Sahil Jai Dutta is a lecturer in political economy. His teaching and research focus on financialisation, money, managerialism, and the political economy of Britain.
His work explores how contemporary neoliberal society has come to be managed. His published research has addressed this in three areas: monetary governance, corporate governance and neoliberal public sector reform.
Sahil is currently working on three interdisciplinary research projects:
- Modern monetary policymaking: Examining how financial globalisation and the rise of market-based banking has produced new forms of state power in Britain and new possibilities for macroeconomic policymaking.
- Financialisation of the firm: This project explores how non-financial company executives in the 1960s pioneered the use of financial markets as an engine for growth. They developed key techniques - high leverage, share-price maximisation and accounting manipulation - that later came to be associated with the shareholder value era.
- The rise of New Public Management: This project explores the history of public sector reform in Britain and America and how techniques of systems analysis were taken from Cold War American military planners and redeployed to design, implement and evaluate public sector work, underpinning the rise of audit culture, outsourcing, internal markets and managed competition.
Beyond academia Sahil works with policy-focused research organisations pursuing alternatives to financialisation and has published with the Institute for Public Policy Research, Transnational Institute, Open Democracy and New Socialist.
Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Sahil worked at Warwick University and did his doctoral research at the University of Sussex.
Sahil convenes the MA Global Political Economy programme to start in 2019 and is Senior Tutor for 2nd-year undergraduates in Politics.
Sahil currently convenes three undergraduate modules:
Introduction to Economic Policy (1st year)
The Making of Global Capitalism (2nd year)
Finance and the Global Political Economy (3rd year).
Advice and Feedback hours: Thursday 1000-1200 in 41 Lewisham Way, First Floor (Ring buzzer).
Areas of supervision
Sahil is interested in supervising doctoral researchers working in the political economy, financialisation, or neoliberal governance. Specifically, he is interested in supervising projects related to monetary governance; public sector reform, managerialism, historicist political economy.
The Managerial Lineages of Neoliberalism
Knafo, Samuel; Dutta, Sahil Jai; Lane, Richard and Wyn-Jones, Steffan. 2019. The Managerial Lineages of Neoliberalism. New Political Economy, 24(2), pp. 235-251. ISSN 1356-3467
Sovereign debt management and the globalization of finance : recasting the City of London’s ‘Big Bang’
Dutta, Sahil Jai. 2018. Sovereign debt management and the globalization of finance : recasting the City of London’s ‘Big Bang’. Competition & Change, 22(1), pp. 3-22. ISSN 1024-5294
Patient capital in the age of financialized managerialism
Knafo, Samuel and Dutta, Sahil Jai. 2016. Patient capital in the age of financialized managerialism. Socio-Economic Review, 14(4), pp. 771-788. ISSN 1475-1461