The Crisis of Neo-Liberal Crisis Management: 3 March

Date: 3 March 2010:

About the talk

The talk presents a cultural political economy of the continuing economic crisis (2007-), focusing on the evolving struggle to interpret the crisis (including the attribution of causal power and agential responsibility) and the place of finance-led accumulation and neo-liberalism in these interpretations.
Key issues include:
  • Whether this is a crisis in finance-led accumulation (or financialisation), in neo-liberalism, or in the global geo-economic order
  • The recuperation of neo-liberal forces over the last two years and the attempt to use the crisis to reinforce neo-liberal tendencies.

About the speaker - Prof Bob Jessop, Lancaster University

Bob Jessop is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at Lancaster University.

He is best known for his contributions to state theory, critical political economy, critical realism, and the restructuring of welfare regimes. His most recent work is in the field of cultural political economy. He started a three-year ESRC Professorial Research Fellowship in January 2010 on the topic of the crisis of crisis-management. His books include: The Capitalist State (1982), Nicos Poulantzas (1985), Thatcherism: a Tale of Two Nations (1988), State Theory (1990), The Future of the Capitalist State (2002), Beyond the Regulation Approach (2006), and State Power (2007).