The Interventions by Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum will analyse two interrelated problems. On one side, the production processes of hegemony in the current crisis scenario by the new social blocs emerging in Europe, and on the other, the cultural political economy related to current debates on the civilising change the human species is currently undergoing, and, as a result, on the meanings and contents of the very concept of civilisation, considered from the standpoint of the struggles around the present and future of the neoliberal empire. Both issues are deeply linked to one another, since the current crisis goes beyond the socio-economic sphere to affect the set of parameters around social reproduction.
Bob Jessop is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and participates in the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre (CPERC) and the Centre for Law and Society at the same university. Jessop is one of the most important Marxist researchers of his generation and has worked extensively on the theory of State, governance studies, the critical political economy, the analysis of the restructuring of the Welfare State, and, more recently, on cultural political economy.
Ngai-Ling Sum is Reader in Cultural Political Economy at Lancaster University. Professor Sum has worked extensively on the regulation approach, the political economy of culture, globalisation and competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, BRIC countries, industrialisation processes in Asian countries and the financial crisis. Her studies have also focused on China from a cultural political economy perspective.