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Dr Cornel Ban

Reader in International Political Economy

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Cornel Ban joined City, University of London in January 2018 as a Reader in political economy. Prior to this he had worked as an assistant professor at Boston University and research fellow at Brown University in the United States. He was also a visiting researcher at the European University Institute and a visiting associate professor at Copenhagen Business School.

Professor's Ban's work is situated at the intersection of international relations, comparative political economy, sociology and economic history. He wrote two books and a dozen articles and book chapters on the politics of economic expertise and income distribution, macroeconomic policy shifts and organizational shifts in international financial institutions and capitalist diversity in Brazil, Spain and Romania. His most recent book (Ruling Ideas: How Neoliberalism Goes Local, Oxford University Press, 2018) received the political economy award for 2017 of the British International Studies Association.


  1. PhD, University of Maryland, United States, Sep 2003 – Jan 2010
  2. MA, University of Delaware, United States, Sep 2001 – Jun 2003

Administrative role

  1. Chair of the IPE section, European Union Studies Association, Jan 2017 – present


  1. Reader, City, University of London, Jan 2018 – present
  2. Assistant professor, Boston University, Jul 2012 – Jan 2018
  3. Postdoctoral fellow, Brown University, Jan 2010 – Jul 2012
  4. Research fellow, Brown University, Jan 2008 – Jan 2010
  5. Barrister, Cabinet Gidro Stanca Ioana, Jan 1999 – Sep 2011


French (can read, write, speak and understand spoken), Italian (can read and understand spoken), Portuguese (can read), Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Spanish; Castilian (can read, write, speak and understand spoken).


Geographic Areas

  • Europe - Eastern
  • Europe - Southern
  • Europe - Western


  1. Ban, C. (2016). Ruling Ideas How Global Neoliberalism Goes Local. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-062010-3.
  2. Ban, C., Seabrooke, L. and Freitas, S. (2016). Grey matter in shadow banking: international organizations and expert strategies in global financial governance. Review of International Political Economy, 23(6), pp. 1001–1033. doi:10.1080/09692290.2016.1235599.
  3. Gabor, D. and Ban, C. (2016). Banking on Bonds: The New Links Between States and Markets. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(3), pp. 617–635. doi:10.1111/jcms.12309.
  4. Ban, C. (2015). Austerity versus Stimulus? Understanding Fiscal Policy Change at the International Monetary Fund Since the Great Recession. Governance, 28(2), pp. 167–183. doi:10.1111/gove.12099.
  5. Ban, C. and Ban, C. (2013). Brazil's liberal neo-developmentalism: New paradigm or edited orthodoxy? .

Chapters (2)

  1. Ban, C. (2015). From Designers to Doctrinaires: Staff Research and Fiscal Policy Change at the IMF. In Morgan, G., Hirsch, P. and Quack, S. (Eds.), Elites on Trial. (pp. 337–369). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1-78441-680-5.
  2. Gabor, D. and Ban, C. (2015). Europe's Toxic Twins: Government Debt in Financialized Times. In Erturk, I. and Gabor, D. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Banking Regulation and Reform

Journal articles (9)

  1. Ban, C. (2018). The Currency of Confidence: How Economic Beliefs Shape the IMF’s Relationship with Its Borrowers. By Stephen C. Nelson. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2017. 248p. $39.95 cloth. Perspectives on Politics, 16(3), pp. 787–789. doi:10.1017/s1537592718001184.
  2. Ban, C. and Gabor, D. (2016). The political economy of shadow banking. Review of International Political Economy, 23(6), pp. 901–914. doi:10.1080/09692290.2016.1264442.
  3. Ban, C. and Tamames, J. (2015). Political economy and the ghosts of the past: revisiting the Spanish and Romanian transitions to democracy. Historein, 15(1), pp. 62–62. doi:10.12681/historein.274.
  4. Ban, C. (2015). Beyond Anticommunism. East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures, 29(3), pp. 640–650. doi:10.1177/0888325415599197.
  5. Ban, C. and Gallagher, K. (2015). Recalibrating Policy Orthodoxy: The IMF Since the Great Recession. Governance, 28(2), pp. 131–146. doi:10.1111/gove.12103.
  6. Ban, C. and Blyth, M. (2013). The BRICs and the Washington Consensus: An introduction. Review of International Political Economy, 20(2), pp. 241–255. doi:10.1080/09692290.2013.779374.
  7. Ban, C. (2013). Sovereign debt, austerity, and regime change: the case of Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania. East European Politics and Societies, 2013.
  8. Ban, C. (2012). Economic Transnationalism and its Ambiguities: The Case of Romanian Migration to Italy. International Migration, 50(6), pp. 129–149. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2435.2009.00556.x.
  9. Ban, C. (2012). Heinrich von Stackelberg and the diffusion of Ordoliberal economics in Franco's Spain. History of Economic Ideas.