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Professor Ronen Palan

Professor of International Politics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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Professor Ronen Palan (BSc. Econ, LSE, PhD LSE) joined City University London in September 2012. Prior to this he has been a professor of IPE at the University of Birmingham and Sussex University, and a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

He was a visiting professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and York University, Canada. He was also a founding editor of the Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) and member of the Fellow and Promotion Committee at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.

Professor's Palan's work lies at the intersection between international relations, political economy, political theory, sociology and human geography. He wrote a number of books and numerous articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries on the subject of Offshore and Tax havens, state theory and international political economic theory. His work has been translated to Chinese, simple and complex characters, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Azeri and Czech.

Media work/appearances

Professor Palan has been interviewed by journals and magazines including the New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Guardian, The Economist, Le Monde, Alternatives Economiques, Agence France Press, Swiss Business, Dispatches for Channel 4, BBC World Service, National Public radio (NPR).

Watch Professor Palan's interview on Bloomberg Television:Can you blame Starbucks for avoiding UK tax? (November 2012).

Professor Palan's interview about 'Britain's Second Empire'.


Research interests

- International political economy
- Evolutionary political economy
- State theory
- International finance
- Offshore economy
- Globalisation

Areas of PhD supervision and interests

- International political economy
- Finance
- State theory
- Evolutionary theory
- Offshore and tax havens


Journal Article (29)

  1. Palan, R. (01 Jan 2015). Futurity, Pro-cyclicality and Financial Crises. New Political Economy, 20(3), 367-385. doi: 10.1080/13563467.2014.951427
  2. Palan, R. and Nesvetailova, A. (2014). Elsewhere, Ideally Nowhere: Shadow Banking and Offshore Finance. Politik, 16(4), 26-34.
  3. Palan, R. and Wigan, D. (01 Jan 2014). Herding Cats and Taming Tax Havens: The US Strategy of 'Not In My Backyard'. Global Policy, 5(3), 334-343. doi: 10.1111/1758-5899.12135
  4. Palan, R. (01 Feb 2013). The financial crisis and intangible value. Capital and Class, 37(1), 65-77. doi: 10.1177/0309816812472967
  5. Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (01 Sep 2013). Minsky in the Shadows: Securitization, Ponzi Finance, and the Crisis of Northern Rock. Review of Radical Political Economics, 45(3), 349-368. doi: 10.1177/0486613412470090
  6. Palan, R. (01 Dec 2013). Symbiotic sovereignties: The untold story of the British Overseas Territories. , 102-114. doi: 10.4324/9780203076842
  7. Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (01 Nov 2013). Sabotage in the financial system: Lessons from Veblen. Business Horizons, 56(6), 723-732. doi: 10.1016/j.bushor.2013.07.009
  8. Cameron, A., Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (01 May 2011). Wages of sin?: Crisis and the libidinal economy. Journal of Cultural Economy, 4(2), 117-135. doi: 10.1080/17530350.2011.563066
  9. Palan, R. (14 Jan 2010). International financial centers: The British-empire, city-states and commercially oriented politics. Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 11(1).
  10. Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (May 2010). The End of Liberal Finance? The Changing Paradigm of Global Financial Governance. MILLENNIUM-JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, 38(3), 797-825. doi: 10.1177/0305829810364275
  11. Palan, R. (01 Sep 2009). The Proof of the pudding is in the eating: IPE in light of the crisis of 2007/8. New Political Economy, 14(3), 385-394. doi: 10.1080/13563460903087540
  12. Palan, R. (01 Apr 2007). Transnational theories of order and change: Heterodoxy in International Relations scholarship. Review of International Studies, 33(SUPPL. 1), 47-69. doi: 10.1017/S0260210507007395
  13. Palan, R. (29 Dec 2006). Andre Gunder Frank's legacy in contemporary international relations. Journal fur Entwicklungspolitik, 22(1), 37-54.
  14. Graz, J.C. and Palan, R. (01 Dec 2004). Éditorial: Commént reguler le capitalisme?. Contrario, 2(2), 3-8.
  15. Palan, R. (01 Jan 2003). Response: "Don't bother me with facts": A comment on the function of unsubstantiated claims in policy making. Global Society, 17(1), 75-80. doi: 10.1080/0953732032000054015
  16. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (02 Sep 2003). The national economy in the contemporary global system. , 37-54. doi: 10.4324/9780203165409
  17. Palan, R. (01 Dec 2002). Tax havens and the commercialization of state sovereignty. International Organization, 56(1). doi: 10.1162/002081802753485160
  18. Amin, A. and Palan, R. (01 Dec 2001). Towards a non-rationalist international political economy. Review of International Political Economy, 8(4), 559-577. doi: 10.1080/09692290110081534
  19. Palan, R. (01 Oct 2000). A world of their making: An evaluation of the constructivist critique in International Relations. Review of International Studies, 26(4), 575-598.
  20. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (01 Dec 1999). The imagined economy: Mapping transformations in the contemporary state. Millenium, 28(2), 267-288.
  21. Palan, R. (01 Jan 1998). Luring buffaloes and the game of industrial subsidies: a critique of national competitive policies in the era of the competition state. Global Society, 12(3), 323-341.
  22. Palan, R. (01 Dec 1998). Trying to have your cake and eating it: How and why the state system has created offshore. International Studies Quarterly, 42(4), 625-644.
  23. Palan, R. (01 Jan 1998). The emergence of an offshore economy. Futures, 30(1), 63-73. doi: 10.1016/S0016-3287(98)00006-8
  24. Palan, R. and Amin, A. (1994). Forum for Heterodox International Political Economy. , Review of International Political Economy(1), 1-12.
  25. Palan, R. (1993). On the Idealist Origins of the Realist Theory of International Relations. Review of International Studies, 19(4), 385-399.
  26. Palan, R. (01 Jan 1992). V. The European miracle of capital accumulation. Political Geography, 11(4), 401-406. doi: 10.1016/0962-6298(92)90007-G
  27. Palan, R. (1991). Misguided Nationalism: the Causes and Prospects for Slovenian Independence. The contemporary Review, 259(1058).
  28. Palan, R. (1991). The Second Structuralist Theories of International Relations: A Research Note. International Studies Notes, 17(3), 119-127.
  29. Palan, R. (1988). A Non Euclidean International Relations?. Millennium,, 17(1), 67-70.

Book (11)

  1. Halperin, S. and Palan, R. (01 Jan 2015). Legacies of empire: Imperial roots of the contemporary global order. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781316271674
  2. Palan, R. (01 Jan 2013). Global political economy: Contemporary theories, second edition. doi: 10.4324/9780203097762
  3. Palan, R., Murphy, R. and Chavagneux, C. (01 Jan 2010). Tax havens: How Globalization Really Works. (Cornell Studies in Money). Cornell Univ Pr. ISBN: 0801476127.
  4. James, P. and Palan, R. (2007). Globalizing Economic Regimes and Institutions.
  5. Palan, R. (2007). Les Paradis Fiscaux. Le Decouvrte. ISBN: 2748321502.
  6. Palan, R. (23 Feb 2006). The Offshore World. Cornell University Press. ISBN: 0801472954.
  7. Palan, R., Abbott, J. and Deans, P. (30 Aug 2005). State Strategies in the Global Political Economy. Continuum Intl Pub Group. ISBN: 0826479162.
  8. Palan, R. and Cameron, A. (20 Dec 2003). The Imagined Economies of Globalization. Sage Publications Limited. ISBN: 0761972110.
  9. Palan, R. (31 Aug 2000). Global Political Economy: Contemporary Theories. Psychology Press. ISBN: 0415204895.
  10. Palan, R. and Gills, B.K. (1994). Transcending the state-global divide. Lynne Rienner Pub. ISBN: 1555873952.
  11. Palan, R. (). International Political Economy. ISBN: 9966460047.

Chapter (10)

  1. Palan, R. (2015). The Second British Empire: The British Empire and the re-emergence of global finance. (Ed.), Legacies of Empire Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order. (pp. 46-68) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1107521610.
  2. Palan, R. and Mangraviti, G. (01 Dec 2015). Troubling tax havens: tax footprint reduction and jurisdictional arbitrage. Hay, I. and Beaverstock, J. (Ed.), International Handbook of Wealth and Super-Rich Edward Elgar.
  3. Palan, R. (01 Jan 2015). The second British Empire and the re-emergence of global finance. (Ed.), Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order (pp. 46-68) doi: 10.1017/CBO9781316271674.003
  4. Halperin, S. and Palan, R. (01 Jan 2015). Conclusions. (Ed.), Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order (pp. 243-249) doi: 10.1017/CBO9781316271674.011
  5. Halperin, S. and Palan, R. (01 Jan 2015). Introduction: Legacies of empire. (Ed.), Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order (pp. 1-24) doi: 10.1017/CBO9781316271674.001
  6. Palan, R. (01 Jan 2013). New trends in global political economy. (Ed.), Global Political Economy: Contemporary Theories, Second Edition (pp. 1-14) doi: 10.4324/9780203097762
  7. Palan, R. (01 Jan 2012). Tax havens. Toporowski, J. and Michell, J. (Ed.), (pp. 296-300) EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD.
  8. Palan, R. (22 Sep 2010). The proof of the pudding is in the eating: IPE in light of the crisis of 2007/8. (Ed.), International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (pp. 185-193) ISBN: 0203842502. doi: 10.4324/9780203842508
  9. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (14 Jan 2008). The Imagined Economy: Mapping Transformations in the Contemporary State. (Ed.), State/Space: A Reader (pp. 165-184) doi: 10.1002/9780470755686.ch10
  10. Palan, R. (01 Jan 2007). Transnational theories of order and change: Heterodoxy in international relations scholarship. (Ed.), Critical International Relations Theory After 25 Years (pp. 47-70) doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511607912.004



- International political economy (2nd year)
- Advanced topics in IPE: the offshore world (3rd year)


- Global political economy
- International financial institutions

Other Activities

Media Appearances (3)

  • The Price we Pay, , Film documentary
  • TV Appearance, 27 Sep 2013, Messi Probe Moves Tax Target to Sports Millions
  • Film Appearance, 2013, The UK Gold

Television Programmes (2)

  • The Daily Dose, on Voice TV, Thailand.
  • One Trillion Island, on BBC2. Advisor to a documentary on the Cayman Islands..

Radio Programmes (1)

  • Daniel Berkoff, on NPR, New York.

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