Economics affects politics, politics affects economics, and there is politics internal to economics. The Politics of Economics seminar series brings different perspectives together to discuss these dynamics and their normative and epistemic consequences. As the meaning of economics and politics has shifted over time, the series covers contemporary settings as well as historical moments on the role of economists and economics in policy. It explores the tensions and contestations of economic knowledge in the context of expert advice as well as political movements within the academy, and questions how these relate to a changing economy.
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Programme Michaelmas Term
14 October 2019 / Caitlin Zaloom (New York University)/ Indebted: Student Finance, Social Speculation, and the Future of the US Family /5:30-7:00, McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College / Organized in collaboration with MaxCam
29 October 2019 / Diane Coyle (Cambridge) / Economics for the Digital Age? / 4:00-5:30, Seminar Room S2, Alison Richard Building
12 November 2019 / Steven Medema (Duke University, USA) & David Gindis (University of Hertfordshire) / The Politics of Law and Economics / Discussion by Ann Sofie Cloots (Cambridge) / 4:00-5:30, Seminar Room S2, Alison Richard Building
3 December 2019 / Simon Szreter (Cambridge) / Incentivizing an Ethical Economics / 4:00-5:00, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building
Full programme in pdf here.
The seminar originated as a CRASSH initiative in 2017-19 and in 2019/2020 will continue as a seminar series hosted by the Project Expertise under Pressure. Current convenors are Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (CRASSH, Expertise Under Pressure Project), Raffaele Danna (Cambridge, History), Christina Laskaridis (SOAS, Economics), Alice Pearson (Cambridge, Social Anthropology) & Jack Wright (CRASSH, QUALITY Project). The seminar series is currently funded by the Bennett Institute and the Cambridge-INET Institute.
Advisory Committee is composed of Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge, HPS), Simon Szreter (Cambridge, History), Mike Kenny (Cambridge, Bennett Institute), Diane Coyle (Cambridge, Bennett Institute), Giancarlo Corsetti (Cambridge-INET Institute, Economics) & Tiago Mata (UCL, STS).
Previous convenors are Kim Caspar Hecker (Cambridge, POLIS), Jens van’t Klooster (Cambridge, Philosophy), Aled Davis (Cambridge, POLIS), Ida A. B. Sognnaes (Cambridge, Land Economy), & Jostein Hauge (Cambridge, Institute of Manufacturing).