletonpierce.com/

Biography

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at SOAS University of London. His research interests have focused on two major areas: (1) the political economy of global trade (WTO; NGOs and trade policy); and (2) the relationship between ideology and capitalism (neoliberalism; the politics of managerialism). He also has an emerging research interest in the political economy of the City of London. He is the author of Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization (Oxford, 2013) and Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2016). His work has been published in Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, International Political Sociology, and Millennium, among others. He previously taught at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the University of Exeter. He was awarded a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from St Antony’s College, Oxford (ESRC Funded).

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Matt is very interested to receive offers from prospective PhD students in many areas of international political economy and the wider study of capitalism. Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to, international trade and the politics of neoliberalism. He is also willing to view offers which engage with the conceptual analysis of power and the empirical study of international economic organisations.

Teaching

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 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • Dwi Kiswanto , Centre-Periphery Relations: Politics and Informalities in Indonesia's Intergovernmental Budget Allocation
  • Syed Sajid Abbas, Historical analysis of the British East India Company and its relation to capitalism and imperialism

Research

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.

Publications

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.

Articles

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, Ken 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.

 

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