Adam Harmes

Associate Professor

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PhD, York University
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85173
E-mail: aharmes@uwo.ca
Office: Social Science Centre 4155


Research Interests

Professor Harmes specializes in political economy and the competition between economic ideas and interest groups in different policy and institutional contexts. He also focuses on how interest groups, political parties and countries employ modern political marketing techniques to advance their interests.


Current Research Projects

1. The Political Economy of Multilevel Governance

This book-length project examines the political competition between neoliberal and social democratic ideas and interest groups over issues related to fiscal federalism, regionalism and global governance.

2. Political Marketing and Economic Interest Groups

This project examines the use of new political marketing techniques by economic interest groups in Canada and other advanced democracies.

3. Political Marketing in Post-Conflict Elections

This project examines the extent to which modern political marketing techniques are being employed in post-conflict elections. The first case study was based on field research conducted in Iraq during the 2014 national and provincial elections.


Selected Publications

Books

  • 2004: The Return of the State: Protestors, Power-Brokers and the New Global Compromise. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre.
  • 2001: Unseen Power: How Mutual Funds Threaten the Political and Economic Wealth of Nations. Toronto: Stoddart.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2012: “The Rise of Neoliberal Nationalism”. Review of International Political Economy. 19(1): 59-86.
  • 2011: “The Limits of Carbon Disclosure: Theorizing the Business Case for Climate Change Mitigation”. Global Environmental Politics. 11 (2): 98-119.
  • 2009: “The Great Recession and the Return of the State”. Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law. 3(2).
  • 2007: “The Political Economy of Open Federalism”. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 40(2): 417-437.
  • 2006: “Neoliberalism and Multilevel Governance”. Review of International Political Economy. 13(5): 725-749.
  • 2002: “The Trouble With Hedge Funds”. The Review of Policy Research. 19 (1): 156-176.
  • 2001: "Institutional Investors and Polanyi’s Double Movement: A Model of Contemporary Currency Crises”. Review of International Political Economy. 8 (3), pp. 389-437.
  • 2001: “Mass Investment Culture”. New Left Review. 9 (May/June), pp. 103-124.
  • 1998: “Institutional Investors and the Reproduction of Neoliberalism”. Review of International Political Economy. 5 (1), pp. 92-121.

Book Chapters

  • 2013: “New Constitutionalism and Multilevel Governance” in C. Cutler and S. Gill (eds.) New Constitutionalism and World Order. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2011: “Crises, Social Forces and the Future of Global Governance: Implications for Progressive Strategy” in S. Gill (ed.) The Global Crisis and the Crisis of Global Leadership. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2010: “Neoliberalism and Multilevel Governance” in R. Bellamy (ed.), From Government to Governance. London: Ashgate. Reprinted journal article.
  • 2010: “Institutional Investors and Polanyi’s Double Movement: A Model of Contemporary Currency Crises” in A. Hulsemeyer (ed.), International Political Economy: A Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Reprinted journal article.
  • 2002: “The Role of Portfolio Investors in the Asian Financial Crisis” in Joseph A. Camilleri and Esref Aksu (eds), Democratising Global Governance Houndmills: Palgrave, pp. 117-126.
  • 1999: “Investment funds: the bigger picture” in L. Nystrom (ed.), Just Making Change. Ottawa: Golden Dog Press.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2013: “Neoliberal Nationalism vs Social Democratic Multilateralism in the Euro Crisis”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the European International Studies Association, Warsaw, Poland, 18-21 September.
  • 2013: “The Great Recession, Financial Crises and the Impossible Trinity: “implications for European Integration”. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA 3-6 April.
  • 2012: “The Limits of Carbon Disclosure: Theorizing the Business Case for Climate Change Mitigation”. Paper presented at the ‘Energy and Security’ Conference, Instituto de Ciencias Sociais, University of Lisbon, Libson, Portugal, 22-24 March.
  • 2011: “The Limits of Carbon Disclosure: Theorizing the Business Case for Climate Change Mitigation”. Paper presented at the ‘Nature Inc’ Symposium on Business and the Environment, Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University (Rotterdam), The Hague, Netherlands, 30 June-2 July.
  • 2011: “New Constitutionalism and Multilevel Governance”. Paper presented at “New Constitutionalism” Symposium, York University, Toronto, 26-28 May.
  • 2011: “New Constitutionalism and Macroeconomic Policy”, Guest lecture, York University, Toronto, 18 May.
  • 2010: “Neoliberal Opposition to Progressive Global Leadership”. Paper presented at the ‘Global Crisis and Global Leadership’ Symposium, Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 5-6 May.
  • 2009: “Institutional Investors and Climate Change: Limits and Opportunities”. Paper presentedat the CIGI workshop on Finance Standards and the Environment, University of Waterloo, 25 September.
  • 2009: “The Rise of Neoliberal Nationalism”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Ottawa, ON, 27-29 May.
  • 2009: “The Political Economy of Corporate Scenario Planning”. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New York, NY 15-18 February.
  • 2008: “The Structural Power of Culture: Everyday Spatiality and the Culture of Contentment”. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 26-29 March.
  • 2008: “The Rise of Neoliberal Nationalism”. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 26-29 March.
  • 2007: “The Political Economy of Open Federalism”. Paper presented at the “Different Perspectives on Canadian Federalism” Conference, Centre for International Governance Innovation, University of Waterloo, 26-28 April.
  • 2006: “Social Forces and the Politics of Multilevel Governance”. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, 22-25 March.
  • 2006: “New Constitutionalism and Multilevel Governance in Developing Countries” Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, 22-25 March.
  • 2005: “Global Public Goods and the Rationale for a New International Financial Architecture”. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, 1-5 March.
  • 2004: “Promoting or Preempting Regulation?: Theorizing Voluntary Codes of Conduct in Corporate and Global Governance”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British International Studies Association, Warwick University, UK, December.
  • 2004: “Imagined Futures: Political Risk, Corporate Scenarios and the Limits of the Possible”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British International Studies Association, Warwick University, UK, December.
  • 2004: “Global Governance and New Constitutionalism”. Presentation at the York University “Millennial Development and the Governance of Social Reproduction” research workshop, Toronto, 28-29 May.
  • 2004: “The Return of the State?” Paper Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, 17-20 March.
  • 2002: “The Structural Power of Culture”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British International Studies Association, London, UK, December.
  • 2002: Systemic Risks: Private Authority and the International Financial Architecture”. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, 23-27 March.
  • 2001: Financial Power in the New Global Economy”. Presentation in the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Annual Seminar Series, 23 November.
  • 2001: "Capitalism Meets Capitalism: The Role of Mutual Funds in the Asian Financial Crisis". Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, 20-24 February.
  • 1999: "The Trouble With Hedge Funds". Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the York Centre for International and Security Studies, Toronto, 30 September.
  • 1999: "Investment Civilization: Mutual Funds and the Cultural Underpinnings of Neoliberal Financial Orthodoxy". Paper presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Washington, D.C., 17-21 March. (Winner of the International Political Economy Junior Scholar Award).
  • 1998: "Investment Civilisation: Mutual Funds and the Cultural Underpinnings of Neoliberal Financial Orthodoxy". Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British International Studies Association, Brighton, U.K., 14-16 December.
  • 1998: "The Unseen Political Power of Mutual Funds and Pension Funds". Paper presented at the Laurentian University “Liberalization, Financial Services and Government” conference, Sudbury, Canada, 11-12 September.
  • 1998: "Global Investors and National Interests: Financial and Monetary Power in an Era of Liberalized Finance". Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Minneapolis, 17-21 March.
  • 1997: "Institutional Investors and the Politics of Global Restructuring". Paper presented in the York University, Department of Political Science's Annual Seminar Series, Toronto, 29 September.
  • 1997: "Institutional Investors and the Reproduction of Neoliberalism". Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Toronto, 18-22 March.
  • 1996: "Risk, Trust and Money: The Sociological Implications of the Contemporary Financial System". Paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association-Northeast, Boston, 14-16 November.

Invited Lectures

  • 2012: “International Summits and Protests: The Evolution of Crowd Theory and Management”. Conference Board of Canada. Toronto, 25 April.
  • 2010: “Social Forces and the Future of Global Governance”. Public  lecture given at the ‘Future of Global Governance’ Public Event, Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 5-6 May.
  • 2007: “Neoliberalism and Multilevel Governance”. Invited lecture given in McMaster University’s Department of Political Science seminar series. 29 November.
  • 2007: “The International Politics of Protecting the Environment”. Invited lecture given in the University of Toronto’s annual Walter Gordon/Massey Symposium at the Isabel Bader Theatre, University of Toronto. 4 October.
  • 2006: “The Culture of Mass Investment”. Invited lecture given in the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 14 April.
  • 2006: “The Return of the State”. Invited lecture given at 2006 University of Manitoba’s Political Studies Students’ Conference, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 3 February.
  • 2004: “The Future of Globalization”. Invited lecture given at the World University Service of Canada Globalization Awareness Symposium, 29 March, London, Ontario.
  • 2001: “Understanding North American Stock Markets”, Invited lecture for Social Work 4120.03, Economic Literacy for Social Workers, School of Social Work, York University, Fall.
  • 2000: "What is New About the New Global Economy?", Invited lecture for the Commonwealth Club of Australia, Adelaide, Australia, October.
  • 1999: Guest Lecture on International Political Economy topics, Department of Political Science, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, February.
  • 1999: Guest Seminar Leader for Graduate International Political Economy Course, Graduate School of Political and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, February.
  • 1999: "Mutual Funds, Pension Funds and the Politics of Global Restructuring". Invited lecture given in the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Political Science's Visiting Scholar Series. Pittsburgh, 2 March.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2011: Agnes Cole Dark Fund, University of Western Ontario, $2,381
  • 2009: SSHRC Re-application Assistance Fund, University of Western Ontario, $6,000.
  • 2009: SSHRC Conference Travel Grant for the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New York, NY 15-18 February. $900.
  • 2008: SSHRC Conference Travel Grant for the 49th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 26-29 March. $1,872.
  • 2006: SSHRC Re-application Assistance Fund, University of Western Ontario, $6,000 
  • 2006: SSHRC Conference Travel Grant for the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, 22-25 March. $2,138.
  • 2005: Academic Development Fund, University of Western Ontario. Research funding for “Imagined Futures: The Political Economy of Corporate Scenario Planning”. $7,500 
  • 2004: SSHRC Conference Travel Grant for the 46th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, 1-5 March. $2,377
  • 2004: Department Conference Travel Grant for the 46th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, 1-5 March. $600
  • 2000: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2000-2002, Amount Awarded: $75, 000.
  • 1999: Ontario Government, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Graduate Scholarship, 1999-2000, Amount Awarded: $12, 000.
  • 1998: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Doctoral Fellowship, 1998-99. Amount Awarded: $17, 000.