Like many heterodox economists, my [TJ's] new year began with the ASSA
meetings in Chicago. It was very nice to meet many old and new friends.
There were so many interesting heterodox sessions and activities. In
particular, those young (and young-at-heart) heterodox economists who
attended the Pedagogy and Course Design Workshop organized by Geoffrey
Schneider (along with the support from heterodox journals and
associations) told me that it was a well-organized and most helpful
workshop. Hope we can have a similar or even better workshop at the
next ASSA meeting in San Diego (see early calls for papers for the 2013 ASSA meetings here--HES, LERA, and URPE).
About a year ago, a number of heterodox economists endorsed a letter
urging that ''the AEA create and then promote adherence to a
professional code of ethics that at a minimum requires transparency
with respect to potential conflicts of interest'' (see the letter here).
In response to the letter the AEA Executive Committee announced on
January 5, 2012 that AEA ''adopted extensions to its principles for
authors’ disclosures of potential conflicts of interest in the AEA’s
publications.'' See the press release on this here.
There have been some very interesting pieces on heterodox economics in the mainstream media. In particular, The Economist
magazine ran a long article that included a look at Austrian economics,
the so-called Market Monetarist approach, and Modern Monetary Theory
(MMT) or what they labeled Neo-Chartalism, where Warren Mosler and UMKC
were featured prominently. MMT in particular has been getting a
lot of coverage in the Blogosphere. You can find links to some of these
interesting discussions in the media section and debates on Randy Wray's blog.
Lastly, we'd like call your attention to our own efforts to organize a
heterodox economic activity taking place at Buffalo State College on
March 2nd. It is a workshop and a public lecture devoted to heterodox microeconomics.
Both events are free and open to the public. We hope many heterodox
economists in the region can join us. If you are interested, contact
Tae-Hee at email@example.com.
Happy new year to all and we wish we have many exciting news for heterodox economists around the world!
Tae-Hee Jo and Ted Schmidt, Editors
Table of Contents
Call for Papers
Call for Participants
Job Postings for Heterodox Economists
Conference Papers, Reports, and Articles
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 71(1): Jan. 2012
Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36(1): Jan. 2012
densidades n°8: Diciembre 2011
Ethical Perspectives, 18(4): Dec. 2011
History of Economics Review, 54: 2011
International Socialism Journal, 133: Winter 2012
Journal of Agrarian Change, 12(1): Jan. 2012
Journal of Economic Issues, XLV (4): Dec. 2011
Journal of Institutional Econmics, 7(4): Dec. 2011
Metroeconomica, 63(1): Feb. 2012
Ola Financiera, 11: Enero-abril 2012
PSL Quarterly Review, 64(259): 2011
Rethinking Marxism, 24(1): January 2012
Revue de la régulation, No. 10: 2e semestre 2011
Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, 14(4): Dec. 2011
Heterodox Books and Book Series
Heterodox Book Reviews
Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships, and Grants
Heterodox Web Sites and Associates
Heterodox Economics in the Media
For Your Information
Call for Papers
AFEE at Canadian Economic Association Annual Conference 2012
June 7 - 10, 2012 | the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The CEA invites anyone wishing to present
a paper at the 2012 Conference to submit an abstract by Friday,
February 17, 2012. Paper submissions in English or French are accepted
starting December 1st, 2012
through the web interface at my.economics.ca. The maximum length for an abstract is 250 words. An original call for papers is available on the website of the conference http://economics.ca/2012/en/
Ad Hoc Committee on AFEE
Regional/International Conferences would like to organize a special
session on institutionalist approaches to contemporary economic issues,
and, thus, propositions for this particular session are also welcome.
In order to contact the conference organizer for this session approval,
it is necessary to have a list of presenters no later than January
27th, 2012. If you are interested in participating in such a session,
please send your proposals for paper topics to Anna Klimina at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the same time please be advised that
individual papers for this session must still go through the regular
process using the online system to submit a paper. However, the
"Comments" section of the form should make reference to the special
session (e.g., "this paper is part of a special session on
“Institutionalist Approaches to…”, organized by Prof. Anna Klimina).
The applicable submission deadlines are the same as for regular paper
presenters, which is Friday, February 17, 2012.
If timing is an issue this year, Ad Hoc
Committee on AFEE Regional/International Conferences will try to
organize one or two sessions on institutionalist approaches to economic
issues at the CEA conference next
year, starting earlier.
On behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee on AFEE Regional/International Conferences
Anna Klimina, Committee’s Chair
AHE-FAPE-IIPPE Joint Conference: Panel/Stream Proposal
5-9, July 2012 | Paris, France | Conference Website
Antecedents of the Present Crisis
Organizer: Simon Mohun and John Weeks
1973 is often described as the end of the 'golden age' (although it had
been ending for some time prior to that) and the 1970s were a period of
considerable turmoil. In retrospect the 70s appear as a period of
transition to the era that began at the end of the decade. But was
there a crisis in the 1970s? If so, what was it a crisis of and how did
it play out? If not, why not, and how is continuity between the 1970s
and the 1980s to be understood? We call for papers that specifically
relate to these themes.
Please send an abstract of around 250 words by January 27, 2012 to Simon Mohun at email@example.com
Poverty Working Group
Organizer: George Labrinidis
While the crisis in the EU is unfolding
and the recession in the US is persisting, poverty is becoming a
reality or a threat for more and more people. Nevertheless, while
absolute poverty is the most telling aspect of poverty, research in
approaching this aspect is left aside. The Poverty Working Group
encourages contributions which shed light on the theoretical approach
of absolute poverty, on social needs and the relative level of their
satisfaction and the construction of a poverty threshold based on this
level. Additionally, welcome is critique of mainstream relative
poverty approaches. In particular, contributions on the following
issues are encouraged, always in accordance with the general call for
Theoretical approach of the needs of
housing, nutrition, clothing and footwear, transportation, health,
education, childcare and leisure related needs
Measurement of those needs, or aspects of them in a given historical and social framework
The standard of living in general or in particular
The value of labour power as a useful approach of the poverty threshold, under relative conditions
Abstracts of individual papers (max. 250 words) should be sent to George Labrinidis (firstname.lastname@example.org
) by the end of January 2012.
Urban and Regional Political Economy
Following two highly successful the International Initiative for
Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) conferences in Political Economy,
the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE), the French Association
of Political Economy (FAPE), and IIPPE are jointly coordinating the
Third International Conference of Political Economy in Paris, July 5-8,
2012. The theme of the conference is “Political Economy and the Outlook
Most of the analysis of the global economic crisis takes place in terms
of national economies, treated as unitary entities, interacting in the
world economy. This stream aims to open the ‘black-box’ of national
economies and look at the social relations and processes that occur in
localities and regions at the sub-national level. Processes and
developments at the level of localities can vary a great deal within
and between countries yet they are crucial to both local and national
We call for papers that analyse local relations and processes and those
that link localities with larger-scale territories. In particular, we
encourage work around the following themes:
the internal relations between space – territory, distance, scale – and
social processes, and the way in which social actors use space.
- the social processes and relations of the
monetised ‘economy’, waged and unwaged work, the reproduction of people
within homes and neighbourhoods using commodity consumption and public
services, associated cultures of work and social life, popular
collective organisations, and the interventions of the state;
- the distinct sites and spaces of industries,
public and private services, domestic work, housing, transport, the
built and natural environment, public space, and the state.
the local as a site of oppression and exploitation and of struggles against them
In addition to submission of individual papers, we are open to the
submission of panel proposals of 2-4 presentation each. The conference
will also provide an opportunity to further the work of the IIPPE Urban
and Regional Political Economy Working Group.
Abstracts of individual papers (max. 250 words) or panel proposals
(max. 250 words plus abstracts of the individual papers) should be sent
by the 15th of February. Please send the abstracts to us in the first instance, rather than the conference organisers.
For more information about the working group please visit:
http://www.iippe.org/wiki/ Urban_and_Regional_Political_ Economy_Working_Group
Other previously announced CFP
ASE: 14th World Congress of Social Economics (UK)
June 20-22, 2012 | University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK | website
Towards an Ethical Economy and Economics
Social economics, with its focus on
social values, social interactions, and ethics, is particularly well
suited to provide insightful analyses on the present state of economics
as a discipline and on the state of the world economy. The
international financial crisis, the European sovereign debt crisis, and
increasing inequalities throughout the world raise important social and
ethical issues concerning the interactions of governments, financial
institutions, individuals, communities, and the economics profession.
Social economics offers valuable alternative evaluations of economic
activity that lead toward a more ethical and sustainable economy and a
more relevant economics.
We welcome proposals for complete
sessions and for individual papers – conceptual, applied and empirical
– related to the theme of the conference as well as in all areas of
social economics. Some topics for discussion might include:
What is meant by an ‘ethical economics’ and an ‘ethical economic system’?
What does an increased awareness of the ethics of economic activities
imply for social relations and values and for economics?
- What are the manifestations of an ethical economy
in terms of: corporate social responsibility; sustainable consumption;
economic organisation, such as co-operatives, and the structure of
finance, such as regulation, micro-finance, mutualisation, and credit
- What are the relationships between an ethical
economy and social capital? Does a high incidence of social capital
ensure an ethical economy and ethical economic activities? What does an
ethical economy mean for the “third sector” and social enterprise? Does
it relate to the UK Prime Minister’s (David Cameron) notion of the “Big
- What does an ethical economy imply for economic
performance? What are the measures of performance and well-being in an
ethical economy? Would an ethical economy be more equal? If so, in what
- What does an ethical economy imply for the
distribution of income and of wealth, both within a country and among
What are the relations between an ethical economy and a green economy?
What are the social and ethical responsibilities of economics and of economists?
What are the macroeconomic manifestations of ethical considerations –
what is an ethical fiscal policy? to what extent is the conventional
wisdom concerning sovereign debt crises correct?
submit a proposal please send an abstract of about 400 words for a
paper and/or a proposal of about 600 words for a session, together with
the abstracts of the session papers, no later than February 1, 2012.
Please include the title of the session or the paper, the authors’
names and institutional affiliations, and contact information in the
form of an e-mail address for the corresponding author.
Information pertaining to Submissions of Abstract Proposals can be found on the ASE website at www.socialeconomics.org
. Submissions should be made no later than February 1, 2012.
Tony Atkinson, Department of Economics, Nuffield College, Oxford University
Ben Fine, Professor of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Additional Conference information and Registration information can be found at the ASE website: www.socialeconomics.org
Jane Clary, College of Charleston, USA
Elba Brown-Collier, Association for Social Economics
Mark Hayes, University of Cambridge, UK
Helena Lopes, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, PT
Robert McMaster, University of Glasgow, UK
Fabio Sabatini, Sapienza Universitá di Roma, IT
Martha Starr, American University, Washington DC, USA
February 1, 2012 Deadline for Abstract Submission
March 1, 2012 Notification of Accepted Abstracts
April 15, 2012 Conference Registration Deadline
May 15, 2012 Deadline for Submitting Full Papers
June 20, 2012 Opening Plenary Session and Reception, Tony Atkinson, speaker
June 21, 2012 Conference Dinner
June 22, 2012 Closing Keynote Address, The Cairncross Lecture, Ben Fine, speaker
ASSA 2013 (US)
San Diego | January 4-6, 2013
HES at ASSA 2013
The History of Economics Society (HES) will sponsor four sessions at
the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) meetings, January 4-6,
2013, in San Diego, California.
The ASSA offers historians of economic thought an opportunity to
present high-quality historical research to an audience of professional
economists. Given this, preference will be given to proposals that are
most likely to interest the broader community. Proposals are invited
for entire sessions, rather than single papers.
Please submit session proposals, including abstracts for the proposed papers (approximately 200 words), to me at email@example.com
. The deadline is May 1, 2012.
URPE at ASSA 2013
URPE invites proposals for individual papers and complete sessions for
the URPE at ASSA annual meeting. URPE welcomes proposals on radical
political economic theory and applied analysis from a wide variety of
The deadline for proposed papers and sessions is May 1, 2012. At that
time individual and panel proposals will be checked to be sure everyone
is current with their URPE dues or the proposals will be set aside.
Proposals for complete sessions are encouraged and should include the
session title, a brief description of each paper, and the names,
institutional affiliations, and email addresses of the chair,
discussants, and presenters. Proposals for sessions should contain four
papers. If you are proposing a complete session, please arrange to have
discussants for your papers and a chair for your session. As the
organizer of this session, you are responsible for conveying
administrative information to session members, including confirmation
that the session has been accepted, the time and location, and
deadlines. A registration form must be completed for each paper.
Proposals for individual papers should include the title, the abstract,
and the author's name, institutional affiliation, and email. You should
also complete the registration form. Individuals whose papers are
accepted may also be expected to serve as a discussant for a different
paper at the meetings. If you list the areas you prefer to discuss, all
attempts will be made to match your preferences. Individual papers that
are accepted will be assigned to sessions and each session will have an
assigned organizer. It is the organizer's job to convey administrative
information to session members, including confirmation that the session
has been accepted, the time and location, and deadlines. URPE has no
paid ASSA staff, so those presenting papers must share the burden of
We regret that high quality individual papers may be turned down due to
the inability to place them in a session with papers with similar
themes. For this reason, we strongly encourage proposals for full
sessions. The number of sessions we can accept is limited by ASSA, and
we regret that high quality sessions may be turned down as well.
Please note that the date, time, and location of sessions are assigned
by ASSA, not URPE. You should receive word from URPE that your
paper/session was accepted by mid-June. ASSA will not assign dates and
times until much later in the summer.
Please note that anyone who presents a paper (but not the chairs or
discussants) must be a member of URPE (except at joint sessions with
other groups, in which case they can be a member of the other
organization) at the time of submission of the paper or panel proposal.
or 413-577-0806 for membership information. We will confirm membership
prior to accepting proposals. Applications should be submitted online
on the URPE website www.urpe.org
beginning April 1 (instructions will be available by March 1 on the
website). If you have questions or problems with the online submission,
please contact Fred Moseley at the email address below. Only
applications received by the May 1 deadline will be considered.
If you have any other questions, please contact one of the URPE at ASSA coordinators below:
Fred Moseley (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and Laurie Nisonoff (email@example.com
LERA at ASSA 2013
Even though the 2012 ASSA meetings are about to happen, it is not too
early (well maybe it is!) to think about giving a paper or proposing a
panel for the 2013 meetings in San Diego, California. LERA (Labor and
Employment Relations Association) welcomes proposals on a range of
topics relating to employment. Panels organized jointly with other
associations are welcome. For more information and the official call
for proposals see: http://leraweb.org/calls-announcements
In 2013 LERA (Labor and Employment Relations Association) will no
longer hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the ASSA, but will
continue (as many organizations do) to field sessions at the ASSA. As a
result, LERA has more slots than in the past for academic papers. This
is a great opportunity to increase the ability of good quality research
from heterodox economists and others to find an outlet for their work
at the meetings.
Capitalizing Power: The Qualities and Quantities of Accumulation (Canada)
September 28-30, 2012 | York University, Toronto | website
A Conference of the Forum on Capital as Power
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012
With the global crisis lingering, many now wonder how capital has
become so powerful, and what should be done about it. Although we are
eager to provide answers, the problem starts with the question itself:
what exactly do we mean by 'capital', and what does it mean to say that
capital is 'powerful'? The difficulty lies in the fractured nature of
modern social science – both its conventional division into numerous
disciplines, including economics, politics, sociology, international
relations, and culture, and the habitual bifurcation of the economy
itself into real and nominal spheres. These fractures create conceptual
rifts: they place most aspects of power outside the economic process,
and they portray capitalization as a fictitious mirror of an economic
reality located in production.
The theory of Capital as Power removes these fissures by abolishing the
disciplinary divisions between economics, politics, and other
disciplines, as well as the economic bifurcation of the real and
nominal. In doing so, the theory puts power at the centre of analysis
and examines finance as the main algorithm of capitalist power. The
goal is to decipher the conversion of qualities to quantities: to
theorize and research how the qualities of power – the multifaceted
interactions of command and obedience, force and submission, violence
and resistance – are universalized and discounted to the quantities of
We are calling for theoretical, empirical, and historical papers
to engage critically with questions such as the following. How does
power bear on accumulation, and how does it get capitalized? How has
capitalization evolved and mutated? What are the qualitative forms of
power in capitalism, and how do they compare to those that
characterized earlier modes of power? What are the historical roots of
capital as power? Do these roots alter the way we understand the
origins of capitalism? How does capitalism convert qualities into
quantities? What are the limits of capitalized power? How is
capitalized power resisted and opposed? Can it be reformed or
overthrown? Can these questions be addressed by mainstream and
heterodox theories of capitalism – and if so, how do their answers
differ from those offered by the theory of capital as power?
We are also interested in concrete areas of inquiry related to these broader questions. Suggested topics include:
Capitalist power and labour – from proletarianization and wages to productivity and organization;
International and regional relations and the capitalization of power;
Capitalist and democratic accounting, including the history of discounting and its possible alternatives;
Power and price formation – from local to global markets;
The state as a locus of capitalization – from taxes and the law to ideology and violence;
The role of capitalist power in contemporary crises;
Capitalized power and nature – from genetic engineering, to energy, to the biosphere;
Comparative modes of power: ancient and feudal, communist and fascist, capitalist and beyond;
Capital as Power versus 'primitive accumulation' – dispossession, co-option and genocide;
The power dimensions of 'immaterial' capitalism – from leisure and fear to knowledge and ideology;
The psychology of capitalist power;
Alternative visions for a de-capitalized society.
The conference will comprise two parts: public
presentations open to all (day one), followed by a closed workshop for
the conference participants (days two and three). The workshop will
consist of longer presentations, allowing more time for debate,
discussion and contemplation. Participants should be prepared to
present in either part, depending on the allocation made by the
organizers. Please email abstracts of 250 words to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 30, 2012.
Communication, Crisis, and Critique in Contemporary Capitalism (Spain)
October 18-20, 2012 | University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain | CFP
Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network 18 - Sociology of Communications and Media Research
Keynote Talk: Prof. Peter Golding (Northumbria University, UK) – Why a
Sociologist should take Communications and Media Seriously
In the presentation of this paper, Peter Golding will reflect on why
the study of communications and media demands the insights and methods
of sociology, and why RN18 therefore is an appropriate network within
the European Sociological Association. He will present reflections on
how such key sociological concerns as inequality, identity, power, and
change are at the heart of the questions we should be posing in
addressing the nature and role of the media as institutions and
communications as a social process. The paper will also address how far
changes in the technologies of media and communications alter, or
should alter, our approach to generating research and insight in this
field. Peter Golding is pro-vice chancellor of research &
innovation at Northumbria University, founder and honorary chair of ESA
Call for Submissions and Participation
We are living in times of global capitalist crisis that require
rethinking the ways we organize society, communication, the media, and
our lives. The current crisis seems to a certain degree be different
compared to previous ones, among other reasons due to the role of
mediated communication and information in establishing/changing
economic, political, and social relations as well as the crisis itself.
The crisis can also be seen as crisis of what has been called consumer
capitalism or informational capitalism. More precisely it has resulted
on the one hand in a hyperneoliberal intensification of
neo-conservative policies and on the other hand in the emergence of new
popular movements that are critical of the commodification of
everything and demand the strengthening of society’s commons. The
second movement has in the social sciences been accompanied by a
renewed interest in critical studies, the critique and analysis of
class and capitalism, and critical political economy. The overall goal
of this conference is to foster scholarly presentations, networking,
and exchange on the question of which transitions media and
communication and media sociology are undergoing in contemporary
society. The conference particularly welcomes contributions that are
inspired by sociological theories, critical studies, and various
strands and traditions of the critical study of media & society.
Questions that can be covered by presentations include, but are not limited to:
What is a crisis? What forms of crisis are there? How do they relate to capitalism and communication?
How have the media presented the crisis? Which similarities and
differences in crisis reporting are there between different media
(television, press, and new media) or between media in different
- How has the crisis affected various media and
cultural industries? What is the role of changing media technology in
the economic crisis? How has the media economy changed since the start
of the crisis in 2008? How have advertising investments, profits,
market values, etc developed in the media economy since the start of
the crisis? How has the global expansion of media industries been
reshaped by the crisis and what is the future of global media and news
agencies? What changes can be traced in the production of news and
other media content? Are there changes in the nature of media products?
- What is the role of media and
communication technologies in the financialization, acceleration, and
globalization of the capitalist economy? How can a post-crisis media
economy look like? How has advertising favoured a climate of private
- What are the ideological implications of the
crisis for mediascapes? Which ideological discourses do companies,
CEOs, managers, or neoliberal politicians use for justifying their
interests, lay-offs, high bonuses, inequalities, etc and how are these
discourses represented by the media or in strategic company reports?
How are hyper-neoliberal crisis policy responses (“socialism for the
rich and capitalism for the poor” in the form of bank bail outs and
budget cuts in areas like welfare, education, social security, health
care, etc) ideologically justified and how do the media represent such
ideologies? What is the role of finance capital in the media and
cultural industries? Which hegemonic, alternative, or contradictory
interpretations and reception practices of media content that relates
to the crisis are there? Which ideologies and myths underlie the
- What is the role of media, communication, critical
journalism, and alternative media in contemporary uproars, riots,
rebellions, social movements, protests, demonstrations, and
- How do identities and mediated
identities change in times of crisis? How should one think about the
relationship of economy and culture in light of the capitalist crisis?
What is the relationship of class and identities and of politics of
redistribution and recognition today? How do we have to rethink and
reshape the relation between political economy and cultural studies in
the light of capitalist crisis in order to adequately study the media
- How is the public sphere changing in the light of
the global crisis? What are perspectives for politics, participation,
and democracy today and how do these perspectives relate to the media
and communication? Is the role of media in democracy changing? If so,
how? Are media a distinct player in politics? If the established media
form an estate of power in democracy, do we today new a new estate of
power? If so, how could it look like?
- What are the causes, realities, and consequences
of the commodification of the communication commons? What are
alternatives to the commodification of the communication commons? How
can one strengthen and create public media and commons-based forms of
communication? What are the relationships and differences between the
commodity logic, the gift logic, and the logic of public goods and how
do these logics shape the media?
- How do contemporary societal trends, such as
integration, diversity and conflicts in Europe and the world,
transnationalism and networking, digitization, informatization,
globalization, glocalization, prosumption, neoliberalism, privatization
and commodification, migration, racism, changing gender relations,
consumer and advertising culture, warfare, terrorism, the new
imperialism, surveillance, social movement protests, global societal
risks, the strengthening of right-wing extremist and fascist movements,
or the anti-corporate movement and other movements, shape media and
communication and how do media and communication in turn shape society
in times of crisis and transition?
- What are the tasks, roles, responsibilities, and
identities of the sociology of media and communication in a society
that is facing deep crisis? What is the actual or potential role of
critique, ethics, struggles, counter-power, resistance, protest, civil
society, and social movements in contemporary societies and
- What are the major trends that shape contemporary
society and how are these trends related to mediated communication and
knowledge production? In what society do we live? What society do we
desire to have? What forms of media and communication do we find in
contemporary society? What forms of media and communication do we
desire and how must society change in order to achieve these goals?
- What are the major trends in respect to crisis,
communication, and critique in Europe? What are the major trends in
respect to crisis, communication, and critique in other parts of the
- How do different companies and organizations make
use of different information transmission technologies? What is the
role of high speed financial flows and associated transmission networks
in the finance industry? How (in)visible are these flows?
An abstract of 200-250 words should be sent to Dr. Romina Surugiu, University of Bucharest, at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
. Please insert the words Bilbao in the subject. The deadline for abstract submission is May 31st, 2012.
The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in Rural and Urban Areas (Germany)
The International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) Annual Thematic Conference
University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany | July 4-6
In recent years, food prices have gone up to prohibitive levels for
many of the world’s poor. They have remained high and volatile. While
many poor city dwellers have had to switch their diets to include only
very basic foods, the vast majority of those who are hungry in the
world today (over half a billion) are working in agriculture, either as
small landholders or as waged agricultural workers. This paradox has
sparked a lively debate about the reasons for food price increases.
However, the implications for the Decent Work agenda have received less
attention. The four dimensions of the Decent Work concept (creating
jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and
promoting social dialogue) do not explicitly cover the issue of rising
food prices. On the one hand, price increases for the most basic
household items threaten any gains achieved through the Decent Work
agenda. On the other hand, increased food prices may in principle
provide an opportunity for agricultural labour, yet the majority of the
food producers seem not to have benefited from rising prices.
Apparently, the bargaining power of many producers has been weakened
vis-à-vis the buyers of agricultural produce. This development points
to another dimension not explicitly addressed by the Decent Work
agenda: power relations along the food chain. The International Center
for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) wants to commit its Annual
Thematic Conference “The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in
Rural and Urban Areas” to an exploration of the origins of the food
crisis, its implications for the Decent Work agenda, and strategies for
addressing the crisis.
The general themes to be discussed are: Assessing the Scope of the Food
Crisis: Is there a rural – urban divide? What is the impact on workers
and small landholders? What are the implications for the Decent Work
agenda? Origins of the Food Crisis: Financialization, land grabbing,
climate change and soil degradation, agribusiness, agro-fuels, EU trade
policies, demography, productivity obstacles, and other relevant
topics. Remedies for the Food Crisis: Increasing agricultural
productivity, improving logistics, empowering agricultural workers,
food sovereignty, and other relevant topics.
We encourage potential contributors to include a gender-sensitive analysis whenever possible.
If you would like to present a paper in one of these areas, please send
a brief abstract (less than half a page) by April 1, 2012 to: ATC2012Kassel@icdd.uni-kassel.de
Please include the following information:
Global Political Economy Network: Global Firms, Global Finance and Global Inequalities Conference (UK)
25-6 April, 2012 | Loughborough University, UK
Background: Global capitalism is again facing a popular backlash
in advanced countries, focused upon the disparities between the ‘1 per
cent’ – largely associated with the finance sector – and the rest of
the Global population. Yet there is still little consensus about the
effects of globalisation upon income distribution – either within
countries or between countries. Rising inequality in the Anglo-Saxon
countries, and increasing unemployment in continental Europe, led to a
political backlash against global trade in the 1990s. However,
traditional analyses, based upon the neoclassical model of the global
economy, failed to finda link to trade with developing countries, since
traded commodity prices did not seem to be shifting. In addition,
inequality was also rising within many developing countries, which was
contrary to the simple version of the Stolper-Samuelson theorem. More
recent analyses, based upon intra- and inter-firm trade, outsourcing
and networking, have suggested that these early conclusions may have
been premature. It is argued that many effects initially attributed to
technological progress may, in fact, reflect selective outsourcing of
certain labour-intensive processes. In addition, global financial
liberalisation has led to strong shifts in costs of, access to and
returns to finance in different parts of the World, whose effects on
inequalities have not fully been explored. The role of the finance
sector – both in terms of its extreme concentrations of income on the
highest earners, and in terms of its alleged failure to support
development among poorer groups – is at the heart of current debate.
Call for papers on the themes of:
North-North capital market integration and tax/subsidy competition.
North-South capital market integration.
Different labour market institutions and responses to global shifts.
Labour market effects of outsourcing and FDI.
Degree of competition and income distribution.
Finance and access to education in North and South.
Access to finance as a driver to FDI.
Appropriate policy responses.
Papers on other related themes will also be considered.
Rodney Falvey, Bond University, Australia.
Carl Davidson, Michigan State University, USA.
Udo Kreickemeier, University of Tübingen, Germany.
Ray Riezman, University of Iowa, USA.
Deadline for extended abstracts. 10 February 2012.
Authors of accepted papers to be informed by 9 March 2012.
Registration, payment and submission of full paper by 23 March, 2012.
Conference fee £130. Conference dinner an extra £30.
It is intended to submit a selection of papers to a journal special issue.
More information will follow.
Historical Materialism Conference, Toronto 2012
May 11-13, 2012 | York University, Toronto
Final Call for Papers (New Deadline): “SPACES OF CAPITAL, SPACES OF RESISTANCE”
Call for Papers: Following on the successes of the two previous North
American Historical Materialism Conferences at York University (2008
and 2010), we are pleased to issue a call for papers for our third
conference. In light of the continuing instability of global
capitalism and the mounting resistances from Egypt to the Occupy
Movement, our over-riding theme will be “Spaces of Capital, Spaces of
Resistance.” But we welcome all contributions that contribute to
critical knowledge on the activist and scholarly Left and the
development of historical materialism as a living research program. We
specifically welcome papers dealing with The Spaces of Power; Critical
Theory and the Politics of Liberation; Capital and its Discontents;
Modes and Movements of Resistance.
We welcome individual submissions as well as panel proposals. For
individual papers, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Panel organizers should submit a 100-word panel abstract along with
individual paper abstracts of no more than 250-words for each paper to
be presented as part of the panel. We will formulate the conference
itinerary based upon the broad themes generated through the submission
process. Proposals will be accepted until February 7, 2012 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We apologize, but cannot accommodate requests to present on specific
days, so please be prepared to attend the full three days of the
How to bring joy into economics: Revisiting Tibor Scitovsky (Italy)
26-27 June, 2012 | Angevin-Aragonese Castle, Gaeta (Italy)
See attached flyer for more details
The Impact of the Recession on Poverty in the United States
Call for Contribution
My name is Lindsey Hanson, I'm a legal aid attorney in Minnesota. I
am working with a co-author, Timothy Essenberg, a professor of
economics at Bethel University on a two-volume series about the impact
of the recession on poverty in the United States for ABC-Clio. ABC-Clio
is a publisher of reference materials for secondary and post-secondary
I am looking for economists who are interested in contributing to a
book about the impact of the recession on poverty in the United States.
The articles will be published in a two-volume series by ABC-Clio.
Contributors will receive a byline, electronic access to the final
work, and modest monetary compensation (or a copy of the two-volume
series if they prefer). The articles I am looking for will be between
3,000 and 4,500 words each.
Anyone interested in contributing can send their resume and area(s) of interest to email@example.com
Specifically, I am looking for people who are interested in writing on the following topics:
Federal government response to poverty in the recession
State government responses to poverty in the recession
Local government responses to poverty in the recession
Tribal government responses to poverty in the recession
Response of international organizations in the United States
Long term impact of the recession on culture and society as it relates to poverty
How the recession has impacted the following assistance programs: food
support (food stamps), healthcare assistance, Social Security
(Retirement, Disability, Supplemental, Medicare)
How the recession has impacted underemployment and thereby poverty rates
How the recession has impacted wages and thereby poverty rates
The impact of the recession on poverty amongst: young adults, those age
36-65, Asian Americans, European Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native
Americans, retirees and potential retirees, senior citizens
The impact of the recession on poverty rates in rural, suburban, and urban areas
Impact on poverty in the U.S. compared to the international impact on poverty
Impact on financial security of families and individuals thus placing them at risk for poverty
Interface: A Journal for and about social movements
Special Issue Theme: For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity
Once, the labour movement was seen as the international
social movement for the left (and it was the spectre haunting
capitalism). Over the last century, however, labour movements have been
transformed. In most of the world membership rates have dwindled, and
many act in defence of, or simply provide services to, their members in
the spirit of interest or lobbying groups. Labour was once a broad
social movement including cooperatives, socialist parties, women’s and
youth wings, press and publications, cultural production and sporting
clubs. Often it was at the core of movements for democracy or national
independence, even of social revolution. Despite the rhetoric of
‘socialism’, ‘class and mass trade unionism’ or, alternatively,
technocratic ‘organising strategies’, most union movements
internationally operate strictly within the parameters of capitalism
and the ideology of ‘social partnership’ (i.e. with and under capital
New labour organising efforts are increasingly moving beyond
traditional trade union forms, dependence on the state or parties of
the left, and have found new forms linked to ethnic or geographical
communities, working women, precarious workers, migrants and other
radical-democratic social movements.
These changes may relate to the neoliberalisation and
‘globalization’ of capitalism, and its result in restructured industry
and employment. They may also relate to the consequent disorientation
of the left. Transformations at the political and economic level have
not, however, meant the disappearance of labour movement. Multiple new
expressions of labour discontent arise from the bases and the margins
of the world of work.
New forms of organising and/or a revival?
Firstly, from the bases we find movements of
workers, often in alliance with local communities or other social
movements. They are to be found not only in advanced industrial and
postindustrial economies, but also — more dramatically — at the
capitalist periphery. Labour movements were important in the recent
Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings. In the world’s second biggest economy,
China, labour has been flexing its muscles in the most repressive and
difficult of circumstances. Labour struggle has also begun to revive in
the United States, and in the most dramatic fashion with the occupation
of the legislature in Wisconsin.
Secondly, we see those who are situated at the margins of labour
markets and who experience continuous uncertainty. Increasingly
addressed as the ‘precariat’, this includes both high-skilled and
low-skilled workers in the rich metropoles of the global North as well
as in the slums and fields of the global South. The precarious are
younger people, women and migrants, but increasingly those previously
full-time workers whose rights and conditions are under attack due to
the current economic crisis.
New and emergent movements are taking place at the local, national
and transnational level, signaling the ongoing transformation of
workers’ struggle all over the world. As capitalism reorganises,
expands and reinvents, so too does resistance to its exploitation and
subjugation. Some trade unions have encountered difficulty in working
amongst workers who do not conform to the model of the full-time, male,
family-wage-earning worker, and are seeking new ways of mobilizing and
organising. This has been equally true amongst landless workers in
Brazil, as with ‘undocumented’ or ‘excluded’ labour in California. Both
at the bases and at the margins of the labour realms, women, men and
youth are experimenting with radical new forms of struggle, new
demands, new places / spaces of articulation, and perhaps
re-discovering or re-inventing a global movement for ‘the emancipation
Some places to start?
This issue of Interface: a journal for and about social movements seeks
to reflect both this immense richness of experiences and the attempt to
articulate what has been learnt in one place in ways that may be useful
for activists elsewhere. We are looking for articles that tackle
questions such as:
How are the geography and politics of labour struggles changing in the 21st century?
What use, and clarity, is there in the distinction between ‘old’ (labour) and ‘new’ social movements?
Is the historically central link with political parties and the state dead or can it be reinvented, and if so, how?
Have strategies such as ‘social movement unionism’, ‘community
unionism’, ‘bio-syndicalism’, recognising precarity or movements
organising informal workers been effective and how far? Where and to
what extent are they successful?
What are the strengths and limits of labour organising among those for whom wage labour is only a part of their livelihood?
What are the relationships between trade unions on the one hand, and on
the other hand solidarity economy movements, organisations working with
precarious and unemployed workers, and identity- or community-based
groups and the labour movement?
How are trade unionists engaging, or failing to engage, with the global justice and solidarity movement?
Are there new trade union or labour internationalism(s), and what form or forms demonstrate this?
What is the significance of information and communication technology
(ICT), ‘knowledge workers’ and labour’s own cyberspace activities to
such new worker movements?
We intend to explore such matters in this special issue of the new
open-access, online, copyleft academic/activist journal, Interface: a Journal for and about Social Movements.
Finally, as in all issues of Interface, we will
accept submissions on topics that are not related to the special theme
of the issue, but that emerge from or focus on movements around the
world and the immense amount of knowledge that they generate. Such
general submissions should contribute to the journal’s mission as a
tool to help our movements learn from each other’s struggles, by
developing analyses from specific movement processes and experiences
that can be translated into a form useful for other movements.
In this context, we welcome contributions by movement participants
and academics who are developing movement-relevant theory and research.
Our goal is to include material that can be used in a range of ways by
movements — in terms of its content, its language, its purpose and its
form. We thus seek work in a range of different formats, such as
conventional articles, review essays, facilitated discussions and
interviews, action notes, teaching notes, key documents and analysis,
book reviews — and beyond. Both activist and academic peers review
research contributions, and other material is sympathetically edited by
peers. The editorial process generally is geared towards assisting
authors to find ways of expressing their understanding, so that we all
can be heard across geographical, social and political distances.
We can accept material in Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian,
Danish, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian,
Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish,
Swedish, Turkish and Zulu. Please see our editorial contacts page for details of who to submit to.
Deadline and contact details
The deadline for initial submissions to this issue, to be published
November 2012, is May 1 2012. For details of how to submit to Interface, please see the ‘Guidelines for contributors’. All manuscripts, whether on the special theme or other topics, should be sent to the appropriate regional editor. Submission templates are available online via the guidelines page.
Oceania & South-East Asia Editor
For more information, go to here.
SASE Conference: Global Shifts: Implications for Business, Government, and Labor (US)
June 28-30, 2012 | MIT, USA
The SASE conference entitled "Global Shifts: Implications for Business,
Government, and Labor" will be taking place at MIT June 28-30, 2012,
with abstracts due June 15. I would like to particularly call your
attention to a mini-conference within SASE on the impacts of
financialization. Here's a brief version of the call:
Workers, Inequality and the State in the Era of Financialization
The most recent financial crisis reverberated far beyond the halls of
Wall Street, making it painfully clear that households, firms, and
other social institutions depend on the uninterrupted flow of credit
and equity markets. Yet the process of “financialization” developed
over several decades, consisting of numerous institutional changes in
the forms of ownership, corporate governance, and inter-firm relations.
This mini-conference invites proposals, both contemporary and
historical, examining the forms and effects of financialization on
firms’ relationships with workers, communities, and the state – and the
various challenges and opportunities confronting those actors
counter-mobilizing against firms oriented toward financial markets.
Longer version at: http://sase.org/mini-conferences/themes_fr_115.html#MC4
SASE is seriously interdisciplinary and global (well, mainly
US-Europe). Submissions from radical political economists would be
SOAS, BASAS Annual Conference: Interrogating Indian Capitalism (UK)
12-14 April 2012 | SOAS, London | website
Organised by Dr Pritam Singh (Oxford Brookes University)
The papers in this panel should aim to provide analysis of different
dimensions of the nature of Indian capitalism today. Papers can be
historical in character but should aim to throw light on contemporary
Indian capitalism. Studies on capitalism in different regions of India
or different sectors of the Indian capitalist economy would be equally
welcome along with more macro-level views of Indian capitalism. The
macro level dimensions could include the expansionary forays of Indian
capital abroad and the new forms of collaborations developing between
Indian capital and foreign capital in India as well as abroad.
Papers do not need to be from a narrow economics perspective. Papers
exploring bourgeois thought formations through media, education,
religion, sports and family would be equally welcome. Similarly papers
on class formation, class/caste interactions and on links between
business and politics would be welcome. Other areas worth exploring
could be discourse analysis of the Indian elites’ perceptions of the
rise of India as an economic power in the global capitalist economy.
Explorations of creative and imaginative critiques and challenges to
capitalism would be especially appreciated. These critiques and
challenges could include practical political struggles also.
Please submit your abstracts to the panel convenor Pritam Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 27th January 2012.
For further information about the conference please go to here.
Left Forum 201 (US)
March 16-18 2012 | Pace University, US | website
Occupy The System: Confronting Global Capitalism
Deadline extended to January 31, 2012
Beginning with the celebrated Arab Spring and the explosive revolts in
Greece and beyond uprisings against dictators, crony capitalism,
corporate greed and neo-liberal state austerity regimes have spread
across the globe. Tactical innovation in the new movements from Tahrir
Square to Madison, Wisconsin are breaking down old barriers in the
fight for a better future for the world’s people and the planet.
Although it has been a long time coming, the Occupy Wall
Street movement’s message is clear: one percent of people living in the
wealthiest nation in the world have grabbed most of the country’s
wealth and used it to corrupt politics, while unemployment, mortgage
foreclosures, strangling student debt and rising poverty grip the rest
of the population. The world is changing, the people are rising, and
new possibilities for the Left are emerging.
Against this inspiring background, the Left Forum will host its annual
conference at Pace University on the weekend of March 16-18, 2012. As
it has done for many years, the conference will gather civil
libertarians, environmentalists, anarchists, socialists, communists,
trade unionists, black and Latino freedom fighters, feminists, anti-war
activists, students and people struggling against unemployment,
foreclosure, inadequate housing and deteriorating schools from among
those active in the U.S. and many other countries, as well. We will
again share our activities and perspectives with special attention to
all that has changed in 2011 and what it means for the prospects of
progressive change in 2012 and beyond.
Once a year, the Left Forum creates a space to analyze the great
political questions of our times. Activists, intellectuals, trade
unionists, movement-builders and others come together to identify new
strategies for broadening the anti-corporate capitalist movement. In
the wake of a persistent crisis of the international economic and
political system, a new left politics in the United States and around
the world is taking shape. Will the mass movements in Egypt, Greece,
Latin America, the United States and elsewhere further extend their
participatory democratic, community-building, non-capitalist, and
caring forms of struggle into the institutions of everyday life? Will
the movements confront and disrupt the complicity of neo-liberal state
elites with corporate capital? Are there alternatives to the
increasingly brutal capitalist system on the horizon? Join us in
exploring such questions and moving forward left agendas for social
Opening Plenary Session includes:
Rose Anne DeMorro, Executive Director of the National Nurses United
Marina Sitrin, lawyer and postdoctoral fellow at the Center for
Globalization and Social Change at the City University of New York.
William Strickland, Director of
the Du Bois Papers Collection at W.E.B. Du Bois Department of
Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
William Tabb, author of The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time (Columbia University Press, 2012)
Early registration discounts are available for a limited time (e.g., students: $10)
For information on panel submissions go to "www.leftforum.org
", click "submit panels button."
To see panels from last year’s conference go to "www.leftforum.org
", click "past events" and choose a particualr conference year.
Summer Institute for the Preservation of the History of Economics (US)
June 29 - July 2, 2012 | University of Richinond, USA
The 13th annual Summer Institute for the Preservation of the History of
Economics will be held at the University of Richmond, June 29-July 2,
2012. The Institute offers a forum for graduate students and
distinguished scholars to present work in progress or more polished
papers to a lively audience. Our mission is to help young scholars
connect in a workshop setting with young and eminent scholars in the
field. We invite proposals, by 9 FEBRUARY, on any topic in the history
of economic thought. New participants are welcome, as are
recommendations and submissions from any and all interested parties. We
welcome suggestions and proposals in any area of the History of
We anticipate that the Institute will be able to offer modest honoraria
for presenters and students. Participation by upper-level undergraduate
and graduate students in economics or related disciplines is
encouraged. The History of Economics Society will provide support for 5
students to attend. Conference events include good coffee and
continental breakfasts, lunches, as well as one or two working dinners.
Details about travel, housing and other matters will be posted early in
By FEBRUARY 9, please send expressions of interest or paper proposals to:
Summer School in History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History (France)
September 3-8, 2012 | Lille, France
Theme: "Inequalities, Poverty, Discriminations"
Organized by CLERSE, University of Lille 1 USTL, (Lille, France)
and PHARE, University Paris 1 Panthéon‐Sorbonne (Paris, France)
Submission deadline: April, 9, 2012
We remind you that PhD proposals are not supposed to be linked to the theme of the morning seminars.
For more details, download flyer.
VIII Global Labour University (GLU) Conference (Brazil)
September 28-30, 2012 | Campinas, Brazil
Sustainable growth, development and labour: progressive responses at local, national and global level
The Global Labour University is pleased to announce a call for papers
for the 2012 conference on “Sustainable growth, development and labour”
to be held in Campinas, Brazil from September 28 to 30, 2012.
After the world economy showed signs of recovery from the 2007‐2009
crisis, there were great hopes that the era of neoliberalism was
finally coming to an end. However, a feeble recovery and the continuous
hegemony of the financial sector pose new challenges to workers
throughout the world. Conservative forces are pushing the notion that
governments should restrict their activities to a minimum, both as
regulators and as participants in economic life, while allowing the
unfettered operation of financial markets.
Given this context, the theme of the 2012 GLU Conference will focus on
the analysis of development processes, policies and concrete
experiences that shed light on possible global, national and local
strategies to overcome neoliberal orthodoxy in theory and practice,
creating the conditions for inclusive development that is based on a
stronger role for workers organization, industrial democracy, and a
democratically accountable government that actively participates in
economic activities and regulates the economy.
Such discussion should be built on conceptual ideas about
alternative models of growth and development, as well as on current
national experiences, with emphasis on policies that have helped to
raise people out of poverty and destitution. It should discuss the
potential and the limits of those policies, in particular in those
cases when policies were ‐ or had to be - developed or designed within
a dominant neoliberal framework that emphasizes minimal
government participation or expenditures. As the history of
neoliberalism clearly shows, many developing countries that embraced
that ideology in general grew more slowly and experienced increasing
income inequality. A particularly pressing issue is how to create
conditions to protect low income countries from the extended hardships
of economic crisis and trade imbalances, as those countries tend to
suffer more from external shocks.
Thus, the Conference will address three sets of questions:
- On National Progressive Policies: What are some valuable
examples of alternative/progressive policies and practices for national
development? Of particular interest for discussion are income security
schemes, job creation, wage development and the quality of jobs
created, how to direct financial markets towards long term investment,
and other progressive policies around social and sustainability issues.
- On International Policies and Regulation: What
policies, regulations and standards at the international and global
level would have the potential to stop a race to the bottom, while
increasing policy space at national level? What have been successful
initiatives by trade unions or other social movements in trying to
shape international policy or set the international policy agenda? What
could be the best economic, financial and institutional framework at
the international context –including the actions of international
agencies‐ that could foster development in middle and low income
- On Generation and Dissemination of Progressive Public
Policies: How to generate, and disseminate progressive policies? What
can be learned from experiences of successful alliances between,
political decision makers, trade unions, other social movements and
academic scholars to advance progressive policies?
The GLU Conference invites contributions from unionists and
academics to discuss the issues outlined above, both from a theoretical
and from a practical point of view. We welcome submissions for papers
on any of these themes. While we encourage submission of papers that
broadly fit into the themes, we will also consider papers that do not
fit directly into one of the themes as long as they address the broad
focus of the conference. The GLU encourages policy orientated research
and therefore welcomes submissions that not only analyze the problem,
but also offer some policy initiatives and solutions for debate.
Please send a one or two page abstract (which includes your methodological approach) by March 15, 2012 to email@example.com
with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Twelfth International Karl Polanyi Conference (Argentina)
November 8-9, 2012 | National University General Sarmiento Los Polvorines Buenos Aires,
"Karl Polanyi and Latin America"
Co-organized by the Conurbano Institute, National University
General Sarmiento, Argentina and the Karl Polanyi Institute of
Political Economy, Concordia University, Canada
At the present time, can nations and peoples defend their sovereignty
and protect their societies from subordination to global capital and
dependence on economic and political centers? In Latin America, in
particular, there is evidence of encouraging signs:
a) National‐popular processes supported by new social movements that
question the neoliberal economic rationale and in some cases propose
new paradigms: socialism for the XXIst century, vivir bien/ buen vivir,
that give priority to guaranteeing the livelihood of all citizens,
respecting cultural diversity and harmony with nature.
- b) Interstate forms of solidarity (UNASUR, CELAC)1
to resist North American hegemony that increases the capacity for
greater autarchy and sovereignty to confront the economic, political,
and cultural domination of the neoliberal project and the continuous
commodification of all aspects of life.
- c) The search for new frameworks of social and
political thought, particularly the so‐called “decoloniality” that
converges with important historical trends in the region. Others
include the theology and pedagogy of liberation, dependency theory, new
variants of socialism, the peasants’ movement, the worldview of
indigenous peoples, the contemporary feminist struggle against
patriarchy and the struggle for the rights of nature.
In Polanyi's terms, are these processes temporary responses to
the crisis of the world capitalist order, or true "counter‐movements"
that challenge neoconservative projects and the dominant neoliberal
paradigm? If so, can they lead to the re‐embedding of the economy into
more just and democratic societies? Can this be a historic
turning point that could spread to other societies that have
experienced capitalist development and now confront problems of their
own and of the planet, resulting in another “great transformation”, or
an "another globalization"? Is there a risk that the latent global
crisis will push democracy in Latin America and other regions of
the world towards new forms of fascism?
Given the structural failure of the global market to provide workers
with dignified wages – the erosion of the social foundations of life as
foreseen by Marx and Polanyi ‐ and inspired by the Union of South
American Nations , Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
World Social Forum's slogan that "another world (and another economy)
is possible", civil society organizations and increasingly governments
in Latin America, are developing initiatives to promote new forms of
self‐managed and associational work and to revitalize indigenous
communal activities. What is the transformational potential of these
tendencies? How can the popular masses protect themselves when the
management of the global capital crisis is focused on the interests of
core countries? Is it sufficient to promote associationalism and
redistribution, or is it necessary to reinvent the State? In
particular, should generalized cash income transfers to individuals or
families that broaden redistribution, a concept central to Polanyi,
become a new right of citizens to basic income, thereby reducing
indigence and poverty? Could we thus achieve a just society without
transforming the relationship between the state, the economy, and
society as well as the socioeconomic models that today reinforce the
concentration of economic power?
The ecological crisis ‐ the erosion of the natural foundations of life
also foreseen by Marx and Polanyi ‐ has led to a multiplicity of local
and global movements to defend the balance with nature lost to global
market forces. Is it possible to include our long‐term concern about
the planet in the short‐term agendas of governments oriented to
legitimize themselves through elections or the struggle of popular
social movements for survival? If the possibility of unlimited growth
is ruled out (which was one of Polanyi’s concerns), can the new
movements for responsible consumption contribute to building "another
Regardless of the nomenclature ‐ social economy, solidarity
economy, community economy, popular economy, social and solidarity
economy, to name a few – new initiatives are emerging in both the North
and in the South. Are they similar in scope and in scale in the center
and in the periphery? What role does planning and restructuring of
national or regional economies play in an era of globalization (greater
autarchy, as in food sovereignty)? Can new forms of reciprocity and
fair trade (truly non commoditized) be amplified at the international
level? How plausible is the convergence and complementarities between
these movements for another economy in the North and in the South?
The resonance of Karl Polanyi’s ideas on these issues is recognized by
scholars across disciplines. Since the 2012 international conference is
being held in Latin America, it will address other issues that are
important for Polanyi scholars:
Why did Polanyi not include the colonization
process of America and the co‐constitution of America and Europe in his
reconstruction of the process of evolution of the market and
capitalism, that are at the core of decolonial thought today?
Why did Polanyi not show any
interest in the issue of development, the paradigm for social
transformation in this region that dominated the twentieth century?
What can we obtain by combining
Marx’s approach to the modes of production, ever present in the social
sciences and in the history of this region, with Polanyi’s patterns of
Are there important and relevant
differences between the liberalism to which Polanyi referred to and the
neoliberalism of today?
How can we interpret Polanyi’s analysis of religion in terms of Latin American liberation theology?
Can we apply Polanyi’s analysis of corporatism to the present structure of Latin American societies?
How can we compare Polanyi’s analysis of the crisis of international
capitalism with the contemporary global crisis and, in particular, with
reference to governance and interstate relations?
As in all previous International Polanyi Conferences, papers on
the life and work of Karl Polanyi are welcome as well as papers from
academics and /or professionals on the contemporary relevance of Karl
Polanyi’s thought. Simultaneous interpretation (Spanish / English) will
be available. Abstracts (maximum 250 words) should be sent before March
15th, 2012 to: email@example.com
Conference Organizing Committee:
Honorary Chairperson: Kari Polanyi Levitt, Mc Gill University, Canada
José Luís Coraggio, National University General Sarmiento, Argentina
Margie Mendell, Concordia University, Canada
JeanLouis Laville, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM,
Antonio David Cattani, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
NonLatin Americans: Registration fee: $250 US ‐ Meals: $50 US (Two lunches and coffee breaks)
Latin Americans: Registration fees: $150 US ‐ Meals: $50 (Two lunches and coffee break)
Students: Registration Fee: $50 US ‐ Meals: $50 (Two lunches and coffee break)
4th Economic Development International Conference (GREThA), France
Deadline for papers is January 25th.
The GREThA, CNRS, and ESOPE Network
jointly organize the 4th Economic Development International Conference.
The Conference will be held at Bordeaux on 13th, 14th and 15th June
2012. This 3-days conference aims at contributing to the ongoing
debates on the topic: Inequalities and Development: New Questions, New
MeasurementsYou will find enclosed the call of papers.
For any additional information, go the conference website.
Call for Participants
Heterodox Microeconomics Workshop 2012 (US)
March 2, 2012 | SUNY Buffalo State College, US | website
11:00 – 11:50 Public Lecture: Heterodox Microeconomics and Real World Problems
1:00 – 3:00 Workshop Part I: The Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise and its Applications
Dr. Frederic S. Lee (University of Missouri–Kansas City)
2:30 – 3:00 Discussion
- Dr. William Ganley (Buffalo State College): Teaching
Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise in the Principles of
- Dr. Ruslan Dzarasov (Russian Academy of Science,
Russia): Eichnerian Theory of the Business Enterprise in the case of
3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:30 Workshop Part II: Conspicuous Consumption and Business Competition from the Heterodox Microeconomic Perspective
Dr. Zdravka Todorova (Wright State University): Conspicuous Consumption
as Routine Expenditures and its Place in the Social Provisioning
Dr. Tuna Baskoy (Ryerson University, Canada): Business Competition and Micro-Macro Linkage in Post Keynesian Economics
4:30 – 5:00 Discussion
5:00 – 5:30 Round Table
- Frederic Lee,
William Ganley, Ruslan Dzarasov, Zdravka Todorova, Tuna Baskoy, Tae-Hee
Jo, Ted Schmidt, and Economics Faculty
6:00 - 9:00 Dinner
For more information about the workshop, visit the website
If you are interested in participating in this workshop, contact Dr. Tae-Hee Jo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambridge Seminar in the History of Economic Analysis (UK)
19 January, 8.15pm | Clare Hall, College Meeting Room, University of Cambridge | website
A Conversation with Luigi L. Pasinetti (Emeritus Professor, Catholic
University of Milan, Emeritus Reader, University of Cambridge, Honorary
Fellow Gonville and Caius College) on "Income Distribution (worse
than ever), Growth (?), Structural Change (rediscovered at last?).
Clues from the Cambridge School of Economics after Keynes."
Discussion is followed by drinks and everyone is invited to stay and
meet the speaker. For more information (including future seminars),
visit Cambridge Group in the History of Economic Analysis website
Socialist Renewal and Capitalist Crisis (Cuba)
June 18-22, 2012 | Havana, Cuba
Below is a call for people to participate in a Seminar on "Socialist
Renewal and Capitalist Crisis" in Cuba, June 18 - 22. The call explains
the structure and nature of the event well, so I will just say one
thing. For those of you who sometime over the last 20 years attended
the June conferences of the Radical Philosophers (URPE has been a
sponsor of those meetings for years as well), this will be very
different. The point of those as they evolved in the early 1990s was
two-fold, to create a small break in the information blockade by
getting (mostly) North Americans down to Cuba, and to promote
Cuban-North American Political Economic dialogue (including
Philosophy,. Sociology, Political Science and Economics, at least) The
structure to do these was to have very focused academic exchanges with
Cuban academics (there were also trips to see Cuban instructions) - in
practice a person attending from North America would propose a topic
they were working on (often but not always related at least
tangentially to the fight against capitalism and the question of how to
build socialism), and some Cuba who did work on the same topic would
present a paired paper to create a Cuba - North American dialogue on
the issue. As you will see below, this will be structured entirely
differently. The topics for presentation are grouped into two issues,
Socialist Renewal (which is being discussed both in Cuba and around the
world) and the Capitalist Crisis (also being discussed in both places).
Most people are aware that major changes are unfolding in Cuba, and
will continue to do so over the next 5 and 10 years. This will be a
fascinating moment to see the start, not of the transformation since
that has been going on since 1959, but of this phase of the
transformation which was opened up by the adoption of the document on
projected socioeconomic changes at the party Congress last Spring.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or directly contact
Cliff who is the central organizer outside of Cuba for the event, whose
email is in the material below.
La lucha sigue, Al Campbell
Call for Presenters and Commentators
Seminar on Socialist Renewal and the Capitalist Crisis: A Cuban-North American Exchange
Havana, Cuba June 18-22, 2012
Part I: SOCIALIST RENEWAL
A. Cuba's Economic Reforms
Need for Reform: Problems in Cuban Society
Building a New Consensus
The Reform Program
Obstacles to Reform
A New Model for Socialism?: Theory of Socialism
B. Latin America Moves Left
21st Century Socialism
Protagonism and Participation
Part II: CAPITALIST CRISIS
Overaccumulation Crisis and Stagnation
Exhaustion of Neoliberalism
Class Power and Growing Inequality
Popular Fight Back
Call for Presenters and Commentators Part I will give the Cubans an
opportunity to inform their NA comrades about cutting edge developments
in their country. Part II will give NAs an opportunity to share their
insights on developments in the capitalist world. Bi-national dialog is
encouraged. Submit a brief abstract of your proposed presentation by
April 2, 2012 to email@example.com
Pre-Seminar Activities Various group activities prior to the Seminar
will include visits to cooperatives, urban gardens, community
development projects, social research centers, and educational and
medical institutions. These will involve people-to-people contact. Cost
Estimated cost for the entire program, June 11 through 23, 2012 is
$1500 plus airfare. This includes 12 nights in a shared room in Hotel
Vedado with breakfast, translation, transportation and group
activities. License The U.S. government severely restricts travel to
Cuba except by license from the US Treasury Department. Professionals
doing research in Cuba can go legally under a General License for
Research. Others can travel under our license for people-to-people
educational exchange. Organization Center for Global Justice, a project
of Radical Philosophy Association, and Facultad de Filosofia e
Historia, Universidad de la Habana.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Stability Conference: "Never Again?" (UK)
Friday, 10th February 2012 | LLOYDS LIBRARY, One Lime Street, London EC3M 7HA
The event is free but registration is required. To register please contact Pat Shaw by email: email@example.com
or phone: 020 7654 1905.
A common aim of regulatory proposals since 2008 has been a desire to
avoid a recurrence of the global financial crisis. Looking particularly
at the UK regulatory system in the context of Basel III, this
conference evaluates whether there has been progress towards “never
again” – a negligible risk of a costly future systemic crisis. Is the
banking system already more robust, will current proposals make the
system significantly safer or could any proposals be
counter-productive, and what might be the side-effects on the economy
of current regulatory proposals?
09:00: Registration and refreshments
09:30: Morning Chair: Sushil Wadhwani – “Does UK
macroprudential policy and the new institutional structure help ensure
09:40: “Do recent legal, regulatory and corporate
governance developments progress towards “never again”” Rosa Lastra
10:15:: “Can UK monetary policy help prevent further financial crises” Chris Martin, (Bath)
11:05: “Does the new balance between microprudential
and macroprudential policies in the UK help ensure "never again?” David
Aikman (Bank of England)
11:40: "Never again" – is better regulation enough?" Sir John Gieve
13:15: Afternoon Chair: Bronwyn Curtis – “A UK
banking sector perspective on “never again” – do the costs of new
regulation outweigh the benefits?”
13:25 “Never again, an evaluation of the Vickers proposals for structural reform” Angus Armstrong (NIESR)
14:00: “Reconsidering the corporate governance of
banks to ensure “never again”” Alan Morrison (Oxford Said Business
14:50: “Regulatory requirements and the supply of
credit: is there a trade-off and how rapidly should we rebuild bank
capital and liquidity?” Alistair Milne (Loughborough)
15:25: “Never again in the eurozone – cross border
lending and sovereign risk” Dirk Schoenmaker, (Duisenberg School of
16:00: Panel chaired by Bronwyn Curtis – Prospects
for financial regulation and financial stability in the UK and Eurozone.
Marxism 2012: Revolution in the air (Australia)
Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 April (Easter) | Melbourne, Australia | website
conference features over 70 sessions on a huge range of topics - from
radical history to women's and LGBTI liberation, imperialism and the
Middle East, socialist theory, the global economic crisis and workers'
Malalai Joya. Outspoken Afghan critic of the American war and occupation.
John Pilger. Multi award winning left-wing film maker
Leia Pettey. New York unionist and socialist involved in Occupy Wall Street
Gary Foley. Legendary Aboriginal activist
Chie Matsumoto. Tokyo based journalist, trade unionist and political activist
David Meienreis. Activist in the German left party Die Linke
John Tully. Author of The Devil's Milk: A Social History of Rubber
Plus radical music and poetry
Middlesex Seminar: Conflicts Within the Crisis (UK)
Tuesday 24 January 2012, 5.30 pm (Room TBA) | Middlesex University, UK
Dimitris Dalakoglou (University of Sussex) 'Greek-Crisis' as
Violence: Killing People and the Deregulation of Publicly
Performed Political Violence in Athens
- Emma Dowling (Queen Mary, University of London)
Occupy the Big Society - Fault-lines of Crisis and Austerity in
Moderator: Nicola Montagna
SOAS Globalisation Lectures (UK)
Convenor: Prof. Gilbert Achcar
Wednesday 1st February
, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Monday 5 March
Inclusion and Participation: A New Agenda for the Globalised Economy /
Heiner Flassbeck(Director on Globalization and Development Strategies,
, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Men Who Tiptoe into Their Marital Bedrooms: The Novelist and
Dictatorship / Hisham Matar (Libyan novelist, author of In the Country
of Men and Anatomy of a Disappearance)
SOAS Money and Development Lecture (UK)
Wednesday 25 January, 6:00pm --Room 4418, Main Building of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The Circuit Theory of Money / Alain Parguez, Emeritus Professor of
Economics, Université de Franche-Comté at Besançon, France
Theoretical and Historical Research for a Sustainable Welfare State System (Japan)
Date: 13:30-18:00, 4 February 2012, Saturday | Meeting Room on the
third floor, Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University (map)
Sponsored by the Research Hub for Collaborative Studies, Institute for Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
Nobuko HARA (Hosei University), Changes in the Welfare State and Family
Policies: A Logic of Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality.
Reiko GOTOH (Ritsumeikan University), American Liberalism and Security for Right to Well-Being Freedom.
Norikazu TAKAMI (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow), The Sanguine Science: Historical Contexts of Pigou's Welfare Economics.
* All presentations and discussions will be conducted in Japanese.
What post-crisis changes does the economics discipline need?Are graduate economists fit for purpose? (UK)
Feb. 7, 2012 | Bank of England Conference Centre
David Colander, Middlebury College: What Makes a Good Economist?
Roger E.A. Farmer, UCLA: Teaching Economics
Edward Glaeser, Harvard University: Experience matters in the education of economists
Harold James, Princeton University: Finance is History!
John Kay: The Map is Not the Territory: An Essay on the State of Economics
Alan Kirman, Aix Marseille Université and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en
Sciences Sociales: The Economy and Economic Theory in Crisis
Andrew W. Lo, MIT: What Post-Crisis Changes Does the Economics Discipline Need? Beware of Theory Envy!
Michael McMahon, Warwick University: Teaching and Research in a UK University
Paul Seabright, Toulouse School of Economics: The Education of Economists in the Light of the Financial Crisis
To reserve your free place simply reply to this email [mailto:Sarah.Ward@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk
] with your contact details.
For more information, download the flyer
Job Postings for Heterodox Economists
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, USA
Adjunct Professor for Spring Semester
The Economics Department at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island
University is looking for adjuncts to teach Economics 1 (Micro) and 2
(Macro) during the Spring 2012 semester. If interested, contact Gustavo
Rodriguez at Gustavo.firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Marymount Manhattan College, USA
Assistant Professor of International Studies
Web link to announcement here
Description: The Department of International Studies at Marymount
Manhattan College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track
position in International Studies beginning in September 2012.
Responsibilities include teaching, successful pursuit of a scholarly
agenda, and departmental and college service.
Requirements: Required: a Ph.D. in
International Political Economy or related field (ABD with firm
dissertation defense date and Ph.D. by time of employment may be
considered); a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach and interest
in one or more of the following areas: international political economy,
economic and social development, economics of gender, human rights,
migration, human security, and international humanitarian law. A focus
on Africa, with field experience, is strongly preferred.
Application Materials: For full consideration, all application materials should be received by February 14, 2012
. Electronic submission is preferred. Please send to email@example.com
If materials cannot be sent electronically, please mail to: Dr. Ghassan
Shabaneh, Search Committee Chair, International Studies Department,
Division of Social Sciences, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st
Street, New York, NY 10021.
This position is subject to final budget approval. Please refer to the college website, www.mmm.edu
and catalogue for course program and information. Marymount Manhattan
College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of
under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
New Mexico State University, USA
Assistant Professor of Economic Development | Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
See the job opening here
Research Associates in History and Philosophy of Social Science, Cambridge, UK
Salary: £27,428–£35,788 pa
We are seeking to appoint two post-doctoral research associates for the
ERC-funded project 'A Science of Human Nature: Philosophical Disputes
at the Interface of Natural and Social Science', recently awarded to Dr
The successful candidates will work full-time on this project,
including maintaining and updating the project website, participating
in project seminars and workshops, helping to organize workshops, and
providing editorial assistance for publications. The successful
candidates will have the ability to work reliably and efficiently to
deadlines and targets. They will be expected to produce at least one
research paper a year on a topic relevant to the project and to assist
in compiling an edited volume of papers. They will be mentored by Dr
Candidates should have:
An outstanding record in a field related to the project: such fields
are likely to include the philosophy of social science, the history of
science (especially social and human sciences), and the philosophy of
- An excellent knowledge of methodological and
ontological debates regarding the study of human culture and human
nature, either from a historical or philosophical perspective.
Completed their doctorate by the time of taking up the appointment.
The application, in hard copy only, should consist of:
A cover letter.
An up-to-date CV.
A list of publications.
2 samples of original, written work in a related area (c. 10,000 words in total).
2 letters of reference: applicants should ask their referees to post or email references to the Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org), to arrive by the closing date.
A description of your research plans and an explanation of how your
research will contribute to the project. This should not exceed 1,000
Parts 1 and 3 of the University's CHRIS/6 application form -http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/.
Applications should be sent to Reception, Department of History and
Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane,
Cambridge CB2 3RH.
Relevant excerpts from the original ERC proposal can be found in the website
Informal enquiries may also be made to the Administrator on (01223) 334540, fax: (01223) 334554, email: email@example.com
- Limit of tenure: 4 years, or until 31 August 2016
- Quote reference: JN11692
- Closing date: 10 February 2012
- Interview date: 09 March 2012
Roskilde University, Denmark
Assistant or associate professor in ‘Social studies/Global studies’
Deadline: January 30, 2012
Roskilde University, The Department of Society and Globalisation invite
applications for a position as assistant or associate professor within
the field of ‘Social studies/global studies’ starting May 1 2012 or
Job responsibilities include research within the priority research
fields of the Department and teaching in the social studies program
(socialvidenskab) and in the global studies program. The applicant must
contribute to the continuing development of cross-disciplinary courses
and research in the Department.
The vacant position will be linked to one of the following themes:
Changing societies: Citizenship, participation
Civil society and welfare
Globalization, regionalization and local responses
The Department is interested in applicants who are capable of
developing research themes cutting across existing and established
fields. Themes of interest for the advertised position are global civil
society, citizenship, social networks, identity and the role of the
media. The applicants are asked to describe how they see their own
research in relation to the above research themes.
Applicants with an interest in
project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment
and sympathetic towards teaching within several disciplines will be
preferred. It is an advantage if applicants can prove knowledge of
quantitative methods in social science.
Applicants applying for the position as associate professor must
document scientific qualifications corresponding to what can be
obtained by three year’s employment as assistant professor. The
applicant must document scientific production at an international level
and relevant teaching qualifications. Please note that up to five
publications may be enclosed when applying for the position as
Applicants applying for the position as assistant professor must hold a
Ph.d. within a field relevant for the teaching and research within the
field of social studies/global studies. Please note that up to three
publications should be enclosed with the application for the position.
Salary and employment conditions will be in accordance with the
collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the
Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Gorm Rye Olsen. Tel. +45 4674 3262, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application should include curriculum vitae, information about
relevant teaching experience and a publication list specifying
publications that are considered to be particularly relevant for the
job.The assessment committee may assess any publication from the
publication list. The applicant may therefore be asked to forward
Successful candidates who do not speak Danish (or possibly Swedish or
Norwegian) will be requested to acquire the necessary skills in Danish
within the first two years of service, so as to ensure that they can
participate satisfactorily in teaching activities as well as in
academic and administrative activities at the University. At the time
of appointment, successful candidates must master English for academic
We only accept applications through our electronic recruitment system.
To apply for the position you must go to the job advertisement on our
Click on the button Apply for vacancy here which appears immediately
below the job advertisement. Then you fill the application form and
attach those in the job advertisement mentioned documents. Finish by
We must receive your application on or before 30th January 2012
Material received after the deadline will not be considered.
Roskilde University welcomes applications from candidates of any social
and ethnic backgrounds irrespective of gender, age, religion or any
other irrelevant criteria
Conference Papers, Reports, and Articles
PKSG Seminars available on Podcasts
RMF (Research on Money and Finance) Podcast
Breaking Up? A Route Out of the Eurozone Crisis
An urgently needed discussion of the future of the eurozone, the
possibility of exit, and what that would mean for the people of Europe.
Costas Lapavitsas, professor, department of economics, SOAS
George Irvin, professor, department of development studies, SOAS
Paul Mason, BBC economics editor and author of ‘Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed’
Stathis Kouvelakis, reader in political theory, King’s College London
and chaired by Seumas Milne, associate editor, The Guardian
Podcasts of the 9 December event can be seen here
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 71(1): Jan. 2012
Journal website: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0002-9246
Pharmaceutical High Profits: The Value of R&D, or Oligopolistic Rents? / Janet Spitz and Mark Wickham
The General NFP Hospital Model / Mona Al-Amin
Politics, Economic Provisioning, and Suffrage in St. Louis: What Women Said, What Men Heard / Linda Harris Dobkins
Economic Thought Among American Aboriginals Prior to 1492 / James Cicarelli
The Suppression Hypothesis Reconsidered: Competition Between Blacks and
White Immigrants in the Retail Trade in Large Northern Cities,
1910–1930 / Robert L. Boyd
- Ethnic Minorities and Integration Process in
France and the Netherlands: An Institutionalist Perspective / Ilyess El
Explaining Geographic Cluster Success—The GEMS Model /Shyam Kamath, Jagdish Agrawal and Kris Chase
Lessons from The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery/Christopher J. Coyne and Jayme Lemke
Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36(1): Jan. 2012
Journal website: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/3924/1
Making the same mistake again—or is this time different? / Lawrence
King, Michael Kitson, Sue Konzelmann, and Frank Wilkinson
Financial crisis and global imbalances: its labour market origins and the aftermath / Pasquale Tridico
Dangerous interconnectedness: economists conflicts of interest,
ideology and financial crisis / Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth and Gerald
Contradictions of austerity / Alex Callinicos
The great austerity war: what caused the US deficit crisis and who should pay to fix it? / James Crotty
The end of the UK s liberal collectivist social model? The implications
of the coalition government s policy during the austerity crisis /
Damian Grimshaw and Jill Rubery
Iceland s rise, fall, stabilisation and beyond / Robert H. Wade and Silla Sigurgeirsdottir
Dire consequences: the conservative recapture of America s political narrative? / David Coates
A note on America s 1920–21 depression as an argument for austerity / Daniel Kuehn
US government deficits and debt amid the great recession: what the evidence shows / Robert Pollin
Fiscal deficits, economic growth and government debt in the USA / Lance
Taylor, Christian R. Proaño, Laura de Carvalho, and Nelson Barbosa
The tragedy of UK fiscal policy in the aftermath of the financial crisis / Malcolm Sawyer
Is Ireland really the role model for austerity? / Stephen Kinsella
The macroeconomic stabilisation effects of Social Security and 401(k)
plans / Teresa Ghilarducci, Joelle Saad-Lessler, and Eloy Fisher
The basic paradigms of EU economic policy-making need to be changed / Kazimierz Laski and Leon Podkaminer
Building faith in a common currency: can the eurozone get beyond the Common Market logic? / Pascal Petit
The four fallacies of contemporary austerity policies: the lost Keynesian legacy / Robert Boyer
Russia: austerity and deficit reduction in historical and comparative perspective / Vladimir Popov
Austerity and fraud under different structures of technology and resource abundance / Jing Chen and James Galbraith
densidades n°8: Diciembre 2011
Journal website: http://www.mediafire.com/?fppn484db8ovcj9
Harmonização tributária entre o Brasil e os países membros do MERCOSUL / Maria Aparecida Farias de Souza Nogueira
Hacia la conformación de una unión aduanera del MERCOSUR: ¿Realidad o utopía? / Magdalena Bas Vilizzio
América del Sur: Defensa y Desarrollo / Alberto J. Sosa
La Reunión Especializada de Agricultura Familiar del MERCOSUR. Creación
y avances de un novedoso espacio en la agenda de la integración
regional. / Leticia González
El Congreso en la formulación de política exterior: Argentina y Brasil en perspectiva comparada /
Luis Leandro Schenoni y Alejo Martín Ferrandi Aztiria
Los desafíos pendientes en Suramérica / Carlos Raimundi, Roberto Conde, Luis Maira, Roberto Feletti y Rafael Follonier
De Moreno a Perón. Pensamiento argentino de la unidad latinoamericana, de Mario Oporto
Maestría en Estudios Sociales Latinoamericanos / Facultad de Ciencias
Sociales de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Declaración de Caracas. Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanosy Caribeños (CELAC)
Caracas 3 de diciembre de 2011
Ethical Perspectives, 18(4): Dec. 2011
Journal website: www.ethical-perspectives.be
Special Issue on Morals and Banking
‘Introduction: Morals and Banking’ (Luc Van Liedekerke)
'Trust and Integrity in Banking' (John Boatright)
'Cooperative Banking and Ethics: Past, Present and Future' (Wim Fonteyne & Daniel Hardy)
'Morality and Integrity in Cooperative Banking' (Johannes Groeneveld)
'Banking after the Crisis: Towards an Understanding of Banking as a Professional Practice' (Bert van de Ven)
'Recent Developments in Microfinance and the Impact of the Financial Crisis' (Robert Lensink)
'Islamic Finance Ethics and Shari'ah Law in the Aftermath of the
Crisis: Concept and Practice of Shari'ah Compliant Finance' (Volker
is an international peer reviewed journal that appears four times a
year and welcomes contributions in the various fields of fundamental
and applied ethics (economic, social, medical, legal, cultural, …),
especially papers that want to stimulate in-depth reflection and
further the dialogue between fundamental and applied ethics. Please
submit manuscripts, in English and prepared for blind review, to email@example.com
. All articles will be reviewed by two external experts.
History of Economics Review, 54: 2011
Journal website: http://www.hetsa.org.au/historyeconreview.html
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the General Theory
Keynes and The General Theory after 75 Years / Rod O’Donnell
ECONOMICS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Campaign to Arrest Ed Shann’s Influence in Western Australia / Gregory C.G. Moore
Depression, War and Recovery: Western Australian Economics 1935 to 1963 / Ray Petridis
Thirty Years of Economics: UWA and the WA Branch of the Economic Society from 1963 to 1992 / Michael McLure
Charles Harper through a Galbraithian Lens: Agricultural Cooperation
and Countervailing Power in Colonial Western Australia / D.J. Gilchrist
Wilfred E.G. Salter: The Merits of a Classical Economic Education / Ernst Juerg Weber
ONE HUNDRED YEARS FROM TODAY
Irving Fisher’s The Purchasing Power of Money / Robert Dimand
COMMUNICATIONS AND NOTES FROM THE ARCHIVES
Marx, Marshall, and ‘the good water-nymphs’ / Geoffrey Fishburn
One More Word on J.K. Gifford / James Forder
Robert W. Dimand, Robert A. Mundell and Alessandro Vercelli (eds),
Keynes’s General Theory after Seventy Years / Robert A. Cord
- Robert Leonard, Von Neumann, Morgenstern, and the
Creation of Game Theory: From Chess to Social Science, 1900–1960 /
Anthony M. Endres
Gilles Jacoud (ed.), Political Economy and Industrialism: Banks in Saint-Simonian Economic Thought / R.N. Ghosh
Anthony M. Endres, International Financial Integration: Competing Ideas
and Policies in the Post-Bretton Woods Era / J.E. King
Note: Tony Aspromourgos and Matthew Smith will be taking over as the joint editors of the History of Economics Review
from 2012. We congratulate them on their appointment and wish them well
with the endeavour. All submissions to HER should now, of course, be
sent to Tony and Matthew. For submission details, please see http://www.hetsa.org.au/historyeconreview.html
International Socialism Journal, 133: Winter 2012
Journal website: http://isj.org.uk/index.php4?s=contents&issue=133
The crisis wears on / Alex Callinicos
The rebirth of our power? After the 30 November mass strike / Charlie Kimber
The Occupy movement and class politics in the US / Megan Trudell
Interview: Working people have no interest in saving the euro / Costas Lapavitsas
China's capitalism and the crisis / Jane Hardy and Adrian Budd
The Egyptian workers’ movement and the 25 January Revolution / Anne Alexander
Libya at the crossroads / Simon Assaf
Revolution against “progress”: the TIPNIS struggle and class contradictions in Bolivia / Jeffery R Webber
“Take that, Maynard G Krebs!”: the Beat Generation. / Adam Marks
Engels’s contradictions: a reply to Tristram Hunt / Roland Boer
Information is not knowledge / Andy Wilson
Philosophical arabesques / Ross Speer
What’s past is prologue / Sally Kincaid
Hegelianation? / Dan Swain
Working class theory is something to read / Jamie Woodcock
“How many ways to get what you want?” / Robin Burrett
A trade union whodunit / Julian Alford
Journal of Agrarian Change, 12(1): Jan. 2012
Journal website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291471-0366
Contract Farming in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Survey of Approaches, Debates and Issues / CARLOS OYA
Global Land Grabbing and Trajectories of Agrarian Change: A Preliminary
Analysis / SATURNINO M. BORRAS JR and JENNIFER C. FRANCO
Emerging Class Relations in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam: A Network Analysis /LAURA PROTA and MELANIE BERESFORD
Changing Childhoods: Javanese Village Children in Three Generations / BEN WHITE
Labour Migration and Gendered Agricultural Relations: The Feminization
of Agriculture in the Ejidal Sector of Calakmul, Mexico / CLAUDIA
RADEL, BIRGIT SCHMOOK, JAMIE MCEVOY, CRISOL MÉNDEZ and PEGGY PETRZELKA
Gourmandizing Poverty Food: The Serpa Cheese Slow Food Presidium / HARRY G. WEST and NUNO DOMINGOS
The Politics of International Assessments: The IAASTD Process,
Reception and Significance / SHELLEY FELDMAN and STEPHEN BIGGS
- Zimbabwe's Land
Reform. Myths and Realities – By Ian Scoones, Nelson Marongwe, Blasio
Mavedzenge, Jacob Mahenehene, Felix Murimbarimba and Chrispen Sukume /
- The Politics of Rural Reform in China. State
Policy and Village Predicament in the Early 2000s – By Christian Göbel
/ ALEXANDER F. DAY
Journal of Economic Issues, XLV (4): Dec. 2011
Journal website: http://www.mesharpe.com/mall/results1.asp?acr=jei
Has Anything Changed in the Past Century? Revisiting Graue's "The
Social Cost of Bad Debt" / Dan Friesner, Donald Hackney, Matthew
McPherson, Dan Axelsen
Economic Action, Fields and Uncertainty / Doris Hanappi
Identifying Institutional Vulnerability: The Importance of Language,
and System Boundaries / Wilfred Dolfsma, John Finch, Robert McMaster
A Proposed Methodological Synthesis of Post-Keynesian and Institutional Economics / Linwood F. Tauheed
Vicarious Learning and Institutional Economics / Felipe Almeida
Social Surplus Approach and Heterodox Economics / Frederic S. Lee, Tae-Hee Jo
Inequality, Social Respectability, Political Power, and Environmental Devastation / Jon D. Wisman
The Meaning of Nonprofit Organization: Insights from Classical Institutionalism / Vladislav Valentinov
Informal Institutions and Foreign Direct Investment / Belay Seyoum
Implicit a prioris in the Evolution of Economics: Ratzinger's Alternative / Andrew Hodge, Alan Duhs
Public Finance and Wisconsin Institutionalism, 1892-1929 / Marianne Johnson
Don Lescohier on Labor Market Policy: The Case of the United States After the First World War / Ioannis A. Katselidis
and Book Reviews
Journal of Institutional Econmics, 7(4): Dec. 2011
Journal website: http://journals.cambridge.org/jid_JOI
See the table of contents here.
Metroeconomica, 63(1): Feb. 2012
Journal website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-999X
Kaleckian Growth Theory: An Introduction/ Amitava Krishna Dutt
The Kaleckian Analysis Of Demand-Led Growth / Malcolm Sawyer
Goodwin Cycles, Distributional Conflict And Productivity Growth / Armon Rezai
Growth, Cycles, Asset Prices And Finance / Lance Taylor
Macroeconomic Outcomes Of Changing Social Bargains. The Feasibility Of
A Wage-Led Open Economy Reconsidered / Mario Cassetti
A Neo-Kaleckian Model Of Profit Sharing, Capacity Utilization And Economic Growth / Gilberto Tadeu Lima
Theoretical And Empirical Shortcomings Of The Kaleckian Investment Function / Peter Skott
Harrodian Instability And The ‘Normal Rate’ Of Capacity Utilization In
Kaleckian Models Of Distribution And Growth—A Survey / Eckhard Hein,
Marc Lavoie and Till van Treeck
Modeling Monetary Macroeconomics: Kalecki Reconsidered / Gérard Duménil and Dominique Lévy
Distribution And Capacity Utilization: Conceptual Issues And Empirical Evidence / Michalis Nikiforos and Duncan K. Foley
Ola Financiera, 11: Enero-abril 2012
Journal website: http://www.olafinanciera.unam.mx/new_web/11/index.html
El Consenso de Wall Street / Wesley C. Marshall
Cajas de ahorro, bancarización e inestabilidad
financiera / Alicia Girón y Víctor Cadena
Efectos sociales y políticos de la actual crisis financiera internacional / Samuel Lichtensztejn
El economista como ingeniero social: la necesidad de ética profesional / George DeMartino
La crisis financiera intensifica momentos del hacer y lo hecho / Margarita Camarena Luhrs
La banca de desarrollo: limites y potencialidades / Elizabeth Concha
Las empresas multinacionales y América Latina / Alma Chapoy
PSL Quarterly Review, 64(259): 2011
Journal website: http://sead-pub.cilea.it/index.php/PSLQuarterlyReview
Rethinking Marxism, 24(1): January 2012
Journal website: http://rethinkingmarxism.org
SPECIAL ISSUE: MARXISM AND NATIONALISM
Guest Editor: Serap A. Kayatekin
Nationalism Today / Partha Chatterjee
The Necessity of Multiple Nation-States for Capital / Neil Davidson
Marx, List, and the Materiality of Nations / Radhika Desai
China and India: Postcolonial Informal Empires in the Emerging Global Order / Dibyesh Anand
The Limits of Derivative Nationalism: Marxism, Postcolonial Theory, and
the Question of Tamil Nationalism / Ravi Vaitheespara
Gravel in the Shoe: Nationalism and World of the Third / Anjan Chakrabarti and Anup Dhar
Playing with Unexploded Munitions / Sherry Millner and Ernie Larsen
Rethinking Marxism and Nationalism in an Age of Globalization / John Schwarzmantel
Revue de la régulation, No. 10: 2e semestre 2011
Journal website: http://regulation.revues.org/
Post-keynésianisme et théorie de la régulation : des perspectives communes
Au sommaire de ce numéro :
Éditorial: Dossier : Post-keynésianisme et théorie de la régulation : des perspectives communes
Opinions - débats
Notes de lecture
Jean-Marie Harribey / André Orléan, L’empire de la valeur, Refonder l’économie, Paris, Seuil, 2011.
La valeur, ni en surplomb, ni hors-sol
André Orléan / Réponse à Jean-Marie Harribey
Ozgur Gün et Sophie Jallais
/ Gérard Duménil and Dominique Lévy, The Crisis of Neoliberalism,
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachussetts, London, England,
2010. La crise du néolibéralisme
Christian Le Bas
/ Cristiano Antonelli, Federico Barbiellini Amidei, The Dynamics of
Knowledge Externalities. Localised Technological Change in Italy,
Edward Elgar (2011), 224 p.
Présentations de thèses
Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, 14(4): Dec. 2011
Journal website: www.working-usa.org
Global Economic Crisis, Labor Movements, and Worker Organization/ Immanuel Ness
From “Master” To “Menial:” State-Owned Enterprise Workers In Contemporary China / Au Loong Yu
Lessons From Efforts To Advance Beyond Keynesian And Neoliberal Economic Policies In The 1970S / Ingo Schmidt
Temp Agency Workers In New Jersey's Logistics Hub: The Case For A Union Hiring Hall / George Gonos and Carmen Martino
Minority-Union Campaign And The Largest U.S. Organizing Victory
In Decades: Tsa Workers' Journey For Rights And Union Representation /
- Crossing The Atlantic From Football To
Soccer: Preliminary Observations On The Migrations Of English Players
And The Internationalization Of Major League Soccer / Richard Elliott
and John Harris
- Unions As Organizations: Strategy Versus
Environment / Angela T. Hall, Jack Fiorito, Marko Horn and Christopher
Religion And Labor: Perspective In Islam / Iftikhar Ahmad
The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work – By Miliann Kang / Aimé Iglesias Lukin
Public Housing That Worked: New York in the Twentieth Century – By Nicholas Dagen Bloom / Laura Hapke
The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia – By
Benjamin T Dangl; From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle,
Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales – By Jeffrey R
Webber / Ethan Earle
- In the Interest of Democracy”: The Rise and
Fall of the Early Cold War Alliance between the American Federation of
Labor and the Central Intelligence Agency – By Quenby Olmsted Hughes
Canada's CEO Elite--a report on management compensation.
Peddling Green House Gases report.
A report on income inequality in Canada.
A report on PM Harper's "crima agenda.
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Levy News: Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012
A Comparison of Inequality and Living Standards in Canada and the United States Using an Expanded Measure of Economic Well-Being
by Edward N. Wolff, Ajit Zacharias, Thomas Masterson, Selçuk Eren,
Andrew Sharpe, and Elspeth Hazell. Working Paper No. 703, January 2012
The Euro Imbalances and Financial Deregulation: A Post-Keynesian Interpretation of the European Debt Crisis by Esteban Pérez-Caldentey and Matías Vernengo. Working Paper No. 702, January 2012
Women, Schooling, and Marriage in Rural Philippines by Sanjaya DeSilva and Mohammed Mehrab Bin Bakhtiar. Working Paper No. 701, December 2011
$29,000,000,000,000: A Detailed Look at the Fed’s Bailout of the Financial Systemby L. Randall Wray. One-pager No. 23, December 2011
A Crisis of Advanced Capitalism? by C.J. Polychroniou. One-pager No. 24, December 2011
nef e-letter: January 2012
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World Economics Association
The WEA’s forum
for the open review of proposed articles for the World Economics Journal and for Economic Thought is now open. It is located here
. 19 submissions have been posted so far. You are encouraged to read and comment on papers that interest you.
The WEA’s first online conference - " Economics in Society: The Ethical Dimension
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Heterodox Books and Book Series
Alternative Perspectives of a Good Society
Edited by John Marangos
Palgrave Macmillan, December 2011. Series in Perspectives from Social Economics
. ISBN: 978-0-230-11445-6 | website
As a collection of alternative views on societies, methodologies, policies, and assessment of the current
elements of the society,Alternative Perspectives of a Good Societybrings together different authors to answer
different questions all within the context of visions of a good society. From the visions of institutionalist
views of what constitutes a good economy in the twenty-first century to a feminist perspective on the
meaning and characteristics of a good society, this discussion will provide a framework for examining
the current economic crisis among other pressing topics of the times. Marxist ideas about human nature
are explored along with a number of the issues involved in the transition from our capitalist society, to
a better post-capitalist society and post-capitalist human being, concluding with the consideration of the
good society perspective from a development ethics point of view. The contributors to this volume offer
methodological principles and alternative policies for building alternative socio-economic models that
can contribute to the design of strategies for building a better world.
Exchange Entitlement Mapping: Theory and Evidence
The main aim of this book is to develop and implement an innovative
tool: exchange-entitlement mapping, or E-mapping for short. This tool
enables us to look at the economic and social opportunities to develop
human capabilities for different groups of individuals, depending on
their group identity such as age, ethnicity or gender. In the context
of this book, however, an entitlement approach is used to explain the
channels through which macroeconomic shocks affect individual
well-being, depending on the individual's identity and related social
norms attached to this identity. In other words, by including
capabilities into the existing E-mapping theory, this book shows how
capabilities are socially shaped according to individual entitlements,
and related entitlement failure, to a specific economic and social
environment. In effect, the last part of the manuscript illustrates the
E-mapping theory with the case study of the maquiladora identity in
Mexico by combining an original survey of maquiladora households with
an advanced time series analysis of the gender wage gap in the
maquiladora industry in the post-NAFTA period.
The Gatekeeper: 60 Years of Economics According to the New York Times
By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson
Paradigm Publishers. November 2011. ISBN: 978-1-59451-683-2 (pb) | website
The New York Times can make a legitimate claim to be the most
influential newspaper in the U.S. and possibly the world. Because of
its influence, the Times has become a central figure in the debate over
the direction of bias in the media, with some claiming that it is
left-wing or liberal and others arguing that it is right-wing or
conservative. But the liberal-conservation media debate is very
misleading. The Gatekeeper argues that the Times can more accurately be
characterized as supporting long run profitability for U.S. business,
which involves both liberal and conservative policies in different
contexts. Through a thorough examination of the Times’ star
commentators and its coverage of the issues of macroeconomics,
regulation, foreign policy and the 2008-2009 economic crisis, The
Gatekeeper refocuses the debate about the bias of the most venerable
institution in U.S. journalism.
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Economic Policy: Essays in Honour of Malcolm Sawyer
Edited by Philip Arestis
Palgrave Macmillan. July 2011. ISBN: 9780230290198 (hb) | website
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Economic Policy are at the core of
research and study in economics. The essays in this volume have been
specifically commissioned and brought together to celebrate the work of
Malcolm Sawyer, who has made substantial contributions in these areas.
The chapters explore important questions including 'Is There a Role for
Active Fiscal Policies?' and 'Regulating Wall Street' as well as
offering critical appraisals and original discussions of these three
key areas of economic thought.
Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries
By Kathi Weeks
Duke University Press. Oct. 2011. ISBN: 9780822351122 (pb) | website
In The Problem with Work, Kathi Weeks boldly challenges the
presupposition that work, or waged labour, is inherently a social and
political good. While progressive political movements, including the
Marxist and feminist movements, have fought for equal pay, better work
conditions, and the recognition of non-paid work as a valued form of
labour, even they have tended to accept work as a naturalized or
inevitable activity. Weeks argues that in taking work as a given, we
have "depoliticized" it, or removed it from the realm of political
critique. Employment is now largely privatized, and work-based activism
in the United States has atrophied. We have accepted waged work as the
primary mechanism for income distribution, an ethical obligation, and a
means of defining ourselves and others as social and political
subjects. Taking up Marxist and feminist critiques, Weeks proposes a
post-work society that would allow people to be productive and creative
rather than relentlessly bound to the employment relation. Work, she
contends, is a legitimate, even crucial, subject for political theory.
Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation
By Jairus Banaji
Haymarket Books. Nov. 2011. Historical Materialism Book Series. ISBN: 9781608461431 (pb)
The essays collected here straddle four decades of work in both
historiography and Marxist theory, combining source-based historical
work in a wide range of languages with sophisticated discussions of
Marx's notion of 'modes of production.' From the emergence of medieval
relations of production; the origins of capitalism; the dichotomy
between free and unfree labour; and essays in agrarian history that
range widely from Byzantine Egypt to 19th-century colonialism. The
essays demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history
and of bringing history back into historical materialism.
Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
Edited by Michael D. Yates (with a foreword by Robert W. McChesney)
Monthly Review Press. January 2012. ISBN: 978-1-58367-280-8 (pb) | website
In early 2011, the nation was stunned to watch Wisconsin’s state
capitol in Madison come under sudden and unexpected occupation by union
members and their allies. The protests to defend collective bargaining
rights were militant and practically unheard of in this era of
declining union power. Nearly forty years of neoliberalism and the most
severe economic crisis since the Great Depression have battered the
labor movement, and workers have been largely complacent in the face of
stagnant wages, slashed benefits and services, widening unemployment,
and growing inequality.
That is, until now. Under
pressure from a union-busting governor and his supporters in the
legislature, and inspired by the massive uprisings in Tunisia and
Egypt, workers in Wisconsin shook the nation with their colossal
display of solidarity and outrage. Their struggle is still ongoing, but
there are lessons to be learned from the Wisconsin revolt. This timely
book brings together some of the best labor journalists and scholars in
the United States, many of whom were on the ground at the time, to
examine the causes and impact of events, and suggest how the labor
movement might proceed in this new era of union militancy.
Heterodox Book Reviews
At the Edge of Camelot: Debating Economics in Turbulent Times
By Donald W. Katzner. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. xiv + 199 pp. $50 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-19-976535-5.
Reviewed for EH.Net
by David F. Ruccio, Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame. Read the review here
Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes
By Roger E. Backhouse and Bradley W. Bateman, . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.
208 pp. $26 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-674-05775-3.
Reviewed for EH.NET
by Steven Kates, School of Economics, Finance, and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne. Read the review here
Economists in the Americas
Edited by Verónica Montecinos and John Markoff. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2009. xx + 341 pp. $155
(hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-84542-043-7.
Reviewed for EH.Net
by Mauro Boianovsky, Department of Economics, Universidade de Brasília. Read the review here
Famous Figures and Diagrams in Economics
Edited by Mark Blaug and Peter Lloyd. Cheltenham, UK: Edward
Elgar, 2010. xvii + 468 pp. £112.50 (hardcover), ISBN:
Reviewed for EH.NET
by Robert Whaples, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University. Read the review here
Radical Economics and Labor: Essays inspired by the IWW Centennial
Edited by Frederic S. Lee and Jon Bekken. Routledge Advances in Heterodox Economics. New York: Routledge. 2009.
Reviewed for Infoshop News by by Anarcho. Read the review here
Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships, and Grants
European Research Council (ERC) PhD Studentships 2012–16
Fully funded European Research Council (ERC) PhD studentships 2012–16:
“Economics in the Public Sphere: USA, UK, France, Poland and Brazil
The Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), University
of Cambridge, invites preliminary applications for two ERC Postgraduate
Research Studentships to start in October 2012. The
studentships will support three years of doctoral research with funding
continuing into a fourth year of thesis writing. The project is funded
by the European Research Council.
The doctoral research will be part of a new ERC-funded project entitled
“Economics in the Public Sphere: USA, UK, France, Poland and Brazil
since 1945” (ERC Grant agreement no 283754). The project is directed by
Dr Tiago Mata. It also employs an administrator/research assistant, and
two postdoctoral researchers, all based in Cambridge.
Media reporting on the economy is never far from controversy. Academic
economists and the public regularly find journalists at fault in their
interpretation of events and prescription of solutions. The project
studies “economic journalism” as a site for the production of public
economic knowledge. The practices of journalists will be examined
toreveal how they parse competing claims of expertise by academic
economists, other social scientists and by laymen.
The second half of the twentieth century was witness to increased
homogeneity in academic economics and interdependence of national
economies, yet the content and style of “economic journalism” has
remained distinctive across nations. The project sets out to understand
how and why media representation of economic knowledge and so of the
economy has remained distinctively different even while the content and
style of economics converged internationally. The project
identifies three international economic controversies as focal points
for study: the reconstruction debate post 1945, the monetary and oil
crisis of the 1970s, and the current economic crisis. The project takes
a cross-national approach examining the economic press the in USA, UK,
France, Poland, and Brazil.
Cultural standards of trust, the history and economics of the media,
and the history of economics and social movements will be used to
explain the emergence of distinct national genres of “economic
journalism.” The project offers a original perspective on how public
knowledge of the economy is a iterative process engaging journalists,
academics and laymen and explores the implications of this knowledge
formation for the possibilities of public support for economic action
The doctoral studentships will focus on the study of one of the
following national cases: UK, France, Poland and Brazil. Applicants
must show proficiency in the language of the national case they elect.
Applicants with familiarity with one or several of the research
methods: archival research, oral history, ethnographic observation,
content and textual analysis of media, will be preferred. Applicants
must submit with their application feasible doctoral projects
demonstrating their qualification to undertake them.
Further details of the project, including a description of its
envisaged methodology, can be found in this document, which contains
relevant excerpts from the original ERC proposal:
ECONPUBLIC research outline <http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/jobs/econpublic.pdf>
The successful candidates will be supervised by Tiago Mata, in the
Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of
Cambridge. In addition to pursuing their own doctoral research, the
holders of the award will form part of the five-person research team
and join in a range of activities to promote research on the theme of
the project as a whole.
Candidates must normally have obtained at least a first class honours
degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution of higher
education before 31 July 2011. Applicants should also normally have, or
be studying for, a master's degree or similar postgraduate
qualification in an area related to the history and philosophy of
science. If the candidate does not have such experience of formal
graduate study, they must demonstrate evidence of sustained experience
beyond undergraduate degree level specifically relevant to the research
topic that could be considered equivalent to master's study. The
studentship pays £21,146 in the first year with increments in
thefollowing years. Academic and residency eligibility for a full
studentship award are strictly subject to the conditions imposed by the
University of Cambridge.
Interested candidates should begin by contacting Tiago Mata (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the suitability of their intended project. They should then send a preliminary application to David Thompson (email@example.com), to arrive by 15 February 2012. This should include the following:
A full CV, including details of academic training and results
A statement of proposed research, of not more than 1000 words
Two samples of recent work in a relevant field
Two letters of reference, to be sent directly to Mr Thompson
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Dr Mata. The successful
candidate will then be required to submit a separate formal application
for admission to the University of Cambridge.
IAFFE Travel Grant Program
The 2012 Travel Grant Applications are open. Please join us at the
IAFFE 21th Annual Conference 2012 Barcelona, Spain June 27 - 29.
Travel funding is available for participants from developing and
transition countries and a limited number of scholars and graduate
students from OECD countries!
For more information on the 2012 Travel Grant process, please follow the link below or visit www.iaffe.org
and Travel Grant Instructions
. Travel grant applications are due February 1, 2012!
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2012-2013 Rutgers University
Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations
Deadline: January 31, 2012
The Fellowship Program at the Rutgers University School of Management
and Labor Relations seeks to foster the study of the economics of
broad-based employee stock ownership, profit sharing, stock options,
and related forms of equity compensation in the corporation and in the
society of the United States. We are seeking applications in the areas
of behavioral economics, corporate finance, history and development of
the American economy, entrepreneurship, household finance, innovation,
labor, law and economics, organizational economics, personnel
economics, political economy, productivity, and public economics for
three J. Robert Beyster Fellowships with a stipend of $25,000 and five
Louis O. Kelso Fellowships with a stipend of $12,500. This year's theme
for the Beyster Fellowships is entrepreneurial start-ups and
innovation. The topics for the Louis O. Kelso Fellowships include the
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) as well as approaches whereby
individual citizens may have access to broadened capital ownership,
with special attention to research on the general questions that
Kelso’s writings have addressed. A Robert W. Smiley Jr. Fellowship in
Economic History with a stipend of $10,000 for archival research is
also available. Several other related fellowships and research grants
are also available. Fellows may be in residence at their own
institution. Participants are invited to attend a mid-year workshop and
a symposium annually. Stipends can be used for research, travel, or
If you have any questions, please contact: Joseph Blasi, J. Robert
Beyster Professor, Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor
Relations. Email: email@example.com
Study Program for Students on Recuperated Factories
Open Movements is about taking the open source model and applying it to
social movements creating new alternatives on the grassroots level. Our
innovated pilot program is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina to
help connect people with the burgeoning Recovered Factory Movement,
where workers are recovering bankrupt businesses and managing them
democratically in assemblies. The workers strive to deconstruct
hierarchies present in standard businesses, and as so are pioneering
worker self-management as a powerful tool to rebuild the economy from
the bottom up.
Our programs are structured two ways:
The Student Worker Project
semester abroad consists of four months of classes and integrated site
visits to explore worker democracy and the recovered businesses in an
academic setting. The semester abroad includes two trips to visit
cooperatives in other provinces such as the renowned Zanón/FaSinFat
ceramics factory in Neuquén. The course strives to give workers input
on the values and their experiences of democratic management, but can
provide up to 12 units depending on how each student's university rates
the coursework. We are currently filling our slots for the Fall
semester (August-November) with the deadlines quickly approaching in
April. Please pass this information on to students interest in
alternative economies. The cost for this program is $4590 and covers
all housing and transportation for the four months.
The Internship and Development Program
is the best way to learn about recovered businesses outside the
classroom. These are custom programs developed around the interests of
the participants, with the possibility of linking up with a host
recovered businesses for an in-depth study. All costs are determined on
a trip by trip basis.
Steve Wong, Director
Heterodox Web Sites and Associates
Michael Roberts Marxist Economics Blog
Heterodox Economics in the Media
Crisis pushes German PAEcon movement into mainstream news
Source: Real-World Economics Review Blog, Jan. 16, 2012
The German Press is increasingly supporting the German movement for
real world economics. Numerous journalists from newspapers, radio and
television have reported about the make-believe nature of neoclassical
modeling and the failures of the economics mainstream. Their baseline
is that economists have learned nearly nothing from the financial
The German public radio “Deutschlandfunk” interviewed us. [link]
The leading monthly magazine, “Der Spiegel” had a leading story about us: [link]
And also German public television reported on us with 3 minutes in the
main program and 13 minutes in the information channel: [link]
All this positive major coverage has led to the creation of numerous
new local real-world economics groups in Germany. In addition to ones
in Heidelberg, Göttingen, Berlin and Erfurt, which were active before
the attention of the German press, there are now active groups in
Tübingen, Regensburg, and other places. Meanwhile our mail suggest that
further groups may soon emerge.
After 10 years of effort, like the
annual lecture series in Heidelberg and the conference in Kassel, but
with little sign of progress, there is now in Germany a mounting way of
support for Real-World Economics.
Heterodox Economics: Marginal Revolutionaries
The Economist, December 31, 2011
This article takes a look at the influence of three "heterodox"
approaches: Neo-Chartalism, Austrian economics, and Market
Monetarism. Read the full article here
Paul Davidson: What Makes Economists So Sure of Themselves, Anyway?
Naked Capitalism. Jan. 19, 2012.
Read the article here.
Triple Crisis Blog and Real News Network on G20
Through a partnership with the Real News Network, the Triple Crisis
Blog featured a series of interviews on the G20, mainly focusing on a
financial transactions tax and food security. You can find most
of the interviews of the Triple Crisis Blog website here
UMKC teaches unorthodox economics through Modern Monetary Theory
The Kansas City Star
, January 17, 2012.
Read the article here
For Your Information
*Editors' note: See the letter to AEA (Jan 3, 2011) endorsed by many heterodox economists.
American Economics Association Adopts Extensions to Principles for Author Disclosure of Conflict of Interest
January 5, 2012
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS— At its meeting today, the Executive Committee of the
American Economic Association adopted extensions to its principles for
authors’ disclosures of potential conflicts of interest in the AEA’s
publications. The added principles are:
(1) Every submitted article should state the sources of financial
support for the particular research it describes. If none, that fact
should be stated.
(2) Each author of a submitted article should identify each interested
party from whom he or she has received significant financial support,
summing to at least $10,000 in the past three years, in the form of
consultant fees, retainers, grants and the like. The disclosure
requirement also includes in-kind support, such as providing access to
data. If the support in question comes with a non-disclosure
obligation, that fact should be stated, along with as much information
as the obligation permits. If there are no such sources of funds, that
fact should be stated explicitly. An “interested” party is any
individual, group, or organization that has a financial, ideological,
or political stake related to the article.
(3) Each author should disclose any paid or unpaid positions as
officer, director, or board member of relevant non-profit advocacy
organizations or profit-making entities. A “relevant” organization is
one whose policy positions, goals, or financial interests relate to the
(4) The disclosures required above apply to any close relative or partner of any author.
(5) Each author must disclose if another party had the right to review the paper prior to its circulation.
(6) For published articles, information on relevant potential conflicts of interest will be made available to the public.
(7) The AEA urges its members and other economists to apply the above
principles in other publications: scholarly journals, op-ed pieces,
newspaper and magazine columns, radio and television commentaries, as
well as in testimony before federal and state legislative committees
and other agencies.
NBER Announces Free Access to Papers Older than Three Years
partners with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to
provide access to their research and we are happy to share the NBER's
recent announcement below.
Effective January 1, 2012, all
NBER working papers that were distributed prior to a three year "moving
wall" are available for open access on the NBER website. They are also
available at no charge through SSRN.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UserSupport@SSRN.com
Premio Daniel Carasso Prize
The CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program is assisting the Premio
Daniel Carasso in mobilizing applications from women scientists and
professionals for this prestigious prize. Deadline is January 31,
Underlying the Premio Daniel Carasso (the Prize) is Daniel Carasso’s
vision of openness and concern for the well-being of all.
Achievements: The Prize is designed to reward researchers who have
completed outstanding scientific work and published widely. The judges
look for clearly stated objectives, a rigorous approach, robust
methodologies and study design, sound analysis, and relevant
Looking ahead: In keeping
with the Carasso commitment to sustainability and long-term health, the
Prize also looks ahead. The projects which entrants submit for the
Prize should not only have been completed and published, they should
also point to possible new directions in the field of “sustainable food
and diets for long-term health”.
Practical: Both the
Daniel Carasso Foundation and Premio came into being in response to the
interrelated global crises of dwindling natural resources and
malnutrition. The foundation offers the Prize to work that addresses
the real world. Work that delivers, and will deliver, positive
practical results in the field – e.g. pilot studies which could be
Open-mindedness and imagination are driving values of the Daniel and
Nina Carasso Foundation. Accordingly, the Prize also seeks to recognize
work that rethinks issues in new terms and draws on the imagination to
offer solutions. Imagination knows no boundaries: the winner should
demonstrate that his or her past and future work crosses disciplines
from right across the natural and social sciences.
Team thought and
Leadership:The winner should also be someone who thinks in collective
terms. He or she is prepared to work in teams, understands the
importance of teamwork, and is willing to lead a team in projects that
deliver tangible improvements in the long-term health of communities
through nutrition. The winner should be able to convince and attract
Rhonda Williams Prize
Sponsored by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, publisher of Feminist
Economics In memory of Rhonda Williams, associate editor of Feminist
Economics from 1994 to 1998, the International Association for Feminist
Economics (IAFFE) has established a prize to help scholars from
underrepresented groups in IAFFE, whose work reflects Rhonda Williams'
legacy of scholarship and activism, attend the annual IAFFE conference
and present a paper.
The funds are intended to partially defray travel costs to attend the
annual conference. Subject to availability, some additional travel
funds may be available if recipients have no other access to travel
support. If eligible, applicants are also encouraged to apply for an
IAFFE travel scholarship to the conference.
February 1, 2012. Criteria: The recipient's work in activism, advocacy,
or scholarship should demonstrate a commitment to one or more of the
Inequalities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality.
Interrelationships among racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism.
Connections between scholarship and activism.
Special consideration will be given to applicants from groups not well
represented in IAFFE and those with limited access to travel funds from
their home institutions or international funders. This prize is
targeted to junior scholars and activists.
The recipient of the
prize must present at the IAFFE conference and submit the manuscript to
Feminist Economics within a reasonable period after the conference. The
paper will undergo an expedited review process, but publication is not
Applications should be sent to Marlene Kim, Chair, Rhonda Williams Prize, at Marlene.Kim@umb.edu
and should include:
A cover letter/email that includes a statement of (a) the connection
between the applicant's experience and the Rhonda Williams legacy as
described in the criteria above; and (b) how the applicant would bring
diversity to IAFFE and how the applicant would like to be engaged with
IAFFE in the future.
A curriculum vitae or resume, labeled "resumeRWS<applicantlastname>"
A draft of a full paper (not an abstract or outline) for the 2012 IAFFE
conference, scheduled for June 27-29, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain (label
Please send all files in Microsoft Word or in PDF Acrobat format.
Please be sure that all materials are sent. Applicants who omit any of
the three items listed above may not be considered for the prize.
Applicants who haven’t yet registered for the annual conference because
they need funding: the prize winner will be allowed to register for the
annual conference and will be included in the conference program after
being notified of the prize. If you are not an IAFFE member for 2012,
please send in your membership application prior to submission of your
Please direct any questions to Marlene Kim, Chair, Rhonda William Prize, Marlene.Kim@umb.edu
, or (617) 287-6954.