Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 211 March 27, 2017 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

Two weeks ago I took part in an interdisciplinary workshop in Galway (Ireland), which gathered researchers from physics, mathematics and psychology and was hosted by this great researcher, who managed to bring together a bunch of open-minded and interesting people. While most colleagues presented some recent papers, I decided to go for a more "big-picture" approach explaining, basically, what I think that heterodox economics and pluralism is all about (slides here). In retrospect, this proved to be a really fine choice as I had the impression that such an occasional "big picture"-talk not primarily pressing for an immediate contribution adds a lot to facilitate sensible discussion and common understanding across disciplinary boundaries.

Experiences like these, which show that openness across boundaries is not only possible (contra Kuhn!), but also fruitful, serve as a nice counterpoint to the usual observations of disciplinary closure visible in economics, which is today taken for granted by most observers to the discipline (see some past editorials, or maybe better, these nice remarks over at orgtheory).

Personally, I would like to draw on these experiences in the near future as I am switching departments: after a decade of work in philosophy, I will change over to the Department of Economics at Johannes Kepler University Linz as of April 1, 2017. Hence, my versatility will be tested; in philosophy I started as an "economist, who accidentally became a philosopher". Now, I will turn to being "a philosopher, who has accidentally become an economist". I hope sincerely, the transition will be as smooth as it sounds ;-)

All the Best,


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Table of contents

Call for Papers

21st FMM Conference on "The Crisis of Globalisation" (Berlin, Nov 2017)

9-11 November, 2017 | Best-Western Hotel International, Berlin, Germany

At its 21st conference the Forum for Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM) will focus on globalisation and its implications. We will assess how the past globalisation process can be explained, in which direction it may develop, and which policies are needed to make the global economy beneficial for all. For the open part of the conference submissions on the general subject of FMM are invited as well. We particularly welcome submissions of papers for graduate student sessions. There will also be a day of introductory lectures for graduate students prior to the opening panel on 9 November.

The market-radical regime of globalisation started to unfold in the 1970s. Since then, integration of financial markets and global value chains have grown to unprecedented levels. Multinational companies and financial institutions have gained substantial power. Globalisation produced winners, but also many losers. Contrary to expectations, many countries have experienced low GDP growth, accompanied by financial booms-bust cycles and high unemployment. Inequality within countries and between developed and poor countries increased, with only a small number of developing countries catching up. Right-wing parties are on the rise and hit long-standing left anti-globalisation movements. All this seems to indicate that the present type of globalisation is economically and politically exhausted. At our 21st conference, we will assess how the past globalisation process can be explained, in which direction it may develop, and which policies are needed to make the global economy beneficial for all.

The submission of papers in the following areas is particularly encouraged:

Proposals have to be submitted electronically via this web application. The deadline for paper proposals (abstract of max. 400 words) is 30 June 2017. Proposals for organized sessions with abstracts of three or four papers are welcome and can also be submitted through the web application. Decisions will be made in early August and will be based on clarity, relevance and originality of abstracts outlining the research question, method and (preliminary) results. In case of acceptance, full papers, including an abstract of max. 200 words are due by 15 October and will be posted here.

Kontakt: Sabine Nemitz

Call for Papers (pdf)

33rd EGOS Colloquium: Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshop on Marxism and organization studies (Copenhagen, July 2017)

5 July, 2017 | Copenhagen, Denmark

General Conference: 33rd EGOS Colloquium: "The Good Organization: Aspirations, Interventions, Struggles" (Copenhagen, 2017)


Pre-Conference on Wednesday from 09:00 to 13:00


This PDW aims to offer interested faculty and doctoral students an opportunity to explore how Marxist ideas can enrich organization studies and the associated empirical research.

Marxist theory has a long history of engagement with the field of organization studies (see Adler 2009 for an overview) and EGOS has hosted a Marxist organization studies sub-theme in each of the previous five years (leading to the publication of several papers in a forum in Organization Studies April 2015). But there are not many opportunities available to faculty and students who want to learn more about this approach and discuss with others how it might help them in their own research. This PDW aims to fill that gap.


The workshop will be structured in two parts. In the first part, the workshop will feature the two convenors discussing where Marxist theory is similar to and differs from the main lines of contemporary organization theory, and how Marxist theory has been used in empirical research at the organization level

In the second part, participants will discuss and receive feedback on their “working papers” in a workshop setting. Working papers can take the form of a project description or a draft paper. Facilitators will be assigned to appropriate sets of working papers and will lead discussion of them in small groups.



To be considered for the workshop, authors will need to submit a short paper via the EGOS website. Please submit – via the EGOS website – a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that includes a cover page with full details of name, affiliation, email address, and a personal website if that is available, and a proposal/working paper of whatever length seems appropriate.

The workshop will move forward conditional on enough applications being received by April 3, 2017.


8th Annual Conference in Political Economy: "The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century": Call for Streams (Berlin, Sept 2017)

13-15 September, 2017 | Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany


IIPPE, CPERN and IPE call for general submissions for the Conference but particularly welcome those on its core themes of inequalities and instabilities, which will be the focus for the plenary sessions. Proposals for presentations will, however, be considered on all aspects of political economy. New participants committed to political economy, interdisciplinarity, history of economic thought, critique of mainstream economics, and/or their application to policy analysis and activism are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Submissions may be made as (a) proposals for individual papers (b) proposals for panels (c) proposals for streams of panels (d) proposals on activism. CPERN is looking particularly for papers and panels on the themes of inequality and instability in the areas of critical global political economy, as explained further in the Electronic Proposal Form.

To submit a proposal, please go to the following Electronic Proposal Form, and follow the instructions carefully. Copy and paste the link into your Internet browser if not working with a click.


The deadline for proposals is April 7, 2017. All other deadline dates are stated in the Electronic Proposal Form.

For general information about IIPPE, its Working Groups, and the Conference, click here (http://iippe.org/wp/).

For general information about CPERN, click here (https://criticalpoliticaleconomy.net/). For general information about IPE, (http://www.ipe-berlin.org/).

We look forward to an outstanding IIPPE/CPERN/IPE Conference in Berlin.

The Conference Organising Committee,

More details are available here.


The Call for Papers of different Working Groups can be found below:

8th Annual Conference of the AESOP Sustainable food planning group (Coventry, Nov 2017)

14-15 November, 2017 | Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Coventry, UK

Theme: "Re-imagining sustainable food planning, building resourcefulness: Food movements, insurgent planning and heterodox economics"

In this conference we look for contributions that valorise and bring to the fore the multiplicity of marginal, residual, heterodox or unheard experiences, policies, concepts and practices that are already creating new worlds in innovative and socially just ways, and/or bear the potential of becoming building blocks of sustainable food planning for a resourceful, agroecological, urbanism.

We are also interested in critical contributions that reflect on how current mainstream approaches to food production, food strategies and urban agriculture can be/are being radically transformed into tools for resourcefulness.

Presentations can have a practical, theoretical, political or methodological focus.

We particularly look for critical contributions that address one or more of the following five sub-themes:

  1. theoretical re-conceptualisations of urbanism (and its peri-urban and rural surroundings) in relation to food planning (including discussions on the interlink between new and old urban and agrarian questions; critical discussions on planetary urbanisation, post-suburbia, insurgent urbanism; new ontological and epistemological definitions of urbanism; etc.)

  2. political processes and strategies (urban political agroecology; pathways for radicalising and/or steering local, national or global agri-food strategies; experiences of people’s led urban food policies and planning; justice and rights-based legal challenges; urban-based food, water and land access movements; experiences linking agrarian and urban food sovereignty movements; community self-organisation; etc.)

  3. resourceful land management (including, for example, land reforms and land tax; common good land use; regulation or incentives that turns urban vacant spaces into food producing sites; regulation of private property rights in relation to land depletion and environmental degradation; innovative waste and nutrients management in urban areas; land and water rights; urban metabolism; innovative and radical ways to reshape urban-rural links);

  4. urban agroecological practices (including for example experiences that experiment with food producing and socio-environmentally just urban agriculture, urban agroforestry, urban permaculture, organic indoor production, rooftop and vertical growing, edible public space; foraging-enabling urban planning and design; urban water management; etc.);

  5. post-capitalist economics (including food de-commodification, solidarity and shared economy, micro-farming, urban patchwork farms, community kitchens, food commoning and conviviality, alternative currencies, new urban commons sharing food, housing, and livelihoods, etc.…)

We are open to receiving papers that draw either from the Global North or the Global South, but we also encourage contributions that reflect on the cross fertilisation and reciprocal learning among these geographical contexts.

Please read the full call for papers here: https://aesopsfp.wordpress.com/call-for-papers

Deadline for submission: 1st April 2017

[We are pleased to announce that we are successfully working to make this conference as much affordable as possible, with a number of free passes and an extremely discounted rate for unwaged, students and attendants from low-income countries. final fees will be announced in May]

Cambridge Journal of Economics: Special Issue on "The Dynamics of Industrial and Economic Renewal in Mature Economies: Implications for Theory and Policy"

Special Issue Editors:

This Special Issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics invites contributions on the dynamics of industrial and economic renewal in mature economies.

Theme: "The Dynamics of Industrial and Economic Renewal in Mature Economies: Implications for Theory and Policy"

Over the last two decades, the global industrial landscape has been dramatically reshaped by profound structural and technological transformations. Global and regional production networks have redesigned the sectoral composition of economies as well as the geography of production and international trade. Emerging technologies and their integration into complex technological systems have led to fundamental shifts in patterns of manufacturing production and consumption; and the widespread application of automation, robotics and digital technologies in advanced manufacturing systems – coupled with new developments in nanotechnologies and biotechnologies – have accelerated the pace of technological change, whilst increasing systemic inter-dependencies between organisations, industries and regions.

However, the impact of these transformations – both within and across countries – has been uneven. In mature industrial economies, whilst some regions have managed to capture emerging production, technological and market opportunities – and, in certain cases, develop new industrial ecosystems – others have experienced decline. In many cases, decline has been the result of a lengthy process of deterioration of the industrial base and the dismantling of both private and public entrepreneurial systems; and only partially a consequence of either the relocation of industrial production to fast catching-up economies like China or mounting oligopolistic competitive pressures in global markets. Other contributing factors include a lack of private investment and targeted industrial policy; financialisation of the real economy; increasing inequalities; and the rapid contraction in domestic demand due to worsening income distribution, precipitated by the 2008 financial crisis. The resulting structural unemployment, regional unbalances and uncertainty have put pressure on governments in mature industrial economies – and their public finances – exacerbating polarisation both within countries and across continental areas like Europe.

This emerging scenario poses new challenges for governments in mature industrial economies. In particular, it challenges their capacity to reverse de-industrialisation and find new pathways for sustainable economic development and growth. The effectiveness of state intervention critically depends upon their understanding of modern industrial ecosystems and processes of innovative industrial renewal.

While rooted in the classical work on manufacturing systems and industrial districts by Charles Babbage, Alfred Marshall and, more recently, Giacomo Becattini, as well as the early works in organisational dynamics and complex systems theory by Edith Penrose, Herbert Simon and Brian Arthur, the theoretical construct of the industrial ecosystem has recently emerged as a flexible framework, integrating complementary strands of research on industrial districts and clusters; sustainable value creation; technological interdependences, relatedness and diversification; production and knowledge networks; national and regional industrial systems and sectoral systems of innovation. The complex architecture of industrial ecosystems is a consequence of difficulties in identifying their sectoral, geographical and technological boundaries as well as in capturing the multiple dynamics triggered by structurally heterogeneous organisations.

The dynamics of industrial ecosystems involve complex evolutionary and structural processes of emergence, decline and transformation. Alongside cases of decline, a number of mature industrial economies have witnessed the emergence of new industrial ecosystems as well as the innovative restructuring of existing ones. Indeed, industrial ecosystems often transform themselves, following various diversification trajectories triggered by technology-push and market-pull dynamics. Industrial policy can play a critical role in supporting the development of these potential trajectories and, hence, the emergence and innovative renewal of industrial ecosystems.

However, theoretical and empirical contributions to the industrial and innovation policy debate have largely overlooked possibilities for such innovative industrial restructuring in mature industrial economies. In this context, re-industrialisation presents multiple challenges that often require the adoption of aligned policy packages – including both supply- and demand-side measures – and the coordination of different states, at different governance levels. In this context, new or alternative governance structures and institutions – including new forms of public-private partnerships – may be required to manage such transitions, particularly with respect to coordination and system-building.

This special issue will explore these issues. We are particularly interested in contributions addressing:

  1. The theory and dynamics of industrial ecosystems, regions and clusters with a special focus on mature industrial economies

  2. Cases studies of industrial ecosystem dynamics, with a focus on processes of emergence, decline and transformation

  3. Industrial, manufacturing and innovation policy in support of the emergence and innovative renewal of industrial ecosystems

Instructions to authors

Submissions should be made using the journal’s online submission system

Please indicate that your manuscript is a candidate for the special issue. Authors are also advised to include a note to this effect in a covering letter which can be uploaded during the submission process.

All papers submitted will be evaluated using the CJE’s normal peer review process.

Please also see the Journal’s information for authors

The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2017. Authors are advised to submit their paper no more than one month before this deadline.


Interdisciplinary Conference "Building Bridges in a Complex World" (Chania, July 2017)

6-8 July, 2017 | Chania, Crete, Greece

This is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-driven gathering with the main focus on bringing people together to share ideas in a convivial environment. We hope to explore what kind of alternative questions, concepts, methods and practices are necessary to address these complex challenges of our time.

We are a network of academics and practitioners motivated by our work experiences inside and outside of Europe. With this being the first conference, we are hoping to turn this into an annual gathering to build bridges on three different levels: between theorists and practitioners, between people from different disciplines and between people from different parts of the world.

Our conference is about creating new bonds in an intellectually challenging but convivial environment irrespective of status and titles. It offers a unique format of intimate discussion groups where everyone attending has the opportunity to be part of the conversations.


At the beginning of the 21st century, the world is facing challenges that are interconnected, including wars, terrorism, (forced) migrations, global inequalities and asymmetries, climate change etc.
The fundamental constraints to an equitable standard of living for everyone are neither a shortage of resources nor a lack of technological innovations. The main impediments are a lack of political will to reform a global institutional order that produces foreseeable yet avoidable power asymmetries. Whereas on our side, it is potentially experiences of disempowerment and/or the lack of solidarity, which influence our abilities to imagine a just world and to dare enough to play the role of change-makers.

It is in this spirit that we invite contributions from practitioners and researchers to share your insights, practices and experiences relating to programmes, policies and studies that address issues of social (in)justice and (in)equality locally and internationally. Possible topics could address one of the following thematic areas:

Violence, Conflict & Resistance

Find out more about us: www.buildingbridges.uk.com

International Conference on "Reassessment and perspectives of labour policies" (Rome, Dec 2017)

14-15 December, 2017 | University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

The conference is organised by Associazione Studi e Ricerche Interdisciplinari sul Lavoro (ASTRIL) in co-operation with European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), INAPP Public Policy Innovation, Associazione Italiana Economisti Dellavoro (AIEL) and European Lifelong Learning Programme.

The conference aims to collect and develop reflections focused precisely on the theme of “labour policy”, in order to reassess both the evidence of the recent evolution of the labour market, and the theoretical basis of the policies, in Italy and in Europe. The purpose is to place, in a perspective theoretically founded, a deep redefinition of the concept, the lines and the operational tools of economic policy in the field of labour.

The conference is structured into the following 4 broad themes:

  1. Employment Policies

  2. Policies for the quality of work

  3. Policies for productivity and wages

  4. Active labor market policies

Write in the abstract the research area to which the paper refers to (A, B, C, D)


Please send abstracts and session proposals to: astral@uniroma3.it

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2017

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education: Special Issue on "Teaching Inequality"

Guest Editors:

Special Issue on: "Teaching Inequality in an Age of Pluralism"

Inequality is one of the greatest economic and social problems of our time, manifesting in numerous forms of individual hardships, economic stagnation, and weakened democratic processes and institutions. The primary objective of this special issue is to bring together pluralist work on teaching inequality in its many dimensions and manifestations; and, to promote further discussion and development of inequality-focused teaching strategies and materials. We seek papers featuring discussion of teaching inequality that employ alternative theoretical frameworks and/or innovative pedagogical strategies; that focus on global inequality or inequality in particular regional or national contexts; and that address the significance of the many economic, social, and demographic divisions of inequality.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

If you have any queries concerning this special issue, please email the Guest Editors Dr. Janice Peterson at Japeterson@csufresno.edu or Dr. Dell P. Champlin at Dell.Champlin@oregonstate.edu.

Important Dates

All papers for this issue will be refereed. If you would be willing to serve as a referee, please contact us. We fully expect all of the papers will be interesting and worth the investment of your time.

Joint URPE-IAFFE Panels @ ASSA (Philadelphia, Jan 2018)

5-7 January, 2018 | Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, US

The planned panel(s) will be proposed to the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) and/or International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) at the Allied Social Science Association meetings. The January 2017 conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA.

We are seeking papers for a panel that will showcase the breadth of scholarship in feminist radical political economy. The panel(s) will include research from a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches. Topics are open, but all proposed papers should represent explicitly feminist and radical thought.

We would appreciate abstracts from interested participants by Monday, April 3 to give us plenty of time prior to the submission deadline. Please send your abstract, paper title, name and institutional affiliation to cohenje@miamioh.edu and munro@pdx.edu.

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: "Political economy of right populism"

While the political and scholarly mainstream, when referring to Brexit and to Trump, is discussing about a possible "end of globalisation" or about an "anti-modern backlash against globalisation", a new kind of blackmail is brought to bear upon working people, upon poor people, upon people in precarious living conditions, as well as upon the political left wing and upon the ecologists (again, especially upon the ecological left wing): They are asked to accept new neoliberal "reforms" – i.e. (further) social cuts, repressions, the reduction of democratic rights, the on-going ignorance opposed to ecological demands and reinforced "security measures" – because they were an unavoidable alternative to the politics of "right populism".

The new "White Book" of the European Commission in occasion of the 60th of the Rome treaties (see our policy paper http://www.rosalux.de/publication/43047/no-celebrations-on-25-march.html) constitutes another example of this approach. It reflects a special type of right wing populism, while the main neoliberal agents continue to categorize growing right wing extremism as a less harmful "right wing populism". In so doing, they fight against any kind of critique of neoliberalism and its austerity policy, especially against a critique which can show that their ideology, culture and policy are to be understood as being based upon a specific type of the capitalist mode of production.

This situation constitutes, in actual fact, a harsh criticism of the left wing forces, for their lack of understanding of present historical reality and their incapacity of launching pertinent and therefore effective counter-initiatives. At the same time it constitutes a new challenge for them, to work on even more serious and pertinent analyses, as well as on political initiatives and strategies for effectively changing the very structure of society, and to push through firststeps for starting a deep socio-economical and ecological transformation.

As this is the basis of our thinking, we at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation want to contribute to this work and therefore we do ask the simple, but effective question of "How and why has it been possible that the complex of deregulation/liberalisation/privatisation/financialisation/freetrade policy and "investment protection"/"security"policies has emerged and developed in our societies, constitutung a major block to all attemps of deeper transformation? Who are the social forces behind this? Why should we especially focus on the capitalist oligarchies? Who are the so called "right wing populists" in terms of contemporary capitalist societies – and why and how are they searching for possibilities to improve their positions within the present system of competition? Why are they successful, what is their economic policy and how they do influence the development of societal relations, especially in the sphere of material societal reproduction? What does all this mean for the political working conditions of the left wing forces?

Whoever is interested in an active participation in a workshop on these issues in Berlin, on November 8/9 (travel and accomodation costs will be covered by the RLF), is asked to send us an abstract (of up to 500 words) expressing their main working findings and theses on the questions we have asked, as well as on their own scientific and political interest in this kind of workshop.

We shall accept abstracts until April 20th, and then decide about the workshop programme and on specific invitations to participate until the beginning of May.

Please send your abstracts to and/or contact Judith Dellheim: judith.dellheim@rosalux.org

SASE–RISE Iberoamerican Socioeconomic Meeting: "Society, Culture and Sustainable Development" (Bolívar, Nov 2017)

16-18 Novemeber, 2017 | Bolivar Technological University of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia


Development has been a central element in the Iberoamerican debate about the relationship between economy and society. The current discussion of the different definitions have taken a more protagonism due to their scope to other spheres rather than just Economic Growth, concept to which it has been almost exclusively circumscribed for several decades.

The concept of Development has progressed significantly from its beginnings, when it was focused in material growth, through paradigms of human and sustainable development. The idea of Development has evolved, in spite of the initial confusion between its fundamental goals and the means to achieve it. The search of some external elements to people, like income, wealth, or Gross Domestic Product, was considered as a goal, when actually they are means to reach Development. The ultimate goal of development is the quality of life, how people feel about themselves, what do they want to do or what do they want to be. The search of a better life, in terms of Amartya Sen, consists in living in a way that includes freedom and reasons to celebrate. It is necessary to be free to be able to have a good life.

In this sense, the new approaches of development allow us to understand the man and the society as part of a complex and global system. Hence, as a part of specific contexts, it is necessary to consider the relations among its different components, and its relations with the concepts of better life quality and well-being of the individual, at an aggregate level and at a local level as well.

Nonetheless, in spite of the theoretical advances and conceptualization of development, in its wider form, for many of Ibero-America’s countries the model of development remains mainly subscribed to the exploitation of the natural resources. This approach generates significant negative externalities on the environment and the health, restricting the freedom and the people’s capabilities. This model, based on the exploitation of natural resources and raw materials, is unsustainable and constitutes a major constraint to the development of the human being. Hence, there is a need for a change that will allow our society adapting the productive structures to the theoretical advances for a sustainable future. Some fields like ecology, anthropology, and sociology, have made significant contributions to the concept of development and to the valuation of cultural, environmental and natural resources assets. In this sense, the enjoyment of nature and its preservation, the understanding of the culture of the territory, the participation in the lifestyles of the local populations, and justice in the recognition of the people’s rights, gain relevance in the notion of development.

The III ISEM will be faced, therefore, to reflect on its agenda the discussions about development in the framework of the search of more balanced, just and sustainable societies. The event will provide a space for reflection on the growth of the economy of the countries and its relation with the human well-being and the environment. It will also allow to analyze its relevance, incidence and social scope in a sustainable development context.

About SASE

Founded in 1989, the Society for the Advancement of Socio - Economics (SASE) is an international organization with members in more than 50 countries. The SASE organizes a main annual meeting, in addition to regional meetings, local academic events, and issues for the Socio-Economic Review. In 2013, the first Ibero-American meeting of Socioeconomics was held and took place at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The second one was held in 2015 in Porto Alegre, at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

In 2017, III Iberoamerican Socio-Economic meeting will take place in Cartagena, Colombia. This year, the organization of this meeting led by the SASE, will be in charge of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEN for its Spanish acronym); the Institute of Studies for the Development (IDE) and the Master´s degree in Development and Environment of the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, with the support of Departament of Estructura Económica y Economía del Desarrollo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. The central topic of the III RISE, “Society, Culture and Sustainable Development in Iberoamerica”, is looking to inspire the theoretical and political debate on the complexities immersed in the relationship between sustainability, development and economic growth in the countries of Iberoamerica, under a multidimensional approach and with the participation of academics and researchers from different disciplines, such as: economics, political science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, law and sociology.

Academic areas of discussion (networks)

  1. The state of the art in socio-economy studies
  2. Globalization and human development
  3. Environmental governance, social movements and development.
  4. Regulation, supervision and financial system.
  5. Demographic horizon, labor relations and well-being.
  6. Sustainable development, climate change and environmental balance.
  7. Culture, development and creative economy
  8. Insularity, sovereignty and territorial dynamics.
  9. Peace, post-conflict and democracy.
  10. Innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness and development
  11. Tourism and development
  12. Regional and urban development

Abstracts Submission

  1. It is possible to submit in two different categories: Individual Papers and Sessions
  2. To submit an individual paper, you must include an abstract. Abstracts for submissions to regular networks should be no longer than 500 words. All submissions need to include 3 key words
  3. To submit a session, you must include both an overall abstract for the session and abstracts for each of the 3-4 paper abstracts composing the session. The same word length applies to papers within sessions as does to individual paper submissions.
  4. The abstract shall contain:
    1. Objective (s)
    2. Methodology
    3. Main findings
    4. References
    5. Names, email and academic status of all authors
    6. Less than 500 words
    7. Papers must be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese
  5. Indicate in which academic area the document is being submitted (from 1 to 12).
  6. Send the file to: iiirisecolombia@gmail.com or upload at: http://www.unitecnologica.edu.co/RISE-SASE2017
  7. Deadline for abstract submission: 15th August, 2017

Publications of the III RISE peer Reviewed Journals

The III RISE offers the opportunity of publish the best works presented in peer reviewed journals. Authors interested in publication should send the full paper before December 20, 2017, and must comply with the guidelines for evaluation and publication of each journal. The requirements to participate in the call for papers

The III RISE offers the opportunity of publish the best works presented in peer reviewed journals. Authors interested in publication should send the full paper before December 20, 2017, and must comply with the guidelines for evaluation and publication of each journal.

  1. Submitting the abstract for the III RISE during the due dates
  2. The author must be registered in the III RISE and, all the co-authors of the document must be SASE members
  3. The paper must have been presented at the III RISE conference
  4. Send the full paper prior to December 20, 2017


More details about the conferece can be found here: unitecnologica.edu.co/en/rise-sase2017.

Special Sessions @ 29th Annual EAEPE Conference: "The role of the State in Economic Development" (Budapest, Oct 2017)

19-21 October, 2017 | Budapest, Hungary

Information about the conference and the general call for papers is available here.

Below you find Special Call for Papers of different EAPE Research Areas:


Research Area [E1]: Industrial Policy and Development

For this year's EAEPE Conference in Budapest the research area ‘Industrial Policy and Development’ invites papers or sessions that offer insights to the discussion on industrial development with special emphasis on the importance of structural and institutional transformation both for developed and developing countries and regions. How this transformation can be marshaled and what is the role of industrialpolicy in that direction? What are the main challenges to be taken into account?

Industrial development is not referring only to the manufacturing sector but to the entire supply chain, including agricultural activities and services, as there are strong interdependencies and complementarities among these productive domains.

In addition to the general topics that fall within the description of our research area Research Area [E1] and trying to keep in line also with the main conference theme, we invite papers or sessions that address issues related to the following topics:



Research Area E[2]: "Entrepreneurship and Theory of the Firm"

The Entrepreneurship and Theory of the Firm research area of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) is pleased to announce its call for panels and papers to the 29th annual conference in Budapest this year. This research area is dedicated to providing a forum for the presentation of theoretical and empirical approaches, as well as substantive concerns, related to entrepreneurship and the existence, creation and evolution of firms.

In light of this year’s conference theme, E[2] research area would like to invite papers and proposals for panels that would explore entrepreneurship as an activity that lies at the core of economic growth, development and catch-up. We would particularly encourage contributions that examine connections between entrepreneurial activity, internationalisation and innovation and explore how they can affect economic growth by taking the context of developing countries into account. In addition, we are keen on considering approaches that examine how entrepreneurship in specific industrial sectors can affect growth potential and social well- being. We also invite contributions on the impact and efficiency of public policies and institutions on entrepreneurship. In that vein, the research area coordinators would suggest several basic guiding questions for panels and papers, however, potential contributors should not feel limited to these suggestions

Panel proposals should include between 3 and 4 paper proposals, a chair and a discussant. Paper abstracts should be between 300-750 words in length.
All proposals should be submitted over the EAEPE website.

Questions, queries or comments can be addressed to the Reasearch Area Coordinators, Aimilia Protogerou (protoger@ chemeng.ntua.gr) and Sougand Golesorkhi, (S.Golesorkhi@mmu.ac.uk).


Research Area [I]: Comparative Political Economy

Theme: "How much state? What role of the state? Comparing experiences"

Holding the next EAEPE conference in Budapest invites us to reconsider the experiences of previously centrally planned economies. With the aim to develop a market economy, priority was given to the private sector, the public one recognized as inefficient, which involved cutting back the role of the state in several ways. First, it was impossible to wait for decades for the creation of the private sector ex nihilo, so priority was given to privatization, with substantial involvement of foreign capital. Second, concerning structural policies, the role of the state was transformed and diminished, to different degrees in each country according to its nationally adopted model. In some countries, government officials declared that “the best industrial policy is the absence of policy”.

However, the discussion came back in recent years. The effects of these new economic models, based on state retrenchment, and of the economic crisis, induced a rise in inequalities, gave the impression that the results of post-transition countries lead to their dependency on more developed economies, and made it difficult for these countries to upgrade from the middle to the high-income group of countries. Therefore, the results of privatization were increasingly questioned and in some cases at least partially reversed, and the role and degree of intervention of the state in the economy became once again a topic for debate, some governments pressing for a strengthening, others even challenging the adopted legal order or seeking to re-nationalize parts of their economy. These tendencies encountered increasing tensions with the general recommendation in countries hard hit by the crisis, be it on the Western or on the Eastern side of Europe, to respond by reforming the economy in the direction of more private sector and looser state control over it.

These contradictory tendencies, and also the experiences of Asian and South American countries, with different involvements of the state and different development achievements, lead us to propose a discussion on the role of the state in the economy, and also on the advantages and disadvantages of the private and public sectors, in the context of a globalized economy. This discussion would also build on the experiences of different economic models (including the role of the state, of the public sector and of public policy) in European and extra-European economies.

We invite researchers to discuss the following topics:

How to submit: please go to http://eaepe.org, follow the conference submission link, register and select the appropriate item in the submission form.

For further information, please contact

The New School Economic Review: Special Issue on "Origins and Implications of Donald Trump's Economic Policy"

Ever since Donald J. Trump was sworn into office, ceaseless debates have been taking place among politicians and pundits about the various aspects of economic policy of the Donald Trump administration, ranging from across-the-board tax cuts to pulling out of NAFTA. While some elements of his proposal sound familiar, such as tax cuts, the repeal of (financial) regulations, or the aggressive fiscal policy (e.g. the trillion-dollar infrastructure spending), some are fairly new to the minds of 21th century economists. The latter includes the government-led reshoring (re-relocation of production base to the US) along with the anti-free trade policy, or the revival of the dying coal industry. Also, some part of his economic promises seem to echo with progressive economists' agenda, while the other are downright reactionary. For this unfamiliarity and ambiguity, economists appear to have trouble defining what Trumponomics is, even though it is imperative to do so considering the enormous effects this administration will make for the US and the world economy. Therefore, the NSER special issue seeks to initiate rigorous discussions on the origin and implications of Trump's economic policy to facilitate common understanding of the new regime we are facing now.

To submit, email your paper to submit@newschooljournal.com or visit www.newschooljournal.com/call-for-papers

Join the conversation: @NewSchoolEcon

Submission deadline: May 31st, 2017

Important note: The New School Economic Review will accept papers for Volume 10 on a topic other than the Special Issue. Submission deadline is May 31st, 2017.

The NSER is a peer-reviewed, student-run economics journal that publishes original and high quality articles. We encourage diversity of subject matter and writing style covering a wide range of topics in economics. Submissions can be in the form of but not limited to, scholarly articles, commentaries, book reviews, guest editorials, and announcements. The papers will be reviewed by a committee of New School alumni. The NSER welcomes submissions from academics, practitioners and students of all levels seeking to broaden and strengthen the foundational structure of the study of economic systems. The NSER editorial board reserves the right to suggest both minor and substantive revisions to accepted works. Finally, following the standard practices of North American scholarly journals, the NSER is not in a position to offer payments for accepted and published manuscripts.

Young Economists Conference: "European integration at a crossroads" (Vienna, Oct 2017)

12-13 October 2017 | Vienna, Austria

The crisis of the EU has deepened during the last years: Growing inequality, economic insecurity, low investment, high unemployment, stagnating or even declining wages, pressure on public services and continuing divergence rather than convergence between the member states led to fundamental criticism of the EU. The British referendum on EU membership in June 2016 is the most visible symptom of the EU integration crisis and marks a further step towards a crossroads.

Different scenarios for how the Union could evolve reach from concepts of an even deeper political and economic integration, towards continuing disintegration, and at the most extreme to the dissolution of the European Union and the return to national states. But what are realistic scenarios for the future of the Union and how would they alter existing institutions and rules? Which impact would they have on European citizens? Which economic policies could counter actual trends and what would be the adequate level of governance? These and other related questions are highly relevant for the near and more distant future, and progressive answers are needed.

For this reason the Chamber of Labour Vienna and the Society for Pluralism in Economics Vienna host a conference from the 12th to the 13th of October 2017, for which researchers at the beginning of their career (Master, pre- or post-doc) and are invited to attend. We specially encourage female researchers to participate in the conference. This year’s keynote speakers are:

The deadline for abstracts (max. 1 page) is the 31th of May, 2017. The workshop language is English. Participants will be notified of acceptance by mid of June. The deadline for the (working) papers is the 12th of September. The conference is free of charge. Presenting participants will be reimbursed for train travel cost within Austria, and may apply for hotel subsidies. An outstanding contribution by presenters in the young economist sessions will be awarded the Eduard März Prize of €1,000.

Location: Technisch Gewerbliche Abendschule der AK-Wien, Hörsaal B 402, Plößlgasse 13, 1040 Wien, Austria

Submission of abstracts and further information: daniela.paraskevaidis@akwien.at

Call for Participants

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) Summer School: "The economy of the future" (Vienna, July-Aug 2017)

26 July – 11 August, 2017 | Vienna, Austria

Theme: The economy of the future

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) is an academic Summer School that offers a new approach: An evaluation of economic alternatives that considers natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation. Our goal: To help solve some of societies’ problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that are putting enormous strains on economic, ecologic and social boundaries.

In addition to various new and classical concepts from the field of economic sciences, students are also provided with up-to-date scientific data from natural and social sciences. This enables them to have a level-headed discussion of economic and monetary reform while asking: What is our leeway?

The lectures, workshops and discussion panels cover a variety of topics, from the reform or re-definition of money, an overhaul of the aim of economic activity towards solidarity and cooperation, tax reform, a reform of financial markets, all the way to a change in consumer culture and the reduction of resource consumption. Oh, and did we already mention that you will be able to experience the effects of energy-efficient architecture first-hand by living in one of Austria's most modern dormitories?

We aim to host the event according to the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings. Please choose bus or train for your trip to Vienna. Within Vienna a good public transport system is available. Bicylce parking is available at the teaching location. If you have to travel by plane or car, please use the BOKU CO compensation system.

Fifty-tree students joined the third instalment of AEMS in 2016. A report about our experiences can be found here.

Between 1970 and 2007, the world saw 425 systemic economic crises, among them 145 sector-wide banking crises. The main intention behind the creation of the Summer School was to use a positive approach to the field of economic alternatives, asking if this apparently inherent instability might be reduced or avoided, and show students the chances of reform. A great amount of possible approaches to economic reform has been proposed over the years, proving that there is high demand for a new economic system. A number of current and promising concepts were selected to be presented to the students, ranging all the way up to a fundamental reform of global structures and institutions.

Money is closely connected to the inner workings of the economic system, making an emphasis on monetary reform a natural choice. The last decades have seen numerous financial crises, and a variety of ideas have been developed in order to reduce the volatility of financial systems, among them full-reserve banking and demurrage as well as the multitude of complementary currencies that circulate, mostly on a local scale, alongside conventional money. Projects like the Curitiba, a Brazilian complementary currency, as well as other non-profit community currencies can be used to stabilize purchasing power, foster the community and promote regional cycles and a resource-efficient close-to-nature economy.

What we're facing:

The global population development has shown a sharp boost during the last century, growing from around 1 billion in 1800 to 2 billion in 1927 and reaching 7 billion in 2011, with an increasing number living in urban areas. The strongest growth occurs in Asia and Africa, amplifying the already existing demands for higher consumption due to rising living standards. In Europe, the development has been that of a stagnating, but ageing demographic, which influences the labor force and leads to changing patterns in consumption of goods and services and changing demands regarding infrastructure as well as health and social services.

Globally, rising water and energy consumption are the most prominent problems (3.5 million people die each year due to the lack of drinking water, let alone the problems posed by water demands for food and energy production), but there is also an increased loss of agricultural land, with 30-50% of land surface already having been transformed by humans, and the current problem of land and water grabbing in developing countries. A re-invention of the concept of allocative efficiency and criticism of the practice of externalization, especially with regard to public goods, is at the center of a number of proposals for economic reform.

The last decades also brought about an intensification of cross-border business activities. The subsequent worldwide competition for investment influences labor standards and increases instabilities in the labor market; this concerns wages and working time as well as job security itself. The 500 biggest enterprises now control 52% of the global GDP, but employ only 1,8% of the global workforce. Income and wealth inequalities have been growing in nearly all OECD countries during the last four years.

Historic evidence shows that inequality fuels economic instability and creates imbalances in political influence and control, giving players with economic power inflated bargaining strength – and lowering intergenerational mobility. Occupational psychology increasingly focuses on work-related diseases, caused by strain and stress, fatigue and monotony. A number of reform proposals focus on social aspects that are influenced by the economy and seek a re-valorization of aspects such as human dignity, social justice, solidarity and cooperation, co-determination, transparency and ecological sustainability.

What AEMS is:

AEMS offers room for critical thinking and the possibility to openly discuss and deconstruct ideas and concepts with distinguished experts from various scientific fields. The participants will be able to move beyond the widespread limitation of higher education that lacks extensive exchange between scientific disciplines.

The lectures, workshops and discussion panels cover a variety of topics, from the reform or re-definition of money, an overhaul of the aim of economic activity towards more solidarity and cooperation, the perks of tax reform, reformatory ideas for the financial markets, all the way to changes in consumer culture and the reduction of resource consumption. In addition, participants will have the possibility to experience the effects of energy-efficient architecture first-hand by living in one of Austria's most modern dormitories.

Why the emphasis on monetary reform?

In theory, money is considered to be a tool: It can be used as a medium of exchange; a measure of value; a store of value. Its presence, as well as its absence, can enable productive as well as destructive effects. Yet, money itself (or, at least, its accumulation) has become an imperative driving force behind almost any economic and social endeavor, guiding people and businesses as well as political, academic and religious entities, weaving itself into the very fabric of society. Its influence extends from day-to-day interactions all the way to monetary policy, with significant effects for individuals, economy and the society as a whole. However, the institutional and psychological mechanisms behind it are barely addressed; this also goes for the effects that complementary currencies have been shown to have. AEMS offers a look at the entity “money”: What it is; how it affects us; how it is tied to us on a fundamental level; how it can be transformed.

For a successful application please complete the online application form and upload all required documents

For more information please contact:

Mag. Carina Kamptner
OeAD-Housing Office
Ebendorferstraße 7, 1010 Wien
Phone: +43 1 53408 800
Email: aems@oead.at

You can also find us on Facebook!

The preliminary program for 2017 is available here.

Conference on "Income distribution, investment and sustainability" (Greenwich, May 2017)

4 May, 2017 | University of Greenwich, UK

At this conference, which is co-organised by Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC), Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Think-tank for Action on Social Change (TASC) and Economic Council of the Labour Movement (ECLM), findings of the new project An investment and equality-led sustainable growth programme for Europe (pdf) will be presented.

The panel will be followed by a key note lecture by Dr Michael Kumhof (Bank of England).

Venue: Thursday, 4 May 2017, Time: 17:00-19:45 University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court Room QA80, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS, (UK)

We would like to invite you to a conference where we will present the findings of a new research project on “An investment and equality-led sustainable growth strategy”.

Speakers at the panel include Professor Ozlem Onaran, Prof. Stephany Griffith-Jones, Dr. Ernst Stetter, Ms Signe Dahl, Mr Paul Sweeny, Dr. Maria Nikolaidi, Dr. Giovanni Cozzi, and Dr. Daniele Tori.

The panel is followed by a key note lecture by Dr Michael Kumhof, Bank of England, on “Income Distribution and Stability”.

Please register @Eventbrite.

Further information (program) can be found here (pdf)

International Conference on "Introduction to Post Keynesian Economics and Political Economy" (London, July 2017)

5-7 July, 2017 | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University London

Kingston University and the Political Economy Research Group are organising an introductory workshop to Post-Keynesian economics and Political Economy. The aim of the workshop is to give interested students an opportunity to learn about alternative approaches to economics beyond the neoclassical mainstream.

The Global Financial Crisis has demonstrated the limitations of mainstream economic theory and neoliberal economic policy. This workshop will introduce two of the main alternatives to orthodoxy - Post Keynesian Economics and Marxist Political Economy. Post Keynesian Economics has at its core the concepts of effective demand and distributional conflict: individuals face fundamental uncertainty about the future; there is a central role for ‘animal spirits’ in the determination of investment decisions; inflation is the result of unresolved distributional conflicts; money is an endogenous creation of the private banking system; unemployment is determined by effective demand on the goods markets; financial markets are prone to periodic boom-bust cycles. Marxist Political Economy is focused on the fundamental conflict between capital and labour on the basis of the conception of the capitalist mode of production. It characterises capitalist production as intrinsically unstable, with financial crises sometimes the prelude to, and sometimes the result of, a crisis of over-accumulation of capital. It stresses the use of mass unemployment as a key element of the ‘cure’ for these problems. Marxist analysis looks to value form analysis to trace fundamental developments in capitalism and emphasises the role of the state in organizing the political and economic hegemony of capital. The workshop is aimed at students of economics and social sciences. As the aim of Post Keynesian Economics and Political Economy ultimately is to provide the foundation for progressive economic policies, it may of interest for a broader audience.

The program:

Wednesday, 5 July, 9.00am - 7.00pm

Thursday, 6 July, 9.00am - 7.00pm

Friday, 7 July, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Please forward this to interested students.

Organising Committee: Ewa Karwowski, Kingston University, John Smith, Kingston University Rethinking Economics (KURE), Engelbert Stockhammer, Kingston University, Rafael Wildauer (email: r.wildauer@kingston.ac.uk), Kingston University, Gary Dymski, Leeds University

The full program can be found here.

The registration page can be found @Eventbrite.

Poznań Summer School in Heterodox Economics: "Economic Policy and Complexity" (Poznań, Sept-Oct 2017)

29 September – 3 October, 2017 | Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland

The School is intended for PhD Students and early-career researchers interested in heterodox approaches to studying complex economic phenomena. We provide an international learning environment for those interested in deepening their knowledge of heterodox economics or considering applying it to their own research area. Over five days, participants will have an opportunity of attending lectures, presenting their findings and ideas, as well as discussing them with highly competent faculty. They will also take part in workshops or seminars that will improve their analytical skills.

This year will focus on post-keynesian, institutional and evolutionary perspectives of economic policy. The full programme with short description of topics can be found in the attachement.

Confirmed speakers:

The School is organized by the Poznań University of Economics and Business, in cooperation with the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy. For more information, please contact the Organizing Committee through email: heterodox.school@projekty.ue.poznan.pl or facebook.

Application deadline: May 15, 2017. Acceptance decision: May 31, 2017. Deadline for payment: June 30, 2017.

School fee: 150 euro/650 zł

Fees include lunches and coffee breaks. Budget accommodation can be provided by organizers upon request.

Application form is attached and should be sent to: heterodox.school@projekty.ue.poznan.pl

More details are available here.

Summer School: "Introduction to Post-Keynesian Analysis" at the University of Toronto (Toronto, June 2017)

23-25 June, 2017 | University of Toronto, Canada

Professor Louis-Philippe Rochon (Lauretian University) is organizing the Sumer School “Introduction to Post-Keynesian Analysis” to take place at the University of Toronto concurrently with the 2017 HES Conference, from 23 to 25 June. Its program and list of invited speakers are found in the images below. Undergraduate students may register for the Summer School alone (at the 2017 HES Conference registration page), and sessions are open to all HES conference attendees without additional payment.

The poster advert is available here and the program can be found here.

Students can register here: historyofeconomics.org/hes2017

Vienna International Summer School: "Modelling the Political Economy of Bank Regulatory Evasion" (Vienna, Sept 2017)

6–9 September, 2017 | Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

About the event:

The summer school aims at providing an introduction to issues of post-crash regulatory evasion to interested graduate students (MA and PhD) and young researchers. We will discuss questions connected to the shadow banking system and regulatory evasion, since the eruption of a massive shadow banking system concerns not only regulatory bodies, but also critical macroeconomists. Heterodox economic theory, methodological tools and modelling techniques will be taught to students: we ambitiously hope that some actual research projects/papers will emerge from this encounter.

And as we know, such intense studying demands the best well-fare possible. Therefore, all participants are invited to stay with us in the wonderful magdas Hotel where we can charge our brains at delicious breakfasts and dinners. We also offer one brunch lecture for those who prefer to sleep in and to eat while absorbing intellectual input. Generally, the diverse in-depth programme of the summer school will consist of overview lectures, a key note, student study (seminar) groups, and open discussions. It will feature leading international researchers in the area, like Gary Dymski (Leeds UBS), Ewa Karwowski (Kingston University), Antoine Godin (Kingston University), Jakob Kapeller (JKU Linz), Adrienne Roberts (UoM), Helene Schuberth (OeNB), Jo Michell (UWE Bristol), Daniela Gabor (UWE Bristol), Vanessa Redak (OeNB), Eugenio Caverzasi (UoP), and Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle (WU), covering the following areas:

Deadline for applications is 1 May 2017. The application form will ask for a short CV and a short statement (max. 500 words) of the motivation to participate, in particular, on how the workshop relates to study and research interests, and an address of one academic adviser who may be contacted for reference. All applicants will be informed by mid-May and participants will be provided with a reading package. The application is for free. Only accepted participants have to pay a fee of 50 Euros for accommodation and meals. It is payable after acceptance. Unfortunately, travelling costs cannot be covered.

Preliminary program can be found here (pdf).

Location: Vienna University of Economics and Business (Welthandelsplatz 1, A-1020 Vienna)

Accommodation:magdas Hotel (Laufbergergasse 12, A-1020 Vienna)

The summer school language is English. There is a fee of EUR 50 for each participant for accommodation and 2 meals/day, payable after acceptance. Unfortunately, travelling costs cannot be covered.

Contact Email: viss@plurale-oekonomik.at

More details can be found here: plurale-oekonomik.at/viss

WINIR PhD School: "Institutions, Innovation and Societal Change" (Utrecht, Sept 2017)

12-14 September, 2017 | Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

We are pleased to invite applications to the WINIR PhD School on “Institutions, Innovation and Societal Change” to be held at Utrecht University from 12 to 14 September 2017. The School is open to postgraduate and doctoral students interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of institutionalresearch and its applications to key contemporary topics, including entrepreneurship, the sharingeconomy and socialinnovation.

The School will feature interactive lectures by internationally recognized academics from the US, Europe and Asia, workshops dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the attendants’ research projects, and social events.

Lectures will be given by:

To help students make the most of the programme a required reading list will be circulated in advance of the event.

Learning outcomes

Students completing the course will have gained (a) an understanding of key research approaches to institutions in an international context, (b) an appreciation of their application to issues of innovation and societal change, and (c) an ability to apply these insights to their own research projects.

How to apply

Applicants should submit an outline of their research project (400 words max.) and upload a short resume (1 page max.) via the online submission portal before 1 June 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 8 June 2017.

Research projects must be on institutions and/or institutional research, from any discipline, theoretical perspective or methodology. Submissions are not required to be on the specific theme of the WINIR PhD School.

Registration fees

Accepted students are required to register for the Fourth WINIR Conference on “Institutions and Open Societies” held immediately after the PhD School at Utrecht University from 14to 17 September 2017. The registration fee covers attendance in both the School and the conference, all lunches and refreshments throughout both events, and the conference dinner on Saturday 16 September. Please note that all attendants must be WINIR members. Reduced-rate memberships are available, and must be purchased separately. Travel and accommodation expenses are not covered.


A limited number of scholarships of €500, funded by Utrecht University’s strategic theme “Institutions for Open Societies”, are available for students otherwise unable to cover expenses. Students wishing to apply for scholarships should outline their circumstances (200 words max.) when completing the online application form.

Local organisers:

Rense Corten (r.corten@uu.nl), Frank van Rijnsoever (f.j.vanrijnsoever@uu.nl) and Erik Stam (e.stam@uu.nl)

The ​​​​​ call for applications can be found here (PDF) and a link to the website is available here.

Young Scholars online seminar in History of Economic Thought: "A bicentenary review of Ricardo’s Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency"

The Institute of New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative (INET YSI) Working Group on the History of Economic Thought is organising a monthly Young Scholars online seminar in History of Economic Thought

Time: 31 March, 17:00 CET

"A bicentenary review of Ricardo’s Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency"


This year commemorates the bicentenary of one of David Ricardo’s lesser known publications, an 1816 pamphlet: Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency. This paper explores the meaning and significance of this work and presents a variety of interpretations that have emerged about Ricardo’s monetary theory. The commonly held view is that monetary concerns were only of marginal importance to Ricardo. The paper discusses the context, content and response to Proposals in order to evaluate this commonly held view. Furthermore, the scheme Ricardo lays out in Proposals is intimately connected with international exchanges. The implications of rival interpretations of Ricardo’s monetary theory on how the balance of payments and gold movements are understood are explored.

You can download the paper here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/iG2Nw4VG3en8p44BxJtP/full

About the Presenter

Christina Laskaridis is a PhD candidate in the Economics Department of SOAS, University of London, UK. Her research examines the role of debt from different theoretical perspectives and the underlying frameworks relevant to the debt sustainability literature. Christina is a former advisor to the Hellenic Parliament’s Debt Audit Commission and her interest in history of economic thought originates from her work on the European crisis. Research interests include the monetary debates of the Classical period and the evolution of the international monetary system. Christina is currently a teaching assistant at SOAS engaging undergraduates with modern macroeconomics through an appreciation of its historical development and evolving controversies.

About the Young Scholars online seminar in History of Economic Thought

This seminar aims to offer an opportunity for young scholars worldwide pursuing questions in the History of Economic Thought to receive expert feedback and extend their academic network without the need for expensive travelling. This year’s iteration of the seminar will comprise sessions of one young scholar’s presentation, followed by discussion by a senior scholar, and a general discussion. The seminar will be held online via video conference, making use of the software GoToMeeting, which permits high quality video and audio communication and PowerPoint presentations with up to a hundred participants.

To join the session, click here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/815086087

Please use your full first and last names as identifiers to facilitate communication.

For any queries please contact us at het@youngscholarsinitiative.org.

Job Postings

Bournemouth University, UK

There are 3 job vacancies available at Bournemouth University:

Closing Date for all job adverts: (Midnight) Wednesday 5 April 2017

North Central College, US

Job Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics (Macro)

The School of Business and Entrepreneurship at North Central College invites applications for a one-year appointment beginning Fall 2017. Teaching responsibilities include introductory and intermediate macroeconomics and international economics. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Economics; ABD in Economics will also be considered. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to teaching excellence, mentoring of students, and ongoing scholarship. Applications: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy, unofficial graduate transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information for three professional references. Deadline: Review of applications begins on April 1 and continues until the position is filled.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is a selective, comprehensive liberal arts institution of about 3000 students, located 28 miles west of Chicago in Naperville. The college is within walking distance of the Naperville Metra station and is next to downtown Naperville. The Naperville area is home to many excellent school districts and Naperville, IL has been ranked as one of the best places to live by Money magazine. For more information, please visit: http://www.noctrl.edu. North Central College is an EEO Employer.

Applicant Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness

Application deadline: 04/01/2017

Link to the job advert is available here.

University of Groningen, NL

Job Title: Assistant Professor – International Political Economy

The Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen offers one full-time position for Assistant Professor. The Department of IRIO is committed to top-tier research combined with high quality education. IRIO, with over 50 staff members, provides world-class, interdisciplinary and international bachelor and master degree programmes. Students and staff are drawn to studying international relations and the role of international organization in an integrated manner from historical, political, economic and legal angles. The Department provides an international working environment for an increasing number of foreign students and research staff. The bachelor and master degree programmes are taught in English. There are currently about 1,000 students registered for the various IRIO programmes. Additionally, the Department contributes to the Erasmus Mundus 2-year master degree programme in Humanitarian Action, coordinated by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), the research masters in Modern History and International Relations, and the masters programme on Euroculture. Research in the Department of IRIO is organized in the Centre for IR Research (CIRR) around five chairs, respectively in: History & Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy (IPE); History & Theory of European Integration; and Humanitarian Studies.

The Chair Group on International Political Economy (IPE), where the position will be located, aims to increase the theoretical understanding of the interplay between states, market, and society. This group brings together International Relations scholars, political scientists, economists, and historians, integrating and applying their different methods to the dynamics of institutional change. Groningen IPE research on institutional change organises its research around two overlapping fields: i) Convergence in a globalising world, zooming in on changes in trade, investment, labour, and corporate governance regimes and ii) Transformation & Integration, focusing on the exploration of emerging varieties of capitalism in Eastern Europe and the successor states of the Soviet Union. More information on IPE can be found at: https://www.rug.nl/let/ipe-research

Job description

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations, with an emphasis on international trade theory and institutional development. In teaching, candidates are expected to provide BA and MA level courses, as well as support PhD supervision. Depending on disciplinary background, candidates must be able to contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR Theory, international organization, and/or social science research methodologies; as well as specialized courses on international trade theory and on their own research interests. The supervision of students will play an important part in the position. Participation in managerial committees related to the organization of the degree programmes or research grant applications will be expected. In research the candidate is expected to develop her/his own research projects (both individually and in small teams).


The candidate ideally has a background in International Relations, Political Science, or International Economics. We are looking for candidates with a specialization in International Political Economy, with a clear interest in international trade, financial markets, or institutional economics and development. The candidate will be a team player and will have demonstrable teaching experience at both undergraduate and masters levels.

The candidate's qualities are demonstrated by:

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,427 gross per month (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,330 gross per month (salary scale 12) for a full time position, excluding 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year gratification and participation in a pension scheme for employees. This is a tenure position; the decision on tenure will be taken on the basis of a formal assessment after 1.5 years. Part of the assessment is that non-Dutch candidates have knowledge of Dutch to at least CEFR B2 level (for reading and listening). Dutch candidates have a sufficient knowledge of English (CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking). The University provides language courses in Dutch and English.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

The procedure will include a lecture or presentation as well as an interview. Samples of writing might be requested for shortlisted candidates. Please do not provide them in advance.

Interviews will be scheduled in the week of 1 May 2017.

The starting date for this appointment is 1 September 2017.


You may apply for this position until 2 April 2017 at 23:59h / before 3 April 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should consist of a letter of motivation (cover letter), a curriculum vitae detailing teaching and research experience and mentioning two academic referees with their contact details (references at this stage are not required), a list of publications, and a plan for research (max. 2000 words) for the coming three years.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Link to the job advert is available here.


2018 Veblen-Commons Award

Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE): Call for nominations

Nominations for the Veblen-Commons Award should be sent to the Chair of the Veblen Commons Committee by May 1, 2017. The Veblen-Commons Award is given annually in recognition of significant contributions to evolutionary institutional economics. In making their choice, the Committee may consider service to and support for the organizations that promote scholarship in evolutionary institutional economics as well as scholarly publications that contribute to evolutionary institutional analysis, teaching, and service in support of the social control of economies. Nominations should include a statement of qualifications along with any useful or relevant supporting documents such as letters of support and a vita. The Chair of the Veblen-Commons Committee will submit the committee's recommendation to the Board of Directors of AFEE through the President and Secretary of the Association.

Awards Committee:


American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 76 (2)

Pearse Redmond: The Historical Roots of CIA-Hollywood Propaganda

Jay Dyer: The Many Layers of Meaning of 007

Aaron Franz: Gray Matters on Screen: Intelligence Agencies, Secret Societies, and Hollywood Movies

Tarzie: Edward Snowden, Frenemy of the State

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford: Why are the Pentagon and the CIA in Hollywood?

Tanner Mirrlees: Transforming Transformers into Militainment: Interrogating the DoD-Hollywood Complex

Tom Secker: The Soviet-Afghan War in Fiction

Robin Andersen: Learning to Love Biomimetic Killing: How Jurassic World Embraces Life Forms as Weapons

Peter Mantello: Military Shooter Video Games and the Ontopolitics of Derivative Wars and Arms Culture

Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, 37 (1)

Thomas I. Palley: The theory of endogenous money and the LM schedule: prelude to a reconstruction of ISLM

Miguel Bruno e Ricardo Caffe: A economia como objeto socialmente construído nas análises regulacionista e da economia social de mercado

Philip Arestis e Fabio Henrique Bittes Terra: Monetary policy in the post Keynesian theoretical framework

Joaquim Miguel Couto: Raúl Prebisch e a concepção e evolução do sistema centro-periferia

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira: Democracy and growth in pre-industrial countries

Daniela Magalhães Prates e Luiz Fernando de Paula: Capital account regulation in Brazil: an assessment of the 2009-2013 period

Marcelo Curado: Por que o governo Dilma não pode ser classificado como novo-desenvolvimentista?

Giuliano Contento de Oliveira e Paulo José Whitaker Wolf: The Euro and the recent european crisis vis-à-vis the gold standard and the great depresssion: Institutionalities, specificities and interfaces

Tiago Nasser Appel: Why was there no capitalism in early modern China?

Celio Hiratuka e Fernando Sarti: Transformações na estrutura produtiva global, desindustrialização e desenvolvimento industrial no Brasil

Thiago Duarte Pimentel e Rodrigo Siqueira Rodriguez: Uma perspectiva realista crítica sobre ação coletiva em economia

Felipe de Souza Bastos, Guilherme Irffi, Ivan Castelar: A balança comercial é uma restrição ao crescimento econômico dos estados brasileiros? Uma análise para o período de 1991 a 2009

Alexandre Jerônimo de Freitas e Marcelo Pereira Fernandes: Cooperação monetária: uma análise sobre o SUCRE

Cambridge Journal of Economics, 41 (2)

Toru Yamamori: The concept of need in Adam Smith

Simon Glaze: Adam Smith and William James on the psychological basis of progress

Ricardo Molero-Simarro: Growth and inequality revisited: the role of primary distribution of income. A new approach for understanding today’s economic and social crises

João P. Romero; Gustavo Britto: Increasing returns to scale, technological catch-up and research intensity: endogenising the Verdoorn coefficient

Andrea Filippetti; Marion Frenz; Grazia Ietto-Gillies: The impact of internationalization on innovation at countries’ level: the role of absorptive capacity

Leonardo Becchetti; Luisa Corrado; Pierluigi Conzo: Sociability, altruism and well-being

Alexander Krauss: Understanding child labour beyond the standard economic assumption of monetary poverty

Frens Kroeger: Facework: creating trust in systems, institutions and organisations

Nathalie Berta ; Emmanuelle Gautherat; Ozgur Gun: Transactions in the European carbon market: a bubble of compliance in a whirlpool of speculation

M. Niaz Asadullah: Who Trusts Others? Community and Individual Determinants of Social Capital in a Low-Income Country

Michael Lainé: The heterogeneity of animal spirits: a first taxonomy of entrepreneurs with regard to investment expectations

Sylvie Rivot: Information, expectations and monetary policy: Keynes’s and Friedman’s complementary lessons for today

Ajit Sinha: A comment on Sraffa’s ‘classical economics’

Cambridge Journal of Regions, 10 (1): Revisiting development theory: a celebration of Alice Amsden

Judith Clifton; Amy Glasmeier; Alpen Sheth: Revisiting development theory: Alice H. Amsden’s impact on the field

Wan-wen Chu: Inductive method and development perspective: Alice Amsden on Taiwan and beyond

Charles Gore: Late industrialisation, urbanisation and the middle-income trap: an analytical approach and the case of Vietnam

Keun Lee; Xudong Gao; Xibao Li: Industrial catch-up in China: a sectoral systems of innovation perspective

Justin Yifu Lin: Alice H. Amsden’s contributions to Development Economics

Henry Wai-chung Yeung: State-led development reconsidered: the political economy of state transformation in East Asia since the 1990s

Stephanie Seguino: How economies grow: Alice Amsden and the real-world economics of late industrialisation

Ben Ross Schneider: Unfinished legacy: understanding reciprocity, business groups and MNCs in Latin America

Seth Pipkin: From experience to experiment: sources of ownership in processes of knowledge formation

Paola Perez-Aleman; Flavia Chaves Alves: Reinventing industrial policy at the frontier: catalysing learning and innovation in Brazil

Antonio Andreoni; Ha-Joon Chang: Bringing production and employment back into development: Alice Amsden’s legacy for a new developmentalist agenda

Anush Kapadia: The structure of state borrowing: towards a political theory of control mechanisms

Ecological Economics, 136

Koen de Koning, Tatiana Filatova, Okmyung Bin: Bridging the Gap Between Revealed and Stated Preferences in Flood-prone Housing Markets

S. Wolff, C.J.E. Schulp, T Kastner, P.H. Verburg: Quantifying Spatial Variation in Ecosystem Services Demand: A Global Mapping Approach

Christoph Nolte, Beatriz Gobbi, Yann le Polain de Waroux, María Piquer-Rodríguez, Van Butsic, Eric F. Lambin: Decentralized Land Use Zoning Reduces Large-scale Deforestation in a Major Agricultural Frontier

Marcus Peng, Kirsten L.L. Oleson: Beach Recreationalists’ Willingness to Pay and Economic Implications of Coastal Water Quality Problems in Hawaii

Suhyun Jung, Laura Vang Rasmussen, Cristy Watkins, Peter Newton, Arun Agrawal: Brazil’s National Environmental Registry of Rural Properties: Implications for Livelihoods

Mark Sommer, Kurt Kratena: The Carbon Footprint of European Households and Income Distribution

Philip E. Graves: Global Climate Policy Will Have Net Benefits Larger Than Anyone Thinks (and Welfare Gains, Strangely, Are Likely To Be Much Larger Yet)

Evelien M. de Olde, Eddie A.M. Bokkers, Imke J.M. de Boer: The Choice of the Sustainability Assessment Tool Matters: Differences in Thematic Scope and Assessment Results

Mark Palmer, Yann Truong: The Impact of Technological Green New Product Introductions on Firm Profitability

Reyer Gerlagh: Generous Sustainability

Medrilzam Medrilzam, Carl Smith, Ammar Abdul Aziz, John Herbohn, Paul Dargusch: Smallholder Farmers and the Dynamics of Degradation of Peatland Ecosystems in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Oliver Richters, Andreas Siemoneit: Consistency and stability analysis of models of a monetary growth imperative

George L. Van Houtven, Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, Faraz Usmani, Jui-Chen Yang: What are Households Willing to Pay for Improved Water Access? Results from a Meta-Analysis

Yong Jiang, Stephen K. Swallow: Impact Fees Coupled With Conservation Payments to Sustain Ecosystem Structure: A Conceptual and Numerical Application at the Urban-Rural Fringe

Eric Nazindigouba Kere, Johanna Choumert, Pascale Combes Motel, Jean Louis Combes, Olivier Santoni, Sonia Schwartz: Addressing Contextual and Location Biases in the Assessment of Protected Areas Effectiveness on Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazônia

Andrew Abbott, Shasikanta Nandeibam, Lucy O’Shea: The Displacement Effect of Convenience: The Case of Recycling

Jamie Morgan: Piketty and the Growth Dilemma Revisited in the Context of Ecological Economics

M. Roobavannan, J. Kandasamy, S. Pande, S. Vigneswaran, M. Sivapalan: Allocating Environmental Water and Impact on Basin Unemployment: Role of A Diversified Economy

Carola Grebitus, Iryna Printezis, Antonios Printezis: Relationship between Consumer Behavior and Success of Urban Agriculture

Ramesh Ghimire, Susana Ferreira, Gary T. Green, Neelam C. Poudyal, H. Ken Cordell, Janani R. Thapa: Green Space and Adult Obesity in the United States

Hilary Jacqueline Polis, Stacia Jeanne Dreyer, Lekelia Danielle Jenkins: Public Willingness to Pay and Policy Preferences for Tidal Energy Research and Development: A Study of Households in Washington State

Alan A. Ager, Kevin C. Vogler, Michelle A. Day, John D. Bailey: Economic Opportunities and Trade-Offs in Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration

Mark Olsthoorn, Joachim Schleich, Simon Hirzel: Adoption of Energy Efficiency Measures for Non-residential Buildings: Technological and Organizational Heterogeneity in the Trade, Commerce and Services Sector

Verena Hermelingmeier, Kimberly A. Nicholas: Identifying Five Different Perspectives on the Ecosystem Services Concept Using Q Methodology

Marc Germain: Optimal Versus Sustainable Degrowth Policies

Sandrine Allain, Gaël Plumecocq, Delphine Leenhardt: How Do Multi-criteria Assessments Address Landscape-level Problems? A Review of Studies and Practices

Thomas Schinko, Reinhard Mechler: Applying Recent Insights From Climate Risk Management to Operationalize the Loss and Damage Mechanism

Industrial and Corporate Change, 26 (1)

Maria N. Ivanova: Profit growth in boom and bust: the Great Recession and the Great Depression in comparative perspective

Anders Bornhäll; Sven-Olov Daunfeldt; Niklas Rudholm: Employment protection legislation and firm growth: evidence from a natural experiment

Inge Ivarsson; Claes Alvstam; Jan-Erik Vahlne: Global technology development by colocating R&D and manufacturing: the case of Swedish manufacturing MNEs

Giovanni Marin; Francesca Lotti: Productivity effects of eco-innovations using data on eco-patents

Gábor Péli: Population adaptation with newcomers and incumbents: The effects of the organizational niche

Kuo-Feng Huang: Antecedents for forming simultaneous alliances or one-by-one alliances

Kenneth Guang-Lih Huang: Uncertain intellectual property conditions and knowledge appropriation strategies: Evidence from the genomics industry

Fabrizio Castellucci; Joel M. Podolny: The dynamics of position, capability, and market competition

International Critical Thought, 7 (1)


Lawrence Grossberg & Liu Zixu: The Contemporary Crisis and the Time for Cultural Studies: Interview with Lawrence Grossberg


Domenico Losurdo: Has China Turned to Capitalism?—Reflections on the Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

William Jefferies: China’s Challenge to the West: Possibility and Reality

Peggy Raphaëlle Cantave Fuyet: Western Perception of Socialist Democracy with Chinese Characteristics: The Viewpoints of the French Left Wing Intellectuals and the French Communist Party

Carl Ratner: The Generalized Pathology of Our Era: Comparing the Biomedical Explanation, the Cultural-Political Explanation, and a Liberal-Humanistic-Postmodernist Perspective

Zhang Haipeng & Li Guoqiang: The Treaty of Shimonoseki, the Diaoyu Islands and the Ryukyu Issue

Information and Trends

Xuan Chuanshu & Tan Yangfang: Causes of the Socialist Wind in Capitalist America

Seongjin Jeong: The Journal Marxism 21

International Journal of Political Economy, 45 (4)

Pierre Kohler & Servaas Storm: CETA without Blinders: How Cutting “Trade Costs and More” Will Cause Unemployment, Inequality, and Welfare Losses

André Nassif, Carmem Feijo & Eliane Araújo: The BRICS’s Economic Growth Performance before and after the International Financial Crisis

Kalim Siddiqui: Will the Growth of the BRICs Cause a Shift in the Global Balance of Economic Power in the 21st Century?

Fabio Masini: Trading-Off National and Supranational Collective Goods: The Birth and Death of Neoliberal Pluralism

Journal of Economic Issues, 51 (1)

Muriel Périsse: Labor Law in China: How Does It Contribute to the Economic Security of the Workforce? A Commonsian Reading

Véronique Dutraive & Bruno Théret: Two Models of the Relationship Between Money and Sovereignty: An Interpretation Based on John R. Commons’s Institutionalism

Belay Seyoum: Export Controls and International Business: A Study with Special Emphasis on Dual-Use Export Controls and Their Impact on Firms in the US

Christopher Hartwell: The Coevolution of Finance and Property Rights: Evidence from Transition Economies

John P. Watkins: Financialization and Society’s Protective Response: Reconsidering Karl Polanyi’s Double Movement

Guglielmo Forges Davanzati & Andrea Pacella: A Capital Controversy in Early Twentieth Century: Veblen vs. Clark

Bruno Bonizzi: An Alternative Post-Keynesian Framework for Understanding Capital Flows to Emerging Markets

Robert Jeremy Fish, Denise Linda Parris & Michael Troilo: Compound Voids and Unproductive Entrepreneurship: The Rise of the “English Fever” in China

Nathanael Ojong & Franklin Obeng-Odoom: Resilience and Dynamism of Embedded Financial Transactions in Cameroon

Simplice A. Asongu & Jacinta C. Nwachukwu: Is the Threat of Foreign Aid Withdrawal an Effective Deterrent to Political Oppression? Evidence from 53 African Countries

Policy Note

Concepción Román, Ana Millán, José María Millán & André van Stel: Does the Effectiveness of Employment Incentive Programs Vary by Firm Size?

Review of Radical Political Economics, 49 (1)


Bruce Pietrykowski: Revaluing Low-Wage Work

Leanne Roncolato, John Willoughby: Job Quality Complexities

Zofia Łapniewska: (Re)claiming Space by Urban Commons

Ricardo R. Fuentes-Ramírez: Economic Stages and Anti-imperialism in Theory and Practice

Ahmet Öncü: On the Possibility of a “Soviet of Technicians”

Danielle Guizzo, Iara Vigo de Lima: Polanyi and Foucault on the Issue of Market in Classical Political Economy

Gabriel Montes-Rojas: A Capital Invariant Solution to the Marxian Transformation Problem

Notes and Comments

Robin Hahnel: A Tale of Three Theorems

Gilbert L. Skillman: Production Relations in Agrarian Capitalist Development

A Tribute

John F. Henry: Fred Lee, the Industrial Workers of the World, and Heterodox Economics

real-world economics review, 78 (1)

Jamie Morgan: Trumponomics: everything to fear including fear itself?

James K. Galbraith: Can Trump overcome secular stagnation?

Anne Mayhew: Trump through a Polanyi lens: considering community well-being

Michael Hudson: Trump is Obama’s legacy. Will this break up the Democratic Party?

Ann Pettifor: Causes and consequences of President Donald Trump

Marshall Auerback: Explaining the rise of Donald Trump

David F. Ruccio: Class and Trumponomics

Herman Daly: Trump's Growthism: its roots in neoclassical economic theory

L. Randall Wray: Trumponomics: causes and prospects

Steven Pressman: The fall of the US middle class and the hair-raising ascent of Donald Trump

Neva Goodwin: Mourning in America: the corporate/government/media complex

Stephen T. Ziliak: How the Donald can save America from capital despotism

David A. Westbrook: Prolegomenon to a defense of the City of Gold

Pavlina R. Tcherneva: Trump’s bait and switch: job creation in the midst of welfare state sabotag

Stephanie Kelton: Can ‘Trumponomics’ extend the recovery?

Books and Book Series

Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy, Volume II Putting Theory into Practice

Andrzej Klimczuk | 2017, Palgrave MacMillan

Aging populations are a major consideration for socio-economic development in the early 21st century. This demographic change is mainly seen as a threat rather than as an opportunity to improve the quality of human life. Aging population is taking place in every continent of the world with Europe in the least favourable situation due to its aging population and reduction in economic competitiveness. Economic Foundations for Creative Aging Policy offers public policy ideas to construct positive answers for ageing populations. This exciting new volume searches for economic solutions that can enable effective social policy concerning the elderly. Klimczuk covers theoretical analysis and case study descriptions of good practices, to suggest strategies that could be internationally popularised.

Link to the book is available here. Review copies for journals can be requested at reviews@palgrave.com.

Paradigms in Political Economy

By Kavous Ardalan | 2016, Routledge

Social theory can usefully be conceived in terms of four key paradigms: functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist, and radical structuralist. The four paradigms are founded upon different assumptions about the nature of social science and the nature of society. Each generates theories, concepts, and analytical tools which are different from those of other paradigms and together they provide a more balanced understanding of the phenomenon under consideration. This book demonstrates that an understanding of these different paradigms and how they can be applied leads to a better understanding of the multi-faceted nature of political economy.

Any explanation of a given phenomenon is based on a worldview. The premise of this book is that any worldview can be associated with one of the four key paradigms. Each chapter of the book takes an important phenomenon (i.e., the state, justice, freedom, democracy, liberal democracy, media, and the great recession) and discusses it from the four different viewpoints. It emphasizes that the four views expressed are equally scientific and informative. They look at the phenomenon from their certain paradigmatic perspective and together provide a more balanced understanding of the phenomenon under consideration.

The diversity of economics research possibilities referred to in this book is vast. While each paradigm advocates a research strategy that is logically coherent, in terms of underlying assumptions, these vary from paradigm to paradigm. The phenomenon to be researched can be conceptualized and studied in many different ways, each generating distinctive kinds of insight and understanding. This book is for those who study political economy as well as economic theory and philosophy.

Link to the book is available here.

Public Debt, Inequality, and Power: The Making of a Modern Debt State

By Sandy Brian Hager | 2017, University of California Press

Who are the dominant owners of U.S. public debt? Is it widely held, or concentrated in the hands of a few? Does ownership of public debt give these bondholders power over our government? What do we make of the fact that foreign-owned debt has ballooned to nearly 50 percent today? Until now, we have not had any satisfactory answers to these questions. Public Debt, Inequality, and Power is the first comprehensive historical analysis of public debt ownership in the United States. It reveals that ownership of federal bonds has been increasingly concentrated in the hands of the 1 percent over the last three decades. Based on extensive and original research, Public Debt, Inequality, and Power will shock and enlighten.

Link to the book is available here.

Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics

Edited by David M. Brennan, David Kristjanson-Gural, Catherine P. Mulder, Erik K. Olsen | 2017, Routledge

Most developed economies are characterized by high levels of inequality and an inability to provide stability or opportunity for many of their citizens. Mainstream economics has proven to be of little assistance in addressing these systemic failures, and this has led both scholars and students to seek alternatives. One such alternative is provided by Marxian economics. In recent decades the field has seen tremendous theoretical development and Marxian perspectives have begun to appear in public discourse in unprecedented ways.

This handbook contains thirty-seven original essays from a wide range of leading international scholars, recognized for their expertise in different areas of Marxian economics. Its scope is broad, ranging from contributions on familiar Marxist concepts such as value theory, the labor process, accumulation, crisis and socialism, to others not always associated with the Marxian canon, like feminism, ecology, international migration and epistemology. This breadth of coverage reflects the development of Marxian economic and social theory, and encompasses both the history and the frontiers of current scholarship. This handbook provides an extensive statement of the current shape and future direction of Marxian economics.

The Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics is an invaluable resource for students, researchers and policy makers seeking guidance in this field. It is designed to serve both as a reference work and as a supplementary text for classroom use, with applications for courses in economics, sociology, political science, management, anthropology, development studies, philosophy and history.

Link to the book is available here.

Social Inequality, Economic Decline, and Plutocracy: An American Crisis

By Dale Johnson | 2017, Palgrave Macmillan

Brings together a wide range of ideas and evidence in a full structural and cultural analysis of contemporary America in crisis.

This book aims to further an understanding of present day America by exploring counter-hegemony to the rule of capital and offering guidelines for strategizing change proceeding from the dialectic of What Is and What Ought to Be. The author analyzes neoliberal global order and its political expressions through discussions of the dominance of finance capital in the late twentieth century, the triumph of ideology, the closing of avenues to reform, the problem of the captive state, and a sociological analysis of rule by “divide and conquer.” The book concludes with a look at the history of movement politics in culture, arts, economics, and politics. It resounds with a hope that challenges to hegemony can use many paths to change, of which the electoral path is but one of many fronts, in the long-term struggle for radical reform.

Link to the book is available here.

Structural Crisis and Institutional Change in Modern Capitalism: French Capitalism in Transition

By Bruno Amable | 2017, Oxford University Press

This book analyses the evolution of the French model of capitalism in relation to the instability of socio-political compromises.

In the 2010s, France was in a situation of systemic crisis, namely, the impossibility for political leadership to find a strategy of institutional change, or more generally a model of capitalism, that could gather sufficient social and political support. This book analyses the various attempts at reforming the French model since the 1980s, when the left tried briefly to orient the French political economy in a social-democratic/socialist direction before changing course and opting for a more orthodox macroeconomic and structural policy direction. The attempts of governments of the right to implement a radically neo-liberal structural policy also failed in the face of a significant social opposition. The enduring French systemic crisis is the expression of contradictions between the economic policies implemented by the successive left and right governments, and the existence of a dominant, social bloc, that is, a coalition of social groups that would politically support the dominant political strategy.

Since 1978, both the right and the left have failed to find a solution to the contradictions between the policies they implemented and the expectations of their respective social bases, which are themselves inhabited by tensions and contradictions that evolve with the structural reforms that gradually transformed French capitalism.

Link to the book is available here.

The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers

By Ann Pettifor | 2017, Verso Books

What is money, where does it come from, and who controls it? In this accessible, brilliantly argued book, leading political economist Ann Pettifor explains in straightforward terms history’s most misunderstood invention: the money system. Pettifor argues that democracies can, and indeed must, reclaim control over money production and restrain the out-of-control finance sector so that it serves the interests of society, as well as the needs of the ecosystem. The Production of Money examines and assesses popular alternative debates on, and innovations in, money, such as “green QE” and “helicopter money.” She sets out the possibility of linking the money in our pockets (or on our smartphones) to the improvements we want to see in the world around us.

Link to the book is available here.

The Profit Doctrine: Economists of the Neoliberal Era

By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson | 2017, Pluto Press

The economics profession has a lot to answer for. After the late 1970s, the ideas of influential economists have justified policies that have made the world more prone to economic crisis, remarkably less equal, more polluted and less secure than it might be. How could ideas and policies that proved to be such an abject failure come to dominate the economic landscape?

By critically examining the work of the most famous economists of the neoliberal period including Alan Greenspan, Milton Friedman, and Robert Lucas, the authors Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson demonstrate that many of those who rose to prominence did so primarily because of their defence of, and contribution to, rising corporate profits and not their ability to predict or explain economic events.

An important and controversial book, The Profit Doctrine exposes the uses and abuses of mainstream economic canons, identify those responsible and reaffirm the primacy of political economy.

Link to the book is available here.

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships and Grants

Berlin School of Economics and Law: Call for applications to heterodox master programs

MA in International Economics

The Master in International Economics provides students with a critical understanding of current debates in economics, including heterodox economics in particular. The programme has a strongly international approach and aims to integrate an understanding of theoretical controversies, historical developments and contemporary policy disputes. It also contains an interdisciplinary component reflecting the importance that social and political institutions play in shaping economic developments, and offers several options for specialisation. The programme is accredited and it will equip students with the skills to pursue internationally oriented careers with government and non-government organisations, research institutes, think tanks, trade unions, international organisations and international businesses, as wellas to apply for PhD programmes. Courses are taught entirely in English.

The application period for the winter term starts on 15 April, and ends for students with a German Bachelor’s degree on 15 June; for students with a non-German Bachelor’s degree on 30 May. For more information please see this website.

MA in Political Economy of European Integration

The Master in Political Economy of European Integration offers an extraordinary, interdisciplinary Master programme, combining critical research in political sciences and sociology, law, and (heterodox) macroeconomics. The programme covers different dimensions of European integration such as environment and energy, labour and social reproduction, as well as money and trade, and offers several options for specialisation. The programme is accredited and enables students to participate professionally in the processes of European integration and to pursue international careers with European institutions and with governments as well as business organisations, trade unions, non-governmental organisations and institutions of policy formulation and research in the member states of the EU. Courses are taught entirely in English.

The application period for the winter term starts on 15 April, and ends for students with a German Bachelor’s degree on 15 June; for students with a non-German Bachelor’s degree on 30 May. For more information please see this website.

University College Dublin: UCD SPIRe Doctoral Scholarship

The UCD School of Politics and International Relations seeks applications for the UCD SPIRe Doctoral Scholarship. This scholarship covers full fees and a living stipend of 14,000 euro per year for up to four years. It is open to EU and non-EU applicants.

Awards will be primarily based on the academic track record of the applicants and the academic merits of the proposal, but social relevance and fit with the school will also be taken into account.

Appplication Deadline: 5pm GMT, Monday, 24 April 2017

Applicants need to proceed through the standard application process for the PhD programme before they can be considered for the scholarships. Application to the PhD requires submission of:

To be eligible for consideration under the scholarship, this application form should be included as part of the application process.

Applications are to be submitted by email to Ms Dara Gannon (dara.gannon@ucd.ie).


Click here for Terms and Conditions

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) is the oldest and the largest school of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, published on the 7th of March, UCD School of Politics and International Relations is ranked in the top 100 in the world and No. 1 in Ireland by subject. In the subject area of Development Studies, which is also housed by the school, UCD is also ranked in the top 100 in the world and No. 1 in Ireland.

University of Cambridge: ESRC PhD Studentship

PhD project title: "Workplaces, employment and wellbeing: Analysis of the Britain’s Healthiest workplace dataset"

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] in collaboration with RAND Europe is pleased to announce a studentship available for admission in October 2017. The studentship will be supervised in the Department of Sociology.

RAND Europe is a not for profit research institute that helps to improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. In collaboration with Vitality, RAND Europe has been collecting data on health, health-related behaviour and working conditions from managers and employees in a number of UK workplaces since 2012. Some findings of this survey can be seen in this report.

We now invite applications for an ESRC-funded PhD studentship to use this dataset as the core of a PhD project. There is no specific steer – we are interested to hear from prospective students who can use this data to address societal challenges and to advance knowledge.

The student will be supervised by a specialist in the analysis of large datasets within the Sociology department: Dr Brendan Burchell, Dr Maria Iacovou, or Dr Mark Ramsden. (See http://www.sociology.cam.ac.uk/people/academic-staff). Co-supervision will be provided by RAND (http://www.rand.org/randeurope.html). The studentship will be based at the University of Cambridge, but students will be expected to spend part of their time based at RAND Europe’s Cambridge office (situated 2km from the Sociology Department); desk space and facilities will be provided

The ESRC DTP is particularly keen to attract students who have cross-disciplinary interests and interest in doing research with non-academic collaborators. The successful candidate will be part of a wider University research cluster on sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing. DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations either in the UK or elsewhere.

If you have sufficient prior training, e.g. a Master’s qualification and/or advanced training in social scientific and quantitative methods, you may be able to start a three-year doctoral programme straight away (3 years in total); alternatively, you may be encouraged to complete the Sociology Master’s programme first, before moving on to your doctorate (4 years in total). Whatever your level of prior training, the DTP will offer additional opportunities to enhance your methodological and professional skills base.

A full DTP studentship will cover fees and provide £14,296 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic organisations.

DTP studentships are currently open to UK and EU citizens. Full studentships are open only to those meeting certain residency requirements.

What to do next

You can find out more about the DTP on our website, and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you. You can also find out more about the Department of Sociology.

All DTP applicants follow the University’s standard admission process. The application should include an outline research proposal describing the main aims of the PhD research and how it will utilise the RAND dataset; this will form the basis of a discussion about the direction of the PhD.

Please go to our Graduate Admissions Portal to start your application. Please address any questions about this PhD to Dr Brendan Burchell, bb101@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 18 April 2017.


The Uno Newsletter

Link to the latest issue of the Uno Newsletter is available here.

Union for Radical Political Economics

Link to the latest issue of URPE Newsletter is available here.

Calls for Support

Defend Diversity of Economic Ideas: Petition for the Reappoint of Professor Summa at the University of Vermont

The field of economics is in an existential crisis. Mainstream economics has been unable to offer viable long-run solutions to today’s problems: the tendency toward economic stagnation, the increasing frequency of financial crises, widening inequality and environment degradation. Yet undergraduate and graduate economic classes throughout the world continue teaching standard models that have become largely discredited, abandoned by even some leading members of the mainstream tradition.

Professor John Summa is one of the brave economists that questions the conventional models inside the classroom. By teaching students alternative branches of economics, Professor Summa is empowering future economists to think about the economy in a more complete manner. But despite Professor’s Summa popular standing among students and excellent teaching record, the University of Vermont (UVM) has refused to renew his teaching contract. This denial of reappointment took place despite a unanimous 5-0 vote by UVM’s own independent Faculty Standards Committee, which reviewed his case.

As a former student of Professor Summa, I was shocked and upset when I heard that the University was trying to let him go. I was deeply influenced by his ability to present alternative economic perspectives. Professor Summa did not try to convince me of any single point of view. Instead, he encouraged me to think critically about economics, and therefore, decide for myself what to believe. Please join me in signing this petition that demands the University of Vermont reappoint this valuable teacher. Stand with Professor Summa, because voices like his need to be heard, but are becoming fewer in number just when we need them the most.

Link to the petition is available here.

An article about the case can be found here.

See also: econclassaction.com

For Your Information

Interview with Rajani Kanth: "A 400-Year Program of Modernist Thinking is Exploding"

Eurocentric modernism has unhinged us from our human nature, argues Rajani Kanth in his latest book, Farewell to Modernism: On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century, and tells the history of a set of bad ideas. A link to the blog article on this provocative book can be found here.

John Grieve Smith: Obituary by G.C. Harcourt

John Grieve Smith, 2 November 1927 – 13 February 2017:

A memoir and a tribute

John Grieve Smith, one of the UK’s most influential economists, died in his 90 year on 13 February 2017. John and I became close friends soon after we both returned to Cambridge in 1982, John as Senior Bursar of Robinson College, I as University Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Politics and Fellow of Jesus College. We had many discussions on economics and economic policy, usually at and after lunch at Robinson or Jesus. We exchanged comments on papers and we authored together a critical paper on Gordon Brown’s economic policies when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, “The economic policies of Gordon Brown and the Treasury: Stability for what?”. It was published in Soundings, a left of centre journal, in 2001. In the introduction to The Making of a Post-Keynesian, a selection of my essays published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan, I wrote that “John…, my long standing friend, [had] fought the good post-Keynesian fight through the barren years of Thatcherism and, even more upsetting, those of Blairism and Brownism. … Evidently a leading British economics journalist thought our essay … the best critique of Brown’s (read Ed Ball’s) approach and policy he had read … John must have the lion’s share of credit for I was a very junior partner” (4).

John ‘read’ (Oz term is ‘did’) for the Economics Tripos at Cambridge, graduating in 1949. His College was Clare and his undergraduate supervisor was the redoubtable Brian Reddaway. He absorbed Brian’s down-to-earth, back-to-first principles approach to economic theory and policy, to which he coupled his own passionate hatred of injustice, especially when it arose from malfunctioning of the economic system.

John held important posts in the British civil service and industry. He started his working life in the Cabinet Secretariat in 1949 and then moved to H.M. Treasury. Subsequently, he was the Senior Planner at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (1957-1961), Head of the Economics Division of the Iron and Steel Board (1961-64), Under-Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (1964-1968), Director of Planning, British Steel Corporation (1968-1981) and Industrial Management Teaching Fellow, City University Business School (1981-1982), before returning to Cambridge in 1982.

John was a prolific publisher. His most important books, I think, are Full Employment: A Pledge Betrayed, published by Macmillan in 1997 and its sequel, There is a Better Way. A New Economics Agenda (Anthem Press, 2001). He also edited and contributed to many other books and reports and chaired ad hoc working groups, producing reports on economic policy, e.g. An Agenda for a New Bretton Works (International Papers on Political Economy, 1994), The Challenge of Longer Life: Economic Burden or Social Opportunity? (Catalyst, 2002), and he co-authored Pension Promises and Employment Rights (Institute of Employment Rights, 2004).

From first to last John regarded full employment as the moral starting point for all package deals of economic policy. One of his last, possibly his last, publication was the lead chapter, “Ending mass unemployment”, in Tanweer Ali’s and Diamond Ashiagbor’s edited volume, Full Employment Revisited: Essays on the Economy, People and Fairness (Work Forum, 2014). I remember vividly how John inspired and thrilled the audience of research students and others at a seminar at Queens’ in the early 1990s with his impassioned remarks about the absolute necessity to make full employment the top priority. It reflected what we wrote in the essay on Brown that his “policies … faithfully reflect[ed] the prevailing neo-liberal orthodoxy” (The Making of a Post-Keynesian Economist, 215).

John was an exceptionally kind and caring person, as is Jean, his wonderful wife of many years. Like Jean, he behaved selflessly in his personal dealings with family and friends alike. He was a good man in the same sense as Keynes’s “one-armed shepherd, now turned cowherd” described Maynard Keynes (quoted by Roy Harrod in his 1951 biography of Keynes, 650). It was a great privilege to have known him.

G.C. Harcourt
School of Economics
UNSW Australia
March 2017