Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 186 October 8, 2015 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century continues to provoke debate within heterodoxy, the mainstream and beyond. In the first half of 2015 leading mainstream journals like AER and JEP have published (largely critical) symposia on Piketty's book. On the mainstream side, I especially recommend this piece from the JEP issue, which seems to be the only contribution collected in these two symposia providing a systematic theoretical discussion of Piketty's results against the backdrop of some standard findings in the mainstream theory of wealth distribution. Similarly, on the heterodox side, you will find critical as well as more comforting reviews (I recommend those collected by the World Economics Association as well as this and that one). Given that also other disciplines are starting to announce review symposia on Piketty's weighty tome (here is one from the British Journal of Sociology, for instance), you can now probably do a whole PhD-thesis simply by reviewing all the reviews ;-)

Nearly as voluminous as the literature reflecting on Piketty is this week's issue of the Newsletter, which covers a huge amount of newly issued books and journals as well as a series of novel conference announcements. So be sure to check out this one closely!

Another thing I want to announce is that we are currently working on an update for the well received Heterodox Economics Directory. So, if you would like to make additional suggestion on what to include or urge us to correct, modify or update any existing entries, please do so within the next weeks by writing us an email!

All the best,


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Table of contents

Call for Papers

40 Years of the Cambridge Journal of Economics

12-13 July, 2016 | McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

The Cambridge Journal of Economics was first published in March 1977. The journal has been publishing papers from the full range of heterodox perspectives for four decades providing a forum for theoretical, applied, policy relevant, interdisciplinary, history of thought and methodological work. It has throughout had a strong emphasis on realistic analysis, the development of critical perspectives, the provision and use of empirical evidence and the construction of policy.

A conference is to be held to mark the first forty years of the Journal and look ahead to the next forty.

Call for Papers

Submissions of abstracts (max 500 words) are welcomed in any area of heterodox economics and related social science disciplines. The conference organisers are particularly interested to receive submissions that relate to the following themes:

Abstracts will be considered by the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Journal of Economics.


Full details regarding registration will be available here.

Enquiries should be sent to events@cpes.org.uk

80th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought (Sendai, 2016)

21-22 May, 2016 | Tohoku University, Sendai City, Japan

The 80th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought (JSHET) will be held on May 21-22, 2016 at Tohoku University. Tohoku University is situated in Sendai City, a beautiful city with a rich history.

The organising committee invites proposals for individual papers (in English or in Japanese) on all aspects of the history of economic thought.

Each applicant is kindly asked to send his/her abstract of about 600 words in English (or 2000 letters in Japanese) for a paper as an attached document (PDF or WORD format), containing the title of the paper, his/her name, affiliation, postal and electronic addresses and the fax number.

For more details concerning the CfP (including submission form) please visit the conference website.

The deadline for submission is 12 November 2015.

For additional information, please send your queries to the following email address.

Local Committee

Program Committee

AFEE @ Eastern Economics Association (Washington, 2016)

25-28 February, 2016 | Washington DC, USA

The Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) is organizing sessions at the 2016 Eastern Economic Association meeting. The upcoming meeting is in Washington DC (at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park) from February 25-28.

Please submit to Robert Scott (rscott@monmouth.edu) your abstract of no more than 200 words by November 15. If you already submitted an abstract but would like to be included in an AFEE session email me and attach a copy of your abstract by November 15.

If you would like to take some work off my hands and submit an entire session (ideally four papers) then submit all the abstracts to me by November 15 and indicate your desire that they all be included in one session.

At the bottom of your abstract please note any days you are unable to present and whether you are willing to serve as a session chair or discussant. If you do not want to serve as a chair or discussant there is a $30 opt-out fee charged by the EEA and you will need to make a note at the bottom of your abstract stating you choose to opt-out.

More details about the Eastern Economic Association 2016 meeting are available here.

For more details about the Association for Evolutionary Economics, see the following: www.afee.net

Again, please submit your abstract to me by November 15. Let me know if you have any questions.


Robert Scott
President-elect Committee on Regional/International Committees (2014-2016)

ASE @ Eastern Economic Association (Washington, 2016)

25-28 February, 2016 | Washington D.C.

Submissions are now open for the Association for Social Economics (ASE) sessions at the 2016 Eastern Economic Association meetings, being held in Washington D.C. from Feb 25 – Feb 28, 2016.

Individual submissions and/or organized sessions are encouraged to submit proposals. Session themes that integrate economics and other social disciplines including philosophy, sociology, geography, political science, and anthropology are particularly encouraged.

All whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference but do not have to pay the paper submission fee. It is expected that all presenters are willing to serve as a chair and/or discussant on other ASE sessions. Please indicate in your submission if there are any days/times that you are unavailable during the conference.

Please e-mail Michael J. Murray (mmurray@bemidjistate.edu) your proposals for papers and/or complete sessions (or any questions about the meetings) by Saturday, November 21, 2015.

More details about the Eastern Economic Association 2016 meeting are available here.

ASE @ Midwest Economics Association (Chicago, 2016)

1-3 April, 2016 | Hotel Hilton Orrington, Evanston/Chicago, US

Theme: Human Development after the Economics of Growth

The most recent economic crisis calls into question the viability of growth-oriented economic policies. In their place alternative strategies have emerged that broaden our understanding of what constitutes economic development oriented toward sustainability and human well-being. Some of these responses focus their attention on the caring economy; human capabilities; democratic control over resource allocation, production and distribution; social enterprise; and community-based economic systems. Many of these projects call for evaluation methods that are different from those used to measure economic growth. They also point toward the need to restructure the standard economics curriculum.

We invite papers from researchers and teachers that present case studies, empirical analyses, theoretical essays or pedagogical explorations that address these and other topics in social economics.

Please submit a copy of the paper title and abstract (up to 250 words) to Bruce Pietrykowski, Association for Social Economics Midwest Regional Director: bpie@umich.edu.

Deadline: October 7, 2015

Please refer to the Midwest Economic Association website for further information regarding the 2016 MEA Conference.

Association of American Geographers 2016 Conference: Special Session on the 'Mont Pelerin PLague' (San Francisco, 2016)

29 March – 2 April, 2016 | San Francisco, US

Join the Association of American Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience.

More Info on the AAG Annual meeting


Special Session on "The Mont Pelerin Plague? Revisiting and Rethinking Neoliberalism"


From its initial conceptualization in Mont Pelerin in 1947, neoliberalism has now become a ubiquitous term in geography, and elsewhere; it is used to theorize everything from the development of ecosystem services through urban regeneration to financialization (Springer, Birch & MacLeavy 2016). Across a range of disciplines it is conceptualized in various ways as, for example, a geographical process; a form of governmentality; the restoration of elite class power; a discourse; a political project of institutional change; a set of transformative ideas; a development policy paradigm; a radical political slogan; an epistemic community or thought collective; an economic ideology or doctrine; a particular form of violence; and so on. Such variety and diversity in intellectual analysis (i.e. an explanatory framework) and substantive topic (i.e. a thing to explain) have produced a glut of concepts, theories, and analyses. While this medley might be seen as a necessary – and fruitful – outcome of such a hybrid and heterogeneous process, it also has the potential side-effect of leaving us more confused than enlightened. It is increasingly difficult, on the one hand, to parse or synthesize this intellectual (yet often contradictory) abundance and, on the other hand, to apply it to policy or practical issues facing diverse communities, societies, organizations and individuals around the world. It also risk becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, where despite our hesitancies, we come to believe that there really is no alternative. A body of literature is emerging that is critical of current conceptions and understandings of neoliberalism, highlighting these issues (e.g. Boas & Gans-Morse 2009; Barnett 2009; Weller and O’Neill 2014; Flew 2014; Birch 2015; Venugopal 2015).


It is time to take stock of what we are left with by adopting neoliberalism as a key spanner in our analytical toolkit. Consequently, the aim of this session is to revisit and rethink neoliberalism as an abstract concept and as an empirical object. We invite contributors to critically revisit dominant conceptions of neoliberalism, to rethink how we use neoliberalism as an analytical and methodological framework, and to offer new ideas about how to productively (re)conceptualize neoliberalism. Below we outline some broad questions that contributors might like to engage with, although others are welcome:

  1. How conceptually useful has neoliberalism been in geography?
  2. How has the concept of neoliberalism evolved over the last two decades?
  3. How are we plagued by neoliberalism, or are we plagued by its ongoing prioritization?
  4. Does neoliberalism represent the most useful or critical way of understanding the current state of the world?
  5. Does neoliberalism need updating as a critical concept in ways that take us beyond hybridity and variegation?
  6. What is missing from debates on neoliberalism in contemporary geographical scholarship?
  7. What makes neoliberalism such a popular analytical framework in geography?
  8. Are there alternative ways to conceptualize neoliberalism?
  9. Are we in need of finding alternative conceptions that break with the language of ‘neoliberalism’ altogether?
  10. What might new visions beyond neoliberalism yield in terms of our collective political future?



If you would like to participate in the session, please submit an abstract (250 words max) by 19 October 2015 to both kean@yorku.ca and springer@uvic.ca. If you would like to participate in other ways (e.g. discussant) then please feel free to contact us as well.

Please note: once you have submitted an abstract to us, you will also need to register AND submit an abstract on the AAG website (please don't forget these steps).

How to Submit an Abstract

The AAG abstract deadline is 29 October 2015.

Call for Contributions (Anthology): 'Considering Class'

Editors: Deirdre O'Neill Brunel University Michael Wayne Brunel University

Call for chapter proposals for a new book anthology: Considering Class

More than thirty years of neoliberalism has dramatically restructured the working class while the category has all but disappeared from public discourse and led to the weakening of class as an analytical framework. Considering Class seeks to explore the issue of class from a cross-disciplinary perspective in order to build connections between different areas of scholarly enquiry and civic engagement. Drawing on a polymorphous group of theorists from various disciplines this collection will be a multidisciplinary one, which endeavors to cross fertilize the rigid specialism's current within intellectual life. This anthology encourages contributors to situate their topics within the political, social, economic and cultural relations that shape class.

We hope the collection will:

  1. Explore the continuing salience of class as an explanatory category across social, political, economic, educational and cultural change;
  2. Interrogate the problems and difficulties associated with the category and its various theoretical constructions.

Please send proposals of between 300-500 words to the editors by October 5th (please provide a brief biographical note).

As ever these are possible areas to consider, but the editors are open to other suggestions.

Call for Contributions (Edited Book): "Austerity discourses: An interdisciplinary critical analysis"

Edited Volume: Austerity discourses: An interdisciplinary critical analysis

Submissions are invited for an interdisciplinary, edited collection involving contributions from economists and linguists, the over-arching aim of which is critically to investigate contemporary discourses of austerity.

In the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008 governments around the developed world coordinated policy moves to stimulate economic activity and avert a depression. However, in subsequent years the perceived need to control government debt became the dominant narrative in public debate on economic policy. Cuts to public expenditure, or austerity, were seen as necessary to avert disaster, on both sides of the Atlantic, and few players in mainstream public discourse have offered a coherent alternative policy prescription.

In this context, we are particularly interested in exploring attitudes towards and arguments about austerity, as played out in media, academic and policy settings.

This volume offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between economists and linguists, as well as a venue in which economic and linguistic approaches can be compared. We therefore invite contributions from individual economists and linguists, but also strongly encourage co-authored papers that demonstrate the value of working across disciplines.

Papers dealing with any aspect of the relationships between austerity and discourse are welcome. Some possible topics include:

The language of the publication is English.

Please send an abstract of maximum 500 words, as an email attachment, to the editors: Kate Power (katpower@mail.ubc.ca) and Tanweer Ali (tanweer.ali@esc.edu) by November 30, 2015. Inquiries may be directed to the editors.

Please include clear details of: the title and main thematic focus of the article; the research design and methodologies used; and key findings or contributions that the paper will make to understandings of austerity discourse. Every abstract submitted will be assessed and authors will be contacted through their email addresses by January 15, 2016.

Final submissions of between 6,500-8,500 words will be due by May 30, 2016. Each paper should contain a cover page (included in the email attachment containing the document) with the following information: title of paper, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, contact address (postal and email), and telephone number.

Deadline: November 30, 2015

International Conference "The Relevance of Keynes to the Contemporary World" (Torino, 2016)

13–15 October, 2016 | Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Torino (Italy)

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University, the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Torino, and the Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Torino, invite young scholars to participate in the International Conference “The Relevance of Keynes to the Contemporary World. Eighty Years since The General Theory”, to be held on October 13-15, 2016 at the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Torino, Italy.

Commemorating the eightieth anniversary of The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936), the Conference aims at exploring the continuing relevance of John Maynard Keynes’s economics at a time of profound crisis for both the global economy and economics as discipline. It therefore adopts a “history of economic thought” perspective to throw light on the current state of economic policy and theory, with a view to providing possible alternatives to the practical and theoretical shortcomings of the prevailing approaches.

The Conference program focuses on three main aspects:

Robert Skidelskly (University of Warwick) will give the keynote lecture.
The list of confirmed invited speakers/discussants includes: Jörg Bibow (Levy Economics Institute), Anna Carabelli (Università del Piemonte Orientale), Mario Cedrini (Università di Torino), Peter Clarke (Cambridge University), Terenzio Cozzi (Università di Torino), John Davis (Marquette University and University of Amsterdam), Sheila Dow (University of Stirling), Luca Fantacci (Università Bocconi), Jan Kregel (Levy Economics Institute), Ivo Maes (National Bank of Belgium), Roberto Marchionatti (Università di Torino), Maria Cristina Marcuzzo (Università di Roma – La Sapienza), Francesco Saraceno (OFCE-SciencesPo), Lino Sau (Università di Torino), Dario Togati (Università di Torino), Vittorio Valli (Università di Torino), David Vines (Oxford University).

On Saturday (15) morning, the Conference will host a special session of 6/8 papers by young scholars (under 40 years of age). Young scholars are invited to submit their research works on one of the three main topics (or, in general, on the continuing relevance of The General Theory and Keynes’s economics) by sending an abstract of about 400 words before February 27, 2016, to roberto.marchionatti@unito.it and mario.cedrini@unito.it.

Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent by March 15, 2016. There is no registration fee; travel expenses are the responsibility of authors of selected papers, whereas the organisers will cover accommodation expenses.

Website: keynes2016torino.wordpress.com

International Conference on “New Political Science” (Havana, 2015)

17-20 November, 2015 | Hotel Nacional de Cuba an the University of Havana

The Cuban Society of Philosophical Research, the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana, and the Higher Institute of International Relations announce the Eighteenth International Conference, “New Political Science,” and a special philosophy colloquium, which will be held at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba and the University of Havana from November 17 to November 20, 2015. The conference is dedicated to Latin America as a Zone of Peace, as proclaimed in December 2014 by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), as well as to the Cuban Federation of University Students (FEU).

The conference is being organized by Cuban and international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana. The “Political Science from the South” is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. It seeks to develop an analysis of human history and political dynamics from the perspective of the global South, endeavoring to develop insights that are relevant to political strategies of the nations and social movements of the Third World.

Papers can be presented in English or Spanish. The conference will be bilingual; simultaneous or consecutive translation will be provided.

Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and a summary from 250 to 450 words, should be sent by October 15, 2015 to Charles McKelvey (cemck@presby.edu). Please send the abstract in a Microsoft Word document, with your name, position, institutional affiliation, city, country, and E-mail address placed at the top of the page. Paper proposals sent prior to October 15 will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee as they are received, and a decision will be sent promptly.

Papers on the following themes can be included in the International Conference on “New Political Science”:

Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

The philosophy colloquium will include the following themes:

Papers on other relevant themes will be considered

Registration fees are 200 Cuban Convertible Pesos for participants from the United States, Canada and Western Europe; and 100 Cuban Convertible Pesos for participants from Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Undergraduate students are provided a 50% discount. In addition to accreditation in the conferences, the fees include translation services, a closing reception/dinner, and refreshments at the conferences.

Anyone interested in the conference should contact Charles McKelvey at cemck@presby.edu.

Participants and/or their institutions are responsible for payment for airlines, hotel lodging, and meals. For more information on travel arrangements, contact Charles McKelvey (cemck@presby.edu).

Preliminary Program and more details are available at the Website of Global Learning.

Joint-Conference on "Teaching Economics in the 21st Century" (Berlin, 2015)

26-29 November, 2015 | Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany

Conference Theme: "Teaching Economics in the 21st Century: The State of Research and Teaching and the Way Forward"

Conference jointly organized by Arbeitskreis Politische Ökonomie (AK PolÖk), World Economics Association (WEA), Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik (Network Pluralist Economics), European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), Institute for International Political Economy (IPE), Forschungsstelle für wissenschaftsbasierte gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung (FWGW) and Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policy (FMM)

Critics contend that economic research and teaching and economic policy advice continue to follow a neoclassical paradigm to the exclusion of competing approaches, despite the sobering experience of the financial crisis. Those who defend the neoclassical mainstream tend to point to cite more complex and advanced models in order to proof that the mainstream-models are not as biased and unrealistic as critics contend. However, the relevance of models is questionable, as long as they do not find their way into undergraduate textbooks and curricula for students of economics. After all, most students who are exposed to economics teaching leave university with undergraduate textbook knowledge and the restricted toolbox and hidden ideological bias contained in these textbooks. Where economics is taught at high school level, it is often a similarly biased and restricted body of knowledge, which is presented as “economics”. Therefore, the abovementioned associations are organizing a joint conference to analyse and to help modernize the prevailing textbook content. We want to start a fruitful dialog between authors and publishers of textbooks and teaching materials, researchers, teachers and students.

The focus will be on the following topics:

How many theories should a textbook present, and which theories should be chosen? How much focus should there be on the genesis of these theories? How much weight should e.g. be given to history of economic thought, economic history and the philosophy of science? How should a pluralistic textbook be organized?

Should model-based reasoning be presented as the gold standard of economics? Which qualitative methods could help improve our understanding of the (globalized) economy? How can qualitative methods be combined with quantitative ones in a fruitful way to analyze economic issues? Which models could be taught outside the paradigm of economies in equilibrium?

How interdisciplinary can or should a textbook be? How can the academic isolation of economics be overcome that has developed over many decades? Which roles should knowledge from other fields like sociology, law, political science, biology, and philosophy play in teaching economics?

Why do textbooks play such a dominant role? Should they? What are their goals and what are their limitations? Does the dominant role of some particular textbooks pose a problem? If it does, what should be done? How should alternative textbooks be structured and written? Which teaching materials are being used at school and in other non-academic contexts? How do these need to change?

The conference will approach these questions in a variety of formats. Participants are invited to present and discuss either contributions addressing specific narrow questions or position papers covering a whole range of issues. Authors of textbooks are invited to report on their experiences and results regarding the inclusion of pluralistic content. We would also like to involve students and teachers in a discussion of strategic perspectives. There will be space to present and discuss alternative curriculums. A wide variety of pluralist and heterodox textbooks will be on display at the venue of the conference.


Formally, submissions can consist of elaborated position papers or abstracts of at most 500 words. Accepted position papers will be circulated in advance to all conference participants. They may also be used as introductions and focal points of panel discussions. There is no requirement to submit a paper in order to participate at the conference.

Please send your submission to akpolök@uni-flensburg.de until 12 October 2015.

Please find updates and information at: http://tinyurl.com/teachingeconomics

The conference will be partly held in English and partly in German.

Invited keynote speakers include Robert Skidelsky of Jesus College and Jayati Gosh of the University of Cambridge (tbc). The conference will include a panel discussion with Peter Bofinger (University of Würzburg) on the status quo of teaching and textbooks at German-language universities.

We plan to publish the conference papers in book form. A long-term goal is to initiate the production of collectively written textbooks. We are considering awarding a prize with high public visibility to promote the production and use of alternative textbooks.

Download the CfP here (pdf)

Journal of World Economy: Special Section on "Financialization and Crisis in the EU"

Revista de Economia Mundial (REM)/Journal of World Economy is an academic Spanish journal edited by the Sociedad de Economia Mundial/World Economy Society indexed, among others, in the SSCI (2014 IF: 0.237; 300/333 –Economics–).

This Special Section will include up to 5-6 papers on the nexus between financialisation and the EU crisis.

Authors are strongly encouraged to read carefully the background and rationale included on this Call for Papers before considering submitting.

For further information for this Special Section, please contact the Guest Editors: Jan Toporowski (jt29@soas.ac.uk), Laura Horn (lhorn@ruc.dk), or Jorge Garcia-Arias (jrgara@unileon.es).

For queries about REM or the submission process (see below) please contact Teresa Aceytuno, Managing Editor of REM, (maria.aceytuno@dege.uhu.es).

Political Studies Association 66th Annual International Conference (Brighton, 2016)

21-23 March, 2016 | Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK

Paper and Panel Proposals

We invite paper and panel proposals on any topics related to the conference theme, as well as on other topics spanning the entire range of political studies.

To submit a paper or panel please click on the relevant option under 'Conference Menu' on the right hand side of the page.

For further details of submission procedures, and instructions on submitting a panel or paper proposal please click here. Any questions about any aspects of the submission process should be directed to the academic convenor at convenor@psa.ac.uk.

The final deadline for submission of all proposals is 19 October 2015. Earlier submission of proposals is encouraged.

We hope that the hedonistic setting of Brighton serves as an extra inducement to welcome you to the PSA conference in 2016!


CfP for joint panel on "The EU-ro crises and the end of the Good Life? Competing national understandings and visions of the EU in times of crisis"

There has been much talk and academic analysis about the multiple crises which have troubled the EU in recent years. Media reports and academic research have strongly focused on the enduring economic crisis which includes the Euro crisis that resulted from the global financial crisis in 2007/8. However, the EU has also been confronted with political and cultural crises which are threatening to endanger the entire post-Second World War ‘European project’. Importantly, the EU is under threat no longer only from Eurosceptic right-wing parties and movements but increasingly also from Eurosceptic left-wing parties and movements. One central reason for the multiple crises is that different competing (national and sub-national) understandings of the EU and its future exist. These differences have not only been affected by Europe’s different national cultures and identities but also by how, within members states, different constituencies of voters have perceived their interests to have been affected by free trade, globalization and deepening integration.

The proposed joint panel aims to draw on the expertise of the members of different Specialist Groups by seeking contributions which critically assess different national and sub-national understandings of the EU (and the Eurozone specifically) and its future. We welcome contributions which assess how the multiple EU crises are perceived and what remedies are proposed in one or several member states by different constituencies over different time periods (e.g. employees/employers; ‘ordinary voters’/members of the political class; ‘natives’/migrants).

We would welcome both comparative and single-country papers. We would be happy to receive proposals for both broader scoping papers on European integration and what it has meant to the EU and/or particular member states as well as more specialised papers which cover specific aspects of competing attitudes towards the EU and member states among different national and sub-national constituencies. We would also like to encourage papers which assess the impact of national identities on attempts to foster the creation of a European identity.
We would like to suggest that the joint panels could be used as an opportunity to produce a special issue for a journal or an edited book using those contributions which closely share a common theme.

This is a CfP for joint panels of the Italian, Irish, German, Greek, French, Scandinavian and Comparative European Specialist Groups.

Please send abstracts of 250-400 words by the 5th of October 2015. Please email your abstract to: hartwig.pautz@uws.ac.uk

Link to the conference website is available here.

Call for Participants

HPPE Seminar Series

The HPPE seminar (Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Economics) at LSE's Economic History Department has now published its programme for Michaelmas Term 2015 (see below).

HPPE (Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Economics) is a bi-weekly research seminar at LSE’s Economic History Department. The seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 1-2.30pm at LSE, in Tower 2, room 2.03. For maps and directions please visit the LSE website.

Please note this building is card access and so you will need to inform the security desk that you are attending HPPE.


Wednesday, 7 October

Wednesday, 21 October

Wednesday, 4 November

Wednesday, 18 November

Wednesday, 2 December

Updates to the programme are available here.
Then click on the tab “Michaelmas 2015", please note the website is not yet fully updated and the schedule is as below.

The convenors of HPPE are Maxine Montaigne (m.c.montaigne@lse.ac.uk) and Tobias Vogelgsang (t.vogelgsang@lse.ac.uk).

Inaugural Conference - De Montfort University Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (Leicester, 2015)

18-19 November, 2015 | De Montfort University Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, Leicester, UK

We are delighted to publish the draft programme for our inaugural conference of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, to be held at De Montfort University on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November. The conference will discuss cutting-edge research on austerity and related concepts such as crisis, resistance, resilience, renaissance, security and transformation, and help us set our forward priorities for the Centre.

We are unable to pay expenses, but will consider modest requests for support from activists, PhD students and early career researchers. If you would like to book your place(s) then please complete the form below. Places are limited and early booking is advised. Registration will close on Monday 2 November 2015. Please note that programme timings are provisional at this stage.

At an extraordinary moment in British politics, with a trenchant anti-austerity cadre now leading the Labour Party, there could not be a better time for the inaugural conference of our Centre for Urban Research on Austerity on 18th and 19th November.

Please find the draft programme and registration form here.

LUBS Economics Seminar Series (Leeds, 2015)

University of Leeds, Business School, UK

Programme Autumn 2015

7 Oct, 1-3pm:

14 Oct, 1-3pm:

21 Oct, 1-3pm:

28 Oct, 1-3pm:

11 Nov, 1-3pm:

18 Nov, 1-3pm:

25 Nov, 1-3pm:

02 Dec, 3-5pm:

Seminars are open to all staff, students and the public.

Details and programme are available here (pdf).

Pierangelo Garegnani Lecture 2015 (Rome, 2015)

21 October, 2015 | Roma Tre University, Italy

The Centro Sraffa announces the Pierangelo Garegnani Lecture 2015, which will be held on Wednesday, 21 October 2015 and will be followed by the award of Pierangelo Garegnani Prizes 2014 and 2015.

On the occasion of the event, the Library of Economics “Pierangelo Garegnani” of Roma Tre University will present an exhibition illustrating the collection of volumes in the personal library of Pierangelo Garegnani donated by his family.

Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali "Federico Caffè", Università degli studi Roma Tre, Roma, Via Silvio D'Amico 77, Primo piano (first floor), aula 14

Details are available here.

UCD Seminar Series on the Euro crisis (Dublin, 2015)

University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland

Programme Autumn 2015

7 October: 12.30-2pm

19 October: 2.30-4pm

2 November: 2.30-4pm

16 November: 2.30-4pm

RSVP to aidan.regan@ucd.ie

Details are available here (pdf).

World Economics Association (WEA) Online Conference: "The European Crisis"

1 October – 1 December, 2015

Introduction to the discussion forum

The purpose of the online Conference is to analyse the current crisis in the countries of the Eurozone. After the 2008 financial meltdown, the American crisis soon infected the European financial system, becoming both a sovereign debt crisis and a banking debacle in many peripheral Euro area countries. The European crisis has shown that crisis can spread quickly among closely integrated economies. The implementation of austerity policies, prompted by the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF) have reinforced a spiral of economic contractions, and provoked a rising political rebellion against austerity, inspired in part (and especially in Spain, but also to a degree in Greece) by the successful exit from crisis of the South American countries in the past decade. The conference would like especially to address the questions of social stabilization, strategies for structural reform and economic growth, and monetary, financial and debt management that may be used to frame a new economic model for Europe.

A Guide for first time visitors

Openness and flexibility are major trends in contemporary education, research, and business, influencing the whole spectrum of institutions and corporations across the globe. Indeed, technological innovations are bringing about a paradigm shift in contemporary livelihoods. Modes of interaction are becoming more open and flexible in terms of time, space, organization, infrastructure and requirements. With this background, the World Economics Association organizes conferences which are held on-line.

WEA CONFERENCES are OPEN ACCESS. The World Economics Association strives to make its conferences accessible for all people around the world. The aim of the WEA ONLINE CONFERENCES is to enlarge the number of participants and to extend the period of discussion to provide for more developed exchanges than in typical, location-based conferences. WEA Conferences strive to be on the forefront of innovations in communicating and discussing high-quality research.

Each WEA CONFERENCE begins with a pre-conference stage with the announcement of the call, registration and selection of papers, culminating in a Discussion Forum. The interactive format of Conferences provide an online forum for visitors and commentators. All participants will be able to send comments on specific papers, or to contribute to a general discussion on the conference theme.

Each WEA ONLINE CONFERENCE is hosted by Maria Alejandra Madi, Chair of the WEA CONFERENCES. She selects the conference themes and Leaders with the expertise in the topic, and facilitates the process of the conference organization as well as the follow-up activities. The initial format of the WEA CONFERENCES was developed by Grazia Ietto-Gillies, whose ideas have continued to guide the current WEA CONFERENCES organizing team.

Discussion Forum open now with following papers:

More details about the WEA online conference are available here.

Job Postings

Austrian Foundation for Development Research

Job Title: Research Assistant

ÖFSE – the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (www.oefse.at) is inviting applications for the position of a research assistant (50%, 20 hours per week).

The contract is for a fixed term of one year (with possibility for a one year extension). The starting date of employment is 1 November 2015.

Required skills and qualifications:

We offer:

Applicants should submit an application (in pdf format) via e-mail, including:

Send complete application to: office@oefse.at

Direct enquiries to: Dr. Cornelia Staritz, c.staritz@oefse.at

Deadline for applications: 12 October 2015.

Bard College Berlin, Germany

Job Title: Professor of Economics

Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University invites applications for a Professorship of Economics Bard College Berlin is seeking to appoint a Professor of Economics from September 2016.

The successful candidate will be an innovative and adaptable teacher within the growing economics component of an interdisciplinary liberal arts BA programme. The purpose of the BA degree is to educate informed citizens capable of engaging critically with disciplinary debates and policy issues, and of becoming leaders in entrepreneurial, community and governmental initiatives.

Candidates should be applied microeconomists. A research focus on public choice and/or public economics/public finance will be an advantage, as will the capacity and willingness to teach undergraduate classes in these fields and in microeconomics, game theory or econometrics.

The teaching load, consisting of small-group seminar courses, is 10 SWS or a 2/3 courseload.

The language of instruction is English. An initial contract will extend for four years (equivalent German W2 salary scale) and will be extended upon successful evaluation.

Appointment requirements are governed by §100 of the Berlin University Law (Berliner Hochschulgesetz). Applicants should have a PhD degree, an excellent international track record in teaching and research, an interest in liberal arts education and in interdisciplinary dialogue beyond their fields of specialization.

Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV including list of publications, a statement on current and future research interests, and 3 publications. Candidates are also asked to provide a brief description of their teaching experience so far (levels of courses and students taught, and approaches taken) and of how they would teach economics in the framework of a liberal arts education.

Please send the these documents via email to Izabela Westphalen: I.Westphalen@berlin.bard.edu

Review of applications will begin after November 1 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Bard College Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.

For further informal inquiries about the position please see www.berlin.bard.edu or contact the chair of the search committee, Prof. Dr. Martin Binder (m.binder@berlin.bard.edu).

Cusanus University, Germany

Job Title: Research Assistant

The Institute of Economics at newly founded Cusanus University is dedicated to promote and foster pluralist, critical and transdisciplinary higher education. Yet small, but highly innovative, we offer a new master’s degree program in economics with two major fields of specialization developed in response to the needs of both students and employers: formation and creation of the society (Gesellschaftsgestaltung) and formation and creation of the economy (Wirtschaftsgestaltung).

The Institute of Economics invites applications for a part-time position asResearch Assistant (salary group TV-L 13; 20h/week).

The position is available starting January 1, 2016 for an initial period of two years.

The research assistant will participate in the teaching and research activities of the Institute of Economics. A good to very good master’s degree or diploma in economics, philosophy or related field with a specific interest in economic and philosophical questions are expected. A strong interest in pluralist, critical and transdisciplinary teaching and research of economics is essential.

Please send your application via e-mail in a single pdf file to: bewerbung@cusanus-hochschule.de and by mail to: Cusanus Hochschule, Prof. Dr. Silja Graupe, Postfach 1146, 54461 Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Application Deadline: 20 October 2015

Further information can be found at the University’s website.

Texas Christian University, US

Job Title: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

The Department of Economics at Texas Christian University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2016. The successful candidate will complete all Ph.D. requirements by August 2016 and offer upper-division courses in environmental and/or energy economics and one or more of the following: econometrics, intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, or contending perspectives in economics. Research expectations are commensurate with 3/2 teaching load. Departmental representatives will interview candidates at the January 2016 AEA meetings. By November 15, interested individuals should submit a cover letter, vita, and evidence of effective teaching and have three confidential letters of recommendation emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service to hremployment@tcu.edu.

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Application form is available here.

The Rhode Island School of Design, US

Assistant Professor of Political Economy, The Rhode Island School of Design

The Department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (HPSS) at the Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment of an Assistant Professor of Political Economy starting in fall of 2016. The suitable candidate will have undergraduate teaching experience and a broad background in Political Economy (PhD by start date in Political Science, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, Global Studies, or other relevant interdisciplinary degree). We are particularly interested in appointing a colleague with expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) globalization, global supply chains, the social science of global consumption; (ii) the political economy of development and development studies with possible foci of attention on the impact of industrialization and urbanization in East Asia, South Asia, or Latin America; (iii) the social science of advanced manufacturing, contemporary industrial restructuring, the emerging global economy of design and social innovation studies; (iv) the political economy of work, labor, and/or gender as this pertains to the above areas.

HPSS is a multidisciplinary department within the Division of Liberal Arts. Our students are art and design majors who take one third of their courses in the Liberal Arts. For those interested, RISD offers unique opportunities for collaborative research and teaching with faculty and students in art and design disciplines (e.g., industrial design, apparel, textiles, architecture, film, etc.). Full-time faculty teach 6 courses a year at RISD; in HPSS, these are typically two seminar classes (15 students), two introductory classes (21 students) and two lecture classes (30 students). RISD supports professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds and professional development grants.

Please submit a C.V., cover letter that speaks to your interest in RISD, statement of teaching philosophy, a list of proposed courses and sample syllabi, a research statement and examples of scholarly work, and three letters of recommendation via RISD's online employment website. Review of applications will begin on November 13 and will continue until the position is filled. We intend to conduct on campus interviews for finalists in January 2016.

RISD is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our College. RISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

University of Helsinki, Finland

Job Title: Post-doc position (2-3)

The Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT), now the largest centre in its field, is offering two or three new postdoc positions, beginning in January 2016 (or earlier). The positions are up to 2 years.

AREA: philosophy of economics (or neighbouring disciplines), broadly understood (inclusive of social and historical studies of economics in relation to its disciplinary neighbours).

RESEARCH AGENDA OF THE CENTRE: interdisciplinary and intertheoretic dynamics and their role in shaping the future of the social sciences, viewed mainly (but not only) from a philosophy of science point of view. Check the TINT site for more details.

POSSIBLE LINES OF RESEARCH: philosophical / historical / sociological analysis of interdisciplinary dynamics in which economics is involved, such as its (actual or missing) receptive interactions with psychology, neuroscience, sociology etc; its (actual or missing) collaborative relations with other disciplines in applied fields such as environmental research etc; and its expansionist ("imperialist") intrusions into the domains of sociology, political science, law, etc.

POSSIBLE PROFILES OF CANDIDATES: philosopher of economics interested in any relevant aspect of economics in its interdisciplinary relations; philosopher of some other relevant discipline, such as cognitive science, biology, ecology, anthropology, or law insofar as these somehow engage with economics; (philosophically informed) expert in the social / cultural / historical studies of science interested in relevant aspects of interdisciplinarity in which economics is involved; (philosophically informed) historian of economics specializing in the history of any relevant line of development in economics and its interdisciplinary relations.

We are looking for candidates with relevant top rate competences and a strong interest in TINT themes, and who would enjoy the thriving team life of a collaborative and growing international community of scholars. If you think you have the interest and competence, please send your application to Joonas Ottman <joonas.ottman@helsinki.fi> with cc to Uskali Mäki <uskali.maki@helsinki.fi>.

Applications should include:

  1. CV
  2. Research plan of ca 2000 words, including description of how it relates to the relevant parts (especially theme 4) of the TINT agenda.
  3. Sample of writing (eg published journal article)

Please also pay attention to TINT's visitors programme.

Application Deadline: 16 October 2015 (earlier submissions will be appreciated)

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Job Title: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university anchored in Africa and intent on global excellence and stature. With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and multiple partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. In a major shift towards aspiring to greater heights and Global Excellence and Stature, UJ has committed an additional R700 million over the next seven years towards enriching and deepening our academic profile, and developing UJ as the pan-African epicentre of critical intellectual inquiry.

The University of Johannesburg is actively recruiting for a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in the department of Economics & Econometrics.

The field of specialization for this post is Industrial Policy and/or the Microeconomics of Development. It is envisaged that the incumbent would teach courses in the microeconomics of industrial policy and/or in the microeconomics of development, at Masters level.

The Incumbent will be expected to:

Application Deadline: 5 October, 2015

More information is available here (.doc).

University of Redlands, US

Job Title: Tenure-track, full-time faculty position in “Ecological and Environmental Economics”

The Department of Economics of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Redlands invites applications for a full-time, tenure track assistant professor position in Ecological and Environmental Economics, beginning September 2016. The ideal candidate for this position must have a Ph.D. in economics by the time of hire, research interests in ecological and environmental economics, a proven intellectual disposition to work across disciplines, teaching interests in ecological economics/sustainable development, environmental and resource economics, and the ability to offer econometrics as needed. An appreciation of the liberal arts perspective and of heterodox economic paradigms is expected.

Applications must include a letter of interest, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching competency, writing sample, official graduate school transcripts, and three letters of reference, under separate cover. Applications may be sent either in hard-copy to: Search Committee, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences, P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373-0999; or electronically to economicssearch@redlands.edu.

Inquiries may be directed to dorene_isenberg@redlands.edu.

Consideration for interviews at the 2016 ASSA meetings requires the receipt of a complete application by December 1, 2015. Position remains open until filled. The University of Redlands is a private, comprehensive liberal arts institution located sixty miles east of Los Angeles, and is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage applications from women and under-represented populations.

Information about the University is available at www.redlands.edu.

University of Rhode Island, US

Job Title: Assistant Professor in Economics

Basic Function:

Teach courses in introductory and intermediate economic theory, and the economics of race, gender, and class; develop a program of scholarly activity and publish in an area of expertise that coordinates with department, college and university goals; advise students and contribute to departmental governance and service.

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Application deadline: 1 November 2015.

More details can be found at the university's website.

University of South Africa

Job Title: One-year Fellowship

One year fellowship available at the Department of Economics, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Must have completed a PhD in economics (including the history of economic thought) within the last 5 years.

Required to produce 2 articles for publication.

An amount of R300 000 for the year will be payable, tax free.

If interested, please contact Dr John Hart at hartjs@unisa.ac.za for further details and application form (open application period).


Leontief 2016 Prize Winners

GDAE will award its 2016 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Amit Bhaduri and Diane Elson.

This year's award, titled "Development and Equity," recognizes the contributions that these researchers have made to economic understandings of development, power, gender, and human rights.

“As the free market and waves of globalization have left some peoples behind, Diane Elson and Amit Bhaduri demonstrate why the current theories of development have excluded the poor and disenfranchised from the growth process,” said GDAE Co-Director Neva Goodwin. “Their cross-disciplinary work and profound understanding of economic development is appropriately recognized in an award that bears Leontief's name.”

GDAE awards the Leontief Prize each year to leading theorists who have developed innovative work in economics that addresses contemporary realities and supports just and sustainable societies. This year’s award will celebrate their continuing efforts to expand our knowledge of economic systems in the contexts of globalization, capital accumulation and the shifting balance of power away from governments to markets.

The ceremony and lectures by the awardees will take place on March 10, 2016 on Tufts University’s Medford campus; further details will be forthcoming.

Learn more about the prize winners: Dr. Bhaduri and Dr. Elson

EAEPE 2015 Prize Winners

The Council of the EAEPE would like to congratulate this year’s prize winners.

EAEPE-Simon Young Scholar Prize 2015

The EAEPE-Simon Young Scholar Prize was awarded to two young scholars:

EAEPE-Myrdal Prize 2015

The 2015 EAEPE-Myrdal Prize was awarded jointly to Smita Srinivas for her book on "Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States" (Stanford University Press, 2012) as well as Andrew Cumbers for his book on "Reclaiming Public ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy" (Zed Books, 2012).

EAEPE-Kapp Prize 2015

The EAEPE Kapp Prize for the best published paper goes to Angelo Fusari and the late Angelo Reati for their article “Endogenizing technical change: Uncertainty, profits, entrepreneurship. A long-term view of sectoral dynamics”, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 24 (2013).

Although the award was attributed on merits only, the Prize Committee is particular pleased to honor a former Council member as well as a long-standing and constantly active member of the association, who served as member of the Auditing Committee before his sudden passing away in Summer 2013.

Mark Blaug 2015 Prize Winner

The 2015 Mark Blaug Prize in Philosophy and Economics has been awarded to Jack Anderson (University of Utah) for his article:

"Resolving the small improvement argument: a defense of the axiom of completeness"

About the Prize

The Mark Blaug Prize is intended to promote and reward the work of young scholars in philosophy and economics. It is named in honour of Professor Mark Blaug (1927-2011), a founder of the field of philosophy and economics whose generosity and commitment to young scholars was recognized by all who knew him. For details of the prize and how to enter, visit the EJPE website.


Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, 35 (3)

Deepak Nayyar: Globalization and democracy

Ciro Biderman e Marcos Lopes: The geographic dynamics of industry employment in Brazilian metropolitan areas: Lessons for São Paulo

Noele de Freitas Peigo e José Augusto Gaspar Ruas: Rethinking “energy nationalism”: a study of the relationship between nation states and companies in the oil industry

Carlos Santiso: Why budget accountability fails? The elusive links between parliaments and audit agencies in the oversight of the budget

Nelson Barbosa Filho: O Desafio Macroeconômico de 2015-18

André Nassif: As armadilhas do tripé da política macroeconômica brasileira

Wilson Cano: Crise e industrialização no Brasil entre 1929 e 1954: a reconstrução do Estado Nacional e a política nacional de desenvolvimento

José Tavares de Araújo Jr.: O Enigma da Política Industrial no Brasil

Arthur Barrionuevo Filho: A formação distorcida de preços administrados na experiência brasileira recente

Paulo Furquim de Azevedo e Felipe C. Serigati: Preços administrados e discricionariedade do executivo

Edmar de Almeida, Patricia de Oliveira e Luciano Losekann: Impactos da contenção dos preços de combustíveis no Brasil e opções de mecanismos de precificação

Marwil Dávila-Fernández: Desindustrialização e o investimento em infraestrutura como instrumento conciliador de uma política industrial base no Brasil

Camila Hermida, Ana Paula Avellar, Clésio Xavier e Marisa Botelho: Desempenho e fragmentação da indústria de alta tecnologia do Mercosul

Raphael Bruce e Rudi Rocha: A Reação da Elite Política Incumbente na Abertura Democrática Brasileira

Rogério Arthmar: David Hume e as finanças de James I

Econ Journal Watch, 12 (3)

John Humphreys: Education Premiums in Cambodia: Dummy Variables Revisited and Recent Data

Veronique de Rugy, Ryan Daza, and Daniel B. Klein: Why Weren’t Left Economists More Opposed and More Vocal on the Export- Import Bank?

Jeremy Horpedahl: Ideology Über Alles? Economics Bloggers on Uber, Lyft, and Other Transportation Network Companies

Hugo J. Faria and Leonor Filardo: Venezuela: Without Liberals, There Is No Liberalism

Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard: Classical Liberalism and Modern Political Economy in Denmark

G. P. Manish, Shruti Rajagopalan, Daniel Sutter, and Lawrence H. White: Liberalism in India

Andrés Marroquín and Fritz Thomas: Classical Liberalism in Guatemala

Daniel B. Klein: Of Its Own Accord: Adam Smith on the Export-Import Bank

Economic Thought, 4 (2)

Patrizio Lainà: Proposals for Full-Reserve Banking: A Historical Survey from David Ricardo to Martin Wolf

Charles A. E. Goodhart and Meinhard A. Jensen: A Commentary on Patrizio Lainà’s ‘Proposals for Full-Reserve Banking: A Historical Survey from David Ricardo to Martin Wolf’

Scott Scheall: A Hayekian Explanation of Hayek’s ‘Epistemic Turn’

Ajit Sinha: A Reflection on the Samuelson-Garegnani Debate

Peter H. Bent: The Political Power of Economic Ideas: Protectionism in Turn of the Century America

Eithne Murphy: A Commentary on Peter Bent’s 'The Political Power of Economic Ideas: Protectionism in Turn of the Century America'

Economy and Society, 44 (3)

Louise Amoore & Volha Piotukh: Life beyond big data: governing with little analytics

Benjamin Braun: Governing the future: the European Central Bank’s expectation management during the Great Moderation

Dean Curran: Risk illusion and organized irresponsibility in contemporary finance: rethinking class and risk society

Nicholas Copeland: Regarding development: governing Indian advancement in revolutionary Guatemala

Bregje F. van Eekelen: Accounting for ideas: Bringing a knowledge economy into the picture

European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, 12 (2)

Sebastian Gechert, Achim Truger, Till van Treeck and Andrew Watt: Editorial: Inequality and the future of capitalism

Jonathan D. Ostry: Inequality and the duration of growth

Till van Treeck: Inequality, the crisis, and stagnation

Barry Z. Cynamon and Steven M. Fazzari: Rising inequality and stagnation in the US economy

Heather Boushey: Bringing inequality back in

Wiemer Salverda:Individual earnings and household incomes: mutually reinforcing inequalities?

Miriam Rehm and Matthias Schnetzer: Property and power: lessons from Piketty and new insights from the HFCS

Marc Lavoie: Teaching monetary theory and monetary policy implementation after the crisis

David Colander: Why economics textbooks should, but don't, and won't, change

Jonathan M. Harris: New macroeconomics teaching for a new era: instability, inequality, and environment

Feminist Economics, 21 (4)

Inmaculada Cebrián & Gloria Moreno: The Effects of Gender Differences in Career Interruptions on the Gender Wage Gap in Spain

Mohammad Amin & Asif Islam: Does Mandating Nondiscrimination in Hiring Practices Influence Women's Employment? Evidence Using Firm-Level Data

Robert G. Blanton & Shannon Lindsey Blanton: Is Foreign Direct Investment “Gender Blind”? Women's Rights as a Determinant of US FDI

Helena Marques: Does the Gender of Top Managers and Owners Matter for Firm Exports?

Sara Fernández-López, Milagros Vivel-Búa, Luis Otero-González & Pablo Durán-Santomil: Exploring The Gender Effect On Europeans’ Retirement Savings

Miriam Marcén: Divorce and the Birth Control Pill in the US, 1950–85

Kitae Sohn: The Gender Gap in Earnings Among Teachers: The Case of Iowa in 1915

Robert Cherry: Comment on “Funding Pain: Bedouin Women and Political Economy in the Naqab/Negev”

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Antonina Griecci Woodsum, Himmat Zu'bi & Rachel Busbridge: A Rejoinder to Robert Cherry

Global Labour Journal, 6 (3): Special Issue on "Transformative Unionism and Innovative Campaigns Challenging Inequality"

Michelle Williams: Transformative Unionism and Innovative Campaigns Challenging Inequality

Vishwas Satgar: A Trade Union Approach to Climate Justice: The Campaign Strategy of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

Frederico Luiz Barbosa de Melo: The Minimum Wage Campaign in Brazil and the Fight against Inequality

Maria Luiza da Costa: The CUT's Struggle for Gender Equality: The Campaign for Equality of Opportunities in Life, in Work and in the Labor Movement

Mark Heywood: The Treatment Action Campaign's Quest for Equality in HIV and Health: Learning from and Lessons for the Trade Union Movement

Herbert Jauch: The Rise and Fall of the Basic Income Grant Campaign: Lessons from Namibia

Luis Ernesto Campos: The National Front Against Poverty: The Struggle for Income Redistribution

Jörg Nowak: Union Campaigns in Germany directed against Inequality: The Minimum Wage Campaign and the Emmely Campaign

Peter Wahl: Thrilling like a Detective Story: The European Civil Society Campaign for the Financial Transaction Tax

Christos Boukalas, Julian Müller: Un-doing Labour in Greece: Memoranda, Workfare and Eurozone 'Competitiveness'

Industrial and Corporate Change, 24 (5)

Eric Bartelsman, Sabien Dobbelaere, and Bettina Peters: Allocation of human capital and innovation at the frontier: firm-level evidence on Germany and the Netherlands

Luigi Marengo: Representation, search, and the evolution of routines in problem solving

Hanna Hottenrott and Cindy Lopes-Bento: Quantity or quality? Knowledge alliances and their effects on patenting

Benjamin Balsmeier and Achim Buchwald: Who promotes more innovations? Inside versus outside hired CEOs

Alessandro Muscio, Davide Quaglione, and Giovanna Vallanti: University regulation and university–industry interaction: a performance analysis of Italian academic departments

Eirik Sjåholm Knudsen and Kirsten Foss: The effect of recessions on firms’ boundaries

Luca Grilli and Samuele Murtinu: New technology-based firms in Europe: market penetration, public venture capital, and timing of investment

Greg Clydesdale: Capabilities and industrial policy: lessons from the New Zealand movie industry

Journal of Institutional Economics, 11 (3)

Frank Hindriks, Francesco Guala: Institutions, rules, and equilibria: a unified theory

Teppo Felin: A forum on minds and institutions

Vernon L. Smith: Conduct, rules and the origins of institutions

Andrew C. Godlin, Mark C. Casson: ‘Doctor, Doctor. . .’ entrepreneurial diagnosis and market making

Jeffery S. MacMullen: Entrepreneurial judgment as empathic accuracy: a sequential decision-making approach to entrepreneurial action

Cass R. Sunstein, Reid Hastie: Garbage in, garbage out? Some micro sources of macro errors

Ken Binmore: Institutions, rules and equilibria: a commentary

Nikolai J. Foss, Peter G. Klein: Introduction to a forum on the judgment-based approach to entrepreneurship: accomplishments, challenges, new directions

Robert Sugden: On ‘common-sense ontology’: a comment on the paper by Frank Hindriks and Francesco Guala

Geoffry M. Hodgson: On defining institutions: rules versus equilibria

Giovanni Dosi, Luigi Marengo: The dynamics of organizational structures and performances under diverging distributions of knowledge and different power structures

Niklas L. Hallberg: Uncertainty, judgment, and the theory of the firm

John R. Searle: Status functions and institutional facts: reply to Hindriks and Guala

Masahiko Aoki: Why is the equilibrium notion essential for a unified institutional theory? A friendly remark on the article by Hindriks and Guala

Frank Hindriks, Francesco Guala: Understanding institutions: replies to Aoki, Binmore, Hodgson, Searle, Smith, and Sugden

Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, 38 (1)

Paul Davidson: A rejoinder to O'Donnell's critique of the ergodic/nonergodic explanation of Keynes's concept of uncertainty

Craig Medlen: Free cash, corporate taxes, and the federal deficit

Shyam Gouri Suresh & Mark Setterfield: Firm performance, macroeconomic conditions, and “animal spirits” in a Post Keynesian model of aggregate fluctuations

Felipe Rezende: Demand for financial assets and monetary policy: a restatement of the liquidity preference theory and the speculative demand for money

Arjun Jayadev & J. W. Mason: Loose money, high rates: interest rate spreads in historical perspective

André De Melo Modenesi & Rui Lyrio Modenesi: Development conventions: theory and the case of Brazil in the latter half of the twentieth century


Fernando Cardim de Carvalho: Associate Editor’s Corner

Metroeconomica, 66 (4)

Kevin S. Nell: The Complementary Nature Between Technological Progress and Capital Accumulation in India's Long-Run Growth Transitions

Sérgio Kannebley Júnior, João Paulo Martins Baroni and Diogo de Prince: Macro-Hysteresis Test for Brazilian Exports of Manufactured Products: A threshold Panel Approach

David Haas: Diffusion Dynamics and Creative Destruction in a Simple Classical Model

Gyun Cheol Gu: Why Have U.S. Prices Become Independent of Business Cycles?

Fabrício J. Missio, Frederico G. Jayme Jr., Gustavo Britto and José Luis Oreiro: Real Exchange Rate and Economic Growth: New Empirical Evidence

Eladio Febrero, Jorge Uxó and Óscar Dejuán: The ECB During the Financial Crisis. Not so Unconventional!

Arslan Razmi: The Limits to Wage-Led Growth in A Low-Income Economy

Amitava Krishna Dutt, Sébastien Charles and Dany Lang: Employment Flexibility, Dual Labour Markets, Growth, and Distribution

New Political Economy, 20 (6)

Daniel Bailey: The Environmental Paradox of the Welfare State: The Dynamics of Sustainability

Hubert Schmitz, Oliver Johnson & Tilman Altenburg: Rent Management – The Heart of Green Industrial Policy

Leonardo E. Letelier S. & Mireya Dávila A.: The Political Economics of Tax Reform in Chile

Helen Thompson: Germany and the Euro-Zone Crisis: The European Reformation of the German Banking Crisis and the Future of the Euro

Julia Maisenbacher: The Political Economy of Mobility Partnerships – Structural Power in the EU's External Migration Policy

Jeremy Green & Scott Lavery: The Regressive Recovery: Distribution, Inequality and State Power in Britain's Post-Crisis Political Economy

Ronen Mandelkern: What made Economists so Politically Influential? Governance-related Ideas and Institutional Entrepreneurship in the Economic Liberalisation of Israel and beyond

Real-World Economics Review, 72

Holger Apel: Income inequality in the U.S. from 1950 to 2010: The neglect of the political

Alicia Puyana: A never ending recession? The vicissitudes of economics and economic policies
from a Latin American perspective

Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan: Capital accumulation: fiction and reality

John Jeffrey Zink: Amartya Sen and the media

Severin Reissl: A critique of Keen on effective demand and changes in debt

Christian Flamant: Commodities do not produce commodities: A critical view of Sraffa’s theory of production and prices

Rainer Kattel: Economic consequences of location: Integration and crisis recovery reconsidered

Esteban Pérez Caldentey: Global production shifts, the transformation of finance and Latin America´s performance in the 2000s

Amit Bhaduri, Kaustav Banerjee, Zahra Karimi Moughari: Fight against unemployment: Rethinking public works programs

Review of Behavioral Economics, 2 (2)

Herbert Gintis, Dirk Helbing: Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory

Jane Sell, Catherine Eckel: Searching for Homo Socialis: A Comment on Gintis and Helbing

Mauro Gallegati: From the Homo Economicus to the Homo Socialis

Robert L. Goldstone: Homo Economicus and Homo Sapiens

Michael Hechter: Why Economists Should Pay Heed to Sociology

Geoffrey M. Hodgson: A Trojan Horse for Sociology? Preferences versus Evolution and Morality

Alan G. Isaac: Comment on “Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory”

Paul Lewis: An Anaytical Core for Sociology: A Complex, Hayekian Analysis

Siegwart Lindenberg: The Third Speed: Flexible Activation and Its Link to Self-Regulation

Michael W. Macy: Big Theory: A Trojan Horse for Economics?

Andrzej Nowak, Jorgen Andersen,Wojciech Borkowski: Dynamics of Socio-Economic Systems: Attractors, Rationality and Meaning

Paul Ormerod: A Comment on Gintis and Helbing “Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory”

Vernon L. Smith: Adam Smith: Homo Socialis, Yes; Social Preferences, No; Reciprocity Was to Be Explained

David H. Wolpert: The Gaping Holes in Social Science

Ulrich Witt: Sociology and the Imperialism of Economics

Herbert Gintis: Modeling Homo Socialis: A Reply to Critics

Dirk Helbing: Homo Socialis: The Road Ahead

Science & Society, 79 (4)

Editorial Perspectives: Greece, Europe, and the Capitalist Financial Oligarchy

Dennis López: El Grito del Norte, Chicana/o Print Culture, and the Politics of Anti-Imperialism

John David Jordan: Hayek’s Maze: The Ideological Construction of “Workfare,” and Other Members of Late Capitalism’s “Problem Family”

Patrick Galba de Paula: Main Interpretations of Marx’s Notion of Development: A Critical Review

Joseph Ricciardi: Marx on Financial Intermediation: Lessons from the French Crédit Mobilier in the New York Daily Tribune

Socio-Economic Review, 13 (3): Special Issue on "The rise of finance: causes and consequences of financialization"

Sabino Kornrich, Alex Hicks [Guest Editorial]: The rise of finance: causes and consequences of financialization

Sandy Brian Hager: Corporate ownership of the public debt: mapping the new aristocracy of finance

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Ken-Hou Lin, Nathan Meyers: Did financialization reduce economic growth?

Ignacio Alvarez: Financialization, non-financial corporations and income inequality: the case of France

Thibault Darcillon: How does finance affect labor market institutions? An empirical analysis in 16 OECD countries

Neil Fligstein, Adam Goldstein: The emergence of a finance culture in American households, 1989–2007

Yingyao Wang: The rise of the ‘shareholding state’: financialization of economic management in China

Eoin Flaherty: Top incomes under finance-driven capitalism, 1990–2010: power resources and regulatory orders

Matthew Soener: Why do firms financialize? Meso-level evidence from the US apparel and footwear industry, 1991–2005

tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 13 (2): Special Issue on "Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Industries, and Higher Education"

Edited by Greig de Peuter, Nicole S. Cohen, Enda Brophy

The issue’s publication was preceded by a public forum in Toronto, "Interns, Connect! A Forum on Upsetting Unpaid Work"
A launch event in Vancouver is in the works. As an open-access journal, all of the articles are freely available.

Interrogating Internships: Conceptualizing Internships

Thomas Corrigan: Media and Cultural Industries Internships: A Thematic Review and Digital Labor Parallels

Alexandre Frenette: From Apprenticeship to Internship: The Social and Legal Antecedents of the Intern Economy

Sophie Hope, Joanna Figiel: Interning and Investing: Rethinking Unpaid Work, Social Capital, and the “Human Capital Regime”

Bogdan Costea, Peter Watt, Kostas Amiridis: What Killed Moritz Erhardt? Internships and the Cultural Dangers of “Positive” Ideas

Interrogating Internships: Internships and Creative Industries

Christopher Boulton: Under the Cloak of Whiteness: A Circuit of Culture Analysis of Opportunity Hoarding and Colour-blind Racism Inside US Advertising Internship Programs

Tanner Mirrlees: Reality TV’s Embrace of the Intern

Roberto Ciccarelli: Expo Milano 2015: The Institutionalization of Working for Free in Italy

Marlene Murphy: A History of Internships at CBC Television News

Errol Salamon: (De)valuing Intern Labour: Journalism Internship Pay Rates and Collective Representation in Canada

David Lee: Internships, Workfare, and the Cultural Industries: A British Perspective

Interrogating Internships: Internships and Higher Education

Mara Einstein: Nothing for Money and Your Work for Free: Internships and the Marketing of Higher Education

Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Stephanie N. Berberick: “You Kind of Have to Bite the Bullet and do Bitch Work”: How Internships Teach Students to Unthink Exploitation in Public Relations

Ip Iam-chong: Negotiating Educated Subjectivity: Intern Labour and Higher Education in Hong Kong

Sandra Smeltzer: Interrogating Course-Related Public Interest Internships in Communications

Doug Tewksbury: Educating the Precariat: Intern Labour and a Renewed Approach to Media Literacy Education

Kirsten Forkert, Ana Lopes: Unwaged Posts in UK Universities: Controversies and Campaigns

Interrogating Internships: Intern Labour Activism

Panos Kompatsiaris: Art Struggles: Confronting Internships and Unpaid Labour in Contemporary Art

Intern Labor Rights: Report on Intern Rights Advocacy in 2013-2014

William Webb: Ontario Interns Fight Back: Modes of Resistance Against Unpaid Internships

Nicole Cohen, Greig de Peuter: Challenging Intern Nation: A Roundtable with Intern Labour Activists in Canada

Vera Weghmann: Exploited for a Good Cause? Campaigning Against Unpaid Internships in the UK Charity Sector


Daniel Marcus Greene, Daniel Joseph: The Digital Spatial Fix

Yiannis Mylonas: Austerity discourses in "Der Spiegel" magazine, 2009-2014

Martin Marinos: Anti-Neoliberal Neoliberalism: Post-Socialism and Bulgaria’s “Ataka” Party

Henry Silke: Base, Superstructure and the Irish Property Crash—Towards a Crisis Theory of Communications

Books and Book Series

Against the Troika: Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone

by Heiner Flassbeck and Costas Lapavitsas | 2015, VersoBooks

A radical anti-capitalist alternative to Eurozone austerity

On the 25th January 2015 the Greek people voted in an election of historic importance—not just for Greece but potentially all of Europe. The radical party Syriza was elected and austerity and the neoliberal agenda is being challenged. Suddenly it seems as if there is an alternative. But what?

The Eurozone is in a deep and prolonged crisis. It is now clear that monetary union is a historic failure, beyond repair—and certainly not in the interests of Europe’s working people.

Building on the economic analysis of two of Europe’s leading thinkers, Heiner Flassbeck and Costas Lapavitsas (a candidate standing for election on Syriza’s list), Against the Troika is the first book to propose a strategic left-wing plan for how peripheral countries could exit the euro. With a change in government in Greece, and looming political transformations in countries such as Spain, this major intervention lays out a radical, anti-capitalist programme at a critical juncture for Europe. The final three chapters offer a detailed postmortem of the Greek catastrophe, explain what can be learned from it—and provide a possible alternative.

Against the Troika is a practical blueprint for real change in a continent wracked by crisis and austerity.

Link to the book is available here.

Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital

By Jason W. Moore | 2015, VersoBooks

The relationship between capital and ecology in the longue durée

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its problems—is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the modern mosaic of crisis. Capitalism in the Web of Life shows how the critique of capitalism-in-nature—rather than capitalism and nature—is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation in the century ahead.

Link to the book is available here.

Carbon Capitalism: Energy, Social Reproduction and World Order

By Tim Di Muzio | 2015, Rowman & Littlefield International

Modern civilization and the social reproduction of capitalism are bound inextricably with fossil fuel consumption. But as carbon energy resources become scarcer, what implications will this have for energy-intensive modes of life? Can renewable energy sustain high levels of accumulation? Or will we witness the end of existing capitalist economies? This book provides an innovative and timely study that mobilizes a new theory of capitalism to explain the rise and fall of petro-market civilization. Di Muzio investigates how theorists of political economy have largely taken energy for granted and illuminates how the exploitation of fossil fuels increased the universalization and magnitude of capital accumulation. He then examines the likelihood of renewable resources providing a feasible alternative and asks whether they can beat peak oil prices to sustain food production, health care, science and democracy. Using the capital as power framework, this book considers the unevenly experienced consequences of monetizing fossil fuels for people and the planet.

Link to the book is available here.

Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy, Volume I

By Andrzej Klimczuk | 2015, Palgrave MacMillan

Ageing populations are a major consideration for socio-economic development in the early twenty-first century. This demographic change is mainly seen as a threat rather than as an opportunity to improve the quality of human life, especially in Europe, where ageing has resulted in a reduction in economic competitiveness. Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy mixes the silver economy, the creative economy, and the social economy to construct positive solutions for an ageing population. Klimczuk covers theoretical analyses and case study descriptions of good practices to suggest strategies that could be internationally popularized.

Link to the book is available here.

Essays on Keynesian and Kaldorian Economics

Edited by A.P. Thirlwall | 2015, Palgrave MacMillan

This volume of essays contains sixteen papers that the author has written over the last forty years on various aspects of the life and work of John Maynard Keynes and Nicholas Kaldor. The essays cover both theoretical and applied topics, and highlight the continued relevance of Keynesian and Kaldorian ideas for understanding the functioning of capitalist economies. Kaldor was one of the first economists to be converted to the Keynesian revolution in the mid-1930s, and he never lost the faith, so there was a strong affinity between them. But while Keynes revolutionised employment theory, Kaldor's major concern in the latter part of his life was with the theory and applied economics of economic growth. The papers on Keynes mainly relate to defending Keynesian economics against his classical and monetarist critics and showing how Keynesian ideas relate to developing economies and the functioning of the world economy in general. The papers on Kaldor give a sketch of his life and role as policy advisor, and outline his vision of the growth and development process within regions; within countries, and also in the world economy as a whole.

Link to the book is available here.

Extractivism in Africa: the Role of the "BRICS" countries

Edited by Patrick Bond and Ana Garcia | 2015, Haymarket Books

The emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa on a global stage has upset the dominance of the United States as the world’s only superpower. But can they chart a path toward a more just global economy? This collection, which brings together leading political economists from around the world, argues that the BRICS are actually amplifying some of the worst features of international capitalism.

This book aims to fill a gap in studies of the BRICS grouping of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). It provides a critical analysis of their economies, societies and geopolitical strategies within the framework of a global capitalism that is increasingly predatory, unequal and ecologically self-destructive — no more so than in the BRICS countries themselves.

In unprecedented detail and with great innovation, the contributors consider theoretical traditions in political economy as applied to the BRICS, including “sub-imperialism,” the World System perspective and dynamics of territorial expansion. Only such an approach can interpret the potential for a “brics-from-below” uprising that appears likely to accompany the rise of the BRICS.

Contributors: Elmar Altvater, Baruti Amisi, Patrick Bond, Omar Bonilla, Einar Braathen, Pedro Henrique Campos, Ruslan Dzarasov, Virginia Fontes, Ana Garcia, Ho-fung Hung, Richard Kamidza, Karina Kato, Claudio Katz, Mathias Luce, Farai Maguwu, Judith Marshall, Gilmar Mascarenhas, Sam Moyo, Leo Panitch, Bobby Peek, Gonzalo Pozo, Vijay Prashad, Niall Reddy, William Robinson, Susanne Soederberg, Celina Sørbøe, Achin Vanaik, Immanuel Wallerstein and Paris Yeros.

Link to the book is available here.

Great Thinkers in Economics

Edited by A.P. Thirlwall | 2015, Palgrave MacMillan

The famous historian, E.H. Carr once said that in order to understand history it is necessary to understand the historian writing it. The same could be said of economics. Famous economists often remark that specific episodes in their lives, or particular events that took place in their formative years attracted them to economics. This new series Great Thinkers in Economics is designed to illuminate the economics of some of the great historical and contemporary economists by exploring the interaction between their lives and work, and the events surrounding them.

Link to the book series is available here.

How Markets Work and Fail, and What to Make of Them

By Bart Nooteboom | 2015, Edward Elgar

Series: New Horizons in Institutional and Evolutionary Economics series

Initially, the inadequacy of economic science in the wake of recent financial and economic crises is outlined. Few economists predicted the crises and subsequent economic thought has been nebulous, failing to apprize guidance, understanding and prevention for the future. Established practices in finance and business continue regardless, and confusion has bred among policy makers, the public, and even economists on what markets actually are. Bart Nooteboom employs an Aristotelian virtue ethic, with a view to multiple dimensions of ‘the good life’, upturning the utilitarian ethic that dominates economic science and modern politics. The critique makes a corrective-turn, transforming economic thought into an integrative, ethical and interdisciplinary behavioural science of markets.

Nooteboom’s interdisciplinary approach makes this book an appealing read to economists, sociologists and political scientists with an interest in market processes. People concerned about how markets are developing and policy makers will welcome this topical work to gain fresh insights into collaborative and ethical market policy. This timely book will vitalize debate about markets, what they do and how they may work better.

Link to the book is available here.

Marx on Money

By Suzanne de Brunhoff | 2015, VersoBooks

The republication of Suzanne de Brunhoff’s investigation into Karl Marx’s conception of “the money commodity” brings vital discussion to commodities and their fetishism. The investigation of money as the crystallization of value in its material sense is central to how we understand capitalism and how it can be abolished. Marx on Money is a well-written analysis of how money, credit, debt and value fit into the “logic of capital” that characterizes commodity society.

Link to the book is available here.

Public Credit Rating Agencies: Increasing Capital Investment and Lending Stability in Volatile Markets

By Susan K. Schroeder | 2015, Palgrave MacMillan

In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, there have been many criticisms weighed against private credit rating agencies. Many claim they only exacerbate financial market volatility by issuing faulty public statements, ratings warnings, and downgrades. This instability increases the uncertainty in business environments and weakens the pace of business investment. Their rating changes also prompt national governments to reduce their spending at a time when fiscal expenditures are crucial for economic recovery.

Public Credit Rating Agencies argues for the creation of national public credit rating agencies, offering the first in-depth discussion of their implied role and function operating alongside private agencies. Schroeder provides an up-to-date overview of the ratings industry and the government bodies that monitor its activities. She suggests that the proper implementation of public credit rating agencies will promote the stability of lending, further development and adaptation of new technology, and increase labor productivity and the profitability of new investment in businesses. Finally, this book clarifies the inconsistencies that have surfaced between public budgeting and a rating agency's evaluation of national budgets.

Link to the book is available here. (Discount available on the hardcover with the code: PM15THIRTY)

Reframing Economics: Economic Action as Imperfect Cooperation

By Roger A. McCain | 2015,

The objectives of this book are twofold. Firstly, it proposes that economics should be defined as a study of imperfect cooperation. Secondly, it elucidates the continuities that extend from classical political economy through the neoclassical, Keynesian, and modern economics of the twenty-first century.

Roger McCain explores economics as the study of cooperative arrangements, or the ways in which people work together. He asserts that there is no ‘new paradigm’, but rather a more encompassing cognitive frame. In the same spirit, the book borrows freely, without doctrinairism, from Austrian and other heterodox traditions – including Marxism where it is helpful – and social philosophers in the social contract tradition. Game theory of both branches plays a key role throughout.

Presenting an innovative new framework for the major topics that together make up economic theory, this highly accessible book will strongly appeal to economics scholars, researchers and students, especially those in the fields of heterodox economics and the history of economic thought.

Link to the book is available here.

Struggle in a Time of Crisis

Edited by by Nicolas Pons-Vignon & Mbuso Nkosi | 2015, PlutoPress

Struggle in a Time of Crisis brings together essays by an array of distinguished global contributors who are devoted to working with labor movements and their allies around the world to stimulate debate about the challenges facing labor groups and activists amid increasing globalization. Arguing that labor is a crucial social force in this time of economic disparity, the essays in this volume look specifically at such examples as the Indonesian sportswear industry, Chinese construction companies in Africa, mining in South Africa, job quality in Europe, and the role of international aid. It is a wide-ranging look at the current state of the labor crisis around the world.

Özlem Onaran: Planet Earth is Wage-led!
Thomas I. Palley From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics
Fred Lee State Funding of Research and the Narrowing of economics in the UK
Ilan Strauss Globalisation and Taxation: Trends and Consequences
Tony Norfield: T-shirt economics: Labour in the Imperialist World Economy

Giorgios Argitis: Greece in the deadlock of the Troika's austerity trap
Carlo D'Ippoliti: The ECB's misleading Understanding of the euro crisis
Hansjörg Herr: Europe's lost decade: Paths out of stagnation
Christoph Hermann: The crisis, structural reform and the fortification of neoliberalism in Europe
Andrew Watt and Janine Leschke: The economic crisis and job quality in Europe: Some worrying trends and worse may be to come

Jomo Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury: Tackling unemployment and growing public debt
Frank Hoffer: Tax for equity: Getting wages back on track
Cedric Durand & Dany Lang: The State as the employer of last resort
Karl Cloete: We are Steaming Ahead': NUMSA's Road to the Left
João Antônio Felício: Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Towards a new progressive consensus There are Alternatives to the Neoliberal Blind Alley! Towards a New Progressive Consensus

Carol Jess: The Hobbit: An unexpected outcome?
Roland Zullo: Right to Work and Michigan labour
Ruth Castel-Branco: A Site of Struggle: Organised Labour and Domestic Worker Organising in Mozambique
Salimah Valiani: Constructing an anti-Neoliberal analysis to arrive at truly alternative alternatives
Paul Stewart: The 2012 Strike Wave, Marikana and the History of Rock Drillers in South African Mines

Phoebe V. Moore: Where is Decent Work in DfID policy? Marketisation and securitisation of UK international aid
Lisa Carstensen & Siobhan McGrath: The national pact to eradicate slave labour in Brazil: A useful tool for unions?
Dennis Arnold: Better work or ‘ethical fix’? Lessons from Cambodia’s apparel industry
Karin A. Siegmann, Jeroen Merk, and Peter Knorringa: Putting Workers´ Agency at the Centre in the Indonesian Sportswear Industry
Tandiwe Gross: Rana plaza: private governance and corporate power in global supply chains

Vasco Pedrina: Rank and File Participation and International Union Democracy
Andreas Bieler: Trade unions, free trade and the problem of transnational solidarity
Michael Fichter: Modelling a global union strategy. The arena of global production networks, Global Framework Agreements and trade union networks
Ronaldo Munck: Trade unions, globalisation and internationalism
Eddie Cottle: Chinese construction companies in Africa: A challenge for trade unions

Link to the book is available here.

TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

By Ferdi De Ville, Gabriel Siles-Brugge | 2015, Wiley

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has stirred passions like no other trade negotiation in recent history. Its supporters maintain that TTIP will produce spectacular growth and job creation; claims that are wholeheartedly rejected by its critics, who regard TTIP as a direct assault on workers' rights, health and safety standards and public services.

In this incisive analysis, Gabriel Siles-Brugge and Ferdi de Ville scrutinize the claims made by TTIP's cheerleaders and scaremongers to reveal a far more nuanced picture behind the headlines. TTIP will not provide an economic 'cure-all', nor will it destroy the European welfare state in one fell swoop. Thanks to unprecedented levels of protest and debate around TTIP, however, neoliberal trade negotiations are well and truly back in the spotlight. In this respect, TTIP could well prove to be a 'game-changer' - just not in the way imagined by its backers.

Link to the book is available here.

The Killing Fields of Inequality

By Goran Therborn | 2015, Polity Books

Inequality is not just about the size of our wallets. It is a socio-cultural order which, for most of us, reduces our capabilities to function as human beings, our health, our dignity, our sense of self, as well as our resources to act and participate in the world. This book shows that inequality is literally a killing field, with millions of people dying premature deaths because of it. These lethal effects of inequality operate not only in the poor world, but also, and increasingly, in rich countries, as Therborn demonstrates with data ranging from the US, the UK, Finland and elsewhere. Even when they survive inequality, millions of human lives are stunted by the humiliations and degradations of inequality linked to gender, race and ethnicity, and class.

But this book is about experiences of equalization too, highlighting moments and processes of equalization in different parts of the world - from India and other parts of Asia, from the Americas, as well as from Europe. South Africa illustrates the toughest challenges. The killing fields of inequality can be avoided: this book shows how.

Clear, succinct, wide-ranging in scope and empirical in its approach, this timely book by one of the world’s leading social scientists will appeal to a wide readership.

Link to the book is available here.

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships and Grants

oikos PhD Fellowship Program on "Finance and Sustainability"

oikos and the University of Zurich are inviting applications from qualified candidates for an oikos PhD Fellowship at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, starting in February 2016. The fellowship will provide a grant for a PhD focused on “Finance and Sustainability” at the University of Zurich’s Department of Banking and Finance.

Successful applicants need to demonstrate outstanding analytical skills, solid knowledge of finance, a commitment to sustainability, as well as strong leadership and personal competences. They also have to fulfil the requirements for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology of the University of Zurich. In addition, fluent English is a must. Additional language skills are an advantage.

The deadline for applications for the current selection round is November 10, 2015.

The timeline following this deadline is as follows:

For further information please download the call for applications here or contact us at fellowships@oikos-international.org.

The application package can be found here:

If you would like to receive the application and recommendation letter forms as a word file, please let us know by writing an email to fellowship@oikos-international.org

Call for tenders - Prospects of industrial Policy in the EU

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Brussels has published a call for tenders in relation to a study with the title:

“What room for manoeuvre does the current legal framework within the EU offer for a left-wing industrial policy?”

The leading question is: What room for manoeuvre does the current legal framework within the EU offer for a left-wing industrial policy, particularly with regard to development opportunities in peripheral countries (Art 173, ex 157, and any associated provisions)?

Technical details regarding the tender:

Please send applications by email to Martin Schirdewan (Martin.Schirdewan@rosalux.de) and Roland Kulke (roland.kulke@rosalux.org) Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Brussels.

Applications should include a CV, an abstract and a breakdown of the study.

The study must be sent in its entirety by 15 February 2016.

More details are available here (pdf).

ESHET offers various research grants

The Executive Committee of ESHET decided to make the following three grants available:

  1. "ESHET research grants" for research projects on any topic in the history of economic thought, funded from the ESHET budget.
  2. "ECB research grants" for research projects on the history of monetary theories, policies and institutions, sponsored by the European Central Bank.
  3. "ESHET audiovisual resources grants" for projects that utilize and/or produce audiovisual and Internet resources to provide education in and promote the history of economic thought

The ESHET research grants and ECB research grants amount to a maximum of 20,000 Euros for projects with duration of two years. The ESHET audiovisual resources grants amount to a maximum of 10,000 Euros for projects of on year duration.

It is the aim of ESHET to foster innovative and small-scale research projects pertaining to the history of economic thought without the usual administrative and management costs associated with international competitive research programmes

Any member of ESHET is eligible to apply for a grant. The principles and rules to be considered when applying, as well as an application form, are available on the ESHET website.

The deadline for the submission of application forms is 31 October 2015.

Calls for Support

Future of social sciences and humanities in Japan

Japan's current education minister is intent to closing all of the humanities, economics, law, and social science departments in the country's public sector universities, which include University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and indeed most of the other elite, research-intensive institutions.

Here is a link to the Times Higher Education Supplement story about the closure of social science and humanities departments in Japan.


The specious justification for the closure of these departments is financial cost. There may be another agenda at work. We believe that this petition, which is addressed to both the Minister of Education and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be effective since Japan's ruling party is divided into rival factions, not all of which shares the anti-intellectual or ultra-nationalist views of the current Minister of Education.

A petition for reconsidering this decision can be supported here: