Building Progressive Alternatives

Series Editors: David Coates, Ben Rosamond, Matthew Watson

David Coates (1946–2018) held the Worrell Chair in Anglo–American Studies in the Department of Political Science at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

Ben Rosamond is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the Centre for European Politics at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on European integration and on the role of ideas, discourses and knowledge in national and EU-level political economy. His books include Theories of European Integration (2000) and, most recently, The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit (coeditor) (2018). He is Editor of the journal Comparative European Politics.

Matthew Watson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. Since October 2013 he has been an ESRC Professorial Fellow engaged on the project, 'Rethinking the Market'. He has a long and distinguished publishing record, including more than thirty peer-reviewed journal articles on various issues in the history of economic thought, economic historiography and political economy. His books include Foundations of International Political Economy (2005), The Political Economy of International Capital Mobility (2007) and Uneconomic Economics and the Crisis of the Model World (2014).

Series Description

This series seeks to provide a space for, and to encourage the production of, high quality academic work by economists, political economists and other social scientists united in a common mission: to use their scholarship to create a coherent, credible and progressive economic growth strategy which, when accompanied by an associated set of wider public policies, can inspire and underpin the revival of a successful centre-left politics in advanced capitalist societies.

The fact that such a series can and needs to be proposed speaks to two important absences in and around the policy-making processes of democratic states. Together they weaken left-wing political forces in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent recession. The first is the current absence of a fully thought through, clearly articulated and plausible set of drivers for sustainable economic growth that might operate in a non-predatory manner. The second is the dominance, within mainstream academia, of more conservative, predominantly neo-liberal paradigms of economic and social thought and the under-representation of alternative theoretical perspectives. This series aims to address these current imbalances.

There is now extensive evidence that the brief political flirtation with Keynesian and post-Keynesian inspired economic growth strategies that came on stream immediately after the 2008 financial crisis was just that – a flirtation. It was quickly replaced by a return, in country after country, to the more orthodox and much more socially regressive policies of austerity and retrenchment. The fact that the recent events in Greece were so unusual, were potentially threatening to Eurozone stability, but eventually did little to dispel the image of business as usual, only underscores the ubiquity of this return to neo-liberal orthodoxy. In both the academy and the public square, therefore, the urgent need for a revitalized and self-confident alternative to economic austerity is now all too evident – a need that will be met only as and when a new set of academics, activists and policy-makers bring their collective skills to the design of a progressive economic theory and a set of progressive economic policies that tackle head-on the major issues of the day.

The series editors and editorial board welcome proposals for books that seek to address one or more of the following questions that currently face centre-left political movements in advanced capitalist societies:

  • What are the central features of modern economies that make a progressive politics necessary?
  • What are the economic end-states towards which a progressive politics should be oriented?
  • What are the major trends in modern economic life that create the problems to which a progressive politics is a necessary response?
  • What are the barriers to the successful resolution of those problems?
  • What are the strategies available for the overcoming of those barriers?
  • What policy options and policy instruments are available for the successful implantation of those strategies?

Submission Guidelines:
The editorial board wish to create a series of books that will increasingly cross-reference and build upon each other, pulling together a mosaic of studies addressing all/part of one/more of these basic questions at the level of the national economy, or regional economies, or the global system as a whole. Authors will be encouraged to ground their analysis in the most extensive and reliable relevant empirical data; to anchor their arguments in clearly-specified theoretical systems; to engage systematically in critiques of alternative theoretical systems and policy proposals; and to focus their conclusions on the applicability of their findings to the design of progressive policies. Ideally, the series will become the flagship for a whole renaissance of progressive economic thought, analysis and practice that can lift industrial and post-industrial economies on to a more stable and prosperous growth path. Set within the context of sympathetic supporting policies, the ultimate objective is to bring prosperity, security and fulfilment to everyone as they navigate their way through everyday economic life.

Proposals should be submitted to the Publisher in the first instance, Alison Howson,

Editorial Board

Edward Ashbee, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Ben Clift, University of Warwick
Dan Coffey, Leeds University Business School
Amandine Crespy, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
John Bryan Davis, Marquette University, USA
Colin Hay, Sciences Po, France
Michael Lawlor, Wake Forest University, USA
Anthony Payne, University of Sheffield
Nicola Phillips, University of Sheffield
Adrienne Roberts, University of Manchester
Peter Siavelis, Wake Forest University, USA
Vivien Schmidt, Boston University, USA
Nicola Smith, University of Birmingham
Carole Thornley, University of Keele
Jan Toporowski, SOAS, University of London

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