This piece is part of a PREPPE/SPERI blog series on ‘Beyond Political Economy and Security Studies’ and was originally posted on the SPERI website. Neoliberalism is said to have taken an authoritarian or punitive turn since 2008. But political economy tends to underplay how the war on terror has initiated its own authoritarian turn prior to … Continue reading The authoritarian turn after the crash: beyond economy and security
** Originally published in Crick Centre report How Do We Study the Public? http://www.crickcentre.org/how-do-we-study-the-public/ ** Researching the public understanding of politics has scarcely been more important. Yet this is a field that is dominated by quantitative studies, whereby ‘the public’ is typically reduced either to public opinion or voting behaviour. I was asked by the Crick Centre to reflect on how … Continue reading How do we study the public?
Written with Tom Hunt, and originally published on SPERI Comment: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2018/09/06/2008-is-dead-long-live-2008-or-how-we-learned-to-imagine-the-unimaginable/ What’s changed in the ten years since the global financial crisis in 2008? In looking for the lightning strike of structural change, do we overlook or take for granted how the 2008 crisis has opened up space for reimagining how we organise our economies? The collapse … Continue reading 2008 is dead, long live 2008! Or, how we learned to imagine the unimaginable
As scholars, how do we know what we know? And what, exactly, is method? Does all scholarship necessary draw upon a method? And what does it mean to say that a piece of work doesn’t have a method? In thinking through these questions below, I want to suggest that social scientists (and especially perhaps political … Continue reading What is method? Or, dis-solving the Susan Strange dilemma
If you were given £5m to communicate *something* with all income taxpayers, what message would you want to circulate? What form would it take? How radical would you be? I recently co-organised a workshop with Rebecca Bramall as part of a project we’re doing on ‘Reimagining Tax Through Speculative Design’ that asked a variation of … Continue reading Reimagining tax through speculative design: or, how to critique neoliberalism