Issue-22, February 2, 2006

From the Editor

The issue of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter contains lots of new conferences, calls for papers, and seminars, some of which do not bear directly on heterodox economics but might be of interest to you in any case. In this regard I would like to note that Pavlina Tcherneva ( ) is preparing postcards and posters for the upcoming Post Keynesian conference. If you wish to receive hard copies of these announcements and advertise the event in your department, please send her an e-mail requesting them. However, not all heterodox associations actually send me information about their activities on some kind of regular basis, so if you want your association activities announced in the newsletter please send them to me. In addition, there are lots of new interesting working papers listed in the newsletter, as well as special subscription rates for ROPE, invitation to subscribe to Econ-Atrocities, a message from the International Society for Ecological Economics and lots of other things.

There is one other issue that I would like to note and that is the production of the newsletter itself. Currently, I spend around 6-10 hours putting out each newsletter and  my assistant puts in 10-15 hours. This does not bother me too much, but there is the issue about my assistant. I have been thinking about getting external help with the production of the newsletter. I have asked a couple of publishers—Routledge and University of Michigan Press—if they would like to become part of the project but have received no response. However, I am planning for the future where the production of the newsletter will be done by somebody not at UMKC; therefore I have obtained a “commercial” website for the newsletter: . You can click on it and it gives you the newsletter as it now stands or you can go through the UMKC link. But other than that nothing has changed for the moment.

Fred Lee


In this issue:

- Call for Papers

          - Association for Heterodox Economics 8th Annual Conference 2006
          - Hetsa Conference 2006
          - The Ninth International Post Keynesian Conference
          - Russia in Europe- International Multidisciplinary Conference
          - Oeconomicus
          - 3rd International Conference- ‘Developments in Economic Theory and Policy’
          - The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
          - The Commons Conference
          - XVI ISA World Congress of Sociology
          - Association for Evolutionary Economics- Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

          - Inaugural G.L.S. Shackle memorial biennial lecture"
          - Columbia University Full Employment Seminar - Janet Gornick
          - Cambridge Realist Workshop
          - Invitation to the British Academy Spring Lectures 2006
          - Empire, Resistance, and the War in Iraq
          - Conference on Economic and Social Inequality

- Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

           - Issues in Regulation Theory number 53
           - The Talking Economics Bulletin
           - La Lettre de la Régulation n°54 Janvier 2006 est parue
           - International Society for Ecological Economics, January 17, 2006
           - LevyNews- January 2006
           - Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
           - Econ-Atrocities
           - Review of Political Economy
- Heterodox Books and Book Series      

           - Pension Reform and Economic Theory: A Non-Orthodox Approach
           - The Physical Foundation of Economics by Jing Chen
           - EarthScan Newsletter
           - The New Economy and Macroeconomic Stability

- Heterodox Associations, Institutes, and Departments     

           - Association for Georgist Studies

- Heterodox Websites

          - Corporations in Context


 Call for Papers

Association for Heterodox Economics 8th Annual Conference 2006

Economics, Pluralism, and the Social Sciences, 14 – 16 July, 2006, London School of Economics

The Eighth Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE) will be held at the London School of Economics from 14th to 16th July 2006.

Last year’s highly successful AHE conference yielded a stimulating and original range of papers on pluralism in economics, in opposition to the currently non-pluralistic dominance of the neoclassical mainstream. A striking feature of the conference was the growing interdisciplinary character of the contributions which explored, generally but not exclusively from the standpoint of economics, the relation between economics and other branches of the social sciences. The Eighth Annual Conference will build on this success.

The conference will have both a thematic part and an open part. The AHE is happy to consider papers of both types; however, priority will be given to papers addressing the conference theme, “Economics, Pluralism and the Social Sciences”. Papers are particularly encouraged on topics dealing with economics and its relation to the social sciences as a whole and with respect to its various branches, such as anthropology, development studies, gender and race studies, history, literary studies, management, philosophy, politics, psychology, and sociology, from both economists and non-economists and from a plurality of perspectives.

We encourage the submission of abstracts of papers, or proposals for a session or stream of sessions, which

• Apply heterodox economic thought to policy-related issues;
• Examine any aspect of economic theory from the standpoint of another discipline or disciplines in the social sciences or the humanities;
• Critically assess the existing or potential relation, deleterious or positive, between economics and other branches of the social sciences;
• Examine issues or deploy approaches neglected by current economic orthodoxy;
• Critically examine either neoclassical economic orthodoxy, or – in the spirit of pluralism – its heterodox critics;
• Assess the contribution of one or more heterodox approaches towards opening up economics;
• Make a contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning in economics from a heterodox or pluralist perspective.

The AHE is in process of publishing a selection of the best papers presented at this year’s conference in a special volume of the book series Advances in Heterodox Economics, edited by Professor Frederic S. Lee. We propose to publish a similar volume after the 2006 conference.

Deadline for submission:

Proposals for single papers: please send an abstract of up to 500 words by email only to the local organiser, Alan Freeman ( ), AND the AHE coordinator, Andrew Mearman (,by 17 March 2006. Text, HTML, Word and PDF format email attachments are acceptable.
Proposals for sessions and streams: please indicate exactly what you are proposing, giving the names and email addresses of the proposed speakers, and attaching the abstracts (of not more than 500 words each) for their papers. Send by email to Alan Freeman and Andrew Mearman, as above, by 17 March 2006.
You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your proposal by 7 April 2006.
Those whose abstracts have been accepted must send their full paper and completed registration to be received by 2 June 2006.

Parallel sessions will be 90 minutes long and will consist of two papers. Sessions may have a discussant for each paper. The conference is to be conducted in English. All abstracts will be considered by the AHE Committee.

To see details of previous conferences, and to keep up to date with the 2006 conference and other AHE activities please visit:

Hetsa Conference 2006

˜Rummaging through the golden threads of the history of economic thought”

The 19th Conference of the History of the Economic Society of Australia. 4 -7 July, 2006. Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

The School of Business at the University of Ballarat is pleased to host this exciting convention of some of Australia’s finest minds meeting in one of Australia’s most famous and historic towns. A city visited in the past by such iconic figures as Mark Twain, R.L.S. Trollope, Henry George and Stanley Jevons; and in our own time Geoff Harcourt, Michael White and even Milton Friedman.

The best in surrounds, foods and conviviality

This year all papers submitted by the relevant deadlines will be referred.
(Other papers will be accepted when possible but not referred)
Deadline for Abstracts: 25 April 2006
Deadline for Papers: 31 May 2006

We welcome anyone who is willing to put together their own session.
Welcome to Ballarat cocktail evening Tuesday 4th July.
Visit places around Ballarat where the intellectual and economic wealth of the Australian nation began: Mechanics Institute, Eureka Stockade, Gold Mining Museum and Archives
“Blood on the Southern Cross” evening show at Sovereign Hill Museum.
Sumptuous succulent conference dinner with Ballarat balladeers and local raconteurs
Special overseas keynote speakers

Information will be available on our website: 
For more information contact:

Jerry Courvisanos                       or      Alex Millmow    
phone: (03) 5327 9417 (office)              (03) 5327 9057
0407 485 860 (mobile)

The Ninth International Post Keynesian Conference

September 15-18, 2006
Kansas City, MISSOURI
Save the Date:
Call for Papers:

Russia in Europe- International Multidisciplinary Conference

14-15 December 2006
The conference "Russia in Europe: economic and social prospects" seeks to analyse the economic and political convulsions generated by the political and social reforms of the 1990s that aimed to design a new economic system. What are the economic and social consequences of these reforms? How are international economic and political relations evolving? What is Russia's role in the knowledge economy? Does the enlargement of the European Union offer new opportunities to Russia? What is Russia's role in the structuring of economic activities in the European neighbourhood? What are the prospects for Russia's integration into the European neighbourhood?

Theme 1: Russian Society Today

Social inequalities
Education, training, employment and unemployment
Modernization or transition?
Economic history of Russia
Economics and crime
Transparency of information
Culture and religion
Consumption and lifestyles
The life cycle, retirement, family and social security

Theme 2: Institutions, Reforms and the Changing Russian Economy

The informal economy
Productivity and growth
Indicators of economic and human development
Enterprises, credit, banks and financial markets
Enterprise management and governance systems
Privatization and liberalization of the Russian economy
Transportation, infrastructure and services
Agriculture, energy and the environment

Theme 3: Geopolitical and Diplomatic Issues

Relations between Russia and the European Union
Relations between Russia and Asia
Spheres of cooperation: education, research, science

Theme 4: Russia in the Globalizing World

Foreign investment in Russia and Russian investment abroad
International trade
Exchange rates
Financial markets and capital movements
Convergence and prospects of integration into the neighbourhood of the European Union

Contact : Sophie Boutillier,


Oeconomicus is a student-refereed economics journal that is sponsored by the Economics Club at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. The Journal welcomes contributions in all areas of political economy, economic methodology, economic history, and history of economic thought. All economic traditions – including but not limited to Post Keynesian, Institutionalist, Marxist, Feminist, Austrian, and Sraffian – are welcomed in the Journal. Oeconomicus publishes both theoretical and empirical research, as well as interviews with distinguished economists and policy makers. We encourage contributors to submit book reviews, and we welcome any comments on publications appearing in our Journal.

The journal is published every Winter Semester and is available online. All students are encouraged to submit papers; to submit an article, an interview, a book review, or a comment, send your document in MS word format to the editors (Kurt Christensen, Daniel Conceicao, and Udomdej Leesengheng).
Deadline for submission is March 1, 2006 for the Winter 2006 issue.
Abstracts of proposed contributions for future issues are also encouraged.
For more details or for any other inquiry, please contact the journal’s editors; e-mail Kurt Christensen at , Daniel Conceicao at , and Udomdej Leesengheng at .\

3rd International Conference- ‘Developments in Economic Theory and Policy’

July, 6-7, 2006
Bilbao (Spain)

The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy of the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) are organizing the 3rd International Conference “Developments in Economic Theory and Policy”. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), from 6th to 7th of July 2006, at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of the Basque Country.

Papers are invited on all areas of economics. Papers must be written in English. Accepted papers will be grouped in sessions. Every session will comprise three-four papers.

Suggestions for ‘Organized Sessions’ are also welcomed. An organized session is one devoted to a specific subjetc that has been constructed in its entirety by a session organizer and submitted to the Conference Organizers as a complete package (title of the session, papers and session chair).

The final deadline to submit papers and ‘organized sessions’ is 2nd June 2005. Acceptance letters will be sent out by e-mail by 9th June 2005.

For more information, you can get in touch with Jesus Ferreiro ( or visit the website of the Conference:

The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)

The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) would like to invite any progressive economist wishing to present a paper or organize a panel at the 2006 Canadian Economics Association (CEA) Annual Meeting to submit an abstract by 14 February, 2006. Submissions are invited from any subfield of economics and should be sent by email to:

Dr. Adam Harmes at:

Submissions for individual papers should include: the title of the paper, an abstract of no more than 150 words, the subfield(s) of economics that the paper falls within as well as the author's name, title, institutional affiliation, area of specialization and full contact details. The author should also indicate if they would also be willing to act as a discussant.

Submissions for whole panels, which are strongly encouraged, should include all of the information requested above for each individual paper presenter as well as for the panel organizer, chair and discussant.
Panel submissions should be submitted as a whole by the panel organizer and should: include: the title of the panel, a panel abstract of no more than 150 words and the subfield(s) of economics that the paper falls within.

Each year the PEF organizes 5 panels for the CEA conference. While preference will be given to organized panels that reflect the general objectives of the PEF, individual papers will be considered on a first come first serve basis and in terms of their "fit" with other individual paper submissions. All panel organizers, and those who submit abstracts for individual papers, will be notified as to the results of their submission no later than 21 February, 2006.
This is to ensure that all unaccepted proposals may still be submitted to the CEA directly before the CEA deadline of 28 February, 2006.

The Canadian Economics Association Annual Meeting will be held at Concodia University, Montreal from Friday 26 May to Sunday 28 May 2006. For more information about the 2006 CEA Annual Meeting, please visit the
website at:
For more information on the Progressive Economics
Forum, please visit the website at:

The Commons Conference

An Academic-Community Event on Privatization and the Public Domain
April 28--30, 2006
University of Victoria, BC

A committee of students, researchers, and community members are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on contemporary definitions of "the commons" to be held at UVic the weekend of April 28-30th, 2006.

The concept of the commons derives from the system of collective ownership of pastureland in England, which thrived until a series of enclosure acts divided them in the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Enclosure acts transformed society -displacing labourers, forcing peasants into the market society, providing a new economic base for trade, and ecologically disrupting a diverse arrangement of cultivation, grazing, and wild lands.

The idea of the commons was revived in the 1960s and 70s by the burgeoning environmental movement. It usefully provided a way to express awareness that nature does not respect property lines. New forms of political and economic organization were needed to address the perils of environmental destruction and social alienation. In recent years, advocates of a digital or electronic commons have taken up the term "commons," as well. For example, databases offering open access to medical or scholarly research at public institutions belong "in common" ownership to citizens. However, intellectual property erects new fences around these collective agreements.

In the paths and circuits between these commons - in physical and digital space - lie important, under-theorized ideas about the meaning of the public, collectivity, and communal life that could provide powerful antidotes to the steady encroachments of the private sector into the public domain. This conference seeks to explore these spaces.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. George Caffentzis, Chair of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine and outspoken activist on issues of imperialism and war. Caffentzis' critical work exposes the co-optation of "commons" language and activism by those angling to replace neo-liberalism with yet another hegemonic ideology. Caffentzis submits that the critical position to taking up the commons would be that which calls into question the global circulations of capital and power. Caffentzis will be speaking on the evening of Friday, April 28th in an open event that is free to the public.

Saturday will feature presentations by people from across the country: university faculty, graduate students, and community activists. Speakers will present imaginative and practical talks on issues around water privatization, cities, indigenous nationalism, the pharmaceutical industry, open-source software, libraries, immigration, material and immaterial property, seed saving, the role of the public intellectual, governance, art as engagement, the privatization of democratic values and social movements, and other relevant topics. On Sunday the 30th there will be a day of facilitated workshops meant to serve as a space for deeper discussion and strategy. These discussions will focus on conference-participant reflections and will raise questions about how to build and sustain interdisciplinary networks.

The focus of the papers should be on Canadian issues and the role of Canada abroad. Some questions people are invited to address are: Who does/does not occupy a place in the physical and digital commons? What is the role of the state in the renewed commons? How can media become a two-way flow through a commons? Can there be such a thing as quotation marks in art? What other models of ownership are available to oppose commodification? What are the politics of the commons?

We are looking for papers that theorize ideas of "the commons" that respond to, resist or subvert forms of privatizations. Papers should bring to light aspects of social and political control exercised through these privatizations. Panels will be organized to reflect overlap between issues identified in respective proposals. Each presentation should be 15 - 20 minutes long.
The deadline for submissions is March 10th, 2006. Please email 250 - 300 word abstracts to

This conference is also an event. Please feel welcome to attend. A website is currently being designed for the conference and will be on-line soon. Links will be posted from the VIPIRG and Forum websites (  or ). Watch for registration details.

XVI ISA World Congress of Sociology

Durban, South Africa, 23-29 July 2006
The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalising World
Research Committee on
Economy and Society RC02

Of particular interest is Session 15
The domestic and transnational expansion of the private sector, corporate governance, mergers and development
Organisers: Alicia Giron, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, , fax: 5255- 5623-0156 and Arnaud Sales, University of Montreal, Canada, , fax: 1-514-343-5722
The domestic and transnational expansion of the private sector over the last decades is a phenomenon that deserves study. Deregulation and liberalized financial processes have induced a new concentration and centralization of economic power in many countries and globally. Merger movements have produced new organizational structures and challenges for developing countries. The objective of this panel is to discover how deregulation and liberalization processes have worked around the world in the different countries.
Esta es la última llamada para presentar abstracts antes del 3 0 de enero en la Sesión The domestic and transnational expansion of the private sector, corporate governance, mergers and development cuyos organizadores son: Alicia Giron, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, , fax: 5255- 5623-0156 and Arnaud Sales, University of Montreal, Canada, , fax: 1-514-343-5722

Association for Evolutionary Economics- Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA

January 5-7, 2007

Program Chair: Glen Atkinson
Department of Economics
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Telephone – (775) 784-6678
Fax – (775) 784-4728
E-mail –

AFEE invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels for the 2007 AFEE conference. The theme of the AFEE program will be:

Contributions of Institutional Economics to Public Policy Debates: Past and Present

Institutional economics scholars have been involved for decades in research that concerns labor, immigration, regulation of industry, social security, international trade and finance, economic development, and much more. Most of these issues are of continuing interest along with more recent policy debates such as the environment, energy, women’s role in the economy, health care, private pensions and economies in transition.

These papers must be grounded in and contribute to the literature of Original Institutional Economics in the tradition of Commons, Veblen, Mitchell, Kapp, Myrdal, Polyani, etc.

Proposals on institutional/evolutionary theory and methodology will be considered. Indeed, papers that relate investigations of policy issues to the development of institutional/evolutionary theory will be most welcome.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and sessions is March 31, 2006. I will try to inform authors whether their proposals have been accepted by April 30, 2006. If the program chair has not acknowledged receipt of your paper or panel proposal within two weeks, please contact the program chair.

Proposals for panels may contain up to five papers, and must include relevant details of all papers to be presented (see below). Constraints imposed by the Allied Social Science Association severely limit the number of sessions allocated to AFEE. AFEE deeply regrets that it will be necessary to turn down many good proposals.

In considering your topic and preparing your abstract, please keep in mind that you will have no more than twenty minutes to present your paper. Furthermore, if you wish your paper to be considered for publication in the June 2007 Journal of Economic Issues, the text of your paper cannot exceed 2,850 words. You will be allowed two pages of references and two pages of tables, or figures. The deadline for submission for the June JEI is December 5, 2006. JEI submission details will be provided to authors whose proposals are accepted for the conference.

At least one of the authors of any paper must be a member of AFEE. Contact for membership information.

Proposals for papers or panels must be submitted by March 31, 2006 to . The following information must be submitted:

a- Name(s) of author(s)
b- Professional affiliation(s)
c- Email address of corresponding author
d- Mailing address of corresponding author
e- Title of proposed paper
f- Abstract of 100 to 200 words
g- Your willingness to serve as a discussant or session chair (specify field)

2006 Left Forum

Here is more information as well as registration details regarding the 2006 Left Forum (successor to the Socialist Scholars Conference held annually in New York City).


Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

Inaugural G.L.S. Shackle memorial biennial lecture"
Interest Rates in Theory and Practice
Professor Dr. Axel A Weber
President of the Deutsche Bundesbank
at The Faculty of Law in Lecture Room LG18
West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ
on Thursday 9th March 2006 at 5.00pm

There will be a reception and bookstall after the lecture
Everyone is very welcome to stay for refreshments
Entry is free

Enquiries to the Master's Secretary of St Edmunds College, Cambridge
Telephone 01223 336122
Subject: Shackle Lecture
Professor Axel A Weber was born in Kusel, Rhineland-Palatine on 8th March 1957, he studied an undergraduate degree in economics and management at the University of Constance, graduating in 1982. He then went on to the University of Siegen as a research assistant, and was awarded a doctorate by the University in 1987.

In 1989 he moved to the Department of Economics at the University of Siegen, until transferring to Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University, Bonn in 1994 as a professor of economic theory for the next four years. He then moved from Bonn to Frankfurt, and was appointed Professor of applied monetary economics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University; he was then appointed Director of the centre for Financial Studies before moving on to the University of Cologne as professor of International economics.

In 2002 he became a member of the German Council of Economic Experts until he was given the position of President of the Deutsche Bundesbank and member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank from April 2003.
Professor G.L.S. Shackle was Brunner Professor of Economic Science at the University of Liverpool from 1951 to 1969 and Emeritus Professor until he died in March 1992. In 1967 he was elected Fellow of the British Academy and in 1976 gave the Keynes Lecture at the British Academy.

Columbia University Full Employment Seminar - Janet Gornick

LOCATION: 1512 International Affairs Building, Columbia University, New
York City

DATE: TUESDAY 7 February - 7:15 p.m. - 1512 IAB
(Optional buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Faculty House)

SPEAKER: Janet C. Gornick, City University of New York

TOPIC: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment: Drawing
Lessons from Europe

Janet Gornick will speak about her cross-national comparative research on work-family policies aimed at simultaneously promoting child wellbeing, economic security for families, and gender equality. Although the United States provides little in the way of public supports for working parents, other industrialized countries--especially the countries of northern and western Europe--have decades of experience providing public supports to families. She will lay out a hypothetical package of public child care and paid family leave provisions, and discuss what it would cost to implement such a package in the United States

***Please note that this seminar is on an UNUSUAL DAY--Tuesday 7 February--and is in an UNUSUAL PLACE--the Kellogg Center, Room 1512 on the 15th floor of the International Affairs Building. If you do not have Columbia ID, please try to arrive early, as the building will be locked at 7:00. Matt Winters, our rapporteur, will check for stragglers just before the seminar begins.***

Please RSVP to Matt Winters ( by Friday 3 February.

Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. at Faculty House, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. Enter via the gate on the east side of Broadway at 116TH STREET; go through campus and cross AMSTERDAM AVE. Continue on West 116th past the Law School and turn left

through the gate, turn right beyond Wein Hall on the right and go down the ramp to Faculty House. Purchase a ticket for dinner ($19) at the ticket window on the first floor, and then the dinner buffet is in the DeWitt Clinton Dining Room on the fourth floor.

The seminar is at 7:15 p.m. in the KELLOGG CENTER on the 15th floor of the INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUILDING. The street entrance for the International Affairs Building is on Amsterdam Avenue at the corner of 118th Street across from St. Paul's Chapel.

Cambridge Realist Workshop

Programme for Lent Term 2006
Mondays in term time.
Drinks from 7:30p.m. Seminar starts at 8 p.m.
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)
Mill Lane, Cambridge
Anyone interested is welcome.


January 23
Hugh Willmott and Ismael Al-Amoudi
Realism as an Alluring Discourse: The Case of Organization Studies

January 30
Irene van Staveren
(Nijmegen University, The Hague)
Post Keynenism meets Feminism

February 06
Geoff Harcourt
The Cambridge Approach to Economics

February 13
David Tyfield (University of Exeter)
Incorporating Schumpeter into Realist Economic Sociology

February 20
Patrick Baert
Pragmatist philosophy of social research - a proposal

February 27

March 06 Jack Vromen
(Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam)

March 13

Invitation to the British Academy Spring Lectures 2006

The lectures begin at 5.30pm and take place in the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. Lectures are free and are open to all and will be followed by a reception at 6.30pm.

Tuesday 28 February 2006

How and Why Does Fairness Matter?
Professor K G Binmore , CBE, FBA, University College London
Economists are commonly thought to believe that the operation of the free market should trump any considerations of social justice. This view is sustainable only if one subscribes to the naive view that real markets and other social systems only have one equilibrium. However, game theory shows that realistic social systems usually have many equilibria. It is therefore not enough to argue that people will strive to improve their individual welfare. Their behaviour needs to be coordinated so that they all end up playing the same equilibrium. I argue that fairness can be explained as one of nature's answers to such coordination problems. That is to say, fairness evolved as an equilibrium selection device. This hypothesis leads to a theory of the structure of the fairness norms that we use in solving the coordination problems of everyday life. The theory allows a new interpretation of John Rawls' famous Theory of Justice that reconciles the seemingly hostile approaches of egalitarians and utilitarians.

Please note our ticketing and seating policy:
These lectures are free of charge – no tickets will be issued. All seats will be allocated on a strict first-come, first-served basis. The first 100 audience members arriving at the Academy will be offered a seat in the Lecture Room where this event will take place. The next 50 people to arrive will be offered a seat in our Overflow Room, which has a video and audio link to the Lecture Room. Please arrive in good time.
For further information and abstracts please go to
Meetings Department
Tel: 020 7969 5246
Do you only want to hear about forthcoming events or forthcoming grant deadline dates? If so, please send an email to  with either events or grants in the subject line.

The British Academy
10 Carlton House
London SW1Y 5AH Tel: 020 7969 5200
Fax: 020 7969 5300

Empire, Resistance, and the War in Iraq

A Conference for Historians and Activists University of Texas, Austin February 17-19, 2006

We invite you to attend the first scholarly conference in the U.S. to examine the origins of and opposition to the war in Iraq in historical perspective. Speakers will examine the history of resistance to U.S. empire, the history of international peace and justice movements, the relation of gender to imperialism and war, and the defense of civil liberties and democratic institutions in wartime. In addition, speakers will discuss the Iraq war in long-term historical context.
We encourage audience participation, and each session includes questions, answers, and discussion.

On Sunday a diverse panel will present their thoughts on what historians and activists can learn from each other. Following their presentations, we will have an open discussion on what we as historians and activists can do on our campuses, in our communities, and in this country to contribute to and build anti-war consciousness and activity.

Click here for detailed schedule.
The conference is in the Thompson Conference Center with the exception of the Friday night keynote, which is in the LBJ Auditorium in Sid Richardson Hall.

Registration for the Historians Against War Conference

Early registration before February 1 is $40 (or $25 for students or low-income/unemployed), payable either on- line through PayPal (easiest for us) or by check. On- site registration is $45 (or $30 for students or low- income-unemployed). Registration includes admission to the entire conference, including the Friday and Saturday night plenaries, and all the panels. It also includes a coffee break, lunch, and afternoon cookies on Saturday.

To register online, go to:


This hotel is holding a block of rooms, and is located about three blocks from the conference center.

Rodeway Inn
2900 N I H 35
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-6395
$69.95 per night

Historians Against the War is a network of history teachers, scholars, and activists seeking to bring historical analysis to bear on U.S. foreign policy and its social/political impact. To find out more, visit the HAW website at

Conference on Economic and Social Inequality


Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard University Law School, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

Date: Friday, March 24, 2006
Time: 8:30am-6:00 p.m.
Location: Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Gewirtz Bldg. 12th Floor
Contact: Dianne McDonald (202)662-9402 or
Conference Organizers: Professor Emma Coleman Jordan, Georgetown University Law Center and Professor Charles Ogletree,Jr Harvard University Law Center

Registration: No charge for conference
Cost for Lunch $50.00, RSVP by March 10
to Special Events (202) 662-9548
Make Checks Payable to Georgetown University
Must be received by March 10th


The Georgetown University Law Center-Harvard University Law School Conference on Social and Economic Inequality: The Role of Law, Markets and Social Structure is designed to further stimulate ongoing integration of economics and sociology, as well as law and sociology to address the problems of persistent economic and social inequality. The conference and the associated book arising from it are intended to prepare the way for a second generation of interdisciplinary work at the crossroads of three disciplines. We seek to facilitate exploration of the conceptual intersections of law, economics, and sociology to address problems of persistent structural economic and social inequality.

The participation of legal scholars, who are concerned with challenging the legal frameworks that undergird persistently unequal distribution of material resources, is significant. There is a growing interest among legal scholars in collaborative interdisciplinary research across a broad range of subject areas. Our focus on economic and social inequality seeks to contribute new perspectives on one of the nation's most intractable dilemmas.
Link to the conference schedule.


Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

Issues in Regulation Theory number 53

"The social construction of markets"
Benjamin Coriat (CEPN-IIDE, UMR CNRS 7115, Univ. Paris 13) 
Olivier Weinstein (CEPN-IIDE, UMR CNRS 7115, Univ. Paris 13)

This English-language newsletter contains a translation of the theoretical note published in French in La Lettre de la Régulation and information on research activities in the area of institutional regulation.

Previous Issues in Regulation Theory :

Issues in Regulation theory n°52 contains a note on
"Contemporary financial crises between newness and repetition"
Mario Dehove (CEPN-Université Paris Nord) 
Dominique Plihon (CEPN-Université Paris Nord)

Issues in Regulation theory n°51 contains a note on
"Regulation finance-driven capitalism"
Michel Aglietta, FORUM (université Paris X-Nanterre) and CEPII
Antoine Rebérioux, FORUM (université Paris X-Nanterre) 

Any remarks or opinions you might have concerning Issues in Regulation Theory are quite welcome. In addition, we would be grateful for the names and e-mail addresses of individuals and institutions potentially interested in our new publication.
The Editorial Committee

La Lettre de la Régulation n°54 Janvier 2006 est parue.

Elle est diffusée électroniquement et a conservé son format de 6 pages avec un point théorique et des informations sur les publications et les activités de l'association.

Vous y trouverez un point théorique de :

L’Europe : Des politiques économiques alternatives réalistes
Jacques Mazier (CEPN-CNRS, Université de Paris-Nord)



Vous pourrez également trouver les précédentes Lettres de la régulation sur le site.
Nous vous rappelons ci-après les points théoriques des 12 derniers mois.

Lettre n°53
La construction sociale des marchés
Benjamin Coriat (CEPN-IIDE, UMR CNRS 7115, Univ. Paris 13) 
Olivier Weinstein (CEPN-IIDE, UMR CNRS 7115, Univ. Paris 13) 

Lettre n°52
Les crises financières contemporaines : entre nouveauté et répétition
Mario Dehove (CEPN-Univ. Paris Nord) 
Dominique Plihon (CEPN-Univ. Paris Nord)

Lettre N°51
Les régulations du capitalisme financier
Michel Aglietta, FORUM (université Paris X – Nanterre) et Cepii
Antoine Rebérioux, FORUM (université Paris X – Nanterre)

Avec nos plus cordiales salutations
H. Nadel
Pour le comité de rédaction

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International Society for Ecological Economics, January 17, 2006

It is a pleasure to send this message to all members of the International Society for Ecological Economics across the world and in all the regional societies, at the beginning of 2006. The ISEE started in 1989. Our presidents have been Bob Costanza, Dick Norgaard, John Proops, Charles Perrings, and now myself.
Our main activity during this year will be the Ninth Biennial Conference that will take place in New Delhi (Habitat Centre) from the 15th to 19th December 2006, organized by the INSEE. You can follow the developing programme with plenaries, symposia, invited panels in the webpage . Please come to Delhi for the conference if you can, and notice that the deadline for abstracts of papers and posters is 31 July 2006. It will be a great conference.
The elections for the president (2008-09) and four members (2006-07) of the Board of the Society took place in December 2005. Perhaps because of the new voting system, the number of votes was less than in 2003. As you must know already because the elections results were announced before the end of the year, Peter May (from Brazil) was elected president of ISEE. The four elected members of the Board are Wendy Proctor (Australia, she was already a member of the Board), John Gowdy (USA), Luciana Togeiro de Almeida (Brasil) and Joan Roughgarden (USA). Pushpam Kumar (India) has kindly agreed to stay as member of the Board, he is very much involved in the ISEE06 conference ( Our gratitude should go and indeed it goes to all candidates, especially to Mohan Munasinghe. And certainly to John Proops and Charles Perrings, past presidents. The new Board will start working soon, once we agree on the tasks they would like to do and need to be done.
Under Charles Perrings' presidency, 2004-05, some very good things happened. I shall mention only two of them. The administration has been changed, and it is now in the capable hands of Marsha Kopan, who is doing her best to answer members' questions, to get renewals for 2006, and a consolidated current members' list. She may be reached at, or at other addresses you will find in the webpage A good contract with Elsevier, which publishes our journal "Ecological Economics", was signed. The finances of ISEE are quite solid. We shall open up the possibility of having institutional members/sponsors (environmental organizations, government agencies, companies that agree with our goals). The society's webpage and newsletter will be brought out during 2006 by Jo Chamberlain,
Relations with the regional societies will be one main priority. This includes economic relations and support, as well as setting common objectives and tasks. Much of what happens in ecological economics takes place because we have USSEE, CANSEE, Eco- Eco (Brazil), the Argentina-Uruguay society and Redibec, the ESEE in the European Union, ANZSEE, INSEE, the African society, the Russian society. With the regional presidents (as with the Board) we shall set up a regular system of communication by email and also by telephone conferences (which nowadays are cheap).
The journal "Ecological Economics", edited by Cutler Cleveland, is doing well. Many of you read it, and publish articles in it. It is, I feel, our main product as ecological economists. But new books, new doctoral programmes and doctoral theses, new regular courses and summer schools, and even a web-based Encyclopedia, possibly new journals, yearbooks, annual reviews are being or will be produced around the world on ecological economics, and we must help promote them. One priority will be therefore the difusion of ecological economics. This includes the establishment of closer contacts with Chinese ecological economists, for which we ask members' help.
Finally, a personal opinion on prizes. Many of you know that ISEE gives every two years a Kenneth Boulding prize. This is in the hands of a committee that is and should be independent of the presidency of ISEE. I would very much like to have also (if the Board agrees) a Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen prize for ecological economists under 40. We might give the first one in Delhi in December 06. And talking about prizes, if the Board agrees, I believe that ISEE should strongly campaign to get Nobel Prizes for ecological economists. To start with, those who already in the late 1960s were writing ecological economics articles in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and who are still very active: R.U. Ayres, H. Daly...
On this note, I greet all of you, remaining at your service as president of ISEE for 2006 and 2007. I shall use two email addresses, my usual one,, and also . You may also conact me through 

Joan Martinez Alier, President
International Society for Ecological Economics

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Pension Reform and Economic Theory: A Non-Orthodox Approach

Sergio Cesaratto (professor of Economics, Dipartimento di Economia politica, Università di Siena)

Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK) and Northampton (US), 2006, pp. 365.

The book is a contribution to the present debate on pension reforms in the light of the existence of rival economic theories. In most of the book the discussion will be mainly theoretical, but empirical references will be episodically provided as examples for clarification and to illustrate the practical relevance of the analytical propositions. Chapters 1 and 2 focus on PAYG, discussing its controversial nature and the reforms claiming to improve its sustainability. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 focus on the Fully Funded (FF) scheme, examining its nature and the proposals to replace PAYG with it. In particular, Chapter 3 explains the marginalist roots of the dominant view. The conventional notion of capital stock as a fund of consumption goods whose consumption is transferred into the future coincides with the conventional view of the FF scheme as a device to postpone consumption from the active age into retirement. Chapter 4 discusses the ‘transition problem’ related to the transition from PAYG to FF schemes. Chapter 5 examines the controversy over the ‘trust fund’ accumulated by the US Social Security. Chapters 6 and 7 show, in a more systematic way, the relevance of the non-conventional approach to the debate on pensions contributing, at the same time, to the integration of a welfare state theory in non-orthodox theory. More specifically, Chapter 6 presents the question of pensions in the perspective of Keynes’s theory of effective demand, later reinforced by Sraffa’s critique of traditional capital theory. Chapter 7 widens the perspective of the book by proposing a classical approach to the welfare state linking the non-conventional interpretations of PAYG examined in Chapters 1 and 2 to the classical theory of distribution. Finally, Chapter 8 discusses current and projected demographic developments. The ageing process is seen as a result of a process of stabilization of the world population. In the light of the classical and Kaleckian approach to the theory of distribution the main threat of the ageing process is found in the difficulty of capitalism to live with a shrinking industrial reserve army. Chapter 8 also poses the issue of the sustainability of PAYG as an economic question, and thus treatable by economic policies and appropriate changes in income distribution, and not as an ineluctable demographic quandary.

The Physical Foundation of Economics by Jing Chen

All human activities, including mental activities, are governed by physical laws and are essentially thermodynamic processes. However, current economic theories are not established on these foundations. This pioneering book seeks to develop an analytical theory of economics on the foundation of thermodynamic laws. A unified understanding of economic and social phenomena is presented, an understanding that is much simpler than what mainstream economic theory has to offer. Its aim is to revolutionize thinking in economics and transform social sciences into an integral part of the physical and biological sciences.

Review of the Book

This is an extremely interesting book that attempts to provide an entirely new foundation for economic theory. It is easy to see why the author says in the preface that he has had a hard time remaining employed (he is now an assistant professor at the University of Northern British Columbia).

His basic idea is that there are rules based on thermodynamic processes that underly economic theories. This leads him to some very interesting observations. For instance agriculture produces more grain than does gathering. But the costs of producing that grain, preparing the fields, planting, harvesting, storing are much higher. The resulting stored grain is something that is worth stealing by an outsider, so a military is necessary. Or another comment on how open trade (NAFTA) affects the industrial and the rural countries.

This is a book that professional economists are going to treat with complete disdain. It may turn out to be a theory that gets thrown away, or it could be a Nobel winner sometime in the future. At any rate, it is a fascinating read that helps me, (not an economist) make a little more sense out of the world.

More information about the book can be found from the publisher’s website

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The New Economy and Macroeconomic Stability

The New Economy and Macroeconomic Stability: A neo-modern perspective drawing on complexity theory and Keynesian economics,
Teodoro Dario Togati, London: Routledge, 2006.

The past decade has seen many leading economies, especially the US, undergo profound structural transformations. Departing from the standard theories employed to explain this phenomenon, here author Togati provides the first broad analysis of the New Economy. In this book, the first to look at the new economy from a post-Keynesian / neo-modern perspective, he focuses on its macroeconomic implications, presenting a more balanced view than that provided by orthodox neoclassical analysis, and studying the interaction of key variables such as:

* information technology
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This ground-breaking book utilizes a neo-modern perspective drawing on complexity theory to advance the study of the stability and dynamic behaviour of economic systems. Togati utilizes the Calvino labels to identify new empirical evidence, and examines the implications for global stability based on New Classical Macroeconomics and Keynesian theory.

The analysis developed in this book has important practical and policy implications for the New Economy, making this book essential reading for students, academics and practitioners in the field.


Heterodox Associations, Institutes, and Departments

Association for Georgist Studies

The Association for Georgist Studies is an organization of scholars and other writers in the social sciences, founded in 2005. We seek to advance knowledge of the ideas expounded by Henry George and others of like mind. George attributed the persistence of poverty in the midst of economic growth to concentrated ownership, misallocation, and overpricing of land, broadly defined. He attributed depressions to overpricing carried to extremes during land booms. As a remedy he advocated shifting all taxes from labor and capital onto land. (See Henry George 100 Years Later.)

Our mission is to:

- Identify scholars who study these and related issues raised by George.
- Engage these scholars in creating a modern literature on the issues.
- Facilitate communication and collaboration among them.
- Identify and address flaws and omissions in George's work.
- Link the Georgist viewpoint to current concerns about tax reform, social justice, wealth and income inequality, oil monopoly, broadcast monopoly, world trade, the environment, resource scarcity, immigration, outsourcing, major cycles and bubbles like the current land boom, renewing cities and industries, containing and reversing urban sprawl, promoting domestic saving and investing, declining real wage rates and job opportunities, the feared decline of western civilization, and
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We seek to explore a common set of problems from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

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Corporations in Context
GDAE announces new web page on “Corporations in Context”

In the course of developing a deeper understanding of today’s economic realities, researchers at the Global Development And Environment Institute have generated a number of writings that deal with the role and the nature of corporations. Most recently GDAE researchers have created a case study about the areas where markets cannot be counted on to ensure that business behavior will accord with social or environmental sustainability. The case is now included on the Aspen Institute’s website,, under the title "Market Failures: Corporate Governance and Accountability.” Recognizing that markets lead to efficiency and the social good only under certain conditions, this collection describes seven causes of market failure and provides cases and readings related to each.

GDAE’s new web page, Corporations in Context, provides links and information on Books, Articles and Reports, and Educational Materials. A link to our new collection on “Market Failures,” and to the background essay on "The Limitations of Markets" by GDAE Co-director Neva Goodwin, may be found at

Read more about the Institute’s publications about corporations in the modern global economy at