Leonard Seabrooke, Center for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation,
University of Warwick, UK
Leonard Seabrooke explores the welfare context behind individual decisions in different societies that
fuelled the financial crisis. Phenomena such as sub-prime lending can only be understood when they have
been located in the norms of the society and the particular welfare trade-offs that society tends to produce.
This topic is analyzed in comparative context and related to intentional rationality and axiorational behavior,
as well as to the need for methodological individualism in political economy.
Leonard Seabrooke is Professor in International Political Economy in the Department of Politics and
International Studies and Director of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
at the University of Warwick. He is also a Visiting Professor at the International Center for Business
and Politics at Copenhagen Business School. His recent books include US Power in International Finance (2001)
and The Social Sources of Financial Power (2006).