Dr John Evemy
Associate Lecturer

Profile

Biography

My research focuses on the development of British economic policy with a particular focus on monetary policy and the Bank of England from a critical standpoint. My doctoral research focussed on the changing role of the Bank of England from 2006-2015 and the implications of the financial crisis for monetary and financial governance in the UK. This drew on the Open Marxist tradition to develop a critical reading of the Bank of England’s operations as it responded to the global financial crisis and then redefined its role in the aftermath. Parts of this project have been published in the journal British Politics and presented at national and international conferences.
My current research agenda seeks to expand on this by developing an analysis of money as a social relation which sits at the centre of capitalism and the important role that monetary policy plays in shaping the British political economy.

Career

I hold a PhD in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining the department in 2019 I taught both Economics and Politics at the University of Manchester and was a visiting lecturer at Birmingham Business School.

Research

Overview

Since completing my PhD my research focuses on three broad areas:

  • The money form and modern money. Money is at the centre of modern life. It is necessary to access the basic means of survival and is the thing capitalism organises life towards in the form of profits. This project focuses on how money itself is produced and maintained as a social relation based on credit in contemporary capitalism, the problems this creates and the need for an alternative monetary system for post-capitalist society.
  • The historical development of British monetary policy and ‘the central banking problem’. This project looks at how British policymakers have attempted to mediate the tensions between money as credit and the needs of modern capitalism through the development of monetary policy in order to shed light on the problems faced by contemporary monetary policymakers.
  • Financialisation and the British productivity puzzle. In particular, I focus on how credit policies and the financialisation fostered by successive British governments have shaped investment strategies. This project aims to link the ongoing productivity problem in the UK to the use of extraordinary monetary policy and historically low-interest rates.

Teaching

Undergraduate

In the 2019/20 academic year, I am teaching on the following modules
First Year: What is politics?
Second Year: Politics in the UK

Contact details

Dr John Evemy
Associate Lecturer
Department of Politics
University of York
Heslington Lane
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 328118

Feedback and Guidance hours (Autumn term) - Thursdays & Fridays 14:00-15:00