William Vlcek, Senior Lecturer
William Vlcek is Senior Lecturer in Global Political Economy with a collection of degrees in Political Science, Computer Science, Military History and International Relations (PhD, London School of Economics).
Prior to joining the School of International Relations in 2009 he taught: Aerospace Studies at the College of the Holy Cross and Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts (1987 to 1991); Vehicle Communications Networks to automotive industry engineers and technicians in North America and Europe (1995 to 2000); and Globalisation and Development at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London (2006 to 2008).
He has contributed to two reports on offshore finance and tax havens prepared for the European Parliament and in April-May 2017, he was a Visiting Professor of International Relations with the Graduate Program in International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
His 2017 book, Offshore Finance and Global Governance: Disciplining the Tax Nomad, has been long listed for the 2018 IPEG Book Prize.
William Vlcek has investigated aspects of global financial governance involving offshore finance since 2002. This research is reflected in the publications listed below covering such topics as the global governance of taxation, money laundering and terrorist finance.
An additional research project investigates the role and application of casinos as economic development, starting from the case of Macau and its use as a model for casino development by other jurisdictions in Asia and beyond. He is also collaborating with Dr Faye Donnelly on research exploring the intersections between finance and security in the global political economy.
- Offshore Finance and Global Governance: Disciplining the Tax Nomad (2017), long listed for the 2018 IPEG Book Prize.
- Offshore Finance and Small States: Sovereignty, Size and Money, in the Palgrave Macmillan International Political Economy series (2008).
- 2018; ‘Global financial governance and the informal: limits to the regulation of money’, Crime, Law and Social Change, 69 (2): 249 - 264.
- 2017; ‘Drowning the Greek Economy: Injurious Speech and Sovereign Debt’, co-authored with Faye Donnelly, Finance and Society, 3 (1): 51 - 71.
- 2015; "Securitising money to counter terrorist finance: some unintended consequences for developing economies", International Studies Perspectives, 16 (4): 406-422.
- 2015; "Taking other people’s money: development and the political economy of Asian casinos", The Pacific Review 28 (3): 323 - 345.
- 2014; "From Road Town to Shanghai: situating the Caribbean in global capital flows to China", The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 16 (3): 534-553.
- 2013; "Crafting human rights in a constitution: Gay rights in the Cayman Islands and the limits to global norm diffusion", Global Constitutionalism - Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, 2 (3):345-372.
- 2013; "The global pursuit of tax revenue: would tax haven reform equal increased tax revenues in developing states?", Global Society 27 (2): 201-216.
- 2012; "Power and the practice of security to govern global finance" Review of International Political Economy 19 (4): 639-662.
- 2011; "Global anti-money laundering standards and developing economies: the regulation of mobile money", Development Policy Review 29 (4): 415-431.
- 2011; "Offshore finance in Ghana: why not?", a contribution to the Debate section of Review of African Political Economy 38 (127): 143-149.
- 2010; "Byways and highways of direct investment: China and the offshore world", Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 39 (4): 111-142.
- 2010; "Alongside global political economy–a rhizome of informal finance", in the special issue "Deleuze and Guattari and International Relations", Journal of International Relations and Development 13(4): 429-451.
- 2010; "Money laundering prevention and small state development: insights from the case of the Bahamas", Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 48 (3): 373-391.
- 2009; "A Level Playing Field and the Space for Small States", Journal of International Relations and Development 12 (2):115-136.
- 2009; "Behind an offshore mask: sovereignty games in the global political economy", Third World Quarterly 30 (8):1465-1481.
- 2009; "Hitting the right target: EU and Security Council pursuit of terrorist financing", Critical Studies on Terrorism 2 (2): 275-291.
- 2008; "A Leviathan Rejuvenated: Surveillance, Money Laundering, and the War on Terror", International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society 20 (1-4): 21-40.
- 2008; "Competitive or coercive? The experience of Caribbean offshore financial centres with global governance" in the special issue "The Competitiveness of Small Vulnerable Economies: Insights from the Caribbean", The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 97 (396): 439-452.
- 2008; "Development vs. Terrorism: Money Transfers and EU Financial Regulations in the UK", British Journal of Politics and International Relations 10 (2): 286-302.
- 2007; "Why Worry? The Impact of the OECD Harmful Tax Competition Initiative for Caribbean Offshore Financial Centres", The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 96 (390): 331-346.
- 2007; "Surveillance to Combat Terrorist Financing in Europe: Whose Liberty, Whose Security?", European Security, 16 (1): 99-119.
- 2006; "Acts to Combat the Financing of Terrorism: Common Foreign and Security Policy at the European Court of Justice", European Foreign Affairs Review, 11 (4): 491-507.
- 2004; "The OECD and Offshore Financial Centres: Rearguard Action Against Globalisation?", Global Change, Peace & Security, 16 (3): 227-242.
- 2018; ‘Privatising security in finance: measures against the money threatening society’ in Security Privatization: How Non-security-related Private Businesses Shape Security Governance, Oldrich Bures and Helen Carrapico, eds., Springer, 101 - 122.
- 2013; "Sovereignty games and global finance in the Cayman Islands" in European Integration and Postcolonial Sovereignty Games: The EU Overseas Countries and Territories, Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Ulrik Pram Gad, eds., Routledge in the New International Relations series, 115-129.
- 2012; "Contingent liability or moral hazard after the global financial crisis: Cayman, Westminster and global finance" in The Non-Independent Territories of the Caribbean and Pacific: Continuity or Change?, Peter Clegg and David Killingray, eds., Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 143-162.
- 2010; "Development – Great and small: “Greater China”, small Caribbean islands and offshore finance" in Greater China in an Era of Globalization, Sujian Guo and Baogang Guo eds., Lexington Books, 205-220.
- 2009; "The Caribbean Confronts the OECD: Tax Competition and Diplomacy" in The Diplomacies of Small States: Between Vulnerability and Resilience, Andrew F. Cooper and Timothy M. Shaw, eds., Palgrave Macmillan International Politi
- cal Economy series, 264-278.
- 2009; "A Semi-Periphery to Global Capital: Global Governance and Lines of Flight for Caribbean Offshore Financial Centres" in Globalization and the ‘New’ Semi-peripheries, Owen Worth and Phoebe Moore, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 177-197.
- 2009; "Governing the offshore: non-independent Caribbean jurisdictions, the EU and the International" in Governance in the non-independent Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century, Peter Clegg and Emilio Pantojas eds., Ian Randle Publishers, 98-118.
- 2008; "Action and consequence: the predicament of EU measures against the financing of terrorism", in Europe and Transnational Terrorism: Assessing Threats and Countermeasures, Franz Eder and Martin Senn, eds., Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2008, 145-171.
- International Political Economy (IR3004)
- Shadows in the global political economy (IR4547)
- Political Economy of Conflict (IR5039).
- Mya Alexander-Owen
- Ferdinand Arslanian
- David Ismail
- Martin Skold
- Lori Davis (Management), co-supervisor with Dr Philip Roscoe, School of Management
In general, William Vlcek can work with any research question dealing with international political economy.
- small state economies
- global financial governance (including the governance of criminal finance - money laundering and terrorist financing)
- informal economies as a feature in the global political economy.