Selected publications


Technocratic Exceptionalism: Monetary Policy and the Fear of Democracy.” International Political Sociology. Forthcoming, 2019. [Read]

“The Inflation Game: Targets, Practices and the Social Production of Monetary Credibility.” New Political Economy. Published online June 2018. [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.

Op Eds 

“Canada needs to do a better job of managing financial uncertainty”, The Hill Times, May 25, 2015. [Read]

“Why the IMF’s next leader shouldn’t come from the West,” Ottawa Citizen. May 28, 2011.

“Market’s invisible hand is supposed to be just,” The Globe and Mail: Report on Business. March 30, 2009.

“Reaching the limits of risk management,” The Globe and MailReport on Business. October 13, 2008.

“We’re in this mess too.” Ottawa Citizen. October 3, 2008.

“The limits of transparency.” International Herald Tribune.  March 17, 2005.