Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 272 November 30, 2020 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

This issue of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter comes with a lot of reading material in the form of recently published books and journals to get you through the upcoming christmas hibernation phase. Furthermore and in addition to what is listed below, I also wanted to point you to some methodological literature I recently discovered when preparing a PhD-course on methods in socio-economics, which, in my humble view, could serve to further improve empirical work in heterodox economics and beyond.

For one, I have delved a little into recent developments addressing the relation between quantitative empirical work and more philosophical and mathematical approaches towards causality by means of directed acyclic graphs (see here for an introduction). Such a take seems essential to me as most statistical texts do not treat causality as a key concern, although thinking about possible and plausible causal paths plays a key role for connecting theory and empirics in a sensible way. While the literature I consulted did take some shortcuts on the deeper philosophical intricacies related to 'causality', it seems to me that much applied research in heterodox economics and beyond could profit from incorporating these tools to find better & more plausible empirical models. In addition, such directed acyclic graphs are also suitable to critically assess the plausibility of 'research designs' and ''identification strategies' that now dominate the empirical literature in economics (here is an archetypical example for such an approach).

For another I have been pointed to a very accessible – and in my view rather innovative – road to multi-model robustness analysis (see here for an introductory paper). While technically framed as an approach to adress 'model-uncertainty' (which possible model represents the closest approximation to the true data-generating process?), this approach can always useful if you have an empirical model with some independent variables and want to get a better grip on understanding the interactions between variables as it quite naturally leads to a more precise interpretation of the conditional effects estimated. Hence, this approach not only helps to ensure that your model is robust relative to other possible specifications based on the same or a similar set of variables, but might also be exploited to arrive at more nuanced and insightful interpretations of one's coefficients.

Finally, I found that when it comes to explain the explanatory function of qualitative methods, that is, how qualitative methods might be used to test and corroborate theories by means of replication and smart case-selection (the latter is in principle quite similar to quasi-experimental research designs in mainstream econ), then Robert Yin's classic book on Case Study Research is still indispensable. It not only offers you a wealth of material for preparing your course, but also takes a pragmatic and inclusive stance and qualitative and quantitative methods and, hence, is well-suited for informing the deveopment of a great variety of specific research designs.

If you happen to have any comments or remarks on my observations, I would be happy to receive your suggestions by email!

Thanks and best,


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Call for Papers

8th CIRIEC Conference on Social Economy on "Social Solidarity Economy and the 2030 agenda: inclusive and sustainable development through innovative social practices” (Sept. 2021, San Jose)

8-10 September 2021 | San Jose, Costa Rica

CIRIEC Office in Costa Rica has the honor to invite you to the: “Eighth International Research Conference on Social Economy of CIRIEC on the theme “Social Solidarity Economy and the 2030 agenda: inclusive and sustainable development through innovative social practices” The objective of this conference will be to share the research on topics such as: social solidarity economy within the framework of the Objectives of Sustainable Development, public policies, cooperatives, climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace, justice among other world priorities.

Submission Guidelines:

Instructions for papers & abstracts:

Indication of theme:

  1. Public policies
  2. Strategies of social promotion
  3. Innovation and technology
  4. Sustainability and accessibility
  5. Performance and impact


What do you need to include in the email?

Please send to CIRIECCR@uned.ac.cr and ghernandezc@uned.ac.cr. please find further information here.

Submission Deadline: 30 January 2021

ESHET 2021 Conference (Sofia, May 2021)

27-29 May 2021 | Sofia, Bulgaria

The 24th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) will be hosted by the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, 27-29 May 2021. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the changing policy responses to it, the precise format of the conference is currently under consideration. All prospective delegates will be kept informed about decisions regarding the nature of the conference as a localised or virtual event.

The proposals for papers or sessions that were already submitted for the (postponed) 2020 ESHET conference will be considered for the 2021 conference. No resubmission will be required. However, proposers will be contacted by February 2021 to reconfirm their participation. New proposals for papers or sessions on all aspects of the history of economic thought are welcome. An abstract of about 400 words for a paper and 600 words for a session should be submitted via the conference website.

Note that: a) published papers are not eligible for submission; b) only one conference presentation is allowed per person (but more than one submission may be accepted, if involving co-authors who are also presenting); c) session proposals must conform with standard format (3 papers, 90 minutes).

Theme of the Conference

Proposals for papers and sessions that fall into the ESHET 2021 conference theme “Development and Underdevelopment in the History of Economic Thought” are particularly welcome. However, proposals may be on any topic relevant to the history of economic thought, and are not restricted to the conference theme.

Development economics as a specific subfield of economics emerged during the last seven decades. Since the 1950s, economists have shown a growing interest in identifying, assessing and alleviating persistent problems of economic stagnation, material poverty and hunger, vulnerability to shocks and unsatisfactory quality of life. For a long time, classical political economists were involved in the discussion about the main quantum leap in economic development, the Industrial Revolution. It spread only slowly from its initial base in North West Europe and it was only during recent decades that it reached large sections of what was once called “the Third World”. It opened up enormous income gaps between regions, known as the “Great Divergence” in international living standards, but fuelled also varied processes of “catching up”. The history of economic thought is full of contributions to debates about the Great Divergence and partial convergence, about their causes and consequences and about strategies to address and resolve the problems of underdevelopment. Special attention will be granted to proposals that aim to explore how economists have understood the role of economic and other factors in development and in the processes of catching up. Examples include:

Young Scholars Seminar 2021

ESHET invites young scholars -- persons currently enrolled in a PhD, or who have been awarded a PhD no more than two years prior to the date of the relevant ESHET conference (and regardless of age) -- to submit their work to the Young Scholars Seminar to be held on the occasion of the ESHET Conference hosted by the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, 27-29 May 2021. Papers co-authored by PhD supervisors or other senior researchers are not eligible.

The grants for the scholars selected to the Young Scholars Seminar are sponsored by the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Up to six submissions will be selected: The travel expenses will be covered up to €300, the accommodation costs up to €80/night for three nights, and no registration fee will be charged. Moreover, the grantee scholars will be invited to the conference dinner. The authors of the selected papers will have 20 minutes each to present the paper, and a senior scholar will discuss it. Papers may be on any topic relevant to the history of economics, and are not restricted to the conference theme.

ESHET encourages young scholars to participate in the conference. A one-year ESHET membership is offered to all young scholars who submit a paper. Papers that have not been selected for the grant will be considered for presentation at other ESHET 2021 conference sessions. Candidates should e-mail a paper no longer than 9000 words to Professors SYLVIE RIVOT (rivot@unistra.fr) and CHRISTIAN GEHRKE (christian.gehrke@uni-graz.at). Please include documentation of your (and your co-authors’) position vis-à-vis your PhD, and indicate in the subject of your e-mail: For Young Scholar Seminar.

Submission Deadline: 18 January 2021 (for ESHET)

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2021 (for Young Scholars Seminar)

Historical Materialism: Special Issue on "Marxism and anti-Semitism today"

Historical Materialism invites contributions to a special issue on "Marxism and anti-Semitism today".

The question of anti-Semitism has been at the forefront of much political discussion and debate in recent years. We are seeing the rise of a new wave of anti-Semitism - not only driven by the street fighting far right, but in close proximity to the Trump presidency and part of the arsenal of those in power in Hungary. An outspoken anti-Semitic right has again become more visible across Western societies as part of the rise of racism and the far right across the board. It is virulent and dangerous. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories target finance, ‘globalists’, and shadowy groups who run the world as responsible for the systemic crises of capitalism, inequality, and war. Violence against Jews in the street intensifies, synagogues are defaced and assualted, while anti-Semitic theories multiply online and manifest themselves outside the circles of the classic neonazi margins. Much of the new right which develops these ideas does so while proudly supporting Zionism in the Middle East.

States, politicians, and think-tanks across the West have repeatedly raised alarm bells at the danger of growing anti-Semitism and vowed to stamp it out. Simultaneously, attacks against such groups as Black, Asian, and Muslim communities alongside migrants and travellers are ramped up. Yet, for many years now, such groups are accused of being the carriers of a ‘new’ anti-Semitism. This ‘new anti-Semitism’ is claimed to be dangerously vigorous, different from the ‘old’, European, and supposedly declining anti-Semitism.

However, far from doing so with the aim of tackling growing anti-Semitic violence or the rise of the far right, such warnings - and the policies accompanying them - have instead weaponised it to attack Palestinian liberation, Muslim populations in the West, as well as the left. Criticism of zionist policies increasingly tends to be labelled anti-Semitic as zionism is declared to be essential to Jewish identity. This approach has most recently been demonstrated in the campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and the left of the Labour Party but has certainly not been limited to it. Bills aiming to criminalise the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, for example, in France, across the US, in Germany and the UK, amongst others, have instrumentalised opposition to anti-Semitism in doing so. Such weaponisation of the charge of anti-Semitism has been effective in silencing critics of zionism while perversely perpetuating the classic anti-Semitic trope that identifes all Jews with the Israeli state.

While it is already challenging to address the growing danger of anti-Semitism, and combine it with a principled rejection of Zionism, practical solidarity with the Palestinian people, and a defence of left-wing leaders and militants targeted by deligitimisation campaigns, the task is made all the harder for the left by a lack of analytical clarity.

Little of substance has been written on the subject despite its centrality to public discourse over the last few years. The left remains caught between polemics, the immediacy of solidarity campaigns, and the fear of being targeted in return. The critique of contemporary anti-Semitism is neglected.

The Marxist tradition, from Marx himself alongside Trotsky, the writings of the Bund, and Abrahm Leon’s classic study, has historically analysed and debated what it called ‘the Jewish Question’ in great detail. Such studies attempted to provide materialist analyses of the position of Jewish communities, of the roots and effects of anti-Semitism, and to link the struggle against anti-Semitism with other movements for emancipation.

These contributions, however, while remaining methodologically important, tell us little about the present. The class composition, political commitment, and sociological make up of Jewish populations has dramatically been altered in the intervening decades. The twin disasters of the Holocaust and the Nakba have redrawn the countours of Jewish political life and transformed its global geographical focus, whilst the overall socio-economic position of Jewish communities in the West has changed considerably.

If Marxists are to understand, and act upon, the new rise in anti-Semitic violence across the West today, while developing the tools to oppose the instrumentalization of the charge of anti-Semitism against internationalist, pro-Palestinian, and anti-imperialist politics, it is crucial to develop analyses that make sense of the transformations mentioned above.

Areas of interests include (but are not limited to):

Please send a 300-word abstract via mail.

Submission Deadline: 11 December 2020

History of Economic Thought Diversity Caucus Online Conference (online, May 2021)

24-26 May 2021 | online

The 1st History of Economic Thought Diversity Caucus Online Conference will be held via Zoom, May 24-26, 2021, in advance of the annual meetings of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET). Our goal is to spread sessions out over several days in order to include speakers and audience members across multiple continents, and several time zones.

We seek contributions that address topics, themes, personae, and institutions that typically, and too often, go unaddressed in professional forums. We are especially interested in contributions that explore the meaning of diversity, pluralism, and inclusion for the history of economic thought and related fields, and its significance for practitioners in these fields.

Papers scheduled to be presented at either the ESHET or History of Economics Society conferences are eligible for the Diversity Caucus Conference. A selection of papers presented at the Diversity Caucus Conference may be published (in English) in Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, subject to peer review.

Possible Topics:




If you would like to present at the Conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to diversityhet@gmail.com. Co-authored papers are encouraged.

Abstracts in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and Japanese will be considered, but we ask that speakers either present in English or provide English-language presentation materials (e.g., Powerpoint slides, a translated manuscript), in order to facilitate communication and discussion.

Submission Deadline: 1 March 2021

Manuscripts for Article Collection on "Citizen Science and Social Innovation: Mutual Relations, Barriers, Needs, and Development Factors"

In collaboration with the Open Access journals of Frontiers the editors Andrzej Klimczuk, Egle Butkeviciene and Minela Kerla are bringing together a selected group of international experts to contribute to an article collection on: "Citizen Science and Social Innovation: Mutual Relations, Barriers, Needs, and Development Factors".

Social innovations are usually understood as new ideas, initiatives, or solutions that make it possible to meet the challenges of societies in fields such as social security, education, employment, culture, health, environment, housing, and economic development. On the one hand, many citizen science activities serve to achieve scientific as well as social and educational goals. Thus, these actions are opening an arena for introducing social innovations. On the other hand, some social innovations are further developed, adapted, or altered after the involvement of scientist-supervised citizens (laypeople or volunteers) in research and with the use of the citizen science tools and methods such as action research, crowdsourcing, and community-based participatory research. Such approaches are increasingly recognized as crucial for gathering data, addressing community needs, and creating engagement and cooperation between citizens and professional scientists. However, there are also various barriers to both citizen science and social innovation. For example, management, quality and protection of data, funding difficulties, non-recognition of citizens’ contributions, and limited inclusion of innovative research approaches in public policies.

In this Research Topic, we want to open theoretical as well as empirically-based discussion, including examples, practices, and case studies of at least three types of relations between citizen science and social innovation: (1) domination of the citizen science features over social innovation aspects; (2) domination of the social innovation features over the citizen science aspects; and (3) the ways to achieve balance and integration between the social innovation and citizen science features. Each of these relationships highlights factors that influence the development of the main scales of sustainability of innovations in the practice. These innovations are contributing to a new paradigm of learning and sharing knowledge as well as interactions and socio-psychological development of participants. Also, there are factors that influence the development of platforms, ecosystems, and sustainability of innovations such as broad use of the information and communications technologies (ICTs) including robotics and automation; emerging healthcare and health promotion models; advancements in the development and governance of smart, green, inclusive and age-friendly cities and communities; new online learning centers; agri-food, cohousing or mobility platforms; and engagement of citizens into co-creation or co-production of services delivered by public, private, non-governmental (NGOs) organizations as well as non-formal entities.

We welcome researchers from areas such as sociology, psychology, pedagogy, educational sciences, public policy, economics, management, public health, communication, computer science, environmental science, urban science, and geography. Reviews and papers on philosophical and ethical issues are also welcome. All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review. Participating Journals - manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following journals:

Visit the collection homepage for the full description of the project and online submission of manuscripts.

Submission Deadline: 15 December 2020

Manuscripts for Article Collection on "Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Socio-Economic Systems in the Post-Pandemic World"

In collaboration with the Open Access journals of Frontiers (www.frontiersin.org) the editors Andrzej Klimczuk, Eva Berde, Delali A. Dovie, Magdalena Klimczuk-Kochańska and Gabriella Spinelli are bringing together a selected group of international experts to contribute to an article collection on: "Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Socio-Economic Systems in the Post-Pandemic World: Design Thinking, Strategic Planning, Management, and Public Policy"

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease that was first recognized in China in late 2019. Among the primary effects caused by the pandemic, there was the dissemination of health preventive measures such as physical distancing, travel restrictions, self-isolation, quarantines, and facility closures. This includes the global disruption of socio-economic systems including the postponement or cancellation of various public events (e.g., sporting, cultural, or religious), supply shortages and fears of the same, schools and universities closure, evacuation of foreign citizens, a rise of unemployment, changes in the international aid schemes, misinformation, and incidents of discrimination toward people affected by or suspected of having the COVID-19 disease.

The pandemic has brought to the fore unpreparedness in critical areas that require attention, amid prospects and challenges. Moreover, considerable reorganization efforts are required with implications for assets, resources, norms, and value systems. COVID-19 is challenging the concept of globalization and stimulating responses at the levels of local and regional socio-economic systems that lead to the mobilization of assets that have been unrecognized earlier on, such as various forms of economic capital, social capital, cultural capital, human capital, and creative capital. For example, through digital channels, local groups are forming to create schemes of support for physical and mental wellbeing. These emerging exchanges lead to various social and technological innovations by building on skills and assets that are less important in the free-market economy, such as empathy, skills for crafts, making and fixing; locally grown microgreens; and micromanufacturing. Isolation and local living are also making it much harder to ignore the civic responsibilities towards communities, meant as individuals, vulnerable groups, and local businesses. Whilst the pandemic is limiting physical participation, this challenging time is uncovering alternative ways of mutual support, which may create long-term benefits for socio-economic systems, including environmental and biodiversity protection, reduction of the air pollution, and climate action.

The pandemic’s threat to public health will hopefully be overcome with implications for disruption for an extended period that we are unable to forecast at this stage. It is key to focus on studies recognizing the activities and interventions leading to the recovery of socio-economic systems after the pandemic. Reflecting and planning on how societies and economies will go back to “business as usual” requires new forms of communication and cooperation, imaginative design thinking, new styles of management, as well as new tools and forms of participation in various public policies. Many questions related to the care of the vulnerable, economic restart, and the risk of future pandemics, to mention but a few, are already occupying the academic, scientific, experts, and activist communities, who have started to imagine the “new normal.”

Participating Journals - manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following journals:

Visit the collection homepage for the full description of the project and online submission of manuscripts.

Submission Deadline: 15 December 2020

Manuscripts for Article Collection on "Social, Technological and Health Innovation: Opportunities and Limitations for Social Policy, Health Policy, and Environmental Policy"

In collaboration with the Open Access journals of Frontiers (www.frontiersin.org) the editors Andrzej Klimczuk, Magdalena Klimczuk-Kochańska and Jorge Felix are bringing together a selected group of international experts to contribute to an article collection on: "Social, Technological and Health Innovation: Opportunities and Limitations for the Social Policy, Health Policy, and Environmental Policy"

This Research Topic will focus on both strengths and weaknesses of social innovation, technological innovation, and health innovation that are increasingly recognized as crucial concepts related to the formulation of responses to the social, health, and environmental challenges. Goals of this Research Topic: (1) to identify and share the best recent practices and innovations related to social, environmental and health policies; (2) to debate on relevant governance modes, management tools as well as evaluation and impact assessment techniques; (3) to discuss dilemmas in the fields of management, financing, designing, implementing, testing, and maintaining the sustainability of innovative models of delivering social, health and care services; and (4) to recognize and analyze social, technological and health innovation that has emerged or has been scaled-up to respond to crisis situations, for example, a pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.

This Research Topic welcomes papers that will provide both theoretical and empirical findings. Potential issues include, but are not limited to:

We welcome researchers from areas such as sociology, psychology, public policy, economics, management, public health, communication, environmental science, geography, and urban science. Reviews and papers on philosophical and ethical issues are also welcome. Participating Journals - manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following journals:

Visit the collection homepage for the full description of the project and online submission of manuscripts.

Submission Deadline: 13 December 2020

Public Policy Studies Journal: Special Issue on "Elections in a Democratic Rule of Law State During a Pandemic Sanitary Regime as a Challenge for Public Policy"

The scientific Journal Public Policy Studies published at the Collegium of Socio-Economics of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, announces the Call for Papers for the Special Issue on social problems related to elections during the COVID-19 pandemic: "Elections in a Democratic Rule of Law State During a Pandemic Sanitary Regime as a Challenge for Public Policy"

Elections were, are, and will be one of the key elements for the functioning of a democratic state. This does not mean that elections themselves, their environment, and the legal regulations related to them must remain unchanged. However, it is important for these transformations to be adequate to the evolving technological solutions, social conditions, and for that elections to be prepared in a rational, professional, lawful and timely manner so that they can be adapted to the system.

In recent years, the nature of the election administration has been radically reformed in various countries. The possibilities of conducting an election campaign and its financing have been significantly reorganized. Nowadays, we are faced with complex challenges resulting, for example, from the transfer on-line of a large part of the activity related to creating political reality, the choices made by citizens, or searching for information. The changes and progress that we have been dealing with in recent years in this matter are not merely technological; they are civilizational. Those phenomena pose challenges that go far beyond the commonly available heuristics and the cognitive apparatus at our disposal. We face an extreme asymmetry of competencies and access to information between representatives of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and other entities involved in the political choices. As a result, not only voters but also public administration is not prepared for the change that is taking place.

As it turned out, no one was prepared for the events that took place at the beginning of the 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic, which affected in one way or another almost everyone, additionally complicated the situation and acted as a catalyst, accelerating some already ongoing political and social processes. It also left a decisive mark on the election processes that took place at that time or that were to take place, and as a result, were postponed to another date. In those countries where it was decided to hold elections, they were of a different nature than before. Lawmakers in many countries have made, often significant, changes to the electoral law. In some cases, even episodic (one-off) legal regulations have been created, sometimes prepared in disregard of customary good practices in planning public activities related to such a fundamental issue as the administration of the election process, and in a manner that may raise reservations from the perspective of the norms of a democratic rule of law state. The pandemic, in matters related to the elections, forced state authorities to take measures aimed primarily at ensuring the safety of voters, the staff of election commissions and election administration employees. It also contributed to a decisive reorganization of the election campaigns, including its more dynamic and wider transfer to the digital world. All this, combined with the militarization of information, has led to the emergence of serious risks, including for the safety of elections and the quality of political systems in democratic states.

Bearing in mind the above issues, we invite you to submit proposals of texts focused on various aspects of the broadly understood electoral process in terms of public policy, in particular:

Submission Procedure

Proposed topics should be sent to the thematic editors of the issue: Tomasz Gąsior and Jan Misiuna. Authors should submit manuscripts to the journal “Public Policy Studies” via the Open Journal Systems website

Texts should be in Word (.docx) format and consist of up to max 40 000 characters. All texts undergo a review process (double-blind peer-review). Articles are published in Open Access under the CC BY 4.0 licence (authors retain the copyright). Editing and publication of articles in “Public Policy Studies” are free of charge. Fees or Article Processing Charges (APCs) are not requested from the authors at any point of the peer review and publication. Manuscripts should include the following elements:

More information for authors is available on the journal’s website from the editors of the Special Issue.

Submission Deadline: 6 January 2021

Review of Evolutionary Political Economy (REPE): Special Issue on "Agent-based macroeconomics in era of global crises: Innovative policy measures for an adaptive resilient economy"

Review of Evolutionary Political Economy calls for Papers on the Special Issue "Agent-based macroeconomics in era of global crises: Innovative policy measures for an adaptive resilient economy".

Background & objectives

We are entering the third decade of the XXIst century with profound uncertainties. Some ongoing processes are expected to progress in the years to come, constituting crucial challenges for the "economics" discipline. First, the climate change issue will need a relevant mobilization of resources to foster the ecological transition, with far-reaching consequences on our business and financial landscapes, still mostly addicted to fossil fuels. Second, the digital transformation could result in tremendous productivity gains but also in widespread unemployment crises. Third, the recent COVID emergency has emphasized the importance to carefully consider the impact of human activity on our ecosystems, which goes well beyond carbon emissions and could increase the likelihood of virus spillovers. Furthermore, the necessity to maintain economic activity alive during lockdown has surely accelerated the digitalization of most services and routine-based jobs. Finally, there remain relevant questions on a sustainable and inclusive growth able to face demographic changes and migration patterns with the aim to enhance the awareness on opportunities, risks and impacts of policy measures and regulations.

The agent-based approach in economics is well equipped to tackle these topics, because of its capacity to integrate the "micro" and "macro" aspects by modelling the network of interactions among the economic agents (thus also offering access to the "meso" dimensions), and their aggregated outcomes. The objectives of the special issue are to collect and present state-of-the-art contributions in the field, which are able to provide both novel theoretical foundations and relevant policy advices to cope with the big issues outlined above. The rationale of this editorial initiative is that a modeling approach that is able to encompass (i) endogenous shocks, agents' heterogeneity, (ii) non-market interactions, and (iii) out-of-equilibrium dynamics, is best suited to study complex evolutionary processes. These processes are characterized by feedback loops, such as the one between the economy and the environment, tipping points, such as the ones in climate change dynamics, the distributive impact of different climate and welfare policies, and the emergence of phenomena at the aggregate level, which are not obvious from micro behavior. Finally, the agent-based approach seems to be suitable to study the economic effects of epidemics, as contagion dynamics is, by its very nature, based on direct interactions within a network. Possible research questions are outlined below.

Exemplary research questions:

Guest editors: Silvano Cincotti, (University of Genoa - silvano.cincotti@unige.it) Marco Raberto, (University of Genoa - marco.raberto@unige.it), Andrea Teglio (Ca'
Foscari University of Venice - andrea.teglio@unive.it)

Please submit your manuscript online and visit the website for further information.

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2021

Sustainability Journal: Special Issue on "Ethics of Climate Adaption"

The peer-reviewed and open access journal sustainability invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue devoted to "Ethics of Climate Adaption".

It is now widely accepted by climate scientists that climate change requires both mitigation actions to reduce climate change and adaptation to cope with its effects, such as increased droughts, heat waves, and flooding. In recent years, resilience has emerged as one of the leading paradigms for adaptation policies. These policies prompt important ethical questions. First, climate adaptation and resilience policies establish a role division in terms of who has to do what, with that settling questions about which parties are included and excluded, and which parties are beneficiaries, victimized, and forgotten. These policies confront us with strong queries about social justice and responsibility, necessitating critical reflection. Second, addressing the different effects of climate change may require conflicting interventions. For example, strategies to prevent flooding may conflict with drought strategies or ecological objectives. This prompts questions about how to reconcile or prioritize these different interventions and about whose claims to acknowledge. Additionally, addressing issues of climate change involves a long-term planning orientation taking place at different territorial scales. This may shift the focus away from the everyday environmental justice struggles that local communities are currently struggling with. Third, climate adaptation policies demand new kinds of solutions, which to a large extent are informed by scientific expertise. The way these science-based activities affect matters of social justice often seem to focus mainly on the effectiveness of policies instead of their legitimacy. This calls for critical analysis of the interwoven character of scientific knowledge development, policy-making, and societal impacts, and particularly the epistemic injustices that emerge when local knowledge is dismissed.

This Special Issue aims to address the different ethical questions raised by climate adaptation from a multidisciplinary angle. We especially welcome papers on the following topics:

For more information please visit the official website.

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2021

Call for Participants

GLOBE International Relations Winter School (online, Feb. 2021)

10-11 February 2021 | online

In response to the recent evolution of the pandemic situation, University of Lausanne GLOBE - International Relations winter school will be held in an online format on 10-11 February, 2021. Although we are saddened that we cannot maintain the event in the Swiss Alps in Leysin as planned, we have developed a unique online format to maximize the interactive aspect of the event. To keep the usual informal and joyful atmosphere of the school, there will be a dedicated platform for the aperitif at the end of each day.

More information on the program as well as the link to the registration platform can be found here.

Due to the new online format, we won’t be able to grant 3.5 ECTS as planned. However, this change of format allows us to lower the participation fees to CHF 50.-.We are accepting applications until 21 December, 2020. Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact me or the UNIL Summer and Winter Schools Team.

Application Deadline: 21 December 2020

Graz Schumpeter Center: Workshop on "Modelling the spread and impact of the coronavirus" (online, Dec 2020)

9 - 10 December 2020 | online

The Graz Schumpeter Centre is organizing an online workshop on "Modelling the spread and impact of the coronavirus" with invited international experts.

Separate sessions are dedicated to:

The workshop will take place online on Wednesday 9th December and Thursday 10th December via WebEx. Participation is for free.

More information can be found at the Graz Schumpeter Centre.

WINIR Debate: "The Great Enrichment: Did Institutions Matter?" (online, Dec. 2020)

15 December 2020 | online, 15:00-16:30 GMT

On the 15th of December a debate with Deirdre N. McCloskey and Geoffrey M. Hodgson which is moderated by Marin Andersson is taking place. The theme of the discussion is: "The Great Enrichment: Did Institutions Matter?" The event is hosted by the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research.

For registration please follow the link.

Job Postings

Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

PhD-candidate in computational economics / complex systems

Part-time paid position for a PhD student in computational economics / complex systems in economics at Chemnitz University of Technology (Chair for Microeconomics).

All details can be found here or here (in German).

Cusanus University, Germany

job title: Two Research Assistant Positions on Sustainable Finance

Cusanus University for Social Design is offering two Research Assistant positions (50/80%) in a new research project on sustainable finance. The project will start on february 1st 2021 an will be be headed by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Loske. Further information (in German) can be found here.

Manitoba, Canada

Job title: full-time Instructor in Heterodox Economics and Political Economy


The Economics and Society Stream of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time probationary appointment at the rank of Instructor 1 in Heterodox Economics and Political Economy. A PhD (or ABD) in Economics, or a related discipline, is required. The candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and have a specialization in heterodox economics and political economy. Responsibilities will include undergraduate teaching in one or more delivery modes, including in-person instruction and service-related activities.

The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest, most comprehensive post-secondary educational institution. More than 28,000 students from all over the world currently study in a wide range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, the creative arts, and the professions. The Economics Department is a vibrant environment with 600 undergraduate majors, as well as active MA and PhD programs.

The appointment may begin on or after July 1, 2021. The salary for the position will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Application for this position must include a letter of application and a curriculum vita. As well, three confidential letters of reference must be received directly from the applicant’s referees. Candidates should also include a recent research paper and evidence of effective teaching, such as teaching evaluations and sample course outlines. Applications and confidential references should be sent electronically to ECONSOCI@umanitoba.ca. The deadline for applications to receive full consideration will be January 4, 2021 with the application process remaining open until the position is filled. Further information concerning the Department of Economics may be obtained here. or by e-mailing your questions to ECONSOCI@umanitoba.ca.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Province of Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Application Deadline: 4 January 2021

University of Bayreuth, Germany

job title: Full Professor of Global Political Economy

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Bayreuth is currently seeking to appoint a Full Professor of Global Political Economy at pay grade W 3 (minimum salary per month: 7,217 euros) to commence on 1 October 2021. This is a permanent civil service position.

Applicants will represent the entire field of Global Political Economy. They will have a degree in political science or similar and will demonstrate expertise in the fields of Global Governance and/or Global Political Economy through an excellent publication record, in particular in highly ranked international journals. Very good international contacts and participation in international research networks are expected. Professional experience in international organizations is desirable. The willingness to cooperate on an interdisciplinary basis is expected. The professorship will be involved in the focus area Governance & Responsibility within the framework of the University’s Strategy and Development Plan (Step 2025) and will participate in the expansion of the BA and MA programmes Philosophy & Economics. This will be coordinated with the integration of political science aspects into the degree programmes Culture & Society and African Culture & Society and will include teaching responsibilities in the master’s degrees Development Studies and History & Economics. The ability to teach in English is expected.

In addition to the general administrative requirements, prerequisites for this position are a university degree, a doctoral degree, proven excellence in teaching and a post-doctoral qualification to teach at a professorial level (Habilitation). Alternatively, evidence of equivalent scholarly achievement, for example as a junior professor or in a non-university environment, will also be considered. Only applicants who are 51 years of age or younger can be hired as civil servants. Exceptions will only be made if there are urgent reasons for doing so.

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club Family at University, and it offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Applications (CV, outlining education and academic career, list of publications, list of courses taught, experience obtaining external funding, as well as copies of all diplomas and certificates) are to be submitted electronically to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Jan-Otmar Hesse, via https://uni-bayreuth.berufungsportal.de. Applicants are welcome to direct questions and requests for further information to the Dean at dekanat.kuwi@uni-bayreuth.de.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2021

University of Cambridge, UK (1/2)

job title: University Lectureship in the Political Economy of Development

The Department of Politics and International Studies is seeking to appoint a permanent University Lecturer (i.e. Assistant Professor) in the Political Economy of Development, based in the Centre of Development Studies, from 1st September 2021. The salary range is £41,526-£52,559.

The successful candidates will have a record of world-class research and publications commensurate with the international reputation of the University of Cambridge. Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to the development, delivery, supervision and assessment of courses in Political Economy (broadly conceived) in the MPhil in Development Studies, as well as supplementary teaching at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates should also demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the self-governance and administration of the Centre and the Department.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Please see the Further Particulars online for additional specifics on the position. Further information about the Centre and the Department can be found here and here. Applications should be made online, references will be requested from short-listed candidates. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in the Department.

How to apply

Click the 'Apply' button on the online portal to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online. Enquiries can be made to the chair of the committee Prof. Jason Sharman. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled after the application close date. Enquiries about applications should be addressed to Ms Louisa Bailey. Please quote reference UC24186 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline: 1 January 2021

University of Cambridge, UK (2/2)

job title: Unestablished Lecturer in Development Studies (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

The Department of Politics and International Studies is seeking to appoint three 3-year University Lecturers (i.e. Assistant Professors) in Development Studies, based in the Centre of Development Studies, from 1st September 2021. The salary range is £41,526-£52,559. The successful candidates will have a record of world-class research and publications commensurate with the international reputation of the University of Cambridge.

Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to the development, delivery, supervision and assessment of courses in the interdisciplinary MPhil in Development Studies, as well as supplementary teaching at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates should also demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the self-governance and administration of the Centre and the Department.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Please see the Further Particulars online for additional specifics on the position. Further information about the Centre and the Department can be found here and here.

How to apply

Applications should be made online, references will be requested from short-listed candidates. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in the Department. Click the 'Apply' button to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Enquiries can be made to the chair of the committee Prof. Jason Sharman. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled after the application close date. Enquiries about applications should be addressed to Ms Louisa Bailey. Please quote reference UC24373 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline: 1 January 2021

University of Oxford, UK

job title: 2 Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Professor Dariusz Wojcik of the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University would asked us to advertise two openings for post-doctoral research associates in his project on Finance and Geography:

We are seeking to appoint two Research Associates to work on the project ‘Cities in Global Financial Networks: Financial and Business Services and Development in the 21st Century’, funded by the European Research Council. CityNet is a frontier research project investigating the nature and dynamics of Financial and Business Services and their implications for the world economy. The project investigates the processes of financialisation, globalisation, urbanisation and development in the context of tumultuous changes of the early 21st century, including the global financial crisis, shift of economic activity to Asia-Pacific, digital revolution, and Brexit. The successful candidate will contribute to a team working on a large and exciting project on the cutting edge of financial geography.

Duties include qualitative and quantitative analysis of the Financial and Business Services sector activities, including the development of new financial technology and reviewing, adopting and refining existing theories and methodologies. You will work in a research team contributing to the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of financial geography by publishing working papers, journal articles, policy and strategy reports, with opportunities to present at international conferences and seminars. You will contribute to the creation of the Atlas of Finance. You will also promote the project through Internet, social media and using the platform of the Global Network on Financial Geography, chaired by Professor Wójcik.

You will hold, or be close to completing, a PhD in economic geography, business studies, economics, data science, sociology, anthropology, political science or other discipline relevant to the project, have skills in quantitative analysis (statistics and /or econometrics), and a strong interest in finance and business services, as well as financial technology. Experience of working with spatial datasets (e.g. GIS, ArcGIS) is required. A track record of peer-reviewed publications on relevant topics is essential. The appointments will be available from 1 February 2021, initially until 31 January 2022 (with possible extension of up to 6 months depending on funder approval).

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who identify as female or BAME, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. SoGE is committed to equality and values diversity. Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 2 December 2020, and interviews will be held in mid-December 2020.

For further information and application plase visit this weblink.

Application Deadline: 2 December 2020

University of Strasbourg, France

job title: post-doc position in Economics (max 2 years)

Research Project: Artificial Intelligence in the scientific system: Diffusion and impacts

Over the last decade the interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotisation have been growing extensively, among decision makers, both private and public, as well as among economists.Most of the economic analysis, however, focus on the effects of these technologies on economic growth, on the labour market and productivity dynamics, changes in skills, and inequality and discrimination. Beyond these traditional issues raised by technological changes, AI may also entail profound changes in the structure of scientific systems. Hence, several aspects are influenced by the diffusion of AI in scientific practices, such as changes in team composition, public-private relations, speed and rate of technological breakthroughs and innovations.

The project, to which the post-doc position is attached, aims at completing our understanding of the diffusion of AI in science and its consequences on the process of scientific development. The overarching goal is to add some new insights into the broader question of the mechanisms through which the adoption of AI shapes the process of knowledge creation and dissemination. The targeted outcomes of the project are to provide original theoretical frames, based on the collected empirical evidence, to define and support sounder policy actions in the sphere of science, technology and innovation.

Three main and interrelated themes of interest

1. Humans vs. Machines in the production of Science: The adoption of intelligent machines as research tool jeopardies a wide range of research tasks traditionally taken over by humans, either through a drastic drop in the cost of performing these tasks or by outperforming the human scientists. As a research tool, intelligent machines therefore question the structure and organisation of the process of production of science knowledge itself. Beyond the idea that machines can trigger short-term substitution towards capital, growing evidences show that while some tasks may be suitable for automation others may not, transforming both the nature of tasks and the corresponding skills required to produce scientific knowledge. The overall outcome on employment in science becomes more complex to address. Whether or not such a substitution effect is occurring therefore requires theoretical and empirical investigation.

2. Humans and Machines in organising Science: AI systems and robots have traditionally been used in laboratories to automate low-level repetitive tasks, such as cleaning or replacing consumables. Today human-machine relations can occur at various levels, entailing more profound actions such as deciding what to investigate, structuring a problem and interpreting experimental results. The project aims to contribute to the economics and sociology of science domain, mainly on the long-standing theoretical debate on which structures of scientific teams (i.e., size, interdisciplinary, public-private collaboration) are most conducive to more novel and high-impact science when AI becomes a major research tool.

3. AI knowledge hubs: Previous research documents a surge of AI knowledge hubs in different regions of the world, with a strong heterogeneity in terms of research focus (e.g. machine learning methods, healthcare applications), but little is known about what factors may explain the emergence of these hubs. Another intriguing aspect is the divergence between publication and patenting activities in the sphere of AI. The project aims to explain the factors underpinning these dynamics, including an attempt to establish a causal link between the convergence of science and technology.

Work environment

The candidate is expected to contribute to this project in collaboration with prof. Stefano Bianchini (project coordinator), prof. Andr ́e Lorentz (project partner – themes 1 and 2) and
prof. Lorenzo Cassi (project partner – theme 3). Throughout the different phases of the project, guidance and research support will be guaranteed, including on the theoretical, methodological and empirical analysis, on the policy implications and drafting of the resulting papers. The candidate will be affiliated to the Bureau d’Economie Th ́eorique et Appliqu ́ee (BETA). BETA is a joint research unit of the CNRS, the University of Strasbourg, the University of Lorraine, INRAE and AgroParisTech. BETA is located on five sites: Strasbourg, Nancy, Metz, Colmar and Mulhouse. Since the inception of the lab, the research conducted at BETA has been guided by the wish to articulate the theoretical aspects and applications of research in economics and management.

Beneficiaries of multiple research contracts with public authorities and private partners, BETA members target their work to the scientific community, but also to policy-makers and the general public. The staff is composed of more than two hundred members, including about a hundred researchers, fifty doctoral students, twenty engineers and administrative personnel. Within BETA, the candidate will be integrated in the Creativity, Science and Innovation (CSI) research group in Strasbourg. This group promotes research in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and technological change, as well as the measurement of economic and societal impacts of innovation and science. Researchers in this group are renown for their work on evolutionary economics, economics of science, communities and organisational routines. Ongoing projects focus on the links between digital transformation and productivity, management of intellectual property and creativity. For further information visit the official website.

Other activities: International missions should be planned at least once a year to participate in conferences and/or to present the work in progress. The candidate could also be marginally involved in teaching activities within the major DS2E (Data Science for Economics and Business) or major EMI (Economics and Management ofInnovation) of the Master in Economic Analysis and Policy of the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Strasbourg.


The candidate must hold a PhD in economics preferably in the fields of economics of innovation and/or economics of science. The position requires a solid background in economic modelling. The candidate should demonstrate prior experience in agent-based computational economics. Knowledge in data science, econometrics and programming skills (R and/or Python) represent a valuable asset. Knowledge of French language is not required, but excellent ability to speak and write in English is compulsory.

The net salary is in line with the French post-doc position (2,160 € per month). The candidate should be available to start early 2021. The post-doc position is funded by an
ANR project and cannot exceed two years. Applications consisting in a cover letter focusing on their interest and possible contribution to the project together with a curriculum vitae and a detailed list of publications must be sent to Stefano Bianchini (s.bianchini@unistra.fr), Andr ́e Lorentz (alorentz@unistra.fr), and Lorenzo Cassi (Lorenzo.Cassi@univ-paris1.fr).

Application Deadline: 12 December 2020


Call for Nomination: Alice Amsden Book Award (SASE)

The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) invites nominations for its Alice Amsden Book Award for an outstanding scholarly book that breaks new ground in the study of socio-economics. Eligible books must have a 2019 or 2020 first edition publication date and cannot be edited volumes.

Only current SASE members are invited to nominate a book for the prize, and authors are welcome to nominate their own work. To nominate a book, please send 4 hard copies to the SASE office at the address listed below by January 25, 2021. Alternatively, and preferably, you may send an ebook directly to the committee at this email address.

SASE members who wish to submit a book for consideration must include a brief nomination letter that states how the book contributes to SASE’s intellectual mission. All books/submissions must be in English. Please note that achieving diversity and inclusion is a priority for SASE. Please direct any inquiries to Chair Leslie McCall.

2020-2021 Committee Members: Leslie McCall (chair), Gernot Grabher, Matthew Amengual and Margarita Estevez-Abe

Winner Announcement: Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize

Winner of the Deutscher Memorial Prize 2020:

Twenty years ago, John Bellamy Foster’s Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature introduced a new understanding of Karl Marx’s revolutionary ecological materialism. More than simply a study of Marx, it commenced an intellectual and social history, encompassing thinkers from Epicurus to Darwin, who developed materialist and ecological ideas. Now, with The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology, Foster continues this narrative. In so doing, he uncovers a long history of efforts to unite issues of social justice and environmental sustainability that will help us comprehend and counter today’s unprecedented planetary emergencies.

The Return of Nature begins with the deaths of Darwin (1882) and Marx (1883) and moves on until the rise of the ecological age in the 1960s and 1970s. Foster explores how socialist analysts and materialist scientists of various stamps, first in Britain, then the United States, from William Morris and Frederick Engels to Joseph Needham, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Jay Gould, sought to develop a dialectical naturalism, rooted in a critique of capitalism. In the process, he delivers a far-reaching and fascinating reinterpretation of the radical and socialist origins of ecology. Ultimately, what this book asks for is nothing short of revolution: a long, ecological revolution, aimed at making peace with the planet while meeting collective human needs. Please find further information about the prize here.


Cambridge Journal of Economics 44 (6)

Paul Lagneau-Ymonet; Bénédicte Reynaud: The making of a category of economic understanding in Great Britain (1880–1931): ‘the unemployed’

Hwan Joo Seo; Sung Jin Kang; Yong Jun Baek: Managerial myopia and short-termism of innovation strategy: Financialisation of Korean firms

Thomas Obst; Özlem Onaran; Maria Nikolaidi: The effects of income distribution and fiscal policy on aggregate demand, investment and the budget balance: the case of Europe

David Hána; Kryštof Materna; Jiří Hasman: Winners and losers of the global beer market: European competition in the view of product life-cycle

Eduardo F Bastian; Mark Setterfield: Nominal exchange rate shocks and inflation in an open economy: towards a structuralist inflation targeting agenda

Alexander Guschanski; Engelbert Stockhammer: Are current accounts driven by cost competitiveness or asset prices? A synthetic model and an empirical test

Giorgio Caselli; Catarina Figueira; Joseph G Nellis: Ownership diversity and the risk-taking channel of monetary policy transmission

Guido Baggio: Emergence, time and sociality: comparing conceptions of process ontology

Teodoro Dario Togati: Ulysses’ journey home to Ithaca: a new metaphor for understanding the General Theory

Rod Thomas: Keynes, Kuhn and the sociology of knowledge: a comment on Pernecky and Wojick

Mark Pernecky; Paul Wojick: A response to ‘Keynes, Kuhn and the sociology of knowledge: a comment on Pernecky and Wojick’

M G Hayes: Aristotle’s geometrical accounting

Gerhard Michael Ambrosi: Reply to Hayes

Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 13(2)

Anna Davies; Gregory Hooks; Janelle Knox-Hayes ; Raoul S Liévanos: Riskscapes and the socio-spatial challenges of climate change

Iain White ; Judy Lawrence: Continuity and change in national riskscapes: a New Zealand perspective on the challenges for climate governance theory and practice

Ann R Tickamyer; Siti Kusujiarti: Riskscapes of gender, disaster and climate change in Indonesia

Jonathan Everts ; Katja Müller: Riskscapes, politics of scaling and climate change: towards the post-carbon society?

Yvonne A Braun: Environmental change, risk and vulnerability: poverty, food insecurity and HIV/AIDS amid infrastructural development and climate change in Southern Africa

Lilia Yumagulova: Disrupting the riskscapes of inequities: a case study of planning for resilience in Canada’s Metro Vancouver region

K Ravi Raman: Ecospatiality: transforming Kerala’s post-flood ‘riskscapes’

Detlef Müller-Mahn; Mar Moure; Million Gebreyes: Climate change, the politics of anticipation and future riskscapes in Africa

Jesse DiValli; Tracy Perkins: ‘They know they’re not coming back’: resilience through displacement in the riskscape of Southwest Washington, DC

Raoul S Liévanos: Racialised uneven development and multiple exposure: sea-level rise and high-risk neighbourhoods in Stockton, CA

Zac J Taylor; Jessica L Weinkle: The riskscapes of re/insurance

Capitalism Nature Socialism 31 (4)

Daniel Faber: Poisoning the World for Profit: Petro-Chemical Capital and the Global Pesticide Crisis

Mazen Labban: On the #BeirutBlast: Organized Abandonment and the Environmental Violence of Capital

Miran Kakaee: Democratic Confederalist Approaches to Addressing Patriarchal Violence Within the Justice System

Carlo E. Sica: For a Radical Green New Deal: Energy, the Means of Production, and the Capitalist State

Seth Schindler & Federico Demaria: “Garbage is Gold”: Waste-based Commodity Frontiers, Modes of Valorization and Ecological Distribution Conflicts

Melanie Samson: Whose Frontier is it Anyway? Reclaimer “Integration” and the Battle Over Johannesburg’s Waste-based Commodity Frontier

Gül Tuçaltan: Waste and Metropolitan Governance as Vehicles of Eviscerating Urbanism: A Case from Ankara

Jonathan Seth Krones: The Emergence of a Food-Waste-Based Commodity Frontier in the United States

Julia Corwin: Between Toxics and Gold: Devaluing Informal Labor in the Global Urban Mine

Elliot Sperber: The Amazon or Amazon

Competition & Change 25 (1)

Leila Davis and Özgür Orhangazi: Competition and monopoly in the U.S. economy: What do the industrial concentration data show?

Thomas Haipeter and Hyung Je Jo: Varieties of capitalism in multinational companies: A comparative study of Volkswagen Slovakia and Kia Motors Slovakia

Antonio Angelino, Mattia Tassinari, Elisa Barbieri, and Marco R Di Tommaso: Institutional and economic transition in Vietnam: Analysing the heterogeneity in firms’ perceptions of business environment constraints

Marc E Betton, J Robert Branston, and Philip R Tomlinson: Owner–manager perceptions of regulation and micro-firm performance: An exploratory view

Ji-Won Song: New wine in old bottles? Korean state actors’ policy engagement with the online gaming industry

History of Economics Review 77 (1)

Mark Donoghue : Adam Smith and the Honourable East India Company

Roy H. Grieve: Drop the Dead Donkey: A Response to Steven Kates on the Subject of Mill’s Fourth Proposition on Capital

James C. W. Ahiakpor: Disputing the Correct Interpretation of Say’s Law: A Comment on Roy Grieve’s and Steven Kates’s Arguments

Roy H. Grieve: A Response to Professor Ahiakpor, Concerning J. S. Mill, the ‘Wages-Fund’ and the Demand for Output

Steve Kates: A Note on My Missing Reply to Roy Grieve

John Hawkins: One Hundred Years Ago. The Book That Inspired the Carbon Price: Pigou’s The Economics of Welfare

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education 11 (2)

Mohammad Ashraful Ferdous Chowdhury; Yousuf Sultan; Md Mahmudul Haque: Conventional futures: a review of major issues from the Islamic finance perspective

Arne Heise: Ideology and pluralism in economics: a German view

Morris Altman: Why realism and methodological pluralism matter for robust research and public policy: perspectives from behavioural economics

Dirk Ehnts: Macroeconomics and the world economy in one lecture: a didactic primer

Martin K. Jones: Marginalism and maths teaching in introductory economics

Valerie K. Kepner: Service-learning in the undergraduate economics classroom

Gustavo Vargas Sanchez: Heterodox microeconomics: the case of corn flour in Mexico

Japanese Political Economy 46 (1): "The evolution of diverse e-money: Digital-community currencies and cryptocurrencies"

Makoto Nishibe: Good money drives out bad: Introduction to the featured section on “The evolution of diverse e-money: Digital-community currencies and cryptocurrencies

Rolf F. H. Schroeder: Beyond the veil of money: Boundaries as constitutive elements of complementary currencies

Louis-Maxime Joly: Federalism and cooperation for community currencies: Some ideas on the need for intercommunity clearing system

Juan J. Duque: State involvement in cryptocurrencies. A potential world money?

Makoto Itoh: Marx’s theory of value for socialism

Journal of Economic Methodology 27 (4)

Enrico Petracca: Neuroeconomics beyond the brain: some externalist notions of choice

Christopher Clarke: Functionalism and the role of psychology in economics

Claudius Gräbner & Birte Strunk: Pluralism in economics: its critiques and their lessons

Raphaël Fèvre: Power as an epistemological obstacle: Walter Eucken’s quest for an interest-proof economic science

Journal of Evolutionary Economics 30 (5)

Nathalie Lazaric, Pasquale Tridico, Sebastiano Fadda: Governing structural changes and sustainability through (new) institutions and organizations

Riccardo Pariboni, Pasquale Tridico: Structural change, institutions and the dynamics of labor productivity in Europe

Pier-Paolo Saviotti, Andreas Pyka¤, Bogang Jun: Diversification, structural change, and economic development

Nathalie Lazaric, Fabrice Guel, Jean Belin, Vanessa Oltra, Sébastien Lavaud, Ali Douai: Determinants of sustainable consumption in France: the importance of social influence and environmental values

Drini Imami, Klodjan Rama, Abel Polese: Informality and access to finance during socialism and transition – the case of the rotating savings and credit schemes

Chiara Perillo, Stefano Battiston: Financialization and unconventional monetary policy: a financial-network analysis

Matteo Deleidi, Walter Paternesi Meloni, Antonella Stirati: Tertiarization, productivity and aggregate demand: evidence-based policies for European countries

Claudius Gräbner, Philipp Heimberger, Jakob Kapeller, Bernhard Schütz: Structural change in times of increasing openness: assessing path dependency in European economic integration

Elisabetta Croci Angelini, Francesco Farina, Enzo Valentini: Wage and employment by skill levels in technological evolution of South and East Europe

Arne Heise, Toralf Pusch: Introducing minimum wages in Germany employment effects in a post Keynesian perspective

Review of International Political Economy 27 (6): Special Issue on "International Financial Institutions and Gendered Circuits of Labour and Violence"

Jacqui True & Aida A. Hozić: Don’t mention the war! International Financial Institutions and the gendered circuits of violence in post-conflict

Carol Cohn & Claire Duncanson: Whose recovery? IFI prescriptions for postwar states

Jennifer G. Mathers: Women, war and austerity: IFIs and the construction of gendered economic insecurities in Ukraine

Daniela Lai: What has justice got to do with it? Gender and the political economy of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vesna Bojičić-Dželilović & Aida A. Hozić: Taxing for inequalities: gender budgeting in the Western Balkans

Melissa Frances Johnston: Frontier finance: the role of microfinance in debt and violence in post-conflict Timor-Leste

Juliette Schwak: Film in an IPE classroom: for a critical pedagogy of the everyday

Ignacio Puente & Ben Ross Schneider: Business and development: how organization, ownership and networks matter

Review of Keynesian Studies (2)

The complete issue is open access and downloadable here.

Maria Cristina Marcuzzo: Mistrusting the Free-Market Economy: Keynes's Revolution in Economic Thinking

Robert W. Dimand: Keynesian Economics at the Cowles Commission

Rod O'Donnell, Maynard Keynes and William Paley: Rarely Explored Connections

Willi Semmler, Alexander Haider and Andreas Lichtenberger: The State of the Business Cycle, Financial Fragility and the Multiplier

Atsushi Naito: Nominality of Money: Theory of Credit Money and Chartalism

Toichiro Asada: Coordinated Fiscal and Monetary Stabilization Policy in the Manner of MMT: A Study by Means of Dynamic Keynesian Model

Romar Correa: Some Microeconomics of Quantum Macroeconomics

Review of Radical Political Economics 52 (4)

The David Gordon Memorial Lecture

Heather Boushey: Unbound: Releasing Inequality’s Grip on Our Economy

Katherine A. Moos: Making the Case for Equitable Growth: Comments on the 2020 David Gordon Memorial Lecture


Marlene Kim: Intersectionality and Gendered Racism in the United States: A New Theoretical Framework

Paddy Quick: The Role of Household Production in the Determination of Wages and the Process of Capitalist Production

Mario Pianta and Matteo Lucchese: Rethinking the European Green Deal: An Industrial Policy for a Just Transition in Europe

Mihnea Tudoreanu and David M. Kotz: Stable Jobs or iPhones? The Dilemma of Innovation in Socialism

Ron Baiman: Financial Bailout Spending Would Have Almost Paid for Thirty Years of Global Green New Deal Climate: Triage, Regeneration, and Mitigation


Devin T. Rafferty: The “New” Neoclassical International Political Economy of Macroprudential Regulation and Capital Controls: “Style” over “Substance”

Eduard Sobolev and Al Campbell: Present-Day Problems of Wage Remuneration in Russia

Chris O’Kane: Capital, the State, and Economic Policy: Bringing Open Marxist Critical Political Economy Back into Contemporary Heterodox Economics


Sam-Kee Cheng: Primitive Socialist Accumulation in China: An Alternative View on the Anomalies of Chinese “Capitalism”

Hyun Woong Park and Dong-Min Rieu: A Mathematical Formulation of the Dual Nature of Unproductive Labor

Gilbert L. Skillman: Moseley’s “Macro-Monetary” Reading of Capital: Rejoinder and Further Discussion

Peter Bohmer, Savvina Chowdhury, and Robin Hahnel: Reproductive Labor in a Participataory Socialist Society

Notes and Comments

Gerald Epstein: The Empirical and Institutional Limits of Modern Money Theory

Review of Social Economy 78 (4)

Special section: Intersectional Political Economy

Nancy Folbre: Manifold exploitations: toward an intersectional political economy

Debra Satz: Unfair advantage and exploitation: comments on Folbre

Regular Papers

Sasha Breger Bush & Matthew Kriese: Rethinking drugs

Philip Nel: When bribery helps the poor

Andrew Phiri & Doreen Mukuku: Does unemployment aggravate suicide rates in South Africa? Some empirical evidence

Francesco Reito: Roscas without sanctions

The European Journal of History of Economic Thought 27 (6)

André Lapidus , Jean-Sébastien Lenfant , Goulven Rubin & Hans-Michael Trautwein: Introduction

Ghislain Deleplace: Orthodox versus unorthodox views on Ricardo’s theory of money

Sofia Valeonti: Simon Newcomb’s monetary theory: a reappraisal

Anthony De Grandi & Christian Tutin: Marx and the “Minsky moment” liquidity crises and reproduction crises in Das Kapital

Emmanuel Carre & Sandrine Leloup: Threadneedle street meets Lombard street: Bagehot and central bankers in the aftermath of the great recession

Robert W. Dimand & Harald Hagemann: Jacob Marschak and the Cowles approaches to the theory of money and assets

Pierrick Clerc & Rodolphe Dos Santos Ferreira: On Keynesian Economics and the Economics of Keynes after fifty years

Jean-Bernard Chatelain & Kirsten Ralf: How macroeconomists lost control of stabilization policy: towards dark ages

Richard van den Berg & Daniel Russell: Turgot’s calculations on the effects of indirect taxation

Pedro N. Teixeira: Loose ends? Discussing human capital and the economic value of education in the first half of the twentieth century1

The Review of Black Political Economy 47 (4)

Darrick Hamilton: The Moral Burden on Economists: Darrick Hamilton’s 2017 NEA Presidential Address

Nina Banks: Black Women in the United States and Unpaid Collective Work: Theorizing the Community as a Site of Production

Melanie G. Long: Informal Borrowers and Financial Exclusion: The Invisible Unbanked at the Intersections of Race and Gender

tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 19 (1): Special Issue on "Engels@200: Friedrich Engels in the Age of Digital Capitalism"

Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique: Engels@200: Friedrich Engels in the Age of Digital Capitalism (edited by Christian Fuchs)

The journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique’s special issue “Engels@200: Friedrich Engels in the Age of Digital Capitalism” was published on the occasion of Engels’s 200th anniversary. It consists of eleven articles that outline the relevance of Engels’s works and thought for the critical analysis of digital capitalism and show the
relevance of Engels in the 21st century.

Christian Fuchs: Engels@200: Friedrich Engels in the Age of Digital Capitalism

Christan Fuchs: Engels@200: Friedrich Engels and Digital Capitalism. How Relevant Are Engels’s Works 200 Years After His Birth?

Aishik Saha: Engels’s Theory of Social Murder and the Spectacle of Fascism: A Critical Enquiry into Digital Labour and its Alienation

Akın Bakioğlu: Digital Capitalism and Coal Mine Workers

Christopher Leslie: Revisiting Friedrich Engels’s Dialectics of Nature in an Age of Digital Idealism

Dimitrios Kivotidis: Break or Continuity? Friedrich Engels and the Critique of Digital Surveillance

Julianna Faludi and Michelle Crosby: The Digital Economy of the Sourdough: Housewifisation and Exploitation as Self-Exploitation

Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski: On the Categories of Possibility, Limiting Conditions and the Qualitative Development Stages of Matter in the Thought of Friedrich Engels

Saayan Chattopadhyay and Sushmita Pandit: Freedom, Distribution and Work from Home: Rereading Engels in the Time of the COVID-19-Pandemic

Shahram Azhar: The Conditions of the Global Digital Working Class: The Continuing Relevance of Friedrich Engels to Theorising Platform Labour

Suddhabrata Deb Roy: The Political Economy of Working-Class Social Media Commerce: Digital Capitalism and the Engelsian Concept of Working-Class “Property”

Books and Book Series

When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis

edited by Cynthia McKinney | 2020, Clarity Press

The 2019 novel Corona Virus, now COVID-19, stole global headlines in the opening months of 2020, and its many impacts are still to play out. The common adage, "If the US sneezes, the world catches a cold" is now demonstrable in a multiplicity of ways, but it is China that has sneezed. This anthology provides insight into the nature of global pandemics such as SARS, MERS, Ebola and HIV/AIDs, then focuses on Wuhan, where COVID-19 broke out -- though patient zero is as yet unknown. It examines the massive effort that China has undertaken since the outbreak to contain its spread, and includes personal stories of the first lockdown experiences. But the impact may be even more grave on the global economy than it is on global health. National and international analysts address the economic impact both within China's industrial heartland and on global business, as borders close, entire regions are on lockdown, world airlines cancel flights, major US corporations in China shut their doors, factory floors empty. and global supply chains break down, millions lose their jobs and small businesses tank.. Stocks and the prices of gold and oil are impacted. Soon after the COVID-19 outbreak was announced and the extraordinary quarantine response by China was effected, it was learned that Event 201, a global coronavirus pandemic simulation was held just months earlier, in which a global coronavirus pandemic killed 65 million people. Many questions arise concerning BIg Pharma's push for vaccines, and the mainstream dismissal of the possibility of alternative treatments such as HCQ. Other disturbing questions have arisen: Has the disruption been overblown to inflict damage on China as part of a trade war? On the United States, which faces massive damage to its economy in the midst of an increasingly bitter political divide? What are the biowarfare implications -in the Wuhan instance, where China's first BSL-4 level laboratory is situated, or in the future in general, given the spread of BSL-4 level laboratories worldwide and most extensively the US, as states and private entities conduct research into germ warfare, including the use of bat-generated viruses, for both offensive and defensive purposes, putting the entire world at risk of accidental leakage or worse? Is this truly a pandemic -- or is it a plandemic, and if so, to what end? What are the likely consequences, intended and not.

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A Brief History of Commercial Capitalism

by Jairus Banaji | 2020, Haymarket Books

The rise of capitalism to global dominance is still largely associated – by both laypeople and Marxist historians – with the industrial capitalism that made its decisive breakthrough in 18th century Britain. Jairus Banaji’s new work reaches back centuries and traverses vast distances to argue that this leap was preceded by a long era of distinct “commercial capitalism”, which reorganised labor and production on a world scale to a degree hitherto rarely appreciated.

Rather than a picture centred solely on Europe, we enter a diverse and vibrant world. Banaji reveals the cantons of Muslim merchants trading in Guangzhou since the eighth century, the 3,000 European traders recorded in Alexandria in 1216, the Genoese, Venetians and Spanish Jews battling for commercial dominance of Constantinople and later Istanbul. We are left with a rich and global portrait of a world constantly in motion, tied together and increasingly dominated by a pre-industrial capitalism. The rise of Europe to world domination, in this view, has nothing to do with any unique genius, but rather a distinct fusion of commercial capitalism with state power.

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A Kick in the Belly – Women, Slavery and Resistance

by Stella Dadzie | 2020 Verso Books

The story of how enslaved women struggled for freedom in the West Indie.

Aside from Mary Prince, enslaved West Indian women had few opportunities to record their stories for posterity. Yet from their dusty footprints and the umpteen small clues they left for us to unravel, there’s no question that they earned their place in history. Pick any Caribbean island and you’ll find race, skin colour and rank interacting with gender in a unique and often volatile way. Moreover, the evidence points to a distinctly female role in the development of a culture of slave resistance—a role that was not just central, but downright dynamic.

From the coffle-line to the Great House, enslaved women found ways of fighting back that beggar belief. Whether responding to the horrendous conditions of plantation life, the sadistic vagaries of their captors or the “peculiar burdens of their sex,” their collective sanity relied on a highly subversive adaptation of the values and cultures they smuggled with them naked from different parts of Africa. By sustaining or adapting remembered cultural practices, they ensured that the lives of chattel slaves retained both meaning and purpose. This sense of self gave rise to a sense of agency and over time, both their subtle acts of insubordination and their conscious acts of rebellion came to undermine the very fabric and survival of West Indian slavery.

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Capitalism, Institutions and Social Orders: The Case of Contemporary Spain

by Pedro M. Rey-Araújo | 2020, Routledge

This book develops a novel political economy approach by establishing a dialogue between the Social Structures of Accumulation (SSA) theory and Ernesto Laclau’s post-Marxism theory. This theoretical framework is capable of appraising capitalist dynamics together with their relationship to the institutional environment surrounding and structuring them. This is in order to explore the interrelation between the historical development of the capitalist mode of production, on the one hand, and the various co-existing social processes, social consensuses and political identities, on the other. Using this synthesis, it provides an in-depth analysis of Spain’s recent socio-economic evolution since the early 1990s. Contemporary Spain provides an interesting case study: until the onset of the Great Recession, Spain had an impressive macroeconomic record supported by several contradictory social processes, such as a massive real estate bubble, an upsurge in private indebtedness and a deteriorating manufacturing sector. However, the accumulation of internal imbalances during those years led inevitably to the sudden disintegration of this institutional and social environment in the years after 2008, thus resulting into a breakdown of capitalist activity accompanied by widespread social contestation. The book also explores the ensuing political scenario, including the emergence of the ‘indignados’ movement and the anti-austerity party Podemos.

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Central Banking before 1800: A Rehabilitation

by Ulrich Bindseil | 2019, Oxford University Press

During the 20th century, a view established itself, according to which (a) defining central banking would be difficult, (b) the Sveriges Riksbank (established in 1668) and the Bank of England (established in 1694) would have been the first central banks, (c) although at that time central banks did not have a policy mandate and no concept of central banking would have existed before the 19th century. This book challenges these views and rehabilitates pre-1800 central banking, including the role of numerous other institutions, mainly on the European continent. Central banking should be defined as being associated with the issuance of “central bank money”, i.e. financial money of the highest possible credit quality, that is accepted for settlement of any other financial claim in the same way as species money is accepted as it is considered credit, liquidity and market risk free, to use modern terminology. Issuing central bank money is a natural monopoly, and therefore central banks were always based on public charters regulating them and giving them a unique role in a sovereign territorial entity. Many early central banks were not only based on a public charter but were also publicly owned and managed, and had well defined policy objectives. The book reviews these policy objectives and the financial operations of 25 central banks established before 1800. The book shows that many of the central bank controversies debated today actually date back to the period 1400-1800.

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Critical Encounters: Capitalism, Democracy, Ideas

by Wolfgang Streeck | 2020, Verso Books

From the acclaimed author of How Will Capitalism End? comes an omnibus of long-form critical essays engaging with leading economists and thinkers. Critical Encounters draws on Wolfgang Streeck’s inimitable writing for the London Review of Books and New Left Review, among other publications. It opens with treatments of two contrasting historical eras—factory capitalism and financialization—and three of the world’s major economies: the United States, France and Germany. A middle section surveys the hollowing out of Western democracies and reviews Yanis Varoufakis’s “strange but indispensable” memoir of the eurozone crisis.

Delving into the world of ideas, Streeck discusses the work of Quinn Slobodian, Mark Blyth, Jürgen Habermas and Perry Anderson. Finally, he zooms out to compare his home discipline of sociology to natural history, giving a remarkable and non-deterministic reading of Charles Darwin.

In the preface, Streeck reflects on the art (or craft) of book reviewing and the continuing merits of the book form. Critical Encounters also includes a series of “Letters from Europe,” penned as the coronavirus descended upon the Continent.

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Reconstructing Public Housing: Liverpool’s hidden history of collective alternatives

by Matthew Thompson | 2020, Liverpool University Press

Reconstructing Public Housing unearths Liverpool's hidden history of radical alternatives to municipal housing development and builds a vision of how we might reconstruct public housing on more democratic and cooperative foundations. In this critical urban history, Matthew Thompson brings to light how and why this remarkable city became host to two pioneering social movements in collective housing and urban regeneration experimentation. In the 1970s, Liverpool produced one of Britain's largest, most democratic and socially innovative housing co-op movements, including the country's first new-build co-op to be designed, developed and owned by its member-residents. Four decades later, in some of the very same neighbourhoods, several campaigns for urban community land trusts are growing from the grassroots - including the first ever architectural or housing project to be nominated for and win, in 2015, the artworld's coveted Turner Prize. Thompson traces the connections between these movements; how they were shaped by, and in turn transformed, the politics, economics, culture and urbanism of Liverpool. Drawing on theories of capitalism and cooperativism, property and the commons, institutional change and urban transformation, Thompson reconsiders Engels' housing question, reflecting on how collective alternatives work in, against and beyond the state and capital, in often surprising and contradictory ways.

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Rent Seeking and Human Capital: How the Hunt for Rents Is Changing Our Economic and Political Landscape

by Kurt von Seekamm Jr. | 2020, Routledge

This book explores the debates around rent seeking and contextualizes it within the capitalist economy. It is vital that the field of economics does a better job of analyzing and making policy recommendations that reduce the opportunities and rewards for rent seeking, generating returns from the redistribution of wealth rather than wealth creation. This short and provocative book addresses the key questions: Who are the rent seekers? What do they do? Where do they come from? What are the consequences of rent seeking for the broader economy? And, finally: What should policymakers do about them? The chapters examine the existing literature on rent seeking, including looking at the differences between rent seeking and economic rent. The work provides an in-depth look at the case of the impact of rent seeking degrees in the United States, particularly in business and law, and explores potential policy remedies, such as a wealth tax, changes to the rules on financial transactions, and patent law reform.

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Revisiting Gramsci’s Notebooks

edited by Francesca Antonini, Aaron Bernstein, and Lorenzo Fusaro | 2020, Haymarket Books

Revisiting Gramsci's Notebooks offers a rich collection of historical, philosophical, and political studies addressing the thought of Antonio Gramsci, one of the most significant intellectuals of the twentieth century. Based on thorough analyses of Gramsci's texts, these interdisciplinary investigations engage with ongoing debates in different fields of study. They are exciting evidence of the enduring capacity of Gramsci's thought to generate and nurture innovative inquiries across diverse themes.

Gathering scholars from different continents, the volume represents a global network of Gramscian thinkers from early-career researchers to experienced scholars. Combining rigorous explication of the past with a strategic analysis of the present, these studies mobilise underexplored resources from the Gramscian toolbox to confront the actuality of our 'great and terrible' world.

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The Degrowth Alternative: A Path to Address our Environmental Crisis?

by Diana Stuart, Ryan Gunderson, Brian Petersen | 2020, Routledge

Degrowth is a planned economic contraction in wealthy countries that reduces production and consumption—and, by extension, greenhouse gas emissions and stresses on global ecosystems—to sustainable levels within ecological limits. This book explores the idea of degrowth as an economic alternative to offer a more sustainable and just future. A growing number of scientists and scholars now recognize that a system that continues to prioritize economic growth will prevent us from effectively addressing the dual environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. To establish the case for degrowth, the text opens by posing critical questions about our current system and identifying its limitations, as well as discussing the ineffectiveness of "false solutions" that seem to offer something new but would actually preserve the status quo. The concept of degrowth is then fully introduced along with a discussion of core principles and goals as well as major critiques and questions. The book explores what living in a degrowth society would entail and the policies needed to support degrowth. Finally, the work concludes by examining the opportunities and challenges for degrowth and a successful transition to a sustainable steady-state economy.

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The Idea of Civilisation and the Making of the Global Order

by Andrew Linklater | 2020, Bristol University Press

The idea of civilization recurs frequently in reflections on international politics. However, International Relations academic writings on civilization have failed to acknowledge the major 20th-century analysis that examined the processes through which Europeans came to regard themselves as uniquely civilized – Norbert Elias’s On the Process of Civilization. This book provides a comprehensive exploration of the significance of Elias’s reflections on civilization for International Relations. It explains the working principles of an Eliasian, or process-sociological, approach to civilization and the global order and demonstrates how the interdependencies between state-formation, colonialism and an emergent international society shaped the European 'civilizing process'.

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The Paradigm of Social Complexity: An Alternative Way of Understanding Societies and their Economies

by Gonzalo Castañeda | 2020, Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (ebook)

With the recent developments in computing technologies and the thriving research scene in Complexity Science, economists and other social scientists have become aware of a more flexible and promising alternative for modeling socioeconomic systems; one that, in contrast with neoclassical economics, advocates for the realism of the assumptions, the importance of context and culture, the heterogeneity of agents (individuals or organizations), and the bounded rationality of individuals who behave and learn in multifaceted ways in uncertain environments. The book synthesizes an extensive body of work in the field of social complexity and constructs a unifying framework that allows developing concrete applications to important socioeconomic problems. This one-of-a-kind textbook provides a comprehensive panorama for advanced undergraduates and graduate students who want to become familiar with a wide range of issues related to social complexity. It is also a pioneering text that can support professors who wish to learn techniques and produce research in this novel field.

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The People's Stage in Imperial Germany Social Democracy and Culture 1890-1914

by Andrew Bonnell | 2020, Bloomsbury Academic

This book examines the history of the Freie Volksbuhne (Free People's Theatre) in Berlin, from 1890-1914, in the light of the cultural theory and practice of German Social Democracy in Imperial Germany. The clash between German Social Democracy - the Party, intellectuals and workers - and the German Imperial State was played out in the Freie Volksbahne (Free People's Theatre) founded by intellectuals to energise working-class political awareness of drama with a political and social cutting edge. It fell foul of state censorship, lost its bite, yet prospered. This book explores the various programmes guiding the Volksbuhne's work and examines the reception of the plays by the largely working-class audience. This book offers a detailed study of the interactions between cultural and political history in Imperial Germany.

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The Political Economy of Southeast Asia: Politics and Uneven Development under Hyperglobalisation

edited by Toby Carroll, Shahar Hameiri and Lee Jones | 2020, Palgrave

This all-new fourth edition of The Political Economy of Southeast Asia constitutes a state-of-the-art, comprehensive analysis of the political, economic, social and ecological development of one of the world’s most dynamic regions. With contributions from world-leading experts, the volume is unified by a single theoretical approach: the Murdoch School of political economy, which foregrounds struggles over power and resources and the evolving global context of hyperglobalisation. Themes considered include gender, populism, the transformation of the state, regional governance, aid and the environment. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students across multiple disciplines, including political economy, development studies, international relations and area studies. The findings of contributors will also be of value to civil society, policymakers and anyone interested in Southeast Asia and its development.

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The Political Economy of State Intervention: Conserving Capital over the West’s Long Depression

by Gavin Poynter | 2020, Routledge

Both the exponents and critics of neoliberalism assert the dominance of market forces in western nations. The Political Economy of State Intervention calls this into question. Through a re-examination of state intervention in the USA and Britain over the course of the "long depression" (1970-to date), this book argues that the state has performed an increasingly significant role in conserving capital, propping up an economic and social order that has lost its productive dynamism. It is argued that the consensus view of neoliberalism has served to underplay the significance of the state’s role in failing to lift this long depression in several ways: it has lent a greater ideological coherence to the policies pursued by successive governments than they deserve; the state has been less subordinate to the market than is usually claimed and more often its maker; and there has been a significant growth in jobs located in the private sector that are funded by public money. The cumulative effect of this is a narrowing of the state’s purpose to conserving capital, a role which has contributed to its loss of authority as an institution that claims to represent society as a whole. It is theorised that this, in turn, has led to the insecurities of the existing political order and the rise of populism.

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The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Economics

Edited by Günseli Berik and Ebru Kongar | 2021, Routledge

The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Economics presents a comprehensive overview of the contributions of feminist economics to the discipline of economics and beyond.

Each chapter situates the topic within the history of the field, reflects upon current debates, and looks forward to identify cutting-edge research. Consistent with feminist economics’ goal of strong objectivity, this Handbook compiles contributions from different traditions in feminist economics (including Marxian political economy, institutionalist economics, ecological economics and neoclassical economics) and from different disciplines (such as economics, philosophy, political science). The contributors are a diverse mix of established and rising scholars of feminist economics from around the globe who skilfully frame the current state and future direction of feminist economic scholarship.

This carefully crafted volume will be an essential resource for researchers and instructors of feminist economics and cognate areas.

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Report: "Paying for the Pandemic and a Just Transition"

Ben Tippet, PhD Student at GPERC/PEGFA, Greenwich University, UK informs about a report launched these days, Paying for the Pandemic and a Just Transition, that shows that ten policy proposals could raise $9.4 trillion a year – enough to pay for the pandemic, the Sustainable Development Goals, a just climate transition and reparations for slavery. His aim with the report is to provide an aggregate figure that can be used in arguments to show that calls for austerity are unnecessary, would deepen our current crisis and forestall the investment we need in tackling poverty and climate change.