McGovern, Patrick

Dr Patrick McGovern  


Position held

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology

Experience keywords:

economic sociology; employment relations; work; immigration

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Dr McGovern's interests are in economic sociology, the sociology of work and labour markets, and international migration.

He is currently working on two areas of research that reflect his long-term interests in labour market inequality and theories of employment relations.
The first concerns trends in immigration policy, especially in the area of admissions, as part of the multi-national and multidisciplinary IMPALA project ( In addition, he is investigating the relationship between theory and method in the celebrated ‘case study tradition’ within industrial relations and the sociology of work.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; Ireland

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream pressRadioTV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6653


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Gest, Justin and Boucher, Anna and Challen, Suzanna and Burgoon, Brian and Thielemann, Eiko R. and Beine, Michel and McGovern, Patrick and Crock, Mary and Rapoport, Hillel and Hiscox, Michael (2014) Measuring and comparing immigration, asylum and naturalization policies across countries: challenges and solutions Global Policy Journal, 5 (3). 261-274. ISSN 1758-5880

McGovern, Patrick (2014) Contradictions at work: a critical review Sociology, 48 (1). 20-37. ISSN 0038-0385


McGovern, Patrick (2013) The experience of work in comparative perspective In: Frege, Carola M. and Kelly, John, (eds.) Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 71-88. ISBN 9780415686624


McGovern, Patrick (2012) Inequalities in the (de-)commodification of labour: immigration, the nation state, and labour market stratification Sociology Compass, 6 (6). 485-498. ISSN 1751-9020


Frege, Carola M. and Kelly, John and McGovern, Patrick (2011) Richard Hyman: marxism, trade unionism and comparative employment relations British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49 (2). 209-230. ISSN 0007-1080


McGovern, Patrick (2010) The young Lipset on the iron law of oligarchy: a taste of things to come British Journal of Sociology, 61 (s1). 29-42. ISSN 0007-1315


McGovern, Patrick and Hill, Stephen and Mills, Colin and White, Michael (2007) Market, class, and employment Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0199213380

McGovern, Patrick (2007) Immigration, labour markets and employment relations: problems and prospects British Journal of Industrial Relations, 45 (2). 217-235. ISSN 0007-1080


McGovern, Patrick and Smeaton, Deborah and Hill, Stephen (2004) Bad jobs in Britain: non-standard employment and job quality Work and Occupations, 31 (2). 225-249. ISSN 0730-8884


McGovern, Patrick (2003) Rational choice theory, the "new economic sociology" and functionalism Work, Employment and Society, 17 (4). 747-756. ISSN 0950-0170

White, Michael and Hill, Stephen and McGovern, Patrick and Mills, Colin and Smeaton, Deborah (2003) "High-performance" management practices, working hours and work-life balance British Journal of Industrial Relations, 41 (2). 175-195. ISSN 0007-1080


McGovern, Patrick (2002) Globalization or internationalization? Foreign footballers in the English league, 1946-1995 Sociology, 36 (1). 23-42. ISSN 0038-0385


McGovern, Patrick (2000) The Irish brawn drain: English league clubs and Irish footballers, 1946-1995 British Journal of Sociology, 51 (3). 401-418. ISSN 0007-1315

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My latest co-authored book, Market, Class and Employment, looks at changes in the employment relationship in Britain from the mid-1980s to the early noughties.

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Leverhulme Travel Fellowship (2006-07, Princeton University)


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