Agnar Sandmo (NHH): The Principal Problem in Political Economy: Income Distribution in the History of Economic Thought. Onur Ulas Ince (Koc): Imperial Origins of the “National Economy”. Torben M. Andersen (Aarhus) and Joydeep Bhattacharya (Iowa State): The Intergenerational Welfare State. Christopher Krogslund (UC-Berkeley): Debt and Taxes: Re-examining the Causes of Welfare State Retrenchment. Balazs Egert (OECD): The 90% Public Debt Threshold: The Rise and Fall of a Stylised Fact. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): The Politics of Public Debt: Neoliberalism, Capitalist Development, and the Restructuring of the State. Volkmar Gessner (Bremen): Weberian Versus Pluralistic Legal Forces in the Global Political Economy. Edward S. Cohen (Westminster): Legal Pluralism, Private Power, and the Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Global Political Economy. Hossein Nabilou (EUR): Global Governance of Financial Institutions and Regulatory Arbitrage: The Case of Hedge Funds. We can’t go on like this: Serge Halimi on five years after the great crash. From The Economist, a special section on the world economy, including Grep Ip on the gated globe: The forward march of globalisation has paused since the financial crisis, giving way to a more conditional, interventionist and nationalist model. Never mind the generals, here come the technocrats: Voters across the world increasingly prefer technocrats to run affairs — why are they so popular?