Room: 
Edinburgh
Time Slot: 
Wednesday 23rd March 15:30 - 17:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Jeremy Green (University of Cambridge)
Panel Discussant: 
  • Dr Daniel Bailey (University of York)
Panel Members: 
  • Mr Sean McDaniel (University of Warwick)
  • Mr David Yarrow (University of Warwick)
  • Professor Anthony McGann (University of Strathclyde)

[This panel is proposed by the new PSA specialist group on British and comparative political economy, convened by Dr Craig Berry and Dr Jeremy Green, which will be formally established in advance of the 2016 conference.]

If we are to confront the unique challenges posed by the post-crisis political economic landscape, we will need to theorise the role that inherited ideas about the economy play in conditioning our collective political imagination. Any conception of the ‘good life’ needs political economic institutions through which to realise it. Ideas about the nature of these institutions can serve to narrow our sense of their contingency, and prevent us from seeing how they might be structured differently. Yet, they are also the basis upon which political renewal becomes possible. New ideas about the relationship between economists, economic ideas and the political process may therefore be needed in order for the economy to better serve society.

This panel explores the role of economic ideas and expertise in shaping our sense of what is politically possible today. We seek proposals for papers which examine the epistemic authority of particular economic ideas within political debate and policymaking, and how these ideas may preclude the realisation of alternative political institutions better suited to building the ‘good society’ in the wake of the global financial crisis.