Anthropology through interdisciplinary collaboration can improve study and actions about economics and finance in an age of globalization in which existing disciplines and institutions are not meeting major challenges.
"Political economy" may mean various types of activities. Among other possibilities, the phrase can signify an area mainly within anthropology, but open to interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as a "philosophical approach" (sometimes including but not limited to normative advocacy, or epistemological issues) about problems, even crises, concerning politics and economics. This panel explores the nature of and/or construction of political economy by discussing specific examples of research and interventions in the area (not restricted by geographical regions), and also by overall discussion of what some of the major dimensions are of the area. The panel should illuminate the question how political economy in the senses explored here can expand or supplement not only the study of economics but more broadly, humanity's anthropological understanding of itself. Among other tasks, this panel takes up the issue why globalization appears to have generated large problems, even repeated crises, which existing academically based disciplines such as economics and finance have not coped with adequately. Current failures in an array of academic disciplines as well as in non-academic institutional arrangements appear to be expanding opportunities for further development of "political economy" in a sense that anthropology can significantly help re-configure.The panel invites contributions from anthropologists open to interdisciplinary cooperation, without restrictions by methodology, authors consulted or critiqued, or by geographical regions investigated.