Market Square - The Policy, Economy and Society [2011-2013]

From 2011 to 2013


About

The market square used to host economic exchange, but also political life and social interaction. Likewise, Market Square – The Polity, Economy and Society Cambridge Research Group is a forum for researchers studying society in its overlapping economic, political, and organisational aspects. The idea behind Market Square is that social scientists can contribute to the public debate by pointing to possibilities, perspectives and solutions that go beyond received schemes and dichotomies, but are grounded in what is achievable in a given social context.

Understanding contemporary societies requires conceptual resources and empirical tools from across the social sciences and humanities. It requires the ability to recognise potential for integration, as well as to appreciate differences and contexts of relevance. The focus of Market Square is on the development of new categories for the analysis of society through a process of blending rooted in the multi-faceted diversity of the social sciences and humanities.

This year’s theme is “Economic Politics and Economic Policy.” By economic politics we mean the view of markets as economic domains of political interaction between groups whose political and economic strategies often overlap. Economic policies are the decisions taken in those domains, which are the result of a compromise between common objectives and particular interests. Through this theme, we aim to deepen and generalise the line of research of last year’s theme, “Market Politics in Context.” We shall deepen it by exploring economic politics and economic policy as two fundamental coordinates of market politics. We shall generalise it by widening the context of application, i.e. by extending the insights of last year’s analysis of “Welfare States in Context” to other policy domains in which our theoretical and intrinsically multidisciplinary approach looks promising. In each term we shall organise reading groups and invited lectures on a subtheme. The combination of reading groups and lectures will define the framework for a final workshop, whose subthemes will be the same as those of the terms’. Specifically, by adopting a comparative and historical perspective, we shall investigate the following themes:

Michaelmas Term: Austerity, Expansion and the Restructuring of the Political Domain

Lent Term: Politics of Inequalities: Dynamic Asymmetries between Groups and Countries

Easter Term: The New Geography of Economic Power: Actors, Regions and Conflicts

The final workshop, to be held in Easter Term, will bring together the terms’ subthemes.

Conveners

Conveners

2012-13
Jose Miguel Ahumada (Centre of Development Studies)
Antonio Andreoni (Institute for Manufacturing)
Ivano Cardinale   (Emmanuel College)
Gian Paolo Faella  (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane/Scuola Normale Superiore)
Bojana Radovanovic (Centre of Development Studies)
James Lewis Wilson Roslington  (Faculty of History)

2011-12
Hassan Akram  (Department of Sociology)
Antonio Andreoni (Centre of Development Studies)
Ivano Cardinale  (Judge Business School)
H-S Anna Kim  ((Judge Business School)
 

Faculty Advisors

Dr Ha-Joon Chang  (Reader in the Political Economy of Development, Faculty of Economics)
Professor Andrew Gamble (Professor of Politics, Head of Department of Politics and International Studies)
Dr Helen Haugh  (Senior Lecturer in Community Enterprise, Judge Business School)
Professor Jochen Runde  (Professor of Economics and Organisation, Judge Business School)
Professor Roberto Scazzieri (Professor of Economic Analysis, University of Bologna, Gonville and Caius College and Clare Hall, Cambridge) 
Professor Geoff Walsham  (Emeritus Professor of Management Studies, Judge Business School)

Past events

 

Market Square
The Great Transformation (Karl Polanyi)
12 October 2011, CRASSH
Reading group
Social Embeddedness and the Beginnings of Paper Currency
26 October 2011, CRASSH
Dr Craig Muldrew (Fac of History, Queen's College, Cambridge)
The Modern Prince (Antonio Gramsci)
09 November 2011, CRASSH
Reading group
Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the 20th Century(Mark Blyth)
23 November 2011, CRASSH
Reading group
Imperialism (John Hobson)
25 January 2012, CRASSH
Reading group
Money, Debt, and the American Empire, c. 1971-2012
08 February 2012, CRASSH
Professor Richard Drayton (King’s College London)
The Shield of Achilles (Philip Bobbitt)
22 February 2012, CRASSH
Reading group
Adam Smith in Beijing (Giovanni Arrighi)
07 March 2012, Alison Richard Building, Mtg room 204, 2nd floor (CLAS)*
Reading group. NB: The group will meet in a different room today* (2nd Floor, room 204, CLAS)
Making Markets in the Welfare State: The Politics of Varying Market Reforms by Jane Gingrich (2011)
02 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Introduced by Jeff Miley (Dept of Sociology, Cambridge)
The Great Systemic Crisis: Economic Security, Social Welfare and Peace
16 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Mica Panic (Selwyn College, Cambridge)
Capitalism, Democracy and the Problem of Collective Action
23 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Gavin Kitching (School of Politics and International Relations, University of New South Wales). NB The group will meet at 2.30pm today
Beyond the Welfare State by Gunnar Myrdal (1960)
30 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Introduced by Tiago Mata (Dept History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge)
Market Politics in Context
25 September 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Workshop
Varieties of Capitalism- Postponed (28 Nov 2012)
03 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Apologies for the inconvenience.
Market Square-Reading Group
17 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Andrew Britton, Macroeconomic Policy in Britain 1974-87.
Market Square-Reading Group
31 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Costas Lapavitsas et al., The Eurozone between Austerity and Default.
Postponed (tba), Market Square
14 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Postponed (tba)
Varieties of Capitalism
28 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Reading Group
Pierre Bourdieu, La Misère du Monde
30 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2*, Ground floor
Reading group. Introduced by Flavio Comin (Affiliated Lecture, St Edmund College, Cambridge)
Social Inequality
13 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2*, Ground floor
Robert Martin Blackburn (University of Cambridge)
André Gunder Frank, ReOrient Global Economy in the Asian Age
27 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2*, Ground floor
Reading Group.
Joseph Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality
13 March 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2*, Ground floor
Reading Group
Anatomy of Power
24 April 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Reading Group
Postponed-The Law of Power
08 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Postponed-Reading Group
Escape from Empire: The Developing World's Journey Through Heaven and Hell
22 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Reading Group
Market Square, Invited lecture (tba)
05 June 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Towards a Political Economy of Austerity, Inequality, Asymmetry
19 June 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Workshop. NB Registration from 1.15pm
Reflections on the state of inequality in the world, with special reference to Asia
03 July 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor*
Prof Amiya Kumar Bagchi (Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata) Venue: S1, first floor*