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Poliko is a platform for the dissemination of exciting new theoretical and empirical research in political economy. It focuses on the interactions between political and economic institutions, ideas and behaviors but isn't limited to any particular discipline, methodology or theoretical tradition. This is a space to open up and share those longer academic discussions which usually take place around a dinner table.

Poliko David Karas

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Poliko is a platform for the dissemination of exciting new theoretical and empirical research in political economy. It focuses on the interactions between political and economic institutions, ideas and behaviors but isn't limited to any particular discipline, methodology or theoretical tradition. This is a space to open up and share those longer academic discussions which usually take place around a dinner table.

    The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics with Nicolas Pons-Vignon (Part 1): Neoliberal Restructuring in South Africa

    The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics with Nicolas Pons-Vignon (Part 1): Neoliberal Restructuring in South Africa

    Today’s episode is the first part of a conversation with Nicolas Pons-Vignon who played an instrumental role in setting up Aporde, the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics, a unique training programme teaching heterodox development economics in South Africa. In this episode, we explore Nicolas’ personal research background and his outlook on South Africa’s post-apartheid developmental trajectory. We talk about some of the root causes of South African deindustrialization, the ...

    • 45 min
    The Crisis of the Liberal International Order with Ayşe Zarakol

    The Crisis of the Liberal International Order with Ayşe Zarakol

    In today’s episode, I’m talking with Ayşe Zarakol from Cambridge University about the crisis of the Liberal International Order (LIO). Ayşe's work explores the contradictions of the LIO as a hierarchical order premised on the notions of freedom, rationality and equal participation: she examines how anti-liberal discontents in the western Core blame it for undermining their status in the global World System, while conversely critics on the Semi-Periphery see it as reproducing power...

    • 36 min
    The World Development Report 2020 Or How To Shore Up Fracturing Neoliberalism with Jennifer Bair and Benjamin Selwyn

    The World Development Report 2020 Or How To Shore Up Fracturing Neoliberalism with Jennifer Bair and Benjamin Selwyn

    In this episode, I invited Jennifer Bair and Benjamin Selwyn to share their insights on the World Bank’s 2020 World Development Report. The WDR is the World Bank’s flagship publication, which aims at defining a hegemonic framework for thinking about development. In 2020, the WDR was entitled “Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains”. Jennifer and Benjamin both recently published critical papers on the WDR 2020: We talk about the methodological and theoretical con...

    • 53 min
    Displacements, Surplus Workers and Surplus Capital: Discussing Urban Displacements by Susanne Soederberg (Book Preview)

    Displacements, Surplus Workers and Surplus Capital: Discussing Urban Displacements by Susanne Soederberg (Book Preview)

    In today’s episode, we examine the interdependence between urban displacements, surplus populations and surplus capital in Susanne Soederberg’s recent book “Urban Displacements. Governing Surplus and Survival in Global Capitalism” published in late 2020 with Routledge. We explore the links between surplus money and surplus workers, social and rental housing, precarious work and urban poverty under capitalism, but also the political role of state actors in the reproduction of surpl...

    • 57 min
    Public Banks: Decarbonisation, Definancialisation and Democratisation by Thomas Marois (Book Preview)

    Public Banks: Decarbonisation, Definancialisation and Democratisation by Thomas Marois (Book Preview)

    Today I am joined with Thomas Marois from the School of Oriental and African Studies to discuss the backdrop to his latest book "Public Banks. Decarbonisation, Definancialisation and Democratisation" which is coming out with Cambridge University Press in May 2021. Critical social scientists have abundantly analyzed the ideas, institutions and power relations sustaining financialization - as well as the social and environmental dislocations it produces. Concrete, normative propositions a...

    • 43 min
    Episode 06. Rwanda’s “Growth Miracle” in Context: Industrial Policy and State-Business Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa with Pritish Behuria

    Episode 06. Rwanda’s “Growth Miracle” in Context: Industrial Policy and State-Business Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa with Pritish Behuria

    Pritish Behuria from the University of Manchester has a long expertise in studying industrial policy and comparative developmental trajectories in Sub-Saharan Africa. In today’s episode, we first talk about the broader context of a supposedly post-neoliberal developmental framework where industrial policy is again on the agenda - even though problems such as fiscal space, structural change, access to technology and dependency on foreign capital have changed little if at all. Pritish also shar...

    • 46 min

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