Political Economy Workshop

Upcoming Talks for Spring 2018

February 8, 2018 @ 12:30-2 p.m. Dodd 162, Economic & Social Rights Program of the Human Rights Institute, co-hosted with Political Economy Workshop (Lyle Scruggs) and International Studies Association

Beth Simmons (University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Political Science), on “The Built Environment: State Presence at Border Crossings in the Modern World”

ABSTRACT: Border politics have become a salient component of high international politics. Territorial jurisdiction – the exclusive right of a state to decide who and what enters their political space, on what terms, and under what rules – has long been considered one of the key aspects of sovereign statehood. What are the politics, the economics, and the psychologies of (in)security that explain contemporary states’ and their polities’ concerns with their national borders? This paper describes the first-ever effort to develop a global satellite generated database of the world’s major border crossings to understand how states and societies attempt to filter and project symbols along the edges their (legally) sovereign jurisdictions. The point is not to measure permeability, but rather to infer the motives and meanings states and societies give to their encounters with their neighbors and the rest of the world.

 

April 20, 2018 @ 12:30-2 p.m., Dodd 162, Economic & Social Rights Program of the Human Rights Institute, co-hosted with Political Economy Workshop (Lyle Scruggs)

Prakash Kashwan (UConn Political Science), “When do economic rights work for the marginalized groups? Lessons from a comparative research and future directions for a global research on economic rights”