Alumni event - 'Political Economy in Times of Crisis'

At this alumni event on 29 November 2014 a team of Oxford academics presented some of their latest thinking on the political and economic challenges of today.

Topics discussed include the future of the welfare state, immigration and diversity, political corruption, and the financial crisis. The speakers addressed how political choices and institutions shape the economy, and in turn, how economic actors and events shape public policy. The event consists of three panels and one lecture.


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Knowledge Economies: Political Causes and Consequences


Chair: David Rueda


Speakers: David Soskice

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Economic and Political Crisis?


Andrew Eggers: ‘The Economic Effects of Economic News’ 

Ben Ansell: ‘The Political Causes and Consequences of the Housing Bubble’  [Download Powerpoint here]

Desmond King: ‘Did the Fed over help Capital in 2008?’

Chair: David Rueda


Speakers: Andrew Eggers, Ben Ansell, Desmond King

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Challenging assumptions about macro political economy


David Doyle: 'Government Spending During Hard Times in Latin America'  [Download Powerpoint here]

Jane Gingrich: 'Social Investment: A win-win?'  [Download Powerpoint here]

Laurence Whitehead: 'Is democracy an "error-correcting" or "error-compounding" mechanism in economic management?'

Chair: Desmond King


Speakers: Laurence Whitehead, Jane Gingrich, David Doyle

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Challenging assumptions about individual preferences and behaviour


Ezequiel Gonzales: 'Detecting Vote Buying in the Americas'   [Download Powerpoint here]

Raymond Duch: 'Why we Cheat: Experimental Evidence on Tax Compliance'  [Download Powerpoint here]

David Rueda: 'Who Wants Redistribution? Income, Immigration and Welfare Chauvinism'   [Download Powerpoint here]

Chair: Elizabeth Frazer


Speakers: Ezequiel González Ocantos, F. David Rueda, Raymond Duch

Professor Andrew Eggers is Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in Comparative Government, Director of the Oxford Q-Step Centre, Fellow of Nuffield CollegeProfessor Ben Ansell is Professor of Comparative Democratic Institutions, Nuffield CollegeProfessor Desmond King is Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, Professorial Fellow Nuffield College, Director of Graduate Studies (Politics), Emeritus Fellow St John’s CollegeDr David Doyle is Associate Professor of Politics, St. HughsDr Jane Gingrich is Associate Professor of Comparative Political Economy, MagdalenDr Ezequiel González Ocantos is Associate Professor in the Qualitative Study of Comparative Political Institutions; Professorial Fellow, Nuffield CollegeProfessor F. David Rueda is Professor of Comparative Politics, University Lecturer, Fellow, Nuffield CollegeProfessorial Fellow Raymond Duch is Director of Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, Fellow of Nuffield College