Political Thought and Political Economy 1

Room: 
Room 1.29, Law & Politics Building
Time Slot: 
Tuesday 27th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Mr Jonathan Benson (University of Manchester)
Panel Members: 
  • Mr Orlando Lazar (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Paul Raekstad (University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr Robin Jervis (University of Brighton)

This panel, organised by the Political Thought specialist group, aims to "answer the difficult questions" presented by the separation of political economy and political theory. The papers presented focus on conceptions of property, liberty and justice as they apply in the spheres of production and distribution, with a particular focus in several papers on the organisation of work. Papers from Lazar-Gillard, Raekstad and Jervis address core themes of republican thought – including domination, independence and freedom – through their application to the workplace, building on a growing literature re-visiting work as a contested political space. Kyle’s paper extends the discussion of the relation between individual and state by revisiting Spencer’s The Man versus the State to draw conclusions on justice, individual and social life. The panel merges applied and theoretical work, and draws on a diverse range of theorists in order to critique the application of key concepts in political economy and political thought.

Papers presented:

Orlando Lazar-Gillard (University of Oxford) “Republicanism and Independence from Work”

Paul Raekstad (University of Amsterdam) “Freedom, Domination and Property-Owning Democracy”

Robin Jervis (University of Brighton) “Co-operative Workplaces and Rousseau’s Political Thought”