Two New SPERI Pivots Published
The series, ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy’, now counts 7 volumes with the addition of two exciting new books.
by Sabyasachi Kar and Kunal Sen
This book breaks down the last 65+ years of Indian development into several episodes of growth, providing a rich set of insights into the political economy of the Indian development process. The first of these episodes, running from the 1950s to 1992, was mostly characterised by economic stagnation, with a nascent recovery in the eighties. The second, covering the period 1993 to 2001, witnessed the first growth acceleration in the economy. A second acceleration ran from 2002 to 2010. The fourth and final episode started with the slowdown in 2010 and continues to this day. The book provides a theoretical framework that focuses on rent-structures, institutions and the polity and demonstrates how changes in these can explain the ups and downs of growth in India.
by Martin Craig
This book critically syntheses a range of disparate literatures and debates and asks what is at stake in mounting a decisive response to the ‘socio-ecological crisis’ – a crisis of humanity’s relationship with the rest of nature that places social life as we know it in jeopardy. Martin Craig proposes that political economists within and beyond the field of political ecology make an indispensable contribution to the diagnosis of this crisis and the formulation of prescriptions for its resolution. In a wide-ranging yet concise exposition, he assesses the fraught relationship between capitalist societies and the biosphere of which they are a part and urges a renewed emphasis on political-economic structure and strategy when considering responses to the crisis. The result is a proposal for a critical yet inclusive research enterprise – ‘ecological political economy’ – within which a wide variety of researchers can readily participate.