'The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises'


The new book 'The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises' co-edited by Karim Kniou and Bob Jessop, draws on on a variety of literature to offer important insights into the pedagogy of crisis and comments on the growing awareness for crisis literature.

Crises have been studied in many disciplines and from diverse perspectives for at least 150 years. Yet recent decades have seen a marked increase in the crisis literature, reflecting growing awareness of crisis phenomena from the 1970s onwards.

Responding to this mainstream literature, the book co-edited with Professor Bob Jessop makes several key innovations. It distinguishes between crises as event and crises as process, and between crises that can be managed through established crisis-management routines from crises of crisis management.

It further focuses on the symptomatology of crisis, i.e., the challenge of moving crisis symptoms to understanding underlying causes as a basis for decisive action. The book explores how crises can disorient conventional wisdom, thus provoking efforts to interpret and learn about crises and draw lessons after a crisis has ended. 

About the authors

Bob Jessop is the Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at Lancaster University, UK. He is best known for his contributions to state theory, critical political economy, the analysis of comparative welfare regimes, critical governance studies, and cultural political economy.

Karim Kniou is Associate Professor in International Political Economy and Governance at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. He is also the current Associate Managing Editor of European Political Science Review (EPSR). His research focuses on the intersection between international political economy, governance and public policy.

More information

'The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises' is published by Routledge.