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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'.


  1. Professor, University of Birmingham, Sep 2007 – Sep 2015


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


Books (13)

  1. Halperin, S. and Palan, R. (2015). Legacies of empire: Imperial roots of the contemporary global order. ISBN 978-1-107-10946-9.
  2. Halperin, S. and Palan, R. (2015). Legacies of Empire. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-10946-9.
  3. Palan, R. (2013). Global political economy: Contemporary theories, second edition. ISBN 978-0-203-09776-2.
  4. Palan, R., Murphy, R. and Chavagneux, C. (2010). Tax havens: How Globalization Really Works. Cornell Univ Pr. ISBN 978-0-8014-7612-9.
  5. Palan, R. (2007). Les Paradis Fiscaux. Le Decouvrte. ISBN 978-2-7483-2150-0.
  6. James, P. and Palan, R. (2007). Globalizing Economic Regimes and Institutions.
  7. Palan, R. (2006). The Offshore World. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-7295-4.
  8. Palan, R., Abbott, J. and Deans, P. (2005). State Strategies in the Global Political Economy. Continuum Intl Pub Group. ISBN 978-0-8264-7916-7.
  9. Palan, R. and Cameron, A. (2003). The Imagined Economies of Globalization. Sage Publications Limited. ISBN 978-0-7619-7211-2.
  10. Palan, R. (2000). Global Political Economy: Contemporary Theories. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-415-20489-7.
  11. Palan, R. and Gills, B.K. (1994). Transcending the state-global divide. Lynne Rienner Pub. ISBN 978-1-55587-395-0.
  12. Palan, R. (1986). Book Review: Carolyn M. Vogler, The Nation State: The Neglected Dimension of Class (London: Gower, 1985, 212pp., £17.50). SAGE Publications.
  13. Palan, R. International Political Economy. ISBN 978-9966-46-004-2.

Chapters (17)

  1. Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (2017). Banks as global corporations: From entities to 'ecological habitats'. The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook (pp. 268–279). ISBN 978-1-107-07311-1.
  2. Palan, R. (2017). Futurity, Offshore, and the International Political Economy of Crime. In Beckert, J. and Dewey, M. (Eds.), The Architecture of Illegal Markets: Towards an Economic Sociology of Illegality in the Economy Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-879497-4.
  3. Palan, R. (2016). Corporate power in a global economy. Susan Strange and the Future of Global Political Economy: Power, Control and Transformation (pp. 152–164). ISBN 978-1-138-64585-1.
  4. Palan, R. and Mangraviti, G. (2016). Troubling tax havens: Multijurisdictional arbitrage and corporate tax footprint reduction. Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich (pp. 422–441). ISBN 978-1-78347-403-5.
  5. Palan, R. (2015). The Second British Empire: The British Empire and the re-emergence of global finance. Legacies of Empire Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order. (pp. 46–68). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-52161-2.
  6. Palan, R. (2015). The second British Empire and the re-emergence of global finance. Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order (pp. 46–68). ISBN 978-1-107-10946-9.
  7. Halperin, S. and Palan, R. (2015). Conclusions. Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order (pp. 243–249). ISBN 978-1-107-10946-9.
  8. Halperin, S. and Palan, R. (2015). Introduction: Legacies of empire. Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order (pp. 1–24). ISBN 978-1-107-10946-9.
  9. Palan, R. and Mangraviti, G. (2015). Troubling tax havens: tax footprint reduction and jurisdictional arbitrage. In Hay, I. and Beaverstock, J. (Eds.), International Handbook of Wealth and Super-Rich Edward Elgar.
  10. Palan, R. (2013). New trends in global political economy. Global Political Economy: Contemporary Theories, Second Edition (pp. 1–14). ISBN 978-0-203-09776-2.
  11. Palan, R. (2012). Tax havens. In Toporowski, J. and Michell, J. (Eds.), (pp. 296–300). EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD.
  12. Palan, R. (2010). The proof of the pudding is in the eating: IPE in light of the crisis of 2007/8. International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (pp. 185–193). ISBN 978-0-203-84250-8.
  13. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (2009). Empiricism and objectivity: Reflexive theory construction in a complex world. Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE): IPE as a Global Conversation (pp. 112–125). ISBN 978-0-415-77126-9.
  14. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (2008). The Imagined Economy: Mapping Transformations in the Contemporary State. State/Space: A Reader (pp. 165–184). ISBN 978-0-631-23033-5.
  15. Palan, R. (2007). Transnational theories of order and change: Heterodoxy in international relations scholarship. Critical International Relations Theory After 25 Years (pp. 47–70). ISBN 978-0-521-71425-9.
  16. Palan, R. (2005). Technological metaphors and theoriesof international relations. Technology, Culture and Competitiveness: Change and the World Political Economy (pp. 13–25). ISBN 978-0-415-14254-0.
  17. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (2005). The imagined economies of globalization. Perspectives on World Politics: Third edition (pp. 333–342). ISBN 978-0-415-32275-1.

Journal articles (37)

  1. Palan, R.P. (2020). An evolutionary approach to international political economy: the case of corporate tax avoidance. Review of Evolutionary Political Economy, 1(2), pp. 161–182. doi:10.1007/s43253-020-00017-0.
  2. Lysandrou, P., Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (2017). The best of both worlds: scale economies and discriminatory policies in London’s global financial centre. Economy and Society, 46(2), pp. 159–184. doi:10.1080/03085147.2017.1359915.
  3. Palan, R. (2015). Futurity, Pro-cyclicality and Financial Crises. New Political Economy, 20(3), pp. 367–385. doi:10.1080/13563467.2014.951427.
  4. Palan, R. and Nesvetailova, A. (2014). Elsewhere, Ideally Nowhere: Shadow Banking and Offshore Finance. Politik, 16(4), pp. 26–34.
  5. Palan, R. and Wigan, D. (2014). Herding Cats and Taming Tax Havens: The US Strategy of 'Not In My Backyard'. Global Policy, 5(3), pp. 334–343. doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12135.
  6. Palan, R. (2013). Symbiotic sovereignties: The untold story of the British Overseas Territories. pp. 102–114. doi:10.4324/9780203076842.
  7. Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (2013). Sabotage in the financial system: Lessons from Veblen. Business Horizons, 56(6), pp. 723–732. doi:10.1016/j.bushor.2013.07.009.
  8. Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (2013). Minsky in the Shadows: Securitization, Ponzi Finance, and the Crisis of Northern Rock. Review of Radical Political Economics, 45(3), pp. 349–368. doi:10.1177/0486613412470090.
  9. Palan, R. (2013). The financial crisis and intangible value. Capital and Class, 37(1), pp. 65–77. doi:10.1177/0309816812472967.
  10. Cameron, A., Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (2011). Wages of sin?: Crisis and the libidinal economy. Journal of Cultural Economy, 4(2), pp. 117–135. doi:10.1080/17530350.2011.563066.
  11. Nesvetailova, A. and Palan, R. (2010). The End of Liberal Finance? The Changing Paradigm of Global Financial Governance. MILLENNIUM-JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, 38(3), pp. 797–825. doi:10.1177/0305829810364275.
  12. Palan, R. (2010). International financial centers: The British-empire, city-states and commercially oriented politics. Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 11(1). doi:10.2202/1565-3404.1239.
  13. Palan, R. (2009). The Proof of the pudding is in the eating: IPE in light of the crisis of 2007/8. New Political Economy, 14(3), pp. 385–394. doi:10.1080/13563460903087540.
  14. Palan, R. (2007). Transnational theories of order and change: Heterodoxy in International Relations scholarship. Review of International Studies, 33(SUPPL. 1), pp. 47–69. doi:10.1017/S0260210507007395.
  15. Palan, R. (2006). Andre Gunder Frank's legacy in contemporary international relations. Journal fur Entwicklungspolitik, 22(1), pp. 37–54. doi:10.20446/JEP-2414-3197-22-1-37.
  16. Graz, J.C. and Palan, R. (2004). Éditorial: Commént reguler le capitalisme? Contrario, 2(2), pp. 3–8. doi:10.3917/aco.022.0003.
  17. Palan, R. (2004). Constructivism and globalisation: From units to encounters in international affairs. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 17(1), pp. 11–23. doi:10.1080/0955757042000203623.
  18. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (2003). The national economy in the contemporary global system. pp. 37–54. doi:10.4324/9780203165409.
  19. Palan, R. (2003). Response: "Don't bother me with facts": A comment on the function of unsubstantiated claims in policy making. Global Society, 17(1), pp. 75–80. doi:10.1080/0953732032000054015.
  20. Palan, R. (2002). Tax havens and the commercialization of state sovereignty. International Organization, 56(1). doi:10.1162/002081802753485160.
  21. Amin, A. and Palan, R. (2001). Towards a non-rationalist international political economy. Review of International Political Economy, 8(4), pp. 559–577. doi:10.1080/09692290110081534.
  22. Palan, R. (2000). A world of their making: An evaluation of the constructivist critique in International Relations. Review of International Studies, 26(4), pp. 575–598. doi:10.1017/S0260210500005751.
  23. Cameron, A. and Palan, R. (1999). The imagined economy: Mapping transformations in the contemporary state. Millenium, 28(2), pp. 267–288. doi:10.1177/03058298990280020801.
  24. Palan, R. (1999). Susan strange 1923-1998: A great international relations theorist. Review of International Political Economy, 6(2), pp. 121–132. doi:10.1080/096922999347254.
  25. Palan, R. (1998). Trying to have your cake and eating it: How and why the state system has created offshore. International Studies Quarterly, 42(4), pp. 625–643. doi:10.1111/0020-8833.00100.
  26. Palan, R. (1998). The emergence of an offshore economy. Futures, 30(1), pp. 63–73. doi:10.1016/S0016-3287(98)00006-8.
  27. Palan, R. (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), pp. 323–341. doi:10.1080/13600829808443169.
  28. Amin, A. and Palan, R. (1996). Editorial: The need to historicize IPE. Review of International Political Economy, 3(2), pp. 209–215. doi:10.1080/09692299608434354.
  29. Palan, R. and Amin, A. (1994). Forum for Heterodox International Political Economy. , Review of International Political Economy(1), pp. 1–12.
  30. Palan, R. (1993). On the Idealist Origins of the Realist Theory of International Relations. Review of International Studies, 19(4), pp. 385–399.
  31. Palan, R. (1992). V. The European miracle of capital accumulation. Political Geography, 11(4), pp. 401–406. doi:10.1016/0962-6298(92)90007-G.
  32. Palan, R. (1991). Misguided Nationalism: the Causes and Prospects for Slovenian Independence. The contemporary Review, 259(1058).
  33. Palan, R. (1991). The Second Structuralist Theories of International Relations: A Research Note. International Studies Notes, 17(3), pp. 119–127.
  34. Palan, R. (1988). Book Review: Alain Lipietz, Mirages and Miracles: The Crisis of Global Fordism (London: Verso, 1987, 224pp., £24.95 hbk., £8.95 pbk.). Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 17(1), pp. 157–159. doi:10.1177/03058298880170010422.
  35. Palan, R. (1988). A Non Euclidean International Relations? Millennium,, 17(1), pp. 67–70.
  37. Palan, R. (1986). Book Review: Kees van der Pijl, The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class (London: Verso, 1984, 331 pp., £25 hbk., £8.95 pbk.). Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 15(2), pp. 276–278. doi:10.1177/03058298860150020315.

Scholarly edition

  1. Murphy, and Palan, R. (2015). CIYPERC Working Paper Series 2015 / 0 3 Why the UK’s Fiscal Charter i s Doomed to Fail.



- 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)

  1. Film Appearance. The UK Gold
  2. TV Appearance. Messi Probe Moves Tax Target to Sports Millions
  3. The Price we Pay. Film documentary

Radio programme

  1. Daniel Berkoff. NPR, New York

Television programmes (2)

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