Selected publications


“Varieties of ignorance in neoliberal policy: or the possibilities and perils of wishful economic thinking.” Review of International Political Economy. [Published online Mar 2021]. [Read]

“Seeing and not-seeing like a political economist: the historicity of contemporary political economy and its blind spots.” New Political Economy. Vol 26, no. 2 (2020), [with C. Hay, G. LeBaron and D. Mügge]. [Read]

“Blind spots in IPE: Marginalized perspectives and neglected trends in contemporary capitalism.” Review of International Political Economy. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2021) [with G. LeBaron and D. Mügge, and C. Hay]. [Read]

“The quiet failures of early neoliberalism: From rational expectations to Keynesianism in reverse,” Review of International Studies, [first view published online May 2020].[Read]

Technocratic Exceptionalism: Monetary Policy and the Fear of Democracy.” International Political Sociology. Vol. 12, No. 4, 2018, pp. 328-345. [Read]

“The Inflation Game: Targets, Practices and the Social Production of Monetary Credibility.” New Political Economy. Vol. 24, No. 5 (2019), pp. 623-640. [Read]

“Economic Wishful Thinking and the Democratic Crisis,” Current History. Vol. 117, No. 802, 2018, pp. 291-297. [Link]

“Recovering the Mundane Practices of Economic Time,” Finance and Society. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018, pp. 181-187. [Read]

“Bring Politics Back to Monetary Policy: How Technocratic Exceptionalism Fuels Populism” Foreign Affairs, December 6, 2017. [Read]

“Security, Economy, Population: The Political Economic Logic of Liberal Exceptionalism,” Security Dialogue. Vol. 48, No. 5, 2017, pp. 375-392. [Read]

“The Rise of Measurement-Driven Governance: the Case of International Development,” Global Governance, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2017, pp.163-181. [Read]

“Rethinking Central Bank Accountability in Uncertain Times,” Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2016. [Read]

“When Crises are Failures: Contested Metrics in International Finance and Development,” International Political Sociology, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2016, pp. 39-55. [Read]

“Towards a Cultural Political Economy — Not a Cultural IPE”, Millennium, Vol. 43, No. 2, 738-740, 2015 (with Matthew Paterson). [Read]

“Forum: “Actor-Network Theory” and International Relationality: Lost (and Found) in Translation”, International Political Sociology, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2013 (with William Walters).

“Introduction: Lost (and Found) in Translation”, International Political Sociology, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2013., pp. 332-334 (with William Walters). [Read]

“Translating the Sociology of Translation”, International Political Sociology, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2013, pp. 345-349 (with William Walters). [Read]

“Redefining Poverty as Risk and Vulnerability: Shifting Strategies of Liberal Economic Governance,” Third World Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2013, pp. 109-129. [Read]

“Ambiguity and Uncertainty in International Organizations: A History of Debating IMF Conditionality,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 4, 2012, pp. 674-688. [Read]

“Bureaucratic Ambiguity” Economy and Society, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2012, pp. 84-106. [Read]

“The Limits of Financial Risk Management: Or, What We Didn’t Learn from the Asian Crisis,” New Political Economy, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2010, pp. 29-49. [Read]

“How to Make a Bubble: Towards a Cultural Political Economy of the Financial Crisis,” International Political Sociology, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2009, pp. 461-465. [Read]

“Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Risk: Rethinking Indeterminacy.” International Political Sociology. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2008, pp. 355-374. [Read]

“Why the Economy is Often the Exception to Politics as Usual.” Theory, Culture & Society. Vol. 24, No. 4, 2007, pp. 83-105. [Read]

“Legitimacy Dilemmas: The IMF’s Pursuit of Country Ownership.”  Third World Quarterly. Vol. 28, No. 3, 2007, pp. 469-88. [Read]

“Micro- or Macro- Moralities?  International Economic Discourses and Policy Possibilities.” Review of International Political Economy.  Vol 13, No. 4, October 2006, pp. 609-633. [with Wesley Widmaier] [Read]

“Co-opting Cosmopolitanism? The International Monetary Fund’s New Global Ethics.” Global Society. Vol 20, No. 3, July 2006, pp. 307-327.

“The Moral Politics of IMF Reforms: Universal Economics, Particular Ethics.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. Vol. 4, No. 3-4, 2005, pp. 357-378.

“Hollowing out Keynesian Norms: How the Search for a Technical Fix Undermined the Bretton Woods Regime.” Review of International Studies. Vol. 30, No. 3, July 2004, pp. 383-404.

“From the Top Down: The New Financial Architecture and the Re-Embedding of Global Finance.” New Political Economy Vol. 8, No. 3, 2003, pp. 363-84.

“Moralizing Finance: The New International Financial Architecture as Normative Discourse.” Review of International Political Economy Vol. 10, No. 3, 2003, pp. 579-603.

Book Chapters

“The Paradox of Monetary Credibility,” The Coming Crisis. Hay, C. and Hunt, T, editors. Palgrave, 2017, pp. 69-76. [read]

“Introduction”, The Return of the Public in Global Governance, Best, J. and Gheciu, A., editors. (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 3-14. [with Alexandra Gheciu] [Read]

“Theorizing the Public as Practices: Transformations of the Public in Historical Context”, The Return of the Public in Global Governance, Best, J. and Gheciu, A. editors. (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 15-44. [with Alexandra Gheciu] [Read]

“The ‘Demand Side’ of Good Governance: The Return of the Public in World Bank Policy”, The Return of the Public in Global Governance, Best, J. and Gheciu, A., editors. (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 97-119. [Read]

“Bringing Power Back in: The IMF’s Constructivist Strategy in Critical Perspective.” Constructing the International Economy. Eds. Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth and Craig Parsons. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010), pp. 194-210.

“Understanding Cultural Political Economy.” Cultural Political Economy. Eds. Jacqueline Best and Matthew Paterson (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 1-25. [with Matthew Paterson] [Read]

“The Ethics of Global Economic Institutions,” The Ethics of Global Governance. Ed. Antonio Francheschet (Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner, 2009).

“Discussion: The Politics of Civilizational Talk.” Civilizational Identity: The Production and Reproduction of “Civilizations” in International Relations. Eds. Martin Hall and Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 181-188.

“Civilizing through Transparency: The International Monetary Fund.”  The Global Standards of Market Civilization. Eds. Leonard Seabrooke and Brett Bowden (London: Routledge/RIPE series, 2006), pp. 134-145.

“The Politics of Transparency: Ambiguity and the Liberalization of International Finance,” Turbulence and New Directions in Global Political Economy, James Busumtwi-Sam and Laurent Dobuzinskis, eds. Palgrave (Basingstoke 2003), pp. 126-144.