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Issue 101 | June 30, 2010
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From the Editors

We recently received an email from a 'student of heterodox economics in the developing world'. He raised an important issue for heterodox economics that "the access to heterodox material is very expensive!''

Reasons behind expensive heterodox books and journals are complicated. It may be that production prices of heterodox books and journals are determined by few major commercial publishers; or may be that we, heterodox economists, have not taken this issue into account seriously. Consequences of limited access to heterodox material are simple and obvious (and dangerous): the decreasing number of heterodox journal subscribers and heterodox students, and eventually the death of heterodox journals and associations.

A possible solution to reverse the trend was recently proposed by Professor Weintraub at Duke University. If we take this issue seriously, we may be able to find other ways to reduce prices of heterodox materials and to raise the number of journal subscribers. At the moment, the simple and obvious (and possible) solution is: "subscribe to that heterodox journal you always wanted or join that heterodox association you have been putting off.'' (see Editorials of Heterodox Economics Newsletter, #53 and #55)

In solidarity,

Tae-Hee Jo and Ted Schmidt, Editors

Email: heterodoxnews@gmail.com

Website: http://heterodoxnews.com

Table of Contents
Call for Papers
3rd Seminar of Heterodox Microeconomics
9th Society of Heterodox Economists Conference
Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) 2011 Conference
AFIT: 6th Annual Student Scholars Award Competition
Culture & Organization: Commodities & Markets
Economics, Politics, Ecology: Post-Soviet Capitalism in Historical and Global Context
Daniel Singer Prize 2010
HOPE Conference 2012: The Economist as Public Intellectual
JMCE Postgraduate Workshop
Journal of Contemporary European Studies
Feminist Economics
Forum for Social Economics
International Conference on Production and Distribution
International Journal of Electronic Governanc
Power and the History of Capitalism
Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond
Re-Public: "Welfare beyond the market and the welfare state"
Socio‐économie du Travail (Économies et Sociétés, série AB)
Conferences, Seminars and Lectures
AHE-ADEK-Garnet Conference
FMM: Introductory workshop on Post Keynesian Economics
CofFEE Conference: 12th Path to Full Employment and 17th National Conference on Unemployment
Celebratory Seminar: 50 years since the publication of Piero Sraffa's Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities
Education for Sustainability
Green Economics Institute, 5th Annual Conference
HETSA 2010 Conference
Insecure Times, Emergency measures: State(s) of Exception?
Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues XIII
Migrant Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy
Psychoanalysis, Money and the Economy
The Political Economy of the Crisis
Views on Reduction
What must be changed in order to transcend capitalism?
Job Postings for Heterodox Economists
Manchester Metropolitan University
New Economics Foundation
SUNY Purchase College
Conference Papers, Reports, and Articles
Grupo de Propaganda Marxista
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Report: How Class Works 2010
The Democracy Charter
The Economic Consequences of Mr. Osborne
Heterodox Journals
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69(3): July 2010
Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34(4): July 2010
Challenge, 53(3): May-June 2010
Contributions to Political Economy 29(1): June 2010
Economic Systems Research, 22(2): June 2010
Endnotes 2: April 2010
Forum for Social Economics, 39(2): July2010
Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 2(1): May 2010
International Journal of Political Economy, 39(1): Spring 2010
International Review of Applied Economics, 24(3): May  2010
International Socialism, 127: Summer 2010
Journal of Economic Issues, 44(2): June 2010
Journal of Economic Methodology, 17(2):  June 2010
Meteroeconomica, 61(3): July 2010
News & Letters, 55(3): May-June 2010
Real-World Economics Review, 53: June 2010
Review of Social Economy, 68(2): June 2010
Revue de la régulation, n°7: 1er semestre 2010
Socio-Economic Review,  8(3): July 2010
World Review of Political Economy, 1(1): March 2010
Heterodox Newsletters
Global Labour Column
Levy News
nef e-letter
Policy Pennings
Research Network on Innovation
Women and Social Security Alert, 29: June 2010
Heterodox Books and Book Series
Antonio Gramsci
Aristotle, Adam Smith and Karl Marx
Capitalism as a Moral System
Central Banking, Asset Prices and Financial Fragility
Christian Theology and Market Economics
Cooperative Enterprise
Green Gone Wrong: How the Economy is Undermining the Environmental Revolution
Institutional Economics: An Introduction
Routledge Studies in the History of Economics
Strategic Competition, Dynamics, And The Role Of The State: A New Perspective
Taxation and Gender Equity: A Comparative Analysis of Direct and Indirect Taxes in Developing and Developed Countries
The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
The APEX Press Book Collection on Corporate Personhood, Democracy & Rule of Law
Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics
Heterodox Book Reviews
Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System
Bailouts: Public Money, Private Profits
The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas
The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist
The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books
Heterodox Graduate Programs and Scholarships
G.L.S Shackle Studentship: St Edmund's College
Heterodox Web Sites and Associates
Professors Beyond Borders
U.S. Marxist-Humanists
We Are Many
John Weeks
Heterodox Economics in the Media
Pourquoi et comment faut-il réduire la dette publique ?
UMKC Professors Take Heterodox View on Economy
For Your Information
Ingrid Rima Retires
Letter from the Italian Economists
Professor Richard Wolff Releases Online Courses
EURICSE: European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises
Institute for New Economic Thinking: Inaugural Conference Now on Video Online
Eurozone in Crisis: Reform or Exit?: Now Online
A New Journal: Climate Change Economics
Books to be Reviewed for Historical Materialism
A Letter from a Student of Heterodox Economics in the Developing World
A Proposal for the History of Economics Society
Verse and Worst: Two Poetic Excesses in Economics or, perhaps, Two Economic Excess in Poetry

Call for Papers

3rd Seminar of Heterodox Microeconomics

"Monopoly, Transnational Firms, Theory and Practice"

14-16 October, 2010 | Faculty of Economics, UNAM, Mexico

The Third Heterodox Microeconomics Seminar aims to become a space for discussion and analysis of microeconomics from a non-conventional theoretical perspective, and thus contribute to the development of research, communication and discussion among the community of scholars from the fields of theory of the firm, monopoly, transnational corporations, industry, consumers, market, and the microeconomic foundations of macroeconomics.

The heterodox microeconomics embrace different fields of knowledge and approaches to microeconomics topics, these came from diverse school of thought as: Post-Keynesian, Evolutionist, Marxist, Regulationist, Institutionalism, Ricardian, Neo-Austrian, etc

From the historical fact that the developing of knowledge in all the sciences has been coming from the heterodox field, we are inviting to participate in this effort, teachers, researchers, and intellectuals by submitting an essay, article, research completed or under development.

This year, we have as special speaker one of the most recognized Post Keynesian: Dr. Frederic Lee from UMKC, USA.

The conference invites submissions on or before 11 July 2010 according with the conference title. Papers selected for inclusion in a theme will be peer reviewed by the theme organizers. A theme proposal should provide

The closing date for theme submissions is 11 July, 2010, the same as that for papers. The conference languages are English and Spanish.

The central theme of the Third Seminar of Heterodox Microeconomics is:


Interested researchers can develop purely theoretical issues and / or applied research, such as industry, agribusiness, mining, services, banking, and telephony.

You can also submit papers on the following areas of expertise:
Any other issue of relevance in the field of microeconomics may be placed for consideration by the promoter committee.

The papers must have the following characteristics:

Participants must apply for registration, as soon as possible via email, with any member of the organizing committee; they must be sent as well the contributions to the seminar. The deadline to receive papers is August 15th, 2010.

Seminar Dynamics
The presentation of each theme will have a maximum of 20 minutes and a replica of 10-20 minutes for one or two commentators, in order that the speaker is benefited from comments from subject specialists.

The organizing committee will designate the commentators, who read and formulate their written comments to the paper, which will be forwarded to the author for consideration and discussion during the seminar.

The papers presented to the seminar will be evaluated with a view to its possible publication in a compilation of research papers.

Guidelines for submission
There will be two types of session, regular sessions and poster sessions. Regular sessions will be 60 minutes long and will usually consist of either two papers with at least one discussant, or three papers with or without a discussant. Poster sessions, which encourage new and incomplete work, will allow participants to display their main ideas, distribute their work, and discuss their work with colleagues

Participants in normal sessions, whether themes or general papers, must submit an abstract by 11 July 2010 and must provide a full paper by 15 August 2010. Participants who cannot provide a complete paper by the deadline will be invited to present their ideas in a poster session.

Participants will be expected to take part in at least two full days of the conference to be included in the final programme. Participants should also be prepared to serve as discussants and/or session chairs.

Please send a short title for the theme as well as a short description of the papers that are requested. Please send these by email only to the local organizers to next e-mail. smh@economia.unam.mx

Dr. Gustavo Vargas Sánchez F.E. UNAM
Dr. Bruno Gandlgruber UAM- Cuajimalpa
Institutional support
Dr. Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas F.E. UNAM
Dr. Marco Jaso Sánchez UAM- Cuajimalpa

Download Call for Papers in Spanish.

9th Society of Heterodox Economists Conference

December 6-7, 2010 (With the potential for an extra day depending on the number of papers)
At University of New South Wales

This year's conference will have both refereed and non-refereed papers. The deadline for submission of refereed papers is Monday 1 November. The deadline for submission of non-refereed papers is Friday November 12. Further details will be available from the Conference website.

The following symposia and calls for papers are being organised for the SHE Conference, in addition to the general sessions. If you would like to contribute in any way to any of these sessions, please get in touch with the designated contact person. To contribute papers to general sessions, please send papers to: p.kriesler@unsw.edu.au 

Please send proposals to Michael Johnson : Michael.Johnson@unsw.edu.au
Please send proposals to Lynne Chester: lynne.chester@sydney.edu.au
Please send proposals to Peter Kriesler: P.kriesler@unsw.edu.au
Please send proposals to Alan Morris: a.morris@unsw.edu.au
If you would like to organise a symposium, please contact Peter Kriesler(P.kriesler@unsw.edu.au)
SHE WEBSITE : she.web.unsw.edu.au  
Registration will be:

Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) 2011 Conference

The 32st annual meeting of AFIT, April 13-16, 2011 | Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Hilton Salt Lake Center

In conjunction with the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) 53nd Annual Conference

Theme for the 2011 Conference: Institutionalism and Building Heterodox Economics

Institutional economics starts from the view that the social provisioning process is an instituted process and that institutions along with organizations such as the business enterprise, cartels, trade unions, and governmental bodies are basic units of economic analysis. The Association for Institutional Thought provides an excellent platform for the delivery of papers concerned with theoretic and applied issues in a broad range of areas, including but not limited to macro and monetary economics, microeconomics, political economy, labor, regulatory and environmental economics, economies in transition, history of thought, institutional selection and evolutionary theory, healthcare, trade and globalization, poverty and inequality, and the economics of sports. The Association invites contributions that employ heterodox theory and models or techniques of investigation and analysis. AFIT sessions are well-attended, and presenters can expect to receive valuable comments on their work. Proposals for complete panels (including discussant(s)) are welcome.

The theme for the 2011 AFIT conference is: Institutionalism and Building Heterodox Economics. Institutional economics is an important contributor to the building of heterodox economics. The 2011 theme recognizes this contribution and wants to further it. Therefore, the conference organizer is interested in papers and sessions that address theoretical issues that engage both institutional economics and other approaches in heterodox economics—such as, for example, institutional contributions to heterodox production and cost theory or institutionalist view of resources as becoming and the Georgist view of land as a factor of production. The organizer is also interested in papers and sessions that historically and theoretically examine important institutional-heterodox concepts—circular production, cumulative causation, social embeddedness, and the definition of economics as the science of the social provisioning process. Finally, the organizer recognizes that there are many topics of interest to institutional-heterodox economists that are not connected to the conference theme: papers on those topics are welcome as well.

Proposals for complete sessions are encouraged—see the submission format below. If you are proposing a complete session, please arrange to have discussants for your papers and a moderator for your session.

AFIT encourages proposals from graduate students, and it is anticipated that at least one and possibly more panels of graduate student papers will be included in the program this year. In addition, AFIT will continue to sponsor prizes for outstanding student papers. A formal announcement of this year’s competition is attached.

AFIT will continue the tradition of having one or more sessions that explores ideas, experiences, and materials to advance economic education from institutional and other heterodox perspectives. Participants in these roundtables are encouraged to submit their materials to the conference organizer for posting on the AFIT web site. AFIT is also receptive to proposals for panels to review and discuss books recently published by AFIT members.

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.

Proposal Format: Session

Anyone interested in attending the AFIT Conference or in finding out more about the organization may visit the AFIT web site at http://www.associationforinstitutionalthought.org/. Conference registration information can be found at the WSSA web site http://wssa.asu.edu.

You must be a member of AFIT to present a paper at the conference—there are not exceptions. Annual dues are $25. Contact Mary Wrenn, Secretary-Treasurer of AFIT, (MaryWrenn@weber.edu).

All participants are required to register for the WSSA-AFIT conference prior to March 1, 2011. This means everybody: professors, graduate students, undergraduate students—there are no exceptions.

All proposals must be sent to the conference organizer by December 1, 2010. Send proposals by E-mail with the subject line AFIT 2010 Proposal Last name and file attachment in Microsoft Word or RTF format to the conference organizer and Vice President of AFIT:

Fred Lee at leefs@umkc.edu | Department of Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City

AFIT: 6th Annual Student Scholars Award Competition

The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) proudly announces the Sixth Annual AFIT Student Scholars Award Competition. The aim of AFIT is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students in Economics and Political Economy to pursue research in topics within the Institutional Economics framework.

Between three and five winning papers will be selected. Winners are expected to present their research during a special session at the Annual Meetings of AFIT, held during the Western Social Science Association’s 53rd Annual Conference at the Hilton Salt Lake Center, Salt Lake City, April 13-16, 2011.

Winners will each receive:

Winning papers must be presented at a special AFIT session in order to be eligible for the prize. Prizes will be presented during the AFIT Presidential Address Dinner.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Christopher Brown
Department of Economics and Finance
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 729
State University, AR 72467-0729
Phone: (870) 972-3737
email: crbrown@astate.edu

Winners will be notified by 1/15/11.
For more information about AFIT, visit our website at site at www.associationforinstitutionalthought.org/

Culture & Organization: Commodities & Markets

Edited by Stevphen Shukaitis (Autonomedia / University of Essex) & Ming Lim (University of Leicester)

What would commodities say if they could speak? Marx’s wistful question can seem playful in some registers. Paul Jennings, for instance, proposed in his “Report of Existentialism” (1963) that everyday objects are constantly at war with their users: “things are against us,” he gleefully pronounces. And yet, objects voice themselves not only through our playful – or rueful – gaze. If Marx had listened long enough, these talking commodities would have announced the traumas of their exploitative and violent birthing to him. Eventually, one imagines, they would have described the nature of the various forms of labour necessary for their production in the capitalist mode. As Fred Moten (2003) points out, history is marked by the revolt of the screaming commodity: the body of the slave fighting against its imposed status of thing-liness.

The rise of consumer culture, the proliferation and intensification of the commodity, can be understood as the expansion of the violence of accumulation all across the social field. The ferocious forces which separate the producer from the product of the labour process have not waned; on the contrary, they have become monstrously multiplied and rendered all the more invisible by their ubiquity in the society of the spectacle (Debord 1983). The critique and denunciation of these forces, have, in fact, become yet another commodity in the spectacle; something we witness today in the backlash against banks, bankers and speculators and all the glorified preening of capitalist consumption they stand for. Is this trend, then, the ‘new spirit of capitalism’?

And yet, an alternative exists to the vicious dynamics described above. One thinks, for instance, of the practices of Russian constructivists during the 1920s. The Constructivists, employing their artistic practices and knowledges to reconfigure industrial design and production, argued that rather than denouncing the seductive lure of the capitalist commodity it would be possible to utilize these energies to reshape the socialist world. This would move the objects produced for use and consumption from being capitalist commodity to be active participants in the building of this world: it would make them into comrades (Kiaer 2005). Yet, how attractive is this vision to the postmodern consumer? Is it more or less dangerous than its alternative?

Today, therefore, we need to reconsider the “state of things,” or, put another way, the “state” of things. Both bloody commodities and comradely objects exist, as a double edge, all around us: the stubborn existence of sweatshop production and labour exploitation exist side-by-side with the proliferation of ‘helpful’ technologies and all sorts of interactive gadgets and participatory media networks. Fair trade products have moved from the status of marginal subcultural practices to multinational corporate cash schemes. Are we seeing the inauguration of a new era of ethical production through the commodity form (Arvidsson 2006) or the latest and most comprehensive example of alienation, one that is now self-managed through the fetish of ethical consumption? What would objects now say to us?

This issue aims to find out. Possible areas for inquiry could include but are not limited to:


We welcome original, high-quality articles between 6,000 to 7,000 words (including references) which are not currently under consideration by other journals and also shorter review articles, commentaries and book reviews. Potential contributors are welcome to contact the Editors informally, and especially in the case of shorter pieces they may want to submit: stevphen@autonomedia.org or m.lim@leicester.ac.uk

Full submission instructions are available on the Culture and Organization publishers’ homepage http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14759551.asp. Please read these in full before submitting your manuscript.
Important Dates

Economics, Politics, Ecology: Post-Soviet Capitalism in Historical and Global Context

Moscow | 4-5 September 2010
Sponsors: Praxis Research and Education Center, Moscow. "Ecopolis" and "Alternativy," Moscow
Website: www.praxiscenter.ru

The purposes of the Conference are: 1) to establish the context of global tendencies in capitalism 2) within this context to discuss the problems of the genesis, nature, contradictions and prospects of the social system in contemporary Russia and other post-Soviet countries 3) to search for alternative paths of social and environmental development. Contributions to the conference are invited on the following basic themes:

ECONOMY: World economic crisis: cyclical phenomenon or manifestation of system’s decline? Post-Soviet and global capitalism, common and specific features. Place and role of Russia, Ukraine and other ex-Soviet countries in the world capitalist economy under conditions of globalization. Origins of the post-Soviet social system. Transformation of the “really existing socialism”: restoration or change of models of capitalism? Nature and contradictions of post-Soviet capitalism. Historical dynamics of social contradictions and class structure of post-Soviet societies. Conceptual alternatives to the dominating economic order.

POLITICS: Fate of democracy in contemporary world. The international left today: theoretical thought and political practice.Factors of establishment of authoritarian bureaucratic regimes in most of post-Soviet states. Rise of reactionary forces across the world (religious fundamentalism, nationalism etc) and ways of countering them. Is there a danger of (neo)totalitarianism now? Condition of global civil society and problems of social self-organization in ex-Soviet countries. Nature of contemporary military conflicts and post-Soviet states’ participation in them. Reasons for weakness of the left and democratic forces in ex-Soviet countries. Perspectives for anti-totalitarian socialism.

ECOLOGY: The problem of global climate change and climate politics. Socio-political dimension of the ecological crisis. Ecological situation in the present-day world and on post-Soviet space. A search for strategies and tactics of struggle to solve ecological problems. Could sustainable development be possible under capitalism? Condition and prospects of Green movements. Possibilities for a dialogue and cooperation between Green and non-authoritarian left political forces.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian, English and French. Conference fee (for organizational expenses): 40 Euros. Proposals for papers should include brief summary and authors’ CV.
Deadline for submitting proposals is 1 July, 2010. Inexpensive housing available in Moscow appartments.

Contact with the organizing committee: praxiscenter@gmail.com

Daniel Singer Prize 2010

Call for Essays

The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation congratulates Salvador Aguilar Solé, author of Socialism in the 21st Century World:  What to Learn from Failed Past Experiences, which won the 2009 Singer Prize. The $2,500 annual prize is a tribute to the outstanding writer, lecturer and thinker, who died in December 2000.  

The Singer Foundation invites submissions to its 2010 competition.  The prize will be awarded for an original essay of not more than 5,000 words, which explores the question:  

“Given the devastating effects of the present crisis on working people, what proposals for radical reform can be raised which are both practical to the vast majority while moving us towards the goal of socialism”

Essays may be submitted in English, Spanish or French.
The essays will be judged by an international panel of distinguished scholars and activists, and the winner will be announced in December 2010.
Essays can be sent either by post or e-mail to:  The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation, PO Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA; danielsingerfdn@gmail.com.  Submissions must be received by July 31, 2010.

Download Call for Essays: [Short] [Detailed] [Poster]

HOPE Conference 2012: The Economist as Public Intellectual

Organized by Tiago Mata and Steven G. Medema

A pre-call for papers.

The annual HOPE (History of Political Economy) conference for 2012 will take place in April of that year at Duke University, Durham, NC. The conference fits within the series of annual conferences that, starting in 1989, have addressed topics in the intellectual and social history of political economy. As in previous years the conference will be small in size and by "invitation only", with only a small number of papers accepted from
the open call.

The 2012 Conference will examine how economists in the USA and the UK have taken up the role of public intellectual during the twentieth century. The goal of the conference is to bring together a group of scholars from various disciplines to examine the work of public intellectuals drawn from the ranks of professional economics. In the tradition of previous HOPE conferences, this gathering will pursue a social history of the economics profession and an inquiry into the uses of economics-here, the practice of economics in the "public sphere" and the demand for the economist to provide public commentary on matters economic and beyond.

The term "public intellectual" has come to denote those scholars who address the educated public with analysis or deliberation over questions of political or cultural concern. Economists organized academically in the USA and UK at the turn of the twentieth century and attempted to establish a self-image of detachment, but such choices were not followed by some among their ranks. To name the best known example, John Maynard Keynes had ahead of him in 1918 a promising career of government employment and backstage influence over British policy making. Still, he risked his reputation as an "expert" in writing The Economic Consequences of the Peace and preserved, complementarily and competitively, an engagement with the public. The same can be said for later figures such as J. K. Galbraith and Milton Friedman. The evidence of the success of economists acting as public intellectuals while the academy and professional associations urged the abandonment of partisanship and public engagement poses a paradox.

A concern of this conference is to investigate the paths of economists and their close competitors in taking on the role of public intellectuals and how these have translated into cultural and political influence. Some of the authors who might be studied and compared are: Henry George, Thorstein Veblen, Irving Fisher, J. M. Keynes, Lionel Robbins, Walter Lippmann, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, J. K.Galbraith, Paul Samuelson, Paul Sweezy, Herbert Stein, Lester Thurow, Noam Chomsky, George Schultz, and Gary Becker. We welcome suggestions of others. Alternatively, one might consider a focus onpublications that have become synonymous of public intellectual work and within which revealing comparisons might be found: Commentary, Public Interest, National Review, New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, Partisan Review, Nation, New Republic, New Statesman, among others.

The conference will question how the definition of "public intellectual" has been inflected by historical context. One might divide this concern into two complementary themes. The first theme is identity.
The second theme is content.

While the first theme puts a spotlight on negotiations between peers, the second highlights how the intellectual positioned himself in the social and political domain. The history of economics in the twentieth century offers a moving background on which these themes find multiple resolutions, several aspects of which are important for our purposes: the transformation of economics from a literary discipline to a mathematical and statistical science; the consolation of some schools of economic thought and doctrine and the demise of others; the influence of the second world war and the expansion of universities; the fortunes of social and economic policy in western States; the Cold War; the labour movement and later social movements; the elevation of economics in public discourse as a result economic events, such as the Great Depression, the Arab Oil embargo and attendant recession and the current economic crisis, and the increased public importance of
entities such as the President's Council of Economic Advisors and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve; and the expansion of the domain of economics into other social science fields.

A call for papers will be issued in the early Winter of 2011 with more formal instructions and information about the conference. We send this pre-call to encourage authors to express their interest to the two organizers and engage in a preliminary discussion of ideas for papers: please email tiago.mata@gmail.com and/or steven.medema@ucdenver.edu.

JMCE Postgraduate Workshop

Title : Rethinking Europe after the Financial Crisis
Friday, 8th October 2010 | London, King’s College London

As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, the European Project continues to show its age-old problems – and a new powerful vector of instability. While the tormented path of the European Constitution, as amended by the Lisbon Treaty, has made palpable the gravity of the democratic deficit and has compounded the obstacles in agreeing to common foreign and economic policies and in coordinating the response to external events, the shock-waves of the global economic crisis have for the first time threatened the stability of the Euro and prompted speculation on defaults, exit strategies and a two-speed Europe.
How can we assess the impact of the financial/economic crisis on the future trajectories of the European Union and of the individual member states? And how does it force us to reconsider the tools and methodologies of the different disciplines and to develop new analyses and approaches? 

Suggested topics
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

Further details
The day-long interdisciplinary workshop is organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of King’s College London, with the aim of providing an opportunity to showcase the work of leading postgraduate research students on the future of Europe in the light of the most recent developments.
Postgraduates from across the European Union and from all European disciplines (e.g. European Studies, Public Policy, Law and Economics) will be invited to present their original contributions and to discuss the key issues in a closing round-table debate.
The proceedings of the workshop will be published on the JMCE website. Limited travel bursaries may be available to help speakers with travel expenses, please e-mail the organisers for application details.
Further details will be published in due course on the JMCE website (www.kcl.ac.uk/projects/jmce/workshop.html).

Deadline for abstracts 
If you would like to submit an abstract for the workshop to be selected by the organising committee please e-mail us your proposal, including the title, author, university and an abstract of 250 words, by Monday 19th of July 2010.

Please send your application and any enquiries to Paolo Chiocchetti at paolo.chiocchetti@kcl.ac.uk

Journal of Contemporary European Studies

The Editors of The Journal of Contemporary European Studies are looking for contributions to a special issue of the Journal devoted to the them ‘Crisis Management in Europe 2007-2010’. 

Articles should be no longer than 6,000 words and non-econometric in nature. In particular, we are looking for comparative analyses, focusing on regional groupings of countries but also on collective (EU27) responses and their virtues/ deficiencies; single-country studies would also be considered as well as articles reflecting the evidence of/ potential for a ‘paradigm shift’ in economic policy-making.

Short abstracts should be sent to: Jeremy Leaman, Department of Politics, History and International Relation, Loughborough University LE11 3TU; email: J.Leaman@lboro.ac.uk

The manuscript deadline is December 2010.

Feminist Economics

Special Issue: Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities

Feminist Economics has issued a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities. Planned for online publication in 2013 and print in 2014, the issue aims to provide a forum
for rethinking the study of socioeconomic policies and processes that impinge on women's and men's lives in Muslim families, communities, and countries around the world. The journal seeks contributions that interrogate the prevailing discourses and explore new insights into women's economic well-being in Muslim communities.

Please direct queries and abstracts (500 words maximum) to the Guest Editors: Ebru Kongar, Jennifer Olmsted, and Elora Shehabuddin at gemc@drew.edu no later than 15 August 2010.
For further information please go to: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/rfeccfp1.pdf

Forum for Social Economics 

Special Issue: Teaching Social Economics
Guest Editor: Geoffrey E. Schneider, Bucknell University
Guest Associate Editor: Daniel A. Underwood, Peninsula College
The Forum for Social Economics is seeking papers of various types related to Teaching Social Economics.  Papers can be short (1500-3000 word) descriptions of classroom exercises or the application of particular pedagogies (e.g., collaborative learning, service learning, active learning, web based interactive exercises) to teach social economics.  Submissions can also be longer, in-depth articles (up to 7500 words) which explore a particular pedagogical issue, assess student learning outcomes, or address other teaching issues related to social economics.  Articles should clearly stress a heterodox economic tradition (e.g., social economics, institutional economics, post-Keynesian economics, Marxian economics, Feminist economics, etc.) with an emphasis on how that tradition can advance economic education.  Where appropriate, articles should document the effectiveness of the teaching approach described in the article.  Thus, authors should make sure to include documentation of their assessment of the teaching exercises they discuss.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically using the Forum for Social Economics web submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/fsse/default.asp.  When selecting the article type, please choose: SI: Teaching Social Economics.  The deadline for manuscript submission is October 1, 2011. Articles must be in final form by August 31, 2012.
Papers will pass a double-blind referee process and are subject to the final approval of John Marangos, Editor-in-chief of the Forum for Social Economics.
The Forum for Social Economics is an international journal, along with the Review of Social Economy, sponsored by the Association for Social Economics. For more than 35 years the Forum has published high quality peer-reviewed papers. The Forum is a pluralistic journal publishing work that addresses economic issues within wider ethical, cultural or natural environmental contexts, and is sympathetic to papers that transcend established disciplinary boundaries.
The journal welcomes stimulating original articles that are clearly written and draw upon contemporary policy-related research. Preference is given to non-technical articles of topical and historical interest that will appeal to a wide range of readers. For this special issue, the journal is particularly interested in serving as an avenue for issues regarding teaching social and heterodox economics.
Instructions: When submitting online, authors will need to prepare a separate cover sheet with their name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address.  Papers may not contain any identifying information on the title page or in the body of the manuscript. Authors also must prepare an abstract of no more than 150 words and a brief biographical statement of no more than 125 words about each author. In addition a list of up to 5 key words, suitable for indexing and abstracting services, should follow the abstract. Authors should not submit articles that have been previously published or that are under review for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should not exceed 7,500 words in length, including notes and references. Include the article and all tables and figures in the same electronic file. American rather than British spellings should be used.

International Conference on Production and Distribution

International Conference on Production and Distribution to celebrate 50 years anniversary of the publication of Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities.

Web Site : http://www.kisc.meiji.ac.jp/~confyagi/top.html

Dates : September 4-6, 2010
Place : Meiji University
Address : 1-1 kandasurugadai, Chiyodaku, Tokyo 101-8301 JAPAN
Building : Academy Common
Rooms :  309A,B,C


Deadline of Submission of Abstract: June 10th, 2010
Please send your abstract ( 300words -1000words ) as well as your name etc. to  confyagi@kisc.meiji.ac.jp

Notification of Acceptance: until the end of June
Deadline of full paper : August 10

Contact :
Prof. Takashi Yagi
School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University
1-1 Kandasurugadai, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, 101-8301,Japan
TEL: +81-3-3296-2089, FAX: +81-3-3296-2350
E.mail: yagi8@kisc.meiji.ac.jp  |  takashi.yagi@lapis.plala.or.jp
If you have interests in our conference, do not hesitate to contact us. (if you have some questions, please send an e-mail to yagi8@kisc.meiji.ac.jp).

Organizing Committee: :
Prof. Takashi YAGI (Meiji Univ)
1. Sessions on the Topics of History of Economic Thought
Prof. Masashi IZUMO (Kanagawa Univ.),
Prof. Susumu TAKENAGA (Daitobunka Univ.),
Prof. Katsuyoshi WATARAI (Waseda Univ.)
Prof. Akira NAGAMINE (Meiji Univ)
2. Sessions on Theoretical Topics
Prof. Toichiro ASADA(Chuo Univ),
Prof. Manabu KASAMATSU (Waseda Univ.)
Prof. Ryuzo KUROKI (Rikkyo Univ.)
Dr. Kazuhiro KUROSE (Tohoku Univ.),
3. Sessions on Empirical Studies and Input-Output Analysis
Prof. Toshiaki HASEGAWA(Chuo Univ.)
Mr Norihisa SAKURAI (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) )

Organized by the Japanese Society for Post Keynesian Economics http://www.kisc.meiji.ac.jp/~pk/pke.htm
and by the Ricardo Society (in Japan). Supported by the School of Political Science and Economics and Headquarters of International Collaboration, Meiji University

International Journal of Electronic Governanc

Special Issue: (Re)creating public sphere, civic culture and civic engagement: public service media vs. online social networks

Guest Editors
Journal website: http://www.inderscience.com/ijeg

The net generation, growing up with the internet and other online media, is widely assumed to consist of more responsible citizens, using their technological expertise to campaign on social and political issues, exercise closer scrutiny over their governments, genuinely being more politically engaged. Citizens of the so-called ‘global village’, ‘virtual democracy’, ‘electronic agora’ or ‘blogosphere’ are said to fulfil the dream of a unified and interconnected world. The unprecedented expansion of Online Social Networks (OSN) such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn & Twitter offers vast opportunities for communication, entertainment & chatting. These online forums differ from traditional media, such as Public Service Media (PSM), in that they allow more interactivity and many-to-many communication. But they have some similarities to Habermas’ concept of the public sphere: net spheres are public places that are outside of control by the state; they allow individuals to exchange views and knowledge as well as critical points of view; they are spaces where public-minded rational consensus can be developed.

The advantages of cyber-media are that they are not confined to frequency bandwidth; any one can be a ‘publisher’ (ability to voice one’s opinion; collective action); they provide access (to all with internet account); they are self-generating social networks, allowing networks to form from participation, rather than structuring relationships from the top. However, the net can turn to be a noisy, uncontrolled environment; the open participation may turn chaotic, so there can be no model rules of behaviour or structured conversation; texts and voices may result in anarchic, rather than democratic forms of participation. What is more, there are linguistic barriers and blogging sites are typically dominated by white male voices & polarized opinion. The very notion of openness is at stake as there is limited competition among providers. Inclusiveness can be an issue too – not all people use the Net due to cost considerations or lack of skills, especially in the developing world. Most crucially, critical discussion – the very notion of the Public Sphere – is often absent on the Net, whose content is highly partisan.

So, is it a myth that the Internet can revamp the Public Sphere, tackle political apathy and mobilize citizens? Not entirely, for there are plenty of good examples to show the opposite, as evidenced by Barack Obama’s online campaign to activism on Facebook and Twitter and the Twitter-aided demonstrators in Moldova and Iran against the fraud parliamentary election results and the Iranian authoritarian government respectively. Groups in Facebook can choose to support the lineralisation of Tibet; Twitter often has real-time updates on events like the Mumbai terrorist attacks. These examples highlight the Net’s informative and mobilising power.

Subject Coverage
This special issue seeks research articles and case studies that can address the broad theme of (re)creating public sphere, civic culture and civic engagement through Public Service Media vs. Online Social Networks and offer argumentation and analysis on the following issues:

Notes for Intending Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a double blind process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the IJEG Submission of Papers web-page. All papers must be submitted online through the IJEG On-line Submissions System. If you experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact submissions@inderscience.com, describing the exact problem you experience. Please include in your email the title of the Journal.

Important Dates
The special issue will be published in Spring 2011.

Power and the History of Capitalism

April 15-16, 2011 | New School for Social Research, New York City

The History Department of Lang College and the New School for Social Research and the Culture of the Market Network of the University of Manchester are pleased to announce a conference on Power and the History of Capitalism, to be held April 15-16, 2011 at the New School in New York City.

This conference seeks to sharpen our long-term historical perspective on relations of power, politics, and modern capitalism, with a special emphasis on United States history from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. We ask how capitalism and its periodic crises have revised political rights and responsibilities, reconfigured political practices and institutions, and redistributed wealth. Conversely, we aim to analyze how power relations – whether organized by state policy and laws, structured by social norms and institutions, articulated in ideology, or embedded within racial, gender and class relations -- have shaped economic outcomes. The ongoing crises of contemporary capitalism – as well as the heightened emphasis on questions of power within the social sciences and humanities – invest these questions with new urgency.

This event will be the third meeting of the Culture of the Market Network, a two-year collaboration between the University of Manchester, Oxford University, the New School, and Harvard University. The Network brings together an international group of scholars from the humanities and social sciences to investigate in four conferences how economic ideas, institutions, practices and objects are embedded in the wider culture. The project also aims to reinsert the study of markets, finance and business into mainstream history.

Conference Themes and Topics
Organizers of the conference solicit papers that will examine the mutual constitution of political and economic systems in the United States.  Possible themes and topics may include:
Proposals for papers must include the following information: Title, Maximum 250 word summary of proposed paper, 1 page CV including author’s name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation
All proposals must be sent to powerandhistoryofcapitalism@gmail.com no later than October 1, 2010.
Notification will be sent November 1, 2010.

Further Information

Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond

May 12-14, 2011 | University of Washington, Seattle

From the Industrial Workers of the World and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to the Black Panthers and the Third World Liberation Front strikes, radical movements embracing and demanding
racial justice have figured prominently in the history of the “left coast” of the United States. They have also generated violent responses, including state repression, that reverberated across the United States
and around the world.

The Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington invite panel and paper proposals on any aspect of race, radicalism, and repression
within or somehow related to the Pacific Coast of North America, including linkages to peoples, ideas, and movements across the oceans and continents. We are especially interested in proposals that seek to reorient the study of race and politics in U.S. and world history.

In addition to the conference, the University of Washington Press will publish a collection of essays selected and revised from the conference presentations. George Lipsitz of the University of California, Santa
Barbara, will deliver the keynote address.

All proposals must include a title and an abstract of each presentation (no more than 300 words) and a brief CV of each presenter (no more than two pages). Panel proposals must also include a title and a description
of the session (no more than 250 words). Please submit all materials as email attachments (Microsoft Word or pdf) to cspn@uw.edu  by September 30, 2010.

Re-Public: "Welfare beyond the market and the welfare state"

Online journal *Re-public* <http://www.re-public.gr/en>invites contributions for its upcoming special issue titled "Welfare beyond the market and the welfare state".

The welfare state is widely considered to be in crisis for, at least, over a decade. Possible remedies have varied: the search for more efficient or equitable state tax systems that could fund increasing welfarecosts; the implementation of reforms on welfare institutions that could cut their growing expenses; the privatisation of certain sectors of welfareservices; the connection of welfare benefits to the labour market and tolifelong job training. What has been the central assumption of this debate is the pivotal role of the state (or the market, in cases when the state fails or is unwilling) as the donor of welfare and of the notion of the citizen in need as its bearer. What has been relatively obscured by this debate, is a rich history of informal welfare social practices that cut across economic, family, class, race, and gender barriers, but also the new possibilities for organising welfare through the rise of new social movements and new civic activism. The aim of the special issue is to rethink welfare practices beyond both state and market institutions and to attempt to connect welfare to new forms of social and economic organisation.

Possible topics include:
- archeologies of informal welfare practices
- conceptualising and managing welfare as a common
- welfare, immaterial labour and precarity
- welfare and the extension of citizenship rights
- peer to peer practices and the organisation of welfare

Essays should be approximately 1,500- 1,800 words. Please submit contributions in any electronic format to - e-mail: phatzopoulos@re-public.gr Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2010. More information at http://www.re-public.gr/en/?p=2429*

Socio‐économie du Travail (Économies et Sociétés, série AB)

"Crise, pauvreté et modèles sociaux"

d’articles seront les bienvenues. Bien entendu les propositions n’ont pas à couvrir toutes les dimensions d’un programme aussi vaste. L’essentiel est qu’elles lui apportent quelques matériaux utiles. Bien entendu également, toutes les propositions seront soumises individuellement à nos procédures d’évaluation habituelles.

Les textes soumis sont à remettre le 6 septembre 2010 au plus tard.

Download Call for Papers (Projet de dossier).

Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

AHE-ADEK-Garnet Conference

Bordeaux, France, 8-9-10th July 2010

Conference GARNET Network of Excellence JERP 5.1.3. “EU and Africa”: ‘ The Euro Area and the Emergent Countries in the Financial Crisis ’

and conference ADEK (theme 1) ‘The Future of Post Keynesian Economics ’

Download the conference program in English and in French

FMM: Introductory workshop on Post Keynesian Economics

Thursday, 28 October 2010 | Berlin

Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM) will be organising a one-day workshop. The workshop will take place the day before the annual conference of the network on ‘Stabilising an unequal economy? Public debt, financial regulation, and income distribution’ 29 – 30 October 2010, Berlin.

There are no fees but registration is required. Registration forms will be available online in
early July (www.network-macroeconomics.org).

9.00 – 9.30
Torsten Niechoj, Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK), Duesseldorf: Welcoming and information on the network and its summer school
9.30 – 11.00
Marc Lavoie, University of Ottawa: What is Post Keynesian Economics? An introduction to the method and history of PKE
11.30 - 13.00
Philip Arestis, University of Cambridge: New Keynesian Economics and Post Keynesian Economics
14.30 – 16.00
Engelbert Stockhammer, Kingston University, London: A Post Keynesian model of demand, distribution, inflation and employment

Participants are also invited to submit a paper for the graduate student sessions of the FMM

In August 2011, the 3rd FMM International Summer School “Keynesian Macroeconomics and
European Economic Policies” for graduate students and young researchers will be held in

More on the Research Network: www.network-macroeconomics.org

CofFEE Conference: 12th Path to Full Employment and 17th National Conference on Unemployment


“The Aftermath of The Crisis”
2-3rd December 2010 / University of Newcastle, Australia.

Early Bird Registration Rate only AUD$350

Abstracts Deadline – 12th July 2010 5pm

For conference information, please visit the conference homepage:

Download Conference Flyer.

Celebratory Seminar: 50 years since the publication of Piero Sraffa's Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities

Sponsored by the Cambridge Journal of Economics

Friday, 09 July 2010 | Queen's College, Cambridge

9.30 - 10.00 Introduction
10.00 - 10.45   Sraffa and Cambridge Economics
  • Prof L.L. Pasinetti, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
10.45 - 11.30  Discussant: Prof R. Scazzieri, University of Bologna, Italy (20 mins, followed by general discussion)
11.30 - 12.00     The Sraffa Archives and Sraffa Scholarship: A look back over the use made of the Sraffa Archives
  • Jonathan Smith, Archivist Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge
12.00 - 13.15     Buffet Lunch
13.15 - 14.00     Sraffa and the Surplus Approach
  • Prof P. Garegnani (Em.), Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
14.00 - 14.45     Discussant: Prof R. Arena, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France (20 mins, followed by general discussion)
14.45 - 15.15     Coffee
15.15 - 16.00     Sraffa and Modern Capitalism
  • Prof J. Eatwell, Queen's College, Cambridge (UK)
16.00 - 16.45     Discussant: Prof. G. De Vivo, University of Naples, Federico II, Italy
16.45 - 17.30     Book Presentations:
  • L.L. Pasinetti, Cambridge and the Cambridge Keynesians: Revolution in Economics to Be Accomplished, CUP 2007
  • G.G. Harcourt, The Structure of Post-Keynesian Economics. The Core Contribution of the Pioneers, CUP 2006
  • R. Arena and P.L. Porta (eds), Structural Change and Economic Growth, CUP forthcoming (pending).
19.00     Dinner , Downing College, The West Lodge

Education for Sustainability

International Greening Education Event 2010 |Karslruhe - Germany

A three-day International Event on Greening Education will be held from 27th to 29th of October 2010 in the "green" city of Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will take education and environmental policy makers, senior members of academic institutions, representatives of government and non-governmental organisations and international development agencies, teachers, and sustainable development and environmental management professionals through the need for greening education and then discuss effective initiatives that can be taken to translate “education for sustainability” in to actions.

Further to the knowledge sharing on greening education including topics such as ecologizing curriculum (incorporating sustainability), greening of courses and creating low carbon education institutions; the upcoming event also provides an excellent networking opportunity with academia, international agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations, sustainable development practitioners and other stakeholders in Europe and beyond. An excursion (optional) on Saturday the 30th of October, 2010 is planned which will also provide an additional and informal networking opportunity.

You are cordially invited to attend this international event and/ or nominate the member(s) of your institution.

For further information, please see the event details.

Web: www.etechgermany.com

Green Economics Institute, 5th Annual Conference 

Greening the Economy and Green Jobs 
3 days from 29th – 31st July 2010
at Mansfield College, Oxford University

Conference Flyer :  http://www.greeneconomics.org.uk/papers/oxmainwebmay2.pdf

Come and find out more about what Green Economics really means, how it is creating a more topical, helpful and effective economic approach which is both  refreshing and  holistic  with a much wider scope.

Green Economics is currently spreading fast around the globe and being adopted by governments, NGOs and industry as well as global institutions and it is important to keep up to date with this remarkable innovation. It offers a beacon of hope in the current economic downturn; bringing  together, economics, social science and physical science methodology with new   ideas about institutions and the science surrounding issues such as climate change, nature, the planet and its systems. The economics of social and environmental justice.

This year’s conference theme is Greening the Economy and Green Jobs. It will focus on reducing our carbon and helping  to solve, issues surrounding the economic downturn through greening the economy and the creation of green jobs. This conference will consider the seismic changes in world governance and power that are happening around eco-technology, geo-engineering, lifestyle changes needed for a low carbon economy, as well as huge changes happening in the discipline of economics itself. The conference will cover Progress in Green Economics, Reforming Economics and Economics up to 2050. Also addressed will be Green Economics Solutions to: geo-engineering, eco-technologies, green transport, green construction, green investment, pensions crisis, changes in demography, environmental refugees, water and HEP crisis, energy crisis, economic crisis, equal opportunities, gender equity and women's unequal pay and how green economics can help find an ending to world poverty.

A range of inspirational talks from a group of keynote speakers from all continents globally including  Nigeria, Beijing and  Italy, BRIC and PIGGS. Delegates will also have the opportunity to take part in innovative workshops. This conference will encourage people across the globe to develop new kinds  leadership talents and find new ways of contributing to their jobs, their organisations and the world. 

Please enquire if you wish to reserve a place, or if you want to speak. Full bound conference proceedings are provided to all fully paid up participants. If you would like to speak or submit a paper please email us to enquire.  
If you require any further information or would like to book a place please email us at greeneconomicsevents@yahoo.co.uk or visit the website www.greeneconomics.org.uk

HETSA 2010 Conference

7-9 July 2010 on the Camperdown Campus of the University of Sydney, Australia

The HETSA 2010 Conference is the Twenty-Third Conference of the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia to be hosted by the Discipline of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney.

The distinguished visitor Harald Hagemann will give the keynote address on 'The early reception of Keynes's General Theory by German-speaking economists' (see Abstract).

A cocktail reception to welcome attendees, especially from out of Sydney, is to be held on the evening of Tuesday 6 July, 5.30-7.30 pm, at the Nicholson Museum, situated at the southern entrance to the Main Quadrangle of the University (go to Sydney Campus Maps page: click on campus directory:enter A14, see 'MacLaurin' on map). View Map

Registration at the conference will begin 8.30 am, Wednesday 7 July, at the conference venue. Sessions begin at 9am (see conference program).

Insecure Times, Emergency measures: State(s) of Exception?

One Day Workshop: Thursday 22nd July 2010 | Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, Room A010, 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

The Centre of Law and Society at Lancaster University has organised a one-day Workshop on the subject of the ‘state of exception’ from researchers and scholars across the spectrum of the human sciences, lawyers, activists, and NGO’s.


Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues XIII

A Day Seminar 10.30 – 4.30, Saturday July 24th 2010 | Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, WC1, Drama Studio

Papers confirmed:

The seminar is free but places are limited. To reserve a place email: amaisuria@ioe.ac.uk
Convenors: Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria

Migrant Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy

ESRC Seminar
Thursday September 2nd 2010 | International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK

This one-day seminar, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is the second in the Middlesex University series examining emerging issues of global labour regulation. The seminar will be held at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool’s dockside on Thursday September 2nd 2010 from 10am until 5.30pm.

Migration is an integral part of an increasingly internationalised economy. Around 3 per cent of the world’s population, just less than 200 million people, now live and work outside of their own country. This number has been growing at just less than 3 per cent in each year. The increased tendency for people to migrate to work and live has been spurred by changes in the world economy and the effects of structural economic change, or through war and civil upheaval, or environmental damage. Trade liberalisation and market de-regulation has also increased the propensity to migrate, as new geographical patterns of production have emerged. Yet labour migration is not a central concern of international agencies such as the WTO, the IMF or the World Bank. Migrant workers and their families are vulnerable to exploitation and racism, and labour market imbalances can result from migration in both sending and receiving countries.

The purpose of this seminar is to examine migration from a rights –based perspective. We hope to explore aspects of civil, human and social rights of migrant workers as well as labour and economic rights. Migrant labour is thus viewed from within perspectives of forced, slave and child labour as well as economic labour. As such the seminar welcome the participation of those academics, practitioners and migrant worker activists who wish to develop new agendas for regulating migrant labour through a variety of agency and policy initiatives.

The seminar will be divided into two sessions. The first, thematic session, will examine alternative perspectives on migrant workers' rights. The second session will present case studies from different world regions. Speakers/Participants will include:

and case study representations from migrant worker activists in Ireland, the Gulf Region, Italy, and India.

If you are interested in participating in the seminar please register your interest with Denise Arden at d.arden@mdx.ac.uk . Lunch and refreshments are provided and the seminar is free to attend, but registration in advance is necessary. More information can be obtained from the seminar organisers, Professor Martin Upchurch (m.upchurch@mdx.ac.uk ) and Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio (Miguel.MartinezLucio@mbs.ac.uk).

Psychoanalysis, Money and the Economy

A multidisciplinary international conference
2 July 2010 - 4 July 2010 | London
 Conference website

This conference aims to explore all aspects of the relationship between psychoanalysis, money and the economy, and the many meanings of money in psycho-social life.



Convened by David Bennett (University of Melbourne) for The Freud Museum, London with Ivan Ward (Director of Education, Freud Museum)
Supported by Birkbeck College and the Australian Research Council

Registration: £145 / £105 (Full conference) - includes lunch and refreshments. Click here
To download the current programme please click here or print out our poster.
For an extract from David Bennett's introduction to the conference, please click here

The Political Economy of the Crisis

A workshop organised by the Political Economy Research Group and School of Economics at Kingston University on 15 June 2010

On-line versions of the papers and presentations of the workshop can now be found at http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/activities/item.php?updatenum=1381

Views on Reduction

Workshop, 20th July 2010 | Room T206, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE

10.00 Introduction to workshop

Part 1. Reduction in Philosophy and History of Science
Andreas Hüttemann, University of Munster / ‘Physicalism and the Part-Whole Relation’
11.30-11.45: Coffee break
Jordi Cat, Indiana University / 'Analysis of Theories and Synthesis of Models. Reduction, Cooperation and Compromise'
13.00-14.15: Lunch break

Part 2. Reduction in Social Science and in Theology
Margaret Schabas, UBC / ‘What, Precisely, is Meant by 'the Economy’?’

15.30-15.45: Tea break
Keith Ward, Oxford
‘Theological Attitudes to Naturalism’

17.15: End of workshop

RSVP: R.Robinson1@lse.ac.uk

What must be changed in order to transcend capitalism?

Joint Forum organized by The Commune and Marxist-Humanist Initiative
Monday 5th July, 7:00 | The Workers Educational Association, 96-100 Clifton St, London EC2.


Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

Manchester Metropolitan University

Senior lecturer vacancy in microeconomics (business economics/industrial economics)

For more information, visit:


or contact:

Judith M Tomkins

Acting Head

Department of Economics

Manchester Metropolitan University

Mabel Tylecote Building

Cavendish Street

Manchester M15 6BG

0161 247 3899


New Economics Foundation

Senior Economist

£40k - £42k p.a.

The successful candidate for this exciting position will be responsible for taking forward nef’s (the new economics foundation) ambitious project on the macroeconomics of sustainability, combining modelling work with the establishment of a network of like-minded practitioners, within the UK and beyond. The Senior Economist will build and integrate technical expertise within nef, developing and overseeing our work on economics and contributing to projects across all our programme areas.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 26th July 2010
Interviews: Wednesday, 4th August 2010

For an application form (no CVs please) and more details see the ‘about us/vacancies’ section of our website www.neweconomics.org or write to Cornie Lombard, nef, 3 Jonathan St, London, SE11 5NH or email cornie.lombard@neweconomics.org

nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

Download the full job advertisement.

SUNY Purchase College

We are looking for someone to teach our undergraduate course in Environmental Economics for this fall 2010. It meets Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:10 PM. SUNY/Purchase College is located in Westchester County, near White Plains, about 25 miles north of New York City.

Please contact Sanford Ikeda at sanford.ikeda@purchase.edu for further information or to submit a c.v.

Conference Papers, Reports, and Articles

Grupo de Propaganda Marxista

El presente mensaje es para informarles de la publicación en nuestra página Web: http://www.nodo50.org/gpm, de otro trabajo continuación de los dos anteriores, titulado "Nueva fase de la Crisis Del salvataje bancario a la bancarrota fiscal".

Institute for Women's Policy Research

New Survey Findings on Women's Political Standing in Morocco

RABAT-A national survey of the political, economic, social and legal status of women in Morocco released today by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) shows a mixed picture of women's status in the region.

Focus on Morocco Topic Briefs can be viewed here.

Report: How Class Works 2010

Here's the link to the brief report on the How Class Works - 2010 conference - the most international and diverse yet - that we've posted on the Center for Study of Working Class Life Website.


Next How Class Works Conference: The State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, June 7-9, 2012

The Democracy Charter

Written by long-time civil rights, peace, and labor activist Jack O'Dell in connection with a pamphlet by and about Jack titled The Fierce Urgency of Now. You can download the Democracy Charter for free by scrolling to the bottom of <http://www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass/publications/urgency.shtml>, the page that also has information about Jack and the pamphlet, which you can order on line.

The Economic Consequences of Mr. Osborne

Fiscal consolidation: Lessons from a century of UK macroeconomic statistics, by Victoria Chick and Ann Pettifo, 6th June, 2010. Click here to download the PDF.

Heterodox Journals

American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69(3): July 2010

Journal website: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0002-9246&site=1

Editor's Introduction

Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34(4): July 2010

Journal website: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/3924/1

Challenge, 53(3): May-June 2010

Journal website

Contributions to Political Economy 29(1): June 2010

Journal website: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/3924/3 

Economic Systems Research, 22(2): June 2010

Journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09535314.asp

Endnotes 2: April 2010

Journal website: http://endnotes.org.uk/

Forum for Social Economics, 39(2): July2010

Journal website: http://springerlink.com/content/n75675510500/

Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 2(1): May 2010

Journal website: http://www.interfacejournal.net/


Activist interview
Event analyses and action note
Debating David Harvey
Key documents
Producción colectiva. En boca de todos: apuntes para divulgar historia  [PDF]

Reviews [single PDF]
General material

International Journal of Political Economy, 39(1): Spring 2010

Journal website: http://www.mesharpe.com/journal_info/ijp.htm

International Review of Applied Economics, 24(3): May  2010

Journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02692171.asp

Special Issue: Inequality as a source of economic vulnerability: post-crisis varieties of capitalism

Introduction / William Milberg; Pascal Petit       
The crisis and its implications for the regulation of advanced capitalism    
The US model in comparative perspective   
Inequality in Europe    

International Socialism, 127: Summer 2010

Website: http://www.isj.org.uk/

Book reviews
Pick of the quarter

Journal of Economic Issues, 44(2): June 2010

Journal of Economic Methodology, 17(2):  June 2010

Journl website: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713704064~link=cover
Special Issue: Neuroeconomics: Hype or Hope?


Meteroeconomica, 61(3): July 2010

Journal website: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118503116/home

News & Letters, 55(3): May-June 2010

Journal website: http://www.newsandletters.org/

Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2010-2011
Capital devours lives, labor, land; masses seek paths to freedom
I. Alienated labor in today's struggles
II. Development: capitalist accumulation or revolution?
III. War and revolution
IV. Philosophy as a force of revolution
V. Marxist-Humanist Tasks for 2010-11
In Memoriam
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Essay by Narihiko Ito: A Japanese Marxist's view
Black/Red View
World in View
    * Workshop Talks: Let health workers do their jobs right
    * Anti-choice terrorism
    * Women World Wide
    * 'ALL Families Rally'
    * Save Our Home!
    * Anna Walentynowicz
    * Colombian workers tossed on a trash heap
    * En Español: Proletarios en Colombia sin salario, sin derechos… ¿Sin futuro?
    * Readers' Views
    * Dialogue from Network of Iranian Labor Unions
    * Fight the 'injunktion'
    * 'This is no way to run a school'
    * Hondurans fight back
    * Public subsidizes private 'affordable housing'
    * Queer Notes
    * Tea party not welcome
    * World in View: Israelis, Palestinians oppose Netanyahu
    * World in View: Thailand

Real-World Economics Review, 53: June 2010

You can download the whole issue as a pdf document by clicking here  or download articles individually by clicking on their pdf link.

Review article

Review of Social Economy, 68(2): June 2010

Journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/00346764.html

Speaker's Corner
Review Essay
Book Review

Revue de la régulation, n°7: 1er semestre 2010

Journal website: http://regulation.revues.org/index7900.html

Institutions, régulation et développement

Nouvelle économie du développement et essais cliniques randomisés : une mise en perspective d’un outil de preuve et de gouvernement 

Aide au développement : six décennies de trop dits et de non dits

La notion de société civile dans les politiques et pratiques du développement

Sécurité et Développement 

Les « clubs de troc » argentins : 
un microcosme monétaire Credito dépendant du macrocosme Peso

Émergence, l’économie du développement interpellée 

Itinéraires et trajectoires de développement en Amérique latine et au-delà

Douglass North : hétérodoxie néo-institutionnelle versus néolibéralisme ?

“Putting development economics into historical perspective: A view from Germany”

L’empire des institutions (et leurs crises)

The global financial crisis, neoclassical economics, and the neoliberal yars of capitalism

Philippe Steiner et François Vatin, (dir.), Traité de sociologie économique, Presses universitaires de France, 2009, 816 p.

Les traiteurs de la sociologie économique : un festin bon marché

Pierre Dardot et Christian Laval, La nouvelle raison du monde. Essai sur la société néolibérale, (2009) et Luc Boltanski, De la critique. Précis de sociologie de l’émancipation, (2009)

Aporie de la critique funèbre

Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux, Eric Mulot et Pepita Ould-Ahmed, La fabrique institutionnelle et politique des trajectoires de développementPresses universitaires de Rennes, 2007

Jean Cartier-Bresson, Économie politique de la corruption et de la gouvernance, Paris, L’Harmattan, collection « Éthique économique », 2008

Laurence Fontaine, L’économie morale. Pauvreté, crédit et confiance dans l’Europe préindustrielle, Gallimard-nrf essais, 2008, 437 p

Samouel Beji, Le développement financier pour les pays du sud de la Méditerranée à l’épreuve de la mondialisation financière

Sébastien Plociniczak, L’Encastrement Social des Marchés. Éléments théoriques et empiriques pour une analyse en termes de réseaux relationnels

Slim Thabet, L'économie politique du capitalisme raisonnable. Essai sur les fondements institutionnalistes de la pensée économique de John Maynard Keynes 

Socio-Economic Review,  8(3): July 2010

Journal website: http://ser.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol8/issue3/index.dtl


World Review of Political Economy, 1(1): March 2010

The World Review of Political Economy (WRPE) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed title to be published by Pluto Journals in close association with the Shanghai-based World Association for Political Economy (WAPE).
Journal website: www.wrpe.org



Book Reviews

Academic Frontiers



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Heterodox Newsletters


Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

CCPA Research Associate Sheila Block shows Ontarians from racialized backgrounds are far more likely to live in poverty, face barriers to finding a job, and receive less pay for work. Sexism and racial discrimination pack a double wallop, hampering racialized women’s earning power. To read the report, click here.

The groundbreaking report, co-published by Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-economiques (IRIS) and the CCPA, looks at income inequality among Quebec families raising children under the age of 18. It finds income inequality got worse between 1976 and 2006 – in fact, 70% of Quebec families are earning a smaller share of the income pie than a generation ago. Click to read the report, available in both English and French.

The Spring edition of Our Schools/Our Selves, the CCPA's education journal, is now available. Anti-Racism in Education: Missing in Action, edited by Charles C. Smith, brings together some of the founders of the anti-racism education movement, as well as many new voices. Click here to take a closer look or to purchase your copy.

Save the date! 30th Anniversary Gala
Mark your calenders for the CCPA's 30th anniversary on November 18, 2010, in Ottawa. We'll be hosting a day-long conference at the University of Ottawa followed by a gala dinner at the Chateau Laurier. Stay tuned in the coming months for more details.

On June 17, 2010 the CCPA and the Canadian Health Coalition hosted a breakfast lecture on the sustainability of medicare for Members of Parliament. Renowned pollster Nik Nanos reviewed the numbers, and Canada's pre-eminent health economist, Dr. Robert G. Evans, presented the facts and revealed the myths. Their presentations are now available on video on the CCPA website.

At the Toronto G8/20 meeting, Harper secured agreement to cut deficits in half by 2013, raising the probability of a backslide into global recession. He also lobbied hard to kill an international bank tax that would help reign in the speculators that put the global economy in crisis in the first place, and provide a major new source of government revenue. I expand on this critique in an editorial that uses the economic meltdown in Greece as an example, titled Contagion and Collateral Damage: The Aftershocks of Global Financial Crisis.

the CCPA's Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan recently wrote an editorial on the new poverty numbers in Canada. Canada's Poverty Hole: New income data suggests troubling poverty trends are unfolding in Canada is availble on our website.


In This Issue »

Global Labour Column


Website: www.networkideas.org or www.ideaswebsite.org

Re-regulating Finance
Featured Articles
News Analysis
Events & Announcements
Job Opportunities

Levy News

Working papers

nef e-letter

Policy Pennings


Research Network on Innovation

The Pharmaceutical Innovation in Crisis: What Strategies of Big Pharma?

Women and Social Security Alert, 29: June 2010

In the News

Upcoming Events

Heterodox Books and Book Series

Antonio Gramsci

By Antonio A. Santucci

Preface by Eric J. Hobsbawm, foreword by Joseph A. Buttigieg, translated by Graziella DiMauro with Salvatore Engel-DiMaur

Monthly Review Press. $15.95 pbk. 207 pp | webpage.

Aristotle, Adam Smith and Karl Marx

By Pack, Spencer J.

Edward Elgar. June 2010 Hardback 288 pp. ISBN: 978 1 84844 763 9. Regular Price: $125.00 Web Price: $112.50 | webpage

Capitalism as a Moral System

By Pack, Spencer J.

Edward Elgar. June 2010, Paperback 208 pp. ISBN: 978 1 84980 129 4. Regular Price: $35.00 Web Price: $28.00 | Originally published in 1991. Hardback 208 pp. ISBN: 978 1 85278 442 3. Regular Price: $69.95 Web Price: $62.96 | webpage

Central Banking, Asset Prices and Financial Fragility

By Eric Tymoigne

Routledge, June 16th 2010. ISBN: 978-0-415-78119-0. Paperback . 322 pp | webpage

The current literature on central banking contains two distinct branches. On the one side, research focuses on the impact of monetary policy on economic growth, unemployment, and output-price inflation, while ignoring financial aspects. On the other side, some scholars leave aside macroeconomics in order to study the narrow, but crucial, subjects of financial behaviours, and financial supervision and regulation. This book aims at merging both approaches by using macroeconomic analysis to show that financial considerations should be the main preoccupation of central banks. Eric Tymoigne shows how different views regarding the conception of asset pricing lead to different positions regarding the appropriate role of a central bank in the economy. In addition, Hyman P. Minsky’s framework of analysis is used extensively and is combined with other elements of the Post Keynesian framework to study the role of a central bank.

Tymoigne argues that central banks should be included in a broad policy strategy that aims at achieving stable full employment. Their sole goal should be to promote financial stability, which is the best way they can contribute to price stability and full employment. Central banks should stop moving their policy rate frequently and widely because that creates inflation, speculation, and economic instability. Instead, Tymoigne considers a pro-active financial policy that does not allow financial innovations to enter the economy until they are certified to be safe and that focuses on analyzing systemic risk. He argues that central banks should be a guide and a reformer that allow a smooth financing and funding of asset positions, while making sure that financial fragility does not increase drastically over a period of expansion.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers engaged with central banking, macroeconomics, asset pricing and monetary economics.

Christian Theology and Market Economics

By Harper, I.R. and Gregg, S.

Edward Elgar. June 2010 Paperback 240 pp. ISBN: 978 1 84980 182 9
Regular Price: $40.00 Web Price: $32.00 | Originally published in 2008 Hardback 240 pp. ISBN: 978 1 84720 377 9. Regular Price: $110.00 Web Price: $99.00 | webpage

Cooperative Enterprise

Zamagni, S. and Zamagni, V.

Edeard Elgar, June 2010 Hardback 128 pp. ISBN: 978 1 84844 974 9. Regular Price: $95.00 Web Price: $85.50 | webpage

Green Gone Wrong: How the Economy is Undermining the Environmental Revolution

By Heather Rogers

Verso, May 2010. ISBN: 978 1 84467 645 3/ £16.99 / 272 pages | webpage

Trenchant exposé of the myths of “green capitalism”

Faced with the unprecendented threat of climate change, the contemporary world has turned to a solution that is all too prosaic—consumerism. The answer, we are told, is to “go green,” to buy organic food or even a new “clean” car. In a follow-up to her bestselling and acclaimed book Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, Heather Rogers travels from Paraguay to Indonesia, via the Hudson Valley, Detroit and London, to explore the rapid expansion of environmental production and consumption.

We are, Rogers argues, coming to rely on consumerism as the solution to the very problems it has helped to cause. Green Gone Wrong is an appeal to the reader to respond rationally to the current environmental crisis. It asks: What choices and structural forces led us to this perilous place? This book is founded on the belief that we have the capacity to find solutions that are not mere palliatives, but ways of engaging with how we live and what kind of world we want to live in.

Institutional Economics: An Introduction

by Annette Van den Berg, Antoon Spithoven, and John Groenewegen

Palgrave Macmilan, February 2010. ISBN: 978-0-230-55074-2 | webpage

This wide-ranging and highly accessible introduction presents both the key theories of Original Institutional Economics and New Institutional Economics in a balanced and intuitive way, reserving technical discussions mainly for appendices. The authors have assumed only minimal, principles-level, knowledge of economics on the part of the reader, making the text ideally suited for use as core reading in undergraduate courses as well as in graduate courses where the backgrounds of students are diverse.

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

Series webpage: http://tandf.msgfocus.com/c/1mutAc51885C2xSEY

Strategic Competition, Dynamics, And The Role Of The State: A New Perspective

By Jamee K. Moudud,

Edward Elgar 2010. 192 pp. Hardback. 978 1 84542 923 2. £59.95. on-line discount £53.96 | webpage
This book investigates the policy implications of a long-run cyclical growth model in the tradition of Sir Roy Harrod. Emphasizing the role of Keynesian uncertainty, it shows that the growth model is anchored in a new interpretation of the Oxford Economists’ Research Group’s microeconomic analysis and a variant of the stock-flow consistent framework. By extending Sir Roy’s insights, the book discusses taxation and public investment policies and the relevance of capital budgeting for raising the Harrodian warranted growth path.

Taxation and Gender Equity: A Comparative Analysis of Direct and Indirect Taxes in Developing and Developed Countries

Edited by Caren Grown and Imraan Valodia

Routledge, May 14, 2010. $140.00. Hardback. ISBN: 978-0-415-49262-1. 352 pages | webpage
Review copies can also be obtained from Alex Robinson at alex.robinson@tandf.co.uk.
Download a book flyer.

The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development

By Michael A. Lebowitz

Monthly Review Press. June 2010. ISBN: 978-1-58367-214-3. $15.95 paperback. 191 pp | webpage

The APEX Press Book Collection on Corporate Personhood, Democracy & Rule of Law

Website: http://www.apexpress.org/

Featured titles:

Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics

By Harris, J.M. Goodwin, N.R.

Edward Elgar. June 2010 Paperback 352 pp. ISBN: 978 1 84980 166 9. Regular Price: $49.00 Web Price: $39.20 | Originally published in 2009 Hardback 352 pp. ISBN: 978 1 84720 848 4. Regular Price: $140.00 Web Price: $126.00 | webpage

Heterodox Book Reviews

Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System

By Robert Pozen, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009; ISBN: 978-0-470-49905-4, 480 pages.

Reviewed for Heterodox Economics Newsletter by Bernard Chen, Denison University
Download the review

Bailouts: Public Money, Private Profits

Robert E. Wright, editor, Bailouts: Public Money, Private Profits. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. vii + 147 pp. $18 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-231-15055-2.

Reviewed for EH.NET by Andrew Jalil, Department of Economics, Reed College.
Read the review.

The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas

Steven G. Medema, The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas.  Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 2009. xiii + 230 pp.  $35 (hardcover), ISBN:  978-0-691-12296-0.

Reviewed for EH.NET by Steven Horwitz, Department of Economics, St. Lawrence University.
Read the review.

The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist

Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes, The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009. x + 320 pp. $24 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-8223-4538-1.

Reviewed for EH.NET by Michael V. Namorato, Department of History, University of Mississippi.
Read the review.

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

Joyce Appleby, The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism.  New York: W. W. Norton, 2010. xii + 494 pp. $30 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-393-06894-8.

Reviewed for EH.NET by Paul M. Hohenberg, Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Read the review.

Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

And a new list of books for review.www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

Heterodox Graduate Programs and Scholarships

G.L.S Shackle Studentship: St Edmund's College

Applications are invited for the G.L.S Shackle Studentship for a single Cambridge University term between January 2011 and June 2012.  The Studentship is open to scholars who may be graduates of any University and of any seniority.  It provides the successful candidate a sum of £2000, paid in instalments over a period of 10 weeks or one term's free single accommodation in the College if available, plus a meals allowance.  In order to qualify it will be necessary for the successful applicant to produce a scholarly paper relating to Shackle at the end of his/her tenure.

It is important to note that the College cannot be responsible for providing airfares or visas.
The closing date for applications is 30th September 2010.

Applications should include a CV with a publications list plus a resumé of not more than 2000 words of the proposed research project and the names of two academic referees.

An application form and check list can be downloaded from the St Edmund's web page on www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk. Please complete the form and send it together with a CV and Research Proposal to the Master's Secretary, St Edmund's College, Cambridge CB3 OBN.  E-mail: masters.office@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)1223 336122, Fax: +44(0)1223 331966.

Heterodox Web Sites and Associates

Professors Beyond Borders

Professors Beyond Borders is an action network of academics and professionals willing to engage with real-world problems that impact quality of life in diverse communities.  This entails problem-based knowledge creation, innovation in context, and mapping of expertise to community needs and ground realities.

Website: http://professorsbeyondborders.org/

U.S. Marxist-Humanists


An affiliate of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

"The U.S. Marxist-Humanists organization, grounded in Marx’s Marxism and Raya Dunayevskaya’s ideas, aims to develop a viable vision of a truly new human society that can give direction to today’s many freedom struggles."

We Are Many

You can catch highlights for the Socialism 2010 conference, as well as previous conferences, at the newly launched website We Are Many http://wearemany.org/

Talks for this weekend's conference in Chicago, including

can be found here: http://wearemany.org/event/2010/06/socialism-2010-chicago
You can also subscribe to our free podcast via iTunes. Just search for "we are many."
More content will be added in the coming weeks, including talks at the July 1-4 Socialism 2010 conference in Oakland (http://www.socialismconference.org/oakland).

John Weeks

Other Heterodox economists might be interested in John Week's website. His books can be downloaded from this website and he regularly posts comments on various economic issues. For example, see his recent comment on financial markets here: http://jweeks.org/Current_Commentary.html

Heterodox Economics in the Media

Pourquoi et comment faut-il réduire la dette publique ?

LEMONDE.FR | 21.06.10

Muriel Pucci et Bruno Tinel, maîtres de conférences en économie à l'université Paris-I - Panthéon-Sorbonne

Que l'on parle de rigueur ou d'assainissement des finances publiques, la contraction des dépenses publiques est partout brandie comme le remède à la dette. Ainsi, alors que l'Allemagne annonce un plan de rigueur exceptionnel, en France le premier ministre vient d'annoncer une forte réduction des dépenses et envisage l'inscription du déficit "zéro" dans la constitution. [Read the full article here]

UMKC Professors Take Heterodox View on Economy 

KCUR radio. June 1, 2010
Listen here: www.publicbroadcasting.net/.../UMKC.Professors.Take.Hetero...

For Your Information

Ingrid Rima Retires

Professor Ingrid Rima will will retire as of June 30, 2010 after 64 years of service to the Economics Department at Temple University. She can be contacted at irima@aol.com.

Letter from the Italian Economists



This is a letter critical of the European economic policy signed by over 100 Italian economist (the number will increase). An English translation.

Professor Richard Wolff Releases Online Courses

(1) the Economic Crisis, (2) Marxian Economics, and (3) Class Analysis: Theory and Practice 

Visitors to rdwolff.com can freely view full taped courses on these three topics. These courses were taught by Professor Richard Wolff over the past two years at the New School’s Graduate Program for International Affairs and the Brecht Forum in New York. After a career of developing as well as teaching Marxian theory, Professor Wolff’s recent work has concentrated on applying that theory to produce a new analysis of the causes and alternative solutions to the current global economic crisis.

Richard Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and currently a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York.  He has a PhD in Economics from Yale University as well as degrees from Harvard University (history BA) and Stanford University (economics MA). He has authored or co-authored 10 books, over 50 scholarly articles and 75 popular articles. 

His documentary film on that crisis, Capitalism Hits the Fan, has been regularly featured on LinkTv.com and can be previewed at www.capitalismhitsthefan.com. He also published a book of essays on the current crisis in 2010 entitled “Capitalism Hits the Fan: the Global Economic meltdown and What to Do About it”.

Detailed information on and copies of his many writings, audios and videos of his media interviews, lectures, and classes, and his speaking schedule are all available at his website: www.rdwolff.com. Professor Wolff’s public talks have been featured on ForaTV.com.

Download Press Release.

EURICSE: European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises

We are pleased to announce that Euricse has started an Economics Research Centers Papers series, within the Economics Research Network (ERN).

View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Euricse-RES.html
Subscribe: http://hq.ssrn.com/jourInvite.cfm?link=Euricse-RES

Euricse (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises) is a research centre established in 2008 as a collaborative initiative between several institutions within the cooperative movement, the Province of Trento and the University of Trento. While Euricse is based in the Italian region of Trentino and is closely connected to the organizations that operate there, its activities address issues of national and international interest.

Euricse's mission is to promote knowledge development and innovation for the field of cooperatives, social enterprises and other nonprofit organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. The Institute aims to deepen the understanding of these types of organizations and their impact on economic and social development, furthering their growth and assisting them to work more effectively. Through activities directed toward and in partnership with both the scholarly community and practitioners, including primarily theoretical and applied research and training, we address issues of national and international interest to this sector, favouring openness and collaboration.

The Euricse Paper Series publishes papers on the topic of cooperatives, social enterprises and nonprofit organizations. The series includes two different types of papers: Research Papers drawn from studies conducted or funded by Euricse, and Working Papers submitted by researchers from around the world interested in contributing to the scholarly debate on the topics of interest to the Institute. To contribute to the Working Paper Series, please see http://www.euricse.eu/publications/working-papers for more information about the series and submission guidelines. Additional research reports, papers, and policy documents can be found on our website at www.euricse.eu.

Institute for New Economic Thinking: Inaugural Conference Now on Video Online

"The Economic Crisis and the Crisis in Economics"
INET Inaugural Conference @ King’s College | April 8-11, 2010
Visit: http://ineteconomics.org

Eurozone in Crisis: Reform or Exit?: Now Online

Event Date: 2 June 2010
Website: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2010/06/eurozone-in-crisis-reform-or-exit/

Since the start of 2010, the Eurozone crisis has become progressively deeper, threatening the existence of the euro as well as the coherence of the European Union. Imposing harsh austerity measures is not the only way to solve the crisis; in fact, it is the worst of several alternatives. That, at least, is the view of Research on Money and Finance (RMF), a network of political economists from SOAS and several other universities.

RMF and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities will hold a roundtable discussion on the evening of 2 June to consider these alternatives. Entitled ‘Eurozone in Crisis: Reform of Exit?’, the event will bring together economists and political scientists who take a radical view of the crisis in the eurozone, and Greece in particular. The roundtable will consider options that are not frequently discussed in the media, including cessation of debt payments and exit from the eurozone. The event will explore themes from the widely read RMF report ‘Eurozone in Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour’, which received worldwide media attention when it was released in March. It will also contribute to the debate on the social, political and economic aspects of the eurozone crisis that was launched in May by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

CHAIR: Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, Guardian Newspaper.
Order of Speakers:
       • Prof. Costas Lapavitsas (Department of Economics, SOAS): Reform or Exit from the Eurozone?
       • Prof. George Irvin, (Department of Development Studies, SOAS): Costs and Benefits of Default
       • Prof. Costas Douzinas, (School of Law, Birkbeck): The Politics of the Crisis
       • Dr. Stathis Kouvelakis (European Studies, Kingís College): The Greek Crisis as a Crisis of the State
       • Prof. Alex Callinicos (European Studies, Kingís College): The Eurozone and the Global Crisis

A New Journal: Climate Change Economics

World Scientific is proud to announce that the inaugural issue of the world's first Climate Change Economics journal has launched on 24 May 2010. A journal led by the renowned Dr. Robert Mendelsohn (Yale University) celebrates its launch by extending 1-year of electronic subscription for free to all who subscribe online now.

Books to be Reviewed for Historical Materialism

List of books can be found here: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/historical-materialism/journal/books-for-review/books-to-be-reviewed

A Letter from a Student of Heterodox Economics in the Developing World

I have been a follower of the newsletter for quite some time and I think it would be important to highlight one issue I have found as a student of heterodox economics in the developing world that might be affecting the dispersion of the subject in general and on which I have not seen any major discussion.

The access to heterodox material is very expensive! The costs of books on the subject are higher than almost any other book on economics except for major volumes on specialized subjects or collections (I haven't done so, but I'm sure the distribution of the price of books with the words post Keynesian, Sraffian or Marxian is many times the price of a mainstream economics book or at least has a fatter right tail). Also, there are many books which are out of print (try and get a copy of Sraffa's Production of commodities by means of commodities and you will get an idea of the magnitude of the problem), but still have a valid copyright, and as such cannot be made available on free book collections on the web. Two major collections, which have tackled this problem in a very efficient way are the www.marxists.org website, which offers html/pdf/doc versions of many major and important (I'd guess "old") works by Marxists and others, and, the von Mises Institute, which also offers free html/pdf/doc versions of major works in the Austrian tradition. I think the von Mises Institute has done a magnificent job at spreading out the Austrian tradition (and could be worth imitating) by selling inexpensive printed versions of the texts (one can get ALL major woks by Hayek on the business cycle and capital in single volume for $30). Other heterodox economists ought to follow suit in making inexpensive books available for students, scholars, policy makers, and the general public. Publishing at Routledge, ME Sharpe and such can be good, because they are open to publish the subject and are famed publishing companies, but it comes at a huge cost for the disperision of heterodox ideas. Similarly, heterodox journals seem to be quite expensive. e.g. the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics costs over $110 (U.S. Individual Subscription Rate: $115.00, Foreign Individual Subscription Rate: $143.00) and there are no options for students, while mainstream journals like AER cost $70-98 (based on income)/students $35 (Econometrica Ordinary Member: Print + Online     90 ; Student Member: Print + Online     50; cheaper if only online version) receive more than one journal or access to other books/materials.

June 1, 2010

Ömer Özak, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Economics, Brown University

A Proposal for the History of Economics Society

By  E. Roy Weintraub, Professor of Economics, Duke University | June 21, 2010 | SHOE Mailing List

            At this stage in the life of our subdiscipline, the balance between articles and books in a scholar’s publishing career seems to have shifted somewhat in favor of articles.  Nevertheless, a number of books in the history of economics are published each year.  While many of these books are small or large revisions of doctoral dissertations for degrees from (primarily) in European universities, some of the books are scholars’ monographs which refocus an accumulated body of work, while others are done by more senior scholars with more tenure-leisure to undertake long term projects.

            The number of book publishers however is small.  In North America, several university presses will consider publications in the history of economics – Duke, Princeton, Chicago, Harvard, and Michigan come readily to mind.  In a different category are the larger presses with old university affiliations, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.  Large commercial publishers will occasionally publish a book in the history of economics for a large trade audience (like Wiley for Perry Mehrling’s book on Fischer Black).  Two commercial publishers have large lists in the history of economics and take on more publishing projects than any of the others, Routledge and Edward Elgar.  Their business model consists of placing their hard back volumes in libraries and generally forgoing sales to individual scholars.The difficulty and distinction of these commercial publishers is associated with the fact that their pricing structures are quite different from those of the other presses: books priced between $100-$200 U.S. are the rule, where these prices are roughly equivalent to a five year subscription to JHET or HOPE. 

        The object of publication by authors in the present academic environment is not only the advancement of knowledge, but also the prestige-benefit (there is of course hardly any pecuniary gain to the author) that accrues to the author for having published a book.  Most humanities departments in North American universities require a book to be published before tenure may be granted.  The stresses on humanities publishing are well known.  The history of economics, located generally in an institutional setting within departments of economics, presents different prestige-challenges.  As one who has served in various capacities on my own university’s committee on appointment, promotion and tenure, evaluating and reviewing cases from all units of a large research university (except for law and  clinical medicine), I am aware generally of how various academic units construct their internal standards for tenure, and promotion.  I have come to believe that in the future, as economics continues to regard itself as an article-based culture like the sciences, publishing books will become increasingly anomalous; economics faculty personnel committees will struggle to compare the “value” of a book with the “value” of articles.  The usual way in which these matters are addressed is to argue on the basis of merit and quality in the publication, and this generally results in a desire to see that books are published by “major” rather than “minor” publishers with the reputation of the publishers serving as a proxy for the quality of the book under discussion.  It is important to have a book contract or published book in a humanities and interpretative social science field, but it is perhaps more important to have a “good” publisher if one seeks tenure in a department of English.  Knowledge of which publishers are “good” in each field is learned as part of the socialization process that scholars in various disciplines engage.

            A difficulty in the history of economics community is that location in “good” book series is difficult because of the extremely small number of books in the history of economics published by, say, Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Chicago and MIT.  Oxford and Cambridge do a good job but they are publishers with, again, limited lists, or lists limited to one or two series at best.  Thus book publishing in the history of economics is increasingly done by the commercial publishers Elgar, Routledge, and to a lesser degree M.E. Sharp and Palgrave Macmillan.  Since those books are expensive, individuals have more difficulty purchasing such books, and so they are less likely to refer back to the book in their own work.  Impact factors, citation studies, Google Scholar “hits”, H-indices and so on require that, for larger scores, more individuals need to have access to the publications. Financially stressed libraries are increasingly unable to serve this need or perform this service.  Consequently those who publish must rely on book reviews, which are increasingly infrequent in mainstream economics journals (hence the growing importance of on-line reviews).

            I recently reviewed a book by a Nobel Laureate which was in effect self-published.  That scholar’s reputation will certainly sell copies and his own distribution will assure availability.  I do not know whether this volume is print on demand, but it might well be.  How is one to achieve reputational advantage if one publishes in a print-on-demand self-publishing operation using, say, Amazon as the distributor? If one has a Nobel Prize, one simply does it.  If one is a young scholar, it seems to be a rather hopeless task. Currently a young scholar’s book requires the imprimatur of a “good” press to insure that the book is a “serious” work.

            The foregoing considerations lead me to suggest, for the consideration of the History of Economics Society, the following scheme: The History of Economics Society, through a standing committee on book publishing, might solicit manuscripts for publication through a yet to be determined mode of producing books (e.g. perhaps books published on demand?). These books could be sold independently and individually through the use of Amazon, which would make it unnecessary to incur any warehousing, order fulfillment, or other distribution costs.  The function of the committee would be, simply, to provide a certain number of books per year with the label “A History of Economics Society Book”.  These books, with that label awarded competitively, would have a possible path to value-recognition of scholarship by institutions seeking an external valuator of quality.  The HES has a reputation of some significance, and its article and book prizes are very highly valued as honors for the recipient at the recipient’s home institution.  Pricing of these volumes would need to cover costs and could, under various different pricing structures, permit free copies to all members of HES, much as History of Political Economy includes a book (a supplementary issue) in each volume number, for the annual HOPE conferences. Alternatively, deep discounts to HES members could be achieved easily.  Some revenues might accrue to HES as well.

            This course of action is obviously but one idea to increase the visibility of scholars who write monographs in the history of economics, but it does so in a way that places the History of Economics Society itself in a highly visible position within the history of economics community.

Verse and Worst: Two Poetic Excesses in Economics

or, perhaps, Two Economic Excess in Poetry


S. Subramanian

Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India.

E-mail: subbu@mids.ac.in



[This verse’s rhyme and metre are, I believe, a recognizable plagiarism of T. S. Eliot’s ‘MaCavity: The Mystery Cat’, which appears in his collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It points to the ubiquity of ‘concavity’ in mainstream economic theory, extolling its virtues, and underlining its indispensability for the heroic task of doing mathematical economics. It may be added that, if needs must, this Anthem can also be sung - even tunefully, thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber. (Author’s Note)]


Concavity’s the pivotal point: it drives each Worldly Law –

It’s the reason why indifference curves fill us all with awe.

Micro, Macro, the lot of it, would be beyond repair,

And all of it a waste of time – if Concavity’s not there!


Concavity, Concavity, there’s nothing like Concavity,

You need it here, you need it there, you need it for Duality.

The dismal science is dismaller, quite stark and wholly bare,

Not worth a single, solitary dime – if Concavity’s not there!

No output curve that you can sketch, I dare and double dare,

Will the Law of Declining Returns fetch, if Concavity’s not there!


Concavity’s a handsome thing, a very distinguished curve.

A concave utility function has a typically sloping swerve,

Without which, I fear, we cannot say much

About prospects, bets and such,

Nor say of a person that she’s risk-averse

In accents brisk and terse.


Concavity, Concavity, there’s nothing like Concavity -

You can’t do without it when you measure inequality:

When you need something like the Gini, ’tis poorly you will fare

With a social welfare function in which Concavity’s not there!

With concave curves and convex sets and a result of Mangasarian,

You should be able to get somewhere with your intermediate Varian;

Failing which I rather fear you’ll have to tear your hair -

Which is the lot of the economist for whom CONCAVITY’S NOT THERE!



Being a Fragment of Verse Recently Discovered in the Ogden Nash Archives

[This is the only tragic poem, revolving around the profound sorrow that mistaken identities often bring in their wake, known to have been written by the late, great comic poet Ogden Nash.]


After wine and pickled mackerel,

One cannot always rightly tell

Which Nash is John

And which is Ron,

Or which is Ben

And which Ogden.

Of mixing up people in ways mistaken,

The chances, then, are nine on ten.

And so, at cocktail parties, oft,

Some one comes and whispers soft –

Some one in academia –

“John, I think I really deem ya

(Upon my mickled packerel)

To be Game Theory’s greatest swell.”

“Upon your crippled caramel”,

I tell Professor McNicknicholl

(Or whoever it is that has come along

And got it all completely wrong),

“I think you think I’m Nash the John,

You poor, misguided, sozzled don.

But John I’m not, who even when drowsy,

At math is hot, while myself am lousy.

No pedagogue is Nash the Og,

So get this through your ′holic fog:

He’s not to be

Mis-thought as me:

That Nash

Doesh equilibrash,

While thish Nash

Doesh poetic mish-mash.

To tell us apart

Is no great art:

Just grasp this detail –

The Prize Nobel

Is for John,

In Econ;

And ought to be

– Holy Mockerel! -

For me -

 In Doggerel.”