Event Date: December 9, 2021 - 11:30 to 1:00 pm EST
Presented by CIPS and the International Political Economy Network (IPEN)
Political economy in difficult times: revealing blind spots and reimagining theory and practice
Have the last couple of years of turmoil produced major changes in the global political economy? Have they revealed blind spots in our thinking about it? If so, how should we respond? If not, why not?
These roundtables feature an interactive format in which four experts in the field engage with each other and with the audience as they seek to answer these key questions. Over the course of the year, roundtables will tackle topics including the fate of neoliberalism, the insights of feminist political economy, the return of resource nationalism and the changing nature of money.
Roundtable 2 – Why we need feminist political economy now more than ever
The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on aspects of the economy that feminist political economists have been pointing to for decades: the importance of caring labour, the segmented nature of the labour market, and the ways that class, gender, race and ethnicity intersect to shape political economic life chances, to name just a few.
What can feminist political economy bring to our understanding of the global economy today? Will this new visibility of many of the key insights of feminist scholarship translate into policy changes? Or will the legacy of the pandemic be an intensification of these dynamics of inequality?
Jacqueline Best is a Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research is at the intersection of international relations, political economy and social theory. Her current research examines the role of exceptionalism, failure, and ignorance in economic policy, tracing their evolution from the early days of neoliberalism to today. Professor Best has been awarded a number of research prizes, including most recently the Leverhulme Trust’s international visiting professorship and the Faculty of Social Science’s Research Excellence Award. She has been a visiting professor at University College, Oxford University, the University of Queensland and the University of Sheffield. She has also been co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy journal and the Routledge RIPE Book Series. Her most recent book is Governing Failure: Provisional Expertise and the Transformation of Global Development Finance published with Cambridge University Press.
Genevieve LeBaron is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, and as of January 1st 2022 will be Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her work focuses on forms of labour that have often been understudied in IPE such as forced labour, human trafficking, and contemporary slavery, including how these are shaped by gendered power relations.
Shirin Rai is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies. She is Director of Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre on International Development. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2021. Her research interests are in performance and politics, gender and political institutions and the political economy of development. Her latest books include the Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance (2021; co-eds M Gluhovic, S Jestrovic and M Saward) and Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament (with Carole Spary; OUP), 2019. She is currently working on two books – Depletion: the human costs of caring and Doing Politics Sideways.
Katherine Scott is a Senior Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and serves as the director for its gender equality and public policy work. She has worked in the community sector as a researcher, writer and advocate over the past 25 years, writing on a range of issues from social policy to inequality to funding for nonprofits. She is passionate about research that speaks to the aspirations of communities and supports collective action for change.
Elisabeth Prügl is Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. Her research and teaching focus on feminist International Relations, in particular gender politics in international governance. Recent publications include results from two ‘research-for-development’ projects on gender and land commercialization in Cambodia and Ghana (Journal of Peasant Studies), and on gender in peacebuilding in Indonesia and Nigeria (Open Access at International Development Policy, Vol. 13).