Topics of Interest:
The Critique of Political Economy; Uneven and Combined Development; Social Theory; Revolutions and Counterrevolutions; War Economies
Countries/Regions of Interest:
Jordan; Egypt; Syria; Levant
List of Publications
Allinson, Jamie, The Struggle for the State in Jordan: The Social Origins of Alliances in the Middle East, IB Tauris, 2016
‘A Fifth Generation of Revolutionary Theory?’ (Review essay) Journal of Historical Sociology 32:1 pp.142-151 (2019)
‘Counterrevolution as International Phenomenon: The Case of Egypt’ Review of International Studies 45:2 pp.320-344 (2019)
‘Class forces, Transition and the Arab uprisings: A Comparison of Egypt, Syria and Tunisia’ Democratization, 22:2 (2015)
Allinson, Jamie (2015) ‘Necropolitics of Drones’ International Political Sociology 9
Allinson, Jamie and Anievas, Alex, 'The Uneven and Combined Development of the Meiji Restoration: A Passive Revolutionary Road to Capitalist Modernity’, Capital and Class 34:3 2010
Allinson, Jamie and Anievas, Alex, ‘The uses and misuses of uneven and combined development: an anatomy of a concept’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs 22:1 2009
Allinson, Jamie, ‘Revisiting the Transformation of the Ninenteenth Century and the ‘Eastern Question’: Uneven and Combined Development and the Ottoman Steppe’ in Alex Anievas and Kamran Matin (ed) Historical Sociology and World Development: Uneven and Combined Development over the Longue Duree , Rowman and Littlefield, London 2016
Allinson, Jamie ‘The Middle East and North Africa through the lens of Marxist International Relations theory’ in Raymond Hinnesbusch (ed), The Ashgate Research Companion on the Middle East Ashgate, London (forthcoming 2017)
Allinson, Jamie, ’Class forces, transition and the Arab uprisings: a comparison of Tunisia, Egypt and Syria’ in After the Arab Uprisings: Between Democratization, Counter-revolution and State Failure R. Hinnebusch (ed), Routledge 2016
Allinson, Jamie, ‘Cyber-warfare and new spaces of conflict’ in Dannreuther, Roland International Security: A Framework for Analysis 2nd Edition, Routledge, London 2013
Allinson, Jamie, ‘Jordan and the economics of the Baghdad Pact’ in Trentin and Gerlini (ed.), The Middle East and the Cold War: Between Security and Development, Cambridge Scholars’ Press, Cambridge, 2012
Allinson, Jamie and Anievas, Alex, ‘Approaching “the International”: Beyond Political Marxism’ in Anievas ed. Marxism and World Politics: Contesting Global Capitalism Routledge, London, 2010
‘The Tragedy of the Worker’ (with China Mieville, Richard Seymour and Rose Warren) Salvage Issue 7, October 2019
‘Disaster Islamism’ Salvage Issue 4, January 2017
‘Don’t Mourn, Accelerate’ Salvage Issue 1, July 2015
I am currently senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, where I am programme director for the MSc in International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic. I have also worked as an external consultant with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. My research concerns social theory and the critique of political economy. I am especially interested in the uneven and combined development of capitalism and how histories of this phenomenon undermine distinctions between the state and civil society, domestic and international politics and the Global North and South. I am also interested in the theory and history of revolutionary transformations and their counterrevolutionary adversaries. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in 2000, an MA in International Political Economy at Tsukuba University (Japan) in 2006, and PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Research from my PhD formed the basis of my first book The Struggle for the State in Jordan: The Social Origins of Alliances in the Middle East co-winner of the 2016 Political Economy Project book prize.
I am currently writing a book about counterrevolution in the Middle East since 2011, linking the counterrevolutionary outcomes of the 2011 Arab uprisings to the changing patterns of global political economy in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. I am also working on a project developing a critique of the concept of the ‘war economy’ through the experience of Syria’s post-2011 civil wars: in this project I am pursuing the intuition that ‘the economy’ might itself be considered a kind of war.
I am a founding editor of the quarterly Salvage.