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.

Monday, 15 February 2010

The Third Warwick/RIPE public debate, 2nd of March 2010

The Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick will host on Tuesday 2nd March the third of what is now an annual public debate in IPE organised in conjunction with the Review of International Political Economy. Please put this date in your diaries.

The content of the Debate will revolve around the recent contributions to the study of IPE and Comparative Political Economy made by Professor Vivien Schmidt of Boston University in the United States. She will talk on the theme of 'The Fall, Rise, Fall and Rise of the State within Modern Capitalism - and how to explain it', drawing on Professor Schmidt's recently published articles in World Politics (vol 61, no. 3), and European Political Science Review (vol. 2, no. 1). The event will take the form of a roundtable discussion on analysing the state within capitalism, and 'discursive institutionalism'. In addition to Professor Schmidt, the other speakers will be Professor Colin Hay (University of Sheffield), and Professor Colin Crouch (University of Warwick).

It is one of the highlights of the year for the Department's IPE Group. Previous debates have been conducted in front of large audiences, including scholars drawn from many different universities, and I suspect that something similar will also be the case this year. In order to give you a flavour of what the debate might be like, the content of last year's debate - complete with full audio recording - can be found here. This year's debate will take place between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. in Warwick Business School Scarman Road building, lecture theatre B3.20. (number 62 in this campus map. It will also be recorded for uploading onto the Departmental website.

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 4.30 p.m. for audience members to take their seats. The Department of Politics and International Studies looks forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the event.

Ben Clift

Friday, 8 January 2010

Call for Papers and Panels - Politics in Hard Times: International Relations Responses to the Financial Crisis

7th Pan-European International Relations Conference, Stockholm, 9-11 September 2010

The conference will feature keynote speeches by Peter Gourevitch, Professor of Political Science, University of California at San Diego, and Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Senior Visiting Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and former United Nations Special Envoy for Darfur.

The conference consists of sections on the following topics:
* New Approaches to Cold War: History and Current International Politics
* The European Union's Relations with Major International Powers
* The Politics of World Community: Beyond the International in Theory and Practice
* Credit and Crisis
* Spaces of Global Capital: Territoriality, Markets and Democratic Politics
* English school
* International Security
* Security and Ethics
* The Critical Limits to the Financial Crisis: World Politics, Aesthetics, and Re-Politicization
* Energy Resources and Social Change
* The Return of the State? Global Capitalism and Geopolitics after the Crisis of Neoliberalism
* The Future of Armed Conflict
* Challenges of Democracy Promotion: Do all good things go together?
* Searching for State Identity in Post-crisis period: theories and policies
* European Sea Power - A Critical Appraisal
* Critical Approaches to Security in Europe
* Changing Tide in Global Economic Regulation? The Crisis and Global Economic Governance
* The Bright and Dark Sides of the Discipline
* New Approaches to Foreign Policy Analysis: Integrating rational, social and psychological perspectives
* Gender in Transnational Politics: Transitions and Transformations in a Time of Crises
* Identity and Conflict
* Social Democratic Responses to the Contemporary Humanitarian Military Intervention Dilemma: A Comparative Analysis.
* Biopolitics, Governmentality, Circulation
* Another Europe is possible? Alternatives and Resistance to Neoliberal European Governance
* European Foreign Policy in Transition: New IR Approaches to EU Foreign Policy
* Putting critical IPE in its place?
* Emergence of Humanitarian World Politics
* Global Order: Historical Perspective or Fiction?
* Strategic Narratives
* Politics in Hard Times: The Human Impact of the Financial Crisis
* The European Sub-prime: The Financial Crisis in Eastern Europe
* International Institutions, Global Politics, and Law
* The Debate on Turkey - Creating an inclusive or exclusive Europe?
* Democratic Governance and International Institutions
* The "Other" Crisis: The Political Economy of the Environment and Our Relationship To It
* The Transformation of Security Culture
* Crisis - Whose Crisis? Southern Actors between Contagion, Concurrence and Cooperation
* Re-Discovering International Organisations
* Constructing the Knowledge Society: A Global Challenge
* Nordic Scholars/ Nordic Countries in International Relations
* Regional Powers in Latin America, Africa and Asia: Winners or Losers of the Financial Crisis?
* Economic Communities and Institution-Building in Times of Crisis
* Global Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism

Each section will comprise either 5 or 10 panels. For more information on these sections and their convenors see Please get in touch with the section convenors on any question regarding their section. There will be no Open Section - all paper and panel proposals have to fit into the sections outlined above.

The conference will take place at the congenial and atmospheric Stockholm City Conference Centre, a prime downtown venue. A reception for all participants will be given at Stockholm City Hall, the same hall in which the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. The conference is organised by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Södertörn University, Stockholm University and the Swedish National Defence College, in cooperation with the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). The local organizing committee is chaired by Johan Eriksson (Södertörn University and Swedish Institute of International Affairs).

All sections welcome individual paper proposals, most welcome complete panel proposals as well. Each 105-minute panel should comprise four to five papers plus discussant and chair. Proposals must be submitted via our online submission system at

ECPR-SGIR does not request membership for conference participation. It offers reduced rates of conference fees for students. Prospective participants should note that the ECPR-SGIR is unable to reimburse expenses incurred in connection with the conference.

The closing date for paper and panel proposals is February 28, 2010.

Accepted participants will be notified by April 1, 2010.

Andreas Nölke and Antje Wiener

ECPR-SGIR 2010 Programme Chairs