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Report on IPEG 2013

IPEG 2013 was excellent. I wrote this email for all IPEG members following the event as IPEG Convenor.


First I would like to give a really big thank you to Owen Worth, Joanna McDarby and Neil Robinson for working extremely hard to make IPEG 2013 an excellent conference in Limerick, Ireland at University of Limerick.

We started off the event with the Roundtable ‘Depression and Critical Pedagogies’, organised to get members thinking carefully about our roles as educators in the current context and to think about how the attacks on education as demonstrated by a variety of recent policies impact our lives as well as our students.

I have written up my own contribution to the panel here: where I have critically noted that the Performance Related Pay of teachers schemes being rolled out across schools in England this month reflect a tried/tested/failed model of the Payment by Results scheme in the late 1800s. These kinds of schemes have implications for how current management controls and Taylorism are increasingly invading education and other once public sector workplaces. I discussed the way that these kinds of systems are touted as ways to make education internationally competitive despite the OECD’s indication of the lack of evidence to this end.

After a really interesting Roundtable where Ian Bruff and Owen Worth also shared views on the role of critical educators and a commitment to post-positivist epistemologies in research and pedagogy, consecutive panels over the two day event were all extremely interesting and invigorating. IPEG 2013 brought us a lot of ‘new blood’ with papers offering case studies and research on current resistant movements, sovereign debt, ideology, elections, the role of credibility and masculinities in macroeconomic crisis and much more. The spotlight shifted over these two days from Iceland, to Brazil, Japan, China, Ireland, and to Scotland. I want to extend a big thanks to all speakers for your superb deliveries on a series of really interesting projects.

Organisation for the event was nothing but superb. Even when electricity cut out halfway through the second day across County Clare much to our surprise, due to the negotiation skills proven by Joanna we located another room for us to hold the rest of the event. Later we enjoyed a fine meal at a Sardinian restaurant!

Finally, don’t forget to become a real member by paying your annual fee through PayPal for which you do not need a PayPal account: I have a list of who has paid and who has not and want to avoid chasing you so please do it if you haven’t already, you can set up an annual payment system.

Thanks again to all IPEG members who came along this year for making it a really excellent one that will definitely go down in the history of this Working Group!

Here are the minutes from the AGM. Otherwise, see you all at various events this year and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or points. P.Moore at


Minutes from IPEG AGM 2013
University of Limerick
Building KGB Room 123 (KBG123)

Saturday 14th September 1 pm

1.    Updates
–Fees: At last year’s AGM on 11/09/13 the issue of fees was raised. The group voted for a change in fees from £10 a year to £15. The vote was a majority. This was recorded in the minutes and any disputes invited. None were passed on and in that light I changed the fees. We also discussed the issue of fees for non-UK members which was also agreed.
–Membership: I have added a Paypal digital fee paying function to the website making it very easy to pay for membership. Please ensure you do if you have not already. You can opt for a rolling annual direct debit.
–Website: I have moved all content from the previous provider which was Manchester University to a WordPress website which does not require an institutional home.

2.    Changes in BISA Working Group requirements The rest of the requirements involve requirements for establishing new groups, the use of social media and accounts management, website management and reporting of events to International Studies Today.  I am in a position to make sure all of these requirements are met within two years. Though we adhered already to most of the requirements for Working Groups, the formalised changes that members need to be aware of are:
a.     Conveners and book prize chairs will serve for 2 years and will be formally voted in on a majority vote (this will then change after my three years which was our tenure)
b.     Each workshop grant awardee will need to advertise calls for papers to the BISA mailing list and advertise workshops in advance using the BISA logo and stating that “The British International Studies Association is a registered charity (No. 269284)”.
c.      We’ll need a formal constitution (we have one but it needs revising, which I will do)

3.    Need for a new IPE journal? A number of IPEG members approached me with the idea to start up a new IPE journal, potentially with IPEG’s name on it. In response to this, Ian Bruff, current Book Prize Chair, and I ran a digital ‘surveymonkey’ survey to see whether there is widespread support for this idea and what the membership think a new journal would require. Thanks to the 64 of you who responded to this survey. The results from the survey were shown at the meeting.

In response to the question ‘is there a need for a new IPE journal?’ 77 per cent responded positively including such responses as: ‘absolutely, yes! A flagship critical IPE journal is missing and backlogs in other IPE journals are considerable’; ‘there is a need for a journal that gives a forum to those looking at political economy but not from within an IR perspective’; and ‘yes, a heterodox one’.

The next question asked ‘If you answered yes to question 1, which approaches, issues and debates should be present in a new journal?’. 54 answered this question and the answers included: ‘Heterodox/accessible’; ‘critical and multi-disciplinary approaches’; ‘critical international political economy, Marxism(s), economic crisis, state’; ‘feminist approaches’; ‘intersection of economy theory and GPE and combining causal explanations and scenarios about possible futures’ and ‘methodologically OPEN!’.

The next question, which 59 people responded to, asked whether the journal should be ‘fully open access’, which 42.37 per cent agreed; and ‘negotiated with a publishing company for the best publishing rights’, to which 45.77 per cent agreed. Finally, 56 respondents answered the question whether they would be willing to ‘review pieces for the journal’, which was 100 per cent positive, and whether they would be happy to ‘serve on the editorial board in the future’, which 82.14 per cent responded positively to.

We approached BISA with the ‘in principle’ request to use the IPEG name on a new journal. BISA Exec took it to their meeting 16/17 May and rejected the request due to unwillingness to take legal liability that would be associated with BISA (even if journal proposers were to sign individual contracts with publishers). So any new journals proposed may not use the IPEG name.

4.    Book Prize  Ian Bruff explained how the Book Prize award is organized and managed. He has rewritten the Book Prize Mission Statement over the past year and it is on our website.
IPEG Book Prize Mission Statement
The International Political Economy working group of the British International Studies Association is one of the largest and most active working groups in BISA and as such is a very prominent part of international studies research in the UK. However, this does not give the full picture, for IPEG membership is drawn from all over the globe. Therefore, it is a highly significant forum for IPE scholars wherever they are in the world.
IPEG awards a book prize every year for a monograph published in the previous calendar year. The prize is the defining award in IPE, and as such carries enormous prestige and profile well beyond the UK. There are two key reasons for this prestige: (1) the nominations for the longlist and the voting for the shortlist are an open and democratic processes, meaning that it is a highly impressive achievement for a book to make it to the shortlist; (2) the 4 shortlisted books are read by the 6 Book Prize judges, who – in an equally open and democratic manner – subsequently vote and deliberate on the winner.
The criteria guiding the verdicts and votes of the Book Prize judges include: conceptual innovations; empirical analysis; contribution to IPE as a discipline; contribution/connection to broader social science literatures; clarity of exposition; quality of the argument. Of course, such criteria will not apply to all books in the same way, and in this sense this is more of a guide than a template. Nevertheless, it is intended to facilitate the judges’ votes and deliberations.
Therefore, this process combines membership participation and expert judgements on the book’s quality. The pedigree of the previous winners is beyond doubt, and their monographs receive a significant amount of publicity and sales as a result. As such, the IPEG Book Prize has become a notable event and mark of status within and beyond IPE, and this is also shown via the generous support (in the form of book vouchers available to the winner) given by a number of publishing companies.
Current Judges
Ian Bruff (University of Manchester, UK – Chair of the IPEG Book Prize panel of judges)
Tore Fougner (Bilkent University, Turkey)
Penny Griffin (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Juliet Johnson (McGill University, Canada)
Phoebe Moore (University of Middlesex, UK – Convenor of IPEG)
Andreas Nölke (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
Shortlisted 2013
The judges are currently reading the shortlisted books for the 2013 IPEG Book Prize. The winner will be announced in December 2013. The shortlisted books are (in alphabetical order):
Lena Rethel & Timothy Sinclair, The Problem with Banks (Zed Books).
Ben Selwyn, Workers, State and Development in Brazil: Powers of Labour, Chains of Value (Manchester University Press).
Stuart Shields, The International Political Economy of Transition: Neoliberal Hegemony and Eastern Central Europe’s Transformation (Routledge).
Jacqui True, The Political Economy of Violence against Women (Oxford University Press).


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