Blind spots in International Political Economy: first landmark Special Issue published in RIPE

In March 2019 SPERI was honoured to welcome a group of world-leading scholars to Sheffield for a landmark workshop that reflected on blind spots in the field of political economy. SPERI hosted the workshop in collaboration with the editorial boards of the leading journals, Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) and New Political Economy (NPE). The workshop has led to a double special issue of RIPE and NPE on ‘Blind spots in International Political Economy’.

Today, the first special issue has been published in RIPE, and the NPE Special Issue will follow later in the autumn. Both Special Issues are co-edited by the organisers of the ‘blindspots’ initiative: Professor Genevieve LeBaron (SPERI, University of Sheffield), Professor Colin Hay (SPERI, University of Sheffield), Professor Jacqueline Best (University of Ottawa) and Professor Daniel Mügge (University of Amsterdam).

The RIPE special issue is entitled, Blind spots in IPE: Marginalized perspectives and neglected trends in contemporary capitalism, and the abstract is below. 

Which blind spots shape scholarship in International Political Economy (IPE)? That question animates the contributions to a double special issue—one in the Review of International Political Economy, and a companion one in New Political Economy.

The global financial crisis had seemed to vindicate broad-ranging IPE perspectives at the expense of narrow economics theories. Yet the tumultuous decade since then has confronted IPE scholars with rapidly-shifting global dynamics, many of which had remained underappreciated. We use the Blind Spots moniker in an attempt to push the topics covered here higher up the scholarly agenda—issues that range from institutionalized racism and misogyny to the rise of big tech, intensifying corporate power, expertise-dynamics in global governance, assetization, and climate change.

Gendered and racial inequalities as blind spots have a particular charge. There has been a self-reinforcing correspondence between topics that have counted as important, people to whom they matter personally, and the latter’s ability to build careers on them. In that sense, our mission is not only to highlight collective blind spots that may dull IPE’s capacity to theorize the current moment. It is also a normative one—a form of disciplinary housekeeping to help correct both intellectual and professional entrenched biases.

All of the articles in the RIPE special issue can be read here. Initially, all articles in both special issues will be available open-access.

The forthcoming NPE special issue will be entitled, Seeing and not-seeing like a political economist: the historicity of contemporary political economy and its blind spots. 

The full list of contributors for both special issues is below.

Special issue editorsTitleInstitution
Jacqueline BestProfessor of Political ScienceUniversity of Ottawa
Colin HayProfessor of Political AnalysisUniversity of Sheffield
Genevieve LeBaronProfessor of PoliticsUniversity of Sheffield
Daniel MüggeProfessor of Political ArithmeticUniversity of Amsterdam
Special issue contributorsTitleInstitution
Maha Rafi AtalPostdoctoral Research FellowCopenhagen Business School
Kate BedfordProfessor of LawUniversity of Birmingham
Gurminder K. BhambraProfessor of Postcolonial and Decolonial StudiesUniversity of Sussex
André BroomeAssociate Professor of International Political EconomyUniversity of Warwick
Andrew GambleProfessor of PoliticsUniversity of Sheffield
Marieke de GoedeProfessor of PoliticsUniversity of Amsterdam
Eric HelleinerProfessor in Political ScienceUniversity of Waterloo
Kristen HopewellCanada Research Chair in Global PolicyUniversity of British Columbia
Paul LangleyProfessor of Economic GeographyUniversity of Durham
Erin LockwoodAssistant Professor of Political ScienceUniversity of California, Irvine
Matthew PatersonProfessor of Internatinal PoliticsUniversity of Manchester
Louis PaulyJ. Stefan Distinguished Professor of Political EconomyUniversity of Toronto
V. Spike PetersonProfessor of International RelationsUniversity of Arizona

Elisabeth Prügl
Professor of International RelationsGraduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Leonard SeabrookeProfessor of International Political Economy and Economic SociologyCopenhagen Business School
Robbie ShilliamProfessor of International RelationsJohns Hopkins University
JP SinghProfessor of International Commerce and PolicyGeorge Mason University
Kevin YoungAssociate Professor of Political ScienceUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst

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