The authoritarian turn after the crash: beyond economy and security

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

How do we study the public?

 ** 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?

2008 is dead, long live 2008! Or, how we learned to imagine the unimaginable

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