Critical Political Economy for a new Global Political Economy

 CPERN mid-term workshop

Friday 22– Saturday 23 July 2022

University of Limerick, Ireland

The Global Political Economy is now described, depending on who describes it, as “over-stimulated”, “scarred”, “squeezed”, “unsustainable”, or “jammed up”. Commentators routinely cite the threat of stagflation. The (post-)pandemic recovery is considered “K-shaped”, with assets inflated, to the benefit of asset holders, whilst livelihoods are (further) degraded. Governments have so far failed to put in place a global Green New Deal. The pandemic has exposed the recklessness of decades of austerity, commercialisation, and under-funding of our health and social care systems. While the populist zeitgeist seems to be waning, its successor on the horizon is yet more tepid neoliberal centrism that seeks only to deter those who hope for egalitarian alternatives. Likewise, within academia, efforts continue to sideline, discourage and, if possible, eliminate critical thinking and our ambitions for social change.

We need a new Global Political Economy, and we need critical political economy to provide the intellectual, methodological, analytical and strategic tools through which to conceptualise, explain and critique the multiple crises we face. The aim of our next CPERN mid-term workshop is therefore: a Critical Political Economy for a new Global Political Economy.

The CPERN mid-term workshop is the mid-term workshop of the Critical Political Economy Research Network (RN06) of the European Sociological Association. More details:

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!


David Bailey, Bernd Bonfert, Alona Lyasheva, Owen Worth, Yuliya Yurchenko


All times are Irish Standard Time (UTC+1)

Friday 22 July

The workshop will occur in the GEMS building which is 34 on the map, over the river.

9.45                       Welcome and introductions Room GEMS 0-016

10.00 – 12.00      Covid Capitalism, Crises, and Crisis Responses (chair: David Bailey, Birmingham)

Room GEMS 0-016

Madelaine Moore (Bielefeld)

A spherical fix: capitalist crisis through social reproduction theory

Serap Saritas (Oslo)

Crisis of financialised social reproduction: Case of elderly in the aftermath of pandemic

Owen Worth (Limerick)

Covid Capitalism and World Order: The slow unravelling of market neoliberalism?

Yuliya Yurchenko (Greenwich)

Debt, war, and (macro)economic restructuring: lessons from Ukraine on planning a sustainable economy

12-1                       LUNCH                 

1.00 – 2.30         

Panel 1:                Work, time and labour (chair: Phoebe Moore, Essex)

Room GEMS 0-016

Pedro Teixeira (Humboldt)

The theoretical construction of “workplace democracy” in academic discourses

Benjamin Anderson and John Jenkinson (Simon Fraser)

Building Autonomous Power: Worker Centres and Solidarity Networks in Precarious Times

Joel Lazarus (Bath)

Transcending colonialism through an ontology and political economy of needs: preliminary findings from the WorkFREE project and an embryonic articulation of a new theory of needs

Ilona Steiler (Tampere)

Sustainable time-use under all-the-time capitalism? (Post-)pandemic considerations

Benjamin Ferschli (Oxford)

A Simple Question of More with Less by Fewer? Automation, Concentration and Labour-Productivity in the Automotive and Generalized Manufacturing Sectors of 21 countries between 2011 and 2019

Panel 2:                European Governance, European Crisis (chair: Mònica Clua-Losada, Rio Grande, Texas)

Room GEMS 0-028
Vincenzo Maccarrone and Roland Erne (UCD)

Continuity and change in European Governance of Labour after the Covid-19 pandemic

Laura Horn (Roskilde) and Angela Wigger (Radboud)

European Political Economy – Critical Perspectives

Davide Monaco (Manchester)

Italian capitalism within the Eurozone crisis: narratives, common sense, and neoliberal restructuring

2.30                        BREAK

2.45 – 4.15         

Panel 1:                Economic experiments in the wake of the pandemic (chair: Brian Milstein, Limerick)

Room GEMS 0-016

Mareike Beck (Kings)

Assetising the Assetless: Private Equity and the Rise of Rent-backed Securities

Silke Trommer (Manchester)

Trading in Inequality: How are the UK’s Food and Care Economies affected by the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement?

Nils Peters (Goldsmiths)

The problem of abundance: Venture capital and the formatting of the platform business model

Jörg Nowak (Brasilia) – ONLINE
Is data labour liberated labour? Proposals for radical economic change from the Silicon valley in the light of technological reification

Panel 2:                Progressive Politics in the age of crisis (1): Feminism as a response to the crisis (chair: Marco Guglielmo, Birmingham)

Room GEMS 0-028

Sarah Uhlmann (Humboldt)

Alternative social reproduction as a basis for progressive politics

Ben Whitham (SOAS)

The Revolution of Values and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Adam Kingsmith (York, Toronto)

Anxious Solidarities in the age of crisis

Melany Cruz (Leicester)

“A revolt within the revolt”: feminist political ideas in Chile’s social uprising

4.15                        Break

4.30 – 6.00pm   

Panel 1:                Critical Political Economy of Health, Care, and Disability (chair: Yuliya Yurchenko, Greenwich)

Room GEMS 0-016

Ari C. Parra (CUNY, New York)

The Political Economy of Disability and the Nursing Home Industry in the United States

Evan Sedgwick-Jell (Birkbeck)

The Mental Health Imaginary – The Politics of Mind Under Late Neoliberalization

Costanza Galanti and Mary Naughton (UCD)

Using the unions. Healthcare struggles in Italy and Spain between trade unionism and self-organization

Sahil Dutta (Goldsmiths) and Ian Lovering (Kings)

‘Care Capitalism’ and the Financialization of Social Reproduction

Panel 2:                Progressive Politics in the age of crisis (2): Eco-left responses to the crisis (chair: Bernd Bonfert, Cardiff)

Room GEMS 0-028

Phil Roberts (York)

Brazilian Rural Social Movements, ‘Inverse’ Hegemony, and the Decolonization of Left Strategy in the Return to Neodevelopmentalism

Francesco Laruffa (Breman)

Neoliberal capitalism in crisis: paradoxes and dilemmas of progressive politics

Damian McIlroy (Queens)

An eco-situationist theory: the post pandemic détournement of eco-socialism      

Emma Foster and Pete Kerr (Birmingham)

Environmental and LGBQTIA+ Politics in an Age of Crisis: A progressive response to climate change?

7.30pm                 Workshop meal

The Locke Bar, Limerick CIty

Saturday 23 July

8.00 – 9.30am    Online session (2) (chair: David Bailey)

Yadu C R (CDS, Trivandrum)

Agrarian transformation across space and time: a case study of two villages in South India

Fatma Pınar Arslan (Istanbul)

Role of Fiscal Policy During Pandemics: The Case of Turkey

Satyaki Dasgupta (Colorado) and Annesha Mukherjee (JNU, Kerala)

A Marxist Feminist Discussion on Female Labour Force Participation and Intra-household Dynamics in Post-Pandemic India

Jakub Anusik (Lodz)

Comparing views on dependency: ‘new’ political economy vs ‘old’ structuralist approach

10.00-12.00am   (Mis)Managing (Neoliberal) Capitalism (chair: Owen Worth, Limerick)

Room GEMS 0-016

Anton S. Filipenko (Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv)

Capital and Labor: Global Dimensions

Joseph Ward (Birmingham)

Between Johnson and Jupiter: assessing the role of consent and coercion in executive centralisation in post-Brexit Britain and Macron’s France

Paula Schwevers (Birmingham)

Management of labour and money under Thatcher- British political economy during the 1980s

Mònica Clua-Losada (Rio Grande, Texas)

Resisting (Authoritarian) Neoliberalism: Disrupting Spain’s political economy

Gemma Gasseau (Scuola Normale, Florence)

Re-municipalization of urban water services between resistance and re-appropriation: the case of Naples, Italy

12-1                       LUNCH

1.00 – 2.30         

Panel 1:                Feminist decolonization, sustainable use-time and left communications (chair: Emma Dolan, Limerick)

Room GEMS 0-016

Asha Herten-Crabb (LSE)

Towards a feminist decolonizing trade agenda

Ilona Steiler (Tampere)

Sustainable time-use under all-the-time capitalism? (Post-)pandemic considerations

Giorgos Charalambous (Nicosia) – ONLINE

Communicating Crises on the Left: Prognostic and Diagnostic Frames During Four Periods

Panel 2:                Progressive Politics in the age of crisis (3): Can the left organise? (chair: Melany Cruz, Leicester)

Room GEMS 0-028

Chris Bick (LSE)

How did Labour Get the Blame?: Parties, Ideas and Crisis in the United Kingdom

Gianmarco Fifi (LSE)

From Crisis to Crisis: The Western Left during the Eurozone crisis and the Covid Pandemic

Bradley Ward and Marco Guglielmo (Birmingham)

Combining horizontal and vertical politics: Introducing the progressive network-system

David Bailey (Birmingham)

Perennial debates of the left: same difference?

2.30                        BREAK

2.45 – 4.15         

Panel 1:                Critical Political Economy of Industrial Policy (chair: Ian Bruff, Manchester)

Room GEMS 0-016

Thanos Liapas (Viadrina)

The political economy of the shift of the Federation of German Industries’ industrial policy agenda

Julia Eder (Johannes Kepler, Linz)

Making the European automotive industry fit for the future: opportunities and challenges from a labour perspective

Panel 2:                Critical Political Economy of Development (chair: Laura Horn, Roskilde)

Room GEMS 0-028

Julia Loginovic (Manchester)

The Future of Post-Pandemic Development: Beyond Neoliberal Individualism?

Oleksandr Svitych (Jindal Global University) – ONLINE

Development for whom? The case of USAID in the Ukrainian Donbas

Dario Clemente (Buenos Aires) – ONLINE

Beyond the “Neodevelopmentalist Left”: The Need for a New Hegemonic Interpellation. Insights From Argentina and Brazil.

Salimah Valiani  – ONLINE

Toward a general theory of capitalist formations in the trajectory of world historical capitalism

4.15                        BREAK

4.30 – 6.00         

Panel 1:                 Critical Political Economy of the Climate Crisis (chair: Yuliya Yurchenko, Greenwich)

Room GEMS 0-028

Johannes Jäger (Vienna) – ONLINE

A critical political economy perspective on the emergence of sustainable finance: insights for progressive strategies

Calum McGeown (Queens)

A New Era of Interventionism? Capitalism, Covid-19 and the limits of ‘climate neo-statism’

Thomas Da Costa Vieira (SOAS)

The Political Economy of the Green Transition: Climate Change, Accumulation and the State in Britain

Oscar Berglund (Bristol) and David Bailey (Birmingham)

System Change, not Climate Change: Whose system, what change?

Panel 2:                Alternatives to/in Capitalism (chair: Patrick Doyle, Limerick)

Room GEMS 0-016

Olga Vincent (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)

Crafting alternatives to capitalist labor

Bernd Bonfert (Cardiff)

’None of this would have worked if it was just one of us.’ Collaboration across regional community-supported agriculture networks

Neil Warner (LSE)

Roads to No Alternative: The Rejection of Proposals for the Socialisation of Investment in France, Britain and Sweden, 1970-1991

Lara Montesinos Coleman (Sussex)

Counter-Legality in Social Movement Strategy: Law in Political Economy and Immanent Critique

6.00                        Launch panel for the new journal: Global Political Economy


led by the Editors in Chief: Phoebe V Moore and Mònica Clua-Losada

followed by wine reception, hosted by Bristol University Press


The Critical Political Economy Research Network is Research Network 06 of the European Sociological Association.