Political Economy (LPEG) network
The Leiden Political Economy Group (L-PEG) is a network of scholars of political economy, development, economic history, economics, and international political economy across various Leiden University programs and institutes and beyond.
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We have members from many Dutch universities, institutions, and welcome more. It serves as a platform to share current research and discuss debates in the field. L-PEG currently organises two series: First, the L-PEG lunch seminars, meeting three for four times per semester, which functions as a forum for researchers to share and discuss working papers. Second, the L-PEG Lectures in Global Political Economy, which invites an international scholar to deliver a signature lecture.
Political Economy network events
Date: 8 February 2019
Title: The Global Politics of African Industrial Policy: The Case of the Used Clothing Ban in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda
Date: 12 April 2019
Title: “Homosexual practices that even cows disapprove of”? How (not) to respond to anti-LGBT crackdowns
Author: Stephen Brown, Fellow Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
This paper examines the human rights situation in Tanzania over the past couple of years, placing it in a broader context, and analyses more generally the challenges that Western countries face when trying to promote LGBT rights in Africa. The paper argues that although taking quick, punitive measures may signal virtue to domestic voters, they are rarely helpful on the ground. Instead, donor countries need to listen to local LGBT activists (who usually argue against aid sanctions) and design longer-term strategies based on a nuanced understanding of the roots of state homophobia and crackdowns' links to authoritarian survival strategies. Among other things, donors' responses should be sensitive to the history of Northern countries imposing aid conditionalities on Southern countries and the longer history of unequal North-South relations. Western countries should also be careful to avoid hypocrisy regarding their own LGBT rights records and avoid instrumentalizing LGBT rights. In order to be more effective, the promotion of LGBT rights should be embedded in a more holistic vision of rights, including those of women and other marginalized populations, as well as practice the principle of do no harm.
Date: 10 May 2019
Title: State-owned enterprises and the politics of innovation in a globalized value chain: The case of natural resource sector
Author: Jewellord Nem Singh, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University
Date: 17 May 2019
Title: Rethinking the Role of ‘Regions’ in the Global Political Economy: The Gulf Arab States and the Middle East
Speaker: Adam Hanieh, Reader in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London
Location: P.J. Veth, room 1.01
Registration: Please register in advance at: https://forms.gle/Do97Yo2yQPo6vLeg7
Abstract: From the wars in Yemen and Syria to political transitions in other Arab states, the significant role of the Gulf Arab states in the affairs of the wider Middle East has become strikingly evident over recent years. Nonetheless, despite the growing prominence of the Gulf states, there is still relatively little academic work that both theorises the Gulf’s political economy and simultaneously places this within the dynamics of the regional scale. Drawing upon larger debates around the nature of the global political economy and the rising influence of emerging powers outside the West, this talk demonstrates how the hierarchical and sharply uneven development of the Middle East is increasingly bound up with forms of capitalism in the Gulf. These trends are not only essential to understanding the Middle East today, but can teach us much about the interdependencies and rivalries that mark the contemporary world market.
Bio: Adam Hanieh is a Reader in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). His research focuses on the political economy of the Middle East and class/state formation in the Gulf. He is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Palestine Studies (SOAS) and co-chair of the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies (SOAS). He is the author of several books on the Middle East, most recently Money, Markets, and Monarchies: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2018).