Room 2.29, Law & Politics Building
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 14:15 - 15:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr James Wood (University of Cambridge)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Craig Berry (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Dr James Silverwood (Coventry University)
  • Ms Anna Killick (University of Southampton)

This panel, convened by Craig Berry for the British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group, considers how ideas about the economy change. It pays particular attention to ideational change in the periods leading up to, and immediately after, economic crises. As such it offers a series of original perspectives on one of the timeless dilemmas of political economy, that is, how and why economic crises shape our understanding of the economy, and ultimately the responses to crisis advanced by policy elites. The panel’s primary focus is Britain, although international examples and comparators will be utilised where relevant, and the papers assess ideational change across a variety of time-horizons. In understanding change, the papers look at the role of economic orthodoxies or paradigms, institutional processes and policy cycles, economic shocks, political parties and the role of ‘progressive’ political forces, and individual behaviours and understandings related to the economy and economic life.