Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Dr Christine Margerum Harlen

Lecturer in US Politics and International Political Economy

I am the Director of the MA programme in International Political Economy. I have a BA in History and an MA and PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in the United States. I have been a visiting researcher at the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University. My main interests are international political economy and comparative political economy.

Research Interests

My work focuses on how industrialised countries adapt to competitive pressures. In the past, my research focused on Gerhard Schröder's attempts at economic reform. At present, I am writing a book on US federal government involvement with commercial companies, particularly the politics surrounding the government's attempts to promote competitiveness since 1980.


I currently teach International Political Economy, Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy at MA level. I also teach United States Politics at Undergraduate level. Previously, I taught German Politics and US foreign policy.

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise promising research students in a range of areas, including:

  • International Political Economy
  • The Politics of Trade
  • The Politics of Innovation and Competitiveness
  • Comparative Political Economy of advanced industrialised countries
  • U.S. foreign policy.

Key Publications

Journal Articles 

Harlen, C.M. (2002) Schröder's Economic Reforms: The End of Reformstau?. German Politics, 11(1), pp.61-80.

Harlen, C.M. (2002) The Leadership Styles of the German Chancellors from Schmidt to Schroder. Politics and Policy, 30(2), pp.347-371.

Harlen, C.M. (1999) A Reappraisal of Classical Economic Liberalism and Economic Nationalism. International Studies Quarterly, 43(4).

Chapters in Books

Harlen, C.M. (2002) Globalisation and German Labour Market Policies. In: Funk, Lothar and Green, Simon (eds.) New Aspects of Labour Market Policy, Verlag für Wissenschaft und Forschung, pp.39-53.

Media Contact Areas

I am available for press contact about:

  • Trade Politics
  • US Politics

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