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2017 Shortlist for The Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) — Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize

by Adam David Morton on August 11, 2017
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The 2017 Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) — Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize

Following the previous award of The Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) — Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize, to Ainsley Elbra in 2015 and Gareth Bryant in 2016, it is with great pleasure that the shortlist of articles can now be circulated for the 2017 competition.

To recap, the Prize will be awarded to the best article published in political economy as deemed by a selection committee of scholars (consisting of Penny Griffin, Shahar Hameiri, Adam Morton, Jacqui True, and Wesley Widmaier) with the award given to any article in political economy, understood in a pluralist sense to include the political economy of security, geography, literature, sociology, anthropology, post-coloniality, gender, finance, trade, regional studies or economic theory.

Those on the listserv of AIPEN have already voted for their top articles from the longlist and the votes have been collated and calculated. As ever, the voting was extremely close but there were the following four articles (in authors’ alphabetical order) that had clear water between them and the rest of the nominees.

The final list is as follows:

  1. Michael Beggs, ‘The State as a Creature of Money’, New Political Economy, (2016), Online early. DOI: 1080/13563467.2017.1240670;
  2. Samanthi J. Gunawardana, ‘“To Finish, We Must Finish”: Everyday Practices of Depletion in Sri Lankan Export-Processing Zones’, Globalizations, 13:6 (2016): 861-75.
  3. Elizabeth Humphrys and Damien Cahill, ‘How Labour Made Neoliberalism’, Critical Sociology, (2016), Online early. DOI: 1177/0896920516655859.
  4. Anitra Nelson, ‘“Your money or your life”: Money and Socialist Transformation’, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 27:4 (2016): pp. 40–60.

The prize committee are now looking forward to collectively reading these articles and announcing the outcome toward the end of the year. In addition to the award itself, the winner will also receive a cheque for $250.

Past Awardees

2016 – Gareth Bryant, ‘“Fixing” the Climate Crisis: Capital, States and Carbon Offsetting in India’ (co-authored with Siddhartha Dabhi and Steffen Böhm), Environment and Planning A, 47:10 (2015).

2015 – Ainsley Elbra, ‘Interests Need Not be Pursued if They Can be Created: Private Governance in African Gold Mining’, Business and Politics, 16:2 (2014).

Adam David Morton
Adam David Morton is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney.

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