Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy

North America
Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy

The Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, dedicated to the memory of Karl Polanyi, was established in 1988. The Institute is affiliated with Concordia University. 


The mission of the Institute is two-fold: to preserve the intellectual legacy of Karl Polanyi and to contribute to urgent policy debates on new development strategies locally and internationally and on the new or reformed multilateral institutions required for the global order.

Karl Polanyi Archive

The centrepiece of the Institute is the Karl Polanyi Archive. This rich and vast collection of material includes unpublished papers, drafts of manuscripts (published and unpublished), notes, lecture notes and outlines, published articles, papers by others, correspondence with important European and North American intellectuals, political figures, some of whom were former students of Karl Polanyi, and memorabilia.

International conference

The Institute has established a wide international network of debate, dialogue and scholarly exchange that contributes to the global discussion of a vision of democratic social and economic development appropriate for the 21st century through its international conferences, research collaborations, public lectures and seminars, and publications. Polanyi’s influence continues to grow across disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, among legal scholars, scientists, policy makers, activists, international political economists, and increasingly, students of comparative politics, policy makers and civil society organizations, among others.

The Institute convenes an international conference every two years, alternating between host countries and Canada. The Thirteen International Karl Polanyi Conference on “The Enduring Legacy of Karl Polanyi” was held at Concordia University, November 6-8, 2014.