Issue 172 November 25, 2014 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory
In the last few weeks we have again expanded the resources of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter. In doing so we have set up a Twitter-account to promote all Newsletter-Issues also on Twitter. I hope that those of you using Twitter will find that worthwhile. Additionally, we have implemented an online account for making donations to the Newsletter. Making donations until now has been a rather peculiar procedure, which we have greatly simplified by this maneuver. Supporting the Newsletter financially has never been so easy and we hope that some of you might take up this opportunity (just check out the button on our homepage).
If you are a heterodox economist visiting the upcoming ASSA-conference in Boston you should take a look at this Call for Volunteers: Tae-Hee Jo and Zdravka Todorova have taken up the burden to organize a Heterodox Economics Booth for the Boston-conference - however, they need some support in staffing the booth and representing the heterodox community. Moreover, there is also the possibility to display your own material at this booth - just check the respective entry.
Let me add one personal observation I made this fall, namely that the network various student groups in the German-speaking area, which participated in issuing the "international student call for pluralism in economics" continues to grow in size as well as density. A systematic aspect in this casual observation is the high number of invitations I receive, which ask me for presenting a pluralist viewpoint on economic issues in either talks or panel debates. While I think this is a rather surprising development, given the increasing educational and mobility requirements these students are subject to, it is surely also most welcome. To underline the importance of their efforts let us remind the classic take Max Planck made on the issue of scientific change in his Autobiography:
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
One implication of this quote that it is possibly superior to talk to the next generation of economists, instead of trying to convince the older one. Even if that makes for a quite hasty fall.
All the Best,
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8-10 July, 2015 | University of Leicester, UK
Theme: "Exploring Civil Society, Voluntary and Not-for-profit organisations as a crucible for creative alternative, democratic imaginaries"
It is often said that there is no alternative to managerialism (Parker et al., 2014). Indeed better management; that is, management that emanates from the corporate world, it is claimed should be applied to every aspect of life to become more rational and entrepreneurial (Hancock and Tyler, 2009). Furthermore within civil society and the voluntary or not-for-profit sector, a whole range of approaches (such as social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, microcredits, bottom-of-the-pyramid marketing, etc.) have emerged, which promise a new union between the common good and the capitalist market economy.
Civil Society and voluntary or not-for-profit organisations have a long history of producing alternative ways of organizing. From mutual aid and community self-help organizations to the collectivist, non-hierarchical and counter-cultural groups of the 60/70s (Parker et al., 2007) the third sector has often been at the vanguard of alternative practices. Many of these have emerged out of feminist and anti-racist struggles, as a materialisation of less oppressive practices. At the same time, civil society, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations (CSOs) have long been considered, particularly within the Tocquevillian tradition, cradles of democracy. The presumption is that they encourage collective action and civil engagement in ways that retain social modes of mediation between people (Putnam, 2000; Warren, 2001). Indeed many CSOs have, for a long time, been seen as pioneering alternative ways of organizing. From trailblazing collectivist and democratic organizations such as the Rape Crisis Centres of the 1960/70s through to recent innovations in funding mechanisms such as the member-run Edge Fund, such organisations have led the way in innovating alternative, democratic organizations for a social purpose. Similarly, new co-operative and community-led initiatives, such as the community land trust movement, are not always directly linked to the co-operative tradition, but clearly exhibit co-operative principles in their governance (Moore & McKee, 2012; Moore & Mullins, 2013; Somerville, 2007). These innovations often come from the margins of organizations ‘below the radar,’ outside of conventional funding patterns, and from the Global South. Even in traditional welfare state contexts, the emergence of new types of CSOs reflect the ongoing skepticism with respect to real community participation in urban and regional development as political elites and larger, traditional non-profit organisations are increasingly delinked from interests and needs of residents (Lang & Roessl 2011).
However, recent empirical research suggests that, by and large, contemporary CSOs are not doing a as good a job as they might or we expect as “schools of democracy” (Van Der Meer & Van Ingen, 2009). Coercive and mimetic pressures from commissioners, funders and regulators, and the target culture, mean that many not-for-profits often mirror standard business practice, thus mitigating against the creation of alternative forms of organizing (Sanders and McClellan, 2014). Indeed many not-for-profits use conventional management practices imported from mainstream for-profit businesses (Land and King, 2014).
Our stream invites proposals from scholars, practitioners and activists interested or working within civil society and the voluntary or not-for-profit sector. We are applying an inclusive definition of the sector, encompassing charities (national and international), community and campaigns groups, faith based organizations, social enterprises and activist movements. We welcome submissions on any, but not restricted to the following questions:
500 word abstract sent to Daniel King (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 31st January 2015.
Notification of paper acceptance: 15th February 2015
More information is available here.
25-26 September, 2015 | Paris
This conference is organized by the Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne (University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) and will be held in Paris, at the Maison des sciences économiques (106-112, boulevard de l'Hôpital, 75013 Paris).
The rejection of Say’s law of markets, and hence of Walras’s Law, is a constitutive element of Keynes’s theory. Consideration might also be given to Marxian critiques and their attempts to make use of a general equilibrium framework. Similarly, the selective use of Walras’s theory by those who reject his general line of argument but retain nonetheless certain of his instruments may be brought into focus. For example, Leontief based his input-output analysis on Walras’s fabrication coefficients, and yet rejected the idea that prices could be determined by the law of supply and demand. Critiques that characterize general equilibrium theory as being empirical irrelevant due to its inability to resolve the question of the effective determination of prices might also be brought into the discussion. For example, Hayek’s point on the role of information, or the socialist calculation debate. —General or partial equilibrium ?
Similarly the «new microeconomics» gradually built up on the scattered and initially isolated criticisms of the Walrasian model can be evoked. This new microeconomics provides a powerful framework to analyse imperfect competition through (e.g. game theory & competition), it explores information problems (information economics), and replaces the notion of exchanges by the notion of contracts; a notion which, by the same token, introduces transaction costs. It was in strong opposition to Walras that this new microeconomic apparatus was constructed. One may also refer to matters related to wealth distribution, fiscal policy, inequalities, relations between the individual and the state (or society), public economics, economic liberalism, the theory of production, money, competition analysis, etc.
The objective of the conference is hence to establish a dialogue between old and contemporary economic theories, and to map their respective relations to Walras’s work. It is thus open to both proponents and opponents to Walras ; to historians or philosophers of economic theories, as well as to contemporary theorists whose research once came into contact with Walras’s thought.
Please send submissions (500 words abstracts or full papers) to Annie.Cot@univ-paris1.fr or Jerome.Lallement@univ-paris1.fr
Further details will soon be available on the conference website.
25-26 June, 2015 | Bilbao, Spain
The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of Cambridge, are organizing the 12th International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), the days 25th and 26th of June 2015.
Although papers are invited on all areas of economics, there will be one Plenary Session with Invited Speakers on the topic of Emerging Economies During and After the Great Recession.
Besides this Special Session, there will be another Plenary Session, with Professor Robert Wade (London School of Economics) delivering a Keynote Speech.
Suggestions for Organized Sessions are encouraged. An Organized Session is one session constructed in its entirety by a Session Organizer and submitted to the conference organizers as a complete package. A proposal of an Organized Session must include the following information:
Besides Plenary, Organized and Normal Parallel sessions, there will also be Graduate Student Sessions where students making a MSc or a PhD programme can present their research and discuss that of other students. Participants in the Graduate Student Sessions will pay a lower conference fee.
The deadline to submit Papers and ‘Organized Sessions’ is 25th May 2015.
The Journal Panoeconomicuswill publish a special issue with a selection of papers presented at the conference. The selection of the papers will be made by the Scientific Committee of the Conference. The final decision about the papers to be published will be subject to a process of anonymous evaluation.
For more information, you can contact with Jesus Ferreiro (email@example.com) or visit the conference website.
4-8 November, 2015 | St. Augustine Campus of the UWI, Trinidad and Tobago
The Caribbean Economic History Association (Asociación de Historia Económica del Caribe, AHEC) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and Tobago are issuing a call for papers for the 3rd Annual Conference of the AHEC to be held at the St. Augustine Campus of the UWI in Trinidad and Tobago from 4th to 8th November 2015, entitled: "The History of Investment in the Caribbean"
Conference papers and panels will consider the evolution of investment in the Caribbean from the 15th century to the present; the movement of capital flows into and out of the greater region; and the incorporation of the Caribbean into global economies and markets over the past centuries.
The AHEC invites researchers and members of the academic community interested in participating to submit an unpublished paper under one of the following themes:
The Conference will also consider panels and papers on the flow of investments, its sources and destinations and the impact of these flows on the region’s economy and society, in micro and macro terms.
INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
Local Organizing Committee:
More information is available here.
3-7 June, 2015 | Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
5th ICTs and Society-Conference is a part of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015: Information Society at the Crossroads: Response and Responsibility of the Sciences of Information.
The information society has come with the promise to restore information as a commons. The promise has not yet proven true. Instead, we face trends towards the commercialisation and commoditisation of all information; towards the totalisation of surveillance and the extension of the battlefield to civil society through information warfare; towards disinfotainment overflow; towards a collapse of the technological civilisation itself.
The Vienna Summit is a multi-conference and is at the same time the 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical Theory.
Given that the information society and the study of information face a world of crisis today and are at a crossroads, also the future of the Internet and social media are in question. The 5th ICTs and Society Conference therefore wants to focus on the questions: What are the main challenges that the Internet and social media are facing in capitalism today? What potentials for an alternative, commonist Internet are there? What are existing hindrances for such an Internet? What is the relationship of power structures, protest movements, societal developments, struggles, radical reforms, etc. to the Internet? How can critical political economy and critical theory best study the Internet and social media today?
Presentations and submissions are organised in the form of 23 panel topics (ICT&S1-ICT&S23; please indicate the panel identification number to which you submit in your submisison).
Submission deadline: February 27, 2015
Registration Fee: 120 Euros (early bird registration in the ICTs and Society conference stream, registration no later than April 3, 2015)
All topics and more information are available here.
June 28 - July 2, 2015 | Hilton Hawaiian Village Wakiki in Honolulu, Hawaii
The Association for Evolutionary Economics will sponsor sessions at the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) conference to be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Wakiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.
We invite paper proposals on any topic related to Institutional Economics, and encourage those from other heterodox economists such as (but not limited to) Feminist Economists, Social Economists and Post Keynesians.
There is also opportunity to organize complete sessions - please contact me with full session details.
Individual paper proposals should be sent by e-mail attachment before December 15, 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals should include:
23-24 March, 2015 | University of California, San Diego, US
‘Science’ – or research and innovation (R&I) – is increasingly tasked with kick- starting the stagnant economy, underpinning a new techno-economic paradigm, while tackling multiple, overlapping global challenges (e.g. climate change, food security, low-carbon transition). However, the cultural and political role of R&I, the political economy of its funding and the impacts of technoscientific innovation are all highly contested. How R&I can and do contribute to economic growth and solving global challenges are not clearly understood and, conversely, it is clear that the current dominant policy understanding of these relations is inadequate. The changing relations of scientific research, innovation and political economy are thus a key site for the investigation of the future of technoscience in terms of its contribution to socio-economic development and the public accountability of scientists and policymakers.
While the 1st and 2nd Workshop in this ongoing series focused on analysis of the multiple crises and their interaction with the changing political economy of R&I, this 3rd Annual Workshop seeks critical understandings of the (re-)construction of new socio-technical settlements. In particular, the Workshop will focus on three key and overlapping issues for R&I, namely.
Diverse geographies: the geographies of R&I are changing significantly. Globalization of R&I continues apace – with the emergence of global innovation networks, international science collaborations and mass, distributed open innovation and open science initiatives – even as it contradicts the national focus of orthodox science policy. These complex geographies illustrate the irreducible local differences that render any taken-for-granted geography of R&I increasingly redundant, if not actively misleading. The participation of R&I in such globalized and materialized networks, including global value and/or commodity chains, is emerging anew as a key site of its influence in shaping the 21st century.
Value, values, (e)valuation: a specifically neoliberal globalization may still be mired in crisis, challenging the continuing IP-intensive model of science-based innovation that has dominated in recent years. Yet, notwithstanding these trends in the broader political economy, the privatisation and commodification of science is proceeding at an undiminished, if not accelerated, pace. This conjunction of intense social demands upon R&I, deepening integration of R&I into the core of capitalist accumulation and a context of fluid, profound and systemic contestation raises multiple key questions regarding the relationship(s) between R&I and ‘value’ in its many guises: capitalist (‘value’); normative and social (‘values’); and practical tools of measurement (evaluation).
Socio-material transitions: finally, the themes of geographies and values converge on the key contemporary issue and challenge for R&I, namely their contribution to broader socio-material system transitions to more ‘sustainable’ (ecological, social, financial etc.) social formations. A critical analysis of this process, however, must explore how this process and these discourses are being co-produced with trajectories of R&I and what social forms they are actually constructing, with which winners and which losers.
This workshop will thus seek to address four broad questions:
If you have other ideas for papers relevant to the workshop then please do get in touch.
Please email your abstracts (250 words max) to email@example.com by 1st January 2015. Feel free to get in touch before the deadline to discuss your ideas.
Travel & Accommodation:
Some funding is available for speakers to cover accommodation including for graduate students. Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for this funding. Decisions about funding will be made on a first-come-first-served basis.
3-5 January, 2016 | San Francisco, US
The History of Economics Society (HES) will sponsor four sessions at the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) meetings, January 3-5, 2016, in San Francisco, CA. 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 each), to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are looking for inspiration, please consider attending the wonderful sessions scheduled for the ASSA meetings in Boston, January 3 -5, 2015. These are listed below.
The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015.
18-19 June, 2015 | London, UK
The legacy of the Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) has been widely acknowledged as one of the most significant intellectual contributions of the twentieth century. Even as the historical events of his life have faded from living memory, Gramsci’s thought has increased in influence and become diffused amongst a multitude of disciplines in the academic firmament; from philosophy to history and geography, through cultural theory and subaltern studies, to international relations, linguistics, critical legal studies and beyond. In light of the widespread and heterogeneous deployments of his ideas, it seems apt and necessary to return to the texts themselves: Gramsci’s pre-prison and his prison writings, both the Prison Notebooks and the Letters from Prison.
The aim of this conference is to bring together a new generation of scholars working on Gramscian themes in order to engage closely with his writings. Working in collaboration with experienced Gramsci scholars, this conference is the first initiative of a group of early-career researchers and graduate students. Through a combination of panels and workshops, the conference will provide participants with the opportunity to present their work and to receive constructive feedback in a friendly and stimulating environment.
The two-day international conference also aims to contribute to the process of building links between Anglophone and international, in particular Italian, Gramsci scholarship. The organizers hope to create a network through which to share research and encourage interactions between researchers from different countries working on Gramscian thought and related topics. It is proposed that an edited collection of essays will be published as a product of the conference and further engagements.
Gramsci’s perspective is marked by a profound sense of the manifold connections between the explanation of the past and the analysis of the present. Our intention is collectively to investigate the rich potentialities of the theme ‘Past and Present’ in his thought. Participants are invited to explore the conceptual laboratory of Gramsci’s historical-political narration, as well as his endeavour to theorize the unity of theory and practice. This nexus between ‘explication’ of the past and strategic ‘analysis’ of the present is characteristic of the originality of Gramsci’s approach to the ‘question of theory’. More broadly, the conference aspires to study the way in which Gramsci’s historical perspective intermingles with his engaged concern for the future of a ‘big and terrible’ world, in the sense that might today be called ‘global history’.
Gramsci’s ability to dialectically unite seemingly opposed elements (i.e. civil society and the state, structure and superstructure, the spatial elements of historicism, or vice versa the multiple temporalities going across the political space) illuminates the capacity of his thought to stimulate critical renewals in various domains of thought. Further investigation of this critical project reveals the aspect of ‘reciprocal translatability’ that Gramsci identifies between different facets of the knowledge of reality as ‘philosophy’, ‘politics’ and ‘economics’. The conference aims to explore the ongoing elaboration of this ‘homogeneous circle’ (Notebook 4, § 46), that is, the constitution of Gramsci’s conception of the world and its relation to history, understood as a unitary and dynamic process.
Consequently, we encourage paper proposals that analyze Gramsci’s thought (either the prisonor his pre-prison writings) from political, philosophical, economic, and historical points of view, whilst evoking the connections between these different dimensions. Inter-disciplinary papers that focus on the reappraisal of Gramscian concepts in the contemporary world (within cultural theory, post-colonial studies, International Relations, geography, history of science, etc.) are also welcome.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: the Marxian legacy and the philosophy of praxis; Gramsci and global history: the ‘integral historian’; the Gramscian analysis of modernity: crisis, hegemony and passive revolution; the Party and the role of the traditional and organic intellectuals; Gramsci and pragmatism: language, truth, ideology; Anti-economism and Gramsci’s critical economy; Gramscian cultural writings; Centre and periphery; From ‘subaltern social groups’ to global subalternity.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by Friday 23 January 2015 to: email@example.com
Pickering & Chatto is currently inviting for proposals for the series “Financial History”.
Series Editors: Anne L Murphy (University of Hertfordshire) and Farley Grubb (University of Delaware and NBER )
Financial History offers new ways to approach questions of broad import to scholars and policymakers. It stands as an independent method of inquiry into some of our most intractable problems: economic growth, the nature of money, the fiscal and trade ramifications of monetary policy, financial concentration, health care, long-term care, political development, social welfare programmes, even foreign policy and the very nature of democracy itself.
More details about the series can be found on the series webpage.
To discuss a research idea, please contact the Commissioning Assistant, Sophie Rudland: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, details on how to submit a proposal are on this website.
July 2-4, 2015 | The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UKTheme: "Inequality in the 21st Century"
The first decade of the 21st century saw increased controversy over the degree of inequality in contemporary societies. This controversy grew more heated yet due to the fact that even after the financial crisis, the wealth and income of the rich continued to grow disproportionately in spite of their role in the crash. As the remedies to the crisis became transmuted in many countries into austerity, the divide appeared to be growing larger, leading to popular protest movements such as the Occupy movement. At the same time, conventional politics and politicians seemed relatively powerless to intervene or to articulate alternatives. The result in many countries has appeared to be on the one hand a general disillusion with conventional politics and on the other hand the emergence of new populist movements that reject traditional political remedies.
At this time, it is therefore appropriate for SASE to revisit the question of inequality, especially in a conference hosted by the London School of Economics, founded by social reformers in the early 20th century and the academic home of R.H. Tawney, whose book Equality (initially published in 1931 and reissued regularly through the early post-war years) served as a key text for Labour politics in the UK and rejected the idea that the inequality he perceived in that period was economically efficient. On the contrary, Tawney saw it as “an economic liability of alarming dimensions.” He argued that “the distribution of wealth [in societies] depends, not wholly, indeed, but largely on their institutions; and the character of their institutions is determined not by immutable economic laws but by the values, preferences, interests and ideals which rule at any given moment in a given society.” (1964 ed., p. 54)
For anybody interested in socio-economics, therefore, inequality is a central phenomenon where institutions and markets come together, and where the key political questions of an era are enacted.
The 2015 SASE Annual Meeting seeks contributions that explore inequality, its structure, its sources, its ideological legitimations, and its politics. In keeping with SASE’s comparative and international perspective, contributions that examine these issues locally, regionally, nationally, and globally are encouraged as are studies using a variety of qualitative, historical, and quantitative methodologies.
Program Director: David Marsden (D.Marsden@lse.ac.uk) and Glenn Morgan (MorganGD1@cardiff.ac.uk)
SASE received an astonishing, record-breaking number of submissions for mini-conference themes this year. We are pleased to announce those selected for our 2015 annual meeting!
Submissions to the SASE conference must be made through one of the mini-conferences on our website (or through a research network). Paper and session abstracts as well as full papers for grant, prize, and stipend applications must be submitted to all networks by January 26, 2015. Candidates will be notified by February 23, 2015. Please note that mini-conferences require an extended (~1,000 word) abstract, and ask that you submit a full paper by June 1st. For further information, please contact the organizer of the mini-conference to which you are submitting.
Mini-conferences are based around a selected number of focused themes, and have open submissions for panels and papers, based on an extended abstract (approx. 1000 words). Each mini-conference will consist of 3 to 6 panels. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a completed paper by June 1st. In the event that a Mini-Conference proposal fails to attract sufficient participants to make three viable sessions, the conference organizers reservetheright to move any sessions which are organized into an appropriate Network. If a paper proposal cannot be accommodated within a mini-conference, organizers will forward it to the program committee, who will pass it on to one of the networks as a regular submission.
1: Continuity and Change in National Systems of Collective Bargainng in a Context of Crisis
2: Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 2
3: Employers’ Organizations, Business Interest Representation, and Employer Collective Action
4: Inequalities in Youth Labor Transitions
5: Inequality: Drivers, Impacts, and Policies
6: Inequality of What?: Social Monitoring and the Difficult Choice of Analytical Concepts and an Implementable Metric
7: Mixed Market Economies in the Recession: The Issues of Growth, Employment, and Equality
8: Multinational Firms: Labor, Management, and Society
9: Rule Intermediaries in Domestic and Transnational Regulation
10: Scrutinizing Organizational Inequalities: New Theoretical and Empirical Approaches
11: Social Coalitions, Political and Economic Crises, and Diversity of Capitalism
12: The Foundational Economy
13: The Politics of Egalitarian Policy
14: Transnational Trade Unionism and MNCs: Building New Capabilities to Reduce Inequalities
15: Uncertain Futures in Economic Decision Making
15-17 April, 2015 | Helsinki, Finnland
Organised by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences [TINT]
The recent research and emerging debate on “scientific imperialism” (see e.g. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 3/2013) are putting the topic on the agenda of philosophy of science. One goal is to understand interdisciplinary relations emerging from the incursion of one scientific discipline into one or more other disciplines, such as when the conventions and procedures of one discipline or field are imposed on other fields, or more weakly when a scientific discipline seeks to explain phenomena that are traditionally considered proper of another discipline’s domain. The possibility of distinguishing imperialistic from non-imperialistic interactions between disciplines and research fields is among the issues to be addressed.
The workshop brings together philosophers, sociologists and historians of science interested in issues of scientific imperialism and wishing to contribute to its conceptual clarification, empirical identification and examination, as well as its normative assessment. We welcome abstracts for papers that deal with scientific imperialism in general as well as with actual cases of imperialism that involve particular disciplines (such as economics, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, physics, and more). Papers will be selected so as to ensure the representation of different disciplinary traditions and methodological approaches in the programme. An edited publication (special issue of a journal or a book) will be considered.
Instructions for submission
12-16 January, 2015 | University of Greenwich, UK
The Faculty of Business’ Centre of Business Networks Analysiswould like to invite you to attend the 2015 Analytical Software Workshops. These workshops will provide you with a comprehensive, hands-on understanding of methods and software techniques used in quantitative and qualitative research as well as in social network analysis.
The workshops are designed for scholars, professionals and students who need to analyse data systematically but who have limited or no prior knowledge of the methods and computer packages. Our tutors are experts who have used these tools extensively in their own research
There are different workshop each day from Monday 12 January to Friday 16 January 2015, 10am to 5pm.
When: Monday 10 January -Friday 16 January 2015
Where: University of Greenwich, Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ
Fees per workshop: Student £70; Other £120
To register your place and for further details on the workshops please visit the conference website.
2 December, 2014 | University of Birmingham
Guiding questions for debate:
Free to attend, but places are limited, please register with email@example.com by Tuesday 25 November.
The University of Pau and Adour Regions (UPPA in French) will hold its first multidisciplinary English-language summer school in July 2015. Classes will take place at its Atlantic Coast Campus in Anglet just outside Biarritz (this page's background). Four or five exciting courses with a broad appeal will be run in parallel over one week, from Saturday July 11th to Saturday the 18th. Classes will not exceed 25 students. The goal is to provide in a unique setting a unique "Anglo-Saxon" academic experience to a global audience of students of all ages interested in a variety of subjects.
Students enroll in one course of interest but will have opportunities to interact informally with fellow students and faculty from other courses. Upon successful completion of their course, students receive two credits from the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
Classes will be held over five mornings (Mon-Fri) with afternoons left free for cultural, sports and beach activities. The national holiday on Tuesday July 14th ("Bastille Day") promises to be a high point of the week with special activities, visits and a sumptuous fireworks display in Biarritz. Courses will be given in fluent English by enthusiastic and energetic faculty mostly recruited from universities in the English-speaking world.
At this writing the list of offered courses is not finalized but we are considering Gender Studies, Entrepreneurship, Big History, and Behavioral Economics among others. More specialized courses are being considered, such as Marine Biology, an active area of research for the University of Pau on the coast.
Call for Course Proposal (as of mid-November 2014) - Requirements
We are still in the process of recruiting faculty interested in proposing a course that fits the above description. Courses are university-level and faculty are (short-term) "Invited professors". This means a PhD and an academic affiliation are required. All disciplines will be considered although a course in thermodynamics, medieval literature, or math is less likely to appeal than "Macro-economic Challenges of the 21st century", "Entrepreneurship for all", "Women of The Arab Spring: Challenges and Prospects", "Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century", or "Introduction to Climate Science". Undergraduate level courses are preferred but more advanced courses are a possibility. In all cases they must appeal to a broad audience of students and others. Very narrow, technical courses are unlikely to be considered unless a sufficient audience can be guaranteed.
Both the content and pedagogy must be cutting-edge and innovative with no dry lectures or cluttered Powerpoint slides. Courses must be "participative" and engage students with workshops, "game playing", roundtables, mini student presentations, etc.
Instructors will receive a EUR 1,000 (euros) honorarium. Travel expenses up to EUR 500 (within Europe) or EUR 1,500 (other continents) will be reimbursed (travel arrangements made by instructor - copy of ticket with instructor's name will be required). Accommodation will be provided next to the campus in fully equipped studios at a three star hotel with a pool. Meals will be provided or reimbursed. For more information contact Marc Artzrouni the director of the program. If you are interested in proposing a course please download the "Course Proposal Form". Fill it electronically and send it as an attached document to Marc.Artzrouni@univ-pau.fr before December 15, 2014.
Marc Artzrouni is a French/American math professor who has been with the University of Pau since 1993. He had the idea of an English-language summer school on the French Basque Coast after learning about Biarritz American University. BAU was set up by the U.S. Army for demobilized soldiers at the end of World War II. Hotels and casinos were converted into classrooms and dorms. A variety of subjects were taught to about 10,000 soldiers between August 1945 and March 1946. An amazing and little known story!
Biarritz can be reached by plane with several flights per day from Paris. Ryanair also flies into Biarritz from London Stansted and elsewhere. There is a station with direct trains from Paris and other cities. The airport and the station are a 10mn bus/taxi drive from the hotel/campus in Anglet just outside Biarritz.
Atlantic coast beaches, the Pyrenees mountains, the pretty towns of Biarritz and Bayonne, the beautiful Spanish coastal city of San Sebastian and the French Basque countryside dotted with picturesque villages are all within easy reach and well worth a few days before or after the week of classes.
INET’s Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) will be holding a series of workshops from February to May next year. The workshops target PhD students and young researchers and consist of mini-courses covering topics and methods that are overlooked in the conventional economics curriculum. They also feature student presentation sessions, which give young scholars the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a collaborative environment.
1. YSI Workshop NYC
February 24-26, 2015
Workshop application deadline: December 8, 2014.
More information about the NYC workshop is available here.
2. YSI Workshop Rome @ 2015 ESHET Conference
May 12-13, 2015
More information about the Rome workshop is available here.
3. YSI-IMK Workshop Berlin
May 21-23, 2015
More information about the Berlin workshop is available here.
1 December, 2014 | London, UK
Venue: City University of London, SASS building, Room D220
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Whilst growth and employment remain sluggish, the IMF’s October Global Financial Stability Report warned about the alarming growth of the shadow banking system. Murky webs of off-balance sheet transactions and under regulated activities now make up £43tn worldwide – approaching the same levels as that which preceded the crisis. Mainstream economics remains optimistic about the recovery and circumspect about the role of regulation and further state intervention. But a growing number of critical voices are sounding the alarm on the continuation of major instabilities that could lead to another disaster.
Rethinking Economics (Kingston) invites you to debate these issues with two experts in the field. Anastasia Nesvetailova is director of the City Political Economy Research Centre at City University London. James Meadway is Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation.
RSVP: Niall Reddy firstname.lastname@example.org
Rethinking Economics comes together to demystify, diversify, and invigorate economics. We are a non-partisan group. We're always looking for more organisers and collaborators.
14-19 July, 2015 | Université du Québec à Montréal, CA
Sponsored by the History of Economics Society, and hosted by the Interuniversity Centre for Research in Science and Technology (CIRST) and the Economics Department at ESG-UQAM
At several points in the history of science, economists have been significant players in shaping the landscape of research. Specifically, during World War II and the Cold War, economic rationality became a major benchmark of the transformation of the institutions of science. Historians of science have increasingly acknowledged the complex role played by economists and their ideas, just as historians of economics increasingly connect their narratives to larger developments in the sciences in general. This 5 full-day summer school, with established scholars from both fields, will provide students in the history of science with the knowledge necessary to contextualize the tradition of economics, and students in the history of economics with a larger knowledge of general topics in recent history of science.
Speakers Hunter Heyck (The University of Oklahoma) Judy Klein (Mary Baldwin College) Thomas C. Leonard (Princeton University) Ted Porter (University of California, Los Angeles) Thomas Stapleford (University of Notre Dame) E. Roy Weintraub (Duke University)
Admissions and Scholarship Applications are open for all PhD and post-doc students in the history of science, history of economics and neighbouring fields. Applications by Master's students will also be considered. Given that the intention is to encourage significant interaction, the number of participants is limited to 20. Applications should include a letter of motivation outlining the applicant¹s graduate research project (1-2 pages) and one short reference letter. Students will have the opportunity to present their research projects. There is no participation fee. Students will provide for their accommodation and travel expenses. All students can apply for (limited) travel funding.
Deadline for applications is March 1st, 2015.
Local Organizers: Till Düppe, Alessandro Barattieri, Juan Carvajalino, and Yves Gingras.
For more information see this website or contact Till Düppe via email: email@example.com.
January 26 - February 3 | Kemmy Business School of the University of Limerick, Ireland
Macro-modeling: Fully Scalable models - 2nd edition
If you are a highly motivated student of economics at masters or Ph.D. level, or you are working with a research center or a public institution and want to spend one week studying, researching, discussing, and exchanging experiences in the nice atmosphere of an Irish University campus nurtured by international experts and fellow students from all around the world, our winter school offers you 7 working days of lectures, seminars, and labs on Stock-Flow Consistent and Agent Based approaches.
For more information, visit this website.
9-11 December, 2014 | National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Organised by Prof. Simon Mohun (Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, Queen Mary University of London)
All lectures will take place at 15 Evripidou Street (6th floor) and will commence at 18:00.
Theme: The division of Political Economy of the Department of Economics is registering broad interest from students and scholars on issues relating to classical political economy and the possibility of conducting contemporary research originating from this tradition.
In this regard, Prof. Simon Mohun will lecture both on the Marxist theory of value, price and profit and its applications to financialization and crisis. We hope that Professor Mohun’s lectures will help faculty and students identify important aspects of Marxist political economy and trigger academic discussion on the current economic crisis at the same time.
With this in mind we invite you all to attend our Athens workshop. The Workshop is jointly sponsored by the division of Political Economy of the Department of Economics, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, and by the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE).
Registration is free. More information is available here.
Job Position: Assistant Professor - Economics
In the Economics Department at the University of Denver we emphasize the understanding of the workings of the social apparatus which governs the production and distribution of goods and services and of how economic theories have developed over time to address the topic covered in economics. Our faculty have a somewhat broader view of what economics is about than is found in the average economics program in the U.S. We present alternative perspectives on the historical and present-day relevance of our material. We encourage students not to take in received knowledge as the truth but to examine it and question it. Our approach lends itself quite readily to emphasizing the importance of writing and critical thinking as well as of quantitative skills. We emphasize the use of more primary sources and larger reading assignments than one finds in the typical U.S. economics curriculum.
The Assistant Professor position is a full time, tenure track position in the Department of Economics. The right candidate will demonstrate the following:
At the introductory level we expect this new person to be teaching sections of one of our two introductory courses, described above. At the upper-division and/or the graduate level, the desired primary teaching areas for this new hire would be either in Public Economics or in Urban and Regional Economics. If the candidate is qualified to do so and is interested in doing so, teaching a course on U.S. Economic History could also be desirable. Any other teaching would be likely be in an area in which the candidate has sufficient familiarity and which would assist or extend our current faculty strengths. The Assistant Professor may also teach a course for the University's general education curriculum. The teaching load is two 4-hour courses per quarter.
The Assistant Professor will also conduct economic research, some of the results of which have to be publishable in journals, or in the forms of books or monographs. The primary research area should be in the fields of Public Economics, with an emphasis on the role of the state in the economy, or Urban and Regional Economics.
The Assistant Professor will also participate in advising undergraduate and graduate students and in supervising some students in their research. The incumbent will also provide service on departmental or University committees, and possibly on community panels or forums.
Required Education and Qualifications:
Preferred Education and Qualifications: Ph.D. in Economics
Application form and more information is available here.
Job Position: Visiting Professor (Political Economy)
The Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University invites applications from distinguished scholars for a term-length appointment as Visiting Professor in the 2015-2016 academic year. The Institute is unique in Canada in offering an M.A. and a Ph.D. Specialization in Political Economy. There will be two appointments in the 2015/16 academic year. The first appointment will be in the summer, for either the Early Summer term (May to mid-June 2015) or Late Summer term (July to mid-August 2015). The second appointment will be for either the Fall (September 2015 to December 2015) or the Winter (January to April 2016) term. Both appointments involve teaching two graduate courses in an area of political economy, and delivering a public lecture.
The applicant should have a record of internationally recognized published scholarship and a strong record of interdisciplinary teaching at the graduate level. Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, plus a short description of two proposed courses, and should be sent to Prof. Laura Macdonald, Institute of Political Economy, 1501 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON,K1S 5B6, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The closing date for applications is November 30, 2014.
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide more than 27,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, governance, public policy, and the arts.
Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa, with a population of almost one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.
Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender
identity. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be contacted by the Chair of the Search Committee to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to meet accommodation requests in a timely manner.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.
Posted on November 4, 2014
Closing date: November 30, 2014
Job Position: Post-Doc
The Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT), now the largest centre in its field, is offering one or two new postdoc positions, beginning in January or February 2015. More advanced scholars will also be considered. The position is for 1-3 years.
AREA: philosophy of economics (or neighbouring disciplines), broadly understood (inclusive of social and historical studies of economics in relation to its disciplinary neighbours).
RESEARCH AGENDA OF THE CENTRE: interdisciplinary and intertheoretic dynamics and their role in shaping the future of the social sciences, viewed mainly (but not only) from a philosophy of science point of view. Check the TINT site for more details.
POSSIBLE LINES OF RESEARCH: philosophical / historical / sociological analysis of interdisciplinary dynamics in which economics is involved, such as its (actual or missing) receptive interactions with psychology, neuroscience, sociology etc; its (actual or missing) collaborative relations with other disciplines in applied fields such as environmental research etc; and its expansionist ("imperialist") intrusions into the domains of sociology, political science, law, etc.
POSSIBLE PROFILES OF CANDIDATES: philosopher of economics interested in any relevant aspect of economics in its interdisciplinary relations; philosopher of some other relevant discipline, such as cognitive science, biology, ecology, anthropology, or law insofar as these somehow engage with economics; (philosophically informed) expert in the social / cultural / historical studies of science interested in relevant aspects of interdisciplinarity in which economics is involved; (philosophically informed) historian of economics specializing in the history of any relevant line of development in economics and its interdisciplinary relations.
We are looking for candidates with relevant top rate competences and a strong interest in TINT themes, and who would enjoy the thriving team life of a collaborative and growing international community of scholars. If you think you have the interest and competence – or think you know someone with these qualities – please get in contact with Uskali Mäki via email: email@example.com.
Applications should include:
The deadline is 1 December 2014, but earlier submissions will be appreciated.
Please also pay attention to TINT's visitors programme.More information is available at the TINT website.
Job Position: Tenured Professor (Economics)
Section: US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: Durham, NC, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: B -- History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
Keywords: Political economy
Full Text of JOE Listing: The Economics Department at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina seeks applicants for a tenured faculty position in the history of economics. The successful candidate will also serve as Associate Director of Duke's Center for the History of Political Economy. Applications can be submitted online at http://www.academicjobsonline.org. No paper applications will be accepted unless specifically solicited. Applications should include a CV; letters of reference are not required. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Teaching Opportunities at Nichols College
Nichols College, a business-oriented, four-year College, seeks two qualified candidates, one in Finance and one in Economics, to begin employment in the 2015 fall semester. These are non-tenure track, three-year renewable appointments with potential to transfer to the tenure track.
Candidates should demonstrate a passion for and skill at undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Additional duties include advising, participation in College governance, and active involvement in the Nichols community.
The teaching responsibility is a 4-course load, including introductory and upper-level courses. Interest in research/scholarship is expected and supported.Interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching and research is encouraged at Nichols College.
Job Position: Assistant Professor of Economics
This position requires an earned doctorate in the field. Teaching responsibilities will include
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and upper-division courses.
Job Position: Assistant Professor Finance
For this position, an earned doctorate is preferred. Teaching responsibilities will include several sections of Principles of Finance and upper-division courses.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until these positions are filled. Please forward a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional references to Nichols College, Dr. Hans G. Despain, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nichols College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.
Job Position: Research Assistant / PhD Candidate
The Chair in Economics of Innovation and Structural Change (Prof. Jutta Günther) at the Faculty of Business Studies & Economics invites candidates to apply for the position of a part-time (50%) Research Assistant / PhD Candidate for 36 months -under the condition of job release-.
The employment shall be on terms specified in the German Salary Standard 13 TV-L. Under the usual reserve of the formal approval of the vacancy by the University of Bremen the position is to be filled as soon as possible.
The junior research group "Technology and Innovation" is currently being established to conduct empirical research on processes of technological change in knowledge-intensive industries. Catching-up regions and emerging economies are an important focus of the interdisciplinary research profile of the group.
The successful candidate will have:
For requests please contact the leader of the Junior Research Group „Technology and Innovation“: Dr. Iciar Dominguez Lacasa (email@example.com).
As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification disabled persons will be given priority. The University of Bremen expressly invites persons with migration background to apply.
You can apply for this job until December 11, 2014 by sending (either by ordinary mail or e-mail as attached documents) your application (including the above mentioned position number A190/14), curriculum vitae, certificate of university degree, relevant publications, to: Dr. Iciar Dominguez Lacasa, University of Bremen, Faculty 7, Hochschulring 4, 28359 Bremen, Germany or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be very grateful, if you could submit your application documents as copies (no folders), for we cannot send your documents back due to cost reasons; after the application process the documents will be destroyed.
Job advertisement for download is available here (pdf).
Position: John Marshall Visiting Research Fellow for 2015-16 Jepson School of Leadership Studies
The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond is accepting applications for the position of John Marshall Visiting Research Fellow for 2015-16. The Marshall Fellow will be in residence at the University of Richmond for the academic year in order to pursue his or her own advanced research in political economy as it relates to the theory and practice of statesmanship. Educational requirements: Ph.D. program in economics, history, philosophy, or political science. Candidates who are ABD will be considered, but must have completed the Ph.D. by the start date
Applications for the fellowship are encouraged from those who have just finished or who are about to finish their doctoral dissertations. More advanced scholars on sabbatical leave who wish to be at the University of Richmond in order to pursue their research will also be considered. Candidates should complete applications electronically by going to the University’s website where they will be asked to submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a one-page research plan, a writing sample and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references who will receive an email asking them to submit letters of recommendation electronically. For questions contact Pam Khoury, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, email@example.com.
Additional information about the Marshall Center can be found here.
Review of applications will begin on January 1 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Richmond is a nationally ranked liberal arts university offering a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law, and professional and continuing studies. The nation’s first school of leadership studies, a top-ranking business school, and a nationally recognized international education program enhance a strong liberal arts curriculum.
Inaugurated in 1992, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies is an independent academic unit of the University and offers students the opportunity to major or minor in Leadership Studies. With the aim of educating students for and about leadership, the Jepson School offers an intellectually challenging liberal arts curriculum delivered by means of a rigorous and innovative pedagogy.
This year's winner of the 2014 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize is Brill author Roland Boer.
He received the prize for "In the Vale of Tears" and in recognition of the five-volume series "The Criticism of Heaven and Earth" of which "In the Vale of Tears" is the last and concluding volume.
The Committee in charge for the assignment of the Pierangelo Garegnani Thesis Prize 2014 has placed ex-aequo in the first position two young scholars, for their doctoral theses:
Consequently, thanks to the generosity of the family of Pierangelo Garegnani and as envisaged in the announcement of the 2014 Prize for the case of equal merit, the Committee assigned one Prize of € 3.000,00 to each of the two candidates.
Christos F. Stournaras: Fiscal Policy and Economic Perspectives: An Assessment of the Transitional and Steady State Effects
Akiko Nakajima: Determination of Prices as Comparison of Market Prices to Natural Prices: Input Output Analysis of Japan for 1951-2000
Vasiliki Bozani: NAIRU: Studying its Theoretical Background and Implications
Paschalis A. Arvanitidis: Critical Realism: The Philosophical Underlabourer of Heterodox Economics
Link to the journal is available here.
Valko Petrov: Mathematical Principles of Monetary Econophysics with Application to Problem of Financial Stabilization
Harris Topalides & Patroklos Georgiadis: Transiting to a New Development Pattern? A Conceptual Analysis of New Dynamic Hypotheses Governing Development
Chien-Hsun Chen, Chao-Cheng Mai & Jhao-HsuanHsu: An Appraisal of Unified Enterprise Income Tax Policy in China
Theodore Mariolis & Lefteris Tsoulfidis: Measures of Production Price-Labour Value Deviation and Income Distribution in Actual Economies: Theory and Empirical Evidence
Link to the journal is available here.
Özlem Onaran, Miriam Rehm, Till van Treeck and Andrew Watt: The jobs crisis: causes, cures, constraints (free article)
Rod Cross: Unemployment: natural rate epicycles or hysteresis?
Laurence Ball: Long-term damage from the Great Recession in OECD countries (free article)
Gerald Epstein:Restructuring finance to promote productive employment
Sigrid Stagl:Ecological macroeconomics: reflections on labour markets
Engelbert Stockhammer, Alexander Guschanski and Karsten Köhler:Unemployment, capital accumulation and labour market institutions in the Great Recession
Dean Baker:The enduring effects of the Great Recession on wage growth in the United States
Joachim Möller: In the aftermath of the German labor market reforms, is there a qualitative/quantitative trade-off?
Dirk J. Bezemer: Schumpeter might be right again: the functional differentiation of credit
Carlo Gianelle: Labor market intermediaries make the world smaller
Fulvio Castellacci, Bart Los, Gaaitzen J. de Vries: Sectoral productivity trends: convergence islands in oceans of non-convergence
Jacob Rubæk Holm: The significance of structural transformation to productivity growth
Grazia Cecere, Nicoletta Corrocher, Cédric Gossart, Muge Ozman: Lock-in and path dependence: an evolutionary approach to eco-innovations
Marcelo Fernandes Pacheco Dias, Eugenio Avila Pedrozo, Tania Nunes da Silva: The innovation process as a complex structure with multilevel rules
G. Blind, A. Pyka: The rule approach in evolutionary economics: A methodological template for empirical research
Christian Schubert: Evolutionary economics and the case for a constitutional libertarian paternalism—a comment on Martin Binder, “should evolutionary economists embrace libertarian paternalism?”
Martin Binder: A constitutional paradigm is not enough—would sovereign citizens really agree to manipulative nudges?—A reply to Christian Schubert
The issue is focused on human development without deforestation and has some short articles with a heterodox approach.
Guest Editors: Carlos Ferreira de Abreu Castro and Guilherme B. R. Lambais
Link to the latest issue of the "Policy in Focus magazine" (a regular publication of UNDP Brazil) is available here.
Symposium on Pluralism in Economics
John Davis: ‘Pluralism’ In Economics? A Symposium
Amitava Krishna Dutt: Dimensions of Pluralism in Economics
John Davis: Pluralism and Anti-pluralism in Economics: The Atomistic Individual and Religious Fundamentalism
Peter Skott: Pluralism, the Lucas Critique, and the Integration of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
David Colander: The Wrong Type of Pluralism: Toward a Transdisciplinary Social Science
Leonardo Vera: The Simple Post-Keynesian Monetary Policy Model: An Open Economy Approach
Theodore Mariolis: Falling Rate of Profit and Mass of Profits: A Note
Germán David Feldman: Money, Prices and the Silver Industry during the Price Revolution
Tony Aspromourgos: Keynes, Employment Policy and the Question of Public Debt
Kevin P. Gallagher: The Economics of Regulating Cross-border Finance: Two New Views
Ernesto Screpanti: Progressive Taxation and the Distribution of Freedom
Robert Garnett & Kimmarie Mcgoldrick: A ‘Big Think’ Approach to Government Debt: Promoting Significant Learning in Introductory Macroeconomics
N. Cachanosky & P. Lewin: Roundaboutness is Not a Mysterious Concept: A Financial Application to Capital Theory
David Gordon Memorial Lecture
Thomas E. Weisskopf: Reflections on 50 Years of Radical Political Economy
Nancy Folbre: Comments on Tom Weisskopf’s David Gordon Memorial Lecture
URPE at the ASSAs
Tim Koechlin: Urban Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the Case for a Multidisciplinary Economics
Mathieu Dufour and Özgür Orhangazi: Capitalism, Crisis, and Class: The United States Economy after the 2008 Financial Crisis
Ismael Hossein-zadeh: Flaws in the Marxian Explanations of the Great Recession
Zhongjin Li and Hao Qi: Labor Process and the Social Structure of Accumulation in China
Gillian Hewitson: The Commodified Womb and Neoliberal Families
URPE at the EEAs
Brigitte H. Bechtold: Neoclassical Economics and Federal Policies: The Case of the Minimum Wage
Zoe Sherman: Pricing the Eyes of Passersby: The Commodification of Audience Attention in U.S. Public Spaces, 1890-1920
Özgür Orhangazi: Capital Flows and Credit Expansions in Turkey
Eric Tymoigne: The Cost of Job Guarantee in the United States: Insights from the 1930s Work Programs
Ron Baiman: Unequal Exchange and the Rentier Economy
Neil Fligstein and Jacob Habinek: Sucker punched by the invisible hand: the world financial markets and the globalization of the US mortgage crisis
Jaakko Aspara, Kalle Pajunen, Henrikki Tikkanen, and Risto Tainio: Explaining corporate short-termism: self-reinforcing processes and biases among investors, the media and corporate managers (free article)
Matthew E. Carnes and Isabela Mares: Coalitional realignment and the adoption of non-contributory social insurance programmes in Latin America
Pepper D. Culpepper and Aidan Regan: Why don't governments need trade unions anymore? The death of social pacts in Ireland and Italy (free article)
Hector Cebolla-Boado and Luis Ortiz: Extra-representational types of political participation and models of trade unionism: a cross-country comparison
Daniel Hirschman and Elizabeth Popp Berman: Do economists make policies? On the political effects of economics
Bruno Amable: Four books on (neo-)liberalism
By Christian Lotz | 2014, Lexington Books
Christian Lotz argues that Immanuel Kant’s idea of a mental schematism, which gives the human mind access to a stable reality, can be interpreted as a social concept, which, using Karl Marx, the author identifies as money. Money and its “fluid” form, capital, constitute sociality in capitalism and make access to social reality possible. Money, in other words, makes life in capitalism meaningful and frames all social relations. Following Marx, Lotz argues that money is the true Universal of modern life and that, as such, we are increasingly subjected to its control.
As money and capital are closely linked to time, Lotz argues that in capitalism money also constitutes past and future “social horizons” by turning both into “monetized” horizons. Everything becomes faster, global, and more abstract. Our lives, as a consequence, become more mobile, “fluid,” unstable, and precarious. Lotz presents analyses of credit, debt, and finance as examples of how money determines the meaning of future and past, imagination, and memory, and that this results in individuals becoming increasingly integrated into and dependent upon the capitalist world. This integration and dependence increases with the event of electronics industries and brain-science industries that channel all human desires towards profits, growth, and money. In this way, the book offers a critical extension of Theodor Adorno’s analysis of exchange and the culture industry as the basis of modern societies. Lotz argues—paradoxically with and against Adorno—that we should return to the basic insights of Marx’s philosophy, given that the principle of exchange is only possible on the basis of more fundamental social and economic categories, such as money.
Link to the book is available here.
Edited by Alejandro Reuss, Bryan Snyder, Chris Sturr, and the Dollar & Sense Collective | 2014, Dollar & Sense
The Economics of the Environment, 2nd ed., is a lively, thought-provoking supplement designed for courses in environmental or resource economics. This newly updated anthology from Dollars & Sense, the award-winning economics magazine, tackles the issues of environmental destruction and resource depletion that mainstream economics--and mainstream texts--fail to address adequately.
The articles in The Economics of the Environment provide real-world applications of economic theory to the environmental problems of today. They illustrate the importance of economics, and especially of alternatives to mainstream neoclassical environmental economics, for understanding these critical issues--while never letting students forget that the future of the planet and the very survival of our species are at stake.
This newly updated second edition includes contributions from Frank Ackerman, James K. Boyce, Robin Broad, Sunita Narain, Juliet Schor, and Timothy A. Wise.
Link to the book is available here.
PART I: RECONSIDERING SRAFFA
From ‘Pool of Profits’ to Surplus and Deficit Industries: Archival Evidence on the Evolution of Piero Sraffa’s Thought
Scott Carter, Department of Economics, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Comments on Scott Carter
Robert M. Solow, Department of Economics, Massachussetts Institute of Technology (retired), Cambridge, MA
Response to Comments of Robert M. Solow
Scott Carter, Department of Economics, The University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
Fixed Capital and Wage-Profit Curves à la von Neumann-Leontief: China’s Economy 1987-2000
Bangxi Li, Institute of Economics, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Theory and Practice in Challenging Extractive-Oriented Infrastructure in South Africa
Patrick Bond, Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Marketisation, Commodification and the Implications for Teachers’ Autonomy in England
Martin Upchurch, Phoebe Moore and Aylin Kunter, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London
Stranger than Fiction: Fictitious Capital and Credit Bubbles in Post-EMU Greece
Jesse Hembruff, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Epistemological Problems and Ontological Solutions: A Critical Realist Retrospective on Althusser
Brian O’Boyle, St. Angela’s College (Sligo), National University of Ireland Galway, and Terry McDonough, Department of Economics, National University of Ireland Galway
The Roots of Working Class Reformism and Conservatism: A Response to Zak Cope’s Defense of the “Labor Aristocracy” Thesis
Charles Post, Department of Sociology, Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY, New York City, NY
A Comment on the Post–Cope Debate on Labour Aristocracy and Colonialism
Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Kolkata
Final Comments on Charles Post’s Critique of the Theory of the Labour Aristocracy
Zak Cope, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Edited by James M. Cypher, Rob Larson, Alejandro Reuss, Chris Sturr, and the Dollars & Sense Collective | 2014, Economic Affairs Bureau, Inc.
A lively anthology on today’s most important economic debates, Current Economic Issues (18 ed.) highlights shorter, more accessible material from the pages of Dollars & Sense. These articles pack all of the punch—the incisive analysis and thought-provoking alternative perspectives for which D&S is known—into a concise format perfect for introductory-level courses in economics and other social sciences. This brand-new edition covers key controversies—the causes of ongoing economic stagnation, fiscal policy and deficits, financial speculation and economic instability, the social-welfare state, environmental protection, labor and unions, economic inequality, and the changing global economy. A brand new chapter focuses on consumers, including recent controversies about corporate abuses, consumer protection, and socially conscious consumer decisionmaking.
Current Economic Issues’distinguished contributors include Randy Albelda, Dean Baker, James K. Boyce, Nancy Folbre, Rob Larson, John Miller, Juliet Schor, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and many others. This book is an invaluable tool for understanding the main economic problems of today and contending policy proposals to address them.
Link to the book is available here.
By Richard Westra | 2014, Routledge
Exit from Globalization moves from theory to practice: from questions of where incorrigible knowledge of substantive economic life derives and how that knowledge is put towards making a progressive, redistributive, eco-sustainable future of human flourishing.
Westra discards at the outset views that the root of current economic ills is the old devil we know, capitalism. Rather, he maintains the neoliberal decades spawned a "Merchant of Venice" economic excrescence bent upon expropriation and rent seeking which will scrape all the flesh from the bones of humanity if not stopped dead in its tracks. En route to providing a viable design for the human future in line with transformatory demands of socialists and Greens, Westra exorcizes both Soviet demons and ghosts of neoliberal ideologues past which lent support to the position that there is no alternative to "the market".
Exit from Globalization shows in a clear and compelling fashion that while debates over the possibility of another, potentially socialist, world swirl around this or that grand society-wide scheme, the fact is that creative future directed thinking has at its disposal several economic principles that transformatory actors may choose from and combine in various ways to remake human economic life. The book concludes with an examination of the various social constituencies currently supporting radical change and explores the narrowing pathways to bring change about.
Link to the book is available here.
By Bart Nooteboom | 2014, Edward Elgar
In this thought-provoking book, Bart Nooteboom offers a radical critique of the principal intellectual and moral assumptions underlying economic science, unravelling the notion of markets: how they work and fail, and how they may be redirected to better serve us.
Initially, the inadequacy of economic science in the wake of recent financial and economic crises is outlined. Few economists predicted the crises and subsequent economic thought has been nebulous, failing to apprize guidance, understanding and prevention for the future. Established practices in finance and business continue regardless, and confusion has bred among policy makers, the public, and even economists on what markets actually are. Bart Nooteboom employs an Aristotelian virtue ethic, with a view to multiple dimensions of ‘the good life’, upturning the utilitarian ethic that dominates economic science and modern politics. The critique makes a corrective-turn, transforming economic thought into an integrative, ethical and interdisciplinary behavioural science of markets.
Nooteboom’s interdisciplinary approach makes this book an appealing read to economists, sociologists and political scientists with an interest in market processes. People concerned about how markets are developing and policy makers will welcome this topical work to gain fresh insights into collaborative and ethical market policy. This timely book will vitalize debate about markets, what they do and how they may work better.
Link to the book is available here.
Edited by Lucia Pradella and Thomas Marois | 2014, Pluto Press
The global economic crisis has exposed the limits of neoliberalism and dramatically deepened social polarization. Yet, despite increasing social resistance and opposition, neoliberalism prevails globally.
Radical alternatives, moreover, are only rarely debated. And if they are, such alternatives are reduced to new Keynesian and new developmental agendas, which fail to address existing class divisions and imperialist relations of domination.
This collection of essays polarizes the debate between radical and reformist alternatives by exploring head-on the antagonistic structure of capitalist development. The contributors ground their proposals in an international, non-Eurocentric and Marxian inspired analysis of capitalism and its crises. From Latin America to Asia, Africa to the Middle East and Europe to the US, social and labour movements have emerged as the protagonists behind creating alternatives.
This book’s new generation of scholars has written accessible yet theoretically informed and empirically rich chapters elaborating radical worldwide strategies for moving beyond neoliberalism, and beyond capitalism. The intent is to provoke critical reflection and positive action towards substantive change.
Link to the book is available here.
Editd by Paul Zarembka | 2014, Emerald Group
Archival evidence is extensively elaborated from Piero Sraffa’s papers establishing that his concept of surplus and deficit industries in Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities is quite indebted to Marx’s theory of exploitation. A simple analytical model is also developed. This chapter is followed by utilization of conceptual work in the Sraffian tradition to present an empirical application for China.
The advance of neoliberalism in recent decades has many facets and three current instances are elaborated here, as disparate as they might otherwise seem. Suggesting uneven development as in Rosa Luxemburg, South African multi-billion dollar investments in two fossil-fuel industrial projects have recently cemented debtor relations to the World Bank and the Chinese Development Bank, while generating activist opposition in this century of climate crisis. Secondary school teachers in England face work that is increasingly commodified, and then judged similarly, a development that represents the penetration of abstract labor and alienation, as in Marx. Our third representation benefitting neoliberalism is the substantial expansion of the credit system in Greece after it adopted the euro, while the social relations of production there remained unchanged since the fall of the junta.
A critique of Louis Althusser’s interpretation of the Marxist philosophy of science is carefully developed, pointing to the problem of circularity therein, yet arguing that Roy Bhaskar’s work in critical realism is particularly important for recuperating Althusser’s project. Finally, the volume continues the discussion of the relevance of the concept of a labor aristocracy by engaging the work of Zak Cope, a proponent of its importance that was published previously.
Link to the book is available here.
By Robin Hahnel | 2014, Pluto Press
This revised edition of ABCs is a lively and accessible introduction to modern political economy. Informed by the work of Marx, Veblen, Kalecki, Robinson, Minsky and other great political economists, Robin Hahnel provides the essential tools needed to understand economic issues today.
Dispelling myths about financial liberalisation, fiscal austerity, globalisation and free markets, ABCs offers a critical perspective on our present system and outlines clear alternatives for the future.
This second edition applies the analytical tools developed to help readers understand the origins of the financial crisis of 2007, the ensuing 'Great Recession', and why government policies in Europe and North America over the past six years have failed to improve matters for the majority of their citizens. The second edition also helps explain what is causing climate change and what will be required if it is to be resolved effectively and fairly.
Link to the book is available here.
Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore and Giovanna Vertova | 2014, Edward Elgar
The Great Recession has punctuated the long history of capitalism and is a necessary outcome of contemporary capitalism’s great contradictions, both in its Anglo-Saxon configuration and European neo-mercantilism posture. To be properly understood it is vital to take into account the ongoing structural transformation of the crisis in its multiple dimensions.
Through expert contributions, this book explores the integral role of finance, class and gender in analysing the great recession, alongside offering plural theoretical interpretations of the crisis. The Great Recession and the Contradictions of Contemporary Capitalism presents a comprehensive insight into the global crisis, focusing on debt, asset inflation and financial fragility. Key areas such as global imbalances, monetary reform and the management of public finance are examined, and a unique investigation into the Italian experience of the crisis is offered. The book concludes with novel concepts on the gender dimension of the crisis and the analogies between a nuclear and financial chain reaction. Both the financial and real aspects of this modern phenomenon are addressed in this timely book.
Academics and students of economics, international political economy, sociology and political science will benefit from the comprehensive and original perspective this book offers.
Link to the book is available here.
The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) is calling for applications to its International Doctoral Program and to its European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (SESS) starting in October 2015.
Research proposals should relate to the empirical analysis of the following research areas and topics. Cross-cutting topics and methods as well as comparative designs are welcome!
Inclusion: Migration, Education, Labor Markets, Social Inequality and Change, and Global Cities
Democracy: Democratization, Democracy and its Institutions, Constitutionalism and Rule of Law, Individuals and Policies, Civil Society and Social Movements
Admission is based on academic excellence and is open to students with a Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences (sociology, political science, and neighboring disciplines such as economics). We expect high-level knowledge of current theoretical debates in the social sciences. Precondition for the application is the documentation of in-depth knowledge of quantitative or qualitative techniques of social research, the commitment to empirical research, and English proficiency at an academic level.
Applicants who successfully passed the selection procedure need to secure doctoral funding in order to start the program. The BGSS together with its cooperating partner institutes can award a limited number of doctoral scholarships/positions and funding of conferences and research stays abroad. BGSS invites candidates to simultaneously apply for outside sources of funding, such as the DAAD, Erasmus Mundus Funding and fellowships from foundations.
Membership at the BGSS and its doctoral programs is contingent on the successful completion of the annual curricular milestones.
Please submit your application from November 15 toDecember 22, 2014 via the BGSS online platforms.
The application form of the International Doctoral Program is available here.
For further information please visit this website or contact us via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The main objective of the EPOG Master's course is to give birth to a new generation of international experts, able to define and assess economic policies and evolve within different political, social and regional contexts. Towards this objective the EPOG Master’s Program goes beyond the reach of standard economic theory to include various heterodox approaches that may have more to say about the challenges facing national policy makers in a globalized context.
The programme relies 8 prestigious universities:
The very best students from all over the world will be eligible for scholarships awarded for 2 years by the European Commission, based on our selection:
WHEN TO APPLY?
Deadline for students who are applying for Erasmus Mundus scholarships will be the 21st of January 2015.
The course will start in September 2015.
More information is available here.
This postdoctoral programme in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), generously funded by Ford Foundation, provides focused support for both research publicationand concrete engagement with social justiceissues and campaigns.
The incumbent will be located at a research institute that combines cutting edge scholarly research with rich experience of supporting labour, women’s, social and environmental movements, as well as progressive government institutions, engaging in struggles to change the world we live in.
The successful candidate will have the time and support to conduct and publish research and lay the foundation for your academic career, as well as participate in an innovative social justice program.
The candidate will also participate in a collegial and progressive community of scholars.
For more details see here. Applications and enquiries should be sent to Mondli.Hadebe@wits.ac.za by 15 December 2014.
The SOAS Dept of Economics is accepting applications for the Tallow Chandlers-M W Beer FOSFA Doctoral Scholarship in the Economics of Agriculture and Food, with special reference to oils and fats. The department specialises in development issues, and has a range of expertise in heterodox economics.
For informal inquiries, please contact Deborah Johnston email@example.com
Deadline: 1 May 2015
Thanks to the generosity of the Tallow Chandlers Benevolent Fund, SOAS is pleased to offer one Tallow Chandlers -M. W. Beer- FOSFA Doctoral Scholarship in the economics of food and agriculture. The scholarship is for a first year MPhil/PhD student at SOAS doing research in the field of economics of food and agriculture who chooses a dissertation topic focussing on the oil and fats trade. The total value of the scholarship is £15,000 to be used for tuition fees with the remainder towards maintenance.
The scholarship may be renewed for the normal duration of a full-time student’s registration subject to satisfactory progress. The normal duration of a full-time student’s registration for a research degree is three years. The award is therefore renewable for up to a further two years.
More information is available at SOAS website.
GDAE Working Paper: The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European Disintegration, Unemployment and Instability by Jeronim Capaldo
Link to the newsletter is available here.
Working Paper: Is There More Room to Negotiate with the IMF on Fiscal Policy? by Cornal Ban
China-Latin America Round-Up
Pierre Habbard: The G20 / OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Action Plan
Anastasia Nesvetailova: The Epoch of Market Based Funding: Shadow Banking
3-5 January, 2015 | Boston
We are organizing a Heterodox Economics Booth at the ASSA meetings in Boston, January 3-5, 2015. This year the booth is sponsored by Heterodox Economics Foundation, Heterodox Economics Newsletter, AFEE, AFIT, URPE, Dollars & Sense, and Sage Publication. You will find various information and materials provided by those participating associations and publishers---for example, JEI, RRPE, Dollars & Sense books, flyers, and the 2015 IWW Labor History Calendar. Most of them are free to anyone. In particular, sixty copies of IWW ''Joe Hill'' calendars are provided by Fred Lee--he was asking that heterodox economists look at the Frederic S. Lee Heterodox Economics Scholarship flyers, make contributions to the Scholarship, and encourage their doctoral students to apply for the Scholarship. We also welcome various materials you want to display, as long as they are related to heterodox economics--e.g., newsletters, flyers of upcoming conference programs and events, brochures of heterodox undergraduate/graduate programs, copies of heterodox economics journals that are published independently of heterodox economics associations, and the like. If you want to participate in the booth, please let us know. The whole point of organizing the Booth is to make heterodox economics visible to mainstream economists.
We also need volunteers who can stay at the booth and meet the visitors for one or a couple of hours. That is, volunteers represent the entire heterodox economic community. If you are attending the ASSA 2015 and you want to help us, please put your name along with contact information here.
Tae-Hee Jo, SUNY Buffalo State, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zdravka Todorova, Wright State University, email: email@example.com
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