For over 15 years, I have researched issues related to international political economy, including trade agreements, subsidies, industrial policy and international financial rescues. In addition to academic research, I have also contributed to policy discussions, including the development of the UK’s subsidy control regime. I occasionally comment on events in the global economy for various media outlets including the BBC and Bloomberg.
Much of my research focuses on economic geography. In my award-winning, Cambridge University Press book, Spending to Win, I investigate how economic geography influences countries' policies and international economic relations. I examine the incentives governments have to provide selective economic benefits, such as subsidies, to businesses. Based on interviews with government ministers and public officials, as well as parliamentary records, industry publications, local media coverage, and new quantitative data, I demonstrate how economic geography in combination with electoral institutions shapes subsidies, representation, and economic policy.
I am Chair of the Editorial Board of the journal International Organization and was co-host of the Global Research in International Political Economy Webinar.
London School of Economics
Department of Government
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4919
Email: S.Rickard [at] lse.ac.uk