Gareth Dale**



Gareth Dale worked at Birkbeck College, the London School of Economics and Swansea University before joining Brunel in 2005.

His most recent books are Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left and Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critique, and a critique of ‘Green Growth’ (all in 2016). His previous publications include books on Karl Polanyi (2010), the political economy of Eastern Europe, migrant labour in the European Union, and a trilogy on East Germany (its economic history, protest movements, and 1989 revolution). His work has appeared in Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Ukrainian, Croatian and German. His articles are accessible here.

Gareth has supervised doctoral dissertations in a range of areas, including environmental political theory, the political economy of Hungary, the New Institutional Economic History, the geopolitics of the Arctic, and the EU's management of the Greek crisis. He has examined doctoral dissertations on topics including the ideology of economic growth, the life and work of Karl Polanyi, Australia’s military interventions, and the ‘thought-practices’ of Plaid Cymru.


  • BA (Combined Studies) University of Manchester
  • PhD (Government) University of Manchester

Research area(s)

  • Environment / climate change
  • Karl Polanyi
  • Central & Eastern Europe
  • Social movements

Membership and affiliation

  • Editorial board memberships:
    • Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
    • Revista Vatra - Vatra Literary Review
    • Journal of Sustainable Development (2009–2012)
    • Journal of Historical Materialism (1995–2001)
  • Executive committee member, Karl Polanyi Institute for Political Economy
  • Consultant on development issues, European Parliament
  • Country expert (German Democratic Republic), ‘Varieties of Democracy’ (V-Dem) research project


Research interests

Gareth’s current research focuses upon the ‘growth paradigm’ (the idea/ideology of economic growth), and the political economy of the environment, particularly climate change. His previous interests include the life and work of Karl Polanyi, the history of East Germany, the political economy of Eastern Europe, social movement theory, and international migration.

Research project(s) and grant(s)

In 2013-14 Gareth was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship as well as grants from the Daiwa Foundation and (as Co-investigator) from the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research, in connection with his research on ‘green growth’ and the ‘growth paradigm.’ The project resulted in a Tokyo conference on ‘Green Growth and Global Environmental Change,’ and a conference volume, published by Zed Books. He has previously won small grants from, among others, the British Academy, the Lippman-Miliband Trust, the Amiel-Melburn Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst, as well as a full doctoral training award and an overseas fieldwork award from the ESRC.



Undergraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • Democracy and Democratisation (Yr 2)
  • Empire, Imperialism, Hegemony (Yr 3)

Postgraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • International Political Economy


  • Deputy Senior Tutor (MCs)

Research supervision

Adam Fabry, ‘The Political Economy of Neoliberal Transformation in Hungary: From the ‘Transition’ of the 1980s to the Current Crisis.’ Passed: May 2014.

Matthijs Krul, ‘The Art of Predicting the Past: Theory and Model in the New Institutionalist Economic History.’ Submission expected: August 2014.

Corine Wood-Donnelly, ‘Constructing Arctic sovereignty: Rules, policy and governance from 1494 to 2013,’ Submitted: March 2014. Examination: June 2014.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Dale, G.   (2015)   'In search of Karl Polanyi’s International Relations theory'. Review of International Studies. pp. 1 - 24. doi: 10.1017/S0260210515000273 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2014)   'Karl Polanyi in Vienna: Guild Socialism, Austro-Marxism, and Duczynska's alternative'. Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory, 22 (1).  

Dale, G.   (2014)   'The iron law of democratic socialism: British and Austrian influences on the young Karl Polanyi'. Economy and Society, 43 (4).  pp. 650 - 667. Download publication 

Dale, G.  and El-Enany, N.   (2013)   'The limits of social Europe: EU law and the ordoliberal agenda'. German Law Journal, 14 (5).  pp. 613 - 649. 

Dale, G.   (2013)   'Marketless trading in Hammurabi’s time: A reappraisal'. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 56 (2).  pp. 159 - 188. doi: 10.1163/15685209-12341299 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2012)   'The growth paradigm: A critique'. International Socialism Journal. pp. 55 - 88. 

Dale, G.   (2012)   'Critiques of growth in classical political economy: Mill’s stationary state and a Marxian response'. New Political Economy, 18 (3).  pp. 431 - 457. doi: 10.1080/13563467.2012.709839 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2012)   'Adam Smith’s Green Thumb and Malthus’ Three Horsemen: Cautionary tales from classical political economy'. Journal of Economic Issues, 46 (4).  pp. 859 - 880. doi: 10.2753/JEI0021-3624460402 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2012)   'Double movements and pendular forces: Polanyian perspectives on the neoliberal age'. Current Sociology, 60 (1).  pp. 3 - 27. doi: 10.1177/0011392111426645 

Dale, G.   (2011)   'Lineages of embeddedness: On the antecedents and successors of a Polanyian concept'. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 70 (2).  pp. 306 - 339. doi: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2011.00776.x 

Dale, G.   (2010)   'Social democracy, embeddedness and decommodification: On the conceptual innovations and intellectual affiliations of Karl Polanyi'. New Political Economy, 15 (3).  pp. 369 - 393. doi: 10.1080/13563460903290920 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2009)   'Karl Polanyi in Budapest: On his political and intellectual formation'. European Journal of Sociology, 50 (1).  pp. 97 - 130. doi: 10.1017/S0003975609000435 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2008)   '‘Green Shift’: an analysis of corporate responses to climate change'. International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 3 (2).  pp. 134 - 155. doi: 10.1504/IJMCP.2008.021271 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2008)   'Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation: Perverse effects, protectionism and Gemeinschaft'. Economy and Society, 37 (4).  pp. 495 - 524. doi: 10.1080/03085140802357901 Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2007)   'Heimat, “Ostalgie” and the Stasi: The GDR in German cinema, 1999-2006'. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 15 (2).  pp. 155 - 175. doi: 10.1080/09651560701483253 Download publication 

Dale, G.  and Barker, C.   (1998)   'Protest Waves in Western Europe; A Critique of “New Social Movement Theory”'. Critical Sociology, 25 (1-2).  Download publication 


Dale, G.   (2016) Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critique. London:  Pluto Press 

Dale, G.   (2016) Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives.  Zed Books 

Dale, G.   (2016) Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left. New York:  Columbia University Press 

Dale, G. , Miklóssy, K.  and Segert, D.   (2016) The Politics of East European Area Studies.  Routledge 

Dale, G.   (2016) Karl Polanyi: The Hungarian writings [edited volume].  Manchester University Press 

Dale, G.   (2011) First the transition, then the Crash: Eastern Europe in the 2000s. London:  Pluto Press 

Dale, G.   (2010) Karl Polanyi: The limits of the market. Cambridge:  Polity Press 

Dale, G.   (2004) Between state capitalism and globalisation: The collapse of the East German economy. Oxford:  Peter Lang Download publication 

Dale, G.   (2007) The East German revolution of 1989. Manchester:  Manchester University Press 

Dale, G.   (2005) Popular protest in East Germany, 1945-1989. London:  Routledge 

Dale, G. , (ed). , Cole, M.  and (ed).   (1999) The European Union and migrant labour.  Berg Publishers 

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