School of Politics, Philosophy & International Studies


LEE, Dr Simon

BA (Hons), Politics (Hull)


Dr Lee

Senior Lecturer


Tel: +44(0) 1482 465978
Office: 217, Wilberforce Building


Simon Lee lectures in political economy. He is responsible for the introduction of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in global political economy and globalisation and governance in the Department.

He has written two books on the ideas and policies of Gordon Brown: Boom and Bust: The Politics and Legacy of Gordon Brown (Oxford: Oneworld, 2009), which was a second and updated edition of Best for Britain? The Politics and Legacy of Gordon Brown (Oxford: Oneworld, 2007). His next single –authored monograph will be The State of England: The Nation We’re In (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

His most recent book is the first published study of the Cameron-Clegg Government. It is the fourth book co-edited with Dr Matt Beech, and produced by the Centre for Political Economy in partnership with the Centre for British Politics. The previous works were The Brown Government: A Policy Evaluation (London: Routledge, 2010), TheConservatives under David Cameron: Built to Last (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and Ten Years of New Labour (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

He has previous co-authored (with Andrew Cox and Joe Sanderson) The Political Economy of Modern Britain (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1997), and also edited (with Stephen McBride) Neo-Liberalism, State Power and Global Governance (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007), and (with Maurice Mullard) The Politics of Social Policy in Europe (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1997). He has contributed chapters to twenty other edited collections.

His articles have been published in New Political Economy, The Political Quarterly, Local Economy, Policy Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Policy and Society, and Public Money and Management.

He is currently working on Globalisation: A Beginner’s Guide (Oxford: Oneworld, 2011), and (with Richard Woodward)Understanding States and Markets: An Introduction to Political Economy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Selected Publications

Best for Britain? Boom and Bust The Brown Government 

Ten Years of New Labour Conservatives Under David Cameron The Cameron Clegg Government 

Single –authored Books


Co-authored Books


Edited Collections



  • ‘Necessity as the Mother of Intervention: The Industrial Policy Debate in England’, Local Economy, 25, 8 December 2010, pp.622-630.
  • ‘The rock of stability? The political economy of the Brown government’, in M.Beech and S.Lee (ed.), Special Issue: The Brown Government, Policy Studies, 30, 1, February 2009, pp.17-32.
  • 'Gordon Brown and the "British Way"', Political Quarterly, 77, 3, 2006, 369-378.
  • 'Stranded on the Common Ground: Global Governance and State Power in England and Canada', Policy and Society, 25, 3, 2006, 87-108.
  • ‘Englishness in the Political Imagination: Past, Present and Future Approaches’, Identity, Self and Symbolism, 1, 1, May 2006, pp.34-69.
  • 'The Governance of Fiscal Policy in the United Kingdom and Canada', Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 5, 2003, 165-85.
  • ‘The International Monetary Fund’, New Political Economy, 7, 2, 2002, 283-297.
  • (with R.Woodward), 'Implementing the Third Way: The Delivery of Public Services under the Blair Government', Public Money and Management, October-December 2002, 1-8.
  • ‘New Labour, New Centralism: The Centralisation of Policy and the Devolution of Administration in England and its Regions’, Public Policy and Administration, 15, 2, 2000, 96-109.


Book Chapters

  • ‘Gordon Brown and the Negation of England’, in C.Berberich and A.Aughey (ed), These Englands (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011)
  • ‘The Political Economy of the Third Way: the relationship between globalisation and national economic policy’ in J.Michie (ed.), The Handbook of Globalisation (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011, second edition)
  • ‘Gordon Brown, “Britishness”, and the Negation of England’, in S.Griffiths and K.Hickson (ed.), British Party Politics and Ideology After New Labour (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp.87-103.
  • 'Constrained discretion and English regional governance', in J.Bradbury (ed.), Devolution, Regionalism and Regional Development (London: Routledge, 2007), pp.130-146.
  • 'Global governance and the International Monetary Fund', in G.Hook and S.Dobson (eds.), Global Governance and Japan: The institutional architecture (London: Routledge, 2007), pp.126-142.
  • 'Bilateral Stability, Global Instability: The Political Economy of Contemporary Anglo-Japanese Economic Relations', in P.Towle and M.Kosuge (eds.), Britain and Japan in the Twentieth Century: One Hundred Years of Trade and Prejudice(London: I.B.Taurus, 2007), pp.138-151.
  • 'The politics of globalisation and the war on terror', in M.Mullard and B.Cole (eds.), Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007), pp.145-167.
  • 'Building institutions for freedom: the economic dimension of the "war on terror"', in M.Mullard and B.Cole (eds.),Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007), pp.168-188.
  • ‘The International Monetary Fund' in R.Allen (ed), The Political Economy of Financial Crises (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2004).
  • ‘Moving the Goalposts: The Governance of World Football' in R.Levermore & A.Budd (ed), Sport and International Relations: An Emerging Relationship (London: Frank Cass, 2004).
  • ‘The Political Economy of the Third Way: the relationship between globalisation and national economic policy’ in J.Michie (ed.), The Handbook of Globalisation (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003), pp.331-46.
  • 'Asia-Pacific Economic Regionalism: Global Constraints and Opportunities', in C.Dent (ed), Asia-Pacific Economic and Security Cooperation (London: Palgrave, 2003).
  • 'The Political Economy of the Third Way’ in J.Busumtwi-Sam & L.Dobuzinskis (ed.), At the Crossroads: Turbulence and New Directions in Global Political Economy (London: Macmillan, 2003), pp.186-20
  • ‘Yorkshire and the Humber’, in J.Tomaney and J.Mawson (ed.), England: The State of the Regions (London: Frank Cass, 2002), pp.45-61.
  • 'Discovering the frontiers of regionalism: fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness in the European Union', in S.Breslin, C.Hughes, N.Philips & B.Rosamond (eds.), New Regionalisms in the Global Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2002), pp.163-176.
  • ‘Market Order and Constitutional Disorder: Lessons from the UK' in J.Shahin & M.Wintle (ed), The Idea of a United Europe: Political, Economic and Cultural Integration since the Fall of the Berlin Wall (London: Macmillan, 2000), pp.32-51.
  • ‘The Competitive Disadvantage of England’ in K.Cowling (ed.), Industrial Policy in Europe: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Proposals (London: Routledge, 1999), pp.88-117
  • ‘The BskyB Bid for Manchester United Plc' in S.Hamil, J.Michie & C.Oughton (ed), The Business of Football: A Game of Two Halves? (Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1999), pp.82-111
  • ‘Managed or Mismanaged Trade? US-Japan Trade Relations during the Clinton Presidency' in R.Li & I.Cook (ed), Dynamic Asia: Business Trade and Economic Development in Pacific Asia (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998), pp.209-233
  • ‘Finance for Industry’, in J.Michie and J.Grieve Smith (ed.), Creating Industrial Capacity: Towards Full Employment (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp.113-140.
  • ‘Manufacturing 1945-1994’ in D.Coates (ed.), Industrial Policy in the UK (London, Macmillan, 1996), pp.33-61.



  • 'Common Good', Cooperation', 'Fiscal Crisis', 'Investment', 'Public Investment', and 'Responsibility' in M.Bevir (ed),Encyclopedia of Governance (Thousand Oaks, California: Sage, 2007).
  • ‘Globalization, politics’ (pp.666-667); ‘New Right’ (pp.1131-1132); ‘Thatcher governments’ economic record’ (pp.1641-1642); ‘United Kingdom relative economic decline’ (pp.1713-1714) in J.Michie (ed.), Reader’s Guide to The Social Sciences (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001).
  • ‘Advantages of backwardness’ (pp.10-11); ‘Black Wednesday’ (p.87); ‘competitiveness of nations’ (pp.224-227); ‘crisis, global economic’ (pp.257-265); ‘culture, economic role of’ (pp.274-279); ‘deindustrialization’ (pp.296-297); ‘developmental state’ (pp.343-347); ‘East Asian model’ (pp.376-378); ‘economic growth, theories of’ (pp.396-401); ‘economic nationalism’ (pp.408-409); ‘economic policy, national’ (pp.409-410); ‘enterprise culture’ (p.441); ‘Fukuyama, Francis (1952-)’ (pp.578-579); ‘Will Hutton (1950-)’ (pp.701-702); ‘ideologies of political economy’ (pp.704-712); ‘Japanese model’ (pp.855-856); ‘late industrialization’ (pp.902-903); ‘List, Friedrich (1789-1846)’ (pp.944-945); ‘London, City of’ (pp.950-951); ‘Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)’ (p.1023); ‘political culture’ (p.1224-1225); ‘political economy’ (pp.1225-1230); ‘privatization’ (pp.1273-1275); ‘stakeholder economy’ (pp.1458-1459); ‘state, the’ (pp.1462-1469) in R.J.B. Jones (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2001).
  • ‘International political economy: major contemporary themes’ in P.O’Hara (ed), Encyclopedia of Political Economy(London: Routledge, 1999), pp.574-577




Published Conference Proceedings

  • ‘Yorkshire Forward or Backwards? The Limits of "New Regionalism" in the Governance of Yorkshire' in M. del Piler Gardner, S.Hardy & A.Pike (ed), New Regional Strategies: Devolution, RDAs and Regional Chambers (Seaford: Regional Studies Association, 1999) (1 897721 12 9), pp.57-60
  • ‘The frontiers of enterprise in England: the limits of devolution for the governance of innovation' in A.Maconochie & S.Hardy (ed), Regionalising the Knowledge Economy (Seaford: Regional Studies Association, 2001) (ISBN 1 897721 18 8), pp.99-101
  • ‘Networking for Innovation: The Competitive Disadvantage of England' in Institute of Small Business Affairs, Celebrating the Small Business (Durham: Durham University Business School, 1998) (ISBN 1857 371379), pp.1248-1263
  • ‘Englishness in the Political Imagination: Past, Present and Future Approaches', in C.Hart (ed), Approaches to Englishness: Past, Present and Future (Hart, 2003) (ISBN 0904354563), pp.146-185.


Research Interests

  • Politics, governance, identity and political economy of England
  • British modernisation strategies from Attlee to Cameron
  • Politics and political economy of New Labour and Gordon Brown
  • Political economy of competitiveness and comparative economic performance
  • Politics and Political Economy of the United States and Canada
  • Theories of globalisation and governance
  • The International Monetary Fund
  • Politics and political economy of England

Research Grants

  • April 2004: £1558. Canadian Studies Development Programme 2004 Award
  • May 2003: Cdn $500. Canadian Studies UK Award
  • April 2003: £6270. Canadian Studies Development Programme 2003 Award
  • June 2002: £475. Foundation for Canadian Studies Award
  • April 2001: £3750. Canadian Studies Development Programme 2001 Award
  • January 2001: Cdn $4000. Canadian Studies Development Programme 2000 Award
  • March 1997: £15000. Hull Economic Development Agency/Humberside Training and Enterprise Council/City Research Fund (with Maurice Mullard)
  • July 1997: £5000. Hull Economic Development Agency
  • September 1997: £20000. Hull Economic Development Agency/City Research Fund (with Xiudian Dai)


Areas of PhD Supervision

  • Political economy of competitiveness and comparative economic performance
  • Political economy of the Third Way
  • Canadian politics and government
  • Theories of globalisation and governance
  • The International Monetary Fund
  • Politics and political economy of England
  • English national identity
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