Abby Innes is Assistant Professor in 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, (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 sincepublished articles in Comparative Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies and East European Politics and Societies. A serious illness meant taking a break from LSE from 2005-2009 but happily 'normal service' has resumed. Since returning to research her interests have turned towards exploring the ongoing patterns of party-state ties in Central Europe but also the affinities between Neoliberalism and Marxism-Leninism as materialist utopias. She joined the Editorial Board of East European Politics in 2011.
She was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship in 2017-2018 to study neoliberal reforms to the state with particular reference to the UK. Thanks to this research funding she is currently completing a book manuscript on the political economy of the supply-side revolution and its failures. In this text she identifies a powerful isomorphism between the political economy of Marxism-Leninism and the neoclassical economics applied in the Neoliberal ‘supply-side revolution’ of the last forty years. She finds these affinities not just in the nature of these materialist utopias but also in the shared – the applied - practical dependence of these doctrines on quantification, targets, performance setting and enterprise management through planning. She argues that it is only by understanding the scope of this isomorphism that we can understand the economic, social and ultimately political dysfunctionality of the really-existing supply-side revolution.
Since her illness Abby returned to LSE as a half-time member of staff. She has taught Varieties of Capitalism; the political economy of Europe and the comparative political economy of Central Europe. She currently teaches a course on the political economy of post-communist transition and emerging markets and she is preparing a new course for 2019- on the comparative political economy of the state. She was awarded an LSE Teaching Prize in 2002; the European Institute Departmental Teaching Prize 2011, 2013 and 2015. In the LSE Student Union Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards she was a Nominee in 2014, a Commended Nominee in 2015 and a Highly Commended Nominee, 2016. She is currently the Teaching Chair of the European Institute
The political economy of Central Europe; models of development in emerging markets; the development of party state ties in Central Europe; comparative materialist utopias; the political economy of Marxism Leninism and Neoliberalism; varieties of capitalism; the political economy of supply-side reforms of the state in advanced capitalist systems.