This new Political Studies Association specialist group focuses on the field of political economy in both contemporary and historical perspective. The group's objectives are (a) to organise high profile conference and workshop activities, (b) to provide a high quality information and discussion tool for the political economy community, (c) to stimulate graduate work in political economy, (d) to actively link political economists in UK political science with cognate scholarship in other fields and other parts of the world and (e) to raise the profile of the PSA in established political economy research networks globally.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

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Wecome to the weblog of the brand new PSA specialist group on Political Economy. If you would like to join the group (there is at present no membership fee), then please go here to download the membership form.

This group will operate with a broad and inclusive understanding of political economy. The basic premise of any work labelled political economy is that the political and the economic are not discrete domains, but part of an interconnected whole. Politics and economics are thus inseparable analytically. Within this overarching definition, there is of course considerable space for theoretical debate and empirical specialisation. This diversity means that political economy work may be theoretical or empirical, historical or contemporary, international or comparative. Work conducted under the political economy banner is undertaken from a variety of theoretical perspectives and proceeds from a variety of methodological premises. Indeed, while some of the world’s primary political economists work under the banner of political science, many do not. As such political economy has the potential to act as an important interdisciplinary hosting metaphor.

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