IASH-SSPS Research Fellow, September - December 2019
Home Institution: Williams College
Project: Civic Nationalism and the Challenge of Secession in Scotland
Darel Paul’s research is focused on class ideologies in Western countries and the manifestation of those ideologies in public policies. His first book, Rescaling International Political Economy (Routledge, 2005), studied the role of subnational states in the operation of neoliberal globalization. The argument turned on how different class coalitions at the local scale seek to carry out different globalizing economic development strategies. His third book, From Toleration to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage (Baylor University Press, 2018), shows how the normalization of homosexuality and same-sex marriage in the United States has been a class project rooted in American elites’ lived experiences, their political interests, and their ideologies, particularly managerialism and diversity. Paul has also published work on the domestic politics of the Iraq War, the political ideology of Milton Friedman and Ben Bernanke, and reviews of the international political economy literature with special interest in liberal theory. His current research focuses on civic nationalism as a supposed antidote to ethnic nationalism, with a special interest in Scotland. His work at the IASH will focus on completing research for three articles on the symbolic construction and contestation of contemporary Scottish political identity focusing on Margaret Thatcher, social democracy, and Orangeism.