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Lynne Chester researches and teaches in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Australia.

She is recognised as a leading Australian scholar in the empirical application of French Regulation Theory, a heterodox school of economic thought inspired by Institutional and Marxist Economics.

Her research is grounded in using the theoretical to develop methodological frameworks for empirical analysis of real world problems such as the economic-energy-environment relation, the restructuring of electricity sectors, energy affordability and impoverishment, the formation of electricity prices, the economic regulation of energy markets, energy security, the restructuring of production from financialisation, the structure and operation of markets, and capitalism’s institutional architecture.

Lynne is the author of Neoliberalism and Electricity Sector Restructuring: A Regulationist Analysis (Routledge, 2016), and a co-editor of the Review of Political Economy, the Handbook for Heterodox Economics (Routledge 2017), Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell’s Contributor to Political Economy (Springer, 2014), Proceedings of the Annual Conference for the Australian Society of Heterodox Economists (Refereed Papers), and a special issue on heterodox economics for On the Horizon (2012). She has contributed chapters to A Modern Guide to Rethinking Economics (Edward Elgar, 2016), Frontiers of Heterodox Economics: Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee (Routledge, 2016), Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics (Edward Elgar, 2016), Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market (Edward Elgar, 2012) and Readings in Political Economy (Tilde, 2011). Her research has also been published in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Australian Journal of Social Issues, Economic and Labour Relations Review, Energy Policy, European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, International Journal of Green Economics, Journal of Australian Political Economy, Journal of Economic Issues, and Review of Radical Political Economics.

Her paper for AFEE’s 2017 Conference is the third part of a trilogy of papers on institutional economics. In the first part, she posits that Institutional Economics could usefully deploy ‘institutional insights’ provided by French Regulation Theory and the Social Structure of Accumulation Approach to advance understanding of social provisioning. [1]  In the second part, using contemporary electricity sectors as an empirical lens to illuminate the internal drivers of institutional change and the evolving nature of the co-constitutive relationships between institutions, she argues the need for a re-conceptualisation of institutions which account for global phenomena that are ‘flows’ transcending the boundaries of national economies.[2] In the third part of the trilogy, she deploys a series of questions to delineate different conceptions of institutions in order to understand their respective social ontological presuppositions and the analytical implications.

Further details of Lynne’s research can be found here.

[1] Presented to the 2015 AFEE Annual Conference, Philadelphia.

[2] Presented to the 2016 AFEE Annual Conference, San Francisco.