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, 28 April 2009

Conference: 'Globalisation and European Integration: the Nature of the Beast', 5th-6th June 2009, University of Warwick

A cutting-edge event on Critical Political Economy approaches to European integration and its relationship with globalisation. The conference aims to stimulate a constructive engagement between historical materialist, constructivist and post-structuralist approaches to European integration. It aims to encourage interdisciplinary exchange between specialists from the fields of politics, international relations, international political economy and sociology on their research findings regarding global governance, regional integration and the national state with special reference to the European Union.

Registration fee: £27 including refreshments, buffet lunch and wine reception on Saturday.

Registration deadline: 15 May 2009.

There is a limited number of places available, so please register as soon as possible in order to secure your participation.

Keynote Speakers: A. Cafruny and M. Ryner.

K. Van der Pijl, B. Jessop, H. Overbeek, L.S. Talani, A. Bieler, W. Bonefeld, B. Clift, A. Wigger, H. Buch-Hansen, O. Holman, H.J. Bieling, S. Shields, C. Belfrage, J. Grahl, G. Menz, J. Baines, H. Macartney, I. Bruff, J. Drahokoupil, L. Levidow, C. Shaw, G. Strange, J. Tittenbrun, H. Plaschke, E. de Zutter, F. Ercan, S. Oguz, S.M. Rodrigues Balão, C. Dannreuther, K. Möller, C. Hermann, L. Horn, V.Muzaka, M. Notshulwana, A. Popa, O. Parker, J. Caballero, F. Capano, M. Fini, N. Fuentes, E. Gundogdu, W. Ko, O. Yaka, S. Braconi, J.W.Son.

For more information (conference programme, registration procedure, transport/accommodation information), please click here.

Co-organisers: Andreas Tsolakis ( and Petros Nousios (

This event is kindly funded by the American Study and Student Exchange Committee and the PAIS department at Warwick.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

The Second Warwick/RIPE Debate in IPE - Tuesday 5th May 2009

This is a reminder to all PESG members and to those people who keep an eye on our blog site that the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick will host on Tuesday 5th May the second of what is now an annual public debate in IPE organised in conjunction with the Review of International Political Economy. Last year's debate was conducted in front of an audience of 100 scholars drawn from 20 different institutions, and the content of the debate - complete with full audio recording - can be found here. This year's debate will take place between 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. in Lecture Theatre MS.01 in the Mathematics and Statistics Building. This is building number 35 on the campus map, and the closest car park is number 15.

The content of the Debate will revolve around the recent contribution to the study of IPE made by Professor Mark Blyth of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, who will be talking about and promoting his new book, Handbook of International Political Economy (Routledge, 2009). The event will take the form of a roundtable discussion of the intellectual rationale underpinning the organisation of the Handbook, and in addition to Professor Blyth it will also involve Professor Barry Gills (University of Newcastle, and a former Editor of RIPE), Dr Jeffrey Chwieroth (London School of Economics) and Professor Shirin Rai (University of Warwick).

There is no entrance charge for attending the debate, so this message constitutes an open invitation for all to attend. The Lecture Theatre will open at 4.00 p.m. for audience members to take their seats, as Routledge will be running a book stall advertising their IPE list from that time onwards. The Debate will begin promptly at 4.30 p.m., so please do try to take your seats at least five minutes before that time. The Department of Politics and International Studies looks forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the event.