Political Economy of Anticipation

While the future has been an object of human contemplation for millennia, and planning of one form or another has been a component of most human societies, more recently the future has become a formalized object of capital accumulation. With mixed results, sectors like banking and finance have been formally anticipating futures for decades. More recently, anticipation has spread into other sectors and fields of the socio-economy through the practices and discourses of risk management. What has not received enough attention is how these mechanisms and institutions are constructing particular capitalistic futures, or at a minimum limiting the possibility for alternative economic futures. How do these processes play out unevenly across the socio-spatial landscape, and what new economic spaces do they create? Is it possible that as Franco Berardi has recently said, “our future has passed”? Or if we reject this position, how might anticipation of alternative political economies facilitate their material construction?

Potential papers may engage, but will not be limited to, thes:

Given sufficient interest, a journal special issue on anticipatory political economies will be considered.


Chris Muellerleile - Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Centre for Research on Globalisation, Education and Societies Graduate School of Education Visiting Scholar, Geographies of Political Economy Research Group, University of Bristol.

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