Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 267 August 10, 2020 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

If you have ever doubted that the economics profession has some serious issues with lack of diversity & predatory behavior, I would strongly advise you to read the recent post on Claudia Sahm's blog coming with the telling title 'Economics is a disgrace'. Most probably, the post is also an important read for those who have suspected that the observed lack of diversity in econ is somehow related to predatory behavior - which is a tricky question after all, since the latter is much harder to measure than the former.

Most heterodox economists are acutely aware of a lack of theoretical diversity in economics and have some experience with regard to the predatory behavior employed to keep things as they are. Indeed, when drawing on my own experience, I find that when writing up a paper with the intention to submit it to a mainstream journal (indeed, I do that sometimes and, in a few cases, have even been successful in getting a piece published), I write the paper differently: I refrain from putting any theoretical considerations in the paper, I am as modest as possible when it comes to criticizing anything that could be deduced from conventional textbook knowledge and I even start to cite differently to make my own general orientation less transparent for reviewers – all with the aim to not alienate my mainstream reviewers too much. In short, I start practicing what has been called preference falsification, i.e. to conceal or modify my true view on the subject, typically by sticking very close to the empirics. In doing so, I manage to keep the preference falsification to a minimum, although this is still far from satisfying.

I am not alone with this: one day, I met a very prestigious, albeit a little unconventional economist associated with one of the top schools in mainstream economics. We had some conversation in a very small group and to my surprise he told us that he thinks of himself as a heterodox thinker. I had the strong impression that he would not openly admit that in front of his more immediate colleagues, simply because it would damage his reputation as a creative and gifted researcher. If my impression was true, this would make preference falsification a kind of full-fledged academic lifestyle.

Some people have no interest in engaging in such preference falsification and this is a good thing (I also could not bear to do that regularly). The pity is that such people typically do not survive in economics and simply leave the field. And in this context, it is important to acknowledge that a lack of diversity in people is related to a lack of diversity in concepts and ideas on various levels.

As just indicated, I think that conceptual monism in economics contributes to the observed lack of diversity as it signals that the alternative perspectives on economic issues, that come with greater diversity in staff, are not appreciated in our discipline. This signal drives talented students towards other disciplines, which are more open to a pluralist approch to social science, or out of academia at all.

Furthermore, research on diversity often suggests that, if done right, increasing diversity in staff leads to an increase in diversity in perspectives and, hence, creativity (e.g. here or here). Hence, keeping economics white & male also serves to bolster the institutional dominance of the current mainstream.

Finally, combining the observations of sensible and open-minded people within the mainstream like Claudia Sahm with the experiences of heterodox economists in the profession (see, for instance, here for some anecdotal accounts) suggests that the overall amount of bullying and predatory behavior in economics is even higher than what would be expected from taking only one interpretation of diversity – in terms of identity or in terms of theory – into consideration. After some reflection, I think that the entanglement between these two different levels of disciplinary exclusion would indeed merit more in-depth considerations by asking questions such as these: do heterodox econ departments show greater diversity in their academic staff? Do heterodox journals show a greater diversity of authors? Do heterodox conferences benefit from a greater diversity in terms of keynote speakers, presenters and attendees?

If someone could take the time off to shed some light on this important question, we could probably get a better grip on the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion that have shaped the economic profession for decades by now. In addition, it could also help to better understand how heterodox economics itself can become more inclusive (my impression is that we are more inclusive than the mainstream, but actually this bar is so low that I would like to avoid this comparison at all).

All the best,


PS: After writing this up, I wanted to acknowledge that the AEA has indeed recognized and accepted that lack of diversity (in terms of identity) is a real issue. This is not only reflected, up to some degree, in the code of conduct recently released by the AEA, but also in the set of candidates (and their corresponding statements) standing up for vote in the upcoming elections on the AEA council. We will see whether this move will eventually contribute to create a more inclusive atmosphere in the profession as a whole.

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Call for Papers

European Journal of the History of Economic Thought: Special Issue of the ESHET 2020

The preparations for the Special ESHET 2020 Issue of the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought are now under way. Due to the pandemic the ESHET conference could not be held in May 2020 in Sofia, as was originally planned. Yet, a large number of papers had been proposed for presentation and many proposals had been accepted. In order to show the continuity of research in the history of economic thought, the executive committee of ESHET and the editors of EJHET have decided to publish a special issue from a selection of the papers that were intended for the event. We are therefore writing to invite those who had planned to attend the 2020 conference in Sofia to submit their full papers for consideration for the special issue of EJHET.

The Special Issue has no specific theme and all papers that were accepted for presentation at the conference would be considered.

Please note the following:

  1. Full papers (including a short abstract and a list of up to five key-words) should be submitted no later than 15th September 2020 to the EJHET Coordinating Editor: michael.trautwein@uol.de
  2. Submitted papers will undergo a two-step procedure: first a preselection by the Editorial Committee and thereafter, for the selected set of papers, a process of review by anonymous referees in line with the regular procedures of EJHET.
  3. Those who are not native English speakers are asked to have their papers checked by a native English speaker before submission. It is in the best interest of every author to deliver her or his paper written in a readily intelligible and accessible manner.
  4. Since ESHET will have to pay for the amount of pages that exceeds the publisher's constraints (and since the editors and reviewers, too, suffer from severe time constraints) the authors are asked to avoid any unnecessary length of their papers. While there is no word limit ex ante, conciseness is one of the criteria by which the reviewers are asked to assess the papers.

Submission Deadline: 15 September 2020

European Policy Analysis: Special Issue on "Economy and Space Making space for the new state capitalism"

A new initiative for the journal, EPA: Economy and Space will occasionally issue calls for “prospective” theme issues, beginning with an open invitation to submit paper proposals (in the form of a one-page extended abstract, plus one-paragraph bio sketch for each author). Following an initial review, conducted by the guest editors in conjunction with EPA’s coordinating editor, invitations will be extended for full-length paper submissions. Consistent with EPA’s procedures for theme issues, all papers will be subject to peer review.

Paper proposals for the planned theme issue on “Making space for the new state capitalism” should be submitted to the EPA Journal Administrator at epa@sagepub.co.uk. Proposals should be no longer than one page. The review of proposals will be completed within 4 weeks, at which time invitations to submit full papers will be made by EPA’s coordinating editor for this theme issue, Jamie Peck jamie.peck@ubc.ca, to whom informal inquiries can be made. The deadline for submitting full papers to the journal will be March 15, 2021.

Making space for the new state capitalism

For at least the past decade, many commentators have pointed to the presence of a ‘new’ state capitalism. This has been evidenced through forms of state intervention to contain recent crises (such as quantitative easing), the global expansion of ‘marketized’ state-owned enterprises and ‘national champions’, the activities of sovereign wealth funds, the renewal of industrial policy and various forms of economic nationalism in advanced capitalist economies, and the consolidation of state-led development in China and other emerging capitalist economies. As its label suggests, not only is state capitalism once again taking centre stage in the global political economy, it is also assuming a new form. In contrast to the ‘old’ state capitalism that prevailed from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, for this literature the ‘new’ state capitalism is transnational in scope and market oriented. New state-capital hybrids (such as state-owned multinational corporations and sovereign wealth funds) operate across borders, adopt the tools of modern finance and the organizational forms of the modern transnational corporation, and successfully compete with large private capitals.

The new state capitalism literature features multidisciplinary analysis, ranging from strategic management and comparative corporate governance to international business, comparative and international political economy and international relations. Explicit engagement with the theorization of the new state capitalism has thus far remained fairly limited in geography. While this burgeoning literature has made a valuable contribution to our understanding of the multiplicity of activities undertaken by the state across political and geographical contexts, classifying the new polymorphism of state intervention under the rubric of the ‘new state capitalism’ is problematic. The category lacks conceptual clarity, and much of the literature tends to remain trapped in a set of questionable dichotomies (such as state versus market; free-market capitalism versus political capitalism; geopolitical versus commercial logics), a certain propensity to Western-centrism, and often falls prey to methodological nationalism and other forms of territorial traps. In particular, insufficient attention has been paid to questions of uneven geographical development, and to the multiple spatialities and scales at which state capitalism is produced, enacted, and imagined.

This theme issue of EPA: Economy and Space aims to foster critical geographical engagement with the state capitalism literature, through spatial, scalar, and temporal inquiry that may include tackling its empirical dimensions or its capacity to serve as an analytical heuristic for processes both current and historical. We invite contributions that mobilize cutting edge theoretical and methodological elaborations in political-economic geography, including but not limited to:

Submission Deadline: 15 September 2020

Historical Materialism Special Issue on "Race and Capital"

Over the past decade racism, racialisation, empire and solidarity have re-emerged as some of the most central and contested issues to contemporary political struggles. The political right has mainstreamed and instrumentalised explicit and implicit forms of racism to reach the halls of power. This racism has not simply been rhetorical, as successive right-wing governments have implemented exclusionary and discriminatory policies. This official racism has been deployed internationally – to legitimate and drive imperialist interventions and restructurings – and domestically – to channel social discontent away from the status quo and towards sub-proletarianised migrants and racial marginalized subjects.

At the same time, the burdens of successive ‘crises’ – from the financial crisis of 2008 to the impact of Covid-19 – have been distributed on a highly racialised basis, with poor, racialised subjects, both domestically and internationally, being hit hardest. This is not simply a transient phenomenon, with a warming planet presaging forms of ‘climate racism’ on the horizon.

This has not gone uncontested. Organized anti-racist politics throughout the world, typified through Black Lives Matter, continue to make significant political interventions. These anti-racist mobilisations have been sufficiently intense and widespread to force the forces of the status quo into action: corporations have declared ‘Black Lives Matter’, the neoliberal left has ‘taken a knee’, books about white guilt shoot up the chart and managers scramble to arrange ‘unconscious bias’ training. This has gone hand in hand with attempts to criticise the ‘extremists’ and ‘radicals’ within the anti-racist movement, de-legitimise their direct action and cast their acts of solidarity – particularly with Palestinians – as themselves racist.

These attempts to co-opt and contain the anti-racist movements are themselves a response to deep fissures within those movements, whose participants range from Marxists to well-meaning liberals, to Afropessimists and everything in between. As such, within the anti-racist movement itself debates have arisen over the nature of race and racism, the relationship between ‘race’ and ‘identity’ and – crucially – how ‘solidarity’ relates to anti-racist politics.

This has also sometimes led to mutual suspicion between anti-racists and Marxists. For some anti-racists, the Marxist tradition is incapable of thinking through the specific dimensions of race and racism. For some Marxists, anti-racist thinkers miss the social and material factors driving the world. While strong arguments have been advanced in both directions, these debates often descend into caricature. Many key anti-racist thinkers and activists – the Black Panthers, Angela Davis, Frantz Fanon to name the obvious – identify with the Marxist tradition. More broadly, there has been a rich vein in Marxism of thinking through the relationship between racism, capitalism and working-class struggle.

It is to this tradition that this special issue of Historical Materialism seeks to contribute: thinking through in a serious way the interconnections between capitalism, racism and the class struggle on a theoretical, political and historical level. The special issue seeks to serve as a forum for Marxists – in a comradely way – to discuss and intervene in these issues. Areas of interests include (but are not limited to):

Please send a 300-word abstract to HMRaceCapital@gmail.com. The paper of no more than 9,000 words will be expected to be submitted by January 21st, 2021.

Application Deadline: 7 September 2020

Institute of Economics, Universidad Austral de Chile Online Workshop on: "Reflections on the thought of Manfred Max-Neef - a dialogue with contemporary economics" (online, Oct. 2020)

1-2 October, 8am to 1pm Chilean Time (UTC -3h), 2020, online

It is one year since the renowned Chilean economist, and winner of the "Alternative Nobel Prize", Professor Manfred Max-Neef, passed away. The Institute of Economics at the Universidad Austral de Chile (Max-Neef's main academic residency until his death), is organising a workshop to honor his memory and, at the same time, bring together original research related to his scholarly work.

Applicants have complete freedom regarding the topics and perspectives that may qualify for the workshop, as long as they relate to the scholarly work of Professor Max-Neef. The main criteria of acceptance will be novelty and quality. Topics welcomed for submission include (but are not limited to) the following key areas of Professor Max-Neef's research:

Submissions can take (but are not limited to) one or more of the following approaches:

Book project:

The workshop organisers will invite a subgroup of proposals presented to participate in an edited book about Professor Max-Neef's intellectual legacy. The book is aimed at a widespread readership within economics and other social sciences, beyond the circles already acquainted with Max-Neef’s ideas. Participation in the workshop does not guarantee an invitation to be part of the book project. Authors invited to the book retain their right to decline to participate.

Application details:

To apply, please send an abstract no longer than 500 words to luis.valenzuela@uach.cl, with ‘Abstract submission MAX-NEEF WORKSHOP’ in the subject line. Please notice the official language of the workshop is ENGLISH. If you have any questions, please contact Luis Valenzuela (luis.valenzuela@uach.cl)


Information about registration for the event will be circulated in due course. If you are interested in attending but are not planning to send an abstract, pre-register your interest by sending an email to luis.valenzuela@uach.cl, with ‘Attendance MAX-NEEF WORKSHOP’ in the subject line.

Submission Deadline: 31 August 2020

Jean Monnet International Conference on "EU Financial Regulation and Markets: Beyond Fragmentation and Differentiation" (Zagreb, Nov. 2020)

26-27 November 2020, Zagbreb/online

The financial system of the EU is undergoing profound and far-reaching transformations, such as unprecedented market fragmentation resulting from the establishment of the Banking Union (BU) as well the increasing differentiation tensions driven by the unravelling of the Brexit scenario and the uncertainties of post-Brexit regulatory governance. At the same time, technological advancements (e.g. FinTech, green finance) challenge traditional regulatory paradigms in EU finance. Against this backdrop, it is interesting to reflect upon the future prospects of EU’s financial markets and their regulation, and on the “Europeanization” of public policies in this area. In light of these far-reaching changes, we welcome all theoretical and empirical papers that cut across different scholarship strands – political economy, finance, legal and political science, dealing with (but not limited to):

We would also encourage submissions focusing on the legal and financial/ monetary integration experience of Central and South East European countries.

Submissions are open to scholars at all career stages. In light of recent events connected with the COVID-19 the deadline to send your proposed title, abstract (max. 300 words) and/or draft paper (max. 5000 words), together with your affiliation and contact details. The organizer’s contacts remain the same: Ivana Bajakić, ivana.bajakic@pravo.hr or Marta Božina Beroš, mbozina@unipu.hr. In addition, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties that it may bring forward in Autumn, authors of accepted papers have the possibility to choose between “in residence” presentations (at the premises of the Faculty of Law, in Zagreb) or “virtual” presentations via one of the video conferencing platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, etc.).

Submitted papers in English will be peer reviewed and published in the conference proceedings, which will be submitted for indexation to WoS, SCOPUS and other relevant citation databases. There is no registration fee. The working language of the Conference is English. Conference venue: Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Trg Republike Hrvatske 14, Zagreb, Croatia

Important dates:
Abstract deadline: 15 September 2020
Paper acceptance notification: 1 October 2020
Full paper deadline (in case of publication in the Conference proceedings): 1 November 2020
Conference dates: 26-27 November 2020

Submission Deadline: 15 September 2020

Research in the History and Methodology of Economics: Special Issue on "The work of William Baumol"

2022 marks the 100 birthday of William (Bill) Baumol (1922-2017). He is one of the economists most frequently mentioned in lists of economists who should have gotten the Nobel Prize but did not get one. He made seminal contributions to the new welfare economics, the theory of entrepreneurship, industrial organization and he originated the idea of the cost disease (named after him). This special issue will be devoted to his work spanning most of the twentieth century. The issue will be published in 2022 in the Research in the History of Economic Theory and Methodology series.

The history of 20 century (neoclassical) economics is increasingly dehomogenized. Historical scholarship increasingly distinguishes between different approaches that made up the mainstream of the 20-century: MIT, Chicago and other schools. Within this development it makes much sense to focus on an economist like William Baumol who contributed to many subfields in economics, and even pioneered new subfields such as the economics of the arts. There is also a wealth of historical material available for study, since his papers are available at the Duke archives.

We welcome contributions on various aspects of Baumol’s work, or those of social scientists closely linked to him, in particular about the following subjects:

Selected submission will be published in a special issue of Research in the History and Methodology of Economics (RHETM) in the Spring of 2022.

Proposals for papers (max. 1000 words) are due October 12020, and full papers by April 30 2021. Any questions, or you want to express your interest, email: dekker.erwin@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: 1 October 2020

Review of Evolutionary Political Economy (REPE): Special Issue on "Financialisation"

Across the social sciences and within political economy, financialisation has become a prominent theme. It is most commonly defined as a rise in the role and power of financial interests, institutions and motives over politics, society and the economy broadly. This, in turn, includes diverse phenomena such as shareholder value orientation, real estate booms, shadow banking, securitisation and new forms of wealth. The concept of financialisation has been used to explain a slowdown in business investment, consumption booms based on rising household debt, a return of financial cycles, rising inequality and changing subjectivities. This set of changes is underpinned by various sub-processes, including broad macro-historical shifts, as well as developments of social and cultural transformation. Across the literatures, most scholars emphasise the relatively recent ascent of financialisation.

The special issue aims to take stock of the existing research as well as explore the frontiers and limitations of financialisation. We particularly invite papers that address questions like:

We invite articles as contributions to the special issue of REPE. Papers will be original articles and will undergo blind peer-review. To submit a paper go to https://www.springer.com/journal/43253

For queries please contact: Anastasia Nesvetailova (Anastasia.Nesvetailova.1@city.ac.uk), Stefano Sgambati (stefano.sgambati@city.ac.uk) or Engelbert Stockhammer (Engelbert.stockhammer@kcl.ac.uk)

Abstract Deadline: 1 October 2020

Young Scholars Initiative Virtual Plenary 2020

6-15 November 2020, online

We are calling for contributions to the YSI Virtual Plenary.

You can apply:

  1. To run a session of your design at the Questions Fair or in one of 21 Working Groups
  2. To showcase your working paper, or a YSI project you’ve done
  3. To present your work-in-progress by submitting an abstract
  4. To host a parallel, in-person social event in your city

You’re free to submit multiple applications if you like! Just make sure you get everything in before the deadline of 15 August, 2020 to be considered for the program. We’ll be in touch with you directly to determine how your contribution can fit in. Sessions will be scheduled around the clock from 6-15 November, 2020.

Go here to apply: ysi.ineteconomics.org/plenary

Application Deadline: 15 August 2020

Call for Participants

2nd Winter Institute for the History of Economic Thought (online, Jan. 2021)

22-23 January 2021, online

The Winter Institute offers a forum in which both early-career and distinguished scholars can meet, network, and present work in progress to an audience of engaged peers. Our primary goal is to provide a workshop setting where early-career scholars and more experienced members of the field can engage with each other’s work. We are especially committed to encouraging scholars new to the field. Of the 10 presentation spots available this year, 6 will be reserved for graduate students and scholars within 2 years of completion of their PhD.

Our plan is to arrange all presentations over two days, as if we were meeting in person. All papers will be made available in advance to Winter Institute participants. A $500 stipend will be paid to each of the 10 presenters; a $250 stipend will be paid to 5 senior scholars who will not present at the Institute, but who will commit to reading all 10 presentation papers in advance and to participating in all sessions of the webinar program. Each session will be viewable via Zoom Webinar to anyone who registers in advance. Outside viewers will be able to ask questions about and comment upon papers using the Zoom chat feature.

We invite proposals in any area, on any topic, from any perspective, relevant to the history of economic thought. If you would like to present at the Institute, please provide an abstract of no more than 250 words and a 2-page CV. If you are a senior scholar who would like to participate without presenting a paper, please provide only a 2-page CV. For more information or to submit your paper for consideration, please visit our website: https://csel.asu.edu/winter-institute. The Notifications will be sent after October 15, 2020. Final papers will be due by January 1, 2021.

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2020

Book Launch: Credit, Money and Crises in Post-Keynesian Theory, and Economic Growth and Macroeconomic Stabilization Policies in Post-Keynesian Economics

22 August 2020, online

The names of Marc Lavoie and Mario Seccareccia have been associated with one another for well over four decades, during which time they made important contributions to post-Keynesian economics in general, but have also been associated with an array of more specific topics, including the theory of the monetary circuit, economic growth, fiscal policy, monetary policy/theory and endogenous money, growth theory, and microeconomics, among others. Individually or together, they contributed a vast arsenal of both critical and constructive papers and books: close to 300 journal and book articles, as well as a number of books, authored and edited, including the Canadian version of the American micro–macro textbook by Baumol and Blinder.

Throughout their long and distinguished careers, their contributions have pushed post-Keynesian and heterodox economics in many interesting and fruitful directions, and they have influenced a number of scholars as well as students around the world. Steadfast in their criticism of neoclassical – or orthodox or mainstream – economic theory, as well as their rejection of mainstream policies, in particular fiscal austerity and fine-tuning monetary policy, Lavoie and Seccareccia have shared a vision of a more real-world view of economics, where institutions mattered.

To celebrate two of the most illustrious post-Keynesians, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Hassan Bougrine edited two books with Edward Elgar: Credit, Money and Crises in Post-Keynesian Theory, and Economic Growth and Macroeconomic Stabilization Policies in Post-Keynesian Economics.

On August 22 (at 11 am New York time), please join us on line to celebrate their work, and for an official launch of the two books. There will be presentations by Riccardo Bellofiore and Robert Guttmann.

Please register here.

Conference Papers, Reports, and Podcasts

Ceteris Never Paribus – The History of Economic Thought Podcast: Episode 22 Marginalised Voices

Ceteris Never Paribus: The History of Economic Thought Podcast covers diverse topics from the history of economics, economic thought, and economic ideas such as new research and methodological questions.

In this episode, Maria interviews three scholars who study underrepresented or what she calls marginalised voices in the history of policy and economics. They discuss why they came to study such lesser known figures and how the research can give us new perspectives. They also share the difficulties and constraints that they face. Jaci Eisenberg studied American women who contributed to the League of Nations. Gerardo Serra studies the history of economics and statistics in 20th century Ghana. Sharmin Khodaiji researches the institutionalisation of political economy in India. Listen to find out more about their research!

Listen here: https://ceterisneverparibus.net/marginalised-voices-episode-22/

Recalculando: Podcast on public policies in Argentina

Recalculando is a podcast on public policies in Argentina, hosted by Martín Kalos and Ana Clara Azcurra Mariani. In each episode a topic of public policy is addressed, in depth and in a didactic way, with invited specialists for each topic. Throughout the episode, the aim is to summarize how the current situation regarding the issue in question was reached, what challenges and problems arise today and what public policies would be necessary to resolve these issues.

Recalculando es un podcast sobre políticas públicas en Argentina, conducido por Martín Kalos y Ana Clara Azcurra Mariani. En cada episodio se aborda un tema de política pública, en profundidad y de manera didáctica, con invitados/as especialistas para cada temática. A lo largo del episodio, se busca resumir cómo se llegó a la situación actual en torno a la temática en cuestión, qué desafíos y problemas se plantean hoy y qué políticas públicas serían necesarias para resolver esas cuestiones.

Please find a link to the potcast here.

Smith and Marx walk into a bar - Episode 34

The latest episode of 'Smith and Marx walk into a bar: a history of economics podcast' is out: https://hetpodcast.libsyn.com/keith-tribe-edited

This month's guest is Keith Tribe, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tartu and translator.

Topics discussed, seen through the lens of Keith's main books (Land, Labour, and Economic Discourse (1978), Strategies of Economic Order: German Economic Discourse, 1750-1950 (1995), and The Economy of the Word: Language, History, and Economics (2015)), include Keith's intellectual biography, classical political economy, liberalism, the impact of his work as translator on his historical writing, the relationship between economic history and the history of economic thought, Michel Foucault, Reinhart Koselleck, and the current historiographical landscape.

Job Postings

Canberra, Australia

Job title: Researcher

The Australia Institute is one of Australia’s leading independent think-tanks. We produce high-quality, timely research designed to have impact across a broad range of economic, social, accountability & integrity and environmental issues.

The ideal person will:

We are looking for a doer, someone who has at least two years previous experience in research work, with excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to manage time while working on several jobs simultaneously. Climate and energy policy experience and advanced skills in MS Word and Excel would also be particularly useful.

For further information, please visit our website at www.tai.org.au / https://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/members/TheAustraliaInstitute/researcher-1 or contact Rod Campbell at rod@tai.org.au

Application Deadline: 11 August 2020

Curriculum Change Manager, International

Job title: Curriculum Change Manager

oikos International is hiring a Curriculum Change Manager to work on our Curriculum Change Initiative. oikos international is a student organization working to integrate sustainability into economics and management education. This Curriculum Change Manager will work directly with our student chapters to transform education at their universities. They will help organize events (both in-person and online) related to curriculum change and will work with the rest of the oikos team to ensure the successful implementation of our Curriculum Change Initiative. The position is part time (50%) and remote.

Candidate’s Profile


Tasks and Responsibilities

If you are interested in the position, send us your CV (max. 2 pages) and a motivation letter (max. 1-2 pages) as soon as possible, latest by August 22nd. The letter should outline why you want to take up the position and what makes you a suitable candidate. Please, email the required documents to president@oikos-international.org with a subject line “Application for Curriculum Change Manager”. The candidates selected for an online interview will be contacted at the latest by August 25th. The interviews will be scheduled between August 26 – 30 and the decision should be communicated by August 31st. For any further questions, please reach out to us via email.

Application Deadline: 22 August 2020

Dublin City University, UK

Job title: 3 PhD positions in the frame of the MSCA-ETN: MARKETS: Mapping Uncertainties, Challenges and Future Opportunities of Emerging Markets: Informal Barriers, Business Environments and Future Trends in Eastern Europe, The Caucasus and Central Asia

Dublin City University has been awarded a €3.9m grant from the European Union to fund a European Training Network entitled MARKETS - a world-leading politics, business and policy oriented PhD programme which will equip 15 fellows, across a range of 9 international partners (University of Bremen, University of Helsinki, Catholic University Leuven, University College London, Maastricht University, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Tallinn University of Technology and the Center for Social Sciences in Tbilisi). with theoretical knowledge, analytical skills and complementary training to understand and deal with emerging markets in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia regions.

Three positions will be based in Dublin City University. European Training Networks are among the best supported PhD programmes in the world. Successful fellows will receive a salary for three years, at the EU early Stage Researcher rate – substantially above the level of PhD scholarships in most countries. Subject to satisfactory progress a national level scholarship may be available in year 4. Fellows will also benefit from international summer schools, international mentors in universities and non-university partners and funding for tuition fees, field research, conference travel, language classes etc. If required a standard PhD scholarship will be available in year The 15 Fellows and the supervisors meet up for joint workshops approximately every six months – ensuring that fellows graduate not only with a PhD but with a well established international network. Students will conduct their PhD research on one of the topics listed below.

The overall goal of the project is to compare countries that had fully opened to foreign investors by the early 2000s – Estonia, Latvia (now EU members), Georgia (considered by many as an example of best practice in reforms), and Kyrgyzstan (where markets are stable but no major economic leap is expected in the next immediate future) – with what have been identified as significant prospective post-USSR markets for the next ten years -Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan (all of which have shown a more concrete desire for economic dialogue in the past three years), Russia (its eastern region and, in particular, Siberia, which has remained largely unexplored by EU companies), and Azerbaijan, a country that has finally started interacting in more concrete terms with the EU.

PhD1: Entrepreneurs, investments and risk. Understanding and accepting compliance (and non-compliance) from the managers’ perspective.

Focus: Explore the construction of ideas of business ethics and/ or risk in professional formation, with a focus on professional training of civil servants and entrepreneurs in the course of their studies and later CPD: collect new data on informal practices in higher education; contribute to policy debates surrounding the sector.

PhD2: Connections, social solidarity and trust networks from a gender perspective (with a focus on micro level economic activity)

Focus: Explore how gender shapes the creation of informal practices to different degrees in different sectors of society and economy; collect new data on the gendered nature of practice in politics, policy or business; analysis of the gendered nature of development and policy decisions

PhD3: Informality and social trust in and beyond crisis situations

Explore the creation of social solidarity structures and how these come to replace the state in some of its traditional roles (welfare, unemployment support); collect new data on local practices in case study areas; explore how (or if) state governance interact with existing grassroots dynamics

Practical details

Financial conditions (including salary levels) and background documents are available at https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/msca-itn-2020

Your salary will be calculated according to MSCA rules and your personal + family situation. More information can be found at the financial section of the MSCA ITN guide for applicants that you can find in section 5 (Financial Aspects) of the document. If selected, you will be expected to familiarise yourself with these rules also to be aware of your formal rights and obligations towards the donor.

Eligibility: applicants must hold a degree enabling them to enroll into doctoral studies by December 2020 (usually a MA or MSc). They cannot have more than 4 years full time research experience (or hold a doctorate already, even if they worked less than 4 years to complete it) at the time of recruitment.

Mobility requirement: applicants can be of any nationality but cannot have been resident (or have had their main activity i.e. work or study) in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 of the 36 months prior to recruitment. This means that if you spent less than 12 months in Ireland (including if you have never been to Ireland) you are eligible.

NB: this is a very intensive programme. Each selected candidate will be enrolled into a PhD programme, and will be seconded to the target region for data collection and will subsequently be seconded to a non-academic partner to gain a hands-on work experience on how research skills can be used beyond academia for the benefit of the governmental, private or international development sector. There will also be workshops of 4 to 5 days duration approximately every 6 months at which attendance is essential. Therefore a willingness and ability to undertake these international mobilities is a core requirement.

Any informal enquiries about research topics or the process (that are not already addressed in this call or in the MSCA guide for applicants, see link above), should be addressed to Dr Abel Polese, Project Coordinatorabel.polese@dcu.ie

Applications should be emailed to Dr Abel Polese at the email address above and must include:

  1. a curriculum vitae (including explicit details of country / countries of residence for the past 3 years, this is needed for eligibility purposes);
  2. an application letter no longer than 500 words;
  3. a short (500-1000 words) summary of your doctoral project.
  4. The grades achieved in your Masters degree (certificates will be requested if for shortlisted applicants are shortlisted)
  5. (optional): 1 or 2 reference letters

Please send all the documents together in one PDF file and use, as subject of your message, “MARKETS-ETN-2020 Application”. Failure to do this might result in your application ending up in the wrong folder.

Application Deadline: 25 September 2020

Lund University, Sweden

Job title: Postdoctoral position on Social Resilience

Qualifications and assessment
To be appointed as a postdoc requires a PhD in any of the following research subjects offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences: Communication and Media Studies, Education, Gender Studies, Human Ecology, Human or Economic Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Service Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology, Sociology of Law, or Sustainability Science. The PhD is to have been obtained within the past three (3) years at the time of the application deadline (exceptions can be made only under special circumstances). The PhD requirement must be fulfilled at the time of application. The applicant should indicate a preferred host-department in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The basis for assessment is the ability to develop and conduct high quality research, as well as teaching skills.

Research expertise is primarily considered. The applicant must be able to demonstrate research expertise through the quality of their doctoral thesis and other publications. The applicant is to conduct research that addresses social resilience and that clearly relates to the research at the preferred host-department.

A research plan (maximum 4 pages) has to be submitted with the application. The research plan should define a research theme that deals with social resilience, paying particular attention to methodological and/or methods development. The concept “social resilience” should be broadly understood as the “ability of groups or communities to cope with external stresses and disturbances as a result of social, political and environmental change (Adger 2000).” The research plan should detail an application of the concept social resilience, show what research the applicant intends to pursue, how it advances methodological thinking and/or the use of empirical methods, and how it relates to the research at the preferred host-department.

The applications are assessed with regard to the following criteria: the relevance and strength of the research plan, and its links to the department’s research; the quality of the applicants research output, and its link to the department’s research profile; other qualifications proving the applicant’s research skills; teaching expertise within the faculty’s educational profile.

The application must include the following:

  1. An explicit statement of a preferred host-department (Communication and Media, Gender Studies, Human Geography, LUCSUS, Political Science, Psychology, Service Management and Service Studies, School of Social Work, Sociology, Sociology of Law, Strategic Communication)
  2. A research plan that details an application of the concept social resilience, shows what research the applicant intends to pursue, how it advances methodological thinking and/or the use of empirical methods, and how it relates to the research at the preferred host-department, maximum 4 pages.
  3. CV and copies of PhD degree certificate
  4. List of publications
  5. Up to three (3) representative publications
  6. Contact information for three (3) references

Applications that do not include items 1-6, above, will not be considered.

A postdoc fellowship is a career development position specialising in research, and is to be an initial step in the applicant’s career. Please note that a person who has previously been employed as a postdoc at Lund University for more than a year cannot be employed as a postdoc again within the same or similar subject at the University. The University applies individually set salaries. Please state the salary requested in your application.

Please find a link to the full Job Application here.

Application Deadline: 17 August 2020

Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Job title: Post-doctoral position on socially responsible public procurement in the European Union

The research project ‘Labour governance in global production networks: Assessing labour standards in a new generation of public procurement legislation and trade agreements linked to market access into the European Union' (LG-GPN), which is funded jointly by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the German Research Fund (DFG) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher. The LG-GPN project, which involves researchers at the Technical University of Vienna, University of Vienna, and the Berlin Social Science Center, is a three-year research project (2019 to 2021) aimed at researching the impact of labour governance processes originating in the European Union (EU) on working conditions in the electronics and garments industry global production networks in Vietnam. The project is undertaking an assessment and analysis of two forms of labour governance mechanisms tied to market access conditions into the EU. The first is labour provisions in the European Union- Vietnam Free Trade Agreement Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter. The second is socially responsible public procurement or the inclusion of social criteria or labour conditions in purchasing contracts by public buyers in the EU member countries of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria. The postdoctoral position is focused on socially responsible public procurement and will work with the team of researchers conducting research (primary and secondary research), analyses, and co- authoring publications in academic journals.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD (or will be awarded a PhD by end 2020) in geography, development studies, sociology, political science, public policy, economics, political economy, business, or law. Knowledge of socially responsible or sustainable public procurement is a requirement. Knowledge on labour governance in global production networks and global value chains is desirable. The position is available at 50% for a period of 12 months and is negotiable. The start date would be between October and November 2020. The position will be hosted in the Department of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the Technical University of Vienna. Working remotely is possible.

To apply for the position, please submit a covering letter, CV, 2 publications, and a 500 to 1000 word description of your interest and research on socially responsible (or sustainable) public procurement. Applications should be sent to Leonhard.plank@tuwien.ac.at and gale.raj-reichert@wzb.eu.

More information about the research project can be found here.

Application Deadline: 15 September 2020


Industrial and Corporate Change 29 (4)

Tom Broekel, Marcel Bednarz: Pulled or pushed? The spatial diffusion of wind energy between local demand and supply

Sam Arts, Reinhilde Veugelers: Taste for science, academic boundary spanning, and inventive performance of scientists and engineers in industry

Claudia Capozza, Sergio Salomone, Ernesto Somma: Micro-econometric analysis of innovative start-ups: the role of firm-specific factors and industry context in innovation propensity

Augusto Cerqua, Guido Pellegrini: Local multipliers at work

Bernadette A Baumstark: Barriers in profiting from external knowledge: the role of organizational design

Luca Grilli, Paul H Jensen, Samuele Murtinu, Haemin Dennis Park: A close look at the contingencies of founders’ effect on venture performance

Accounting, Organizations and Society 84

S. Sian, D. Agrizzi, T. Wright, A. Alsalloom: Negotiating constraints in international audit firms in Saudi Arabia: Exploring the interaction of gender, politics and religion

Evelyn C. Braumann, Isabella Grabner, Arthur Posch: Tone from the top in risk management: A complementarity perspective on how control systems influence risk awareness

Lichen Yu, Jan Mouritsen: Accounting, simultaneity and relative completeness: The sales and operations planning forecast and the enactment of the ‘demand chain’

Matthew Ege, W. Robert Knechel, Phillip T. Lamoreaux, Eldar Maksymov: A multi-method analysis of the PCAOB’s relationship with the audit profession

American Journal of Economics and Sociology 79 (3)

Paul Cox, Stan Cox: Adaptation and Mitigation amid the Consequences of Failure

Bart Hawkins Kreps: The Rising Costs of Fossil‐Fuel Extraction: An Energy Crisis That Will Not Go Away

Bart Hawkins Kreps: Energy Sprawl in the Renewable‐Energy Sector: Moving to Sufficiency in a Post Growth Era

Jason C. Bradford: The Future Is Rural: Societal Adaptation to Energy Descent

Courtney White: Why Regenerative Agriculture?

Heather Gray, K. Rashid Nuri: Differing Visions of Agriculture: Industrial‐Chemical vs. Small Farm and Urban Organic Production

Jon Steinman: Consumer Food Co‐ops in the Age of Grocery Giants

Kris De Decker: Reorienting the Economy to the Rhythms of Nature: Learning to Live with Intermittent Energy Supply

Samuel Alexander, Brendan Gleeson: Suburban Practices of Energy Descent

George Liu, Samuel Nello‐Deakin, Marco te Brömmelstroet, Yuki Yamamoto: What Makes a Good Cargo Bike Route? Perspectives from Users and Planners

Nicola Cutcher: Winds of Trade: Passage to Zero‐Emission Shipping

Jonee Kulman Brigham, Paul Imbertson: Energy‐Transition Education in a Power Systems Journey: Making the Invisible Visible and Actionable

Kathryn Milun: Solar Commons: A “Commons Option” for the 21st Century

Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi 54 (1)

Marco Mariano and Federica Morelli: Introduction to the Symposium: New Geographies of the Atlantic, 19-20th Centuries

Monica Henry: The Western Hemisphere/América, 1785-1826

Deborah Besseghini: The Anglo-American Conflict in the Far Side of the World: A Struggle for Influence over Revolutionary South America (1812-1814)

Facundo Nanni and Alejandro Morea: A City Transformed by the Army. Atlantic Networks in San Miguel de Tucumán, 1812- 1819

Edoardo Frezet: 'A Name Affixed to a Plot of the Globe'. Francis Lieber, American Identity, and Relational Nation-Building, 1827-1833

David W. Ellwood: Margaret Thatcher’s American Dream: Origins and Outcomes

Serge Latouche: Degrowth and the Paradoxes of Happiness

Mitu Gulati and Ugo Panizza: Alternative Solutions to the Odious Debt Problem

Augusta Nannerini: The Global Compact on Refugees: International Development in the Service of Refugee Protection and National Self-interest

Kiran Klaus Patel: Why the EU Became 'Europe'. Towards a New History of European Union

Claude Diebolt and Michael Haupert: How Cliometrics has Infiltrated Economics – and Helped to Improve the Discipline

Stefano Fenoaltea: Choler: The Failure of the Cliometrics School

Riccardo Bellofiore and Francesco Garibaldo: A Very Political Macro-financial Interpretation of the Crash of Neoliberalism: Review of Adam Tooze, 'On Crashed. How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World'

David W. Ellwood: The 2008 Financial Crash: Lessons Learned and Lessons Forgotten: Review of Adam Tooze, 'On Crashed. How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World'

Umberto Morelli: Review of 'Rethinking the European Union and its Global Role from the 20th to the 21st Century'. Liber Amicorum Mario Telò, edited by Jean-Michel De Waele, Giovanni Grevi, Frederik Ponjaert, Anne Weyembergh, Brussels: Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2019

Paolo Paesani: Review of 'Banks and Finance in Modern Macroeconomics', by Bruna Ingrao and Claudio Sardoni, Edward Elgar, 2019

Ecological Economics 176

Steffen Roth, Vladislav Valentinov: East of nature. Accounting for the environments of social sciences

Alexandra Hüttel, Ingo Balderjahn, Stefan Hoffmann: Welfare Beyond Consumption: The Benefits of Having Less

Fateh Mamine, M'hand Fares, Jean Joseph Minviel: Contract Design for Adoption of Agrienvironmental Practices: A Meta-analysis of Discrete Choice Experiments

Jiaping Zhang, Mingwang Cheng, Ning Yu: Internet Use and Lower Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Effect of Environmental Quality Perception

Jacob Kopas, Erin York, Xiaomeng Jin, S.P. Harish, Ryan Kennedy, Shiran Victoria Shen, Johannes Urpelainen: Environmental Justice in India: Incidence of Air Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Gabriele Mack, Christian Ritzel, Pierrick Jan: Determinants for the Implementation of Action-, Result- and Multi-Actor-Oriented Agri-Environment Schemes in Switzerland

A. Leblois, T. Le Cotty, E. Maître d'Hôtel: How Might Climate Change Influence farmers' Demand for Index-Based Insurance?

Idiano D'Adamo, Pasquale Marcello Falcone, Piergiuseppe Morone: A New Socio-economic Indicator to Measure the Performance of Bioeconomy Sectors in Europe

Venticia Hukom, Rasmus Nielsen, Mette Asmild, Max Nielsen: Do Aquaculture Farmers Have an Incentive to Maintain Good Water Quality? The Case of Small-Scale Shrimp Farming in Indonesia

Carolina T. Freitas, Helder M.V. Espírito-Santo, João Vitor Campos-Silva, Carlos A. Peres, Priscila F.M. Lopes: Resource co-management as a step towards gender equity in fisheries

Vincenzo Salvucci, Ricardo Santos: Vulnerability to Natural Shocks: Assessing the Short-Term Impact on Consumption and Poverty of the 2015 Flood in Mozambique

Sunny L. Jardine, Mary C. Fisher, Stephanie K. Moore, Jameal F. Samhouri: Inequality in the Economic Impacts from Climate Shocks in Fisheries: The Case of Harmful Algal Blooms

Michael R. Moore, Jonathan P. Doubek, Hui Xu, Bradley J. Cardinale: Hedonic Price Estimates of Lake Water Quality: Valued Attribute, Instrumental Variables, and Ecological-Economic Benefits

Tobias Schwoerer, Jennifer I. Schmidt, Davin Holen: Predicting the Food-Energy Nexus of Wild Food Systems: Informing Energy Transitions for Isolated Indigenous Communities

Felix Schläpfer, Michael Getzner: Beyond Current Guidelines: A Proposal for Bringing Behavioral Economics to the Design and Analysis of Stated Preference Surveys

Derya Keles, Philippe Delacote, Alexander Pfaff, Siyu Qin, Michael B. Mascia: What Drives the Erasure of Protected Areas? Evidence from across the Brazilian Amazon

Jorge Sellare, Eva-Marie Meemken, Matin Qaim: Fairtrade, Agrochemical Input Use, and Effects on Human Health and the Environment

Paolo Melindi-Ghidi, Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Giorgio Fabbri: Using environmental knowledge brokers to promote deep green agri-environment measures

Pamela Booth, Patrick J. Walsh, Pike Stahlmann-Brown: Drought Intensity, Future Expectations, and the Resilience of Climate Beliefs

Laura Schmidt, Thomas Falk, Marianna Siegmund-Schultze, Joachim H. Spangenberg: The Objectives of Stakeholder Involvement in Transdisciplinary Research. A Conceptual Framework for a Reflective and Reflexive Practise

Christian Kroll, Vera Zipperer: Sustainable Development and Populism

Atar Herziger, Kelly A. Claborn, Jeremy S. Brooks: Is There Hope for the Double Dividend? How Social Context Can Shape Synergies and Tradeoffs between Sustainable Consumption and Well-Being

Daniel Coysh, Nick Johnstone, Tomasz Kozluk, Daniel Nachtigall, Miguel Cárdenas Rodríguez: Vintage differentiated regulations and plant survival: Evidence from coal-fired power plants

Fateh Belaïd, Adel Ben Youssef, Nathalie Lazaric: Scrutinizing the direct rebound effect for French households using quantile regression and data from an original survey

Kelly Heber Dunning: Building resilience to natural hazards through coastal governance: a case study of Hurricane Harvey recovery in Gulf of Mexico communities

Sosso Feindouno, Patrick Guillaumont, Catherine Simonet: The Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Index: An Index to Be Used for International Policy

Jonas Van der Slycken, Brent Bleys: A Conceptual Exploration and Critical Inquiry into the Theoretical Foundation(s) of Economic Welfare Measures

Juan J. Monge, Garry W. McDonald: The Economy-Wide Value-at-Risk from the Exposure of Natural Capital to Climate Change and Extreme Natural Events: The Case of Wind Damage and Forest Recreational Services in New Zealand

Steffen Lange, Johanna Pohl, Tilman Santarius: Digitalization and energy consumption. Does ICT reduce energy demand?

Elisavet Spanou, Jasper O. Kenter, Marcello Graziano: The Effects of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation on Cultural Ecosystem Services: An Integrated Hedonic – Eudaemonic Approach

Catarina C. Jakovac, Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec, Eduardo Lacerda, Isabella Leite Lucas, Katarzyna Anna Korys, Alvaro Iribarrem, Gustavo Abreu Malaguti, R. Kerry Turner, Tiziana Luisetti, Bernardo Baeta Neves Strassburg: Costs and Carbon Benefits of Mangrove Conservation and Restoration: A Global Analysis

Yu Yang, Feng Wu, Qian Zhang, Jiayu Hong, Congcong Dong: Is It Sustainable to Implement a Regional Payment for Ecosystem Service Programme for 10 Years? An Empirical Analysis From the Perspective of Household Livelihoods

Economic Thought 9 (1)

Giandomenica Becchio: The Two Blades of Occam’s Razor in Economics: Logical and Heuristic

Péter Cserne: Wine and bottles. Some remarks on “The Two Blades of Occam’s Razor in Economics: Logical and Heuristic” by Giandomenica Becchio

Donald Gillies: The Empirical Success of Keynesianism

Rafael Galvão de Almeida: Comment on ‘The Empirical Success of Keynesianism’ by Donald Gillies

Arturo Hermann: The Psychological Contributions of Pragmatism and of Original Institutional Economics and their Implications for Policy Action

Vlassis Missos: Mathematical Analysis as a Source of Mainstream Economic Ideology

Intereconomics 55 (4)

Cinzia Alcidi, Daniel Gros: Next Generation EU: A Large Common Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Beatrice Weder di Mauro: European Pandemic Recovery: An Opportunity to Reboot

Julia Anderson, Simone Tagliapietra, Guntram B. Wolff: A Framework for a European Economic Recovery After COVID-19

Antonia Díaz: Common Fiscal Capacity Is Needed to Strengthen Risk Sharing

Massimo Motta, Martin Peitz: State Aid Policies in Response to the COVID-19 Shock: Observations and Guiding Principles

Michael König, Adalbert Winkler: COVID-19 and Economic Growth: Does Good Government Performance Pay Off?

Dennis Tamesberger, Johann Bacher: COVID-19 Crisis: How to Avoid a ‘Lost Generation’

International Critical Thought 10 (2)

Victor Wallis & Mingliang Zhuo: Socialism, Capitalism, and the COVID-19 Epidemic: Interview with Victor Wallis

Xiangyang Xin: Prominent Features of the System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and China's Governance System

Jeff Noonan: Trump and the Liberal International Order

Danny Haiphong: The Great Unmasking: American Exceptionalism in the Age of COVID-19

Francesco Biagi: Henri Lefebvre’s Urban Critical Theory: Rethinking the City against Capitalism

Julián Rebón & Denise Kasparian: Positive Factors in the Consolidation of Enterprises Recuperated by Their Workers in Argentina

Symposium: Future of Globalization?

Jerry Harris & Marek Hrubec: Introduction: Future of Globalization?

Xiaoping Wei: Transnational Capital and the Trend of Global Interactions

Jerry Harris: China–US Tensions: Is Globalisation Dead?

Marek Hrubec: From China’s Reform to the World’s Reform

Rafal Soborski: From the End of History to the Populist Turn and Beyond: Ideology’s Misfortunes in Globalization Theory and Global Activism

Carlos Martinez: Karl Marx In Wuhan: How Chinese Socialism Is Defeating COVID-19

International Journal of Political Economy 49 (2)

Mario Seccareccia: In Memoriam: Julio López Gallardo 1941–2020

Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, Carlo Panico & Martín Carlos Puchet Anyul: Julio López: Thinker, Sailor, Mentor, Friend

Jan Toporowski: Julio López Gallardo and Writing About Kalecki

Malcolm Sawyer: Julio López Gallardo: Some Personal Recollections

Thomas Ferguson, Benjamin I. Page, Jacob Rothschild, Arturo Chang & Jie Chen: The Roots of Right-Wing Populism: Donald Trump in 2016

Wesley C. Marshall & Eugenia Correa: Populism and (Neo) Liberalism: The Polanyian Perspective Seen from Latin America

Paolo Ramazzotti: Economic Policy, Social Identity and Social Consensus

Enno Schröder & Servaas Storm: Economic Growth and Carbon Emissions: The Road to “Hothouse Earth” is Paved with Good Intentions

Journal of Evolutionary Economics 30 (3)

Maureen McKelvey, Olof Zaring, Stefan Szücs: Conceptualizing evolutionary governance routines: governance at the interface of science and technology with knowledge-intensive innovative entrepreneurship

Robert Charles Sheldon, Eric Michael Laviolette, Fabien Geuser: Explaining the process and effects of new routine introduction with a notion of micro-level entrepreneurship

Martin Kalthaus: Knowledge recombination along the technology life cycle

Isabel Almudi, Francisco Fatas-Villafranca, Jesus Palacio, Julio Sanchez-Choliz: Pricing routines and industrial dynamics

Isabel Maria Bodas Freitas: Mapping variety of innovation strategies sponsored by the policy-mix: an analytical framework and an empirical exploration

Florencia Fiorentin, Mariano Pereira, Diana Suárez: The relationship between public funds, innovation and employment among Argentinean manufacturing firms

Carles Méndez-Ortega, Mercedes Teruel: To acquire or not to acquire: the effects of acquisitions in the software industry

Peili Yu, Junguo Shi, Bert M. Sadowski, Önder Nomaler: Catching Up in the Face of Technological Discontinuity: Exploring the Role of Demand Structure and Technological Regimes in the Transition from 2G to 3G in China

Stefano Dughera: Skills, preferences and rights: evolutionary complementarities in labor organization

Journal of Post Keynesian Economics 43 (3)

Bruno Jetin & Luis Reyes Ortiz: Wage-led demand as a rebalancing strategy for economic growth in China

Christos Pierros: Insolvency dynamics of the Greek private sector during the era of austerity: an empirical assessment

Imad A. Moosa: Futures crude oil prices as predictors of spot prices: lessons from the foreign exchange market

Stefano Sgambati: Historicizing the money of account: a critique of the nominalist ontology of money

Satya Prasad Padhi: Export surpluses and complementarities of countries: a note on realism of balance of payment constrained growth models

Jesus Felipe & John McCombie: The illusions of calculating total factor productivity and testing growth models: from Cobb-Douglas to Solow and Romer

PSL Quarterly Review 73 (293)

Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, Carlo Panico, Martìn Puchet Anyul: Julio López Gallardo (1941-2020)

Julio López Gallardo: France: The political economy of discontent. The “Gilets Jaunes” movement

Bernardina Algieri, Emiliano Brancaccio, Damiano Buonaguidi: Stock market volatility, speculation and unemployment: A Granger-causality analysis

Andrea Fabrizi, Giuseppe Garofalo, Giulio Guarini, Valentina Meliciani: Employment, innovation, and interfirm networks

Christopher E.S. Warburton, Emerson Abraham Jackson: Monetary Policy Responses to Exogenous Perturbations: The Case of a Small Open Economy (2007-2018)

Rethinking Marxism 32 (3)

Nate Gabriel & Eric Sarmiento: Troubling Power: An Introduction to a Special Issue on Power in Community Economies

Tuomo Alhojärvi: Critical Gibson-Graham: Reading Capitalocentrism for Trouble

Nicole Foster: Rethinking the Right to the City: DIY Urbanism and Postcapitalist Possibilities

Peter North , Vicky Nowak , Alan Southern & Matt Thompson: Generative Anger: From Social Enterprise to Antagonistic Economies

Bradley R. Wilson & Tad Mutersbaugh: Solidarity Interrupted: Coffee, Cooperatives, and Certification Conflicts in Mexico and Nicaragua

Eric Sarmiento & Nate Gabriel: Becoming Genealogical: Power and Diverse Economies

Review of International Political Economy 27 (4)

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce & Samuel Knafo: Introduction: the political economy of managerialism

Samuel Knafo: Neoliberalism and the origins of public management

Leonard Seabrooke & Ole Jacob Sending: Contracting development: managerialism and consultants in intergovernmental organizations

Sarah Sharma & Susanne Soederberg: Redesigning the business of development: the case of the World Economic Forum and global risk management

Lukas Linsi: The discourse of competitiveness and the dis-embedding of the national economy

Heather Whiteside: Public-private partnerships: market development through management reform

Elena Baglioni , Liam Campling & Gerard Hanlon: Global value chains as entrepreneurial capture: insights from management theory

Phoebe V. Moore & Simon Joyce: Black box or hidden abode? The expansion and exposure of platform work managerialism

Alexander Nunn: Neoliberalization, fast policy transfer and the management of labor market services

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce: The rise of managerialism in international NGOs

Review of Keynesian Economics 8 (3)

Ricardo Summa and Fabio Freitas: Introduction to the symposium

Fabio Freitas and Rodrigo Christianes: A baseline supermultiplier model for the analysis of fiscal policy and government debt

Gabriel Vieira Mandarino, Claudio H. Dos Santos and Antonio Carlos Macedo e Silva: Workers' debt-financed consumption: a supermultiplier stock–flow consistent model

Franklin Serrano, Ricardo Summa and Vivian Garrido Moreira: Stagnation and unnaturally low interest rates: a simple critique of the amended New Consensus and the Sraffian supermultiplier alternative

Brett Fiebiger: Some observations on endogeneity in the normal rate of capacity utilisation

Guilherme Haluska: A critical evaluation of some Kaleckian proposals to deal with the issue of convergence towards normal capacity utilization

Daniele Girard and Riccardo Pariboni: Autonomous demand and the investment share

Julia de Medeiros Braga: Investment rate, growth, and the accelerator effect in the supermultiplier model: the case of Brazil

Review of Political Economy 32 (1)

Emiliano Brancaccio , Fabiana De Cristofaro & Raffaele Giammetti: A Meta-analysis on Labour Market Deregulations and Employment Performance: No Consensus Around the IMF-OECD Consensus

Matteo Deleidi & Enrico Sergio Levrero: The Price Puzzle and the Hysteresis Hypothesis: SVEC Analysis for the US Economy

Giulio Guarini: The Macroeconomic Impact of the Porter Hypothesis: Sustainability and Environmental Policies in a Post-Keynesian Model

Fabrizio Antenucci , Matteo Deleidi & Walter Paternesi Meloni: Kaldor 3.0: An Empirical Investigation of the Verdoorn-augmented Technical Progress Function

Giorgio Colacchio & Guglielmo Forges Davanzati: Modern Money Theory: A Critical Assessment and a Proposal for the State As Innovator of First Resort

Stefano Di Bucchianico: A Note on Krugman’s Liquidity Trap and Monetary Policy at the Zero Lower Bound

José Luis Oreiro, Luiz Fernando de Paula & João Pedro Heringer Machado: Liquidity Preference, Capital Accumulation and Investment Financing: Fernando Cardim de Carvalho’s Contributions to the Post-Keynesian Paradigm

Review of Social Economy 78 (3)

Stanislas Richard: Democratic equilibria: Albert Hirschman and workplace democracy

Felix Gerlsbeck & Lisa Herzog: The epistemic potentials of workplace democracy

Christian Neuhäuser & Andreas Oldenbourg: Workplace democracy and corporate human rights responsibilities

Chi Kwok: Work autonomy and workplace democracy: the polarization of the goods of work autonomy in the two worlds of work

Ermanno C. Tortia , Silvia Sacchetti & Vladislav Valentinov: The ‘protective function’ of social enterprises: understanding the renewal of multiple sets of motivations

Inigo Gonzalez-Ricoy: Ownership and control rights in democratic firms – a republican approach

Maxime Quijoux: The power of (the) union: trade-unionism and workplace democracy in a French recovered factory

The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 27 (4)

John Berdell & José M. Menudo: Richard Cantillon’s stabilizing market dynamics

Bruna Ingrao & Claudio Sardoni: Images of competition and their impact on modern macroeconomics*

Sylvie Rivot: Keynes’ treatment of dynamics and stability in a monetary economy: the role played by expectations from the Tract on Monetary Reform to the General Theory

Rodolphe Dos Santos Ferreira: Looking for the rationale of the instability principle in Harrod’s Essay in dynamic theory: who is adjusting what?

Robert W. Dimand: Macroeconomic dynamics at the Cowles Commission from the 1930s to the 1950s

Michaël Assous & Vincent Carret: (In)stability at the Cowles Commission (1939–1948)

Mauro Boianovsky: Paul Samuelson’s ways to macroeconomic dynamics

Antonella Rancan: From dynamics to stabilisation: Albert Ando and Franco Modigliani’s contributions to the theory of economic growth and fluctuations (1959–1970)1

The Journal of Economic Inequality 18 (3)

Enrico Rubolino, Daniel Waldenström: Tax progressivity and top incomes evidence from tax reforms

Maurizio Franzini, Fabrizio Patriarca, Michele Raitano: Market competition and parental background wage premium: the role of human and relational capital

Thomas Hauner: Aggregate wealth and its distribution as determinants of financial crises

Francisco Azpitarte, Jose Gallegos, Gaston Yalonetzky: On the robustness of multidimensional counting poverty orderings

Jessica Harriger-Lin, Neha Khanna, Andreas Pape: Conspicuous consumption and peer-group inequality: the role of preferences

Carlos Gradín: Quantifying the contribution of a subpopulation to inequality an application to Mozambique

Sandip Sarkar, Sattwik Santra: Extending the approaches to polarization ordering of ordinal variables

Books and Book Series

Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism

Edited by Kean Birch and Fabian Muniesa | 2020, The MIT Press

In this book, scholars from a range of disciplines argue that the asset—meaning anything that can be controlled, traded, and capitalized as a revenue stream—has become the primary basis of technoscientific capitalism. An asset can be an object or an experience, a sum of money or a life form, a patent or a bodily function. A process of assetization prevails, imposing investment and return as the key rationale, and overtaking commodification and its speculative logic. Although assets can be bought and sold, the point is to get a durable economic rent from them rather than make a killing on the market. Assetization examines how assets are constructed and how a variety of things can be turned into assets, analyzing the interests, activities, skills, organizations, and relations entangled in this process.

The contributors consider the assetization of knowledge, including patents, personal data, and biomedical innovation; of infrastructure, including railways and energy; of nature, including mineral deposits, agricultural seeds, and “natural capital”; and of publics, including such public goods as higher education and “monetizable social ills.” Taken together, the chapters show the usefulness of assetization as an analytical tool and as an element in the critique of capitalism.

Please find a free link to the book here.

Change Finance, not the Climate

by Oscar Reyes | 2020, Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

This new handbook is an indispensable guide to climate activists and policy-makers alike towards a complete overhaul of the financial system to stop climate chaos. Central to its message is that fossil fuel lending can be redirected towards green energy and that public finance and ownership can bankroll and provide the infrastructure for delivering a Green New Deal.

The book presents many progressive proposals to build a just and future-proof financial system that can respond to the climate crisis, assess their potential impact, achievability and any associated drawbacks. Climate activists are presented with a variety of financial tools to power a just transition, including:

Decades of austerity have stripped the state of much of its capacity to invest through debt financing and undermined the tax base, allowing transnational corporations and a growing billionaire class to shift their profits and wealth beyond the reach of tax authorities. These trends must be reversed urgently, and power shifted back to democratically accountable public enterprises, to move rapidly towards a fossil-free world.

Please find a free link to the book here.

Disobey! A Philosophy of Resistance

by Frédéric Gros | 2020, Verso Books

The world is out of joint, so much so that disobeying should be an urgent act for everyone. In this provocative essay, Frédéric Gros explores the roots of political obedience, social conformity, economic subjection, respect for authorities, constitutional consensus. Examining the various styles of obedience provides tools to study, invent and induce new forms of civic disobedience and lyrical protest. Nothing can be taken for granted: neither supposed certainties nor social conventions, economic injustice or moral conviction. Thinking philosophically requires us to never accept truths and generalities that seem obvious—it restores a sense of political responsibility. At a time when the decisions of experts are presented as the result of icy statistics and anonymous calculations, disobeying becomes an assertion of humanity. To philosophise is to disobey. This book is a call for critical democracy and ethical resistance

Please find a link to the book here.

Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide

by Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson | 2020, Pluto Press (London)

With climate catastrophe looming, people are eager to learn about degrowth, and how we might save the planet by changing how we live. Degrowth is a philosophy and movement aimed at reducing economic activity to avert climate catastrophe while simultaneously improving well-being.

As politicians and corporations obsess over growth objectives, the degrowth movement demands transformation by relocalising economies, democratising politics and diversifying cultures to live within Earth’s limits. This book introduces the economic, environmental and political theories and concepts underlying degrowth, the development of the movement and degrowth activism.

Jason Hickel’s foreword highlights how this book navigates the practices and strategies of the movement, its strengths and weaknesses. Covering unconditional minimum incomes, horizontal democracy, localising economies and reduction of work, practical examples show why degrowth is a compelling and realistic project.

Please find a link to the book here.

Family Firms and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe: The Business, Bankruptcy and Resilience of the Höchstetters of Augsburg.

by Thomas Max Safley | 2020, Routledge

This fascinating study follows the fortunes of the Höchstetter family, merchant-manufacturers and financiers of Augsburg, Germany, in the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries, and sheds light on the economic and social history of failure and resilience in early modern Europe. Carefully tracing the chronology of the family’s rise, fall and transformation, it moves from the micro- to the macro-level, making comparisons with other mercantile families of the time to draw conclusions and suggest insights into such issues as social mobility, capitalist organization, business techniques, market practices and economic institutions. The result is a microhistory that offers macro-conclusions about the lived experience of early capitalism and capitalistic practices.

This book will be valuable reading for advanced students and researchers of economic, financial and business history, legal history and early modern European history.

Please find a link to the book here.

How Social Forces Impact the Economy

edited by Steven Pressman| 2020, Routledge

Social forces are important determinants of how people behave, how economies work at the macroeconomic level, and the effectiveness of economic policies. However, this dimension is generally overlooked in mainstream economics. How Social Forces Impact the Economy demonstrates that a broader conception of social economics provides for a better understanding of how economies work as a whole.

This book argues that adopting a truly social approach to economics opens the door to studying how people form preferences, and how they learn by taking cues from others about how to behave and what to consume. Each chapter contributor works to highlight the breadth of new insights and possibilities that emerge from a fuller understanding of social economics. Part I focuses on microeconomics, bringing individual behaviors and individual entrepreneurs into a more social context. Part II focuses on macroeconomic topics, such as how money and quasi-monies (like Bitcoins) are social, how money developed as a social institution, and how social forces matter for economic development. Finally, Part III looks at the consequences of considering social factors when it comes to policy: environmental policy, industrial policy, and policies promoting greater equality.

This book is invaluable reading to anyone interested in the relationship between economics and sociology, how social forces affect policy effectiveness, human behavior, and the overall economy.

Please find a link to the book here.

Should We Abolish Household Debts?

by Johnna Montgomerie | 2019, Polity Books

We live in a culture of credit. As wages have stagnated, we’ve seen a dramatic surge in private borrowing across the western world; increasing numbers of households are sucked into a hopeless vortex of spiralling debt, fuelled by exploitative lending.

In this book Johnna Montgomerie argues that the situation is chronically dysfunctional, both individually and collectively. She shows that abolishing household debts can put an end to austerity and to the unsustainable forward march of debt-dependent growth. She combines astute economic analysis with the elements of an accessible guide to practical policy solutions such as extending unconventional monetary policy to the household sector, providing pragmatic and affordable refinancing options, and writing off the most pernicious elements of household debt. This framework, she contends, can help us to make our economy fairer and to tackle both the housing crisis and accelerating inequality.

Please find a link to the book here.

The Hand Behind the Invisible Hand: Dogmatic and Pragmatic Views on Free Markets and the State of Economic Theory

by Karl Mittermaier | 2019, Bristol University Press

Made famous by the Enlightenment thinker Adam Smith, the concept of an ‘invisible hand’ might be taken to imply that a government that governs least governs the best, from the viewpoint of society. Here an invisible hand appears to represent unfettered market forces.

Drawing from this much-contested notion, Mittermaier indicates why such a view represents only one side of the story and distinguishes between what he calls pragmatic and dogmatic free marketeers.

Published posthumously, with new contributions by Daniel Klein, Rod O’Donnell and Christopher Torr, this book outlines Mittermaier’s main thesis and his relevance for ongoing debates within economics, politics, sociology and philosophy.

Please find a link to the free book here.

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships and Grants

PhD in Economics at Roma Tre University, Italy

The current PhD program in Economics started in 2014 (XXX Cycle). Our PhD offers the opportunity to research many areas of Economics by relying on a large number of faculty members who are very active in different fields and follow a plurality of theoretical approaches with a strong emphasis on the empirical analysis. We have a long and consolidated tradition of post-graduate teaching and research in Economics and our Program also rests upon long-standing research and teaching cooperation with other prestigious Italian and foreign universities. Furthermore, renowned international professors from top institutions and professional economists working in international organizations are invited for lectures and seminars, allowing students to meet outstanding scholars and start creating connections. The Department of Economics has strong links with many Italian and international research centres and organizations, and we encourage our students to spend part of their time at top-quality foreign universities and international institutions to further strengthen their education.

In the following years, PhD students will have access to the CatChain mobility program funded by the European Commission’ Marie Skodowska Curie Actions. The Program will be able to fund fellowships in several countries, such as Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, South Africa and South Korea.

Key features:


We welcome applicants seeking to conduct postgraduate research in any of the research areas in which the faculty members of the Ph.D. are currently active. An indicative list includes the following ones:

The official Call for Applications (Bando di Concorso) is expected to be published in the Italian Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale) in June 2020. It will also be posted on the University and Department websites. Reference letters should be submitted by the referees (NOT the candidates) to the following address: barbara.cafini@uniroma3.it.

The selection process consists of two steps:

  1. Shortlisting based on the submitted documents
  2. Formal interview

The fully-funded PhD scholarships, as well as the unfunded positions, are awarded based on the quality of the candidate and the interest of their research proposal.


The PhD. Program in Economics at Roma Tre offers the opportunity to live in an exciting city like Roma, using it as a base for exploiting the many chances offered by Italy’s top Universities and research centres. Please visit our website for full details on our PhD program and tips for a successful application. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

PhD studentship at Open University, UK

Job title: PhD on Gender, ethnicity and class inequalities in COVID-19 work lives

The Open University Business School is advertising PhD studentships on 'Responding to COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency'. The start date is 1 February 2021. The proposal, covering letter, fully completed application form and copies of certificates and transcripts, should be emailed.

Dr Cinzia Priola (cinzia.priola@open.ac.uk) and Charles Barthold will be supervising a project on 'Gender, ethnicity and class inequalities in COVID-19 work lives' This project is open to Marxist/ Marxian approaches broadly speaking. This project focuses on the work and social inequalities laid bare by Coronavirus. In particular, we are seeking research proposals for studies that will contribute to a better understanding of how the intersection between ethnicity, class and gender has affected work lives during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need to better understand the effects of the pandemic in the lives of working class women of colour, in particular we are interested in projects that explore the role of discrimination in work for BAME women and the consequences that discrimination has on the health as well as wealth of these women, during and after the coronavirus pandemic. We would also welcome projects that focus on the interplay between work, identity and COVID-19, within specific front-line work. Methodologically, we are interested in receiving research proposals that focus on qualitative projects such as ethnographic or interview-based studies with BAME women and men in front-line sectors. This could be complemented by document analysis and/or media analysis.

Please find further information and how to apply on the website.

Application Deadline: 7 September 2020


Association for Social Economics: Summer 2020 Newsletter

The ASE has relaunched their Newsletter! Salewa Olawoye has agreed to edit the newsletter. Salewa has lots of good ideas for increasing communication among ASE members and helping get news about ASE members to a wider audience. If you have ideas for the newsletter or want to discuss possibilities, please feel free to contact Salewa here. Finally, if you would like to sign up or renew your ASE membership, please do so here.

Please find a link to the newsletter here. This issue contains:

  1. ASSA 2021
  2. ASE Conference Book
  3. Thomas Devine Award Recipient
  4. Mai Award Recipient
  5. Zoom in: A Snapshot Focus on A Member's Work
  6. Dialogos: A Corner for Dialogue and Change
  7. Renew Your Membership

SASE Summer Newsletter 2020 4 (2)

The new Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Newsletter is out now.

You can read it here. You can find further information on the SASE-website.

Heterodox Economics in the Media

Movie on the "The Banker Ladies"

The Banker Ladies tells the stories of Ginelle, Aisha and Mabinty, three Black women in Toronto creating diverse financial services for their communities through Rotating Saving and Credit Associations (ROSCAs).

Known by cultural names these self-managed money collectives function at the intersection of the social and business and are fundamentally anchored in reciprocity, trust and community development. Based on professor Caroline Shenaz Hossein's research, the film posits that there is a Black Social Economy in which ROSCAs are at its very core. Though hidden in the social economy ROSCAs contribute to Canada's legacy of mutual aid and economic cooperation.

The film is made by DiSE Collective (Diverse Solidarity Economies Collective). For more info and resources, visit: www.caroline-shenaz-hossein.com

Please find a link to the film here.

Calls for Support

Econ4Future: Call for change in the winter term 2020/21

In the coming winter term, hundreds of thousands of students in German-speaking countries alone will be attending introductory lectures in economics.

There, the subject is taught using globally standardized textbooks that have been already widely criticized long before 2020 as one-sided, scientifically outdated and blind to the complexity of real economic processes. In these lectures students will learn, for example, that economics is governed by quasi-natural laws and by utility-maximizing actors. The result is a harmonious market system that comprehensively ignores socio-ecological aspects.

Once again, the Corona crisis has accentuated the discrepancy between the standard curriculum and real-world economic processes. It has demonstrated that economics is always dependent on ecological and social foundations and democratic scopes of action. In this way the lockdown of the market economy has made its fundamental dependence on other economies such as public infrastructure, social solidarity and unpaid care work visible. Disadvantaged groups or regions have in particular been afflicted by the crises, revealing that well-being is still significantly influenced by origin, skin color and gender. The fact that environmental destruction makes societies more vulnerable to the emergence and spread of pandemics points to the indissoluble interdependence between economies and ecology.

Standard economic education does not address these realities at all or not adequately. Should the winter term proceed according to business as usual, it would prevent yet another generation of students from learning how to understand and cope with real-world economic problems – including those related to the coronavirus pandemic, systemic discrimination or the ongoing climate crisis. This kind of economic higher education is not sustainable! To overcome the multiple crises of our times, however, future-fit economists are urgently needed.

We therefore call on all those involved – teachers, students and decision-makers – to reform economic higher education in the winter term 2020/2021. The good news: it is feasible! There are numerous resources we can rely on:

Changig the Syllabus

There are now comprehensive collections of literature, didactic materials and best practice examples of pluralistic, socio-economic university teaching. We encourage lecturers to use them as inspiration for preparing their teaching.

Building Networks

After the last financial crisis students began to organize themselves institutionally as change agents. With the help of these structures, students and teachers can network and work together to bring about change in economic higher education.

Institutional Change

Finally, there is a growing number of innovative educational programs, which proves that a transformation of economics higher education is essentially a question of pedagogical and political will. We call on faculty or university officials, as well as policy-makers to study these innovations and to implement reforms. Proposals in this regard have recently been put forward. It is past due to create the conditions for a long-term institutional change in economic education.

Support the Call(institutions only)

For Your Information

Book Discussion: "Climate, coronavirus and capitalism"

18 Juli 2020, online

Join this public discussion for anyone wanting to discuss or deepen their understanding of the connections between the climate crisis, coronavirus and capitalism. We'll be discussing Andreas Malm's recent interview in Jacobin where he argues for an ecological Leninism and makes clear the scale of intervention needed to combat the climate crisis.

Read the interview: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/06/andreas-malm-coronavirus-covid-climate-change
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LSQLBFQruo

Gareth Dale will introduce the discussion and summarise the key arguments of Malm's forthcoming book 'Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century'. Gareth is one of the editors of 'Green Growth: Ideology, political economy and the alternatives' and a frequent writer for The Ecologist.

The meeting will be chaired by Hazel Graham, climate jobs activist and Build Back Better campaigner. She was a co-author of the employment chapter of the recent Zero Carbon Britain report and has written for The Ecologist.

Register via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdOqopjoiHdQjEJrfKlhlyYOuuDEvxHb0

Launch of: Oxford Supertracker: The Global Directory for COVID Policy Trackers and Surveys

The Oxford Supertracker is a global directory of over 100 policy trackers and surveys related to COVID-19. This novel collection is designed to assist researchers and policy-makers in keeping track of a rapidly growing number of data sources. You can search and identify relevant information resources, such as datasets, surveys, and systematic collections, across different areas, countries and data types. If you would like to receive updates on new sources, you can subscribe here.

The Oxford Supertracker is a collaborative effort. Over 50 researchers have already contributed to the growing collection. If you maintain or know of an additional dataset, please submit a new source. We will promptly review it in line with our criteria for inclusion and update the collection. We are interested in making the collection as comprehensive and accessible as possible. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please share your feedback.


The appearance of many new information resources on COVID-19 creates opportunities and challenges for research and policy analysis. We discuss these in our blog series. Please contact us in case you would like to contribute to the debate. We are also partnering up with the producers and users of existing data sources on social policies in the wake of the pandemic to identify remaining information gaps and potential synergies, and to propose concrete actions to address these. A webinar discussion and policy brief will address information gaps in existing policy trackers. You can find more information on the Supertracker project on the website of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.

Impact and Media

Within a few weeks, thousands of researchers from over 120 countries around the globe have visited our initial website making use of the directory and contributing to the growing number of entries. We are working with authors of policy trackers to propose concrete actions to solve information gaps in existing policy trackers and create synergies between them. At the same time, their feedback has informed the creation of the Supertracker. For more information, please see the press release about the Oxford Supertracker.

Please find further information on the website.

Remembering John F. Weeks (1941- 2020)

Professor John F. Weeks, american economist, passed away on Wednesday, July 26th in London. In the almost fifteen years since retiring, he focused on popularising radical economics, achieving it with considerable aplomb, through the
(social) media and publishing ‘Economics of the 1%’ (2014) and ‘The Debt Delusion: Living Within Our Means and Other Fallacies’ (2020). His journey to this success sheds light both on the challenges facing revolutionaries of his generation, and contemporary capitalist economies, developing as well as developed.

Please take a moment to read about his legacy here.

To honour him, John’s articles from Historical Materialism are freely available until end August 2020: