Debating Debtfare States
Building on the pioneering status of Susanne Soederberg’s Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry: Money, Discipline and the Surplus Population, this section of the Progress in Political Economy (PPE) blog is dedicated to creating a space for reflection on its central arguments as well as, hopefully, providing a wider platform for public engagement on issues of poverty and consumer credit.
Debtfare States is a pathbreaking book that examines new forms of governance based on the political and socio-economic mechanisms linked to the expansion of credit and state strategies to legitimise social reproduction through private debt. The import of Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry was recently confirmed by Susanne Soederberg’s award of the prestigious International Political Economy Group (IPEG) Book Prize of the British International Studies Association in 2015.
The collation of posts in this section reflects critical commentaries, reviews, and engagements as well as the author’s own reflections on this stimulating book for tackling prevalent assumptions about finance, debt, and the poverty industry.