This week we are launching two new SPERI Comment blog series.
Revisiting the developmental state
The first series, co-ordinated by Matt Bishop and Tony Payne, will explore the developmental state, a concept that first emerged in political economy debates in the early 1980s. In their introductory blog, Matt and Tony argue that it is time for fresh thinking about developmental states and to open up a new debate about the potential gains offered by this longstanding and core concept in the study of the political economy of development.
The series will feature contributions from David Booth, Shaun Breslin, Courtney Lindsay, Valbona Muzaka, Ziya Öniş, Kunal Sen and Henry Wai-chung Yeung.
The second series, co-ordinated by Craig Berry, will explore uncertainty and the business of predicting the future in political research.
In his new blog to begin the series Craig Berry sets out why political economists should embrace uncertainty as a key foundation of inquiry. He argues that ‘the point of understanding uncertainty is not to further enhance our power to predict the future, but rather to more comprehensively understand the present. Unless we are able to produce new, and better, knowledge about uncertainty, we will remain in the dark.’
The series will feature contributions from Glen O’Hara, Helen Thompson, Paul Krishnamurty and Muhammad Ali Nasir amongst others.
Both series will run on the SPERI Comment blog over the coming weeks.