It is just one month since the launch of Progress in Political Economy (PPE), which is an exciting new blog that it has been my pleasure to be involved with since my joining the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. In that time, a diverse array of contributions have been published. This summary aims to provide a snapshot of the diverse quantity and quality of contributions on PPE by focusing on the top ten most accessed blog posts, at the time of writing.

What becomes clear is that in the top ten there is an excellent mix of established scholars and new career entrants establishing PPE as the location for ‘appointment reading’ in political economy circles. Also striking is the blend of people contributing from within the Department of Political Economy itself at the University of Sydney, as well as guest contributors from across the University more broadly and, additionally, guest posts from international figures interested in the project of shaping progress in political economy. I hope you enjoy this brief survey and look forward to your future support, interest and additional contributions.

  1. Adam David Morton, ‘Spaces of Capital and Rosa Luxemburg’ — focusing on the enduring relevance of Rosa Luxemburg linked to a collectively authored new journal article published in the Journal of International Relations and Development;
  2. Elizabeth Humphrys, ‘Where in the World Does Neoliberalism Come From?’ — linked to the Journal Club within the Department of Political Economy and featuring analysis of how the literature on neoliberalism privileges the experiences of certain locations to construct an ‘origin’ story;
  3. Bill Dunn, ‘Understanding Crises’ — commenting on the same author’s outstanding new book The Political Economy of Global Capitalism and Crisis highlighting that any adequate theory of global crisis must be synthetic, incorporating different dimensions of capitalist production and reproduction able to make sense of the processes of recovery as well as downturn;
  4. Alf Nilsen, ‘The Twilight of Neoliberalism: Can Popular Struggles Create New Worlds From Below?’ — on how the author’s joint book with Laurence Cox entitled We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism rethinks humanist Marxism as a theory of collective action, including the ways in which social movements from below can develop from localised struggles over individual issues to far-reaching projects for social change;
  5. Allan McConnell, ‘Failures to Anticipate the Global Financial Crisis: Challenging the Argument that ‘They Should Have Seen it Coming’ — featuring the argument of a joint article with Andrew Hindmoor published in Political Studies focusing on aspects of political behaviour in response to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and accusations (accompanied by media feeding frenzies) that banks, regulators and politicians had been negligent in failing to see warning signs about the GFC, which was awarded the Harrison Prize for the best article published in in the journal that year;
  6. Claire Parfitt, ‘Who is responsible for ethical risk? Workers’ capital and dilemmas for ethical investment campaigns’ — on the author’s Historical Materialism Australasia conference paper focusing on strategic questions about how social movements engage with workers’ capital and the political economy of divestment;
  7. Philip Roberts, ‘Rethinking Latin America and Hegemony’ — assessing Ronaldo Munck’s new book Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony and Social Transformation which argues that Latin America is a location of complex, dynamic, conflictual, but, above all, original processes of development and new visions of social transformation as well as a mirror of future political economy developments;
  8. Sujatha Fernandes, ‘Snapshot from the Economic War in Venezuela’ — providing a window on key grassroots actors and social movements defending the Bolivarian process in Venezuela and those inside the government who prop up commercial interests and are willing to defend them at any cost;
  9. Adam David Morton, ‘Peter Thomas – The Gramscian Moment’ — linked to the Past & Present Reading Group in the Department of Political Economy and the choice of The Gramscian Moment as its first text that offers a truly canonical statement on what a philologically precise reading of the Prison Notebooks presents to students and scholars interested in Antonio Gramsci today; and
  10. Adam David Morton, ‘Deflected Passive Revolution’ — that advances the debate on the condition and concept of passive revolution to reflect on how elements of an insurrectionary force become domesticated, which may involve a dialectical relation between processes of revolution from above and processes of revolution from below.


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