Ban’s Ruling Ideas Makes IPEG Book Prize Short List

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Ruling Ideas: How Global Neoliberalism Goes Localthe latest book by Cornel BanAssistant Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the Global Economic Governance Initiative, was one of four books to make the short list for the 2017 International Political Economy Group Book Prize. 

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. 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.

The winner of the prize is invited to deliver the keynote lecture at the IPEG Annual Workshop on October 6-7, 2017 at the University of Liverpool.

Ruling Ideas challenges conventional explanations of the global diffusion of neoliberalism and emphasizes the agency of local translators. Ban theorizes and empirically tests for the first time the mechanisms that make neoliberal ideas become more radicalized in some countries and more moderate in others and examines how neoliberal hybrids survive crises.

The book covers the Franco period in Spain and the Ceausescu period in Romania, discusses the economic integration of these countries into the EU and continues through Europe’s Great Recession and the European debt crisis. The broad historical coverage enables a careful analysis of how neoliberalism rules in times of stability and crisis and under different political systems.

Cornel Ban is the author of ten peer-reviewed articles on economic policy strategies in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Latin America, professionals and economic policy, the politics of IMF fiscal policy advice and European financial crisis management. His most recent book was published by Oxford University Press and deals with the local adaptation and crisis resilience of global economic paradigms in Spain and Romania.