About Cultural Political Economy

Cultural Political Economy (CPE) is an emerging and still developing trans‐disciplinary approach oriented to post‐disciplinary horizons. It can be understood as a trans‐ and post‐disciplinary research paradigm that can used to study a wide range of phenomenon. What makes it distinct and new is that it is concerned with making ‘cultural turns’ in the study of political economy. It does so to enhance its interpretive and explanatory power. It takes into account that the economic and political spheres are always‐already cultural and that taking this into account transforms the study of political economy and cognate fields.

In this regard, CPE embraces

  • a wide range of cultural turns (argumentative, conceptual, discursive, ideational, linguistic, narrative, rhetorical, performative, practical, reflexive, visual, post colonial, civilizational etc.);
  • numerous  approaches to political economy;
  • institutional concerns with government, governmentality, governance, policy and governance failures, institutional and policy designs;
  • innovative engagements with research methodologies; and
  • a commitment to dialogue with a wide range of philosophical and theoretical approaches across the humanities and social sciences and seeks to remain open to such dialogues and collaboration

For further information about CPE, please visit the website of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre (CPERC) at the University of Lancaster: lancaster.ac.uk/cperc/