Political Economy on Trial: Reflections After a Decade of Unforeseen Developments – SPERI events in March 2019

In March 2019 a group of world-leading scholars will join us in Sheffield for two major events that will reflect on the implications of recent events for political economy as a field.

A decade after the global financial crisis, we are grappling with a world of xenophobia and authoritarianism, ideological polarization, sharp concentrations of corporate power, wealth and ownership, and increasingly pronounced struggles over gender and racial inequality. Many of these trends were not predicted and remain poorly integrated into political economy analysis.

In collaboration with the editorial boards of the leading journals, Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) and New Political Economy (NPE), SPERI will host a prestigious two-day academic workshop, Political Economy on Trial: Reflections After a Decade of Unforeseen Developments. This landmark ‘state of the field’ workshop is an opportunity for political economy as a field to reflect on its own blind spots. It will provide an opportunity to think collaboratively and collectively about our current times, and how political economy scholarship needs to change to better understand and explain them. Contributions from the workshop will be captured and shared in two simultaneously published special issues of RIPE and NPE.

Linked to the workshop we will explore these same questions in a major public event on Monday 18th March at Sheffield Town Hall. Founding and current journal editors from RIPE and NPE, and participants in the workshop, will take part in a public roundtable discussion and engage in an audience Q&A session.

Registration for the public roundtable event will open soon. Sign up to SPERI’s newsletter to be informed about when tickets are available. We hope you will be able to join us.