Dr Abby  Innes

Dr Abby Innes

Assistant Professor of Political Economy

European Institute

+44 (0)20 7955 7301
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COW 2.10
Office Hours
On research leave 2016/17

About me

Abby Innes is Assistant Professor of Political Economy. Before joining the European Institute in 1997 she was a Visiting Scholar at MIT and was a Jean Monet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence from 2001-2. Before her PhD Abby worked as a political analyst in the Office of the Government, Czechoslovakia; as Assistant to the General Secretary of the Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry and as a researcher for the Policy Studies Institute. She published Czechoslovakia: The Short Goodbye (Yale University Press) in 2001 and has published articles in Comparative Politics and East European Politics and Societies. A serious illness meant taking a break from LSE from 2005-2009 but happily 'normal service' has resumed. In 2011 Abby joined the Editorial Board of East European Politics and is currently researching state building and party system development in Central Europe. She was awarded an LSE teaching prize in 2002 and the European Institute departmental teaching prize (jointly with Dr Spyros Economides) in 2010.

Research Interests

The political economy of Central Europe; state building and state capture; welfare states; European political party system development; with particular reference to Central Europe.


Czechoslovak politics; Czechoslovak separation; Eastern Europe; economic reform; nationalism; politics; post-communism; post-communist transition