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Cambridge Research Seminar in Political Economy - talk by John Eatwell, Professor of Financial Policy and President of Queens’ College

When Feb 25, 2013
from 05:15 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Emmanuel College, Gardner Room
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Cambridge Research Seminar in Political Economy
Emmanuel College
Convened by Ivano Cardinale (Emmanuel College)
Co-convenors: D’Maris Coffman (Centre for Financial History and Newnham College) and
Roberto Scazzieri (University of Bologna and Gonville and Caius College)
Societies face challenges that require understanding the entrenchment of the economic and political spheres. However, both political economy and the public debate often use categories of analysis developed for different historical contexts. As a result, they are often stuck in dichotomies and disputes no longer relevant.
The Cambridge Research Seminar in Political Economy aims to develop new categories of analysis that make it possible to explore the interface between the economic and political spheres of modern societies. It aims to do so by combining structural analysis of political-economic systems and historical analysis, drawing on the conceptual tools of political economy classical and modern, the institutional and structural analysis of economic systems, and economic history.
By investigating the internal configuration of systems, understanding how causal mechanisms work differently in different socio-historical conditions, and making relevant comparisons, the structural and historical approach makes it possible to explain the status quo, but also to identify alternative courses of action that are possible in a given context, although not realised.
The Seminar thus aims to advance our understanding of political-economic systems and to contribute to the public debate by pointing to perspectives and solutions that overcome received categories and solutions, but are firmly grounded in what is possible in a given socio-historical context.
Programme for Lent term 2013
28 January – David Soskice (School Professor of Political Science and Economics, LSE)
12 February – Alberto Quadrio Curzio (Professor of Political Economy, Catholic University of Milan and Vice-President, National Lincei Academy, Rome)
25 February – John Eatwell (Professor of Financial Policy and President of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge)

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