Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Research Student: Andrew Morton

Comparative political economy and German and British Industrial Relations under EU law

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My doctoral degree is one set jointly within the comparative political economy (CPE) and European integration studies. The research poses critical theoretical questions of dominant CPE approaches of industrial relations institutions courtesy of a comparative empirical case study. This case study is pursued through an examination of EU law’s influence, with particular regard to two areas of EU law, over the legal and wage bargaining institutions of German and British industrial relations. The central claim contends that the dominant theoretical schools of CPE have neglected legal institutions and broader questions of law at an empirical as well theoretical level. From this a corrective is offered. It is hoped that this will offer insights into national and European level policy questions as well as a theoretical contribution to comparative political economy.

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Background

I started at Leeds in 2012 after stints working in the UK and Scottish Parliaments as well as public policy consultant, the third of these I still pursue in limited form alongside my PhD. I have extracurricular interests print and web media and hold communications roles with several web and print media focused organisations. I have a BSc. in Politics from Brunel University (2004) and an MSc. In European Union Politics and Law from the University of Edinburgh (2009).

What motivated me to undertake PhD study?

Questions spurred by earlier postgraduate studies pushed me toward a number of research questions concerning European economic integration and national labour markets. The possibility of pursuing an academic career is also motivated by an interest in selling the subject of politics to students through teaching.

What makes me passionate about my subject?

The two key areas that present the two pillars of my research – European integration and industrial relations – tell us much about the functioning, or not, of national and international formations of capitalism. In a period where the virtues and values of capitalism are under such scrutiny the comparative method offers rich opportunity to pose and answer important questions. Moreover, the interdisciplinary connections between economics, politics, sociology and law, introduced by the studying of capitalism, provides fertile research territory for comparative applications. Placing myself on this terrain motivates me a great deal.

My intention is to pursue other research projects, with research questions directed toward the role of macroeconomics in politics, economics inequality in comparative politics, American politics and discourse analysis.

What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?

The possibility of pursuing an academic career is certainly of interest, but a commercial or policy-based research career instead of, or on the side of, any academic path is also a possibility.

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