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Book Talk: The Critique of Commodification with Christoph Hermann

Join the Network for a discussion with Christoph Hermann about his new book The Critique of Commodification. Sharad Chari (Geography) will serve as discussant. About the Book: In recent years activists around the globe have challenged the commodification of water, education, health care, and other essential goods, while academics have warned from unintended effects when […]

Exploring the Limits to Growth Model: A conversation with Gaya Herrington

Join N2PE for a conversation with Gaya Herrington (VP of ESG Research at Schneider Electric) for a conversation about her research on the Limits to Growth, based on the first system dynamics model of the world. Gaya will discuss what her research, covered extensively in the media last year, means for how we view economics, […]

The Problem of Trust in the Digital Public Sphere

On February 24th, 2022, the Social Science Matrix, the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies, and the Center for British Studies co-sponsored an event with Prof. William Davies (Political Economy, Goldsmiths, University of London) that explored how the digitization of our public sphere has made trust harder to establish. We have been repeatedly told in recent years that […]

The Mutualist Economy: A New Deal for Ownership

Join the Network for a discussion with Dr. Nils Gilman, VP of Programs at the Berggruen Institute about his new model for political economy: The Mutualist Economy. Prof. Mark Brilliant (History, UC Berkeley) will moderate the discussion. Please read the paper “The Mutualist Economy: A New Deal for Ownership” before the event in order to […]

Political Economy Network Fellows Program

The Network for a New Political Economy (N2PE) has created the Political Economy Network Fellows Program for Berkeley Ph.D. students who cannot join the Designated Emphasis because they have already advanced to candidacy but who would like to participate in the graduate student workshops and to connect with this community. Fellows are not eligible for […]

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Announcing the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Political Economy

We are delighted to announce a Designated Emphasis (DE) in Political Economy for PhD students at UC Berkeley beginning with the Spring 2022 semester. We believe that this program will have multiple benefits for faculty and graduate students with an interest in political economy and for the campus community more broadly. It will provide Ph.D.-level […]

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Destin Jenkins discusses The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City 

Please join the Network for a New Political Economy and the UC Berkeley American Political History Seminar for a co-sponsored event where Destin Jenkins discusses his new book: The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City. Indebtedness, like inequality, has become a ubiquitous condition in the United States. Yet few have probed American cities’ dependence […]

Authors Meet Critics: “The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis,” with Neil Fligstein and Adam Tooze

On December 3rd, 2021, The Network for a New Political Economy and the Social Science Matrix co-sponsored an “Authors Meet Critics” discussion focused on The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis, by Neil Fligstein, Class of 1939 Chancellor’s Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology. Professor Fligstein was joined in conversation by Adam Tooze, […]

Gillian Tett discusses Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life

Amid severe digital disruption, economic upheaval, and political flux, how can we make sense of the world? Leaders today typically look for answers in economic models, Big Data, or artificial intelligence platforms. Gillian Tett discusses her new book that points to anthropology—the study of human culture. Anthropologists learn to get inside the minds of other […]

Announcing the New Political Economy Graduate Summer Institute

In Summer 2022, the Network will bring together 10 Ph.D. candidates in Economics, History, Political Science, and Sociology for a two week workshop at Berkeley which will allow them to collaborate with faculty and each other to define what a new political economy could look like. The Hewlett Foundation will provide a stipend of $4000 […]

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