GPE Cluster Seminar with David Blaney- Late-Victorian Economists and Empire: Jevons, Marshall and the Cultural Political Economy of Trade
|Dates:||25 September 2019|
|Times:||15:30 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Please join us for the joint seminar of Global Political Economy and Critical Global Politics Research clusters with David Blaney (Macalester College). David Blaney works on the social and political theory of international relations/global political economy. He explores the constructions of identity, time and space central to the discipline of international relations.
At this event David Blaney focusses on the work of Stanley Jevons and Alfred Marshall, key figures in the emergence of neoclassical economics. His paper argues that a close reading of early neoclassical economists generally reveals that they offer a variant of liberal international theory that, though committed to impersonal and mechanical laws on the model of nature, also embrace a distinct cultural vision. We should refuse any sharp polarity between (liberal) economists’ justifications for free trade in terms of national and global welfare optimization and their claims about liberal civilization, with its undertones (or explicit celebration) of cultural and racial hierarchies. Political economy and the economics that emerges from it is always already cultural.
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