- Starrs, S.K. and Germann, J. (2021). Responding to the China Challenge in Techno‐nationalism: Divergence between Germany and the United States. Development and Change, 52(5), pp. 1122–1146. doi:10.1111/dech.12683.
- Starrs, S.K. (2018). Can China Unmake the American Making of Global Capitalism? Socialist Register, 55, pp. 173–200.
- Starrs, S.K. (2017). The Global Capitalism School Tested in Asia: Transnational Capitalist Class vs Taking the State Seriously. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 47(4), pp. 641–658. doi:10.1080/00472336.2017.1282536.
- Starrs, S. (2015). China's Rise in Designed in America, Assembled in China. China's World, 1(2), pp. 9–20.
- Starrs, S. (2015). BRICS—New Shareholders in the Global Capitalist System. R/Evolutions: Global Trends and Regional Issues, 3(1), pp. 96–118.
- Starrs, S. (2014). The chimera of global convergence. New Left Review, (87), pp. 81–96.
- Starrs, S. (2013). American Economic Power Hasn't Declined-It Globalized! Summoning the Data and Taking Globalization Seriously. International Studies Quarterly, 57(4), pp. 817–830. doi:10.1111/isqu.12053.
- Starrs, S. (2005). The Establishment of the Anti-Establishment: The German Greens from Protest to Power. Topics in European Studies, (3), pp. 58–79.
- Starrs, S. (2004). Is Immigration-Control Legitimate in a Liberal Democratic Welfare-State? Topics in European Studies, (2), pp. 110–134.
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Sean Kenji (賢司) STARRS is Lecturer in International Political Economy (Development) in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London since September 2021. From 2014-2021 he was Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Asian and International Studies at (strangely enough) City University of Hong Kong, as well as Research Affiliate then Visiting Assistant Professor 2014-2016 at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in 2014 at York University, Toronto, Canada, under the supervision of the late (and great) Leo Panitch.
Being the love-child of globalization—with a Japanese mother, British father, and having grown up in 5 countries on 4 continents by the age of 16—Sean is interested in understanding core questions of world order: who benefits from globalization? Who doesn't? Who owns and controls it (where is power concentrated)? How can we make it better, for both people and planet? More specifically, he is interested in understanding the dynamic nature of a traditionally Western- and especially US-centric global capitalism and whether the rise of China will challenge and/or transform this world order—or is China simply trying to integrate while still maintaining geopolitical independence? He is also interested in broader theoretical questions such as understanding national power in the age of globalization, elucidating the relationship between state and capital, including determining the nationality of capital in a world of transnational value chains and sales (and a post-2016 resurgence of techno-nationalism), as well as the contradictions between nationalism and globalism/globalization/ global capitalism. All of this under the rubric of critical political economy coupled with his guiding motto: Taking Life Seriously.
Listen to Noam Chomsky discuss Sean's research here (starting from 37 minutes)—"there's a really outstanding political economist..., one of the best in the world, Sean Starrs": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiCeqySVhCE
Noam also wrote this blurb for Sean's book manuscript under review with Oxford University Press, tentatively entitled, "American Power Globalized: Rethinking National Power in the Age of Globalization".
Front—"Fantastic piece of work...really revised our conception of global power".
Back—"Conventional estimates of economic power rely on national accounts, primarily GDP. But these measures have lost their significance in the new age of globalization, this compelling study persuasively argues, showing that by the more realistic measure of ownership of the global economy, US power has reached astonishing heights. These carefully documented conclusions undermine laments about American declinism and the rise of China. A major and original contribution to understanding the actual distribution of power in the world order".
IP1015- International Relations Theories
IP3021- The Global Political Economy of Development
IPM116- Theories of Global Political Economy
- PhD, York University, Canada, Sep 2008 – Jun 2014
- MA, York University, Canada, Sep 2007 – Jul 2008
- MA, University of British Columbia, Canada, Sep 2002 – Jun 2004
- BA (Hons), University of British Columbia, Canada, Sep 1999 – Jun 2002
- BA (Hons)—Transferred, Did Not Complete,, University of Otago, New Zealand, Mar 1998 – Jul 1999
- College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong (2018) Teaching Innovation Award
- Foreign Policy Magazine (2013) Albert P. Hirschman Award for Best Writing in Global Political Economy
Awarded for Starrs, Sean (2013) "American Economic Power Hasn't Declined--It Globalized! Summoning the Data and Taking Globalization Seriously" in "International Studies Quarterly" 57, 4: 817-830
Publications by category
- Starrs, S.K. (2017). International Organizations: Can They Break Free from States? In Beeson, M. and Bisley, N. (Eds.), Issues in 21st Century World Politics (pp. 68–82). London: Palgrave. ISBN 978-1-137-58899-9.
- Starrs, S.K. (2017). The Rise of Emerging Markets Signifies the End of the Beginning of the American Century: Henry Luce and the Emergence of Global Capitalism. In Regilme, S.S.F. and Parisot, J. (Eds.), American Hegemony and the Rise of Emerging Powers: Cooperation or Conflict (pp. 76–101). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-315-52937-0.
- Starrs, S. (2013). State and capital: False dichotomy, structural super-determinism and moving beyond. The Capitalist Mode of Power: Critical Engagements with the Power Theory of Value (pp. 117–133). ISBN 978-0-203-79876-8.
- Kenji Starrs, S. U.S. economic engagement in Asia. (pp. 114–139). Edward Elgar Publishing.
Journal articles (9)
Media appearances (3)
- China's Dependence on Hong Kong Makes Outright Intervention Unlikely. Interview with The Real News, https://therealnews.com/china-dependence-hong-kong-makes-outright-intervention-unlikely
- Hong Kong Protest Withdraws from Airport, But Situation Remains Far from Normal. Interview with The Real News, https://therealnews.com/hong-kong-protest-withdraws-from-airport-but-situation-remains-far-from-normal
- Hong Kong Authorities Bow to Beijing, Determined to Ignore a Million Protesters. Interview by The Real News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0sz_CvHRR8
Online articles (6)
- Noam Chomsky on the Cruelty of American Imperialism. (2021). The Economist The Economist invited Noam Chomsky to write in a series about the future of US power, and Chomsky wrote in part: "Power also has its economic dimensions. After the second world war, America had perhaps a 40% share of global GDP, a preponderance that has inevitably declined. But as Sean Starrs, a political economist at City University of London, has observed, in a globalised world national accounts are not the only measure of economic power. His research in 2014 showed that American multinationals' share of profits is more than 50% in many business sectors, and ranks first (sometimes second) in most sectors; others are far behind".
- Belt and Road Initiative is No Selfless Venture. (2018). The Financial Times
- Hong Kong: It's Not Just About Identity Politics. (2017).
- A Crash with Chinese Characteristics. (2015). Jacobin
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Making the World Safe for Big Business. (2015). Jacobin
- America Didn't Decline. It Went Global. (2014). Politico Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Time Magazine's World's 100 Most Influential People Marc Andreessen shared this article and tweeted, "Outstanding Piece in Politico by Sean Starrs". He then made 12 tweets with 12 quotes from my essay, each of which received extensive debate from some of his more than 70,000 followers (from hedge fund managers to a Major-General of Pakistan and the Wall Street Journal).