Dr George Lawson is an Associate Professor in the International Relations Department at LSE and serves on the LSE IDEAS Management Committee..
Dr Lawson works on the relationship between history and theory, with a particular interest in historical sociology. He applies these interests to the study of revolutions, which form the subject of two books: 'Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile' (2005) and 'Anatomies of Revolution' (Forthcoming). He also applies these interests to the study of ‘global modernity’, on which he has recently finished a project with Barry Buzan charting the ways in which a range of important dynamics in contemporary international relations have their roots in the 19th century ‘global transformation’. Articles from this project have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of International Relations and International Affairs. A book length version of the argument was published as part of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations series in early 2015.
Areas of Expertise
Processes of radical change, especially revolutions
Historical Sociology, especially analysis of ‘global modernity'
International Relations theory, especially the relationship between history and IR
The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations (with Barry Buzan) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). Cambridge Studies in International Relations No. 135.
‘Rethinking Benchmark Dates in International Relations’ (with Barry Buzan), European Journal of International Relations 20(2) 2014: 437–462. Chinese translation in: Collected Papers of Historical Studies (史学集刊) 1(1) 2014: 3–19.
‘Capitalism and the Emergent World Order’ (with Barry Buzan), International Affairs 90(1) 2014: 71–91. Chinese Translation in: Journal of International Security Studies (国际安全研究) 32(1): 78–100.
‘The Past, Present and Future of Intervention’ (with Luca Tardelli), Review of International Studies 39(5) 2013: 1233–1253.
‘The Global Transformation: The Nineteenth Century and the Making of Modern International Relations’ (with Barry Buzan), International Studies Quarterly 57(3) 2013: 620–634.
‘The Eternal Divide? History and International Relations’, European Journal of International Relations 18(2) 2012: 203–226.
‘Halliday’s Revenge: Revolutions and International Relations’, International Affairs 87(5) 2011: 1067–1085.
Editor (with Chris Armbruster and Michael Cox), The Global 1989 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).