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Visiting Scholar Mitchell Orenstein

Mitchell OrensteinMitchell Orenstein, Professor and Chair of Politics, Northeastern University (Boston, USA), visited the University of Warwick on 22-26 April 2013.

During his visit he gave a public lecture on Wednesday 24 April at 5pm, and offered a workshop for doctoral students on Thursday 25 April at 12 noon. See below for further details.


Global Research Priorities Global Governance

Inaugural Annual Lecture

Wednesday 24 April 2013, 17:00
Room S0.20 (Social Sciences)
‘Self-Destruct: the Rise and Fall of Economic Paradigms’

Why do economic paradigms such as communism, Keynesianism, or neoliberalism influence the economic policies of dozens of countries for decades at a time and then fall? How much influence do they exert? Why do they fail? This lecture proposed a new approach to the comparative study of economic paradigms. It employed an analysis of the rise and fall of neoliberalism worldwide to develop a theory of the influence of paradigms in economic policy and to shed light on problems of economic policy today.


Global Research Priorities Global Governance

Workshop for PhD students and Early Career Researchers

Thursday 25 April 2013, 12.00 – 14.00
Room S1.50 (Social Sciences)
International Organizations as Policy Actors: An Ideational Approach

Warwick’s Global Research Priorities programme in Global Governance invited all interested PhD students and early career researchers to an informal workshop with our visiting scholar, Professor Mitchell Orenstein. The workshop was held on Thursday, 25 April 2013 from 12-2pm.

The workshop looked in particular at the role of international organizations in global politics, particularly in relation to the production and circulation of policy ideas. Orenstein argued that international organizations are far more flexible than most structuralist accounts predict. International organizations frequently have shown themselves to be open to new ideas and approaches espoused by well-positioned policy entrepreneurs. International organizations tend to navigate a route between complex and shifting ideas and interests, rather than adhere to a consistent, single path.

Professor Orenstein is a scholar of international politics focusing on the role of policy paradigms in economic reform. His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy. Orenstein’s first book, Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2001), won the 1997 Gabriel A. Almond Award of the American Political Science Association and Privatizing Pensions: The Transnational Campaign for Social Security Reform (Princeton University Press, 2008) won the 2009 Charles H. Levine Prize of the International Political Science Association.

This was a special opportunity for early-career scholars to interact with a leading researcher of global governance and policy paradigms.