It’s time to select the best work on political economy for the 2023 calendar year.
I would like to nominate this article on attitudes toward - and reactions to - climate change policy in the United States by Thomas Oatley. It provides an interesting new way of thinking about economic structure, material self-interest, and economic reforms. https://academic.oup.com/ser/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ser/mwad052/7288568?login=true
I would nominate and highly recommend this International Security article by Ling Chen and Miles Evers: “Wars without Gun Smoke”: Global Supply Chains, Power Transitions, and Economic Statecraft (October 2023). https://direct.mit.edu/isec/article/48/2/164/118107 . Fascinating article with a compelling argument that draws on a comparison between U.S.-China power transitions and Anglo-German power relations at the beginning of the 20th century.
Immodestly, I would like to nominate my own recent book: Essays on the History and Politics of the Internet (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2023)
Kayla Scanlon. Not because the content of her work (largely social media based) is revolutionizing my thought but because she’s been able to communicate business and economics to a new audience. It’s hard to find good news or information on social media. Much of it tends toward extremes and I find Scanlon’s videos accessible, informative, and succinct.
Take a look at Conquest and Rents, A Political Economy of Dictatorship and Violence in Muslim Societies by Faisal Ahmed (Cambridge 2023). This is a remarkably ambitious attempt to explain why Muslim nations are more likely to be autocratic and to suffer civil disorder.