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Manchester Political Economy Institute Annual Lecture 2016

Michael Jacobs, Visiting Professor, School of Public Policy, UCL, Rethinking Capitalism

Wednesday, 26th October, 16.00-18.00, University Place 4.204

Western capitalism is in trouble. For decades investment has been falling, living standards have stagnated or declined, and inequality has risen dramatically. Economic policy has neither reformed the financial system nor restored stable growth; on the contrary, fiscal austerity has weakened it. Climate change meanwhile poses increasing risks to future prosperity.

In this talk, Michael Jacobs will propose new ways of thinking about capitalism. Drawing on his new book Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, edited with Mariana Mazzucato, he will argue that orthodox economic analysis, with its emphasis on markets and market failures, fails to understand properly how capitalism works, and why it often doesn't. He will examine the inadequacy of current economic orthodoxies, reflect on the intellectual resources provided by the economic traditions of Schumpeter, Polanyi and Keynes, and show how different approaches to policy could generate economies which are more innovative, inclusive and sustainable.

Michael Jacobs is Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at University College London and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. An environmental economist and political theorist, his work has focused on the political economy of environmental change. From 2004-10 he was a Special Adviser to the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, responsible for domestic and international policy on environment, energy and climate change, and before that (2004-2007) a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury. He has also been previously General Secretary of the Fabian Society, Co-Editor of the The Political Quarterly, and Senior Adviser to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which he helped to found. His other books include The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future (Pluto Press, 1991).

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Political Economy Institute Annual Lecture 2015

Stephen Gill, York University, Toronto and Hallsworth Visiting Professor

Critical Global Political Economy in the 21st Century: Reflections on Global Organic Crisis

Professor Stephen Gill is a world leading scholar of global political economy, political and social theory, international relations and law and cultural studies.

His best known books are The Global Political Economy: Perspectives, Problems and Policies (with David Law, 1988); American Hegemony and the Trilateral Commission(1991); Gramsci, Historical Materialism and International Relations (1993); Innovation and Transformation in International Studies (1997); and Power, Production and Social Reproduction: Human In/security in the Global Political Economy (with Isabella Bakker, 2004).

2014-15 Seminar Series

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and legitimacy in global health governance

  • Speaker: Sophie Harman (QMUL)
  • Date: 8 October 2014

Crisis in Spain: This time around…

  • Speaker: Greig Charnock
  • Date: 22 October 2014

Green violence: Rhino poaching and the war to save southern Africa’s peace parks

  • Speaker: Bram Buscher (ISS)
  • Date: 5 November 2014

When description becomes prescription: Capitalist diversity as a strategic problem for Korean social movements

  • Speaker: Jamie Doucette
  • Date: 26 November 2014

Beyond anti-austerity: The possibilities and limits of social movements in resistance to neoliberalism'

A round table event with movements@manchester.

  • Chair: Gemma Edwards
  • Date: 3 December 2014
  • Speakers: Marianne Maeckelbergh (Leiden), Nadim Mirshak (Manchester), Jamie Matthews (Manchester), Colin Barker (ex-MMU), Carl Death (Manchester). 

Financialisation of nature, urbanisation of the world: The sociospatial ramifications of the gold bubble in the Chilean Andes

  • Speaker: Martín Arboleda
  • Date: 28 January 2015

Complex indebtedness: An alternative ontology of world politics

  • Speaker: Meera Sarabatnam
  • Date: 11 February 2015

Gramsci and the study of post-Gramscian ideologies: Institutions, class, experience

  • Speaker: Gareth Price-Thomas
  • Date: 4 March 2015

Being anti-militarist and anti-militarist being

Joint seminar with the Poststructuralist and Critical Thought cluster.

  • Speaker: Chris Rossdale (RHUL)
  • Date: 18 March 2015

Crisis, new economic governance and legitimacy: Questioning the interrelations of economic and political crises in the Eurozone

Joint seminar with the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE).

  • Speaker: Ingar Solty (York/Berlin)
  • Date: 15 April 2015

How to analyse institutions from a gendered perspective in IPE

Joint seminar with the School of Social Sciences Gender Research Network (GRN)

Speaker: Georgina Waylen

Date: 29 April 2015

Other events

Feminist political economy: Challenging mainstream economics

  • Speaker: Professor Bina Agarwal
  • Date: 1 April 2014

Professor Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at The University of Manchester. She has been Director of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; President of the International Society for Ecological Economics; President of the International Association for Feminist Economics; and Vice President of the International Economics Association.

Her nine books include the award-winning A Field of One’s Own (Cambridge University Press) and Gender and Green Governance (Oxford University Press, OUP). She has written extensively on the political economy of gender; poverty, legal change; food security, environmental governance, and agriculture. A three-volume compendium of her selected papers entitled "Gender Challenges" is also forthcoming from OUP.  She holds honorary doctorates from ISS (The Hague), and the University of Antwerp. In 2008, she received a Padma Shri from the President of India, and in 2010 the Leontief Prize from Tufts University “for broadening the frontiers of economic thought”. She is currently working on issues of cooperation, inequality and food security. More details about Bina Agawal

Postcolonial theory and the spectre of capital

  • Speaker: Professor Vivek Chibber (New York University)
  • Date: 19 March 2014

A provocative intellectual assault on the Subalternists' foundational work. 
Postcolonial theory has become enormously influential as a framework for understanding the Global South. It is also a school of thought popular because of its rejection of the supposedly universalizing categories of the Enlightenment. In this devastating critique, mounted on behalf of the radical Enlightenment tradition, Vivek Chibber offers the most comprehensive response yet to postcolonial theory. Focusing on the hugely popular Subaltern Studies project, Chibber shows that its foundational arguments are based on a series of analytical and historical misapprehensions. He demonstrates that it is possible to affirm a universalizing theory without succumbing to Eurocentrism or reductionism.

Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital promises to be a historical milestone in contemporary social theory.

Social ecological economics

  • Speaker: Clive Spash
  • Date: 25 February 2014

An introduction to Marxist economics

  • Speaker: Ben Fine
  • Date: 4 February 2014

Inaugural Manchester lecture in global political economy

  • Date: 13 February 2014

Behind Marx’s ‘hidden abode’: Toward an expanded conception of capitalism

Speaker: Professor Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser is professor of philosophy and politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. An Einstein fellow at the John F Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin, she also holds the chair in global justice at the Collège d'Etudes Mondiales, Paris. In winter 2014, she will be visiting professor of gender studies at Cambridge University. Her most recent book is Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (Verso, 2013).

Should and could Economics have predicted the financial crisis?

  • Speakers: Steve Kenn and Peter Backus
  • Date: 6 December 2013

Introduction to post-Keynesian economics

  • Speaker: Engelbert Stockhammer
  • Date: 14 November 2013

Introduction to Austrian economics

  • Speaker: Gerry Steel
  • Date: 3 December 2013

Global political economy research cluster: Work-in-progress seminars (Wednesdays, 3.30pm - 5pm)

23 October 2013, Adrienne Roberts (Manchester), What's Finance Got to Do With It?
Interrogating the Limits of Gender Equality though Financialization 15:30-17:00, Roscoe 1.003

6 November 2013, Juanita Elias (Warwick), Foreign Policy and the Domestic Worker: the Malaysia-Indonesia domestic worker dispute, Roscoe 1.003

13 November 2013, Japhy Wilson (Manchester), Fantasy Machine: Philanthrocapitalism as an Ideological Formation, Roscoe 1.003

20 November 2013, Sebastien Rioux (University of British Columbia), Capitalism and the Production of Uneven Bodies , Roscoe 2.10

27 November 2013, Carl Death (Manchester), The Green State in Africa, Roscoe 1.003

4 December 2013, Ian Bruff (Manchester), Critical Political Economy and Capitalist
Diversity: Critiquing the conceptual foundations of the dominant approaches, Roscoe 1.003

11 December 2013, All day workshop, Beyond Troubled Engagements? Feminist challenges to critical IPE (sponsored by the GPE Research Cluster, the Political Economy Institute at Manchester and BISA/IPEG) Time and Room TBC

22 January 2014, Prof Phil Cerny (Professor Emeritus of Politics and Global Affairs, University of Manchester and Rutgers University), The Paradox of Liberalism in a Globalising World, Room TBC

29 January 2014, Nicola Smith (Birmingham), Queer Sexual Economies in/and IPE (co-hosted with the Feminist Political Economy Network), Room TBC

5 March 2014, Prof Lucia Quaglia (York), The Politics of Transatlantic Regulatory Disputes in Finance Before and After the Global Financial Crisis (co-hosted with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence), Room TBC

12 March 2014, Gabriel Siles-Brügge (Manchester), Trading Ourselves out of Recession, Room TBC

2 April 2014, Sophie Harman (Queen Mary University of London), The Bill and Melinda Gates Conundrum: Legitimacy in Global Governance, Room TBC

30 April 2014, Claes Belfrage (University of Liverpool Management School), Crashed Imagined Recoveries and the Fight back of Neoliberalism: The Icelandic Epic (or Tragedy), Room TBC

PEI and post-crash economics society lecture series

  • Ha-Joon Chang ‘Let a hundred flowers bloom and cross fertilise: Different schools of economics and how they can benefit from closer interactions’  Tuesday  1st October, Roscoe Theatre B, 5-7pm
  • Geoff Hodgson ‘Geoff Hodgson – ‘ Taking institutions seriously: an introduction to institutional economics’ Tuesday 22nd October, Roscoe Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm
  • Engelbert Stockhammer ‘Introduction to Post-Keynesian Economics’ Tuesday 14th November, Roscoe Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm
  • Gerry Steel ‘Introduction to Austrian Economics’ Tuesday 3rd December, Roscoe Lecture Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm

CSE Trans-Pennine working group meetings

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