Sheffield Workshop in Political Economy

Thursday 5 February 2015

Council Room, Firth Court, University of Sheffield

The Sheffield Workshop in Political Economy aims to provide an interactive platform for discussing recent advances in political economy and to stimulate collaboration and interdisciplinary thinking between economists and political scientists.

The inaugural workshop took place on 5 February 2015 and attracted speakers and delegates from across Europe. Leading academics in political economy, including Dr Toke Aidt (University of Cambridge, UK), Prof Axel Dreher (University of Heidelberg, Germany), and Prof Martin Paldam (Aarhus University, Denmark), came together at the University of Sheffield to discuss new research on the role of politics in monetary and fiscal policies, military issues and foreign aid.

The event organisers, Dr Georgios Efthyvoulou and Dr Vassilis Sarantides, said that “Economics and political science are highly interrelated, and thus, unless we study carefully their linkages, we will not be able to fully understand important economic processes and important political decisions”.

The workshop was a success with a great turnout and stimulating debates between the speakers and the audience, and some of its content will be used in the new undergraduate political economy module, available from 2015/16.

View the full workshop programme (PDF, 114Kb)

Registrations for the workshop have now closed

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Keynote Speakers

Photo of Dr Toke Aidt

Dr Toke Aidt (University of Cambridge, UK)

Current president of the European Public Choice Society; Author of over 40 peer-reviewed academic articles; Co-editor of the European Journal of Political Economy; Serves on the editorial board of Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, and Resource and Energy Economics; Awarded the Wicksell Prize (1999) by the European Public Choice Society.

Photo of Prof. Axel Dreher

Professor Axel Dreher (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Author of over 70 peer-reviewed academic articles; Editor-in-chief of the Review of International Organizations; Serves on the editorial board of Defence and Peace Economics and E-conomics; Responsible for the KOF Index of Globalization at ETH in Zürich; Among the 400 top economists of the world according to the top list of IDEAS/RePEc.

Photo of Prof. Martin Paldam

Professor Martin Paldam (University of Aarhus, Denmark)

Author of over 70 international peer-reviewed academic articles; Served as the President of the European Public Choice Society and co-editor of the Scandinavian Economic Journal and the European Journal of Political Economy; Occasional consultant at the World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, Danish International Development Agency, and the OECD Development Centre; Appeared several times in the media and published many articles in newspapers and popular periodicals.