March 2014

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Naná de Graaff will convene two linked panels and a Roundtable on the role elites in global governance at the next Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, held in in Toronto, 25-29 March. These events are part of a broader research agenda aimed at reinvigorating (corporate) elite studies.

  • WC39: Elites in Global Politics ITransnational Elite Networks and the Transformation of Global Governance, Wednesday, March 26, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM, Churchill Sheraton Centre; Discussants: Bastiaan van and Naná de Graaff; Chair: Inderjeet Parmar; Speakers: William Carroll, Eelke Heemskerk, Eleni Tsingou, Pelin Akkaya.

Content: This panel will present new research on transnational elite networks, seeking to enhance our understanding of their role in an increasingly hybrid and crisis ridden global governance structure.

  • WD39: Elites in Global Politics II – Chinese Elites in a Multipolar World: Strategies, Interests, and Challenges; Wednesday, March 26, 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM, Churchill Sheraton Centre; Discussant: Wesley Widmaier; Chair: Herman Schwartz; Speakers: Tobias ten Brink, Letitia Corina, Matarea Turk, Naná de Graaff, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn.

Content: This panel focuses on elites of the most preeminent emerging power, China, as well as on the response from the side of the American state-private elite.

  • TD01: American Grand Strategy, Think Tanks, and the Asia Pivot; Thursday, March 27, 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM, Toronto I, Hilton Toronto; Chair: Naná De Graaff ; Participants: Bastiaan Van Apeldoorn, Stephen Martin Walt, Christopher Layne, Inderjeet S. Parmar, Xiaoyu Pu, Joseph S. Nye Jr.

Content: This roundtable aims to elicit a debate amongst scholars from different research traditions on the so-called Asia pivot in American grand strategy, a key element of Obama’s foreign policy, and discuss among other dimensions the role of the US policy planning elite in preparing the ground for this strategy vis-à-vis a rising China.

February 2014

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Naná de Graaff gave an invited presentation on ‘Obama’s Corporate Elite and the Asia Pivot’, Workshop on Elites and US Power organized by Inderjeet Parmar and Mark Ledwidge, London City University, 28 February, 2014.


Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Lecture

On January 24, 2013, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn will give a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Lecture on ‘The Eurocrisis and Europe’s Corporate Elite' at the Department of International Politics, King’s College London, London.Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Naná de Graaff are organizing a panel on the theme of ‘Corporate Elites and US Foreign Policy’ at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in San Francisco, California, USA, 3-6 April 2013

Grant awarded to ARCIPE member Andreas Nölke

The project ‘The Emergence of State-permeated Market Economies in large Emerging Countries’ compares basic socio-economic institutions in Brazil, India, China and South Africa (BICS). It is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, GZ: NO 855/3-1). The project tries to come to grips with the causes and effects of the economic rise of large Emerging Countries. In this research, we review theoretical models for the varieties of socio-economic development in emerging markets and select the model of ‘State-permeated market economies’ to study the large emerging economies of Brazil, India, China and South Africa. By employing a broader, socioeconomic perspective, we do not only point towards the "success" of this type of capitalism, but also towards the gross inequalities that (still) exist. On the one hand, this project covers conventional fields of the comparative political economy literature to understand determinants of economic development and efficiency in the BICS – such as corporate governance, industrial relations, transfer of innovations and technology, vocational training and education. To be able to analyze the specific institutional complementarities of the BICS, on the other hand, we add a ‘Global Political Economy’ perspective to the Comparative Capitalism-approach. We thus integrate forms of international economic embedding, state steering capacities as well as the development of the domestic market. The award (about 430.000 Euro) will be implemented by Andreas Nölke, Simone Claar, Christian May and Tobias ten Brink, from 2012 to 2014. For more information see:



Workshop on Corporate Elites and Class in Global Politics

On September 3, 2012 ARCIPE hosted an International Workshop jointly organised by ARCIPE (VU University) and the University of Amsterdam on 'Corporate Elites and Class in Global Politics'. The workshop brought together leading scholars on corporate elite and class studies with the aim to elicit discussion and an exchange of views on the role of elites, class, and corporate power in global politics.

Presentations were given by the following international guests:

  • Prof. Inderjeet Parmar, Chair in international politics, City University of London
  • Prof. William B Carroll, Professor Sociology, University of Victoria, CA.
  • Dr. Francois-Xavier Dudouet, Université Paris Daupine
  • Prof. Kees van der Pijl, Professor Emeritus, School of Global Studies University of Sussex

Inspired by the fruitful discussions of Workshop plans have been conceived for future collobaration on the study of corporate elites, inclulding possibly joint grant applications.


Henk Overbeek and Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (eds) (2012). Neoliberalism in Crisis (Basingstoke: Palgrave: Macmillan)


Naná de Graaff invited as speaker at the seminar event - 'Geographies of Energy Transition' - at the Royal Geographical Society, London on Friday 17th June 2011:

Out now in paperback:

The Transnational Politics of Corporate Governance Regulation

Edited by Henk Overbeek, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Andreas Nölke


Bastiaan van Apeldoorn will present a guest lecture entitled ‘From Lisbon to Europe 2020: Neoliberal European Governance in Crisis or Phoenix Arising?’ at the Copenhagen Business School, May 18, 2011:;

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn has given a talk at a seminar of the Transform Working Group Brussels on ‘Neoliberal Economic Governance from Lisbon to Europe 2020’, April 13, 2011, Brussels;

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn has presented a paper (co-authored with Naná de Graaff) entitled Corporate elite networks and us post-cold war grand strategies from Clinton to Obama at the 2011 annual convention of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, 17 March 2011;

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn has presented a paper entitled Global capitalism and geopolitical strategy towards a historical materialist foreign policy analysis at the 2011 annual convention of the International Studies Association, 18 March 2011.




Laura Horn's dissertation manuscript has been accepted for publication by Palgrave, the book will be forthcoming in 2010. The manuscript, with the title Corporate Governance Regulation in the European Union – Towards a Marketisation of Corporate Control, is available for inspection at the DARE website.

Together with Ian Bruff, Jan Drahokoupil and Marcel Heires Laura Horn is on the board of the Critical Political Economy Research Network. The Network brings together critical scholarship on the political economy of the European Union and European capitalist economies, and serves as a platform promote and facilitate such research endeavours, to reassert the critical political economy perspective in European Sociology and European social science in general, and to promote critical and emancipatory scholarship in Europe

Together with Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Jan Drahokoupil, Laura Horn has edited a volume on critical approaches to European Integration, with contributions from a Critical Political Economy workshop organised at the Vrije Universiteit in September 2006:
Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Jan Drahokoupil and Laura Horn (eds) (2008) Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance: From Lisbon to Lisbon (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). See the publisher's website.


Angela Wigger - Panel convenor ‘The Global Economic Crisis and European Competition Policy: Reaching the Political Limits of Neoliberalism?’ at the 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.

Panel description: In probably no other policy field have the political responses to the global economic crisis so eminently been visible as in the field of competition policy. Even though a concerted regional solution is still lacking at EU level, Commissioner Kroes proclaimed that EU competition policy has a constructive role to play in rescuing the real economy from the repercussions of the financial sector. European governments received permission to infuse massive capital loans in their financial behemoths and crisis hit industries, nationalise banks, and sponsor defensive mergers. The current stance contrasts sharply with the neoliberal content of competition policy of the past decades, which gave primacy to fierce competition, short-term economic efficiency and consumer welfare concerns, a zero cartel tolerance, and strict state aid control.

The panel examines the current developments from a range of theoretical perspectives. It explores the EU and national crisis reactions in the field of state aid, merger control, cartel prosecution, and privatisation, thereby covering areas such as the banking sector, the car manufacturing and related industrial sectors. It asks whether, to what extent, and in what ways this shift in political priorities reflects a much broader paradigmatic transformation of the previous neoliberal tenet, and what potential prospects there are for other alternatives.

Paper to be presented: ‘Breaking with Neoliberalism? Contextualising the EU Ad Hoc Crisis Management in the Field of Competition Policy


Naná de Graaff and Henk Overbeek - Panel convenor at the 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.

Title Panel: Geopolitics and Class in a Changing World Order. Bringing Historical Materialism Back into Security Studies.

Presentation of paper on this panel: ‘Shifting Balance of Power in the Global Energy Market? Linking Geopolitics to Class’.

Naná de Graaff and Bastiaan van Apeldoorn are part of the management committee of the COST Action on Southern Multinationals (representing the Netherlands), funded by European Science Foundation. Attended management committee meeting in Brussels 25 May 2010, and a working group meeting Cambridge University 22 Sept 2010.ARCIPE members at Section Chair’s Dinner of the SGIR Conference, 9 Sept 2010, VASA Museum, Stockholm

Naná de Graaff, Henk Overbeek, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and James Perry organised the section ‘The Return of the State? Global Capitalism and Geopolitics after the Crisis of Neoliberalism’, SGIR 7th Pan-European International Relations Conference (Standing Group International Relations of the European Consortium of Political Science), Stockholm, 9-11 September, 2010.

At the conference in Stockholm, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn presented the paper ‘Global Capitalism and Geopolitical Strategy: Towards a Historical Materialist Foreign Policy Analysis’.

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Naná de Graaff presented the paper ‘Networks of US Capitalist Class Power and post-Cold War Grand Strategy from Clinton to Obama’.

Invited talk ‘European Corporate Elites’, Seminar on International Elites, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change , Seminar Series, University of Manchester, UK, 17 September, 2010.

Naná de Graaff - Co-Organisation 2nd Graduate Conference ‘Fresh Perspectives’, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam, 15-16 September 2010.

Andreas Nölke - Local Organizer, Inaugural Workshop of the DFG-Nachwuchsnetzwerk “Die Politische Ökonomie der globalen Finanzialisierungsprozesse”, Frankfurt 15-16 January 2010

Roundtable „Competing Theoretical Approaches to the Global/Transnational“ and „Transnational Elites and Global Governance“, SASE Annual Conference, Philadelphia, 23-26 June 2010

Roundtable “Transnational Private Self-Regulation: Modern Governance or Temporal Neo-Liberal Bubble?” Workshop on “The Role of Business in Global Governance”, Darmstadt, 17 September 2010

Roundtable “Just Peace Governance of Power Transitions”, HSFK Conference on “Power Transitions: New Hegemons, New Orders?”, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, 23 October 2010

Workshop Introduction, „The Eurozone in Crisis“, workshop organized by the Critical Political Economy Research Network of the European Sociological Association, Frankfurt, 18-19 February 2011



Naná de Graaff - Presentation of Paper at Netherlands Institute of Governance Annual Working Conference 2009, Leiden 12-13 November, 2009.
Title: ‘The Transnational Dimension of Energy Geopolitics’ Panel: Beyond National Institutions and Institutionalisms? Policy-making in a Transnational world. Chaired by: dr. Amanda Smullen (UvA) and dr. Menno Fenger (EUR).


Naná de Graaff - Presentation of Paper at British Studies Association (BISA) Conference, Leicester UK, 14-16 December 2009.
Paper to be presented: ‘A Return of State Capitalism? Theorizing the contradictions of neo-liberal globalization and the global financial crisis’, co-authored with Henk Overbeek and Bastiaan van Apeldoorn at panel: Capitalism at a Crossroads: Crisis and Contradictions in the Political Economy of Accumulation.


Bastiaan van Apeldoorn - Presentation of paper at British Studies Association (BISA) Conference – Leicester UK – 14 and 15 December 2009.
Paper to be presented: A Return of State Capitalism? Theorizing the contradictions of neo-liberal globalization and the global financial crisis, co-authored with Henk Overbeek and Naná de Graaff at panel: Capitalism at a Crossroads: Crisis and Contradictions in the Political Economy of Accumulation.