Francesco Boldizzoni

Professor of Political Science
Phone: +358 2941 23824
Room: 1042, Snellmania
Address: Faculty of Social Sciences, Unionsgatan 37
Postal Address: P.O. Box 54, 00014 University of Helsinki

I am interested in the political and economic origins of our time, and particularly in problems of capitalism. I look at these problems through historical lenses, paying special attention to culture and ideas as powerful forces that drive both human behavior and our understanding of it. Current writing projects include two books approaching capitalism from complementary angles: one examines the long-term dynamics of welfare state formation and crisis; the other is about misadventures in social forecasting since Karl Marx. I am happy to supervise doctoral students interested in exploring themes at the intersection of history and social theory, particularly those falling within the broad scope of historical political economy.

Current projects

The End of Capitalism: Misadventures in Social Forecasting since Karl Marx. Under contract with Harvard University Press.

The Trap of Wealth: The Making and Breaking of Welfare States. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

Highlighted publications

Means and Ends: The Idea of Capital in the West, 1500-1970 (London: Macmillan, 2008).

The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011).

“On History and Policy: Time in the Age of Neoliberalism,” Journal of the Philosophy of History 9:1 (Winter 2015).

Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History, co-ed. with Pat Hudson (London: Routledge, 2016).

“Capitalism’s Futures Past: Expectations in History and Theory,” Critical Historical Studies 4:3 (Fall 2017).

“Capital, Class, and Empire: Nineteenth-Century Political Economy and Its Imaginary” in The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought, ed. by Warren Breckman and Peter E. Gordon, vol. I (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).