Dr Thomas Sattler joined the International Relations Department in September 2011 as a Lecturer in International Political Economy. Below he introduces himself:
I am a new Lecturer in International Political Economy at the LSE IR Department and joined the Department in September. Before moving to London, I was teaching at the University College Dublin and previously was a post-doc at Princeton and NYU.
My research addresses questions broadly related to the connections between politics and financial markets, and the workings of international institutions. Specifically, I examine which political and institutional factors undermine or strengthen signals that governments send to financial market participants in times of crises. In related work, I analyze how democratic elections affect financial market behavior, and how political institutions mediate the market response to election outcomes. My second research agenda on international institutions focuses on the role of the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism for international economic cooperation, specifically, how effective the Settlement Mechanism is in addressing the role of power in international relations, what its effects are on bilateral trade and how governments strategically interact during the dispute settlement process.
In my future research, I will study government interactions in exchange rate politics and what their implications are for exchange rate stability and competitive devaluations. This research will draw on the literature on international institutions to understand how international monetary arrangements could be designed to make the cooperation failures in this area less likely.