I am a political scientist working in the area of comparative political economy. My particular interests lie in how key capitalist institutions--things like money, property, and private law, and the various organizations and state agencies that manage them--emerge, change, and affect economic policy. For me, the best form of evidence on these matters tends to be well-documented narratives about particular historical episodes. My recent research focuses on the Eurozone crisis. I have also worked extensively on politics and economics in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia. Other interests include the intellectual history of the social sciences, especially the work of Karl Polanyi.

You may be interested in my recent article "Governing by Panic: The Politics of the Eurozone Crisis." (Published version here).

For topical posts on Eurozone issues and comparative political economy, please visit my blog.




Students may schedule office hour appointments via LSE for You.

In the Lent term I will be lecturing on GV248 Power and Politics in the Modern World: Comparative Perspectives.

Prior teaching



David M. Woodruff

Department of Government
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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