Issue-36, December 4, 2006

From the Editor

This is the last Heterodox Economics Newsletter until the new year—holiday cheer, making some gingerbread cookies, and some fun work on heterodox microfoundations is what I am planning to do for the next few weeks.

Heterodox economists seem to never sleep. There are some new calls for papers and some very interesting job postings for heterodox economists. In addition, I have included the 2007 ASSA in Chicago programs of various heterodox and pluralistic associations—so those who are attending the conference can plan what interesting sessions to attend and also figure out when you can help staff the ICAPE booth. Moreover, there are a couple of heterodox journals you might want to check out—Political Economy Quarterly and Economia e Sociedade—and lots of new books you might want to buy as holiday gifts to yourself. Finally, there are two heterodox associations you might want to check out—“Encuentro de Economistas de Izquierda” and the “German Keynes Society”.

I would like to remind you once again that at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago on Thursday, 4 January 2007 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Swissotel in the Engelberg Room there will be an ICAPE Open House. I will be there to talk about anything you want that pertains in someway to ICAPE or anything else.

Remember everyone is invited to the January 4th Thursday evening ASSA opening ASE plenary session followed by a reception helped sponsored by ICAPE.


Fred Lee


In this issue:

  - Call for Papers

          - ICAPE Conference, 1-3 June 2007
          - International Association for Feminist Economics
          - Technology Governance
          - Association for Heterodox Economics 9th Annual Conference 2007
          - 2007 History of Economics Society Conference
          - 4th EUroframe Conference
          - Inequality on the Rise?
          - Oeconomicus
          - EAEPE Symposium
Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

          - IAFFE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago
          - ASE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago
          - AFEE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago
          - URPE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago
          - ASSA Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago
          - Economists for Peace and Security
          - HES ASSA Sessions 2007
          - Centre d’Economie de l’Université Paris Nord
          - H2S Seminar 2006-2007 program
          - Society of Heterodox Economists – 2006 Conference

  Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

          - Rainforest Solutions Project
          - Keene State College
          - Institute of Social Studies
          - AUT University Business School
          - University of Redlands
          - The Evergreen State College

  - Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles

          - Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

  - Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

          - Historical Materialism
          - Political Economy Quarterly
          - History of Economics Review
          - Revista Economia e Sociedade
          - Journal of the History of Economic Thought
          - Intervention
          - International Review of Applied Economics

  - Heterodox Books, Book Series, and Book Reviews

          - Staples and Beyond
          - Advances in Heterodox Economics
          - The Origins of Development Economics
          - Pioneers of Development Economics: Great Economists on Development
          - The New Development Economics: After The Washington Consensus
          - The Long Twentieth Century Globalization Under Hegemony: The Changing World Economy
          - The Long Twentieth Century The Great Divergence: Hegemony, Uneven Development and Global Inequality
          - International Finance and Development
          - Policy Matters: Economic And Social Policies To Sustain Equitable Development
          - Flat World, Big Gaps: Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty and Inequality

  - Heterodox Associations, Institutes, and Departments

          - Encuentro de Economistas de Izquierda
          - German Keynes Society
  - For Your Information

          - DESA Publications Alert - 2006:1


Call for Papers

ICAPE Conference, 1-3 June 2007

Dear colleague and fellow heterodox economist,

Between now and January 15, I hope you will feel inspired (or coerced, whichever you find more compelling) to propose a paper for the ICAPE conference on Economic Pluralism for the 21st Century, to be held June 1-3 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Like ICAPE's inaugural conference in 2003, this is a "big tent" conference open to all economic thinkers, topics, and fields of specialization.

We have received proposals so far from scholars in 12 countries (Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S.) who represent a several distinct traditions of thought. This is a healthy start.

But in order to fulfill ICAPE's mission of promoting intellectual diversity and inter-paradigmatic exchange in economic scholarship and education, we need to elicit proposals from a critical mass of Austrian, Feminist, Institutional-Evolutionary, Marxian, Postcolonial, Post Keynesian, Postmodern, Radical, Social, Sraffian, and OUT (Otherwise Unorthodox and Talented) economists.

In short, we need more proposals from economic thinkers like YOU!

If you would like to join us for three days of unusually good conference conversation, food, and drink in Salt Lake City next June, please send a 250-word abstract to Rob Garnett (  ) no later than January 15.
Or, to learn more about the conference or ICAPE itself (the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics), please visit our web site: 
We really hope to hear from you!
For the ICAPE conference organizers (Al Campbell, Wilfred Dolfsma, Edward Fullbrook, Rob Garnett, Neva Goodwin, John Henry, Mary King, Fred Lee, Ed McNertney, Judith Mehta, Erik Olsen, and Martha Starr),
Rob Garnett
Department of Economics
Box 298510
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX 76129

International Association for Feminist Economics

16th Annual Conference

June 29 – July 1, 2007
Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand
Panel proposals and individual paper submissions are invited on any aspect of feminist inquiry into economic issues. As this is the first IAFFE conference to be held in Southeast Asia, we particularly encourage participation of researchers, policy makers and activists from this region. Important themes include migration and migrant workers, trade and its impact on women, sex work and the  sex trade, informal work, women and politics in Asia, and aging. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
Proposals must be submitted on-line via the IAFFE website (  unless you do not have internet access (mail to Martha MacDonald, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS Canada B3H 3C3). Submissions can be made for panels or individual papers. Titles and abstracts for all papers (including those that are part of panels) are required. Check the IAFFE website for detailed submission guidelines.
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2007. Acceptances will be announced by early March. If you need a decision earlier for funding purposes please e-mail
IAFFE works to raise funds to provide some financial assistance with travel and other expenses associated with attending our Annual Conferences for people from developing and transition economies, including Eastern Europe and the former U.S.S.R. Our goal is to foster the diversity of the geographical representation and perspectives at IAFFE conferences. People who plan to present a paper at the conference, and who come from countries with developing and transition economies, are eligible to apply for this funding. The
deadline is January 31, 2007. You must also submit a paper proposal by the January 31st deadline. Please check the IAFFE website for Travel Grant application information or write to

Technology Governance

Tallinn University of Technology, its Technology Governance graduate program, and its journal Halduskultuur are hosting a conference on Technology Governance on April 27-28, 2007.
Technology Governance is an approach and a set of policies undertaken by the public and private sector and society actors in a given space in time to develop a knowledge base, social cohesion and competitiveness at the same time. So far, both in academic research and in policy advice, these aspects have tended to be separated. Technology Governance is an approach that could be placed in such areas as Innovation Policy, Industrial Policy and Development Economics as a realistic alternative to mainstream (“Standard Textbook”) Economics. This approach includes the theory of uneven development and the history of economic policy. Since Technology Governance has not developed into a fully cohesive research program as of yet, this conference is exploratory and stock-taking in scope and allows for a variety of contributions.
We are therefore inviting papers that deal with theoretical, historical as well as policy-analytical issues of Technology Governance. Abstract proposals, no longer than 1,000 words, should be sent to Rainer Kattel at Deadline is January 31, 2006. Papers should be submitted by April 1, 2007.
Robert Wade (London School of Economics) will give the keynote presentation, entitled “How can middle-income countries escape ‘gravity’ and catch up with high-income countries? The case for open-economy industrial policy.”
Halduskultuur, Tallinn University of Technology’s annual publication in Public Administration, has recently been completely transformed into a fully peer-reviewed multi-language interdisciplinary journal of administrative studies. It publishes contributions in all the languages of the region: Estonian, Finnish, German, Russian, and also in English, the lingua franca of our times. Halduskultuur will serve as the main publishing venue for this conference.

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:

2007 History of Economics Society Conference

Session(s) on Lionel Robbins Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science after 75 Years HES 2007 AND ESHET 2007

In 1932, Lionel Robbins published a slim (less than 200 pages) but nonetheless "dangerous revolutionary document," as William Baumol has called it--his Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science. A most influential economic treatise, the Essay helped to give birth to modern economics and contributed to the development of the scientific dimension of the discipline. Robbins not only proposed a definition of economics that seems to have helped pave the way for economic imperialism, he also criticized the claims that Welfare Economics could be scientific and argued that "economics," or economic science, should not be confused with "political economy."

We propose to organize one or more sessions at the 2007 meetings of the History of Economics Society and the European Society for the History of Economic Thought to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Robbins' Essay. The papers should deal with some aspect of the writing, reception, impact, and diffusion of the Essay. Papers that examine how the Essay influenced economic thinking during the second half of the twentieth century are particularly encouraged.

The 2007 History of Economics Society conference will take place June 8-11 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The 2007 conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought will take place in July 5-8 in Strasbourg, France.

Professor Alain Marciano
Universite de Reims Champagne Ardenne (Economie du Droit et de la
and EconomiX-Cachan-CNRS
Faculte des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion
57 b, rue Pierre Taittinger
F - 51096 Reims Cedex

Professor Steven G. Medema
Department of Economics, CB 181
University of Colorado at Denver
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Phone: 303-556-8511
Fax: 303-556-3547

4th EUroframe Conference

Economic Policy Issues in the European Union Towards an Ageing and Globalising Europe:
Challenges for the European Social Model(s)

Friday, 8 June 2007, Bologna, Italy

The EUROFRAME group of research institutes (CPB, DIW, ESRI, ETLA, IfW, NIESR, OFCE, PROMETEIA, WIFO) will hold its fourth annual Conference on Economic Policy Issues in the European Union in Bologna on 8 June 2007. The aim of the conference is to debate on economic policy issues relevant in the European context.
The call for papers focuses this year on policy challenges for the European Social Model(s) in the contexts of ageing and globalisation. Contributions should address in particular issues related to: The impacts of demography (ageing and immigration) and globalisation both on macroeconomic behavioural functions, on macroeconomic equilibrium and on the different specific models the countries have adopted for social protection; What reforms and what governance for European social protection systems (pensions, unemployment, health, exclusion, family, long term care): what lessons from the already enacted reforms? How the existing tools for long run growth forecasting can help in evaluating different options in social reforms (calibrated general equilibrium
models; overlapping generations models, etc.); Which empirical tools should be used to evaluate the already enacted reforms in the labour markets? How do the different European social models perform?
Submission Procedure
Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail before 12 March to and Abstracts (2 pages) should mention: title of communication, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, corresponding author’s e-mail address, postal address, telephone number.
The corresponding authors will be informed of the decision of the scientific committee by mid-April. Full papers should be received by e-mail by 21 May.
Scientific Committee
Karl Aiginger (WIFO), Ray Barrell (NIESR), Alan Barrett (ESRI), Paolo Bosi (PROMETEIA), Klaus- Juergen Gern (IfW), Markku Kotilainen (ETLA), Alfred Steinherr and Christian Dreger (DIW), Henri Sterdyniak (OFCE), Wim Suyker (CPB), Catherine Mathieu (OFCE, Scientific Secretary)
Local Organising Committee (PROMETEIA, Bologna)
Paolo Onofri (Chairman), Stefania Tomasini (paper submission), Elena Giarda (coordination and fundraising)
Contacts - Abstract and paper submissions
Stefania Tomasini:,  tel.: +39 (0) 51 648 09 27
Catherine Mathieu:,  tel.: +33 (0) 1 44 18 54 37

Inequality on the Rise?

INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics 2008 Special Issue
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.
Papers dealing with the following questions would be particularly welcome:
- What are the adequate framework and the adequate unit to analyse inequality; how can and should inequality be captured and measured?
- Analysis concerning conceptions of distributive justice
- Which economic and societal consequences does an (increasingly) unequal income and wealth distribution have?
- What is the relationship between (female) labour market participation and the distribution of income and wealth?
- Has income mobility changed in the last decades; and how has intergenerational poverty developed?
- How does technological progress impact on income and wealth distribution?
- How are functional income distribution and the personal distribution of income and wealth related?
- What are the implications of European integration for the distribution of income and wealth, and how is it shaped by the transformation process in the »new« member countries?
- Which role do institutions as well as public policies play for the (growing inequality of the) distribution of income and wealth?
- Which policy options to alleviate the increasing inequality of income and wealth distribution do remain at the level of the nation state, and what are the necessities and options for supranational distributional policies?
For papers dealing with empirical aspects a focus on the enlarged European Union is especially
Timetable and further information
The special issue is organised by a group of guest editors comprising Prof. Wilfried Altzinger (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), Dr. Martin Schürz (Austrian National Bank), and Mag. Alois Guger and Dr. Margit Schratzenstaller (both Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna).
Potential contributors are kindly asked to submit an abstract of no more than 200 words by the end of December, 2006, and will be notified by mid-January, 2007, whether their paper proposal has been accepted. Full papers, which should be limited to 8,000 words, are due by the end of April, 2007, and will be refereed according to the journal’s normal rigorous review process. The final deadline for (revised) articles is end of November, 2007.
Important Deadlines:
Abstract submission: December 31, 2006
Full paper submission: April 30, 2007
Completed (revised) paper submission: November 30, 2007
Abstracts and papers should be sent (preferably via e-mail) to:
Dr. Martin Schürz
Austrian National Bank
Otto-Wagner-Platz 3
A-1090 Wien
Contributors should also consider the instructions for INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics
authors at:
Also account should be taken concerning the scope of the journal, see:


An all-student interdisciplinary journal of economic issues
Oeconomicus is an interdisciplinary journal of economic issues written, refereed, edited and published by current undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. students in the social sciences. The focus of the journal is on alternative or heterodox approaches to issues of economic methodology and theory, history of economic thought, economic history, political economy and economic policy. All heterodox traditions within the social sciences—including, but not limited to, Marxist, Institutionalist, Post Keynesian, Austrian, Feminist and Poststructuralist/Postmodern—are welcome in the journal. Oeconomicus is sponsored by the Economics Club at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and is published annually.

We are currently soliciting submissions for our 2006-2007 issue and welcome students at all levels to submit full-length articles, book reviews, interviews or comments. Submissions should be no more that 5000 words and in MS Word format. Submissions and enquiries should be sent to the editors at The deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2007. For further information about detailed instructions for authors, the journal, the Economics Club and/or the UMKC Economics Department please go to

EAEPE Symposium


The deadline for submissions to this call is January 15th 2007. For more information please follow the link:

Recently we have also added the following job market advertisment:
*Job Market announcement:


Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

IAFFE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago


ASE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago


AFEE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago


URPE Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago


ASSA Program at the 2007 ASSA in Chicago


Economists for Peace and Security

Upcoming Events - EPS at the ASSA. All events listed are in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Friday, January 5 at 10:15am in the Columbus IJ room. Out How: The Economics of Ending Wars, a roundtable discussion chaired by James Galbraith, with:
- Thomas Schelling, University of Maryland
- Linda Bilmes, Harvard University
- Clark Abt, Abt Associates
- Col. Douglas MacGregor, Center for Defense Information, Straus Military Reform Project
- Michael Intriligator, University of California at Los Angeles, Milken Institute

Saturday, January 6 at 2:30pm in the Skyway 260 room. Women and War, a joint session with IAFFE, chaired by Lourdes Beneria, Cornell University, with:
- Jennifer Rycenga, San Jose State University, How Institutional Religious Structures Impede or Enhance Women's Participation on Issues of Peace, Security, Equality and Creativity
- Derya Demiler, Istanbul Bilgi University, Gender Dimensions of Internal Displacement in Turkey
- Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University, Gender and Military Occupation in Iraq and Palestine
- Robert Reinauer, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Women and Post-conflict Economic Reconstruction in Guatemala
- Marguerite Waller, University of California - Riverside, Is Post-conflict Forced Prostitution a War Crime?
- Discussant: Elizabetta Addis, Universita degli Studi di Sassari

Saturday, January 6 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Annual Membership Meeting in the New Orleans room.

Sunday, January 7 from 10:00am to 12:30pm Annual Fellows Meeting will take place in the Burnham room.

Saturday, January 6 at 6:30pm. Annual Dinner will honor William Baumol. The Host Committee is chaired by Alan Blinder, Princeton University, and includes: Elizabeth Bailey, University of Pennsylvania; Peter Dougherty, Princeton University Press; Ralph Gomory, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Boyan Jovanovic, New York University; Alvin Klevorick, Yale University; Burton Malkiel, Princeton University; Janusz Ordover, New York University; Richard Quandt, Princeton University; Andrew Schotter, New York University; Carl Schramm, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Eytan Sheshinski, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Princeton University; Robert Strom, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Robert Willig, Princeton University; Edward Wolff, New York University; and Michael Worls, Thomson South-Western Publishers.
The dinner is generously supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Thomson South-Western Publishers. It will take place in the Regency D room.
To request an invitation to the dinner, please contact Thea Harvey.

Also this year in Chicago, EPS will have a booth in the exhibit hall, as we have at several past annual meetings. Our booth is all the way to the right as you enter the exhibit hall, right next to the coffee service.
We are looking for EPS members to volunteer to help staff the booth. If you can spare an hour during the conference, please contact 

HES ASSA Sessions 2007

1. Session Title: Adam Smith as Theologian
JEL: B12
Presiding: Jerry Evensky, Syracuse University
1st Presenter: Paul Oslington, University of New South Wales and Princeton Seminary, “The Natural Theological Context of Early Political Economy.”
2nd Presenter: Brendan Long, Parliament House Canberra and Australian Catholic University, “Adam Smith as Theologian.”
3rd Presenter: Deirdre McCloskey, University Illinois and Erasmus University of Rotterdam, “Adam Smith and a Theological Defense of Capitalism.”
4th Presenter: Jeffrey Young, St Lawrence University, “Ethics and Theology in Adam Smith.”

2. Session Title: “Chicago Economics in Historical and Philosophical Perspective”
JEL: B20
Presiding: Steve Medema, University of Colorado at Denver
1st Presenter: Ross B. Emmett, Michigan State University, “Did the Chicago School Reject Frank Knight?”
2nd Presenter: Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Good Old Chicago and Ethics"
3rd Presenter: David M. Levy, George Mason University, and Sandra Peart, Baldwin-Wallace College, “George Joseph Stigler: The Enduring Contribution”
4th Presenter: Eric Schliesser, Syracuse University/Leiden University, “Friedman, Positive Economics, and the Chilean Chicago Boys”
Philip E. Mirowski, Notre Dame University
Daniel Hammond, Wake Forest University

3. Session Title: The Nature and Significance of Economic Science: Robbins’ Essay, 75 Years On
Presiding: Bradley W. Bateman, Grinnell College
1st Presenter: Susan Howson (University of Toronto), “The Making of Robbins’ Essay”
2nd Presenter: Roger E. Backhouse (University of Birmingham) and Steven G. Medema (University of Colorado at Denver), “Defining Economics: Robbins’ Essay in Theory and Practice”
3rd Presenter: Gary S. Becker (University of Chicago), “Robbins’ Essay and the Scope of Economics”
4th Presenter: William Baumol (New York University), “Misunderstandings of Lionel Robbins’ Contributions to Welfare Theory”

4. Session Title: “Great Ideas for Teaching the History of Economic Thought”
JEL: A22
Presiding: Neil Skaggs, Illinois State University
1st Presenter: Ross Emmett, James Madison College, Michigan State University, "Surfing the Past: Online Resources for Teaching the History of Economic Thought"
2nd Presenter: Sandra Peart, Baldwin-Wallace College and David Levy, George Mason University "(Anti-) Economics and Cartoons: Teaching the History of Ideas Using the Popular Press"
3rd Presenter: Humberto Barreto, Wabash College “The ABCs of HOT: Basic Forms of a History of a Thought Course”
4th Presenter: Sherry Kasper, Maryville College, “Engaging Ideas: Active Learning Strategies for Teaching the History of Economic Thought”

Centre d’Economie de l’Université Paris Nord


Vendredi 8 décembre 2006 de 14 à 17h

Amphi Copernic – Institut Galilée - VILLETANEUSE 

Thomas Palley
(Economics for Democratic and Open societies,Washington)
Professeur invité à l’Université Paris 13

Is Keynes theory still relevant for the analysis of economic policy?

Discutants : Robert Boyer (PSE)
Edwin le Héron (IEP Bordeaux, ADEC)

H2S Seminar 2006-2007 program

Available papers are downloadable at:

Download the program

Society of Heterodox Economists – 2006 Conference

The program for the 2006 SHE Conference is attached. It will also be available, as will the abstracts for all papers from the SHE website on Tuesday morning.



Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

Rainforest Solutions Project

The Vancouver-based Rainforest Solutions Project is looking for a new Director of Socioeconomics. They are looking for "a good "think out of the box" economist, or someone with a skill set relevant to social and economic aspects of implementing ecosystem based management on the BC coast". See the link for more.

Keene State College

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position
To Begin Fall 2007

Keene State College’s Economics/Political Science Department seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning August 2007. The department consists of six tenure-track professors and offers a BA and a Minor in Economics, a Political Science Minor, contributes to an integrative studies program and participates in other interdisciplinary majors including Social Science.

Primary teaching responsibilities include introductory courses and Intermediate Microeconomics. Additional teaching opportunities in Law & Economics, Game Theory, History of Economic Thought, and Political Economy will be available. Our department also participates in several interdisciplinary programs on campus.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Economics as well as previous teaching experience, although highly-qualified ABD applicants will be considered. Salary at the rank of Assistant Professor will be $53,040, based on Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement.

Our faculty are currently engaged in a significant transformation of the academic program. In fall 2007, the college will transition from a 3-credit to a 4-credit curriculum and will implement a new general education approach named Integrative Studies. You can learn more about the Integrative Studies program at Faculty will typically teach three 4-credit courses per semester.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a statement of your teaching philosophy, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to: Economics Search Committee, FAC#26, Office of Human Resource Management, Keene State College, 229 Main Street, Keene, NH 03435-1604. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2007 and continue until position is filled.

To learn more about Keene State College, the University System of New Hampshire, and the Keene community, visit:,, or For information about the School of Sciences and Social Sciences visit: The College is a founding member of the New England Higher Education Consortium

Keene State College is a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a national alliance of leading liberal arts colleges in the public sector. The College is accredited by NEASC and its education programs are NCATE-accredited. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Keene State College is engaged in an effort to build a community that reflects the diversity of society.

Institute of Social Studies

The Hague, The Netherlands

The ISS is the largest international centre for higher education and research in Development Studies on the European continent.. Post-graduate teaching programmes are conducted in English at Diploma, MA and PhD levels.

The Institute of Social Studies has a vacancy for a Professor of Work, Employment and Development

The successful candidate must have a specialization and provide leadership in at least one and preferably two of the following three areas:
• Employment development;
• The changing organization, flexibilization, segmentation and upgrading of work;
• New forms of organizing and exercising labor interests and rights, and labor migration.
In all cases strong attention to policy will be required.

Further details of this position, the responsibilities and requirements for the post are indicated in the attached profile.
Information can also be obtained from the Search Committee, by letter to Professor I.P. van Staveren, by e-mail (, or by phone + 31-70 4260 602, or fax + 31- 70 4260 799.

Employment conditions:
Employment conditions are comparable to those at Dutch Universities.
Salary dependent on qualifications and experiences is in accordance with professorial scales applied at the universities in The Netherlands. The salary ranges from € 4641 (minimum) to
€ 6760 (maximum) gross per month, during twelve months per year.
In addition there is a 8% holiday allowance and a basic holiday entitlement of 43 days per calendar year. In addition, secondary employment conditions include a high degree of flexibility ( eg savings for sabbatical leave, special leave options etc.)

Application procedure:
Applications, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and the names of three referees, should reach the ISS before 1 January 2007, addressed to the Personnel Office (att Ms B.Tabink), Institute of Social Studies, PO Box 29776, 2502 LT The Hague, The Netherlands.

Women as well as candidates from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.
Short-listed candidates will be requested to supply samples of published output, at that stage their referees will be contacted.

AUT University Business School

Senior Lecturer in ECONOMICS

The Faculty of Business has a reputation as a leading provider of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate business education, with strong links to business, employers and professional bodies. The faculty has over 4200 students and 150 academic staff and our degree courses include a very successful Bachelor of Business, Master’s degrees (by research and course-work), MBA, and a growing PhD programme.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Economics who can make a valuable contribution to curriculum development, teaching and research in one or more of the following fields: microeconomics, macroeconomics, business economics, public policy, law and economics, economic and regional development, economic and industrial organisation.

You will have excellent communication skills and a passion for research and teaching. You should have experience in teaching on undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree programmes, as well as experience in supervising postgraduate students.

A doctoral qualification in economics is required. An ability to attract external research funding is desirable. Outstanding applicants with proven qualifications and a leading edge research record may be considered for the position of Professor or Associate Professor.

For more detailed information on the Faculty please see:  

Enquiries of an academic nature may be made by contacting the Head of Department LEAF, Mike French, Ph 64 09 9179999 extn 5425 or email

University of Redlands

A0 General Economics & Teaching
C1 Econometrics & Statistics

The University of Redlands invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in the Department of Economics, beginning September 2007.
Primary teaching responsibilities are in the area of quantitative economics (including undergraduate courses in econometrics and introductory statistics) and principles of microeconomics. Other teaching opportunities include managerial economics and mathematical economics. Appropriate training in applied econometrics is necessary. An appreciation of the liberal arts perspective is expected, and an acquaintance with heterodox economics and alternative paradigms is welcomed. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. in economics by the time of appointment. Rank is open. Salary is dependent upon rank. The teaching load is six courses per year. Send application letter, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching competency, sample of written work, official graduate school transcripts, and three letters of reference to Chair, Econometrics Search Committee, Department of Economics, P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373-0999. Please specify the position you are applying for as we have two open positions. Queries may be directed to Please send materials through the mail.
E-mail attachments will not be accepted. Candidates seeking interviews at the January 2007 ASSA/AEA meeting in Chicago should submit credentials by December 15, 2006. Position remains open until filled.
The University of Redlands is a private, comprehensive liberal arts institution located sixty miles east of Los Angeles, and is an equal opportunity employer. Additional information about the University and its mission and facilities is available at
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The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington

Feminist Economist - 07

The Evergreen State College seeks 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. We generally teach micro and macro economics in an interdisciplinary context that incorporates development, justice, poverty, labor, gender, race and environment. The successful candidate will apply the study of these issues to the situation in the US and in other geographic regions. The candidate will be able to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods (such as ethnography and oral history) into interdisciplinary programs.

Faculty have a significant amount of direct contact with students and enjoy a high degree of freedom to determine the subject matter, pace, emphasis, classroom strategies and modes of evaluation in the programs that they teach. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience or interest in using innovative pedagogy to engage students in developing their conceptual understanding of economics, particularly feminist economics, in understanding our contemporary social reality. The successful candidate should be interested in working with undergraduate students at all levels from introductory through advanced. Candidates who have a background and interest in interdisciplinary teaching beyond economics and in teaching with faculty from other disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply. We also encourage applicants who have had experience teaching and/or working with students from underrepresented populations.

Minimum Qualifications:
• M.A. in Economics

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Economics
• Experience with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research
• College level teaching experience
• Interest and ability to teach college level writing
• Experience teaching and/or working with students from underrepresented populations.

This is a Regular Faculty position, eligible for continuing appointment after two, three-year renewable contracts. Review of complete applications begins January 22, 2007 and will continue until finalists are selected.

For our complete job announcement and application process, review our website at: 

Contact Information:

Faculty Hiring Coordinator
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway, L-2211
Olympia, WA 98505

(360) 867-6861 voice
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(360) 867-6834 TDD


Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles

Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

By:Cerni MPhil
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Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

Historical Materialism

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Political Economy Quarterly

Vol.42 No.1(2005.4) 
CONTENTS (Vol.42, No.1)

- The 52st Annual Conference, Plenary Session: Contemporary Market Economy and Political Economy
Chaired by Ken’ichi HAGA and Shuichi KAKUTA
- Market and Capitalism: A New Marxist Understanding- Hiroshi OHNISHI
- The Compatibility of Equality with Efficiency:Markets in the perspective of Political Economy- Yoshikazu SATO
- On the Transformation of Employment Relationship in Contemporary Capitalism and Market Individualism- Koji MORIOKA
Comments by Yoshio KOMATSU, Michiaki OBATA
- Replies to the Comments and Discussion
Globalization or Denationalization: Comparing Research Strategies- Saskia SASSEN
International Marx Congress IV in Paris, Autumn 2004- Susumu TAKENAGA
- Inner Development Law of Shipping Technology: Accomplish the Theorem that Contradiction Exists between Power and Control in the Labour Process- Masami SAITO
- Versachlichung of Person in "Zur Kritik der Politischen Okonomie", and Versachlichung of Labour in "Das Kapital":
- In Connection with Historical Materialism and Labour Theory of Value- Akihiro YOKOYAMA
- Hiroshi OHNISHI, From Globalization to Military Imperialism- Yasuo GOTO
- Hiroyuki UNI, An Introduction to Political Economy -----Takashi OHNO
- Eiichi KATO, et al(eds.), Quo Vadis, Capitalism? : The End of Welfare Capitalism- Kunihiko KATO
- Nobuo OKISHIO, Modern Problems and Economics: Messages from Nobuo Okishio- Hiroshi OSADA
- Activities of JSPE
- The 52st Annual Conference of the JSPE (in Japanese)
- The 52nd Annual Conference of the JSPE(in English)
- Summaries of the Articles(in English)
- Editorial Postscript

History of Economics Review

Volume 44, Summer 2006.
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Revista Economia e Sociedade

Attached is the contents of the most recent issue of Revista Economia e Sociedade—a Brazilian journal in Portuguese. Linked to this are abstracts in English from the last three issues. The articles are downloadable from the journal’s website:  Abstracts are also available to download.

Journal of the History of Economic Thought

Volume 28 Number 4/December 2006 of Journal of the History of Economic Thought is now available at

This issue contains:

Odd Langholm
Nahid Aslanbeigui, Guy Oakes
Amedeo Fossati
Michael Pickhardt
Maiju Perälä
R. D. Freeman


The just published issue 2/2006 of Intervention. Journal of Economics completes the third volume of our German-English journal.
Intervention sees itself as a forum for heterodox approaches in economic theory and policy. The aims are mutual exchange and the discussion of different perspectives from different economic schools off the economic mainstream. The journal comes out on a half-yearly basis in mid-April and mid-November, respectively.
The current issue is dedicated to the thematic focus „The ‚New Monetary Policy‘ – A Critical Appraisal“ organised by three colleagues of the German Research Network Alternative Macro Policy. Philip Arestis, Sebastian Dullien, Giuseppe Fontana, Eckhard Hein, Thomas Palley, and Malcolm Sawyer have contributed to this thematic focus. The article by Thomas Palley “Currency Unions, the Phillips Curve, and Stabilization Policy: Some Suggestions for Europe” is available for free download at
Additionally, the issue features in its “Forum” section contributions on the labour market and labour market policy. Also included is an assessment of mandatory insurance against elementary risks, an introduction of the EuroMemorandum Group, and an interview with Hajo Riese.
Also in the future individual issues of the journal will be dedicated to a thematic focus. The next one will be issue 2/2007 with a focus on „How to Cope with Divergences in an Enlarging EU?“. For issue 1/2008 we plan a focus on theoretical, empirical and policy aspects of distribution. The current issue includes a Call for Papers for this special issue with the title „Inequality on the Rise?“ Further information on the journal as well as subscription information may be downloaded at
We would be very grateful if you would consider supporting Intervention by starting a subscription – in case you are not already a subscriber. We also would like to invite you to submit papers for the peer-reviewed part of the journal. Please tell friends and colleagues about our journal, and suggest a subscription to a librarian at your institution.
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International Review of Applied Economics

Volume 20 Number 5/December 2006 of International Review of Applied Economics is now available at

This issue contains:

- Special Issue: Industrial Development Policy
Keith Cowling
- Empirical Evidence on Industrial Policy using State Aid Data
Patrizio Bianchi, Sandrine Labory
- Corporate Governance and Economic Performance
Dennis C. Mueller


Heterodox Books, Book Series, and Book Reviews

Staples and Beyond

Attached is a pdf printable copy of a flyer, made for Mel Watkin's new book Staples and Beyond, which offers the buyer a 20% promotional discount. Mr. Watkins, and the editor Mr. Grant, provided me with your e-mail addresses. Feel free to mail or fax the completed order form to McGill-Queen's University Press.

Advances in Heterodox Economics

Over the past two decades, the intellectual agendas of heterodox economists have taken a decidedly pluralist turn. Leading heterodox thinkers have moved beyond the established paradigms of Austrian, Feminist, Institutional-Evolutionary, Marxian, Post Keynesian, Radical, Social, and Sraffian economics—opening up new lines of analysis, criticism, and dialogue among dissenting schools of thought. This cross-fertilization of ideas is creating a new generation of scholarship in which novel combinations of heterodox ideas are being brought to bear on important contemporary and historical problems.


• Socialism after Hayek, Ted Burczak
• Economics in Real Time: A Theoretical Reconstruction, John McDermott


• Future Directions for Heterodox Economics, John Harvey and Robert Garnett, eds.


• Tony Lawson and His Critics, Edward Fullbrook, ed.
• Class and Convention: A Critique of the Political Economy of Workers’ Rights, Ric McIntyre
• Informal Work in Developed Nations, Enrico Marcelli and Colin Williams, eds.
• I Do Solemnly Swear: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics, George DeMartino
• Environmental Economics: A Heterodox Approach, Robin Hahnel and Kristen Sheeran
• The Learning Society: Entrepreneurship and Social Learning in Non-Priced Environments, Emily Chamlee-Wright


Frederic Lee ( is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of Post Keynesian Price Theory and over seventy articles, chapters, and reviews for heterodox economic journals. He founded the Association of Heterodox Economics in 1999.

Robert Garnett ( is Associate Professor of Economics at Texas Christian University and Associate Director of ICAPE. He writes on the history, philosophy, and pedagogy of economics, focusing on issues of pluralism and economic knowledge.

Sheila Dow ( is Professor of Economics at Stirling University (UK). She is the author of Economic Methodology: An Inquiry, The Methodology of Macroeconomic Thought, and over one hundred articles and book chapters on economic theory and methodology.

Paul Downward ( is Professor of Economics at Loughborough University (UK). He is the author of Pricing Theory in Post Keynesian Economics, Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique, and numerous articles and book chapters.

John King ( is Professor of Economics at La Trobe University (Australia) and editor of the History of Economics Review. He has written, edited, and co-edited more than twenty books, including A History of Post Keynesian Economics, 1936-2000 and A History of Marxian Economics. Download Socialism after Hayek.pdf    Future Directions for Heterodox Economics.pdf 

The Origins of Development Economics

How Schools of Economic Thought Have Addressed Development

Edited by Jomo K. S. and Erik Reinert
Tulika Books, New Delhi, and Zed Books, London, 2005.

Historically, much economic thought, especially until the 1960s, has been pre-occupied with the central concerns of development economics. It is thus contemporary mainstream economics -- dominated by those with a touching faith in the virtues and infallibility of the market -- that emerges as almost exceptional when viewed in longer term perspective.
Although economics has gone through many changes over the centuries, the original developmental concerns of economists have persisted until relatively recently, ironically only diminishing as development economics emerged as a sub-discipline in the post-war period.
This book reviews the history of economic thought to highlight these enduring developmental concerns in earlier economic discourses. This survey also shows that various schools of economic thought over the years have pointed to the role of the state in leading and coordinating economic transformation and progress. In the second half of the 20th century, often static, abstract and formal approaches displaced historically informed and institutionally nuanced discourses. Thus, the narrow approaches of contemporary economics have marginalized greater appreciation of history and the other social sciences.
After two introductory chapters by Erik Reinert and Tamas Szentes, Erik and Sophus Reinert offer three fascinating surveys of mercantilism, the Italian tradition associated with its city states, as well as the later German economic tradition. Mushtaq Khan then surveys the historical debate over capitalist transformation. Jaime Ros reviews the impact of modern growth theory on pioneering development economists, while Amitava Dutt considers the role of international trade in early development economics. Finally, Alfredo Saad Filho assesses Latin American structuralism and dependency theory.

1. Jomo K. S. and Erik Reinert
2. Erik Reinert and Sophus Reinert
Mercantilism as Development Economics and Structural Change
3. Sophus Reinert
The Italian Tradition of Political Economy
4. Erik Reinert
German Economics as Development Economics
5. M. H. Khan
Capitalist Transformation
6. Amitava Dutt
International Trade In Early Development Economics
7. Alfredo Saad Filho
The Rise and Decline of Latin American Structuralism and Dependency Theory
8. Jaime Ros
The Pioneers of Development Economics and Modern Growth Theory
9. Tamas Szentes
Postscript: The Development of Development Economics – A Retrospective View

Pioneers of Development Economics: Great Economists on Development

Edited by Jomo K. S.
Tulika Books, New Delhi, and Zed Books, London, 2005.

The history of modern economic thought associated with the emergence of industrial capitalism over two centuries ago was pre-occupied with the question of economic transformation or development. This volume surveys important contributions to the economics of development by various economists, including many not normally considered as pioneers of development economics.
The two chapters following the Introduction point to the role of imperialist considerations in the early economic thought influencing the development discourse. Hugh Goodacre underscores the role of such considerations in William Petty's early colonial development policies, while Utsa Patnaik exposes the fundamental fallacy in David Ricardo's enduringly influential theory of comparative advantage in international trade.
Next, Mehdi Shafaeddin examines Friedrich List's mid-19th century ‘infant industry’ argument, built on the pioneering work of American ‘founding father’, Alexander Hamilton. Prabhat Patnaik then highlights Karl Marx's major contributions to development economics. Utsa Patnaik assesses Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s careful treatment of the agrarian question in Russia, contrasting it with the neoclassical economic revival of Chayanov’s populist analysis of peasantries.
Renee Prendergast assesses Alfred Marshall's contributions to thinking on economic development, suggesting much greater nuance than normally attributed to the father of marginal economic analysis. Jayati Ghosh highlights the enduring significance of Michal Kalecki's political economic approach to the study of post-colonial economies. John Toye underscores the significance for development economics of several less well-known analytical contributions by John Maynard Keynes. Amiya Bagchi then suggests how Nicholas Kaldor advanced Keynesian insights to enhance understanding of economic development.
Kari Polanyi Levitt highlights the developmental implications of Karl Polanyi's diverse contributions as well as development economics pioneers Raul Prebisch and Arthur Lewis. C. P. Chandrasekhar highlights Alexander Gerschenkeron’s novel insights for accelerating economic development from his study of economic history. Finally, Kunibert Raffer surveys Hans Singer's consistent advocacy of justice in economic development.

The New Development Economics: After The Washington Consensus

Edited by Jomo K. S. and Ben Fine
Tulika Books, New Delhi, and Zed Books, London, 2006.

Development Economics emerged in the 1950s and, during its first quarter century, evolved in the context of both the Cold War and de-colonisation. The ascendance of free market conservatism in the West in the early 1980s was followed by the consolidation of the counter-revolution against the “Old” Development Economics, together with a corresponding promotion of neo-liberal economic policies that came to be known as the Washington Consensus.
Over the last decade or more, reaction against the Washington Consensus has gathered momentum, pioneered within mainstream economics by those who emphasise institutions and market imperfections, as opposed to the virtues of the market. The chapters in this book provide expert and critical, but readable and up to date, expositions of this “New” Development Economics.
A longer view of development economic thought is provided on the topics covered. Considerable emphasis is placed on the extent to which the insights of earlier thought on development have been abandoned. As such, the volume provides a critical introductory survey of the New Development Economics, invaluable to all interested in Economics and Development Studies for academic, campaigning and policy purposes.

The Long Twentieth Century Globalization Under Hegemony: The Changing World Economy

Edited by Jomo K. S.,
Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2006
One of two companion volumes, this collection offers rich historical insights into different dimensions of economic developments as they affect globalization. The essays trace factors that have been responsible for the growing inequalities between the North and the South— exploitative colonialism as well as trade, capital and labour flows—during the ‘long twentieth century’, the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
‘The Free Lunch’ underscores the significant contribution of transfers from the colonies for capital accumulation during the early decades of the Industrial Revolution. Two chapters compare and contrast the earlier episode of globalization in the half-century before World War One with the contemporary episode since the end of the twentieth century. Three essays consider the significance of capital flows, the terms of trade and flows of un-free labour in the world economy during the long 20th century. The two concluding essays underscore the significance of pro-active interventional states for all major development episodes in recent centuries as well as the key role of trade and industrial policies in such efforts.
Taken together, the essays suggest that economic and political globalization during the long twentieth century has benefited the North, often at the expense of the South, besides identifying the necessary conditions for achieving economic development.

The Long Twentieth Century The Great Divergence: Hegemony, Uneven Development and Global Inequality

Edited by Jomo K. S.
Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2006
One of two self-contained companion volumes, this unusual collection surveys the transformation of major regions of the south during the course of the ‘long twentieth century’. individual essays examine the transformation of particular regions of the south, highlighting not only the uneven development in the region, but also the unequal relations between north and south, often, but not necessarily, associated with political domination.
Eminent historians from the South provide insightful surveys of the transformation of Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia and India from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. These regional surveys show the continuing significance of economic hegemony, as well as its implications for economic development and performance during a period when the North-South economic gap grew. Two chapters challenge received wisdom about the notion of the mode of production in the analysis of imperialism as well as Lenin’s treatment of the subject.
For its panoramic grasp of the issues that have been relevant to the history of colonialism and the period since, this remarkable collection will attract students and scholars of history, economics, sociology, politics and development studies.

1. Introduction
Jomo K. S.
2. The Concept Of The Mode Of Production And The Theory Of Imperialism
Prabhat Patnaik
3. Latin America And The World Economy In The Long Twentieth Century
Jose Antonio Ocampo
4. Africa: The Long Twentieth Century
Bill Freund
5. Imperialism In Africa
Lance van Sittert
6. The Middle East In The Long Twentieth Century
Faruk Tabak
7. Southeast Asia: Imperial Possession and Dispossession in the Long Twentieth Century
Maria Serena Diokno
8. India In The Long Twentieth Century
Sumit Sarkar
9. Lenin’s Theory Of Imperialism Today
Prabhat Patnaik

International Finance and Development

Edited by Jose Antonio Ocampo, Jan Kregel and Stephany Griffith-Jones
United Nations, Orient Longman, Third World Network and Zed Books

International Finance and Development offers a comprehensive survey of the major financing issues influencing economic development since the historic Monterrey Consensus of the International Conference on Financing for Development in 2002. As most recent international private capital flows have been unlikely to significantly enhance new productive investments in the developing countries, it is necessary to design appropriate mechanisms to ensure they contribute to development. However, recent trends in official development financing offer some grounds for optimism, although much more needs to be done. External debt problems of many developing countries, especially the least developed countries, seem likely to continue to constrain their prospects for development. The final part on systemic issues highlights new concerns and the modest progress in ensuring that the international monetary and financial system better serves economic growth and development throughout the world, especially in the developing countries.

Policy Matters: Economic And Social Policies To Sustain Equitable Development

Edited by Jose Antonio Ocampo, Jomo K. S. and Sarbuland Khan
United Nations, Orient Longman, Third World Network and Zed Books
Policy Matters advances the analytical debate in elaborating relevant economic and social policies to achieve more sustainable and equitable development in our times. Early chapters underscore the importance of ensuring equity, not only as a desirable end in itself, but also to enhance economic growth and ensure social stability and political security. The following chapters suggest that the promises of trade and financial liberalization have not been realized. Trade liberalization may well have worsened unemployment as well as working conditions besides undermining existing productive capacities and reducing the ‘policy space’ for developing better and competitive new economic capacities. Meanwhile, financial liberalization does not seem to have contributed to economic growth while exacerbating economic volatility, instability and crises. The debates on ‘scaling up’ aid and aid-induced ‘welfare colonialism’ as well as appropriate monetary and exchange rate policies are engaged. The issue of poverty programme targeting efficiency and the social policy debate on universalism versus targeting conclude this rich and important volume.

Flat World, Big Gaps: Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty and Inequality

Edited by Jomo K. S. with Jacques Baudot
United Nations, Orient Longman, Third World Network and Zed Books
Flat World, Big Gaps critically considers the impact of economic liberalization and globalization on inequality and poverty. The first half surveys the major analytical issues in the recent study of global inequalities. After a brief survey of different approaches to international income inequalities, the second chapter notes that indicators of economic growth performance as well as international economic inequities have deteriorated in the last quarter-century compared to the 1960s and 1970s. The following three chapters critically consider recent trends as well as their implications from different perspectives. High global inequalities mean that a very small share of economic growth -- which often exacerbates living conditions for the poor -- actually trickles down to the poor, who make up half the world's population. The second half of the volume surveys recent inequality trends in various parts of the world including the OECD, the USA, Eastern Europe and the CIS economies, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, India, East Asia and China.


Heterodox Associations, Institutes, and Departments

Encuentro de Economistas de Izquierda

Este es un foro de discusión, estudio y elaboración de políticas económicas alternativas de economistas de izquierda de Argentina.
Surgida al calor de las luchas de los trabajadores argentinos en las jornadas históricas del 19 y 20 de diciembre de 2001.
Del debate democrático en su seno, se están elaborando planes de acción política, económica y organizativas que puedan convertirse en una usina teórica de la izquierda.

German Keynes Society


Die Keynes-Gesellschaft
Warum Keynes?

Die meisten Industriestaaten erleben seit mindestens 20 Jahren eine dauerhaft hohe Arbeitslosigkeit bei schwachem Wirtschafts­wachstum, und - wie schon in der Weltwirt­schafts­krise ab 1929 - ertönt der Ruf nach Lohn- und Preis­senkungen sowie nach Kürzungen bei den Sozialtransfers. Offenbar sind die damaligen Erfahrungen, die theoretischen Erkenntnisse von Keynes und die darauf aufbauende wirtschaftspolitische Botschaft weiterhin in Vergessenheit geraten. Diese besagt im Kern: Für eine Wiedergewinnung hoher Beschäftigung ist eine entsprechend hohe Güter­nachfrage erforderlich. Eine Senkung von Preisen und Löhnen ist dagegen der falsche Weg; denn die Erwartung, zusätzliches Angebot schaffe sich gemäß Say Say’schem Gesetz seine Nachfrage, ist für eine Geldwirtschaft trügerisch. Vielmehr verharrt das Wirtschaftssystem bei unzureichender Güternachfrage in einem Gleichgewicht bei Unterbeschäftigung.

Die Keynes Gesellschaft hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die Diskussion und die Verbreitung der wirtschafts­wissen­schaftlichen Erkenntnisse von John Maynard Keynes, dem bedeutendsten Ökonom des 20. Jahrhunderts, der von 1883 – 1946 lebte, sowie der darauf aufbauenden Theorien zu fördern. Insbesondere für die nachwachsenden Studenten­genera­tionen erscheint dies umso notwendiger, als in der Lehre an vielen - vor allem deutschsprachigen - Universitäten die keynesianische Ökonomie und die Ökonomie von Keynes nur sehr stiefmütterlich behandelt werden. Daher ist die Theorie von Keynes inzwischen keineswegs jedem Absolventen einer wirtschafts­wissen­schaft­lichen Fakultät vertraut, zumal sie in den meisten Lehrbüchern der Volkswirtschaftslehre verwässert oder verfälscht dargestellt wird, nämlich als eine spezielle Theorie, die nur für tiefe Depressionen oder nur in der sehr kurzen Frist gültig sei. Deshalb wollen wir allen Interessierten – besonders natürlich den Studierenden – über das Internet einen Zugang zu Keynes eröffnen, damit sie sich selbst ein Urteil bilden können.

Es empfiehlt sich insbesondere in Deutschland in wirtschaftspolitischen Debatten nicht, Argumentationslinien mit einem Verweis auf Keynes zu stützen, da sein Name mit augenfälligen Misserfolgen der Wirtschaftspolitik in Verbindung gebracht wird: Inflation, steigende Staatsschulden und selbst hohe Arbeitslosigkeit werden als Beleg für Defizite in der Keynes’schen Theorie angeführt, ohne zwischen dieser Theorie und ihrer wirtschaftspolitischen Anwendung (die nicht immer glücklich war) zu unterscheiden. Auch wird die erfolgreiche keynesianisch inspirierte Makropolitik US-amerikanischer Regierungen und Großbritanniens ignoriert. Insbesondere war Inflation nie ein Ausweg oder gar ein Ziel für Keynes; Keynes war kein Inflationist.

Notwendig ist auch eine Auseinandersetzung mit anderen Nationalökonomen, die im 20. Jahrhundert in der wirtschaftspolitischen Diskussion eine herausragende Rolle gespielt haben, insb. Schumpeter (1883-1950), Hayek (1899-1992) und Friedman (*1912). Ihre Namen sind im politisch-wissenschaftlichen Diskurs häufig positiv besetzt, obwohl (oder vielleicht gerade weil?) sich ihr Werk keineswegs durch eine konsistente und erfolgreich umgesetzte Theorie-Praxis-Symbiose auszeichnet. Ihre Lehren sind entweder komplementär zu Keynes (dies gilt für Schumpeter, aber teilweise auch für Hayek) oder sie gelten für Situationen in der Nähe der Vollbeschäftigung, sind daher auf die gegenwärtige Situation nicht anwendbar (Friedman).

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The full text of the WESS 2006 is available for downloading free of charge on our webpage: . The WESS 2006 can also be purchased on the website as a print publication.

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