Geopolitical Economy: States, Economies and the Capitalist World Order – call for papers

Call for papers on an interesting theme. See also the Society and Space virtual theme issue on Geopolitical Economy edited by Deb Cowen and me back in 2013.

Geopolitical Economy: States, Economies and the Capitalist World Order

Research in Political Economy, Volume 30 (2015)Edited by Radhika Desai
Submission deadline: 1 October 2014; Proposal Acceptances: 15 October 2014; Final papers due: 1 December 2014
This issue advances geopolitical economy as a new approach to understanding the evolution of the capitalist world order and its 21st century form of multipolarity.  Neither can be explained by recently dominant approaches such as ‘U.S. hegemony’ or ‘globalization’: they treat the world economy as a seamless whole in which either no state matters or only one does. Today’s ‘BRICs’ and ‘emerging economies’ are only the latest instances of state-led or combined development. Such development has a long history of repeatedly challenging the unevenness of capitalism and the international division of labour it created. It is this dialectic of uneven and combined development, not markets or imperialism, that spread productive capacity around the world. It also ensured that the ‘hegemony’ of the UK would end and that of the US would never be realised, despite repeated attempts.
In geopolitical economy the role of states in developing and regulating economies is central. States’ mutual interactions – conflicting cooperative and collusive – and the international order they create are understood in terms of the character of national economies, their contradictions, and the international possibilities and imperatives they generate. Geopolitical economy as an approach to the world order is clearly anticipated in classical political economy up to and including Marx and Engels, though this becomes clearest if we take a fresh look at it untainted by neoclassical economics and associated discourses of neoliberalism, globalization and hegemony. Further intellectual resources for geopolitical economy include the classical theories of imperialism, the theory of uneven and combined development as well as 20th century critics of neoclassical economics such as Keynes, Kalecki, Polanyi, Minsky and the developmental state tradition going back to List and Serra and forward to Amsden and Wade.
Papers that investigate any aspect of the world order, its theories or its historiography – whether contemporary or historical – in a way that relates to geopolitical economy as described above, or poses important objections to it, are welcome for consideration.
A non-exhaustive list of potential themes would include:
The international relations of early capitalism
Capitalism, imperialism and imperialist competition
Capitalism and the state
Combined development, capitalist and non-capitalist
Wars in Uneven and Combined development
International economic governance
International relations and international political economy theories in light of geopolitical economy
Development theory, the demand for a NIEO and the ‘rise of the rest’
The BRICs and emerging economies as combined development
Challenges to states’ economic roles: sources, strength, implications for geopolitical economy

Proposals should be sent to by 1 October 2014:
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Danny Dorling, Inequality and the 1% – book published and short piece in The Guardian

9781781685853-max_221-ddcc90dfa95f2f3cbc8d4657732ddd51Danny Dorling’s Inequality and the 1% has just been published by Verso. He has a short piece in The Guardian discussing some of its themes.

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Interview with Walaa Alqaisiya and Lisa Bhungalia by Mat Coleman and Mary Thomas


Interview with Walaa Alqaisiya and Lisa Bhungalia by Mat Coleman and Mary Thomas at the Society and Space open site.

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

Photo credit: Dalal Amad This photo was taken on the 4th July in front of the martyrs house in Jersusalem, shortly before the body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brought to his parents house, and afterwards there was his funeral.

Photo credit: Dalal Amad
This photo was taken on the 4th July in front of the martyrs house in Jersusalem, shortly before the body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brought to his parents house, and afterwards there was his funeral.

Walla Alqaisiya and Lisa Bhungalia are interviewed during their research in Palestine by Society & Space editors, Mary Thomas and Mat Coleman.

Walaa Alqaisiya and Lisa Bhungalia: On one hand we could argue, as you note here, that we have seen the elimination of a recognized civilian space in Gaza. Israel’s targeting of schools, hospitals, parks, residential buildings and urban infrastructure attests to the fact that Israel considers virtually any space in Gaza to be a legitimate military target. Yet even as we have seen the elimination of a recognized civilian space, the figure of the civilian, as you point out, remains…

The civilian death in this instance is mobilized…

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Elaine Stratford, Geographies, Mobilities, and Rhythms over the Life-Course

Forthcoming later this year – Elaine Stratford, Geographies, Mobilities, and Rhythms over the Life-Course: Adventures in the Interval. Download a flyer here.


By thinking in terms of the geographies of mobilities, we are better able to understand the central importance of movements, rhythms and shifting emplacements over the life-course. This innovative book represents research from a new and flourishing multidisciplinary field that includes, among other things, studies on smart cities, infrastructures and networks; mobile technologies for automated highways or locative media; mobility justice and rights to stay or enter or reside. These activities, cadences and changing attachments to place have profound effects—first upon how we conduct or govern ourselves and each other via many social institutions, and second upon how we constitute the spaces in and through which our lives are experienced. This scholarship also has clear connections to numerous aspects of social and spatial policy and planning.

1. Adventures in the Interval 2. Shifting Places of Origin 3. Fluid Terrain 4. Grind and Trace 5. Encountering the Circle Line 6. Move It or Lose It 7. The Undiscovered Country 8. Space to Flourish



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Gregory Fried reviews Heidegger’s Black Notebooks/Schwarze Hefte

A thoughtful review essay by Gregory Fried on Heidegger’s Black Notebooks/Schwarze Hefte Vols. 94-96 in the LA Review of Books.

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Gregynog Ideas Lab IV – International Politics residential workshop 13-18 July 2015

Initial details of the fourth Gregynog Ideas Lab, an International Politics residential workshop in Wales, have been announced for 13-18 July 2015.

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