David William Soskice, FBA (born 6 July 1942) is a British political economist and academic. Currently, he is LSE School Professor of Political Science and Economics at the London School of Economics.

Early life and educationEdit

Soskice was born as son of the British Home Secretary Frank Soskice in London. He shares his first name with his grandfather, the Russian revolutionary journalist David Soskice [ru], who had fled to England.

Soskice was educated at Winchester College and studied Political science, Philosophy and Economics at Nuffield and at Trinity College, Oxford.

Academic careerEdit

Between 1967 and 1990, he worked as Lecturer in Economics at University College, Oxford. After the Fall of the Berlin Wall he went to the Berlin Social Science Research Center, where he worked as Research professor and director of the working group 'Employment and Economic change'. After his retirement in 2007, he returned to Nuffield as Research Professor of Comparative Political Economy and Senior Research Fellow.

Soskice was Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell and, every spring semester, at Duke University. Between 2004 and 2007, he was appointed Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. He counselled the OECD, the British Labour Party and the governments of United Kingdom, France, and Germany in questions of employment and education.


Within his research area, political economy, Soskice's focusses on the study of labor markets, systems of Vocational education and production regimes.

The 2001 published book Varieties of Capitalism, written/edited by Soskice and the Harvard professor Peter A. Hall[1] enjoyed large popularity[citation needed] both in Political Economy (due to its macroeconomic implications) and Business (because of its analytical focus on the organizational structure of the individual firm). The book typecasts and analyzes two distinct types of capitalist economies: the liberal and coordinated market economies.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1966, Soskice married Alison Black; they later divorced. Together they had two children: one son and one daughter. In 1991, he married Nicola Mary Lacey.[2]


  • 2006: Macroeconomics: Imperfections, Institutions and Policies (with Wendy Carlin)
  • 2001: Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage (ed. with Peter A. Hall).
  • 2000: Unions, Employers and Central Banks: Wage Bargaining and Macroeconomic Regimes in an Integrating Europe (ed. with Torben Iversen, and Jonas Pontusson).
  • 1995: Institutional Frameworks and Labour Market Performance (ed. with Friedrich Buttler, Wolfgang Franz, and Ronald Schettkat).
  • 1990: Macroeconomics and the Wage Bargain: A Modern Approach to Employment, Inflation and Exchange Rates (with Wendy Carlin).
  • 1983: Unionism, Economic Stabilisation and Incomes Policies: European Experience, (ed. with Robert Flanagan and Lloyd Ulman).


  1. ^ Peter A. Hall, David Soskice (eds.): Varieties of Capitalism. The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  2. ^ "SOSKICE, Prof. David William". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2017.

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