May 2018


The British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group will be hosting its second annual workshop (and AGM) at King's College London on 30th May 2018. The workshop's theme is: Meeting the Social and Political Challenges of Slow Economic Growth.

Although there has been a recent upswing in global economic growth, the recovery
of advanced economies from the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis is not yet
complete. Whilst some advanced economies have demonstrated a strong economic
performance, growth has been weak in others, and inflation has remained largely
below target. International financial organisations have highlighted how the
economic outlook remains mixed for advanced economies; however, the
combination of interest rates near the zero-lower bound and competition between
states to attract capital investment has rendered traditional monetary and fiscal
policy responses to encourage economic growth largely ineffectual. Additionally,
although the post-crisis economic governance has focused on restoring economic
growth and financial stability, it has caused resources and attention to be diverted
from other important social, political and environmental factors, which have had
significant consequences for the wider political economy within and between nations.
These issues highlight the importance of examining how advanced economies can
boost potential output whilst ensuring its benefits are broadly shared in order to
counter social and political challenges that have arisen and may develop further in
the future.

The broadly conceived field of Political Economy offers a productive means to
develop insights to the multiple causes and consequences of these areas of
convergence and divergence in economic growth. Therefore, this workshop invites
papers examining these issues in national, international, comparative, or historical
contexts, and welcomes analyses from a variety of different theoretical and
methodological perspectives. Across multiple sessions, this workshop will encourage
a pluralistic examination into the how advanced capitalisms can meet the economic,
social and political challenges of slow growth.

• Convergence and divergence of economic growth models
• Social and political counter movements
• Environmental sustainability and growth
• Institutional change and financial governance
• New patterns of inequality
• Areas of divergence within and between national capitalisms

Please submit paper abstracts of approximately 250 words to James Wood
( by February 28th 2018.


March 2018


The British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group is hosting four panels at the PSA's international conference in Cardiff in March 2019.

There will be two panels on the theme of 'The Political Economy of Brexit', convened by Scott James. The first will focus on financial services and trade policy, and will feature Gabriel Siles-Brugge, Scott James, Nick Kirsop-Taylor and Helen Thompson (more information here). The second will focus on the labour market and investment policy, and will feature Nicole Lindstrom, Jonathan Perraton and Charlie Dannreuther (more information here).

We will also host a panel on 'Ideas and Economic Change in Pre- and Post-Crisis Britain'. It will feature James Silverwood, Keisa Jacotine, Anna Killick and Craig Berry (more information here). Finally, Alen Toplišek has convened the panel 'The Rise of Populism in Europe: A Challenge to Economic Orthodoxy' (more information here).




September 2017


The British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group will host its inaugural workshop, A New Era in Capitalism?, on 13th September in the Bawden Room, West Court, Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

The workshop's programme is:

1100 - 1115:
Registration & welcome from co-conveners Jeremy Green & Craig Berry 

1115 - 1245: Panel One
Ben Clift & Sean McDaniel - The Hollande quinquennat: France’s post-crisis political economy (2012-17)
James Wood - Household Debt as a Cause of Income Inequality in the UK

1245 - 1345: Lunch break

1345 - 1515: Panel Two
Huw Macartney - All bark and no bite: Bank culture and the political economy of fines
Scott Lavery - Domestic politics, transnational capital and European integration: A comparative political economy of business power in the UK and Germany

1515 - 1530: Coffee break

1530 - 1700: Panel Three   
Andrew Baker & Martin Craig - Cognitive Locks in British Economic Policy
Kate Alexander Shaw - Three worlds of democratic capitalism: neoliberalism, social democracy and economic populism in the post-crisis era

*The workshop will be followed by the group's inaugural AGM, from 17:00 to 17:30 in the same room.


September 2017


Have recent events in the United Kingdom and United States left you wondering what the global political and economic order will look like in the future? Do you have ideas about how the combination of economic crisis, environmental catastrophe and shifting power within the global economy will shape the world around us for generations to come? Did you predict the outcome of the recent general election correctly when so many commentators were wrong? If so, this is the event for you!

The British and Comparative Political Economy Group will host a public event in the beautiful setting of the Webb Library, situated within the grounds of Jesus College (Cambridge) on the evening of 13th September. A panel of experts will debate future trajectories of change as we try to make sense of where this period of 'great uncertainty' is heading.

This is also your opportunity to contribute, as there will be a strong emphasis on audience participation. Avoiding the traditional model of equivalent events, interactive sessions will be incorporated into the development of the discussion to ensure as many voices and ideas can be heard as possible. But do not worry, no homework preparation is required!

We are pleased to introduce a fantastic panel, including Jeremy Green (Chair), Helen Thompson, Joel Faulkner Rogers, Glen O'Hara and Paul Krishnamurty, with more speakers to be announced in the near future.

A wide-ranging discussion will be encouraged, directed by the following types of questions:

  • Considering the surprise by which many events have taken society, should we attempt to be predictive and anticipatory when conducting political and economic analysis? Or, is the world so inherently unpredictable that we should avoid taking part in such activity?
  • How much does the weight of history hang over future trajectories of political and economic change? Has the study of the future become too detached from the study of history?
  • What impact are political and economic changes going to have on future generations? How will the young of today shape these?

We look forward to seeing you in September for what promises to be a lively event! You can register at:


March 2017


The British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group is convening two panel at this year's PSA Annual Conference in Glasgow. The first, 'British capitalism in interesting times', will feature Jeremy Green, Scott Lavery, Liam Stanley, Todd Hartman, James Silverwood and Sean McDaniel. Click here for more information.

The second, 'The political economy of inequality', will feature Matthew Watson, Johnna Montgomerie, David Adler and James Wood. Click here for more information.


July 2016


The British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group will host a 'brainstorm' session in advance of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute conference from 10:00-12:00 on Monday 4th July, funded by the PSA's Pushing the Boundaries fund. The meeting will enable early career political economists to discuss the intellectual and professional challenges of political economy research, and shape the future work of the group. Contact Craig Berry at for more information.

A document compiling the answers submitted by participants in advance is available on the group's homepage. Participants were asked to reflect briefly on three questions: (a) What is political economy? (b) How should political economy be studies? (c) What is the main barrier to the study of political economy?


March 2016


The British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group is convening two panel at this year's PSA Annual Conference in Brighton. The first, 'The politics of devolution and the Northern Powerhouse', will feature Craig Berry, Daniel Bailey, Martin Smith, Dave Richards and Arianna Giovannini. It takes place at 13:30 on Wednesday 23rd March - click here for more information. The second, 'Multiple Paths to the ‘Good Life’? Economic Ideas and Political Imagination after the Crisis', features Sean McDaniel, David Yarrow and Craig Berry. It takes place at 15:30 on Wednesday 23rd March - click here for more information.