Political Economy

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Political Economy

Spring 2020

Taught By: Victoria Hattam

Section: A

CRN: 7511

Credits: 3

Post war assumptions about how global political economies are organized no longer seem to hold. Trump and Brexit are premised on a nationalist backlash against global economic forms. Has globalization peaked? Are global supply chains changing? How should trade agreements be revised? This seminar considers contemporary debates over how best to organize the economy in light of classic economic theories, theories of globalization in the 80s and 90s, as well as competing arguments about the best way forward. Contemporary debates will be illuminated by seeing the ways in which they rework longstanding arguments about the generation of economic wealth. For Adam smith value was generated through the division of labor and the specializations it allowed. Separation of design and production was considered a plus as it allowed for standardization and production at scale. Globalization extended these assumptions by arbitraging costs of various kinds around the globe. Today, separation and distance and being reconsidered. Specialization increasingly is seen as a negative - as a siloing - that needs to be redressed. Innovation now often are linked to “ecologies” in which cross pollinations are to be cultivated rather than discounted. Where Adam Smith disapproved of “sauntering,” many contemporary scholars and practitioners alike are trying to cultivate the very traits that Smith disparaged. How are notions of design and production being reconfigured? And what of class? Are new solidarities being created as inequalities intensify? Throughout the course, while tracking arguments about the generation of value, we also will attend to questions of visualization. How are economic processes visualized? With what political effects? How might alternative representations be generated? Throughout the class readings will be drawn from across the social sciences, humanities, as well as design studies. Where possible, multi-model sources will be included so as to broaden our understanding of what we include in discussions of political economy and processes of economic and political change.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:02am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 716

Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020