- Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
MaxPo SCOOPS Lunch-Seminar Series
Monday, September 17th, 2018, 12:30-14:30 - Location: Salle du Conseil, 13 rue de l'Université 75007 Paris
Guest speaker: Stephanie L. Mudge, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis.
Discussant: Jenny Andersson, Co-director of MaxPo, CNRS Research Professor, CEE, Sciences Po
Stephanie L. Mudge is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. She is a historical, political, and economic sociologist specializing in the theoretically-driven analysis of Western politics, economies, and expertise. Mudge's new book, Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism (May 2018, Harvard University Press), develops a century-long comparative, historical, and biographically-sensitive analysis of the American Democrats, the German and Swedish Social Democrats, and the British Labour Party. Focusing on the central role experts play as interpreters, representatives, and spokespersons inside political parties, the book tracks how close mid-20th Century ties between economics professions and center-left parties hitched their fates to each other--such that when economics changed, left parties changed with it.
Jenny Andersson is an economic historian, Co-director of MaxPo and CNRS Research Professor at the Center for European Studies (CEE) at Sciences Po. At MaxPo, she directs a research group on the issue of elite and mass politics between 1970 and the present. Andersson's research focuses on the role of the future for economic action and the conditions of political action for a post-crisis age, investigating forms of forecast, scenarios, and future anticipation in extending key forms of interests and value orders into time, and the role of forecasting expertise in this process. She will establish an interdisciplinary research group between history and political science examining the conditions of political action for a post-crisis age, focusing in particular on the effects of austerity on the Left–Right divide.