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Senior Lecturer in Global Political Economy, University of St Andrews

William Vlcek has investigated aspects of global financial governance involving offshore finance since 2002. This research is reflected in publications 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 (University of St Andrews) on research exploring the intersections between finance and security in the global political economy.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer in Global Political Economy, University of St Andrews
  • 2009–2017
    Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews
  • 2006–2008
    Lecturer in International Politics, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London


  • 2006 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD in International Relations
  • 1986 
    University of Alabama, M.A. in History
  • 1982 
    Ohio University, B.S in Computer Science
  • 1982 
    Ohio University, M.A. in Political Science
  • 1981 
    Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University, A.B. in Political Science


  • 2018
    Global financial governance and the informal: limits to the regulation of money, Crime, Law and Social Change
  • 2018
    Why "jurisdiction"? Determining boundaries in offshore finance, Small States and Territories
  • 2017
    Drowning the Greek Economy: Injurious Speech and Sovereign Debt, Finance and Society
  • 2017
    Offshore Finance and Global Governance: Disciplining the Tax Nomad, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2015
    Taking other people’s money: development and the political economy of Asian casinos, Pacific Review
  • 2015
    Securitising money to counter terrorist finance: some unintended consequences for developing economies, International Studies Perspectives
  • 2014
    From Road Town to Shanghai: situating the Caribbean in global capital flows to China, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • 2013
    The global pursuit of tax revenue: would tax haven reform equal increased tax revenues in developing states?, Global Society
  • 2012
    Power and the practice of security to govern global finance, Review of International Political Economy
  • 2011
    Offshore finance in Ghana: why not?, Review of African Political Economy
  • 2010
    Money laundering prevention and small state development: insights from the case of the Bahamas, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
  • 2010
    Byways and highways of direct investment: China and the offshore world, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
  • 2009
    A Level Playing Field and the Space for Small States, Journal of International Relations and Development
  • 2009
    Behind an Offshore Mask: sovereignty games in the global political economy, Third World Quarterly
  • 2008
    Offshore Finance and Small States: Sovereignty, Size and Money, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2008
    A Leviathan Rejuvenated: Surveillance, Money Laundering, and the War on Terror, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
  • 2008
    Development vs. Terrorism: Money Transfers and EU Financial Regulations in the UK, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • 2008
    Competitive or coercive? The experience of Caribbean offshore financial centres with global governance, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
  • 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
  • 2004
    The OECD and Offshore Financial Centres: Rearguard Action Against Globalisation?, Global Change, Peace & Security

Research Areas

  • International Relations (160607)
  • International Economics And International Finance (140210)