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Social innovation research: a new stage in innovation analysis?

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Bob Jessop, Frank Moulaert, Lars Hulgård and Abdelillah Hamdouch

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Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop

This chapter introduces cultural political economy as one among several approaches that explore the interconnected semiotic and structural aspects of social life. The CPE approach belongs in the camp of ‘grand theories’ that, inter alia, offers a preliminary set of basic and sensitizing concepts and positive guidelines that are relevant to historical description, hermeneutic interpretation, and causal explanation. It combines critical, historically sensitive, semiotic analyses with concepts from heterodox evolutionary and institutional political economy. It aims thereby to overcome the often compartmentalized analysis of semiosis/culture and structuration/institutions by integrating semiosis into political economy and applying evolutionary and institutional analyses to semiosis. This has important implications for understanding the limits of constructivist and structuralist analyses; lived experience and lesson-drawing; the relations among polity, politics and policy; and specific fields of public policy. Each of these themes is explored in appropriate detail. Finally, by combining specific concepts and analyses bearing on semiosis and structuration, CPE can also provide the basis for critiques of ideology and domination. This offers more solid foundations to understand ideology and ideological effects as well as forms of social domination and contributing thereby to critical policy studies.
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Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum

This contribution introduces a distinctive approach to the critique of capitalism and, in this context, of recent economic and financial crises and crisis-management. Cultural political economy takes sense-making and meaning-making seriously in describing and explaining political economy without neglecting the historically specific properties, dynamic and crisis-tendencies of capitalist social formations. In this light, the chapter examines the economic and political imaginaries that shaped responses to the 1970s–1980s economic crisis, influenced the rise of neoliberalism, and guided approaches to more recent economic and fisco-financial crises. It also considers the discursive, structural, technological and agential mechanisms that select and retain some crisis construals and proposed solutions rather than others. Regarding the institutional dynamics of recent crises, it is argued that finance-dominated growth has a specific dynamic that reflects the significance of political policies and decisions in its emergence, the nature of its crisis tendencies, and its crisis management. Attention then turns to conjunctural policies of austerity, the neoliberal politics of austerity and a permanent state of austerity. These distinctions are then used to interpret ‘post-crisis’ welfare regimes, paying special attention to the features of the post-crisis austerity state in neo-liberal regimes and the European Union.

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Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop

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Preface

Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop

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Acknowledgements

Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop

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Introduction

Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop

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Institutional turns and beyond in political economy

Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop

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Cultural turns and beyond in political economy

Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop

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Semiotics for cultural political economy

Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop