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History and Political Economy of Business and Finance

Introduction

The History and Political Economy (HYPE) of Business and Finance is a research cluster based in The Open University Business School. It brings together scholars who aim at developing a critical approach to business and financial theory.

HYPE puts forward an interdisciplinary research agenda using insights from the perspective of political economy (i.e. an interdisciplinary approach to the relations among individuals, governments, and public policy) and history.

Our aims

HYPE is founded on three main objectives:

  • to provide a critical understanding of the main contemporary issues and challenges facing business and society, such as the rising inequalities, the environmental crisis, and the rise of platform capitalism
  • to establish communication links, dialogue, and knowledge exchange between academics, businesses, and policy makers
  • to demonstrate the practical value of history and political economy in dealing with a series of contemporary challenges

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People

Staff PhD Students External Members
Dr Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos (Director) Carolyn Keber Dr Ariane Agunsoye
Dr Michael Oliver Antonis Kyparissis Dr Carry Van Lieshout 
Professor Janette Rutterford    
Dr Daniele Tori    
Dr Shraddha Verma    

News

  • 20/01/2022 - We are pleased to share the Call for Papers for the special issue titled "The financialization of daily life", to be published in Critical Perspectives on Accounting. The guest editors Ariane Agunsoye, Pauline Gleadle, and Neeta Shah expect to hold an online workshop on 3rd June 2022. Authors interested in participating in the workshop can submit either an extended abstract of 1,000-2,000 words or a draft paper by 30th April 2022. More information can be found at this link: Call For Papers - Critical Perspectives on Accounting | ScienceDirect.com by Elsevier
  • 04/01/2022 - Emeritus Professor and HYPE member Janette Rutterford has been elected to the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies for a three year term. The Institute is an independent research body covering all aspects of taxation including the impact of taxation on  - to name but a few topics - education, the incentive to work, poverty,  corporate profits, and the cost of social care. The institute also edits the journal Fiscal Studies.

Events

HYPE Webinar Series

This series of webinars will investigate different aspects of the challenges we face in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar series will be focused on an interdisciplinary research agenda using insights from political economy and history.

The webinars will take place via Microsoft Teams. Everybody is welcome and participation is free, but registration is required. If you want to attend the webinars, please email us.

Europe at a Crossroads: The EMU Between the Crises and the Debate on Reform
Presented by Prof. Francesco Saraceno
16:00 - 17:30 (BST), Wednesday 6 April 2022

Visions of the future – a socialist departure from gloom?
Presented by Paul Auerbach and Peter Skott
16:00 - 17:30 (GMT), Wednesday 3 November 2021

BREXIT and COVID-19: What lies ahead for UK capitalism?
A panel discussion with Prof. Leslie Budd and Dr. Dimitris Sotiropoulos
18:00 – 19:30 (GMT), Wednesday 17 February 2021

Financialisation and Health
Presented by Dr. Giorgos Galanis
16:00 - 17:30 (GMT), Wednesday 18 November 2020

Past events organised under the Open Political Economy Group (OPEG)


Recent Publications