Dr Magnus Feldmann

Dr Magnus Feldmann

Dr Magnus Feldmann
Senior Lecturer in Politics

2.6, 10 Priory,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 3318248

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, 2003-2006; Research Fellow, Program on Justice, Welfare and Economics, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2006-2008; At Bristol since 2008


My research straddles comparative and international politics, with a special focus on key topics in political economy and institutional analysis. I am currently working on debates surrounding global capitalism and capitalist diversity, including a book on Global Varieties of Capitalism (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan). I am also involved with collaborative research projects on populism and business elites, comparative social democracy and Chinese foreign investment in Europe. More generally, I have a long-standing interest in Russian and East-Central European politics, especially questions related to nationalism, political legitimacy and political regimes. In other published work, I have studied post-communist economic policy-making and capitalist institutions.


My teaching interests include international and comparative political economy, comparative politics and research design.

I am currently teaching:

  • POLIM0007: Global Transformations: Issues and Trajectories
  • POLI31559: States and Markets
  • POLI20006 (SPAI20025): Russian Politics

I have previously taught:

  • SOCIM0012 (SPAIM0030): Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences
  • POLIM3025: Comparative Research Design
  • POLIM3015: International Political Economy
  • POLI31383: Democracy, Dictatorship and Post-Communism
  • POLI31555/30011: The Dissertation (Politics/Politics with Quantitative Methods)

I was awarded the Rising Star teaching award at the University of Bristol in 2010. I have supervised student research on a variety of topics related to international and comparative politics and political economy at the BSc, MSc and PhD level. As a Teaching Fellow, I have also contributed to units on Russian Politics in Transition, Economic Development in East Asia, The Cuban Revolution and The Modern World Economy, 1870-2000. I was the programme censor (external examiner) of the MA in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen in Norway (2010-2018) and a member of the panel commissioned by NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) to evaluate the quality of political science education at Norwegian universities in 2017-18.

Fields of interest

Political economy, public policy/administration, Central and East European politics, philosophy and methodology of the social sciences

Key publications

  1. Feldmann, M, 2019, ‘Global Varieties of Capitalism’. World Politics, vol 71., pp. 162-196
  2. Feldmann, M & Mazepus, H, 2018, ‘State-society relations and the sources of support for the Putin regime: bridging political culture and social contract theory’. East European Politics, vol 34., pp. 57-76
  3. Feldmann, M, 2014, ‘Coalitions and Corporatism: The Slovenian Political Economy and the Crisis’. Government and Opposition, vol 49., pp. 70-91
  4. Feldmann, M, 2013, ‘From the Ruble Zone to the Euro Zone: The Political Economy of Estonian Macroeconomic Policy’. Post-Soviet Affairs, vol 29., pp. 354-370
  5. Feldmann, M, 2006, ‘Emerging Varieties of Capitalism in Transition Countries: Industrial Relations and Wage Bargaining in Estonia and Slovenia’. Comparative Political Studies, vol 39 (7)., pp. 829 - 854

Latest publications

  1. Feldmann, M, 2018, ‘Extraordinary politics and durable reform: lessons from trade liberalisation in Estonia and Poland’. Post-Communist Economies, vol 30., pp. 365-381
  2. Feldmann, M & Pelopidas, B, 2018, ‘Moderation as Courage: The Legacy of Stanley Hoffmann as a Scholar and Public Intellectual’. Tocqueville Review, vol 39., pp. 77-91
  3. Feldmann, M, 2017, ‘The Baltic States and the euro crisis: Learning the right lessons’. Baltic Rim Economies, vol 2017., pp. 48-48
  4. Feldmann, M & Kuokštis, V, 2017, ‘Currency Boards, Depoliticization and Macroeconomic Stability: The Political Economy of Institutional Complementarities’. Policy Studies, vol 38., pp. 356-374
  5. Feldmann, M, 2017, ‘Crisis and opportunity: varieties of capitalism and varieties of crisis responses in Estonia and Slovenia’. European Journal of Industrial Relations, vol 23., pp. 33-46

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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