The Centre addresses and promotes research that focuses on the political economy of contemporary society.
Political economy considers economic phenomena, which occur in the spheres of exchange and of production. They are the result of social and political processes – that is business processes and organisations that are socially and politically embedded. The formation of prices, the allocation of revenue, resources and occupations, and the organisation of the production processes are viewed as dynamic and changeable. Political economy is especially interested in characterizing and analysing the way possible conflicts and contests can emerge, or not, in economic life and their articulation with the institutional frameworks within which they exist. Political economy makes use of a multiplicity of methods to describe specific work places and/or sectors of activities and their evolution at national or international levels.
This focus draws on quantitative (statistics, models and econometrics) as well as qualitative methods (questionnaires, participative inquiries and so on). The aim is to produce a better understanding of economic phenomena and, when it is possible, to formulate possible solutions, which could contribute to improve the conditions of workplaces, communities and nations.
Political Economy of Financialisation
Increasingly financialisation has become a feature of modern day life.Learn more Political Economy of Financialisation
Political Economy of regions
Many of the themes addressed by the centre are developed in relation to the political economy of regions.Learn more Political Economy of regions