'Austerity and economic development governance in England'

School of Education G33
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 24th February 2016 (13:00-14:00)
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Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Professor Andy Pike, Newcastle University 

Host: Vlad Mykhnenko

Abstract: Contributing to interpretations of the emerging geographies and governance of austerity, an explanation is offered of how, why and in what forms austerity states emerge in particular political-economic contexts and geographical settings, how and by whom they are articulated, and how they work through public policy and institutional architectures. Drawing upon empirical research on the UK Government and its restructuring of economic development governance in England, first, a more qualitative and plural conception of austerity states is outlined to question singular or monolithic notions of state types and their transitions to better reflect the particularities of how state projects unfold within political-economic variegations of capitalism. Second, a more geographically sensitive approach is provided to incorporate and extend beyond the predominantly national frame deployed in current accounts. Last, a historically sensitive approach to institutional restructuring is taken better to explain and understand the reorganisation of institutional landscapes by austerity states.