Distinguished Professor
Lancaster University

My recent research falls into five areas:

1) changes in contemporary capitalism and the dynamics of 'variegated capitalism' - a notion that I prefer to 'varieties of capitalism', including the illogics of globalization and the contradictions of knowledge-based economies;

2) changes in the state's form, scale, and functions in the broad fields of economic and social policy -- initially in relation to the welfare states of advanced capitalist economies and then in some East Asian cases and, most recently, in the crises of advanced capitalist economies;

3) governance, governance failure, and meta-governance - and its failure -- and the implications of different forms of governance and meta-governance failure and their reflection in crises of crisis-management for 'pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will';

4) cultural political economy, i.e., advancing the cultural turn in political economy by analysing the variation, selection, and retention of economic and political imaginaries and their implications for economic, political, and social transformation -- this involves work on the knowledge-based economy and finance-dominated accumulation as well as more general theoretical issues;

5) the strategic-relational approach to issues of structure and agency -- framed within a more general concern with issues of complexity, complexity reduction, and critical r ealism. An emerging interest is the integration of the critique of political economy with a critical approach to political ecology. This is linked to my current research and the role of the Green New Deal as a potentially hegemonic -- but deeply contradictory -- economic imaginary.

Books and Book Chapters
From Karl Marx to Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser
The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics provides a comprehensive overview of this important and dynamic area of study and research. Language is indispensable to initiating, justifying, legitimatising and coordinating action as well as negotiating conflict and, as...
Civil Society | January 2018
Books and Book Chapters
The Transformation of Citizenship
The Transformation of Citizenship addresses the basic question of how we can make sense of citizenship in the twenty-first century. These volumes make a strong plea for a reorientation of the sociology of citizenship and address serious threats of an ongoing erosion of...
Civil Society | March 2017
Books and Book Chapters
Handbook of European Social Policy
This Handbook comprises of 29 original pieces from key contributors to the field of European social policy. It is intended to capture the ‘state of the art’ in European social policy and to generate and contribute to debates on the the future of European social policy in the...
Civil Society | January 2017
Books and Book Chapters
The Handbook of Neoliberalism
The Handbook of Neoliberalism seeks to offer a wide-ranging overview of the phenomenon of neoliberalism by examining a number of ways that it has been theorized, promoted, critiqued, and put into practice in a variety of geographical locations and institutional frameworks...
Civil Society | June 2016
Journal Articles
What is critical?
This article describes the meta-theoretical and theoretical foundations of one approach to critique that moves through up to eight analytically distinct steps. This critique begins with the identification of specific discourses and discursive practices and moves...
Civil Society | May 2016
Journal Articles
Territory, Politics, Governance and Multispatial Metagovernance
This article interrogates the concepts in this journal's title and, drawing on the strategic-relational approach in social theory, explores their interconnections. This conceptual re-articulation is then contextualized in regard to the European Union (EU) as a political...
Civil Society | February 2016
Journal Articles
Thinking state/space incompossibly
Objectives: To explore the experiences of individuals with chronic conditions who are also caring for another person, usually a family member.Method: A postal questionnaire was distributed to carers across Wales on three occasions approximately 18 months apart. It included...
Localities | November 2010