John Parke Young Initiative on the Global Political Economy


The Young Initiative’s mission is to participate in envisioning alternatives to the status quo in the Global Political Economy (GPE). To that end, we have a vision of GPE as an interdisciplinary academic enterprise that takes as its focus both structures of exclusion and possibilities of political-economic transformation that are systematically overlooked in traditional academic approaches.

We are advancing our mission by:  

  • Connecting the Young Initiative to Occidental students and faculty. This includes supporting impactful global research and stimulating campus intellectual conversation in order to give space for all members of our community to contribute to re-imagining our political-economic status quo.

  • Expanding our connections to Los Angeles. This is part of the Young Initiative’s commitment to showing how sub-state actors might improve local policies by engaging with international norms and academic partners.

  • Linking our theoretical/practical work to global academic and policy conversations across disciplines, across theoretical-policy divides, and across geographical spaces. A more expansively constituted GPE can more imaginatively approach global/local crises in governance around the world.


The Young Initiative’s Global Political Economy Hub is a regularly updated collection of upcoming events around the world that are related to our mission of envisioning alternatives to the status quo in the Global Political Economy. 

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The Young Initiative Newsletter provides updates and reviews on current and upcoming activities. This dynamic newsletter builds a community around topics of international affairs and the Global Political Economy. Read the Fall 2022 edition.

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