Cultural Political Economy and Critical Policy Studies

This article introduces cultural political economy as a distinctive approach in the social sciences, including policy studies. The version presented here combines critical semiotic analysis and critical political economy. It grounds its approach to both in the practical necessities of complexity reduction and the role of meaning-making and structuration in turning unstructured into structured complexity as a basis for ‘going on’ in the world.

The Strategic-Relational Approach: An Interview with Bob Jessop

Q. Why did you become a Marxist and why do you remain a Marxist? Moreover, how can you justify your version of Marxism as Marxism?
A. This is a very interesting question. I never reflected on this issue and then made the decision from one day to the next. It was not like a religious conversion. You do not wake up one day and say “Oh my God, I’m a Marxist” and then elaborate the reasons.

Capitalism, Steering, and the State

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint, English version. The published version can be found here: ‘Kapitalismus, Steuerung und Staat’, in S. Buckel, R-M. Dackweiler, and R. Noppe, eds, Formen und Felder politischer Intervention. Zur Relevanz von Staat und Steuerung, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 30-49, 2003. *** There has been growing interest in the last 25…

The Governance of Complexity and the Complexity of Governance: Preliminary Remarks on some Problems and Limits of Economic Guidance

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here:  ‘The governance of complexity and the complexity of governance: preliminary remarks on some problems and limits of economic guidance’, in A. Amin and J. Hausner, eds, Beyond Markets and Hierarchy: Interactive Governance and Social Complexity, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 111-147, 1997.…