14 Sep 2022 All day Hybrid workshop, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


Registration for this workshop is closed.


Overview of workshop

Conversations on the politics of economics will discuss the social and political impact of economists and economic knowledge. The workshop is the culmination of a research network – The Politics of Economics – that has, since 2017, brought together researchers from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and locations, to discuss the dynamics of economic knowledge and expertise. Paying particular attention to the intertwining of economics’ normative and epistemic import, the network has explored: the contemporary and historical role of economists in policy, the politics within the profession, and the uses of quantification, socio-economic devices, and models in politics and public life. In this closing workshop, we will take stock of these debates and project their implications forward.

The workshop will centre on knowledge claims from both economists’ and non-economists that focus on Economics as an object of study. What is the status of economic knowledge within the neoliberal grand narratives? How can we best capture the successes and failures of quantification of social phenomena? Are economists responsible for their policy claims or are they instrumentalised by policymakers and politicians? What role should reflexive accounts on the politics of economics play? Panels will be composed of people who work in different fields, and the purpose will be to produce a collective conversation – a hybrid outcome which will subsume usual disciplinary production of knowledge.

Speakers include:


 If you are interested in participating, please email Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (cc2006@cam.ac.uk)  by Friday 2 September, indicating the reasons for your interest and whether you wish to attend in person or online.

Further information about The Politics of Economics research network

A list of past events organised since 2017 can be found on the CRASSH website. Recordings of previous seminars can be found here. Recordings of previous webinars can be found on CRASSH YouTube Channel.


9:00 - 9:30



Session 1: What role should economists play in determining policy?

  • Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge)
  • Cathrine Holst (University of Oslo)
  • Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge)
  • Chair: Jack Wright (University of Cambridge and University of Gothenburg)
11:00 - 11:20



Session 2: The political economy of measurement

  • Eric Monnet (EHESS, Paris School of Economics)
  •  Boris Samuel (CNRS)
  • Daniela Gabor (University of West England)
  • Lukas Linsi (University of Groningen)
  • Chair: Christina Laskaridis (Open University)
12:50 - 14:00



Session 3: Distributed knowledge in economics. Whose knowledge matters?

  • Avner Offer (University of Oxford)
  • Caterina Sganga (Sant’Anna Pisa)
  • Ida A. B. Sognnaes (CICERO – Center for international climate research)
  • Jens van ‘t Klooster (University of Amsterdam)
  • Chair: Raffaele Danna (Sant’Anna Pisa)
15:30 - 15:50



Session 4: After criticism? Reflection on reflexivity and change

  • Poornima Paidipaty (King’s College London)
  • Beatrice Cherrier (CNRS, Polytechnique)
  • Elizabeth Popp Berman (University of Michigan)
  • Jana Bacevic (Durham University)
  • Chair: Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (University of Cambridge)

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