The 2020 EAEPE-Simon Young Scholar Prize was awarded to Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven for her conference article on Beyond the stereotype: Restating the Relevance of the Dependency Research Programme.

Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

It's a true honor to receive the EAEPE-Simon Young Scholar Prize for my paper on dependency theory. This paper grew out of my PhD thesis and is definitely the paper I've worked on the longest. It is therefore encouraging to see that all the labor paid off! What's more, this award was particularly significant for me because of the marginalization of dependency scholarship across both mainstream and heterodox departments. In face of strong resistance to such scholarship, I see the Prize as a sign that dependency theory is gradually re-gaining traction among heterodox economists. In the paper, I argue that the scholarship can be best understood as a research programme, with four core tenets that are key for understanding uneven development: a global historical approach; theorizing of the polarizing tendencies of global capitalism; a focus on structures of production; and a focus on the specific constraints faced by peripheral economies. While each of these elements can be found in many contemporary theories, what makes dependency theory unique — and a particularly strong research programme — is the combination of these elements. The paper goes on to demonstrate how such an approach can help explain both industrialization in South Korea and how the fragmentation of global value chains has impacted industrialization in Indonesia. I am deeply grateful to EAEPE for remaining an open and tolerant conference, where this kind of scholarship can be fruitfully discussed. I look forward to many more conferences and discussions with the EAEPE community.