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RN06 - Critical Political Economy

RN06 Critical Political Economy consists of a community of critical political economy scholars and/or activists, departing from the understanding that without the hypothesis that a different world is possible, there can be no politics.

RN06 Critical Political Economy (CPERN) was established in 2005 seeks to reassert the centrality of critical political economy perspectives, and to promote and facilitate research aimed at understanding recent transformations of capitalism and capitalist societies. CPERN consists of a community of scholars and/or activists, departing from the understanding that without the hypothesis that a different world is possible, there can be no politics. We are committed to emancipatory social science and seek not only to critique existing structures of social inequality but also to formulate visions for alternative futures. We seek to enable a unification of theory and practice, providing for cutting-edge analyses aimed at understanding recent transformations of capitalism and capitalist societies, while at the same time also contributing actively to the politicization and the resilience of social struggles within and beyond the academe. We believe that solidarity entails a strong transformative dimension: acts of solidarity do not necessarily involve agents that are alike, nor do they need to result in political imaginaries and trajectories that are devoid of conflict. To the contrary, what  Gramsci referred to as a ‘collective intellectual’ is by definition composed of a plurality of forms of the philosophy of praxis. Multiple imaginary futures and horizons of common possibility may co-exist, coincide or even contradict themselves. The network is a hub for interdisciplinary exchange for both scholars and activists, straddling principally the disciplines of political economy, sociology, politics, economics, but also reaching out to geography, social policy and law.

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