Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 160 March 03, 2014 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

Although I think that the Cambridge Journal of Economics (CJE) is surely a fine outlet for any paper, I have to confess I was a little bit surprised to see the already famous critique on Reinhart and Rogoff's argument regarding the relationship between public debt and growth (the "a public debt-to-GDP ratio of 90% is a red line”-argument) authored by Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash and Robert Pollin being published in the current issue of the CJE. This paper is not only famous, but also interesting and goes far beyond the "Excel-Gate"-aspect mainly featured in the media (you hopefully have seen Tom Herndon's report on his findings at Colbert's...); it's work of considerable scholarly value, since it corrects some past errors. However, my confusion stems from the fact the original papers by Reinhart and Rogoff were published in the NBER-series as well as in the Papers & Proceedings Issue of the American Economic Review (AER). So, why do I find this utterly important paper on the pages of the CJE and not in one of these two outlets?

Driven by intense curiosity I confronted Robert Pollin, the paper's corresponding author, with the question whether the paper has not been submitted to the AER, where the original article of Reinhart and Rogoff has appeared. He told me that "The AER turned down our paper. Their reason was that the original Reinhart/Rogoff paper was published in their Papers and Proceedings issue of the AER, not in their issues in which papers are refereed. They said they have a strict policy of not publishing responses to the papers from their papers and proceedings issue."

I think this episode is exemplary for the academic standards established in current economics. In this case of "rigorous editing" the element of “rigor” is, as in so many other branches of mainstream economic thinking, expressed by “rigorously following conventions”. While “rigor” is often alluded to in economic research seminars, such a kind of conventionalist rigorism trumps critical attitude and hinders the search for true or reliable answers to economic questions. However, while this case is sad as well as amusing, there is no actual news-value here. As we have already been told in 1898: “The standpoint of classical (and current, if I might add) economists […] may not inaptly be called the standpoint of ceremonial adequacy.” (T.B. Veblen)

All the Best!


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Call for Papers

SCEME Seminar in Economic Methodology: "Methodology of Economics and the Natural Environment" (Bristol, 2014)

15-16 May, 2014 | University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

The Scottish Centre for Economic Methodology (SCEME) in association with the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol would like to invite proposals for contributions to the nineteenth seminar in a series on the methodology of economics. We are very pleased to be able to announce that Clive Spash, Professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business, will attend as guest speaker to lead the discussion.


Climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion remain urgent areas of concern for human society. Economists, policy makers and other interest groups wrestle with how these current threats can be addressed using economic tools, or bearing in mind their economic impacts. Currently the field of economics relating to the environment is amongst the most diverse and dynamic within the discipline.

It also crosses disciplinary boundaries. Thus it is a fascinating area of economics, albeit one which some find quite frustrating. The purpose of this seminar is to reflect on the methodology of economics and the role of methodological analysis itself, in light of the multi-faceted ecological crisis. Seminar contributions are welcome from any perspective shedding light on economic methodology relating to the environment. We encourage submissions of full papers, which, once accepted, will be considered for inclusion in the published workshop proceedings, but will equally consider other contributions such as presentation of work-in-progress, or an extended discussion of a recent monograph bearing on the topic. We welcome submissions from all relevant disciplines.


The one and a half-day seminar will take place in a small informal setting with a workshop character, and PhD students are particularly welcome to submit proposals or otherwise participate in the discussion. The attendance fee (which includes lunch and teas/coffees) will be in the order of £ 50 (£30 for postgraduates).

Submit a proposal:

Proposals should take the form of a one-page outline of the intended contribution, and should be sent, preferably by e-mail, by 4th March 2014, to

Andrew Mearman
Bristol Business School
University of the West of England
Bristol, BS16 1QY

More information is available here.

There will be a link to the registration form from the website with the final programme in late March.

The deadline for registrations will be Thursday 1st May 2014.

11th International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy: "Finance and the Macroeconomics of Environmental Policies" (Bilbao, 2014)

26-27 June, 2014 | University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain

The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of Cambridge, are organizing the 11th International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), the days 26th and 27th of June 2014.

Although papers are solicited in all areas of economics, there will be a Plenary Session with Invited Speakers about “Finance and the Macroeconomics of Environmental Policies”. Besides this Special Session, there will be another Plenary Session, with Professor Robert Boyer (Institute des Amériques) delivering a Keynote Speech about The European Union Facing the Next Development Mode. Suggestions for Organized Sessions are encouraged. An Organized Session is one session constructed in its entirety by a Session Organizer and submitted to the conference organizers as a complete package. A proposal of an Organized Session must include the following information:

  1. Title of the session, name and affiliation of the session organizer, name and affiliation of the person who will chair the session (if different than the organizer)
  2. Titles of the papers (3-4 papers), and name, affiliation and contact information of the authors.

Besides Plenary, Organized and Normal Parallel sessions, there will also be Graduate Student Sessions. In these sessions students making a MSc or a PhD programme can present their research and discuss that of other students. Graduate Students will pay a lower conference fee.

The deadline to submit Papers and ‘Organized Sessions’ is 25th May 2014.

The Journal Panoeconomicus will publish a special issue with papers presented at the conference. Papers of high quality will be considered for this special issue. All submitted papers will be considered for this issue. The selection of the papers will be made by the Scientific Committee of the Conference. The final decision about the publication will be subject to a process of anonymous evaluation.

For more information, you can contact with Jesus Ferreiro or visit the conference website.

Annual Conference in Political Economy of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy on The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives (Naples, 2014)

16-18 September, 2014 | Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy

The economic crisis that started in 2007 has become the deepest global contraction since the Great Depression, and the economic recovery has been the slowest and weakest on record. The costs of the crisis include a wave of unemployment that may take another decade or longer to clear, and higher taxes and reduced public services for working people, such as healthcare and education, in order to bail out wealthy bankers and bondholders. A whole generation, especially the youth, has been blighted by the crisis, which has had devastating consequences for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Protests and violent conflicts have flared up on several continents, in particular in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which may develop into larger-scale conflicts.

From the viewpoint of political economy, the current strategy of ‘adjustment within neoliberalism’ is economically inconsistent, socially dysfunctional and politically intolerable:

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy will examine the global crisis from the complementary angles of scholarship, policies, conflicts and alternatives. Papers on all aspects of poitical economy are welcome, while those on these topics are especially encouraged.

Practical Information

IIPPE welcomes the submission of (a) proposals for panels (or streams of panels) and (b) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels).

All proposals can be submitted to either the Working Group coordinators or directly to the Conference Programme Committee, as indicated on the application form (see below). Any papers or panels which cannot be accepted by the Working Groups will be forwarded for further consideration by the Programme Committee, without prejudice.

Each proposal must be submitted through this application form (if your browser has problems with this link, please contact Niels Hahn).

Note that an individual can normally only present only one paper at the conference, although multiple co-authorship is allowed. Please contact Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu) if there is a pressing case for someone to present more than once. On the Conference Programme only the designated presenter will be listed, and co-authors will only be listed on those papers submitted and posted on the IIPPE site.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014. Successful submissions will be confirmed by 1 May 2014. The deadline for registration for the Conference is 15 May 2014. The deadline for the submission of full papers, which will be posted on the IIPPE website, is 1 September 2014.

If you have any questions concerning your submission, please contact Al Campbell.

Annual Workshop on Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents (Tianjin, 2014)

17-19 June, 2014 | Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

Aims and Scope

The 19th Workshop on Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents (WEHIA 2014) offers an opportunity to present the latest research on various aspects of the economy as a complex system made up of multiple heterogeneous interacting agents. Research from different domains, at the crossing of various disciplines – economics, psychology, sociology, computer sciences, engineering, physics - are useful for developing more satisfactory approaches to (macro) econometrics and (macro) economic theory. These approaches have already brought some improvement in the understanding of problems facing the world economy, such as the financial crisis, segregation, unemployment and poverty, and the need for sustainable development. The workshop aims to make progress in understanding and solving them.


The workshop topics will cover research in all areas relating to models of interacting agents, either theoretical or empirical. Topics comprise, but are not limited to:


Contributions should be in the form of extended abstracts (minimum2 pages) or completed manuscripts and should be submitted through the EasyChair Conference System. February 28, 2014 is the deadline for submission of completed manuscripts or extended abstracts. The Scientific Committee will evaluate all submissions and decide on acceptance before March 31, 2014.

Important Dates

Registration Fee

Fees cover access to all sessions, conference material, lunches, suppers, coffee breaks, and one-year membership fee of ESHIA, including a one year subscription to the Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination.

WEHIA PhD School

A PhD School will be held prior to the WEHIA 2014 workshop, from June 14th to June 16th. It will be organized as a three-day Summer School on WEHIA-related topics. The PhD School will be free of charge for registered participants of the WEHIA 2014 workshop. The number of seats available is limited and participants will be admitted on the basis of CVs and recommendation letters. Intended applicants should send their applications, each with CV and a recommendation letter, to wehia@tju.edu.cn.

Keynote Speakers


WEHIA 2014 will be held at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. Address: No.92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin, China 300072


via email: wehia@tju.edu.cn

IIPPE Financialisation Working Group Calls for Papers (Naples, 2014)

16-18 September, 2013 | Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy

Over the last three decades developed and developing economies have gone through significant structural transformations under the ever increasing influence of finance. In critical political economy, the resultant mode of accumulation, and its corresponding social effects, have been analysed under the heading of financialisation and neoliberalism. Whether the financial crisis that started in 2008 was the end or only an interruption to financialisation and/or neoliberalism, its costs are still borne by governments and the general public.

The International Initiative of Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE) organises its Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy. The conference will be held at Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy, from 16 to 18 September, 2013 and the theme of the conference is “The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives”.

The IIPPE Financialisation Working Group intends to coordinate panels exploring the implications of financialisation on different aspects of the current crises. In our capacity as convenors of the IIPPE Working Group on Financialisation, we would like to encourage you to submit proposals for individual papers or complete panel to the Working Group for consideration for the Fourth International Conference in Political Economy. In accordance with the general call for papers, contributions could include, but are not limited to:

We would particularly like to encourage the submission of panel proposals (2-4 presentations). Panels, which collectively present the work of institutions or other academic groups, provide an excellent opportunity to showcase work in a greater depth than is possible in single presentations. It is further hoped that the conference will provide an opportunity to deepen links between groups working on finance from a critical perspective.

Abstracts of individual papers (max. 500 words) or panel proposals (max. 500 words plus abstracts of the individual papers) should be submitted to Serdar Sengul by 17th March 2014.

International Conference of the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE): "State, Natural Resources and Conflict: Actors and Dynamics" (Maputo, 2014)

27-28 August, 2014 | Maputo, Mozambique

As is happening in other African countries, the dynamics of State building in Mozambique has been marked by the centrality of processes of economic growth and accumulation based on close ties between emerging national capital and multinational capital, particularly organised around the control, appropriation and exploitation of natural resources and of the rents that derive from their exploitation. The large volume of foreign direct investment, in association with national capital and public finance, is reflected in noteworthy economic growth and growth in exports of primary goods, but has had practically no effect on reducing the poverty and vulnerability that characterise a large part of the population, and on diversifying and articulating the productive base. It is in this context that it is intended to discuss the State as a field and instrument of political struggle and of the exercise of power

Three main lines of analysis are proposed for the submission of papers relevant to the Mozambican case (even if not necessarily about Mozambique):

  1. The relationships of various social groups with the State and among themselves (through the State) in the economic, social and political construction and contestation of society
  2. Political and social institutions and processes in the context of the alliances, hegemonies and conflicts which characterise the relationship between the various social actors
  3. The options, dilemmas, contradictions and paradoxes of the construction of extractive economies in contexts of global financialisation and its implications for State building, public policies and the development of collective debate and political action.

Papers will be particularly prioritised which deal with the following themes:

Researchers interested in presenting papers to the conference are invited to send a summary of their themes (in Portuguese or in English) in no more than 750 words to the address: conferencia4@iese.ac.mz.

The summary should indicate, in addition to the theme and the problematic, the institutional position of the candidate and his/her contacts. Proposals may be individual or collective. All the proposals will be considered and submitted to a jury for selection. The themes should be relevant to Mozambique, even though they may have a generic theoretical or methodological focus or may be based on case studies of other countries. The approved papers will be published on the IESE website, in the IESE collection of “conference papers”, and some may later be chosen for publication in a book. For any additional information, please contact IESE at the address: conferencia4@iese.ac.mz.

Important deadlines to be taken into consideration:

More information on the IESE website.

Japan Society of Political Economy Annual Conference: "Political Economy Now - Challenges to the Orthodoxy" (Osaka, 2014)

25-26 October, 2014 | Hannan University, Osaka, Japan

The Japan Society of Political Economy (JSPE) is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study, development, and application of political economy to social problems. It has been the largest organization of heterodox economists in Japan since its founding in 1959. Its annual meetings have provided important occasions for debate among diverse points of view. For more information about the organization, see its homepage. Hannan University is located in the South East side of Osaka. It is very convenient to visit Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Link to a map here.

This year’s plenary sessions will cover such topics as:

Japan has been an important laboratory for developing and debating ideas about capitalism and its dynamics. On the one hand, Japan has given rise to several distinct strands of Marxian political economy. Kozo Uno developed an approach to understanding capitalism (and appropriating Marx’s ideas) that contains three levels of analysis: an abstract theory of capitalism in its most fundamental incarnation; the stage theory of capitalist development; and empirical-historical analysis of capitalism. In the 1960s a large number of Marxian economists worked on the theories of monopoly capital and state monopoly capitalism, as well as business cycle and growth theory under monopoly capital. Nobuo Okishio's works on the theory of value and price and his discussion on the law of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall started the mathematical approach to Marxian economics in Japan

On the other hand, many political economists in Japan have chosen to work with diverse approaches to political economy. Old and new Institutional Economics were embraced, and then developed in Japan. For example, Kaisha-ism was proposed to understand the postwar Japanese economy and the Japanese corporate system; comparative institutional analysis analyzed institutional diversity and various economic systems. Facing the end of high growth era of Japanese economy, some Japanese political economists paid attention to the Régulation Theory, the Social Structure of Accumulation Theory, and Evolutionary Economics as a new framework of political economy in the 1980s. The study of Japanese capitalism based on Régulation Theory produced original analysis with such concepts as “the company-ist mode of regulation” and “the hierarchical market-firm nexus” in the 1980s and 90s.

The JSPE invites proposals for the English sessions in the following categories.

  1. Topics relating to the plenary session such as:
  2. All proposals reflecting the tradition and analytical perspective of JSPE which include

Submission Procedures and the Deadline:

Proposals should reach the JSPE via mail to: Jspecice@jspe.gr.jp by 19 May 2014 at the latest.

When submitting your proposal, please include:

  1. The title of proposed paper (and, if applicable, the category of the session)
  2. Name and academic affiliation
  3. E-mail and postal address
  4. An abstract (up to 400 words)

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30 June.

Cost: Attendants will pay their conference fee (6000 yen per person including the conference dinner), as well as their own transportation, accommodation and other personal expenses.

Application for membership: If you live in Japan, please apply here for the membership.

Contact: Prof. Nobuharu Yokokawa (Chairman of the JSPE International Committee)
Postal Address: c/o Prof. Hiroshi Nishi, Faculty of Economics, Hannan University, 5-4-33 Amami Higashi, Matsubara, Osaka, 580-8502, Japan
Tel: +81(0) 72-332-1224

Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence Graduate Conference on “Beyond Core-Periphery? The European Crisis and Influence in World Political Economy” (Manchester, 2014)

9 June, 2014 | University of Manchester, UK

The School of Social Science’s Global Political Economy Cluster is pleased to announce the call for papers for the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence graduate conference. This year’s conference will be held on June 9th, 2014 at the University of Manchester.

This year’s conference is entitled “Beyond Core-Periphery? The European Crisis and Influence in World Political Economy.” Its main objective is to create a dialogue around the validity of “core-periphery” demarcation in order to understand the current European integration crisis and the European role in the World economy. Core-periphery taxonomy of European national economies has featured prominently in academic and public discourse since the 2008 financial crisis. “Peripheral” governments have suffered from financial attacks and large budget deficits have endangered their sustainability. Further, austerity measures imposed by the Troika predominantly after the baking sector’s bailout have generated a “beggar thy neighbour” spiral, thrusting unemployment rates and economic instability for millions. Conversely, “core” countries who have implemented austerity measures from within are experiencing relatively positive rates of economic growth, employment and current account surpluses. Financialization and capital accumulation dynamics have not impacted European countries and sectors uniformly. Meanwhile, the World political economy of developing countries has experienced significant changes throughout the last decades. The hegemonic role played by Western Economies has been challenged by the rapid growth of developing economies, specially the BRICs and the MINTs, not to mention the EU’s involvement in Africa. Europe’s position as a world motor economy has languished and countries and industrial sectors within the European Union and Eurozone are shifting in order to find their own strategic position in the Globalization process. Suggested topics for presentations and papers

This one day conference will be broken down into three panel discussions and a round table. Academics, activists and doctoral students are encouraged to submit a 300 word abstract for papers by March 21st 2014. The following is a selection of suggested topics (Please note that this is simply a guide):


A partial or total amount of travelling expenses may be refunded by the Manchester Jean Monet Centre of Excellence.

Political Perspectives

Following this conference a selection of the best papers will form a special edition of Political Perspectives, the University of Manchester’s peer-reviewed electronic journal, which publishes postgraduate research in the field of politics (multidisciplinary analysis are also encouraged).

For further information please visit our website.

Please send the 250-300 word abstract to Jon Las Heras or Simon Chin-Yee by March 21st 2014.

Joint URPE/IAFFE Panels Call for Papers at the ASSA meetings (Boston, 2015)

3-5 January, 2015 | Boston, US

Once again, URPE (Union of Radical Political Economics) and IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics) plan to co-sponsor up to three sessions at the ASSA annual meeting in 2014. I will be coordinating these for IAFFE and working closely with URPE program coordinators for the ASSAs (Fred Moseley and Laurie Nisonoff) and IAFFE program coordinator (and president-elect) Alicia Giron.

I welcome proposals on feminist and radical political economic theory and applied analysis. The number of panels allocated to heterodox organizations is very limited. The joint IAFFE/URPE panels are allocated to URPE. Please note that anyone who presents a paper must be a member of URPE or IAFFE at the time of submission of the paper or panel proposal. Preference will be given to presenters who are members of both organizations.

Proposals for individual papers should include the title and an abstract (100 words). A longer depiction of the paper (include methods used) is desired, but not required. I will also need name, institutional affiliation, phone, email, and membership status in URPE and IAFFE for all authors. Please send your paper proposal and all requested information to randy.albelda@umb.edu.

Proposals for complete sessions are also possible. If you want to propose a panel, please contact me, Randy Albelda, at randy.albelda@umb.edu.

If you are interested in/willing to be a chair or discussant, please let me know.

The deadline for proposed papers for joint URPE/IAFFE panels is April 1, 2014.

Contact urpe@labornet.org or 413-577-0806 for URPE membership. Contact iaffe.org for IAFFE membership information. We will confirm membership prior to accepting proposals and URPE reserves the right to cancel panels in which any members (besides chairs or discussants) are not URPE or IAFFE members.

You should receive word from me if your paper/session is accepted by mid-June. Please note that the date, time, and location of sessions are assigned by ASSA in the summer, not URPE or IAFFE. You are expected to have a paper prepared and provided to all members of your panel in early December.

Journal of Australian Political Economy: Special Issue on "The Nature of Heterodox Economics, Its Current State and Future Possibilities "

Link to the Call for Papers.

Polanyi-Hayek Workshop on “Questioning the Utopian Springs of Market Economy” (Sydney, 2014)

In liaison with my colleagues Martijn Konings and Damien Cahill at the University of Sydney, I am involved in organizing a forthcoming workshop to be held at Sydney entitled “Questioning the Utopian Springs of Market Economy”, scheduled for 15-16 August 2014 (poster attached).

Further details on the workshop are available here. At that link you will find that the following are secured in giving plenaries at the workshop with funding from the Department of Political Economy and the Department of Sociology as well as the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. The plenary speakers are:

Currently, the call for papers is still very much open. I have submissions from academics based in Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Florence, Marmara/Turkey, Sussex, and Wollongong. With the plenaries coming from the US and UK this will be a truly international event. The plan is to publish a journal special issue from a selection of the papers.

There is still time to submit a paper for the event if interested parties drop me, Adam Morton, a message. The workshop committee is meeting towards the end of March to finalise the programme.

Portuguese Economic Journal meeting: "Banking, fragility and regulation" (Braga, 2014)

4-5 July, 2014 | University of Minha, Braga, Portugal

We invite researchers, irrespective of their institutional or geographical affiliation, to submit theoretical, applied, or policy-oriented research papers on any field in economics to our meeting.

This is the eighth meeting of the Portuguese Economic Journal. It is hosted by the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho (Escola de Economia e Gestão, Universidade do Minho) and organized by NIPE — Economic Policies Research Unit.

The Keynote Lecture: Banking, fragility and regulation by Xavier Vives (IESE Business School)

More information on the Portuguese Economic Journal website.

Important dates

Submission guidelines

These and other instructions are available here.


All matters related to submissions and papers will be handled by the program chair, Odd Straume (o.r.straume@eeg.uminho.pt).

The Group for Study and Research on Labor International Conference on "Labor Theory of Value and Social Sciences" (Brasilia, 2014)

16-17 October 2014 | University of Brasilia, Brazil

The 2nd International Conference On “Labor Theory of Value and Social Sciences” will be held at the University of Brasilia from 16th to 17th October 2014. This conference is organized by the Group for Study and Research on Labor - GEPT/UnB. The conference will host sessions on the following themes:

Guideline for Submissions:

Proposals for papers in the form of extended abstracts should be about 400 words, in Portuguese, Spanish or English. The proposal should include i) Paper’s title; ii) Author(s)’ name and affiliation; iii) Three key-words; and iv) Author(s)’ contact information: mail address, country of residence, telephones and email.

The final version of selected papers must be written in Microsoft Office Word, restricted to a maximum of 8,000 words. The final version should include i) Paper’s title; ii) a 150-word abstract; iii) Author(s)’ name and affiliation; iv) Three key-words; and v) Author(s)’ email.


Contact email: unb.gept@gmail.com

All information concerning the Conference and the submission process are available here.

The Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative PhD student workshop (Lausanne, 2014)

27-28 May, 2014 | University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) will host a Ph.D. student workshop at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 27-28, 2014. The workshop is being organized in partnership with the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET), whose annual conference will take place on May 29-31.

The workshop will consist of mini-courses covering topics and methods that are overlooked in the conventional economics curriculum. It also will feature student presentation sessions, which will give Ph.D. candidates the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a collaborative environment. Moreover, the Institute will invite the participants to lunch and dinner, providing ample time for social interaction with students and teachers.


The Institute for New Economic Thinking will offer two mini-courses, of which participants will be able to choose one.

  1. Austrian Economics in Transition
    Harald Hagemann, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart
    Discusses Hayek, Schumpeter, and the Austrian School during the interwar period. Course description.

  2. The Cambridge (UK) Economists
    Maria Cristina Marcuzzo, University of Rome
    Discusses the content, method, and style of the Cambridge tradition of economics. Course description.

Select participants will be given the opportunity to present their research, be it a completed dissertation chapter or work in progress, on any topic. Presenting is voluntary. Applicants shall enter the title and abstract in the registration form and submit the complete version to the Institute no later than May 1, 2014. Presenters will be assigned as respondents to other students’ papers

Travel and Accommodations

Workshop participation is free. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.

ESHET provides information about hotels in Lausanne and the opportunity to book a room on the conference website.

The Lausanne Youth Hostel and the Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker offer student budget-friendly options. Workshop participants seeking roommates should indicate this on the registration form and will be matched with fellow participants.

Who Can Register and How?

Participants should be enrolled in a PhD program in economics or a related field. Postdocs, assistant professors, and qualified masters students are also welcome.

Completing this webform before March 15, 2014, guarantees a spot. Remaining spots will be allocated based on availability.

If you have any questions, please contact workshops@ineteconomics.org.

The Labor and Employment Relations Association calls for Symposia Proposals at the ASSA meetings (Boston, 2015)

3-5 January, 2015 | Boston, US

In an era of resurgent inequality, long-term unemployment, and widespread low-wage work, the LERA Program Committee welcomes proposals for stimulating, creative, and controversial panels related to this theme. We also welcome proposals that deal with labor, labor markets, labor and employment relations, inequality, economic justice, technology and work organization, human resource studies, management practices including work-life balance, and industry studies as well as topics, as well as topics of current interest or related more generally to the mission of LERA. We encourage submissions from the perspectives of multiple disciplines – including but not limited to economics, sociology, political science, labor and employment law, industrial relations, and human resource studies – and the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including investors, managers, workers and unions.

The Program Committee recommends a maximum of seven (7) participants in your session, including chair, 4 presenters, and discussant(s) to allow time for questions from the audience. Those wishing to submit papers rather than sessions may do so, but please note that preference will be given to entire panel proposals, and that you will be asked to furnish the name of someone who would be qualified and willing to act a discussant in your research area.

Session organizers are encouraged to include participants representative of the Association’s membership if possible. Proposed sessions that include both labor and management viewpoints and include participants with diverse institutional and geographic backgrounds will be favored. The overall program should reflect the balanced perspectives of our membership.

Papers presented in LERA symposia at the 2015 ASSA/AEA Annual Meeting in Boston will be invited to be published in the LERA Proceedings. To submit an online proposal, visit the LERA website at the Participate/LERA Meetings. To give the program committee an understanding of the proposed panel, we request that symposia organizers provide:

  1. Symposium title
  2. brief abstract or description of session
  3. listing of session participants/affiliations, either confirmed or invited, and their role in the session
  4. Paper titles and brief paper abstract for all papers to be presented in the session.

Those wishing to submit single papers rather than sessions are welcome to submit those as well, and details can be found online at the page listed above. Younger academics and researchers engaged in applied research are also specially encouraged to submit. Proposals must be submitted or reach the LERA Office (submitted through an electronic form on the website) no later than March 8, 2014.

Contact LERAoffice@illinois.edu with questions. Visit the LERA website for complete information about our Proceedings and submission requirements.

The Third Midterm Conference of the European Political Sociology Research Network of ESA on Europe’s Global Challenges: Society, Politics, Markets (Copenhagen, 2014)

28-29 November, 2014 | University of Copenhagen, Denmark

EuroChallenge and the University of Copenhagen are hosting The Third Midterm Conference of the European Political Sociology Research Network (RN32) of ESA (European Sociological Association).

Conference Topic:

Europe finds itself in a time of turmoil and crisis. This conference will provide a platform for discussing the internal crisis of the project of European integration in relation to the global challenges, which European societies are currently facing. We wish to examine the role of political sociology as a discipline that can enhance the understanding of ever more complex relationships between (nation) states, supranational institutions and (trans)national society. We also wish to develop a more thorough understanding of the consequences of crises for state-society relations in a comparative perspective and in relation to the project of European integration.

The first transformations that concern European political sociology are Europe’s own internal crises. Western societies in general and European societies (including Eastern Europe) in particular have seen their growth models stall and, in some cases, fall into decline. Europe as a whole faces a serious social and demographic challenges. The question of how to ‘govern’ these internal challenges poses a series of near-intractable political, social and cultural problems. These include the rise of populist and neo-nationalist political parties, the growing hostility to immigration, the sustainability of our welfare systems, and the politicised struggles over distribution, gender and collective identification within the European political space. The second transformation that concerns European political sociology is the changing premises of globalisation. The moment of crisis is connected to the fact that the west’s leadership across a range of domains – political, legal, cultural, normative – seems to be in serious decline. The premise of ‘globalisation’ has been that the progressive spread of market society and economic liberal policies through the promotion of free trade, capital mobility and the removal of other barriers to transactions across borders would not only deliver absolute positive-sum gains across the world economy, but also facilitate the global spread of human rights and liberal democracy. The shift away from globalisation leads to a return of political and economic nationalism, regionalism and localism and a new cultural particularism. Similarly, in the areas of normative politics – human rights, democracy, equality and diversity – Europe is facing severe problems maintaining its position as a key producer of ‘universals’. While still universalist in aspiration, central notions such as ‘civic rights’ ‘citizenship’ and ‘social equality’ are currently under heavily contested by new political actors and movements that stretch beyond the European political space.

The negotiation of the relationship between (a) the EU’s internal crisis and (b) Europe’s responses to global challenges raises fundamental questions about the direction, dynamics, legitimacy and future viability of the European project. Here the question of how the dynamics of globalisation and Europe’s global challenges are dealt with at the meso-level (‘Europe of the Nations’, ‘Europe of the regions’) and micro-level (‘Europe of the suburbs’) is pivotal.

The Third European Political Sociology Midterm Conference will be organized around three sub-sections:

  1. Subsection 1: The European Socio-cultural Space and the New Global Order

    Here we invite contributions dealing with political culture, media and the public sphere in a trans-nationalising context. How can we capture the socio-cultural and identity cleavages in relation to ongoing political struggles and the challenges to the welfare state? How do reactions to crisis heighten media attention and give salience to ethnic, cultural and gender cleavages in Europe? How does the confrontation with the present crisis contribute to the reconfiguration of social and cultural spaces facilitating or inhibiting transcultural encounters and exchange of understandings? How are issues of welfare chauvinism connected to fears of a ‘demographic winter’ among the diverse polities in Europe.

  2. Subsection 2: The European Legal-Politico Space and the New Global Order

    Here, we invite contributions dealing with the current contestation and reconfiguration of political order and its legitimacy. How effectively, given the scale of the EU’s own crisis, can EU institutions manage the intra-European effects of this new global configuration? In what ways, to what extent and with what political, legal and social instruments are European and domestic (national, regional and local) policy-makers and citizens contesting political and economic choices in the shifting global configuration? From a classical political sociology perspective, we wish to examine the transformations of European leadership and the elites in the enlarged Europe in a global context. How does the erosion of citizen trust affect the constitution of social and political authority and leadership in Europe? How do the claims of new groups and rules of representation transform the roles of elites in Europe? From the perspective of democracy and rights, we wish to ask what role is played by the forms of active citizenship (resilience strategies, social movements, etc.) in this context? How are law, political rights, citizenship and democracy redefined in this process of contestation of the contours of political order? How are global problems administrated by urban and regional governance and how are they perceived subjectively in processes of political representation? How are these options accounted for from an intersectional perspective considering systems of class, ethnicity/race, gender and sexuality?

  3. Subsection 3: The European Market Space and the New Global Order

    Here we look for contributions dealing with a political economy of Europe in times of crisis. What is the scale of the challenges posed to Europe by the shifting global configuration? How do European policy-makers and institutions conceptualise the changing global economic and political order, and how is the place and role of ‘Europe’ understood in the context of that order? How are fundamental dilemmas (‘market versus democracy’ and ‘competitiveness versus cohesion’) conceived and related to policy formulation at the EU level in this context? How are these options accounted for from an intersectional perspective (the interplay between class, ethnicity/race, gender, and sexuality) in the wider context of the ‘rush to the bottom’ as part of the continuous striving for economic competitiveness, both internally among various European polities, but also externally between European countries and the rest of the world ? How do cities or regions facts of the crisis and what are the territorial economical dimensions of globalisation?


Submission of Papers and Panel Proposals

Participants are requested to apply directly to one of the three sections. Panel proposals should include at least three abstracts (max. 200 words).

Deadline: Paper abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted online no later than Monday 31 March 2014. Submitters of accepted abstracts will be informed in the beginning of April 2014.

Enquiries should be directed to Research Coordinator at EuroChallenge Majka Holm.

Link to the full Call for Papers here and the link for paper submissions here.

Call for Participants

15th Trento Summer School: "Intensive Course on Financial Crises"

In 2014, the Summer School returns to the subject of financial crises and their long-lasting legacy of problems. The recent debt crisis has put macroeconomics in disarray. The course will put the crisis into a broader context by reviewing the history of financial crises, by analyzing how existing theories need to be adapted or revised to provide a better understanding of crises of this nature and by discussing how macro-policies and financial regulation might be changed.

This is the fifteenth of a series of intensive courses to be offered by the Cognitive Experimental Economics Laboratory (CEEL) with the financial support of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

More information available here.

LSE Conference: Towards a sustainable financial system (London, 2014)

21 March, 2014 | LSE campus, London, UK

Time: 9.00am - 7.15pm followed by a reception
Venue: LSE campus, venue details will be confirmed to ticket holders

Organising Committee: Ulf Dahlsten (Lead Organiser, CPNSS), Jon Danielsson (SRC), Roman Friggs (CPNSS) and Jean-Pierre Zigrand (SRC)

Keynote speakers:

Other speakers will include: Jon Danielsson (LSE), Ulf Dahlsten (Research Associate, LSE), Luca Fantacci (Bocconi University), Lars Jonung (University of Lund), Sheri Markose (University of Essex), Adair Turner (Institute for New Economic Thinking), Alan Wheatley (Editor, the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum), Yongding Yu (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Jean-Pierre Zigrand (LSE).


Prior registration is necessary. Please take a look at the event programme to familiarise yourself with the available sessions, before completing the online registration form here.

Please contact src@lse.ac.uk for any enquiries

More information here.

Job Postings

Autonomous University of Social Movements, US

The Autonomous University of Social Movements has one (1) job opening for a professor/community organizer to begin as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

The job requires a flexible, self-starting, multi-skilled person who can work in a collective. The professor/community organizer will be expected to support all aspects of the community organizing work in the Centro Autonomo. Responsibilities specific to teaching include:

The job is based in Chicago at the Centro Autonomo de Albany Park, with travel to Mexico required on average 4 to 5 months per year. Starting salary is $25,000 with an increase to $30,000 after six months, plus a health insurance stipend and five weeks of paid vacation per year. Compensation is the same for all staff. Compensation levels reflect an effort to maintain working class values and are commensurate with typical earnings of other barrio residents. Interested candidates should forward a resume and writing sample (something less than 5 pages that will give us an idea of your commitment to anti-capitalist community organizing) to MSN@MexicoSolidarity.org.

The Centro Autonomo de Albany Park is a community center in an immigrant barrio on the north side of Chicago. The work of the Centro is focused on education (adult bilingual high school, ESL classes, gender workshops, computer classes), housing (foreclosure defense, housing occupations, Community Land Trust), labor (women’s house cleaning coop), and health (developing community health program). The Centro Autonomo is part of a larger project that includes the Mexico Solidarity Network (solidarity with social movements in Mexico) and the Autonomous University of Social Movements (two-year master’s program in community organizing, study abroad program focused on the theory, practice and context of Mexican social movements).

For more information, please see our website or call 773-583-7728. The position will be filled as soon as possible.

Cerritos Community College, US

This job opening is for a full time-tenure track professor of Economics in Cerritos Community College, Norwalk, CA. The Economics department is one of fifteen departments within the Business and Humanities Social Sciences division, the largest division in Cerritos College.

The department offers transferable courses for economics, business, ac- counting and other related majors. Aside from offering an Associate Degree in economics, the depart- ment provides a variety of courses that stimulate student interest in the discipline and takes pride in the quality and clarity of instruction. The broad aim of the department is to render the subject relevant to the everyday lives of the diverse student body. Successful candidate will use creative teaching strategies to teach the following courses at the community college level: Principles of Macroeconom- ics, Principles of Microeconomics, Economic Policy and Issues, Women in the Global Economy, and Money, Ethics and Economic Justice. Furthermore a successful candidate will assess and analyze student performance and participate in curriculum development.

For more information, please visit this website or contact: Solomon Namala. Telephone: (562) 860-2451 x2284.

Hamilton College, US

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
AF Any Field

The Economics Department at Hamilton College invites applications for at least one visiting position for the 2014-2015 academic year. We are looking for strong teachers who will be able to add to our curriculum. The teaching load in the department is 5 courses per year. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Economics or expect to complete all requirements by Fall 2014.

Applicants should send vita, three letters of recommendation, documentation of teaching effectiveness, research sample, and graduate transcript (unofficial or official), addressed to Prof. Stephen Wu, Economics Department, Hamilton College, via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Hamilton College is a residential liberal arts college located in upstate New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find other Hamilton and nearby academic job listings here. Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community. Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Sarah Lawrence College, US

Sarah Lawrence College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the social sciences division beginning in Fall 2014. We seek a scholar whose research and teaching interests are focused on intersections between public policy and social justice. Specific areas of interest may include civil rights or international law and human rights, law and society, or inequality and social policy. Preferred areas include children, housing, education, environmental justice, or urban studies. Candidates should have a passion for undergraduate teaching, with an interest in connecting students’ academic and intellectual pursuits to community-based learning or public engagement.

A PhD completed by the time of appointment in one of the social sciences or a related discipline is required, and experience working in public engagement or with community-based organizations is preferred. The successful candidate will hold The Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy; this Term Chair honors Ms. Woodward (class of 1990) and her social commitment and concern with public issues. The position comes with the possibility of an early tenure review if the successful candidate’s credentials so merit.

The application should include the following: cover letter including a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, curriculum vitae, course descriptions and syllabi for two proposed courses, a sample of scholarly writing, graduate transcript(s) and three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2014. To apply for the position, please go here.

Sarah Lawrence College is a small liberal arts college with a unique pedagogy based on small classes and individual tutorials. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our website. SLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to achieving a racially and culturally diverse community.

University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne offers two positions of Assistant Professor, to be affiliated with the research centre PHARE (Philosophy, History and Analysis of Economic Representations – FRE 3643, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and CNRS).

PHARE has just been officially recognized by the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and draws together researchers from economics, philosophy and economic history who share the same interest in economic thought and the same historical approach (see here).

University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is a prestigious university, located in the centre of Paris, with a large size economics department which plays a central role in the formation of economists and resarchers in France.

The first position is in economics, which means the successful applicant will teach economics (mostly in French). It is open to applicants from history of economics and/or economic philosophy, whose areas of research relate to one of the three below:

Link to a detailed job-description here.

The second position is in English and Economics, which means the successful applicant will teach in English, in the English Department of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. It is is open to applicants whose areas of research relates to PHARE areas.

Link to a detailed job-description here.

University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is also offering two additional Assistant professor and 4 Full professor in economics positions. Those recruited will be joining either one of the two research centres in economics (PHARE or CES).

For further information, visit this website or contact by e-mail Nathalie Sigot and Elodie Bertrand.

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen invites applications for one Doctoral Researcher / PhD Candidat (part-time positions 50 %; Salary group/Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L).

The Institute of East Asian Studies has established a new School of Advanced Studies (cf. website) on Innovation in East Asia funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Organized in six Junior Research Groups the School will focus on innovations in East Asia in two areas: New forms of mobility (e-mobility) and urbanization. Inter alia the School aims to narrow the gap between disciplines and regional studies by strengthening the application of cutting edge theoretical and methodological approaches to research in area studies. Each junior research group consists of two doctoral researchers and is led by a post-doctoral scholar.

The School is looking for a doctoral researcher with a background in institutional economics, game theory or related fields. Applicant must have a strong MA degree (or equivalent), good knowledge in theories and methods of their respective discipline. Applicants should be open for transdisciplinary cooperation and must be fluent in English. A proven interest in East Asia (China, Japan or Korea) would be an advantage.

The School offers successful applicants a highly dynamic research environment, a structured PhD program with excellent supervision and guidance. The duration of the PhD projects is three years. This is a half position with salary group/Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L.

Applications (incl. CV, copy of degrees incl. transcript of grades, a research proposal of 3–5 pages) are to be submitted in one electronic file to the Director of the School Prof. Markus Taube (markus.taube@uni-due.de) or contact Shuanping Dai (shuanping.dai@uni-due.de) for more information. The positions start from April 1, 2014 or earlier. In addition a letter of recommendation from a scholar able to assess your scholarly potential must be sent directly to Prof. Markus Taube, IN-EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen, 47048 Duisburg.

University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

Lecturer Appointments (2) in Public or Nonprofit Management:

The Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for two full-time (non-tenure track) two-year (renewable) contract Lecturers, starting September 1, 2014.

The successful candidate will have research and/or professional experience and a doctorate in Public Policy, Public Affairs or a related discipline, and a demonstrated record of excellent teaching in one or more of the following areas: public management, nonprofit management, program evaluation, public organizations, conflict resolution, personnel management, and/or public finance and budgeting. The persons hired will teach four to five courses per year, depending on duties regarding administrative support for academic programs.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence (syllabi, student evaluations, teaching philosophy) through our online application system.

Three letters of recommendation should be sent separately to Lecturer Search, Center for Public Policy and Administration, Gordon Hall, 418 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Inquiries may be directed to hiring@pubpol.umass.edu.

Review of applications will begin on March 17th, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its departments and programs value diversity of faculty, students and curriculum as a key component of academic excellence. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.


The 2014 Rhonda Williams Prize: Call for Applications extended

In memory of Rhonda Williams, associate editor of Feminist Economics from 1994 to 1998, the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) has established a prize to help scholars from underrepresented groups in IAFFE, whose work reflects Rhonda Williams' legacy of scholarship and activism, attend the annual IAFFE conference and present a paper. Sponsored by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, publisher of Feminist Economics.

Amount: $1500 to be awarded at the IAFFE conference in Accra, Ghana, June 27-29, 2014. The funds are intended to partially defray travel costs to attend the annual conference.

Application Deadline: Extended to April 4, 2014.


The recipient's work in activism, advocacy, or scholarship should demonstrate a commitment to one or more of the following issues:

Special consideration will be given to applicants from groups not well represented in IAFFE and those with limited access to travel funds from their home institutions or international funders. This prize is targeted to junior scholars and activists.

The recipient of the prize must present a paper at the IAFFE conference (therefore submit the paper for inclusion in the Conference program) and submit the manuscript to Feminist Economics within a reasonable period after the conference. The paper will undergo an expedited review process, but publication is not guaranteed.

While it is rare, a travel grant may be awarded instead of the Rhonda Williams Prize in the event that the criteria for the prize are not met.

Application Process

Applications should be sent to Marlene Kim, Chair, Rhonda Williams Prize, at Marlene.Kim@umb.edu and should include:

Please send all files in Microsoft Word or in PDF Acrobat format. Please be sure that all materials are sent. Applicants who omit any of the three items listed above may not be considered for the prize.

Applicants who haven’t yet registered for the annual conference because they need funding: the prize winner will be allowed to register for the annual conference and will be included in the conference program after being notified of the prize.

If you are not an IAFFE member for 2014, please send in your membership application prior to submission of your prize application.

Please direct any questions to Marlene Kim, Chair, Rhonda William Prize, Marlene.Kim@umb.edu, or (617) 287-6954. Detailed conference information is available here.


Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38 (2)

Thomas Herndon & Michael Ash & Robert Pollin: Does high public debt consistently stifle economic growth? A critique of Reinhart and Rogoff.

Julien Mercille: The role of the media in fiscal consolidation programmes: the case of Ireland.

Thomas Goda & Photis Lysandrou: The contribution of wealth concentration to the subprime crisis: a quantitative estimation.

Vinca Bigo & Ioana Negru: Mathematical modelling in the wake of the crisis: a blessing or a curse? What does the economics profession say?.

Nathan Perry & Matias Vernengo: What ended the Great Depression? Re-evaluating the role of fiscal policy.

William Hynes: To what extent were economic factors important in the separation of the south of Ireland from the United Kingdom and what was the economic impact?

Leanne Roncolato & David Kucera: Structural drivers of productivity and employment growth: a decomposition analysis for 81 countries.

Jongchul Kim: Identity and the hybridity of modern finance: how a specifically modern concept of the self underlies the modern ownership of property, trusts and finance.

Philipp H. Lepenies: Of goats and dogs: Joseph Townsend and the idealisation of markets—a decisive episode in the history of economics.

Brendan Burchell & Kirsten Sehnbruch & Agnieszka Piasna et al.: The quality of employment and decent work: definitions, methodologies, and ongoing debates.

Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7 (1)

Jamie Peck: Editor's choice: Pushing austerity: state failure, municipal bankruptcy and the crises of fiscal federalism in the USA

Mildred E. Warner and Judith Clifton: Editor's choice: Marketisation, public services and the city: the potential for Polanyian counter movement

Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill: The local and regional impact of the UK’s welfare reforms

Mark Davidson and Kevin Ward: ‘Picking up the pieces’: austerity urbanism, California and fiscal crisis

Laura A. Reese, Gary Sands and Mark Skidmore: Memo from Motown: is austerity here to stay

Alexa Färber: Low-budget Berlin: towards an understanding of low-budget urbanity as assemblag

Richard Meegan, Patricia Kennett, Gerwyn Jones and Jacqui Croft: Global economic crisis, austerity and neoliberal urban governance in England

Theresa Enright: The great wager: crisis and mega-project reform in 21st-century Paris

Elena Ion: Public funding and urban governance in contemporary Romania: the resurgence of state-led urban development in an era of crisis

Stephen Hall and Andrew E. G. Jonas: Urban fiscal austerity, infrastructure provision and the struggle for regional transit in ‘Motor City

Capital & Class, 38 (1): Special issue on "Critical political economy and capitalist diversity"

Matthias Ebenau: Comparative capitalisms and Latin American neodevelopmentalism: A critical political economy view.

Adam Fishwick: Beyond and beneath the hierarchical market economy: Global production and working-class conflict in Argentina’s automobile industry.

Nick Taylor: Theorising capitalist diversity: The uneven and combined development of labour forms.

Jane Hardy: Transformation and crisis in Central and Eastern Europe: A combined and uneven development perspective.

Oliver Weiss: Economic surplus and capitalist diversity.

David Coates: The UK: Less a liberal market economy, more a post-imperial one.

David Coates: Studying comparative capitalisms by going left and by going deeper.

Eva Hartmann: The fetish of global competition.

Jamie Gough: The difference between local and national capitalism, and why local capitalisms differ from one another: A Marxist approach.

Stefanie Hürtgen: Labour as a transnational actor, and labour’s national diversity as a systematic frame of contemporary competitive transnationality.

Alexander Gallas: The silent treatment of class domination: ‘Critical’ comparative capitalisms scholarship and the British state.

David J. Bailey & Saori Shibata: Varieties of contestation: The comparative and critical political economy of ‘excessive’ demand.

Tom Brass: A stroll in Zuccotti Park?

Hans-Jürgen Bieling: Comparative analysis of capitalism from a regulationist perspective extended by neo-Gramscian IPE.

Ian Bruff & Matthias Ebenau: Critical political economy and the critique of comparative capitalisms scholarship on capitalist diversity.

Bob Jessop: Capitalist diversity and variety: Variegation, the world market, compossibility and ecological dominance.

John Kannankulam & Fabian Georgi: Varieties of capitalism or varieties of relationships of forces? Outlines of a historical materialist policy analysis.

Ian Bruff & Eva Hartmann: Neo-pluralist political science, economic sociology and the conceptual foundations of the comparative capitalisms literatures.

Stefanie Wöhl: The state and gender relations in international political economy: A state-theoretical approach to varieties of capitalism in crisis.

Historical Materialism, 21 (4)

Laim Campling: Debating Modes of Production and Forms of Exploitation: Introduction to the Symposium on Jairus Banaji’s Theory as History

Neeladri Bhattacharya: Lineages of Capital

John Haldon: Theories of Pratice: Marxist History-Writing and Complexity

Charles Post: Capitalism, Laws of Motion and Social Relations of Production

Sébastien Rioux: The Fiction of Economic Coercion: Political Marxism and the Separation of Theory and History

Jairus Banaji: Putting Theory to Work

Yinching Wu: Coping with Crisis in the Wake of the Cultural Revolution: Rehistoricising Chinese Postsocialism

Manuel Larrabure: Human Development and Class Struggle in Venezuela’s Popular Economy: The Paradox of ‘Twenty-First Century Socialism’

Gavin Walker: The Absent Body of Labour Power: Uno Kōzō’s Logic of Capital

Tony Smith: The ‘General Intellect’ in the Grundrisse and Beyond

Donald V. Kingsbury: José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology, edited by Harry E. Vanden and Marc Becker, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011

Rafael Khachaturian: The Modern World-System IV: Centrist Liberalism Triumphant, 1789–1914, Immanuel Wallerstein, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011

Shane Moran: Globalectics: Theory and Politics of Knowing, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012

Henry Heller: Paysans et seigneurs en Europe: une histoire comparée, XVIe–XIXe siècle, Guy Lemarchand, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2011

Rethinking Marxism, 26 (1)

Scott Sharpe, Chizu Sato, Esra Erdem & J. K. Gibson-Graham: Postcapitalist Encounters with Class and Community

Scott Sharpe: Potentiality and Impotentiality in J. K. Gibson-Graham

Chizu Sato: Toward Transnational Feminist Literacy Practices

Esra Erdem: Reading Foucault with Gibson-Graham: The Political Economy of “Other Spaces” in Berlin

J.K. Gibson-Graham: Being the Revolution, or, How to Live in a “More-Than-Capitalist” World Threatened with Extinction

Kenneth M. Levin: Class Hybrids: From Medieval Europe to Silicon Valley

Ian Bruff: The Rise of Authoritarian Neoliberalism

Christian Lotz: The Transcendental Force of Money: Social Synthesis in Marx

The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 25 (1): Symposium on "Work, Workplaces and Industrial Relations"

John Burgess & Roslyn Cameron & Al Rainnie: Contemporary research on work, workplaces and industrial relations in Australia.

Dean Stroud & Peter Fairbrother & Claire Evans et al.: Skill development in the transition to a ‘green economy’: A ‘varieties of capitalism’ analysis.

Bobbie Oliver: The impact of privatisation on union membership and density: A Western Australian case study.

Marian Baird & John Murray: Collective bargaining for paid parental leave in Australia 2005–2010: A complex context effect.

Rosaria Burchielli & Annie Delaney & Nora Goren: Garment homework in Argentina: Drawing together the threads of informal and precarious work.

Angela Knox: Human resource management (HRM) in temporary work agencies: Evidence from the hospitality industry.

Duncan McKay: The labour of visual art in Western Australia.

Chris Leggett & Gordon Stewart: Australia and the system of arbitration in Singapore.

Secil A Kaya Bahce & Emel Memis: The impact of the economic crisis on joblessness in Turkey.

Saumya Chakrabarti: The formal–informal dichotomy: Revisiting the debate on the agriculture–industry linkage.

Books and Book Series

Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live

By Barbara Garson | 2014, Anchor Books

The Great Recession has thrown huge economic challenges at almost all Americans save the super-affluent few, and we are only now beginning to reckon up the human toll it is taking. Down the Up Escalator is an urgent dispatch from the front lines of our vast collective struggle to keep our heads above water and maybe even—someday—get ahead. Garson has interviewed an economically and geographically wide variety of Americans to show the painful waste in all this loss and insecurity, and describe how individuals are coping. Her broader historical focus, though, is on the causes and consequences of the long stagnation of wages and how it has resulted in an increasingly desperate reliance on credit and a series of ever-larger bubbles—stocks, technology, real estate. This is no way to run an economy, or a democracy.

Link to the book.

Earth Economics: An Introduction to Demand Management, Long-Run Growth and Global Economic Governance

By Peter A.G. van Bergeijk | 2014, Edward Elgar Publishing

Taking stock of emerging planet data and analysing policies during the global crisis, Earth Economics provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to basic macroeconomic concepts, methods and principles, and their application to real world data. Written principally for students seeking an introduction to macroeconomics, this book offers a completely new angle to policy, with a focus on the truly global level. Underpinned by empirical orientation of state-of-the-art data, it introduces earth economics as the study of the economy of our planet from the perspective of an autarkic system (a ‘closed economy’), focussing on policymaking that improves global rather than national welfare.

Link to the book.

Japan’s Great Stagnation: Forging Ahead, Falling Behind

By W.R. Garside | 2014, Edward Elgar Publishing

Recent events have rendered Japan’s lost decades all the more relevant to the rest of us. Rick Garside, in this wide-ranging and accessible account, explores the political economy of Japan’s great stagnation with an eye toward describing how other advanced economies can avoid going down the same path. – Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley, US

This timely book presents a critical examination of the developmental premises of Japan’s high-growth success and its subsequent drift into recession, stagnation and piecemeal reform. The country, which within a few decades of wartime defeat mounted a serious challenge to American hegemony, appeared incapable of fully adjusting to shifting economic circumstance once the impulses of catch-up growth and the good fortune of an accommodating international environment faded.

Link to the book.

On the Role of Paradigms in Finance

By Kavous Ardalan | 2008, Ashgate

Social theory can usefully be conceived in terms of four key paradigms: functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist and radical structuralist. The four paradigms are founded upon different assumptions about the nature of society and each generates distinctive theories, concepts and analytical tools. Finance theory is based on the functionalist paradigm and for the most part finance theorists are unaware of the philosophical tradition to which they belong. By relating finance to the four paradigms, Ardalan's work offers a concise understanding of the multifaceted nature of finance. He recommends theorists adopt a diversity of paradigms and discusses its benefits by application to the following phenomena: the development of academic finance, the mathematical language of academic finance, the mathematics of academic finance, money, corporate governance, markets, technology and education.

Link to the book.

Simulating Innovation: Computer-based Tools for Rethinking Innovation

By Nigel Gilbert and Christopher Watts | 2014, Edward Elgar Publishing

Christopher Watts and Nigel Gilbert explore the generation, diffusion and impact of innovations, which can now be studied using computer simulations. Agent-based simulation models can be used to explain the innovation that emerges from interactions among complex, adaptive, diverse networks of firms, people, technologies, practices and resources. This book provides a critical review of recent advances in agent-based modelling and other forms of the simulation of innovation. Elements explored include: diffusion of innovations, social networks, organisational learning, science models, adopting and adapting, and technological evolution and innovation networks. Many of the models featured in the book can be downloaded from the book's accompanying website. Bringing together simulation models from several innovation-related fields, this book will prove a fascinating read for academics and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including: innovation studies, evolutionary economics, complexity science, organisation studies, social networks, and science and technology studies. Scholars and researchers in the areas of computer science, operational research and management science will also be interested in the uses of simulation models to improve the understanding of organisation.

Link to the book.

The Economics Of Austerity

Edited by Suzanne J. Konzelmann | 2014, Edward Elgar Publishing

Through her judicious selection of previously published material, Dr Konzelmann investigates the key social, political and financial developments that have shaped the evolution of austerity economics. These include the early classical debates, the politicization of austerity, the Keynesian challenge to existing thought and the revival of pre-Keynesian ‘Neo-Liberal’ ideas during the 1970s. Discussion of the radical changes to economic thought and policy in the decades before the 2007–8 financial crisis and the key dimensions of the post 2007–8 debate bring the account right up to the present day.

Link to the book.

What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn't Get in the Usual Principles Text

By John Komlos | 2014, M.E. Sharpe

This short book explores a core group of 40 topics that tend to go unexplored in an Introductory Economics course. Though not a replacement for an introductory text, the work is intended as a supplement to provoke further thought and discussion by juxtaposing blackboard models of the economy with empirical observations. Each chapter starts with a short "refresher" of standard neoclassical economic modeling before getting into real world economic life. Komlos shows how misleading it can be to mechanically apply the perfect competition model in an oligopolistic environment where only an insignificant share of economic activity takes place in perfectly competitive conditions. Most economics texts introduce the notion of oligopoly and differentiate it from the perfect competition model with its focus on "price takers." Komlos contends that oligopolies are "price makers" like monopolies and cause consumers and economies nearly as much harm. Likewise, most textbook authors eschew any distortions of market pricing by government, but there is usually little discussion of the real impact of minimum wages, which Komlos corrects. The book is an affordable supplement for all basic economics courses or for anyone who wants to review the basic ideas of economics with clear eyes.

Link to the book.

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships and Grants

Middlesex University: Fully funded research studentships for 2014

PhD funded bursaries at Middlesex University. Applications in all aspects of globalisation and work welcome.

Special interest in the following areas:

  1. Globalisation, work and employment- the impact of globalisation and neoliberal restructuring on the organisation of work and employment relations, including aspects of global value chains, global production networks and corporate behaviour.
  2. Social media, the Internet and the workplace – an examination of the impact of web based communication on employer practice and employment relations, including aspects of monitoring, surveillance and control of employees in the corporate, public and private sphere.
  3. Public Sector Employment Relations
  4. Transformation of work and industrial relations in post communist and post socialist states.

More information about the research studentships and the application process is available here.

Martin Upchurch
Professor of International Employment Relations
Middlesex University Business School

Peter Kenyon Scholarship Second Semester 2014

Peter Kenyon was a well-known and passionate economist, educator, media commentator and social justice advocate. He believed strongly in the value of tertiary education. Prior to Peter’s passing in February 2012 he requested a scholarship be established in his memory, to help disadvantaged postgraduate students complete their higher degree.

The 2014 Peter Kenyon Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship is valued at $30,000 and will be paid in three equal instalments. It is awarded for a period of 12 months.

The Economic Society of Australia is administering the scholarship on behalf of Peter Kenyon’s widow, Jan Wright. The award of the scholarship will be by a selection committee comprising 3 academic representatives of the Economic Society’s Central Council and 2 other academics with whom Peter worked closely.

The closing date for applications in the present round is Friday, 16 May 201

To apply or for more information, including timeline and finalised criteria, please visit the Economic Society of Australia Central Council website.

PhD funding opportunities at Leeds University Business School

There are two economics PhD funding opportunities at Leeds University Business School in Britain. One is an Economics Home/EU Studentship and one is an Economics International Studentship.

Relevant areas of preference for PhD research include: the political economy of work and job quality; well-being research; distributional analysis; the history of economic thought; economic sociology; economic history; international political economy; financial integration, financialisation, and/or monetary policy in developed or developing economies; international financial system and financial regulation; financialisation and the political economy of the financial crisis; European union; Eurozone; economics of innovation, environmental innovation and/or clusters in developed or developing economies; regional development and sustainability; employee participation, ownership and equality; mutual and cooperative firms; public-private comparisons; labour supply; inter-industry and gender wage differentials and/ or gender discrimination; human capital and wages; labour market contracts and institutions.

Applications are also invited in areas related to the current funded research projects of the School's economics division which include:

Applicants are also advised to consult the economics division website.

The application deadline is May 1st of this year (UK time). The full details and more information on this website.

The Association for Evolutionary Economics invites for the James H. Street Latin American Scholarship 2015

The Association for Evolutionary Economics invites persons working in Latin America in the area of economic development from an institutionalist perspective to apply for the 2015 James H. Street Latin American Scholarship. The James H. Street scholar will have the opportunity to present his or her work at the Associations annual meeting in Boston, MA, January 3-5, 2015. The scholarship will include round trip transportation and hotel. The James H. Street scholar will also have the opportunity to have his or her work published in the Associations journal, Journal of Economic Issues. Specific presentation and publication guidelines will be provided to the winner of the scholarship. A complete application will include a letter of interest, the applicant=s current curriculum vita, and a 200 word abstract of his or her paper. The final paper should be about 5,000 words in length and must be written and presented in English.

To learn more about James H Street (1915-1988) and his work please see the following papers.

The Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) is an international organization of economists and other social scientists devoted to analysis of economics as evolving, socially constructed and politically governed systems. The intellectual heritage of AFEE is that of the Original Institutional Economics (OIE) created and developed by early twentieth-century economists such as Thorstein Veblen, John R. Commons, and Wesley Mitchell. Over recent decades, this legacy has evolved to address such contemporary issues as:

Visit the AFEE website for more information. Application deadline is May 1, 2014.

Please send application materials to:

Richard V. Adkisson
Department of Economics
Box 30001, MSC 3CQ
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88005, USA
e-mail: radkisso@nmsu.edu

Three-year PhD scholarship on the politics of international state-building at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University (Australia)

Applications are sought for a fully funded three-year PhD scholarship. The scholarship is available to work at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University (Australia) under the supervision of Dr Shahar Hameiri (full profile here.), currently collaborating with Professor Caroline Hughes (Bradford University, UK) on a project entitled, ‘The Politics of Public Administration Reform: Capacity Development and Ideological Contestation in International State-building’, funded by the Australian Research Council.

Applications are invited for candidates with similar or complementary research interests, particularly in areas relating to international state-building and/or the politics of development aid. An empirical focus on Asia and/or the Pacific Islands is essential.

The successful candidate will be based at Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre in Perth, Australia, which has a strong concentration of scholars with specialist research expertise on Southeast Asian politics and societies, and the politics of development, as well as a large and vibrant cohort of PhD students. The Centre holds workshops, seminars and conferences that further enrich the intellectual climate on offer to the successful candidate. For details of the Centre's researchers and activities see here.

The three-year scholarship carries a stipend of A$23,728 per annum plus some fieldwork and conference attendance support.

Please email all applications or relevant enquiries to Dr. Shahar Hameiri. Applications should include a thesis proposal, following the guidelines on the Asia Research Centre website and a current academic curriculum vita. These can be submitted at any time before and up to 14 March 2014. The successful candidate will be expected to start in the second semester of this year from 1 July 2014, but the starting date is partly negotiable.

UNU-WIDER PhD Internships

Our PhD Internship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research, and to work with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest. PhD interns typically spend 2-3 months at UNU-WIDER and return to their home institution afterwards. During their time in Helsinki, PhD interns prepare one or more research papers and present a seminar on their research findings. PhD interns may also have the opportunity to publish their research in UNU-WIDER’s working paper series

Selection criteria

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme and have shown ability to conduct research on developing economies. Candidates working in other social sciences may apply but should keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute. Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills. Preference is given to applicants who are living or working in developing countries and who are at later stages of the PhD.

In collaboration with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), UNU-WIDER has a number of PhD Internship positions reserved for economists from African countries who are studying at either African or non-African institutions. If eligible, you will automatically be designated as a potential AERC grant recipient, and if your application is successful, you will be asked to apply to become a member of the AERC network.

Financial assistance

UNU-WIDER provides a travel grant, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of EUR 1,500 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their internship. Health insurance should be arranged privately by the candidates. The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.

Application procedure

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the PhD Internship Programme twice each year. Deadlines for submission of applications are 31 March and 30 September 23:59 EET each year. Short-listed applicants will be informed by email of the final decision within four weeks of the closing deadline. The selected applicants must confirm their decision to take up UNU-WIDER's offer two weeks after being contacted.

If you are interested in participating in this programme you should complete and submit the application form here.

More information about the UNU-WIDER PhD Internships is available here.


Economic Sociology

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Global Development And Environment Institute

Timothy A. Wise: Malawi's paradox: Filled with both corn and hunger

Global Economic Governance Initiative

GEGI Working Paper Series: Reinventing Development Banking in Frontier Economies: The Case of Romania by Bryan N. Patenaude


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World Economics Association

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Calls for Support

Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute blog calls for contributions

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you will already know the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute blog, SPERI Comment, has now been online for over one year and has quickly established itself as the premier blog for political economy content. Over the past year or so we have published blogs by many influential authors in the field, building up a growing international reputation in the process.

We are always looking to increase our network of contributing authors and we kindly invite those who might want to write for SPERI Comment to get in touch with a short proposal for a blog piece and appropriate biographical details. If you would like to contribute to the blog please contact us at the following address: spericomment@sheffield.ac.uk.

We would also like to encourage those working in the field of political economy to promote SPERI Comment as a valuable teaching resource. The blog covers many important political economy issues in an accessible manner that may be very useful to students at all levels. Adding SPERI Comment to course reading lists as a general resource would, we feel, be beneficial to many students of political economy.

As Managing Editor of SPERI Comment, I look forward to receiving proposals and inquiries from you in the future.

Best Wishes,

Jeremy Green
Research Fellow Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) Managing Editor, SPERI Comment