Andrew Glyn

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Andrew Glyn
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Born (1943-06-30)30 June 1943
Died 22 December 2007(2007-12-22) (aged 64)
Nationality British
Occupation Academic, Economist
Academic work
Discipline Economics
Sub-discipline Unemployment, Economic inequality
Institutions Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Notable works Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Andrew John Glyn (30 June 1943 – 22 December 2007) was an English economist, University Lecturer in Economics at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Economics in Corpus Christi College. A Marxian economist, his research interests focussed on issues of unemployment and inequality.

He was Associate Editor of Oxford Review of Economic Policy. He was a consultant for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and for the International Labour Organisation.


Glyn was born in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire.[1] He was the son of John Glyn, the 6th Baron Wolverton, of the Williams & Glyn's Bank banking dynasty.[2] He attended Eton and went on to study economics at Oxford University before becoming a government economist from 1964 to 1966.[1] He was appointed to a fellowship in economics at Corpus Christi where he worked for the rest on his life.[1] During his time at Oxford he tutored both David and Ed Miliband: Ed Miliband's adviser Stewart Wood has described Glyn as Miliband's biggest intellectual influence.[3]

On 22 December 2007, he died of a brain cancer at the Sobell House hospice in Oxford.[4]


In the 1970s and early 1980s Glyn was a member of the Trotskyist Militant tendency in Oxford, writing a pamphlet critiquing the 'Alternative Economic Strategy' of the Tribune group of MPs, Capitalist Crisis or Socialist Plan in 1978.[5]

In 1984 Glyn also wrote The Economic Case Against Pit Closures for the National Union of Mineworkers to counter the energy policy of the Thatcher government.[5]

Published books[edit]

  • Capitalism Unleashed. Oxford University Press, 2006.[6][7][8][9][10][11]
  • Social democracy in neoliberal times : the left and economic policy since 1980. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Colliery closures and the decline of the UK coal industry, with Stephen Machin. Oxford : Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, 1996.
  • The North, the South, and the environment : ecological constraints and the global economy, with V Bhaskar. St. Martin's Press, 1995.
  • A Million Jobs a Year. Verso, 1985.
  • Capitalism Since World War II: The Making and Breakup of the Great Boom, with Philip Armstrong and John Harrison. Fontana, 1984. 2nd edition as Capitalism Since 1945, Blackwells 1991. Also translated into Chinese and Korean.
  • The British Economic Disaster, with John Harrison. Pluto, 1980; (also translated into Japanese).
  • British Capitalism, Workers and the Profit Squeeze, with Bob Sutcliffe. Penguin, 1972; also translated into Italian, German, and Japanese.
  • Capitalism in crisis, with Robert B Sutcliffe. Pantheon Books, 1972.
  • British capitalism, workers and the profits squeeze with Robert B Sutcliffe. Penguin, 1972.

Other published works[edit]

He also published 36 peer-reviewed journal articles, many book chapters and a number of essays. He additionally wrote a number of magazine articles and newspaper columns, including those in The Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, and New York Times,


  1. ^ a b c Obituary: Andrew Glyn, The Guardian, 1 January 2008 – retrieved 30 August 2011
  2. ^ Andrew Glyn: Leading left-wing economist devoted to the study of inequality, The Independent, 7 January 2008 – retrieved 30 August 2011
  3. ^ Beckett, Andy (23 February 2017). "PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain". Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Sutcliffe, Bob (January 2011), "Glyn, Andrew John (1943–2007)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/99345 
  5. ^ a b Andrew Glyn, Socialism Today, issue 115, February 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2011
  6. ^ OUP catalog entry.
  7. ^ Reviewed in The Guardian [1]
  8. ^ Reviewed in International Review of Applied Economics [2]
  9. ^ Reviewed in World Economics [3]
  10. ^ Reviewed in De Economist [4]
  11. ^ interview and review in Socialist Review [5].

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