Issue-33, October 16, 2006

From the Editor

Before dealing with a couple of serious matters, I would just like to note that in this  Newsletter there are some new calls for papers, including one by the AHE and the New School Economic Review; numerous conferences, seminars, and lectures—especially note the seminar at Ashcroft International Business School organized by Ioana Negru; three new jobs postings; and various newsletters, new books and web sites, and a couple of interesting papers discussing the future of the history of economic thought. 

A couple of weeks ago, URPE sent out a memo alerting people to the fact that the AEA was reducing the number of sessions URPE gets at the ASSA from 18 to 16; and it was requested that people write letters to the AEA protesting this.  Upon receiving the memo, I sent it to my US-based e-mail lists.  One consequence was that a number of individuals including myself as acting director of ICAPE sent letters to AEA protesting the move.  A second consequence was a broad conversation on whether heterodox economics associations should remain in the ASSA either individually or as part of a collective, drop out completely of the ASSA and do their own thing, or some kind of mixture of the two.  Much of the conversations were carried out on the AFEE listserve, but parts of the conversation were sent to me directly.  Believing that readers of the Newsletter might be interested in all of this, I collected and arranged all the contributions that have been made over the past two weeks.  They can be perused at your leisure at “URPE, Heterodox Economics, and the ASSA.”  As you wade through the 36-page document, you will notice that the pros and cons are stated clearly but not in total opposition to each other, thus leaving room for a negotiated outcome that could benefit all.  In addition, there is some discussion about forming a united front when dealing with the ASSA.  Still, while many heterodox economists happily engage across heterodox approaches, it seems that heterodox associations are reluctant to do so.  Finally, data regarding the head-count of those attending AFEE, URPE, ASE, and IAFFE suggest that heterodox economists are not attending heterodox sessions in large numbers.  Thus it seems, perhaps, that heterodox economists do not feel that it is important to attend heterodox sessions and engage with heterodox economists in a variety of ways at the ASSA.  I urge all heterodox economists to attend the ASSA in Chicago—attend the heterodox sessions, engage with each other intellectually and socially, and above all cruise all the receptions and eat-drink-and talk until you can do no more. (ProtestASSAcut.doc)

A second issue that I would like to make you aware of concerns a job ad that the University of Vermont wanted to run in JOE.  Professor Stephanie Seguino explains the issue:

The Economics Department at the University of Vermont placed an ad for a tenure track faculty in JOE at the end of September. JOE edited this ad (without any notice), deleting the latter half of the last sentence, in particular the phrase that the Department "welcomes applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups and from people with disabilities." (To see ad,

When we queried AEA on this, John Siegfried, Director of JOE, responded that that phrase was edited out because it is discriminatory, and indicated that AEA has a policy to not publish advertising that discriminates on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, and sexual preference. He has therefore at this time refuses to reinstate the entire ad. Our lawyer has reviewed this ad and indicates that this ad is in no way discriminatory. We are now considering our response.

I am therefore writing to the URPE listserve and to inquire as to how URPE or academic institutions may have or are responding to this position of the AEA. Please contact me directly with your comments at:

If anyone, whether associate with URPE or not, can help Professor Seguino, please e-mail her.  We all survive with a little help from our friends

Fred Lee


In this issue:

  - Call for Papers

          - Eastern Economic Association Meeting
          - INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics
          - ICAPE Conference, 1-3 JUNE 2007
          - Association for Heterodox Economics 9th Annual Conference 2007
          - CHORD workshop
          - The New School Economic Review
Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

          - Ashcroft International Business School
          - Workshop: Financial Liberalisation and Economic Performance
          - ANN--SCEME Workshop
          - Historical Materialism 2006 Conference
          - City University London
          - Berlin Conference 27 - 28 October 2006
          - The Rethinking Marxism 2006
          - Sumner Rosen Memorial Lecture
          - Cambridge Realist Workshop
          - Marx and Philosophy Society

  Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

          - The Evergreen State College
          - Earlham College
          - University of Vermont

   - Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles

          - Center for Economic and Policy Research

  - Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

          -  The Talking Economics Bulletin
          - Center for Economic and Policy Research
          - Center for Economic and Social Research- E Newsletter
          - Revista De Economia Institucional
          - Issues in Regulation Theory
          - Opinion Sur
          - IFS Newsletter: October 2006

  - Heterodox Books and Book Series      

          - The Knowledge-Based Economy: Modeled, Measured
          - Affirmative Action in the United States and India: A Comparative Perspective

   - For Your Information

         - History of Economic Thought
         - URPE's "Political Economy of the Iran Crisis" web page
         - URPE at the Easterns


 Call for Papers

Eastern Economic Association Meeting

Session on Democratic Socialism and Income Equality-Inequality

I am setting up a session for the EEA meeting, February 23rd-25th 2007, in NYC. I am looking for papers in the area of democratic socialism and income equality-inequality. I am open to policy analysis and history of thought papers along these lines.

Doug MacKenzie PhD
SUNY Plattsburgh

INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics

INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics invites submissions in German or English language for a special issue on theoretical, empirical and policy aspects of income and wealth distribution to be published in 2008. For detailed information: Call_Intervention_final.doc

ICAPE Conference, 1-3 JUNE 2007

The next ICAPE conference is on the horizon, and I hope you will consider participating in it.

Soon to celebrate its 13th birthday, ICAPE (the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics) is an international consortium dedicated to the active promotion of intellectual pluralism in economic education and scholarship.

Next June (1-3) on the campus of the University of Utah in beautiful Salt Lake City, ICAPE will host its second international conference, "Economic Pluralism for the 21st Century."

We invite proposals for papers and panels that address the value (or costs) of economic pluralism in any of its domains: economic theory and philosophy, economic institutions and policies, or economic education.

For further details -- including a list of plenary sessions -- please see the attached documents, visit our website (  or contact one of the organizers:

Al Campbell (
Wilfred Dolfsma (
Edward Fullbrook (
Rob Garnett (
Neva Goodwin (
John Henry (
Mary King (
Fred Lee (
Ed McNertney (
Judith Mehta (
Erik Olsen (
Martha Starr (

Association for Heterodox Economics 9th Annual Conference 2007

Pluralism in Action
13 – 15 July, 2007
University of the West of England, Bristol

The Ninth Annual Conference of the Association of Heterodox Economics (AHE) will be held at the University of the West of England from 13th to 15th July 2007.

Last year’s highly successful AHE conference yielded a stimulating and original range of papers on pluralism in the social sciences. A striking feature of the conference was the interdisciplinary character of the contributions which explored the relation between economics and other branches of the social sciences. The Ninth Annual Conference will build on this success.

The conference will have both a thematic part and an open part. The AHE is happy to consider papers of both types; however, priority will be given to papers addressing the conference theme, “Pluralism in Action”. Papers are particularly encouraged dealing with the impact of heterodox, pluralistic and interdisciplinary approaches both on problems of policy, and on the advancement of understanding, where mainstream approaches have failed or fallen short.

For the open part of the conference, as in previous conferences we welcome submissions dealing with issues of fundamental theory, teaching and learning in economics, and the history of economic thought.

This year, the committee seeks to broaden the range of heterodox viewpoints. We encourage single papers or sessions addressing Austrian, Behavioural, Critical Realist, Ecological, Evolutionary, Feminist, Institutionalist, Marxist, Post-Keynesian, Schumpeterian, or other non-mainstream approaches. A feature of the AHE is as a forum for dialogue between different viewpoints, and we encourage proposals for sessions which address a single issue or theme from a variety of viewpoints.

The international character of the conference has been a vital factor in its growing success. Scholars requiring documentation in support of visa or funding applications should indicate this in their initial submission. At present the AHE regrets that it has no funds to provide financial support, but is actively seeking it and welcomes proposals from participants regarding organizations for the AHE contact in search of support for participants from outside the US and European Union.

Deadline for submission:

Proposals for single papers: please send an abstract of not more than 500 words by email only to the local organiser, Andrew Mearman ( , AND the programme coordinator, Alan Freeman ( ),  by 19th January 2007. Text, HTML, Word and PDF format attachments are acceptable.

Proposals for sessions and streams: please indicate exactly what you are proposing, giving the names and email addresses of the proposed speakers, and attaching the abstracts (of not more than 500 words each) for their papers. Send by email to Andrew Mearman and Alan Freeman, as above, by Friday 19th January 2007.

The AHE Committee will consider all abstracts and will notify you of acceptance or rejection of your proposal by Monday 12th February 2007.

Those whose abstracts have been accepted must send their full paper and completed registration to be received by Friday 26th April 2007.

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

To see details of previous conferences, and to keep up to date with the 2007 conference and other AHE activities please visit:

CHORD workshop

21 March 2007


University of Wolverhampton
CHORD (the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) invites all interested researchers to a workshop devoted to the discussion of the relationship between commerce, information and knowledge in the period between the fifteenth and the twenty-first centuries.
More information can be found at: 
Among the questions that papers might address are: How did retailers and consumers acquire, spread and use commercial information? How was consumer knowledge obtained? What was the role of formal training and commercial education? How did awareness of innovation (and failures) spread? What was the role of advertising?
Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers exploring any aspect of this topic, and focusing on any geographical area.
Themes may include - but are not limited - to:
• Consumer expertise
• Trade knowledge and training
• Knowledge transfer
• Commercial information and advertising
• The trade press and publications
Please send proposals (including title and c. 200 words abstract) to the address below by 15 December 2006.
The workshop will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton city campus.
For further information, please contact: Dr Laura Ugolini, HAGRI / HLSS, Room MC233, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SB, UK.
E-mail:  Tel.: 01902 321890.
Workshop web-page:
CHORD web-pages:

The New School Economic Review

The New School Economic Review will be publishing its third issue in Spring 2007, and the thematic of the journal issue revolves around development economics.

Following from the spring 2006 conference hosted by the Economics Students at The New School for Social Research, selected papers, presentations and debates from the conference will be published, and the editors are looking for contributions on the subject of Development, in the form of papers, letters or book reviews.

Papers should be submitted by e-mail to  and papers will be peer-reviewed in a blind review process. If authors wish to submit an abstract before submitting the paper, reviewers can respond to this, but the final deadline for papers remain the same.

The deadline for submission is the 31 November, although we encourage early submissions to allow for more time for the author to make any edits that may be required.

The submission procedure is open for anyone to submit work.

For more information about the New School Economic Review, see  and for more information about the annual economics conference at the New School, see


Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

Ashcroft International Business School

Several seminars at Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, this term. The venue is Room 124, Coslett Building, Mills Road, 10 min walk from the station.
Easy to get to from London King's Cross Station. They take place at 4.00 - 5.30 pm on Wednesdays.

25 October
"Decision-making at The Bank of England"
Dr Andrew Mearman, University of the West of England, Bristol

15 November
"My Six-year-old Son Should Get a Job - Rethinking Trade and Development"
Dr Ha Joon Chang, University of Cambridge

29 November (This to be confirmed)
"Business cycles and government"
Dr Dean Garratt, Nottingham Trent University

6 December
"Measuring economic indicators"
Dr Bruce Philp, Nottingham Trent University

Contact: Ioana Negru (

Workshop: Financial Liberalisation and Economic Performance

Centre for Brazilian Studies

Workshop: Financial Liberalisation and Economic Performance: the experience of Brazil and other emerging countries
Friday, 3rd November 2006
Dr Luiz Fernando de Paula
State University of Rio de Janeiro and Centre for Brazilian Studies

ANN--SCEME Workshop

SCEME workshop, 27 October, University of Stirling, on 'Rationality and Individuality in Economics'; some places available.
Please see full details at

The Carnegie Centenary Lecture 2006 will be given at 17.30 on 15 November, Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling by Prasanta Pattanaik on 'The Concept of Welfare in Economics'. For further details please contact

Historical Materialism 2006 Conference



8-10 DECEMBER 2006
Further details will be sent to registered participants.


Subjects discussed will include: the transformation problem; variable capital; Marx's journalism, Otto Bauer’s analysis of the world crisis of the 1930s; non-equilibrium economics; the labour theory of value; financial and industrial capital; the euro and labour integration; finance and the law of value; the domestic labour debate; the political economy of contemporary capitalism; the legacy of Karl Polanyi; the political economy of Turkey and Latin America; Marxism, Islam and the Middle East; Islamism, imperialism and global feminism; the work of Maxime Rodinson; Islam and capitalism; the labour process and resistance in the neo-liberal welfare state; the labour movement; migration; land reform in East Asia and capitalist transitions; commodity chains; waste and capitalism; global capitalism and urban violence; globalisation; theories of imperialism; capital accumulation and the state system; oil and rise of Asia; the governance of global capitalism; China and Cultural Revolution; Nepal and Maoism; China and future of the global economy; accumumation by dispossession; economic theory and economics imperialism; Althusser and philosophy; Marxism and critical realism; Italian Marxism; Lukacs; Carl Schmitt; Deleuze; Foucault and governmentality studies; Marxism and political subjectivity; Spinoza; early Soviet history; Russia in the 1920s; theories of the Soviet Union; Lenin rediscovered; bourgeois revolutions; passive revolutions; Chris Wickham and the Middle Ages; Marxism and international law; Marxism and theology; the US National Security Strategy, Hurricane Katrina, and contemporary warfare technologies; the historical uncanny; Marxism and scifi; US leftist theatre; 'political' filmmakers in the United States; Victor Serge’s approach to literature; Zizek, nationalism and Kusturica; the future for committed cultural criticism; Marxism and music; the life and legacy of Ernest Mandel; Marx, Gramsci and anti-oppression politics; Engels's late letters; Karl Kautsky; class and morality; republicanism; Ralph Miliband and Nicos Poulantzas today; Marxian political theory; the Communist Manifesto; Marxist philosophy of language; Marxism and social movements;...
and much more!

On Friday evening, the winner of the 2005 Deutscher Memorial Prize, Kevin Murphy, will deliver his Prize Lecture.

The conference will include two Socialist Register plenary sessions to launch the 2007 issue on the ecological crisis: can capitalism prevail? and on eco-socialism, democratic planning and political strategy

Attendance at the conference is free but voluntary contributions are encouraged to help with the costs of organising the conference (we suggest £15 for unwaged/£30 waged).
City University London

Economics Department Seminar Series

Term 1 2007
Time: Wednesdays 4.30 – 5.30 pm
Room: DLG08, Lower Ground Floor, Social Science Building, St John Street, London EC1

October 4th
Jordi Blanes-Vidal
Nuffield College, Oxford University
"Behaviour in Workplace Networks: Evidence from the English Judiciary"

October 11th
Jan Toporowski
"Woodford, Formalism and Monetary Policy"

October 18th
Raymond Brummelhuis
Birkbeck (Statistics)

For more information, please contact the seminar organiser:
Dr. Mireia Jofre-Bonet (

Berlin Conference 27 - 28 October 2006

Research Network 'Alternative Macroeconomic Policies' would like to invite you to its 10th workshop:
European Integration in Crisis,
Berlin, 27 - 28 October 2006,
Best Western Hotel Steglitz International, Albrechtstr. 2, 12165 Berlin.
Please find the preliminary conference programme and the registration form attached. Conference papers and further information on the conference will be made available on the conference website:
There are no conference fees. Meals will be covered by the Hans Boeckler Foundation. Participants have to cover their travelling and hotel costs.

The Rethinking Marxism 2006

The Rethinking Marxism 2006 Conference Program and schedule has now been posted online on the conference website: 

Please go to the website and click the heading "Conference Program" in the left hand menu.

As you will see, the final program has approximately 150 panels, 3 plenary sessions, an art/video exhibition, and several special
performances, including that of Bread & Puppet theater, one by Fawzia Afzal-Khan, and many other highlights.

Sumner Rosen Memorial Lecture

Is Full Employment Possible in an Era of Globalization? given by Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute University of Massachusetts-Amherst and author of Contours of
Descent: U. S. Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity and co-author of The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy

Thursday, November 16
7:00- 9:00 P.M.
Reception preceding lecture

Presidents' Room
Faculty House
Columbia University
400 West 117th Street*
New York City
*Enter campus at 116th Street between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.

RSVP to  or 917-929-5965

Sumner M. Rosen (1923-2005) was a prominent political economist and lifelong advocate of full employment and other policies to benefit working people. A professor emeritus of social welfare at the Columbia University School of Social Work, he was a founder of the National Jobs for All Coalition; the Columbia Seminars on Full Employment, Social Welfare and Equity and on Globalization, Labor and Popular Struggles; and the Five Borough Institute.

Organizers: National Jobs for All Coalition and the Columbia University Seminars on Full Employment, Social Welfare and Equity and Globalization, Labor and Popular Struggles

Cambridge Realist Workshop

The program is attached as is a background paper for the first talk ('How can methodology reasonably make a difference?' - speaker: Tony Lawson) for this coming Monday Evening, October 9.

As usual the talks start at 8 pm, but with 'refreshment' available from 7:30. And as in previous years we will be meeting in the CRASSH seminar room, in Mill lane.

A map showing directions can (along with other info.) be found on our website: 

Marx and Philosophy Society

The next Marx and Philosophy Society afternoon seminar

Saturday 21st October 2006, 2:00pm - 5.30pm Room F3, Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London WC1B

James Furner (Sussex)
'Marx's account of the state from the German Ideology to the Eighteenth Brumaire'

Andy Denis (City University London)
'Organicism in the early Marx: Marx and Hegel on the state as an organism'

There is no registration charge but space is limited, so please book in advance by sending an email to

11 Bedford Square is a central London site of Royal Holloway, University of London. Corner of Bedford Sq/Montague Place/Gower Street (opposite British Museum).

Tube stations: Euston Square, Goodge Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road.


Please visit the Marx and Philosophy Society web site
(  or join the email list
(  for updates.


Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

The Evergreen State College

The College is seeking a Feminist Economist (a broadly trained economist who has a strong background in feminist theory and feminist approaches to economics) to teach in the field of political economy.
For detailed information: evergreen.doc

Earlham College

TENURE-TRACK JOB OPENING in Peace and Global Studies

Earlham College is hiring a full-time tenure track faculty member and Director of our Peace and Global Studies Program (PAGS) to begin Fall 07. Earlham’s PAGS program is interdisciplinary and approaches Peace Studies in the context of global social structures and social movements. The primary goal of the program is to develop students' competencies in fields contributing towards peace and social transformation.
We welcome candidates from a wide range of academic areas of expertise. Directing the program entails taking the leading role in coordinating and overseeing the elements of the program in consultation with the other PAGS faculty.
Earlham invite applications from women, African Americans, Hispanics other ethnic minorities and Quakers and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
You can find this posting and more about Earlham and the PAGS program by looking at :
We will continue the search until the position is filled.
Send: three letters of recommendation, c.v., cover letter in which you discuss your academic and experiential work in Peace Studies and your teaching philosophy, a syllabus for a course you have or may teach to:
Sadie Forsythe, PAGS Office, Drawer 105 Earlham College
801 National Rd. West, Richmond, IN 47374

University of Vermont

E0 Applied Macroeconomics
I1 Health Economics
Q0 Environmental Economics
Z0 Public Policy
H0 Public Finance

The Department of Economics invites applications for a tenure-track position starting fall of 2007. The appointment will at the rank of assistant professor. All candidates should have a strong commitment to research and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate, liberal arts education. The successful candidate will be expected, where available, to seek extramural funding for research. We seek a creative economist who will teach intermediate macroeconomic theory and may contribute to a potential interdisciplinary graduate public policy program. Exceptional candidates from any field will be considered.

Ph.D. in hand by date of appointment is preferred. Applicants may send a paper application or apply on line. Apply online at Search for the position using department name (Economics) only. Attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a sample of research and send a hardcopy of evidence of teaching effectiveness and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Dept of Economics, 239 Old Mill, University of Vermont, PO Box 54160, Burlington, Vermont 05405. For paper applications, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample of written work, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation to the above address.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2006. We plan to conduct initial interviews at the ASSA meetings. For more information see  The University of Vermont is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The Department is committed to increasing faculty diversity and welcomes applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups and from people with disabilities.


Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Last fall, economists at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, DC, presented a series of ten lectures on basic economic issues. The whole series has been available for download, but you can now also buy all the talks on DVD. The notice attached has complete details.


Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

The Talking Economics Bulletin

The Talking Economics Bulletin consists of news and views on associative economics, including short extracts from Associative Economics Monthly.

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Last fall, economists at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, DC, presented a series of ten lectures on basic economic issues. The whole series has been available for download, but you can now also buy all the talks on DVD. The website has complete details.

Center for Economic and Social Research- E Newsletter

Content (see attached file)
•5th International CASE Conference `Winds of Change: The Impact of Globalization on Europe and Asia´ - early registration open

•Rethinking balance-of-payments constraints in a globalized world

•Consortium led by CASE has started the FP6 European research project on the EU Eastern Neighbourhood

•CASE supports EU Development Policy

• Regulatory Policy in Ukraine is unfriendly for business

• 2005 - a good year for CASE

• Latest publications

Revista De Economia Institucional




El mercado de bienes ilegales: el caso de la droga, Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphy y Michael Grossman
Instituciones, recesiones y recuperación en las economías en transición, Geoffrey M. Hodgson
El PIB de la Nueva Granada en 1800: auge colonial, estancamiento republicano, Salomón Kalmanovitz
Cardoso el opositor académico vs. Cardoso el político: ¿continuidad o ruptura?, Corinne Pastoret
Tendencias de la rentabilidad y la acumulación en el capitalismo español (1954-2003), Maximiliano Nieto Ferrández
El dinero en los modelos macroeconómicos, Wilfredo Toledo
Nivel de reservas internacionales y riesgo cambiario en Colombia, David Fernando López Angarita
Sector agrícola y política de competencia, Ricardo Argüello C.
Subsidios cruzados: el caso del sector postal, Leslie Bravo Chew y Luis Fernando Gamboa
La equidad del mecanismo de pago por uso de servicios en el sistema de aseguramiento en salud de Colombia, Liliana Chicaíza, Fredy Rodríguez y Mario García

“El bárbaro mecanizado” y “El Estado feudal”, Alberto Lleras Camargo
Política económica de post-guerra. Prefacio, Ministerio de la Economía Nacional

Macroeconomía, desarrollo y género, Alicia Girón
La reforma fiscal ecológica en la Unión Europea: antecedentes, experiencias y propuestas, Tomás J. López-Guzmán Guzmán, Fernando Lara de Vicente, Fernando Fuentes García y Ricardo Veroz Herradón
Cuarto Simposio Nacional de Microeconomía. Discurso inaugural, Jorge Andrés Gallego


La paz en Colombia: ideas para remozar, deconstruir y refundar, Bernardo Pérez Salazar






Sectores industriales y fortalezas competitivas locales en Río de Janeiro
La revaluación cambiaria y el retroceso del sector agropecuario mexicano. ¿Una historia de medio siglo?
Los fundamentos morales de la economía: una relectura del problema de A. Smith
Outsourcing y ventajas comparativas: un análisis epistemológico
Ejército y Constitución en Colombia
Una interpretación alternativa de la integración horizontal entre empresas
Opciones institucionales para la configuración de los mercados del suelo urbano en ciudades latinoamericanas
La gobernabilidad: conceptualización y una aplicación al sistema de educación básica en Colombia

Issues in Regulation Theory

We’re pleased to inform you of the publication of Issues in Regulation Theory number 55, which you can download from the website of our association : (

“International migrations, globalisation and development”

Opinion Sur

Year 4, Issue 38, September 27th 2006
Sponsored By:
Sur Norte Inversión y Desarrollo and South North Development Initiative
For detailed information: opinionsur.doc 

IFS Newsletter: October 2006

Institute for Fiscal Studies October Newsletter is out and can be seen via the following link. This is a regular bulletin, letting you know about recent research, publications and press releases. If you wish to be included in the mailing list for the Newsletter, please send an email to Bonnie Brimstone (, IFS External Relations Officer.

October 2006 IFS |Nesletter:


Heterodox Books and Book Series

The Knowledge-Based Economy: Modeled, Measured

Simulated by Loet Leydesdorff; Universal Publishers, 385 pp., US$ 18.95 

How can an economy based on something as volatile as knowledge be sustained? The urgency of improving our understanding of a knowledge-based economy provides the context and necessity of this study. In a previous study entitled A Sociological Theory of Communications: The Self-Organization of the Knowledge-based Society (2001) the author specified knowledge-based systems from a sociological perspective. In this book, he takes this theory one step further and demonstrates how the knowledge base of an economic system can be operationalized, both in terms of measurement and by providing simulation models. The measurement instruments are applied to the German and Dutch economies and elaborated in terms of regional and sectorial differences. The knowledge base is specified in the simulations as a strongly anticipatory (sub)dynamic that can be expected to operate within an economic system, but to variable extents.

Affirmative Action in the United States and India: A Comparative Perspective

”Affirmative Action in the United States and India: A Comparative Perspective,” has been selected among the initial set of titles to be made available in paperback as part of Routledge’s “Paperbacks Direct” program. This brings the price down to the relatively accessible level of 20 British pounds – roughly 38 U.S. dollars.
If anyone is interested, a copy may be purchased on-line from the Routledge Paperbacks Direct website   just click on “Economics”.


For Your Information

History of Economic Thought

If you are interested in the ongoing discussion of the future of the history of economic thought, you might want to take a look at the following papers:

The Blanqui lecture given by Roy Weintraub at the ESHET Porto conference on 'Economic Science Wars' is now on line at

Heinz Kurz's ESHET Presidential Address, 'Whither History of Economic Thought? Going Nowhere Rather Slowly?', is also on line at

URPE's "Political Economy of the Iran Crisis" web page

Last spring URPE sponsored a panel called "Oil, Nukes, Mullahs, Democracy and U.S. Hegemony: The Political Economy of Iran" at the 2006 Left Forum, and another panel of the same name at the Brecht Forum, both in NYC. The 2006LF panel was videotaped, and both panels were audiotaped. The audiotapes have been used to produce radio programs on WBAI. The panels led to various articles in magazines and newspapers.
These panels also led to the creation of a web page on URPE's website:

The relationship between the US and Iran is still in crisis, and the web page has received many new additions since it was first announced early in the summer.

The page contains articles, books, radio shows, a video and organizations, with links wherever possible. You can play or download the radio shows and excerpts from panels, and you can order the video.

Speakers and writers featured on this page include Ervand Abrahamian, Cyrus Bina, Faramarz Farbod, Reza Ghorashi, Ismael Hossein-zadeh, Leili Kashani, Michael Klare, Fatemeh Moghadam, Kamran Nayeri, Tom O'Donnell, Hamideh Sedghi and Behzad Yaghmaian. The is also a link to the RRPE page

on Sage's website -- you can look up references to articles on Iran that have been published in the "Review of Radical Political Economics," URPE's journal, over the years.

All opinions expressed in the talks, articles and books on the web page are those of the authors and do not represent positions of URPE as an organization. There is also a great variety of opinion among the authors listed on this page.

URPE at the Easterns

URPE Organizing Sessions at the Eastern Economic Association Meetings – Call for Papers
If anyone wants to send me proposals, I am happy to coordinate an URPE session.

Mieke Meurs
Professor and Ph.D Program Director
Dept. of Economics
American University

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