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Leiden Political Economy Group (L-PEG)

The Leiden Political Economy Group (L-PEG) is a multi-disciplinary network of scholars with a research interest in (comparative / global) political economy based at Leiden University. Our members belong to various institutes and faculties across Leiden University, and from other universities across the Netherlands. Launched in 2015, L-PEG offers a platform for research development and knowledge dissemination in political economy. As a network, we coordinate activities to build knowledge in political economy, generate new research ideas, collaborate and strengthen research and teaching in political economy, and support junior scholars.

Crystal Ennis

L-PEG Annual Lecture in Global Political Economy

LPEG welcomes an international scholar in global political economy to deliver a public lecture to our community each year. Sign up to our mailing list, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you don’t miss this event.

                       2019                                                2018                                                2017
Spring 2023


The L-PEG Research Seminar Series is a regular meeting for scholars at Leiden and beyond to share current research in (global/comparative) political economy and critically engage with the political economy community. This seminar is held three to four times per semester. It is an excellent forum for sharing research at various stages of the writing and publication process, and gaining critical feedback on that piece of writing. Previous presenters have gone on to publish their work in New Political Economy, British Journal of Political Science, and Chinese Political Science Review, among others. 


Do you have a paper or chapter you would like to share with us? We have an open call toward the end of each term for submissions. Contributions from across disciplines and periods that explore themes relevant to (global) political economy are welcome. Send your expressions of interest to l-peg@hum.leidenuniv.nl with your tentative title and an abstract. Take a look at our past seminars to get an idea of the breadth and diversity of political economy research at Leiden!


Speakers distribute a working paper or chapter in advance of the seminar to registered participants. The speaker speaks about their research for 20 to 25 minutes, leaving ample time for workshopping the paper after the talk. Participants arrive at the seminar ready to learn about the new research, and discuss the contribution.

L-PEG Spring 2023 Lunch Research Seminars

31 March 2023 - Youssef Cherif, LIAS, Leiden University: Neo Pan-Arabism and the Quest for Legitimacy of the Maghrebi Leadership

21 April 2023 - Ying Wang, LIAS, Leiden University: Complementary or Alternative? Examining the Emerging Role of Chinese NGOs in China's Global Development Footprint

25 May 2023 - Hanno Jentzsch, LIAS, Leiden University: Analyzing the kaso vote: Peripheralization, redistribution, and electoral stability in Japan’s depopulating municipalities 

Past Seminars

The L-PEG Research Seminar Series is a regular meeting for scholars at Leiden and beyond to share current research in (global/comparative) political economy and critically engage with the political economy community. This seminar is held three to four times per semester. Please find below the posters for past events.

Fall 2022
Spring 2022
Spring 2021
Fall 2020
Spring 2020

The L-PEG Reading Group meets approximately 3 times per semester to discuss cutting-edge work in the field of political economy. 

We welcome reading suggestions from all group members, hoping to engage with publications that are diverse in their geographical and temporal focus, as well as in terms of perspective. We seek to explore together books and articles that open new debates, provide original perspectives on old ones, or present relevant and exciting empirical evidence, approaches, and methodologies to address issues of historical and contemporary relevance.

L-PEG Roundtables organises several roundtable events each year.

The L-PEG PhD Network kicked off in early February 2020. Our aim is to help PhDs and research masters students grow in our respective niches of the political economy research tradition. We’ll accomplish that by giving each other the opportunity to present our work and receive detailed feedback at monthly get-togethers (location alternating between Leiden and The Hague). We may also use these sessions to address any stumbling blocks that arise or to learn new things, like going over best practices with a specific method or theory. Send us an email (l-peg@hum.leidenuniv.nl)  if you would like to join.

Share your political economy news

Do you have a new publication, an upcoming talk nearby, or a new grant? Send us your news to include in the next L-PEG email, and/or share it on the Facebook community page. If you know of a cfp, conference, or workshop, etc on political economy, these are also good venues to share these.


L-PEG would like to thank the following institutes and programmes for their support of our activities.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies
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