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