Global capitalism has entered a new phase: tertiarisation and internationalisation of economies, weakening of the state’s regulatory role, deregulation and privatisation, increased role of financial actors, corporate concentration, intensified competition, acceleration of technical progress, growing importance of information and knowledge as factors of production, upheavals associated with the development of the digital economy, increased separation between labour and capital ownership, between execution and design.
Inspired by the macroscopic approaches initiated by Marx, Weber, Polanyi and Rokkan, CEE has chosen to develop its explorations of political economy. These approaches reject the division of economics and politics into two distinct fields of study, instead emphasising their interdependence and the growing difficulty of distinguishing between political and economic actors whose interests, conflicts and dominance hierarchies underpin contemporary political economies. This approach is also characterised by the attention paid to the role of actors and interests (the question of agency), and to the conflicts and dominance hierarchies that underpin our contemporary political economies and the transformations of capitalism. This axis draws on Sciences Po’s two crosscutting programmes, MaxPo and LIEPP, with which it maintains close collaborations, the first co-headed by Jenny Andersson, the second by Bruno Palier.
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