[CFP] Conference 2023 – Political Economy and Law WG

The 2023 Annual IIPPE Conference
The Chronicles of Multiple Crises Foretold
September 6-8, 2023, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Call for Papers

Political Economy and Law Working Group

With the multiple crises we are experiencing – energy crisis, high inflation and strikes in many countries, new wars and conflicts such as the invasion of Ukraine, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing climate change – law continues to play an integral role in the configuration of variegated and actually existing manifestations of capitalist processes across the globe. With this, our second, call for papers for the IIPPE Working Group on Political Economy and Law, we invite submissions for this year’s IIPPE conference that focus on the intertwinement of political economy and law, to consider the following overarching question, particularly as it pertains to the multiple crises we are currently experiencing: What is the law and how does it shape -and being shaped by- capitalist processes and relations especially in this current scenario of multiple intertwined crises?

This call aims to provide a space within the IIPPE conference for both theoretical and empirical papers on all aspects of the interaction between law and political economy, across all sectors and geographical contexts. We are particularly interested in papers pertinent to this year’s conference theme on The Chronicles of Multiple Crises Foretold. We also encourage submissions that move beyond US/western European-centric law and political economy to consider Political Economy and Law in Indigenous and customary law, Global South and non-western contexts, including the role of political economy in the decolonisation and/of law, and South-South comparative research.

We seek to combine perspectives from (but not limited to) critical political economy, critical legal studies, law and society, the anthropology of law, (original) institutional economics, Marxist legal theory, cultural studies and other pertinent fields and traditions.

The deadline for proposals’ submission is 15 March 2023.

We invite presentations on the following topics:

  • Law, markets and capitalism: The constitutive role of law in establishing, expanding and reproducing markets and market relations. The legal underpinnings of capitalism and processes of capital accumulation, particularly as they relate to multiple crises and transformation. How different areas of law including antitrust, financial regulation and corporate governance interact with capitalism.
  • Law, power and inequality: How are class, race, gender, environmental and other inequalities and power relations embedded and reproduced in legal structures and processes, policies and modes of governance? Intersectional struggles in (and around) law from political economy perspectives.
  • Law, environmental/energy justice and energy crisis: How do big corporations intercept environmental and other laws for natural resource extractivism, with what impacts for energy poverty, climate change, and localised natural resources dispossessions? Law and governance of energy markets.
  • Law, money and financialization: Debt relations and the debtfare state, legal apparatuses of debt and the processes related to asset-backed securitization, secondary markets, bankruptcy and others. Law and the financialization of natural resources. Law, inflation and cost of living crisis. Critical approaches to inflation and monetary policy.
  • Resistance and contestation of legal regimes and policy reforms: How do different communities understand and fight for (environmental and other kinds of) justice? How are policies and legal regimes contested across local, national and international contexts?
  • Property rights and property relations in urban and rural contexts: Law and processes of urbanization, (re)development and displacement in the city and peri-urban spaces. Agrarian reforms, access to land, food sovereignty and farmers struggles. Law, intellectual property and access to knowledge.
  • Neoliberalism, law and the state: The changing and variegated role of law and the state in processes of neoliberalization, actually existing austerity, inflation, the marketisation and privatisation of social and economic rights, such as healthcare, housing, food, water, energy, and education.
  • Law, political economy and technology: the political economy of regulating spyware such as Pegasus, law and technosolutionism for digital and climate issues, technology, law and political economy at the borders
  • Imagining post-capitalist futures and the political economy of sustainability: Policies and legal reforms for a post-capitalist, socio-ecological transition and the commons; short-term measures and long-term solutions.
  • Law and political economy in Indigenous, Global South and non-western contexts – moving beyond US/western European-centric law and political economy. Decolonisation of law and political economy. South-South comparative research in law and political economy.
  • Teaching and research in political economy and law: Methodological issues, pluralism and curriculum development.

Submissions may be made as: (a) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels), (b) proposals for panels or streams of panels, (c) proposals on activism.

To submit a proposal, please go to the following link, and carefully follow the instructions there: https://whova.com/portal/registration/iippe_202309/nni4xwk1

The above link will take you to the submission page on our conference platform, Whova, which administers the proposals in the form of issuing a ‘ticket’. On the first page, please change the quantity of ticket to 1 and then click ‘next’ to proceed. On the second page, fill in the required information and submit your abstract/proposal. You will receive a confirmation email as soon as completed.

IMPORTANT: Please indicate Political Economy and Law when you complete the electronic form.

New participants committed to political economy, interdisciplinarity, history of economic thought, pluralism in economic and social thinking, and/or their application to policy analysis and activism are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract.

For information on this call or the Political Economy and Law WG, please email the WG co-ordinators, or visit: http://iippe.org/political-economy-and-law-working-group/

Christina Sakali christina.sakali@gmail.com
Mnqobi Ngubane ngubanemnqobi@gmail.com
Angela Daly angelacdaly@gmail.com

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