Online Round Table: Bridging the Divide – “Justice and Political Economy in Conversation”

Roundtable title: Bridging the Divide: Justice and Political Economy in Conversation

Section: Bridging the Divide: Justice and Political Economy in Conversation

Section chairs: Dr Daniela Lai (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Elena B. Stavrevska (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Date: 7 September 2020

Time: 11am CET / 10am UK/Ireland / 5am US EST / 7pm Australia


Registration: no registration needed


Roundtable participants:

  1. Prof Shirin M. Rai, Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, Director, Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development
  2. Dr Lisa Tilley, Lecturer in Politics, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London
  3. Dr Maria Tanyag, Research Fellow/Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Australian National University
  4. Dr Nelson Camilo Sánchez León, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Virginia


Roundtable description:

Over the years different aspects of the notion of justice have been explored in the academic literature, particularly but not exclusively as it relates to post-war or post-authoritarian societies. Despite its conceptual expansion, justice scholarship has only rarely addressed political economy debates when exploring the material and socioeconomic aspects of justice claims. In parallel, the literature on political economy has questioned the structure of the global economic system, the distribution of resources and dynamics of social (re)production, but too often it has not explicitly or conceptually engaged with justice. Yet, discussing these issues calls for exploring questions related to the substantial meaning of justice, its scales, and the dynamics of power and contestation associated with it. Relatedly, political economy factors and processes often contribute to, if not constitute the basis of, different forms of injustice. Acknowlegding the important work done by critical, feminist, post-colonial and decolonial scholars in bringing these two issues together, this roundtable aims to connect these debates in ways that might magnify their impact on their respective fields. The roundtable will introduce some of the key questions that will inform our EISA 2021 section on this theme, including:

  • How have questions of justice been marginalised in mainstream political economy, and how do we recover them?
  • In what ways have debates on the meaning and scales of justice addressed questions of (re)distribution, reproduction, depletion?
  • What alternative economic models might be feasible in war/post-war contexts and contexts of widespread colonial, gendered, environmental injustice?
  • What might feminist, decolonial, ecological political economies that incorporate justice at their core look like?