Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 264 June 01, 2020 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

The Corona-pandemic still has a visible impact on the contents of this Newsletter: we have much less Calls for Papers to feature than usual and, if so, these calls typically relate to Special Issues or online meetings. In short, nobody seems to be eager to plan any offline events and I do fully understand that. Maybe the scientific communities around the globe can reap a take-away from this by learning how to substitute physical gatherings with online meetings, which would also serve to reduce our carbon footprint. To compensate a little for the decrease in Calls for Papers and to further facilitate the use of online activities in heterodox economics I have tried to expand our coverage of podcasts and webinars during the last issues.

Furthermore, we also witnessed a slight surge in petitions – and, indeed, the question of how a post-Corona stimulus should be implemented is a major question in the political arena and has, at least in Europe, already led to slight changes of long-standing pro-austerity positions among several countries. Personally, I would be eager to go beyond "rebuilding the old", but rather devote any post-Corona stimulus to also address other major future challenges, like socio-economic inequality or climate change. However, in this issue I have included a petition on "Democratizing Work" that goes even beyond that by suggesting to fundamentally recast our societal understanding of work as a response to the Corona crisis. This petition has been quite effective in terms of global media coverage. It has a strong Polanyian flavor as it is directed against the commodification of work (and humans in general), which relates nicely to a series of existing works in heterodox economics (see, e.g., here or here).

All the best,


PS: In preceding issues I have repeatedly announced the advent of a new heterodox journal – the Review of Evolutionary Political Economy sponsored by EAEPE. I am happy to inform you that the first articles of the inaugural issue have now been published on the journal's website. All details on this can be found here.

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Table of contents

Call for Papers

24th FMM Conference (Berlin, Oct. 2020): Corona-Update

29 - 30 October 2020 | online

Due to the Corona crisis and the related international travel sanctions, we have decided to cancel the familiar conference in Berlin Steglitz for 2020. The conference will be replaced by an online event "The Corona Crisis: Macroeconomic Implications and Policies for Sustainable Recovery" on the dates of 29 and 30 October 2020 with online presentations and discussions by experts in the field. There will be no call for papers, but you can watch and engage in the webinars. Stay tuned for more details.

EuroMemo Group: 26th Annual Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe (online, Sept. 2020)

8 - 25 September 2020 | online

A post-COVID 19 global-local agenda for a socio-ecological transformation of Europe

This year’s EuroMemo Group conference will take place from 8 - 25 September 2020 in an Online-Format due to Covid-19. Relevant access details will be available in due course.

Following up on the theme of last year’s conference on the need for a Green New Deal for Europe, this year’s conference will particularly address the need for a profound socio-ecological transformation of Europe, as perhaps the last chance for a progressive form of European integration. In response to the twin crises of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus will be on discussing policy proposals on how we can establish a truly transformative agenda that deepens global cooperation on vital issues of humanity like climate change, public health and migration, while at the same time reinforcing local sustainable development in the EU. We would like to invite you to attend the conference and to submit proposals for contributions to the Parallel Workshops.

All papers that present an original perspective on the conference theme “A post-COVID 19 global-local agenda for a socio-ecological transformation of Europe” are welcome. In particular, we encourage submissions that relate to recent European developments and address any of the following topics:

Submission Process

Proposals for papers together with a short abstract (maximum 250 words) should be submitted to info@euromemo.eu. Please indicate the topic, which the proposal is intended for. If accepted, completed papers should be submitted by 30 August 2020. We strongly encourage participants to submit short papers (10-15 pages) and to explicitly address policy implications.

If you would like to submit an abstract and/ or participate in the conference, please copy the registration form below into an email and reply to info@euromemo.eu. Please note that registration for participation is mandatory, as we need to arrange access of participants to the online conference. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Steering Committee of the EuroMemo Group. Accepted papers will be published on the conference website. There is also the possibility to publish papers presented at the conference in the EuroMemo Group Discussion Paper Series.

Please note that there will be no mandatory conference fees. Instead, we ask colleague with institutional
support to pay a voluntary fee of 80 Euro and encourage other participants to make a small donation.

For further information please visit the official website.

Submission Deadline: 20 June 2020

Regulation Review and EAEPE: Special Issue on "Covid-19 crisis"

Special Issue on "What does the Covid-19 crisis reveal about Economics and the Economy?"

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic remain difficult to appraise. In just a few weeks, some of the fundamental assumptions underpinning our societies have been challenged. The ensuing transformations and responses to the pandemic will have structural effects that will last for decades.

This call for papers is jointly launched by the Régulation Review and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE). It aims to stimulate a debate that goes beyond current headlines and to develop analyses within the heterodox and pluralistic research community in economic and social sciences.

The call is open to empirical, analytical and theoretical papers on the economic, political and social issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions may, inter alia, address how the pandemic challenges the basic assumptions and presuppositions of the economic and social sciences. How does COVID-19 inform how we think about risk and uncertainty, state forms, and power? How has COVID-19 impacted on institutional regimes, global value chains, social relations with to nature, the concept of crisis and the ways we exit from a crisis? What impact has it had on economic policies, including those in relation to the socio-ecological emergency and the millions of direct and indirect victims of COVID-19?

Given the variety and scope of issues raised by COVID-19, this call is not limited to the above-mentioned issues. The core objective of the call is to enable the scientific community to read and write solid and structured contributions, that might cast a new light on a hugely demanding debate, at this critical moment.

Submitting Your Paper

The Régulation Review - Capitalism, Institutions, Power is an international, peer-reviewed, online journal. It publishes articles in English and French. Distributed in more than 140 countries, it receives about 400,000 unique visitors per year. The papers selected from this call will appear in a special issue as “Opinions-Debates” articles, whose publication process is fast-tracked (see below). EAEPE will publish the summary and the first lines of the papers, with a link to the full article, in the media briefings section of its website, thus ensuring higher visibility.

The reviewing process of the proposals is the following:

Submission Deadline: 31 August 2020

Regulation Review: Special Issue on "Analysing Changes in Latin America: Surprise of the 2010s"

The shift in international relations, the multiplication of social movements and the coming to power of new governments in Latin America are all incentives to look again at the way socio-economic regimes are characterised by institutionalist approaches across various disciplines in the social sciences. What were the flaws or the blind spots of earlier analyses? How can present-day regimes be characterised based on analysis of the various national developments and comparisons concerning participation in the international economy, employment relations, competition, the role of the state, or the difficulties of industrialisation and technical innovation.

An earlier delivery of the Revue de la régulation, intitled Capitalisms in Latin America. From Economics to Politics and coordinated by Robert Boyer, examined the development and diversity of Latin American economies in the light of an institutionalist approach bearing on the years 2000–2010. The aim was to go beyond an essentially economic approach by taking account of interactions with political processes. Those processes tended towards greater interventionism in order to promote less inegalitarian growth thanks to the dynamism of exports, essentially of natural resources and agricultural produce, with Mexico and Colombia being exceptions by comparison with Brazil or Argentina.

The middle of the 2010s marked a sharp break with those trends because of the conjunction of both national and geopolitical economic and political factors. With the collapse of the prices of oil and natural resources, the prospects for growth and for financing public spending and welfare cover also diminish. Moreover, in the political arena, the emergence and/or strengthening of social movements and then of governments that call into question the earlier explicit or implicit institutionalised compromises prove decisive for the orientation of public policies. The suddenness of the changes has taken most social scientists by surprise, including those inspired by regulation approaches. The objective of this call for papers is to elicit and discuss original research that may account for this tipping point and possible change of era. It is arranged around two central questions that may be addressed in a variety of ways.

Question 1: In light of the latest developments what were the flaws or blind spots in earlier analyses? How can the conjunction of social, economic and political processes be redefined in such a way as to explain, with the same concepts and tools, both the rising phase of synergy between economic success, labour market development and extension of welfare coverage and the phase of open crisis?

An invitation is extended to analyses of national trajectories relating among others to Brazil, Argentina and Mexico but also Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela or any other countries provided the focus is on the articulation of processes governing the various fields mentioned earlier. Ideally the period should cover the two decades from 2000 to 2020.

Question 2: In Latin America are we or are we not seeing a convergence of policies, modes of development and modes of regulation? To supplement the study of trajectories, systematic international comparisons are welcome. Here are a few examples:

These questions are indicative only. The call for papers is aimed especially at young researchers, authors of field studies and also of literature reviews incorporating the latest developments in their disciplines (political economy, political science, sociology, law, geography, etc.) but all proposals within this framework are welcome and will be examined by the editorial board and through a double-blind review procedure if found admissible.

Abstracts and Manuscripts are to be sent by e-mail to r.boyer2@orange.fr, juliocneffa@gmail.com and regulation@revues.org. Please follow the instructions for authors on the website, including the authors guidelines to scientific articles.

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2020

Regulation Review: Special Issue on "Dealing with Rent and Rentier Economies: New Challenges for Institutional Economics"

Rent has been a major issue in economics for more than two centuries. Whether classical, Marxist, neoclassical, or the most recent institutionalist approaches, rent as a theoretical concept and empirical object has enjoyed remarkable attention. The contested and unpredictable nature of rent and its impact on economic indicators will continue to make it a popular topic for researchers.

Rent and rentier economies can be studied from a variety of perspectives:

This call for papers for the Revue de la régulation seeks to stimulate a renewal of institutional approaches to rent. Contributions of the special issue should address such questions as the following:

This call for papers is based on empirical observation which can be summarized as follows. National economies where commodity rent features prominently are spread over all continents; however, only a handful of them are advanced economies, such as Australia, Canada, and Norway. The overwhelming majority of rentier economies, by contrast, do not participate actively in international flows of production and industrial innovation. Their abundance of natural resources seem to have brought these economies into a dead-end institutional and productivity matrix whose main features include: intense industrial polarization, high levels of income inequality, difficulty in developing innovative ecosystems beyond the extractive industries, states dependent on rent for their program spending, and macroeconomic dynamics tied to the vagaries of commodity prices. Despite such similarities, is it possible to study the variety in forms of rentier economies in order to throw light on the concept of rent and its consequences for economic analysis?

The call for papers welcomes analytical and theoretical contributions on rent that draw from or respond to contributions of twentieth-century economists. Similarly, one can consider recent work of economists on the effect of fluctuations in commodity prices in rentier economies following on from the Dutch Disease models, analyzes in terms of “commodity traps” or “staples traps”, or econometric analyses of the “resource curse” or “paradox of plenty”. Noteworthy, while relying on other methodologies, these standard approaches share some of their conclusions with heterodox analyzes of rent. Have seminal analyzes of rentier economies been extended or overcome by new and significant advances? Is the recent literature on neo-extractivism, which has focused much attention on Latin America, a renewal of the economic analysis of rent? What could be useful institutional frameworks or structural policies directed towards the rentier sectors?

In addition to empirical and theoretical analysis, the submissions may also have a more methodological or measurement scope. What methods and tools of analysis would be likely to better account for the dynamics of rent and its impact on national economies?

Contributors may find sources as well as research questions in the Régulation theory to guide them in their research on rentier economies. This call for papers is, however, not limited to the Régulation theory. Concerning the topic, the editors of this special issue wish to encourage submissions from various perspectives belonging to Political Economy as well as to Institutional Economics.

Submission Process

Authors are invited to submit a three-page proposal including at least five major bibliographical references. All correspondence should be addressed to Adrien Faudot (adrien.faudot@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr) and Julien Vercueil (julien.vercueil@inalco.fr). Please follow our instructions to author and our authors guidelines regarding the submission of a scientific article.

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2020

Review of Radical Political Economics: Special Issue on "Gender and Radical Political Economics: On the 50th Anniversary of the URPE Women’s Caucus"

2021 will be the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Union for Radical Political Economics Women’s Caucus. Since 1972, the Review of Radical Political Economics has published six special issues that directly address women or gender and radical political economics. As Mutari suggests in the last special issue, these volumes have had three main purposes: to document the diversity of women’s experiences, to use these experiences as tools for critique of the mainstream, and to showcase the development of alternative feminist analytical concepts.† At this juncture it is as important as it has ever been to center gendered power relations in our scholarship about capitalism and to address these goals once again. With this new special issue, we are seeking articles that contribute to these goals and that provide feminist empirical analysis or theoretical advances in intersectionality and stratification in ways that are globally relevant and inclusive.

The following list presents a set of topics that could be included in the special issue, but we welcome all contributions that are relevant to gender and radical political economics.

Proposed Topics:

Please submit your manuscript to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rrpe. When asked what “type” of manuscript you are submitting, please check the box that says, “Gender and Radical Political Economics.” For questions, or if you are planning to submit a paper for the special issue, please contact Shaianne Osterreich as soon as possible, sosterreich@ithaca.edu. All submissions undergo RRPE’s regular peer review procedures and must not be under review with any other publication. Submissions must conform to the Instructions to Contributors listed in each issue of the RRPE, on the RRPE section of the URPE website, or available from the Managing Editor, editor.rrpe@urpe.org

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020

Call for Participants

14th EAEPE Summer School (online, July 2020)

13 - 15 July 2020 | online

The last decades have been characterized by a steady and generalized decrease in the wage share for most advanced economies, coupled with an explosion of income inequality. These years have also witnessed the emergence of the complex socio-economic process known as financialization. In this context, the mainstream rhetoric of the unsustainability of social security and pension systems has provided the theoretical cover for a direct attack to some of the main staples of the Post WWII social compromise, subject to retrenchments and privatizations. What future can be envisaged for the pension systems and for the public provision of social and welfare services? The online lectures will address these important topics from different perspectives and approaches.

The EAEPE online Summer School is open to PhD students and early-career researchers working in particular in the field of institutional and evolutionary analysis, with a special focus this year on Pensions, Social services and Welfare. Lecturers will address these important topics from different perspectives and approaches. In the spirit of pluralism characteristic of the EAEPE, many Research Areas are relevant: Social Economics, Public Economics, Macroeconomics, Labour Economics, Effective Demand, Environment-Economy interactions, Economic History, Evolutionary Economics, Comparative Economics, Industrial Policy, Innovation and Technology, etc. More generally, contributions from all fields using institutional, evolutionary, multidisciplinary approaches are welcome. Lectures by internationally renowned scholars will be given in the morning, while afternoons will be devoted to presentations by advanced PhD students and early-career researchers, who will thus benefit from comments and suggestions from experts in the field.

Participants are requested to be EAEPE members. For PhD students and those with a gross personal income less than 10,000€ per year a Special Rate Membership is available, at the price of 25€. More information here.

How to apply

PhD students can apply by uploading their CV using the online submission form. Advanced PhD students and early-career researchers who would like to present their work can submit their proposal or paper along with their CV using the online submission form. For information please contact Pasquale Tridico or visit the website.

Application Deadline: 15 June 2020

9th PKES Summer School - Introduction to Post-Keynesian Economics and Political Economy (online, June 2020)

23-26 June 2020, online

This four-day summer school introduces Post Keynesian Economics as an alternative to mainstream neoclassical economic theory and neoliberal economic policy. Key assumptions in Post Keynesian Economics are that 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. Post Keynesian theory is part of a broader Political Economy approach which highlights the social conflict and power relations between classes such as labour, capital and finance and social groups stratified along the lines of gender and ethnicity. Economic analysis should thus be rooted in a historic and institutional setting.

The summer school 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 be of interest for a broader audience.

For further information and registration please visit the website.

AEMS Summer University (online, July 2020)

20 July - 7 August 2020 | online

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) focuses on the interdisciplinary communication of alternatives to the economic status quo, with special emphasis on their relevance to climate change. This year, a special focus will also be placed on approaches to solving the financial crisis triggered by COVID-19.The AEMS is open to motivated applicants of all fields of study as well as professionals and will take place online between July 20 and August 7, 2020.

Highlights of the AEMS-Online 2020 program:

Exciting lectures and exchanges on:

Completing the summer school still gives you a certificate of 5 ECTS from the BOKU University and the experience of interdisciplinary project work in international groups with guidance from Austrian climate expert Helga Kromp-Kolb. All activities in the program take place in English language, during 13:00 and 18:00 CET.

More information on the program is available here. Applications for scholarships can be submitted until 30 June 2020 via summer-university.net.

Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

JHET Online Writing Workshop: Session 4 (online, June 2020)

4 June 2020, online

Continuing the sessions of the JHET Online Writing Workshops, we are proud to invite you all to join us for the fourth session (throughout the year we shall have 3 additional sessions, of 2 hours each, and mostly self-contained). The workshop is conducted by Paul Dudenhefer, who had been for many years the managing editor of History of Political Economy (HOPE) and has a vast experience with helping economics students improve their academic writing. Although difficulties with writing are not exclusive to non-native English speakers, the fact that the history of economics is a very international community make language barriers a significant factor behind the heterogeneous representation of the works by historians written in English.

In order to help both non-native and native English speakers improve their writing, JHET is offering these workshops free of charge to anyone interested. We will give priority to early-career scholars (graduate students or those who graduated in the last 5 years), but aim to have a diverse group of participants. The meetings take place through Zoom, which is a software that basically requires people to have their computers connected to internet. The third meeting will take place next week, June 04 (Thursday), 2020, from 2 to 4PM UCT+1 (BST; London time), and its description is appended below. If you are interested, please fill in the online form.

Conference Papers, Reports, and Podcasts

"Ceteris Never Paribus": Episode 21 with Till Düppe on Economics in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)

In this episode, Till Düppe talks with Reinhard about the development of Economics in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), often known as East Germany – a state that existed from 1948 until 1990. We discuss Till’s general approach of historical epistemology of economics before discussing in detail the development of Marxist-Leninist economics in the GDR from its beginning to its abrupt end in 1990. Till also compares this system with economics before and after the GDR. Additionally, we discuss some methodological approaches, such as Karl Mannheim’s concept of generations and institutional history.

Till is an associate professor at the Department of Economics Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

See our website for more information and to listen to the episode: https://ceterisneverparibus.net

"Smith and Marx walk into a bar": episode 32 with Ivan Moscati

The latest episode of 'Smith and Marx walk into a bar' is out. In this episode, we talk with Ivan Moscati (Insubria University). Topics include his work on the history of utility theory, with a special focus on his latest book 'Measuring Utility: From the Marginal Revolution to Behavioral Economics' (Oxford University Press, 2018), the legacy of the historiographical controversies that he addressed in his 2008 JHET piece 'More economics, please: we are historians of economics', and his work in applied microeconomics.

Please find a link to the podcast here.

Rebuilding Macroeconomics Webinar: "Monetary Finance in the Age of Corona Virus: MMT and the Green New Deal"

The world is going through a remarkable transformation in the aftermath of an unprecedented shut down of economies all over the globe. Before the crisis there was already significant debate about how to pay for the costs associated with the transition to a low carbon environment. That debate has intensified as treasuries and central banks are scrambling to find ways to pay, not just for climate change policies, but also for social insurance to compensate the millions of workers who have been asked to sacrifice their livelihoods for the social good.

Rebuilding Macroeconomics hosted a Webinar on Wednesday May 20th, 2020 to discuss these issues. The conference was organized and co-hosted by Professor Roger Farmer from the Management Team and Megan Greene of the Advisory Board.

A video of the webinar was uploaded to the official website.

Webinar series: COVID-19, ecological, economic, social and financial sustainability

online, every Thursday 3pm

The scale of the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact is unprecedented. Yet, even before the public health crisis struck, there were serious questions about the ecological, financial and social sustainability of our economy. As economists from the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre and the Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (PEGFA), we are hosting a series of webinars exploring the economic challenges of our time: from COVID-19 to the ecological, financial and social sustainability of modern capitalism.


If you like to attend please register here, for more information please visit the website.

Job Postings

Cusanus University, Germany

Job title: Research Assistant

Cusanus Hochschule für Gesellschaftsgestaltung in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany currently invites applications for the position of research and study programme coordination at the Institute of Economics. It is a full time (100%) research assistance position, remunerated aligned to german public TVL-13 standards. All relevant information can be found here. (german only).

Application Deadline: 10 June 2020

Leinster House, Ireland

Job title: Parliamentary Assistant

A newly elected Irish MP is looking for a Parliamentary Aid with expertise in Finance, Economics and Enterprise. The MP is a member of Sinn Fein, Ireland’s largest left party. The MP has a familiarity with heterodox economics and this is a well paid, potentially influential position. The Parliamentary Assistant will work as part of the Parliamentary Team to develop a radical political engagement in Leinster House and to support the Deputy in their work. The Parliamentary Assistant will work in conjunction with the Leinster House Team Manager in developing the Sinn Fein political programme for Leinster House.

Key tasks of the Parliamentary Assistant will include:

The list of duties set out this Job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. The Employee is required to be flexible and to undertake such other duties as may reasonably be assigned to him or her by the Employer.

Essential Criteria

Desirable Criteria

For further information please contact Terrence McDonough.

UCD School of Business & Geary Institute for Public Policy, Dublin

Job title: Research Assistant in Labour Politics

We are inviting applications for a temporary 2-year, full-time Research Assistant position in the ERC Project “Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime”, starting on 1 October 2020. You will be a member of our ERC-funded research team on the EU’s new economic governance regime, public services, and labour movements. The ERC project focuses on the way in which European trade unions and new social movements in the healthcare, water and public transport sectors respond to the EU’s new economic governance regime (NEG).

The successful candidate will assist us in analysing collective action of trade unions and social movements, the COVID-19 emergency, and their feedback effects on NEG and labour politics at the EU-level as well as Germany, Ireland, Italy, or Romania.

Please find further information on the website.

Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

University College Dublin, Ireland

Job title: temporary 2-year, full-time Research Assistant position in the ERC Project “Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime”

We are inviting applications for a temporary 2-year, full-time Research Assistant position in the ERC Project “Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime”, starting on 1st October 2020. The sucessful candidate will be a member of our ERC-funded research team on the EU’s new economic governance regime, public services, and labour movements (www.erc-europeanunions.eu). The ERC project focuses on the way in which European trade unions and new social movements in the healthcare, water and public transport sectors respond to the EU’s new economic governance regime (NEG).

The successful candidate will assist us in analysing collective action of trade unions and social movements, the COVID-19 emergency, and their feedback effects on NEG and labour politics at the EU-level as well asGermany, Ireland, Italy, or Romania.

Salary range: €22,609 - €35,218 per annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience. To apply, please search the external UCD vacancies by reference number ‘012396’.

Application Deadline: 1 June 2020 (5 pm, local irish time)

University of Warsaw, Poland (1/2)

Job title: PhD Position in agent-based models of the circular economy

The Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw is seeking to fill a position of a PhD candidate (full-time, fixed-term) under the supervision of Prof. Safarzynska. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. Raberto (University of Genoa).

Economists have studied the possibility of de-linking economic activity from energy and material use for years. Yet, we’ve failed to achieved this so far. Recently, the circular economy has achieved an increasing attention as policy that can help achieve this goal. It relies on recovering materials from old products and re-using them as inputs for production for as long as possible. However, existing economic models adopt a linear view on consumption-production, where input use is optimized to maximize the GDP growth. This approach does not capture feedback loops involved in the processes of reuse, repair and recycling of products as well as it ignores behavioral changes necessary to make a transition to the circular economy possible. As a result, we lack models, which would allow us to assess long-term consequences of the circular economy.

The aim of this project is to propose agent-based models to study the economy-wide effects of the circular economy. Agent-based technique (ABM) allows modelling many heterogeneous, boundedly-rational agents interact with each other. Instead of relying on aggregate equations, such models examine macro phenomena emerging from interactions of boundedly rational agents within networks. They have proved capable of explaining core economic phenomena like economic growth, technological change, and business cycles.

We are looking for candidates to join our team to work on the PhD thesis on the above topic.

Strong programming skills and fluent English are required.

Employment conditions:

Full-time employment for 3 years, starting from September/October 2020, subject to an evaluation procedure after 6 months of employment. Annual remuneration PLN is 60 000 (which is about 1100 Euros net per month). The salary can be increased (by 500 Euros net monthly) if a candidate successfully applies to the doctoral school, which will be encouraged.

List of documents required:

Please send the required documents to: ksafarzy@gmail.com

Application Deadline: 1 July 2020

University of Warsaw, Poland (2/2)

Job title: Post-Doc Position in agent-based models of the circular economy

The Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw is seeking to fill a position of a Post-Doc (full-time, fixed-term).

Economists have studied the possibility of de-linking economic activity from energy and material use for years. Yet, we’ve failed to achieved this so far. Recently, the circular economy has achieved an increasing attention as policy that can help achieve this goal. It relies on recovering materials from old products and re-using them as inputs for production for as long as possible. However, existing economic models adopt a linear view on consumption-production, where input use is optimized to maximize the GDP growth. This approach does not capture feedback loops involved in the processes of reuse, repair and recycling of products as well as it ignores behavioral changes necessary to make a transition to the circular economy possible. As a result, we lack models, which would allow us to assess long-term consequences of the circular economy.

The aim of this project is to propose agent-based models to study the economy-wide effects of the circular economy. Formally, we will extend agent-based models by input-output and material flow analysis. Agent-based technique (ABM) allows modelling many heterogeneous, boundedly-rational agents interact with each other. Instead of relying on aggregate equations, such models examine macro phenomena emerging from interactions of boundedly rational agents within networks. They have proved capable of explaining core economic phenomena like economic growth, technological change, and business cycles.

We are looking for candidates to join our team to work on agent-based models of the circular economy. The candidate with work closely with prof. Safarzynska. The project will be carried out in collaboration with prof. Raberto (University of Genoa).


Employment conditions:

List of documents required:

Please send the required documents to: ksafarzy@gmail.com

Application Deadline: 1 July 2020

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Job title: Assistant Prof Political/Economic Philosophy

Utrecht University offers an assistant professor position in political and/or economic philosophy. The position is situated within the Ethics Institute, which is a part of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies.

The assistant professor ‘s teaching time will be spent primarily in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Bachelor programme. PPE is an international and interdisciplinary programme, taught together by faculty from philosophy, history, economics and governance. Teaching is intensive and small-scale, and aimed at creating interdisciplinary competence. The assistant professor will be teaching, tutoring and doing committee-work within PPE College, and collaborate closely with colleagues from other departments. In addition to his/her involvement in PPE, the assistant professor may spend a limited amount of teaching time in one of the other teaching programmes in which the Ethics Institute participates (the BA philosophy, MA Applied Ethics, Philosophy Research MA, and various minor programmes).

The assistant professor’s research profile should be within political and/or economic philosophy, broadly conceived. By way of illustration, this may involve research on specific thinkers or currents in political/economic philosophy, historical and contemporary, Western and non-Western approaches, methodology of political philosophy, and on themes such as democracy, populism, human rights, legitimacy, justice, freedom, equality, welfare, sustainability, race/gender and diversity, the nation state and globalization and Europeanization, ethics of markets, business ethics, etc. An interdisciplinary approach, connecting philosophical theory to theories/findings of other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, is highly valued. Like many members of the Ethics Institute, the successful candidate’s research will participate in the activities of Utrecht University’s Strategic Theme Institutions of Open Societies. The successful candidate may also participate in the new inter-university “Gravitation” programme on Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies.


The successful candidate will have


The appointment starts from September 1 2020. This is a term-limited appointment, for a period of 4 years, with a probationary period of two months. Candidates will be offered a position that includes 70% teaching and 30% research responsibilities. The starting salary depends on qualifications and experience and ranges from €3,475 to € 4,757 (consistent with scale 10 and 11 of the Collective Employment Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. A favorable tax regime may apply for foreign applicants. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including attractive retirement scheme and (partly paid) parental leave. For more information visit Working at Utrecht University.

About the organization

Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.


Interviews will be scheduled on 26 June 2020. Interviews may be conducted over Skype. For applying, please go to the official website. The application should include:

Would you like to have further information about this position, please contact prof. dr. R.J.G. Claassen.

Application Deadline: 10 June 2020


Call for Subissions: RHETM Student's Work-in-Progress Competition 2020

We are delighted to announce the second annual Students’ Work-In-Progress Competition sponsored by Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology (RHETM).

The Students’ Work-In-Progress Competition provides an opportunity for students to work with RHETM’s esteemed editors and editorial board members to bring an in-progress draft to fruition and to publish the final manuscript in RHETM, one of the leading outlets in the fields of methodology and history of economics. RHETM’s editorial team will select up to three promising submissions and then work with the authors to bring their essays up to the journal’s exacting publication standards.



Up to three prizes will be awarded. All winning papers will eventually be published in RHETM. In addition, the first- and second-place winners will receive, respectively, $500 and $250 stipends for research-related use.

Review Process

As with our standard review process, we will perform an internal review to determine an initial list of candidates. We will then work with our editorial-board members to select those papers worth dedicating close attention and care to bringing to fruition. Then we will work with the remaining authors to make their papers publishable. The winners of the competition will be determined at the end of this process. The winners will be the best papers that survive this gauntlet.

Submit your works-in-progress to one of the editors of Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology: Luca Fiorito (University of Palermo, Italy), Scott Scheall (Arizona State University, USA),Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2020


Cabridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 33 (1)

Judith Clifton; Amy Glasmeier and Mia Gray: When machines think for us: the consequences for work and place

Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo: The wrong kind of AI? Artificial intelligence and the future of labour demand

Alan Dignam: Artificial intelligence, tech corporate governance and the public interest regulatory response

Martin Kenney and John Zysman: The platform economy: restructuring the space of capitalist accumulation

Nancey Green Leigh; Benjamin Kraft and Heonyeong Lee: Robots, skill demand and manufacturing in US regional labour markets

Anna Waldman-Brown: Redeployment or robocalypse? Workers and automation in Ohio manufacturing SMEs

David Spencer and Gary Slater: No automation please, we’re British: technology and the prospects for work

Chay Brooks, Cristian Gherhes and Tim Vorley: Artificial intelligence in the legal sector: pressures and challenges of transformation

Andrea Gentili; Fabiano Compagnucci; Mauro Gallegati and Enzo Valentini: Are machines stealing our jobs?

Bernardo S Buarque; Ronald B Davies; Ryan M Hynes and Dieter F Kogler: OK Computer: the creation and integration of AI in Europe

Cambridge Journal of Economics 44 (3)

James Culham: Revisiting the concept of liquidity in liquidity preference

Irene van Staveren: The misdirection of bankers’ moral compass in the organizational field of banking

Fabio Landini; Alessandro Arrighetti; Eleonora Bartoloni: The sources of heterogeneity in firm performance: lessons from Italy

Mark Setterfield; Yun K Kim: Varieties of capitalism, increasing income inequality and the sustainability of long-run growth

Steven M Fazzari; Piero Ferri; Anna Maria Variato: Demand-led growth and accommodating supply

Hao Qi: Power relations and the labour share of income in China

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira: New Developmentalism: development macroeconomics for middle-income countries

Claudius Gräbner ; Philipp Heimberger; Jakob Kapeller; Bernhard Schütz: Is the Eurozone disintegrating? Macroeconomic divergence, structural polarisation, trade and fragility

André Nassif; Marta R Castilho: Trade patterns in a globalised world: Brazil as a case of regressive specialisation

Ecological Economics 174

Thomas Knoke, Elizabeth Gosling, Carola Paul: Use and misuse of the net present value in environmental studies

Shigeru Matsumoto: Do individuals free ride on participation in environmental policies? Personal values and waste management practices

Jun He, Bereket Kebede, Adrian Martin, Nicole Gross-Camp: Privatization or communalization: A multi-level analysis of changes in forest property regimes in China

Alberto Franco Solís, André F.T. Avelino, André Carrascal-Incera: The evolution of household-induced value chains and their environmental implications

Katherine Brownson, Elizabeth P. Anderson, Susana Ferreira, Seth Wenger, Laurie Fowler, Laura German: Governance of Payments for Ecosystem Ecosystem services influences social and environmental outcomes in Costa Rica

.M. Roobavannan, J. Kandasamy, S. Pande, S. Vigneswaran, M. Sivapalan: Sustainability of agricultural basin development under uncertain future climate and economic conditions: A socio-hydrological analysis

James H. Stock, Jacob T. Bradt: Analysis of proposed 20-year mineral leasing withdrawal in Superior National Forest

Ute B. Thiermann, William R. Sheate: Motivating individuals for social transition: The 2-pathway model and experiential strategies for pro-environmental behaviour

Micha Kaiser, Manuela Bernauer, Cass R. Sunstein, Lucia A. Reisch: The power of green defaults: the impact of regional variation of opt-out tariffs on green energy demand in Germany

Stéphane Thanassekos, Andrew M. Scheld: Simulating the effects of environmental and market variability on fishing industry structure

Charles Sims, David Aadland, David Finnoff, Jacob Hochard: What are the benefits of delisting endangered species and who receives them?: Lessons from the gray wolf recovery in Greater Yellowstone

Michela Faccioli, Mikołaj Czajkowski, Klaus Glenk, Julia Martin-Ortega: Environmental attitudes and place identity as determinants of preferences for ecosystem services

Cristian Rojas, Joshua Cinner: Do market and trust contexts spillover into public goods contributions? Evidence from experimental games in Papua New Guinea

Marina Pera: Potential benefits and challenges of the relationship between social movements and the commons in the city of Barcelona

Economy and Society 49 (2)

Brett Aho & Roberta Duffield: Beyond surveillance capitalism: Privacy, regulation and big data in Europe and China

Johannes Petry: Financialization with Chinese characteristics? Exchanges, control and capital markets in authoritarian capitalism

Dean Curran: Connecting risk: Systemic risk from finance to the digital

Zachary Griffen & Stefan Timmermans:The cost of saving babies: How economists justify policies

E. Fouksman: The moral economy of work: Demanding jobs and deserving money in South Africa

Hadas Weiss: The reproduction of capital through financial education

Feminist Economics 26 (2)

Naila Kabeer: Women’s Empowerment and Economic Development: A Feminist Critique of Storytelling Practices in “Randomista” Economics

Stephanie Seguino: Engendering Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Mary Borrowman & Stephan Klasen: Drivers of Gendered Sectoral and Occupational Segregation in Developing Countries

Nitya Rao & S. Raju: Gendered Time, Seasonality, and Nutrition: Insights from Two Indian Districts

Pratistha Joshi Rajkarnikar & Smita Ramnarain: Female Headship and Women’s Work in Nepal

Bruno Heyndels & Colin R. Kuehnhanss: Gender Quotas as (Non-)Binding Constraints: the Case of Semi-Open List Formation in Flemish Municipalities

Zeynep B. Uğur: Unveiled: the Effect of the Headscarf Ban on Women’s Tertiary Education in Turkey

Forum for Social Economics 49 (2)

Wandinecia Tariang & Eugene D. Thomas: Poverty and Inequality in the Matrilineal Society of Meghalaya in the North-Eastern Region of India

Nkechi S. Owoo, Monica P. Lambon-Quayefio & Nicole Amara Onuoha: Effects of Higher Spousal Earnings on Women's Social Empowerment in Ghana

Quentin Wodon, Chata Malé & Adenike Onagoruwa: A simple approach to measuring the share of early childbirths likely due to child marriage in developing countries

Nathanael Ojong & Amon Simba: Trust-Building Mechanisms in Group-Based Microfinance: A Cameroonian Perspective

Clement Tisdell & Serge Svizzero: The Ability in Antiquity of Some Agrarian Societies to Avoid the Malthusian Trap and Develop

Industrial and Corporate Change 29 (3)

Nicolai J Foss; Anna Grandori: Entrepreneurship and the firm: a conversation on foundations and prospects

Frank van der Wouden: A history of collaboration in US invention: changing patterns of co-invention, complexity and geography

Alex Coad; Nanditha Mathew ; Emanuele Pugliese: What’s good for the goose ain’t good for the gander: heterogeneous innovation capabilities and the performance effects of R&D

Pantelis Koutroumpis; Aija Leiponen; Llewellyn D W Thomas: Markets for data

Sara Bonesso; Fabrizio Gerli; Claudio Pizzi ; Richard Eleftherios Boyatzis: The role of intangible human capital in innovation diversification: linking behavioral competencies with different types of innovation

Fabio Landini: Distortions in firm selection during recessions: a comparison across European countries

Tedi Skiti: Strategic technology adoption and entry deterrence in broadband

Pietro Santoleri: Innovation and job creation in (high-growth) new firms

Carlo Brambilla; Fabio Lavista: Privatizations and efficiency. Evidences from the Italian iron and steel industry, 1979–2016

Mario Pianta; Matteo Lucchese; Leopoldo Nascia: The policy space for a novel industrial policy in Europe

Guoqian Xi; Jörn Block; Frank Lasch; Frank Robert; Roy Thurik: The survival of business takeovers and new venture start-ups

Alexander Galetovic; Kirti Gupta: The case of the missing royalty stacking in the world mobile wireless industry

Alessandra Colombelli ; Claudia Ghisetti; Francesco Quatraro: Green technologies and firms’ market value: a micro-econometric analysis of European firms

Roberto Álvarez; Aldo Gonzalez: Competition, selection, and productivity growth in the Chilean manufacturing industry

Journal of Economic Methodology 27 (2)

Nathanaël Colin-Jaeger & Thomas Delcey: When efficient market hypothesis meets Hayek on information: beyond a methodological reading

Merve Burnazoglu: Built-in normativity in tailoring identity: the case of the EU skills profile tool for integrating refugees

Nicolas Brisset & Dorian Jullien: The model (also) in the world: extending the sociological theory of fields to economic models

Maxwell Mkondiwa: Games of strategy in culture and economics research

Mariusz Maziarz & Robert Mróz: Response to Henschen: causal pluralism in macroeconomics

Journal of Post Keynesian Economics 43 (2)

Mario Tonveronachi: Ages of financial instability

Zengping He & Genliang Jia: Rethinking China’s local government debts in the frame of modern money theory

Engelbert Stockhammer, Collin Constantine & Severin Reissl: Explaining the Euro crisis: current account imbalances, credit booms and economic policy in different economic paradigms

Sunanda Sen: Investment decisions under uncertainty

Oliver Richters & Erhard Glötzl: Modeling economic forces, power relations, and stock-flow consistency: a general constrained dynamics approach

New Political Economy 25 (4)

Jason Hickel & Giorgos Kallis: Is Green Growth Possible?

Ilja Viktorov & Alexander Abramov: The 2014–15 Financial Crisis in Russia and the Foundations of Weak Monetary Power Autonomy in the International Political Economy

Pascale Massot: Market Power and Marketisation: Japan and China's Impact on the Iron Ore Market, 50 Years Apart

Saori Shibata: Gig Work and the Discourse of Autonomy: Fictitious Freedom in Japan’s Digital Economy |

Alexis B. Moraitis: Transnational Depoliticisation and Industrial Policy: The European Commission and French Steel (1980–1984)

Adam Hanieh: Variegated Finance Capital and the Political Economy of Islamic Banking in the Gulf

Juliette Alenda-Demoutiez & Daniel Mügge: The Lure of Ill-Fitting Unemployment Statistics: How South Africa’s Discouraged Work Seekers Disappeared From the Unemployment Rate

Craig Berry: From Receding to Reseeding: Industrial Policy, Governance Strategies and Neoliberal Resilience in Post-crisis Britain

Michael Mikulewicz & Marcus Taylor: Getting the Resilience Right: Climate Change and Development Policy in the ‘African Age’

Katharina Bluhm & Mihai Varga: Conservative Developmental Statism in East Central Europe and Russia

Chaewoon Oh: Discursive Contestation on Technological Innovation and the Institutional Design of the UNFCCC in the New Climate Change Regime

Sahil Jai Dutta: Sovereign Debt Management and the Transformation from Keynesian to Neoliberal Monetary Governance in Britain

Review of International Political Economy 27 (3)

Milan Babic, Javier Garcia-Bernardo & Eelke M. Heemskerk: The rise of transnational state capital: state-led foreign investment in the 21st century

Samuel Knafo & Sahil Jai Dutta: The myth of the shareholder revolution and the financialization of the firm

Florence Dafe: Ambiguity in international finance and the spread of financial norms: the localization of financial inclusion in Kenya and Nigeria

Jack Seddon: Merchants against the bankers: the financialization of a commodity market

Vincent Woyames Dreher: Divergent effects of international regulatory institutions. Regulating global banks and shadow banking after the global financial crisis of 2007–2009

Christian Rauh & Michael Zürn: Authority, politicization, and alternative justifications: endogenous legitimation dynamics in global economic governance1

Jean-Philippe Thérien & Vincent Pouliot: Global governance as patchwork: the making of the Sustainable Development Goals

Shahar Hameiri: Institutionalism beyond methodological nationalism? The new interdependence approach and the limits of historical institutionalism

Alice Evans: Overcoming the global despondency trap: strengthening corporate accountability in supply chains

Michael E. Odijie: Is traditional industrial policy defunct? Evidence from the Nigerian cement industry

Sébastien Rioux, Genevieve LeBaron & Peter J. Verovšek: Capitalism and unfree labor: a review of Marxist perspectives on modern slavery

Adeel Malik & Max Gallien: Border economies of the Middle East: why do they matter for political economy?

Books and Book Series

Averting a Great Divergence: State and Economy in Japan, 1868-1937

by Peer Vries | Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

The most significant debate in global economic history over the past twenty years has dealt with the Great Divergence, the economic gap between different parts of the world. Thus far, this debate has focused on China, India and north-western Europe, particularly Great Britain. This book shifts the focus to ask how Japan became the only non-western county that managed, at least partially, to modernize its economy and start to industrialize in the 19th century.

Using a range of empirical data, Peer Vries analyses the role of the state in Japan's economic growth from the Meiji Restoration to World War II, and asks whether Japan's economic success can be attributed to the rise of state power. Asserting that the state's involvement was fundamental in Japan's economic 'catching up', he demonstrates how this was built on legacies from the previous Tokugawa period. In this book, Vries deepens our understanding of the Great Divergence in global history by re-examining how Japan developed and modernized against the odds.

Please find a link to the book here.

Engineering Rules: Global Standard Setting since 1880

JoAnne Yates and Craig N. Murphy | Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019

Private, voluntary standards shape almost everything we use, from screw threads to shipping containers to e-readers. They have been critical to every major change in the world economy for more than a century, including the rise of global manufacturing and the ubiquity of the Internet. In Engineering Rules, JoAnne Yates and Craig Murphy trace the standard-setting system's evolution through time, revealing a process with an astonishingly pervasive, if rarely noticed, impact on all of our lives.

Standard setting was established in the 1880s, when engineers aimed to prove their status as professionals by creating useful standards that would be widely adopted by manufacturers while satisfying corporate customers. Yates and Murphy explain how these engineers' processes provided a timely way to set desirable standards that would have taken much longer to emerge from the market and that governments were rarely willing to set. By the 1920s, the standardizers began to think of themselves as critical to global prosperity and world peace. After World War II, standardizers transcended Cold War divisions to create standards that made the global economy possible. Finally, Yates and Murphy reveal how, since 1990, a new generation of standardizers has focused on supporting the Internet and Web while applying the same standard-setting process to regulate the potential social and environmental harms of the increasingly global economy.

Drawing on archival materials from three continents, including newly uncovered documents contributed by key standard setters, interviews, and direct observation of recent Web-related standard setting, Yates and Murphy describe the positive ideals that sparked the standardization movement, the ways its leaders tried to realize those ideals, and the challenges the movement faces today. An in-depth history of the engineers and organizations that developed and operate the vast yet inconspicuous global infrastructure of private, consensus-based standard setting, Engineering Rules is a riveting global history of the people, processes, and organizations that created and maintain this nearly invisible infrastructure of today's economy, which is just as important as the state or the global market.

Please find a link to the book here.

Handbook of the International Political Economy of the Corporation

edited by Andreas Nölke and Christian May | Edward Elgar, 2020

Over the past few decades, corporations have been neglected in studies of international political economy (IPE). Seeking to demystify them, what they are, how they behave and their goals and constraints, this Handbook introduces the corporation as a unit of analysis for students of IPE. Providing critical discussion of their global and domestic power, and highlighting the ways in which corporations interact with each other and with their socio-political environment, this Handbook presents a thorough and up-to-date overview of the main debates around the role of corporations in the global political economy.

Bringing together international contributors from 20 countries, this Handbook provides a nuanced and global perspective on the IPE of corporations. With a multidisciplinary introduction to corporations from an IPE perspective, this Handbook investigates the role of the corporation in the twenty-first century and highlights the complexities of corporations and the environments in which they exist. Chapters provide insights into corporations' internal structures, how they are embedded in their national environments and how their transnational relations are structured, as well as their position in the global economy.

Please find a link to the book here.

Malthus Across Nations. The Reception of Thomas Robert Malthus in Europe, America and Japan

edited by Gilbert Faccarello, Masashi Izumo and Hiromi Morishita | Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020

The writings of Thomas Robert Malthus continue to resonate today, particularly An Essay on the Principle of Population which was published more than two centuries ago. Malthus Across Nations creates a fascinating picture of the circulation of his economic and demographic ideas across different countries, highlighting the reception of his works in a variety of nations and cultures. This unique book offers not only a fascinating piece of comparative analysis in the history of economic thought but also places some of today’s most pressing debates into an accurate historical perspective, thereby improving our understanding of them.

Please find a link to the book here.

New Perspectives on Political Economy and Its History

edited by Maria Cristina Marcuzzo, Ghislain Deleplace and Paolo Paesani

This Festschrift is published in honour of Annalisa Rosselli, a political economist and historian of economic thought, whose academic activity has promoted unconventional ways of thinking throughout her career. A renowned list of scholars articulate and respond to this vision through a series of essays, leading to an advocacy of pluralism and critical thinking in political economy. The book is split into five parts, opening with a section on new topics for the history of economic thought including new perspectives in gender studies and an illustration of the fecundity of the link with economic history. This is followed by sections that address relevant perspectives on the Classical approach to distribution and accumulation, Ricardo, interpretation of Sraffa and the legacy of Keynes. This book will appeal to students interested in reforming economics, as well as academics and economists interested in political economy and the history of economic thought.

Please find a link to the book here.

Reconstructing the Global Political Economy: An Analytical Guide

by Erik Andersson | Bristol University Press, 2020

In an era of post-globalization, the global political economy needs restructuring. This textbook examines the challenges facing the world economy as a result of climate change and social and economic inequality, and provides future-oriented solutions to them. Andersson presents and explains key concepts from Global Political Economy to show how to design and analyse potential reconstructions of the economic system.

With a comprehensive exploration of the different ideological pathways that change might take, and taking account of gender, race and class, the author expertly guides the reader through thematic chapters, including:

This book will help readers see that global economic change is possible and support clear thinking about a global future that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

Please find a link to the book here.

Science Fiction and Climate Change. A Sociological Approach

by Andrew Milner and J.R. Burgmann | Liverpool University Press, 2020

Despite the occasional upsurge of climate change scepticism amongst Anglophone conservative politicians and journalists, there is still a near-consensus amongst climate scientists that current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas are sufficient to alter global weather patterns to disastrous effect. The resultant climate crisis is simultaneously both a natural and a socio-cultural phenomenon and in this book Milner and Burgmann argue that science fiction occupies a critical location within this nature/culture nexus. Science Fiction and Climate Change takes as its subject matter what Daniel Bloom famously dubbed ‘cli-fi’. It does not, however, attempt to impose a prescriptively environmentalist aesthetic on this sub-genre. Rather, it seeks to explain how a genre defined in relation to science finds itself obliged to produce fictional responses to the problems actually thrown up by contemporary scientific research. Milner and Burgmann adopt a historically and geographically comparatist framework, analysing print and audio-visual texts drawn from a number of different contexts, especially Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan and the United States. Inspired by Williams's cultural materialism, Bourdieu's sociology of culture and Moretti's version of world systems theory, the book builds on Milner’s own Locating Science Fiction to produce a powerfully persuasive study in the sociology of literature.

Please find a link to the book here.

Sinews of War and Trade Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula

by Laleh Khalili | Verso Books, 2020

On the map of global trade, China is now the factory of the world. A parade of ships full of raw commodities—iron ore, coal, oil—arrive in its ports, and fleets of container ships leave with manufactured goods in all directions. The oil that fuels China’s manufacturing comes primarily from the Arabian peninsula. Much of the material shipped from China are transported through the ports of Arabian peninsula, Dubai’s Jabal Ali port foremost among them. China’s “maritime silk road” flanks the peninsula on all sides.

Sinews of War and Trade is the story of what the making of new ports and shipping infrastructure has meant not only for the Arabian peninsula itself, but for the region and the world beyond. The book is an account of how maritime transportation is not simply an enabling companion of trade, but central to the very fabric of global capitalism. The ports that serve maritime trade, logistics, and hydrocarbon transport create racialised hierarchies of labour, engineer the lived environment, aid the accumulation of capital regionally and globally, and carry forward colonial regimes of profit, law and administration.

Please find a link to the book here.

The Economics Book: From Xenophon to Cryptocurrency, 250 Milestones in the History of Economics

by Steven G. Medema | 2019, Sterling

From the philosophical dialogues of Ancient Greece and the moral contemplations of Medieval Europe to deregulation and cryptocurrency, The Economics Book presents 250 milestones in the science of the production, sale, and purchase of goods and services. These concise, engaging, informative essays examine the full gamut of subjects, revealing both the entertaining stories and the world-changing developments in the field. They shed thoughtful light on the field’s significant subdisciplines, including: mercantilism, the Enlightenment, communism, econometrics, Keynesianism, macroeconomics, game theory, cliometrics, market design theory, and the Keynesian Resurgence that emerged in the wake of the Great Recession. This vibrant, colorfully illustrated collection will captivate you with a bird’s-eye view of the development of the world’s markets, what has shaped and affected them, and what drives them today.

Please find a link to the book here.

The Political Economy of Collective Action, Inequality, and Development

by William D. Ferguson | Standford University Press, 2020

This book examines how a society that is trapped in stagnation might initiate and sustain economic and political development. In this context, progress requires the reform of existing arrangements, along with the complementary evolution of informal institutions. It involves enhancing state capacity, balancing broad avenues for political input, and limiting concentrated private and public power. This juggling act can only be accomplished by resolving collective-action problems (CAPs), which arise when individuals pursue interests that generate undesirable outcomes for society at large. Merging and extending key perspectives on CAPs, inequality, and development, this book constructs a flexible framework to investigate these complex issues. By probing four basic hypotheses related to knowledge production, distribution, power, and innovation, William D. Ferguson offers an analytical foundation for comparing and evaluating approaches to development policy. Navigating the theoretical terrain that lies between simplistic hierarchies of causality and idiosyncratic case studies, this book promises an analytical lens for examining the interactions between inequality and development. Scholars and researchers across economic development and political economy will find it to be a highly useful guide.

Please find a link to the book here.

Worker in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crisis Wirking Class in American History

edited by Leon Fink, Joan Sangster and Joseph A. McCartin | University of Illinois Press, 2020

Seeking to historicize the 2007-2009 Great Recession, this volume of essays situates the current economic crisis and its impact on workers in the context of previous abrupt shifts in the modern-day capitalist marketplace. Contributors use examples from industrialized North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia to demonstrate how workers and states have responded to those shifts and to their disempowering effects on labor. Since the Industrial Revolution, contributors argue, factors such as race, sex, and state intervention have mediated both the effect of economic depressions on workers' lives and workers' responses to those depressions. Contributors also posit a varying dynamic between political upheaval and economic crises, and between workers and the welfare state.The volume ends with an examination of today's "Great Recession": its historical distinctiveness, its connection to neoliberalism, and its attendant expressions of worker status and agency around the world. A sobering conclusion lays out a likely future for workers--one not far removed from the instability and privation of the nineteenth century.The essays in this volume offer up no easy solutions to the challenges facing today's workers. Nevertheless, they make clear that cogent historical thinking is crucial to understanding those challenges, and they push us toward a rethinking of the relationship between capital and labor, the waged and unwaged, and the employed and jobless.Contributors are Sven Beckert, Sean Cadigan, Leon Fink, Alvin Finkel, Wendy Goldman, Gaetan Heroux, Joseph A. McCartin, David Montgomery, Edward Montgomery, Scott Reynolds Nelson, Melanie Nolan, Bryan D. Palmer, Joan Sangster, Judith Stein, Hilary Wainright, and Lu Zhang.

Please find a link to the book here.

Workers’ Self-Management in Argentina: Contesting Neo-Liberalism by Occupying Companies, Creating Cooperatives, and Recuperating Autogestión

by Marcelo Vieta | 2019, Haymarket/Brill

In Workers’ Self-Management in Argentina, Marcelo Vieta homes in on the emergence and consolidation of Argentina’s empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores (ERTs, worker-recuperated enterprises), a workers’ occupy movement that surged at the turn-of-the-millennium in the thick of the country’s neo-liberal crisis. Since then, around 400 companies have been taken over and converted to cooperatives by almost 16,000 workers. Grounded in class-struggle Marxism and a critical sociology of work, the book situates the ERT movement in Argentina’s long tradition of working-class activism and the broader history of workers’ responses to capitalist crisis. Beginning with the voices of the movement’s protagonists, Vieta ultimately develops a compelling social theory of autogestión – a politically prefigurative and ethically infused notion of workers’ self-management that unleashes radical social change for work organisations, surrounding communities, and beyond.

Please find a link to the book here.

Book Reviews

Foundations of Real-World Economics: What Every Economics Student Needs to Know

Foundations of Real-World Economics: What Every Economics Student Needs to Know (2019)

The book review can be found here.

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships and Grants

MSc Economics at University of Greenwich

There has never been a more pressing time to learn economics. Policies which just a few months ago were considered radical are now being implemented across the world to deal with the health crisis. This shows more clearly than ever that economics is a broad discipline, with a wide range of perspectives and policies. The MSc economics at the University of Greenwich is situated within this pluralist tradition, providing a real world understanding of the economy via different theoretical perspectives.

This flexible MSc Economics combines training in theory and method with exposure to economic and financial data. You will gain a sound knowledge of economics, creative problem-solving skills, and the ability to look deeper into economic policy implications. Our academics focus on real-world issues and draw from a wide range of theory, resulting in an interdisciplinary approach with global benefits. You can study towards our standard Master of Economics or follow one of our specialist pathways - in International Economics or Business and Financial Economics. Graduates will be well-placed for business and public sector roles, notably in the finance industry where analytical skills and decision-making skills are vital, or for PhD programmes and academic careers.

The University of Greenwich hosts a wide range of economists with different backgrounds ranging from Post-Keynesian, over Feminist to Marxian economics. Find out more at the programme page.


WEA Commentaries 10 (2)

Grazielle David, Pedro Rossi, Sergio Chaparro: Human rights and fiscal policy: a necessary link

Peter Radford: Pandemic Musings

Karim Errouaki: Is this the end of globalisation (as we know it)?

WEA Conference: Trade Wars After Coronavirus

Mitja Stefancic interviews Guy Standing

Calls for Support

"Work: Democratize, Decommodify, Remediate"

The initiative #DemocratizingWork is the result of a collective endeavor launched in May 2020 by three scholars: Isabelle Ferreras, Dominique Méda, and Julie Battilana. The three share an abiding interest in democratic and sustainable ways of working and organizing that diverge from the model of shareholder value maximization. The initiative came from a hope to help in the unfolding crisis – in health, climate, the economy, and political life – that we are facing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The newspaper Le Monde accepted corresponding text but a publication delay of 15 days. Soon, the op-ed was circulated further, across disciplines, and around the world. In the short space of that two-week delay requested by Le Monde, the text was signed by more than 5,000 researchers from more than 700 universities on every continent. On May 16, it was published in 43 newspapers in 36 countries around the world. Academics, who had signed the op-ed, took the lead in translating the piece into 27 languages and in reaching out to publications in their region. This mobilization reflects what the academic community is capable of undertaking in the hope to illuminate possible paths forward for societies to choose. Today, in 2020, scientists have an ever greater responsibility to help set our societies on the path toward an economic future that is both sustainable and democratic.

Please find further information and the official statement here. It is still possible to sign the petition.

Call for Syllabi: Exploring Economics teaching fellowship

The e-learning platform Exploring Economics starts a new teaching fellowship to provide a platform for lecturers and to collaboratively create and exchange teaching material. In a first step, Exploring Economics collects course descriptions and syllabi, transforms them into teaching material and publishes them on Exploring Economics. You can shape the new e-teaching section on Exploring Economics by sending your syllabus.

You can find more infos here or directly mail your syllabuis to the Exploring Economcis team.

For Your Information

New Journal launched: Review of Evolutionary Political Economy

The Review of Evolutionary Political Economy (REPE) is the new international journal of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE). The journal advances academic excellence in evolutionary political economy. We invite high-quality conceptual and review articles and cutting-edge methodological and empirical studies from evolutionary and international political economy, and heterodox, computational and complexity economics. Papers should embrace the heterogeneity of economic agents and interactions as complexified by power, institutions and environmental inputs. You can find the latest published articels and more information on the website.

Submit your paper now

Work, Employment and Society: Call for Editors

The British Sociological Association (BSA) and Work, Employment and Society (WES) invite applications to join the Editorial Team. WES is a highly respected journal with an international profile. It is strongly grounded in the sociological tradition, drawing upon adjacent disciplines to make an original contribution to debates in the sociology of work and employment. It receives approximately 600 submissions a year, has an Impact Factor of 2.364 and is ranked 4 in the Chartered Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Guide.

The appointed Editors will join the current editorial team in the day-to-day editorial work and developing the intellectual agenda and internationalism of the journal. The Editorial Team works in a highly collaborative way through monthly online and face-to-face meetings to discuss the workings of the journal.

For further information on making an application visit our website to read the full call.

Deadline for Applications: 3 June 2020