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International online award underscores Political Economy's global reach


28 February 2017

Progress in Political Economy (PPE) is the most prominent blog within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), if not across the University of Sydney as a whole.
Progress in Political Economy (PPE) is the most prominent blog within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), if not across the University of Sydney as a whole.

Established to build on the rich heritage of the Department of Political Economy, Progress in Political Economy (PPE) won the 2016 International Studies Association (ISA) Online Media Caucus Award for the Best Blog (Group) at the ISA’s annual convention in Baltimore recently.

Led by Professor Adam David Morton and Dr Gareth Bryant, PPE is the most prominent blog within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), if not across the University of Sydney as a whole, and the award is an outstanding validation of both the blog and the Department’s profile and reputation.

“We are truly delighted with this success,” said Dr Gareth Bryant.

“PPE was founded to engage with a wider international audience and to provide a new platform for heterodox political economy discussions to challenge the unequal and unjust class, race, gender and socio-ecological relations that characterise the decayed but enduring neoliberal order.”

To date, PPE has published 425 posts by 120 different contributors in and beyond FASS, amounting to over 500,000 words of edited copy that has attracted some 400,000 page views from across the globe.

“In terms of readership, PPE is truly global,” added Professor Morton, who has just completed his role as Chair of the Department of Political Economy.

“We are read by people located across almost all the countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australasia. In fact, the list of countries where PPE is not read is ever diminishing.”

Political Economy emerged at the University of Sydney from the early to mid-1970s following its shift away from Economics and Professor Morton said many issues that were critical at the time, remain so in contemporary society.

“Classical economics may have opened up since the founding of the Department of Political Economy in the 1970s, but struggles around the production, appropriation and distribution of surplus-value transfers, for example, are still invisible in the field of existing orthodox economics.”

The announcement of the award comes following the University’s launch of its new undergraduate curriculum, the Sydney Undergraduate Experience, where students from other disciplines outside of FASS may engage in fields such as Political Economy as part of the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

“Accordingly, the message to a future undergraduate student wishing to pursue Political Economy would simply be to read Troy Henderson’s outstanding post on PPE, “Why Study Political Economy?”, said Professor Morton.

“It is our most popular blog post on the site and makes the case in the most easily accessible form to future students on why the Department offers the most radical, exciting, and energising prospects flowing from the study of political economy that will change your life and future career prospects.”

PPE now joins a list of prominent blogs with international profile to have won the award, such as The Monkey Cage (run by the Washington Post) in 2015; Political Violence @ a Glance in 2014; and The Disorder of Things in 2013.