Mark Thatcher is Professor of Comparative and International Politics, Department of Government, London School of Economics. He has also taught in Paris and Oxford and been a fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Recent publications include Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (co-editor with Vivien Schmidt, 2014, CUP) and ‘European Commission merger control’, European Journal of Political Research 53(3) (2014): 443-464, while his book, Internationalisation and Economic Institutions (OUP 2007) won the 2008 Charles Levine Prize awarded by the International Political Science Association. His research expertise lies in comparative public policy in Europe. He has researched on the governance of markets, and is currently working on policies towards cultural sectors, the EU’s political identity and the links between historic buildings and national identity.