Landmark ‘Political Economy on Trial’ workshop held in Sheffield

On March 18-19th SPERI welcomed a group of world-leading scholars to Sheffield for a ‘state of the field’ workshop that reflected on the blind spots in the field of political economy.

In collaboration with the editorial boards of the leading journals, Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) and New Political Economy (NPE), SPERI hosted the two-day academic workshop, Political Economy on Trial: Reflections After a Decade of Unforeseen Developments.

The workshop took as its starting point our contemporary moment where we are grappling with xenophobia and authoritarianism, ideological polarization, sharp concentrations of corporate power, wealth and ownership, and increasingly pronounced struggles over gender and racial inequality.

At the workshop participants reflected collaboratively on our current times and discussed how political economy scholarship needs to change to better understand and explain these issues and their underlying causes. Papers presented at the workshop considered a wide range of issues including climate change, platform capitalism, race, nationalism and global trade and drew on interdisciplinary scholarship including feminist political economy, economic sociology, postcolonialism, economic geography, law, international relations and cultural political economy.

The list of all workshop participants can be found here. Contributions from the workshop will now be captured and shared in two simultaneously published special issues of RIPE and NPE.

On Monday 18th a panel of workshop participants including current and past editors of RIPE and NPE discussed the ‘Political Economy on Trial’ theme with a large public audience. The panel included Daniel Mügge, Genevieve LeBaron, Colin Hay, Jacqueline Best, Andrew Hindmoor and Spike Peterson.