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CRITICAL POLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH NETWORK WORKSHOP

CALL FOR PAPERS

WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY THE CRITICAL POLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH NETWORK OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION –http://criticalpoliticaleconomy.net/ http://www.europeansociology.org/

The Eurozone in Crisis: Challenges and Controversies in the European Political Economy(ies) and in Political Economy Research

Friday 18 – Saturday 19 February 2011, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

The ongoing economic and political turmoil in the eurozone (for example, Greece’s bailout, the downgrading of Spain’s credit rating, Ireland’s fall from grace) has highlighted the need for critical reflection on, and analysis of, developments in recent years. Accordingly, this workshop provides a forum for discussion of the European political economy(ies), plus the broader debates in critical political economy that have taken place in this period.

Therefore, papers will be sought on, FIRSTLY, empirical issues linked to the challenges faced by: member states; regions within the Eurozone (e.g. the so-called PIIGS); CEE countries wishing to join (e.g. issues of euroisation faced by Hungary, etc.); institutions such as the ECB; the euro as a global currency; the crisis itself (inclusive of the 2008-9 period and the current fall-out from Greece’s troubles). SECONDLY, though, we are also interested in contributions which, while retaining Europe as their empirical focus, speak to broader conceptual and theoretical debates that have taken place over the past decade. To give a few examples, there have been lively discussions on: supranational governance in the light of the euro; the internationalisation of national states; the rise to prominence of inter alia the ‘cultural political economy’, ‘everyday life’ and ‘neo-Poulantzian’ literatures; neoliberalism; and ‘models’ of capitalism plus (in the European context) the notion of a social ‘model’.

As such, we seek contributions from scholars with an interest in political economy research, whatever their disciplinary affiliation (sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, ethnology, development studies, area studies, history, etc.). Hence the workshop aims to attract a diverse range of junior and senior researchers, from postgraduate students to professors. To this end, limited funds will be available for assisting PhD researchers who present, especially those from Central and Eastern Europe, with their travel and accommodation costs.

The workshop will be held on Friday 18 – Saturday 19 February 2011 at Goethe University Frankfurt. Introducing the workshop will be Andreas Nölke, Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt. This will be followed by a plenary address on global/supranational governance and the internationalisation of the state by Ulrich Brand, Professor of International Politics at the University of Vienna.

There is no fee for attending and participating in the workshop. The workshop language will be English.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to ianbruff@gmail.com by no later than Wednesday 13 October 2010. The applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by no later than Friday 22 October 2010.

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Eurozone Crisis

EUROZONE IN CRISIS: REFORM OR EXIT?

Research on Money and Finance (RMF) at SOAS and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities are organising a roundtable on:

‘Eurozone in Crisis: Reform or Exit?’

The event will explore themes from the widely read RMF report ‘Eurozone in Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour’. It will also contribute to the debate on the social, political and economic aspects of the Eurozone crisis that was launched by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. Since the start of 2010 the Eurozone crisis has become progressively deeper, threatening the existence of the euro as well as the coherence of the European Union. The crisis poses questions of economic malfunctioning and austerity policies imposed on several European countries, but also of democracy and state relations within the European Union. The roundtable will consider these issues from a variety of radical perspectives.

Participants include:

Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS, ‘Reform or Exit from the Eurozone?”

George Irvin, SOAS, ‘Costs and Benefits of Default’

Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck, ‘The Democratic Deficit within the Eurozone’

Stathis Kouvelakis, King’s College, ‘The Eurozone Crisis as a Crisis of the State”

Alex Callinicos, King’s College, ‘Political Implications of the Eurozone Crisis’

CHAIR: Larry Elliott, The Guardian Newspaper.

Date and Time: June 2nd, 6-8
Venue: Rm B33, Birkbeck College, Mallet St. WC1

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