Department of Political Science


American Capitalism and American Democracy

21 October 2021, 7:00 pm–8:15 pm

American Political Economy

Whether as the `shining city on a hill’, or the world’s only remaining military superpower, the United States shapes political trends and policy tools around the world. As the third largest country in the world, by population, its politics also has direct consequences for 330 million residents. This seminar presents – and vigorously critiques – a new edited volume, “American Political Economy”, which aims to reorient our understanding of US politics. Democratic erosions and economic inequalities, two of the most pressing political problems of the United States and its rich western peers, can only be understood in light of the economic, geographic, institutional and racial contexts in which politics are contested.

This event is free.

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Abi Turner


  • Jacob S. Hacker is Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. A regular media commentator and policy adviser, he is the author or co-author of five books, numerous journal articles, and a wide range of popular writings on American politics and public policy, including the highly influential Winner Take-All Politics (2010).
  • Professor Desmond King who is the Andrew W Mellon Professor of Government at the University of Oxford. He specializes in the study of the American state in US executive politics, race and politics in American political development, and the financial bases of US politics.
  • Edward Luce is the US national editor and columnist at the Financial Times, and co-author of the Swamp Notes newsletter, which covers the intersection of money, power, and politics in America. He is the author of three highly acclaimed books, including The Retreat of Western Liberalism (2017) and Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent (2012).
  • Dr. Lucy Barnes is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at UCL. She specialises in the comparative political economy of rich western democracies (including the USA), with particular focus on the interactions of political institutions and individuals’ ideas, attitudes, and behaviours, in the politics of economic policy-making.

Further information

  • Participation is free for this public event, but we kindly ask that you register using the link provided.
  • Chat will be disabled for attendees, but if you have a question for the panel, please submit it into the Q&A box. 
  • In the second half of the event, we will select as many questions as possible within the time. You will be given the option to unmute yourself to ask the question. 
  • Attendees will not be able to turn their camera on.
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  • This webinar will be recorded and made available on our podcast platform 'UCL Political Science Events'

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