The Politics of Economics
A Seminar Series on The Political Role of Economics organized by Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, Raffaele Danna, Christina Laskaridis, Alice Pearson & Jack Wright

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 Lent Term

28 January 2020 / James Forder (University of Oxford) / Theoretical expertise and the weaponizing of the Phillips curve, 1970-1977 / 4:00-5:30, Seminar Room S2, Alison Richard Building

11 February 2020 / Hilary Cooper (consultant economist) & Simon Szreter (Cambridge) / Incentivizing an ethical economics / 4:00-5:30, Seminar Room S2, Alison Richard Building

25 February 2020 / CANCELLED Andrea Mennicken (LSE) / The Politics of quantification / 4:00-5:00, Seminar Room S1, Alison Richard Building

10 March 2020 / CANCELLED Cornel Ban (Copenhagen Business School) / Resilient capital: How the core of mainstream macroeconomics coped with the great recession / 4:00-5:30, Seminar Room S2, Alison Richard Building

Full programme Lent term in pdf here.

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? / Discussion by Matthias Klaes (Buckingham) / 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

CANCELLED / 3 December 2019 / Simon Szreter (Cambridge) / Incentivizing an Ethical Economics / 4:00-5:00, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Full programme Michaelmas term 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 INET YSI, 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).