The first EMES-Polanyi seminar in February 2012 in Paris represented a solid success both in terms of academic results and participation. The event brought together renown scholars and a growing public interested in the Polanyian approach to political and economic sociology and related disciplines to discuss specific papers and Polanyi’s ouvre overall in light of the current social situation.
The event offered the two partner organizations, EMES and the Polanyi Institute to identify an audience interested in Karl Polanyi and his legacy. The Polanyian analitical approach and the novel dimensions brought forward in his writings offer a way to enrich the debates around social and solidarity economy as well as social enterprise and social innovation against the ultimate background of democracy. A much needed different approach from the mainstream ones that originate in business and economics and reduce the space for additional approaches to be brought into the discussion. The contribution of Polanyi to the social sciences connects with authors like Habermas and Fraser and other European scholars interested in deepening the link between approaches on both sides of the Atlantic.