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Issue 62: May 21, 2008

From the Editor

The Newsletter is full of interesting conferences, seminars, jobs, journals and books. I would especially like to call your attention to the Waters Research grant that the Association for Social Economics awards each year. Doctoral students and young PhDs are especially encourage to apply for the grant. In addition, there is an position for a budding social/green economist advertised at the University of Wales; a description of the first meeting of the Brazilian Keynesian Association; and the publication of a very interest book, “Are Worker Rights Human Rights?” Finally, you should check out the new heterodox websites; and under FYI the IIPPE entry and the “New Web Exhibit” entry.

Under the heading of “Believe It or Not”: the mainstream economists at Monash University (Australia) consider only two heterodox journals (CJE and the JPKE) as publishing high quality research and if an economist publishes exclusively in any other heterodox journal, any history of economic thought journal, book chapters, and/or books, the individual is deemed ‘research inactive’.

Lastly, I was contacted by an undergraduate economics student who asked me where he might be able to go to graduate school to study anarchist-environmental economics. I could not think of any graduate school—can anybody help me on this?

Fred Lee

In this issue:
  Call for Papers
  - Well-Being: Are we happy with our standard of living?
- Special Issue of the Review of Radical Political Economics
- Macroeconomic Policies on Shaky Foundations -- Whither Mainstream Economics?
- William R. Waters Research Grant
- Special Issue of European Journal of Economic and Social Systems
- 11th SCEME Seminar in Economic Methodology
  Conferences, Seminars and Lectures
  - Policy History Conference
- 2nd Annual Conference on the History of Recent Economics
- The Historical Society's 2008 Conference
- Business History after Chandler
- Ports and Urban Economic Activity In the Globalization Era
- UK History of Economic Thought
- History of Telecommunication Conference (HISTELCON)
- Engines of Growth: Innovation, Creative Destruction, and Human Capital Accumulation
- Industrial History, Industrial Culture: Representations Past, Present, Future
- Probabilistic Political Economy: "Laws of Chaos" in the 21st Century
- Center for Popular Economics Summer Institute 2008
- A Crisis of Financialisation?
- Systematic Mixed- Methods Research Workshop on 6 June 2008
- Theory Testing in Economics and the Error Statistical Perspective
- Reading the Grundrisse
- L'ANI sur la modernisation du marché du travail
- Changing Dimensions of Social Inequality in Russia and Eastern Europe
- "It’s the Economic Recovery Plan, Stupid"
- Penser la monnaie en crise(s)
- Marx and Philosophy
Job Postings for Heterodox Economists
  - Wellesley Centers for Women
- Auckland University of Technology
- University of Hawaii
- Kingston University, London
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Wales Institute- Cardiff
  Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles
  - Keynes 125 years - what have we learned
- Back to the Drawing Board: No basis for concluding the Doha Round of Negotiations
- Brazilian Keynesian Association – First Meeting
- Developing Quantitative Marxism
  Heterodox Journals and Newsletters
  - Feminist Economics
- Associative Economics Bulletin
- Economia e Sociedade, Campinas
- New Political Economy
  Heterodox Books and Book Series
  - Are Worker Rights Human Rights?
- Historical Materialism Book Series
- Dollars & Sense
- The Falling Rate of Profits in West Germany - The Manufacturing and the Non-Manufacturing Sectors
- The History of Economic Thought: A Reader
- The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas
  Heterodox Book Reviews
  - The Future of Europe
- Imagining Economics Otherwise: Encounters with Identity/Difference
- Governing Transformative Technological Innovation: Who is in Charge?
- The Years of High Econometrics
  Heterodox Graduate Program and PhD Scholarships
  - The University of Siena
Heterodox Websites and Blogs
  - Heterodox Theory of Social Costs - K. William Kapp
- Marxists Internet Archive
- The Colonisation of Social Sciences by Economic
  For Your Information
  - Kyle Bruce
- The Phillips Machine: The computer model that once explained the British economy
- Stanley Bober
- International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)
- New Web Exhibit: "Motor City Voices: Race, Labor and De-Industrialization"

Call for Papers

Well-Being: Are we happy with our standard of living?

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche Università degli Studi di Cassino
Cassino (Italy), September 26-27, 2008

“…there will be ever larger and larger classes and groups of people from whom problems of economic necessity have been practically removed.”
“Thus for the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem-how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which  science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well.” Keynes (1930)
In the last decade, household debt has been rising, relative to income, in several industrialized countries. At the micro level, household surveys report an increase in the number of families  who are unable to save, or who experience some other kind of financial or economic stress. This is sometime related to a decrease in self reported happiness. This evidence may be at odds with growth in output, which has not decelerated and has actually increased in some countries. Consumption and saving patterns may also be related to changes in the distribution of income, which has been substantial, although with different characteristics across countries.
So, was Keynes entirely wrong in his “Economic possibilities for our grandchildren”, where he predicted in 1930 that “the economic problem may be solved, or be at least within sight of solution, within a hundred years”, through income growth enjoyed by a growing share of the population, and resulting in a decrease of working hours and an increase in leisure?
The aim of the conference is to collect state-of-the-art contributions on these issues, at the micro, macro and policy levels. Sections will be devoted to problems related to how we measure well-being, poverty and happiness, to differences between perceived and effective well-being, to how well-being is related to income growth and the distribution of income, to the role of economic policy.
Papers on these or related topics are welcome. Authors are free to submit more than one paper for different sessions. If you wish to organize a session (4 papers on the same topic) please contact the organizing committee. A discussant will be assigned to each paper. All papers will be distributed through the conference web site. A selection of papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
Paper proposals, including an abstract and JEL codes, should be submitted by email no later than June 30th, 2008. Papers accepted for the conference should be submitted no later than September 1st, 2008.
The conference will be held in Cassino, which is located half-way between Rome and Naples. We will provide transportation to/from Rome airport. All participants will be required to provide for their own expenses; details on accommodation opportunities at special rates will be provided on the conference web site.
Registration and Conference Fee
You may register on the conference web site, or directly at the conference.
There is a Conference fee of €150, which will cover for all meals and coffee breaks, and for conference materials.
Scientific Committee
Philip Arestis, University of Cambridge & Levy Economics Institute
Marina Bianchi, Università di Cassino
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, Levy Economics Institute
Maurizio Pugno, Università di Cassino
Gennaro Zezza, Università di Cassino & Levy Economics Institute
For additional information please contact:
Gennaro Zezza 
Tel +39 0776 2994641
Fax. +39 0776 2994834
Conference web site :

Special Issue of the Review of Radical Political Economics

Economic Democracy
Economic democracy is a theme that has run through radical and progressive theory and practice. Broadly, it stands for an expansion of democratic practice beyond the political realm, into the economic aspects of our lives. It has been applied at the microeconomic level in pursuit of workers’ self-management and related cooperative structures. It also suggests the need for planning, where democracy would be fundamental to decision making about an economy’s objectives and means of achieving them. It has been used as a term to expand the role of organized labor in management, and to link unions more fundamentally to national political processes. Today it also has application to household decision making, and to aspirations for global forms of

All of the themes mentioned above are relevant to this special issue, and there are no doubt others of importance that we have overlooked. In the past few decades the term economic democracy has appeared in book titles, and as an aspiration of political movements. The RRPE’s Editorial Board thinks that it is time to reinvestigate issues that fall under this theme, and a special issue is put forward as a partial means to that end. We see this discussion as critical to renewing radical thought and re-energizing the left in the United States, and in other nations and localities.

We invite papers on all aspects of economic democracy, at levels from the household to the global economy, and on topics related to inclusion, participation in decisions that affect one’s life, self-fulfillment, and realization of aspirations to be a more engaged citizen. Race, gender, ecology, and other fields of inquiry are appropriate, if linked to expanding our practice of democracy or barriers to doing so.

It is a common belief that capitalism sets strict limits on how much democratic practice is possible in society. Is this the case? If so, how would various forms of socialist society remove this barrier?
All aspects of economic activity are relevant to this topic, as we seek to encourage broad rethinking of what it means to use democratic practice in material provisioning. Various forms of democratic practice are also at issue, including direct participation and representative democracy; geographic forms that suit local, national,and global practice; and democratic practice across households, private for profit and nonprofit firms, the cooperative sector, and the public sector itself.

Submissions are due by May 1, 2009, and must follow the Instructions to Contributors listed in each issue of the Review, on the RRPE section of the URPE website, or available from the Managing Editor. All submissions are subject to the usual review procedures and they should not be under review with any other publication. We strongly encourage authors to send a brief title and abstract as soon as possible, so we can coordinate timely publication of the issue. Send 4 copies to Hazel Dayton Gunn, Managing Editor, Review of Radical Political Economics, Department of City and Regional Planning, 106 W. Sibley Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, U.S.A.

Macroeconomic Policies on Shaky Foundations -- Whither Mainstream Economics?

The *Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies* would like to invite you to submit a paper for its 12th conference on
*Macroeconomic Policies on Shaky Foundations -- Whither Mainstream Economics?*
31 October – 1 November 2008, in Berlin.

Mainstream economics seems to be changing. The homo economicus has repeatedly been called into questions; many macroeconomic models are not based on a market clearing equilibrium any more. How profound are these changes in mainstream economics? What, if any, is the new orthodoxy in macroeconomics? What are the implications for Post-Keynesian macroeconomics? And how is the relationship between these developments and macroeconomic policies? The 12th conference of the Research Network will address these developments and questions.
The submission of papers in the following areas is encouraged:
- Orthodoxy/Mainstream/Heterodoxy. Past and Present Developments
- Is there Common Ground for Heterodox Economics?
- What Can Macroeconomists Learn From Institutional, Experimental and Post Walrasian Economics?
- Post-Keynesianism and the New Consensus Model
- Towards a Post-Keynesian Consensus?
- Monetary Policy under the Conditions of Ambiguous Theoretical Grounds
- The Return of Discretionary Fiscal Policy?

For the open part of the conference the submission of papers on the general subject of the Research Network is encouraged as well. We also encourage the submission of papers for graduate student sessions, on the specific subject of this conference or on the general subject of the Research Network.

Conference language is English. Selected papers (in English or in German) will be published after the conference.
Invited speakers include David Colander, John King, Bruno Amable, Philip Arestis, Marc Lavoie, Charles Goodhart and Tom Palley

The *deadline* for paper proposals is *30 June 2008*. Please send an abstract (one page) to Torsten Niechoj ( ). Decisions will be made until the end of July. Accepted papers should be sent in by 15 October to be posted on the conference web page.

The Research Network is organised by Sebastian Dullien (FHTW Berlin), Trevor Evans (FHW Berlin), Jochen Hartwig (KOF/ETH Zürich), Eckhard Hein (IMK, Düsseldorf), Hansjörg Herr
(FHW Berlin), Torsten Niechoj (IMK, Düsseldorf), Jan Priewe (FHTW Berlin), Peter Spahn (University of Hohenheim), Engelbert Stockhammer (WU Wien), Claus Thomasberger (FHTW
Berlin) and Achim Truger (IMK, Düsseldorf) with financial support from the Hans Böckler Foundation.
More on the Research Network:

William R. Waters Research Grant

The Association for Social Economics sponsors each year a competition for a grant of $5000 to support the research efforts of a junior faculty member or a Ph.D. student nearing completion of the degree. The Grant Application and instructions can be found on the ASE website at The deadline for submission of the Application is November 1, 2008.
The Award will be announced at the ASSA meetings in San Francisco, California, January 3-6, 2009.

The Association for Social Economics, established in 1941, was formed to advance scholarly research and writing about the great questions of economics, human dignity, ethics, and  philosophy. Its members seek to explore the ethical foundations and implications of economic analysis, along with the individual and social dimensions of economic problems, and to help shape economic policy that is consistent with the integral values of the person and a humane community. Applications will be accepted at any time until November 1, 2008.

Special Issue of European Journal of Economic and Social Systems

Money and Technology: The Role of Financing in the Process of Evolution

Guest Editors:

Both financing and technological progress (money and technology) represent the macroeconomic variables upon which the capitalist accumulation depends. Already Schumpeter acknowledged to what extent innovation and therefore development rely upon the credit system: «Entrepreneurs borrow all the “funds” they need both for creating and for operating their plants – i.e., for acquiring both their fixed and their working capital. Nobody else borrows. Those “funds” consist in means of payment created ad hoc. But although in themselves these propositions are nothing but pieces of analytical scaffolding, to be removed when they have served their purpose, the logical relation which they embody, between what is called “credit creation by banks” and innovation, will not be lost again. This relation, which is fundamental for understanding of the capitalist engine, is at the bottom of all the problems of money and credit, at least as far as they are not simply problems of public finance.» (Schumpeter, Business Cycle, Porcupine Press, Philadelphia, 1989, p. 85 [1939]) Today, also within the neo-Schumpeterian School, researchers tend to overlook the monetary character of the economic process. In so doing, their analysis of technological progress is detached from the analysis of financial rules.

Secondly, the crisis of the Fordist accumulation regime, the evolution of the credit policies and financial products entailed the change of logical Schumpeter’s succession credit-innovation-profit. The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring together a collection of papers that focuses on the understanding both of how banking and finance system effectively works and its role in shaping firms’ innovative strategies and in determining their performances.

Theoretical as well as empirical contributes are accepted, and no methodological constraints are aprioristically given. Interdisciplinary papers are welcome. Some research topics that are of particular interest are:

_ Credit policy and firm innovative strategies
_ Financial structure and Knowledge based economy
_ Financial structure, knowledge structure and performance of inter-organisational network
_ Money, uncertainty and technological paths
_ Process of Evolution in a Finance-led economy
_ Technological Progress and Monetary Crisis

Time Frame for the Special Issue

Authors submit extended abstract (max 1200 words) to the Guest Editors June 15, 2008
Authors receive initial editorial decision June 30, 2008
Authors submit papers to Guest Editors Sept. 15, 2008
Authors receive comments from the Guest Editors (at least one referee report per submission), Oct. 15, 2008
Authors submit revised papers to Guest Editors Nov. 15, 2008
Tentative publication date Dec. 2008

Potential contributors should submit a WORD or PDF version of their paper to the guest editors via email (  and ). Papers will be blind reviewed by one reviewer as well as by the Guest Editors.

11th SCEME Seminar in Economic Methodology

Joint with the Post Keynesian Economics Study Group and the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics

‘Methodology After Keynes’
Saturday 20th September, 2008 University of Stirling, UK
The Stirling Centre for Economic Methodology (SCEME) and the Post Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG) would like to invite proposals for contributions to the eleventh seminar in a series on the methodology of economics. We are very pleased to be able to announce that Anna Carabelli, University of Piemonte Orientale, will lead the discussion with a paper on ‘Economic theory after Keynes: a new methodological approach. A coherent interpretation’.
Click here for detailed information.


Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

Policy History Conference

Three Plenary Sessions
The Journal of Policy History is holding a Conference on Policy History  at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza in St. Louis from May 29 to June 1, 2008. All topics concerning history, development and implementation of public policy, American political development, and comparative historical analysis will be considered.

2nd Annual Conference on the History of Recent Economics

Papers on the post-WWII era are preferred for the 2nd Annual Conference on the History of Recent Economics (HISRECO),  at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal from June 5-7, 2008.

The Historical Society's 2008 Conference

U.S. Labor History
The Historical Society's 6th conference June 5-8, 2008 at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland has a session on Globalization, American Working-Class Activism, and New Directions in U.S. Labor History, .

Business History after Chandler

Alfred DuPont Chandler Jr. (1918-2007)
On July 4-5, 2008 the Association of Business Historians hold their annual meeting (Business History after Alfred Chandler,  at the University of Birmingham. Professor Leslie Hannah is keynote speaker ("American Whigs and the Business History of Europe"). 

Ports and Urban Economic Activity In the Globalization Era

There is a session on "Ports and urban economic activity in the globalization era" ( ) at the 10th Congress of the Asociación Española de Historia Económica (AEHE),  in Murcia, Spain in September 2008. 

UK History of Economic Thought

40th Annual Conference
The 40th annual UK History of Economic Thought Conference   will be held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland over September 3 to 5, 2008. Papers on all aspects of the history of economics and economic thought are welcome.

Markets as Institutions: History and Theory

The 3rd European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy symposium, Markets as Institutions: History and Theory, , is to be held on September 5 and 6, 2008 in collaboration with the Economic Policy Laboratory of Athens University of Economics and Business.

History of Telecommunication Conference (HISTELCON)

The IEEE 2008 History of Telecommunication Conference,  on September 11-12, Cercle National des Armées Saint Augustin, Paris intends to build a comprehensive view of optical and electronic communication history, through papers investigating formative developments in over 200 years.

Engines of Growth: Innovation, Creative Destruction, and Human Capital Accumulation

A number of sessions at the Economic History Association Meetings, , in New Haven, Connecticut on September 12-14, 2008 are devoted to the theme "The Engines of Growth: Innovation, Creative Destruction, and Human Capital Accumulation" but papers on all subjects in economic history are welcome. 

Industrial History, Industrial Culture: Representations Past, Present, Future

A European Graduate School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research advanced seminar at the University of Swansea, UK on September 17-20, 2008 seeks to bring together students from different backgrounds to discuss Industrial History, Industrial Culture: Representations Past, Present, Future,  and related issues.

Probabilistic Political Economy: "Laws of Chaos" in the 21st Century
July 14 -- 17, 2008
Kingston University, UK
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication in 1983 of "Laws of Chaos: a probabilistic approach to political economy" by Emmanuel Farjoun and Moshé Machover.
Click here for detailed information.

Center for Popular Economics Summer Institute 2008

CPE's Summer Institute is a week-long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, and anyone who wants a better understanding of economics. We focus on the how the economic system impacts our lives, communities and work every day. Although activists from all over the world attend the Summer Institutes, classes and workshops are taught in English. No background in economics is required.

The institute offers two tracks, one on the domestic economy and another on the international economy. This year's institute also includes a special track on The Economics of Immigration and Migration. We're hoping people spread the word to fellow activists and those interested in a popular understanding of the economy. Scholarships are available. More information:

A Crisis of Financialisation?

One-day conference
May 30, 2008
University of London
Khalili Theatre
Click here for the program.
For more details, contact Costas Lapavitsas: 

Systematic Mixed- Methods Research Workshop on 6 June 2008

We are holding a public event with 7 expert speakers and a Masterclass on June 6th at the Univ. of Manchester.
Mixed methods is useful for interdisciplinary research.
We introduce mixed methods and share our expertise in NVIVO, QCA, Fuzzy Set analysis, and integrating the findings from Quant and Qual. Our method is to present an introduction and then several worked examples. Papers and presentations will be on the Web, and handouts available to participants on the day. Discussion during Lunch and a Masterclass.
Special focus on case-study methods, integrating interviews with surveys, how to proceed when findings conflict, and data management.
If you wish to peruse the web area, register to come on June 6th and find out more, see:
The event programme is held at:
The event is from 10am to 4pm and includes lunch. Cost 10 pounds students and concessions; 60 pounds for employees.

Theory Testing in Economics and the Error Statistical Perspective

Professor Aris Spanos, Economics, Virginia Tech University

Thursday, 5 June 2008
4.00-6.00pm, Lakatos Building, T206
London School of Economics, London WC2A 2AE

For a domain of inquiry to live up to standards of scientific objectivity it is generally required that its theories be tested against empirical data. The central philosophical and methodological problems of economics may be traced to the unique character of both economic theory and its non-experimental (observational) data. Alternative ways of dealing with these problems are reflected in rival methodologies of economics. My goal here will not be to promote any one such methodology at the expense of its rivals so much, as to set the stage for understanding and making progress on the conundrums in the methodology and philosophy of economics. This goal, I maintain, requires understanding the changing roles of theory and data in the development of economic thought, along side of the shifting philosophies of science which explicitly or implicitly find their way into economic theorizing and econometric practice. Given that this requires both economists and philosophers of science to stand outside their usual practice and reflect on their own assumptions, it is not surprising that this goal has been rather elusive.

Reading the Grundrisse

July 15th- 18th, 2008
Aula 3, Via Salvecchio 19
Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Bergamo Upper Town

Click here for detailed information.

L'ANI sur la modernisation du marché du travail

Alexandre Fabre, Florence Lefresne et Carole Tuchszirer présenteront leurs travaux sur :
"L'ANI sur la modernisation du marché du travail"

Evelyn Serverin, Julie Valentin, Thierry Kirat, Damien Sauze et Raphaël Dalmasso présenteront leur article :
"Evaluer le droit du travail à la lumière de son contentieux : comparaison des droits et des procédures, mesure des actions"
Mardi 10 juin 2008 de 10h00 à 12h00 à l'OFCE
Le programme du séminaire est en pièce jointe


L'ADEK vous signale cette journée d'études sur le thème


mercredi 28 mai 2008
Amphithéâtre du Pôle d'Economie et de Gestion Université de Bourgogne (Dijon)

Vous trouverez le programme en pièce jointe.
La Journée d'études est organisée, dans le cadre des SEMINAIRES DU LEG, par le CEMF-FARGO, équipe du Laboratoire d'Economie et de Gestion, UMR 5118 CNRS & Université de Bourgogne.
Contact : Ludovic DESMEDT

En espérant que vous pourrez assister à cette Journée d'études.

Changing Dimensions of Social Inequality in Russia and Eastern Europe

A series of CEELBAS one-day seminars

Social Class and Social Inequality in Russia and Eastern Europe May 30th 2008, Dahrendorf Room, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford

The collapse of the socialist variant of modernity in Eastern Europe is one of a number of factors underpinning the wider demise of ‘class’ as a focus of political and academic attention. However, the concept of ‘class’
remains vital in understanding the nature of social inequality and patterns of social stratification, not least in those societies undergoing ‘transition’ from socialist to capitalist systems. The transformations taking place in post-Socialist societies have in some cases seen the emergence of extreme levels of income differentiation, and raise questions about processes of social mobility, the experience of class-based inequality, and the expression of class in the political realm. This one-day seminar, organised by the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies, brings together a range of speakers in order to address these and other questions relating to emerging patterns of class-based inequalities in post-Socialist Russia and Eastern Europe.

Topics to be addressed by the seminar include:
- Workers and the weakness of collective action
- The experience of the post-Socialist working class
- Subjective dimensions of social class and perceptions of social inequality
- Prospects for and processes of social mobility
- Class dimensions of social networks

Attendance at the seminar is free and open to all. However, please register your interest with the organiser of the seminar by emailing

For directions to the college and a map of the college grounds, visit

Full Programme

11:00-12:40: Workers and the weakness of collective action (chair: Charles
Alexandra Janovskaia (LSE): Metalworker Unions in post-Communist Central
Europe: Enterprise Coalitions for Production Maria Bytchkova (LSE): Tripartism in Russia: a Response to Trade Union Weakness?
1:20-3:00: Being working class in post-Socialism (chair: tbc) Alison Stenning (University of Newcastle): Working Class Lives in post- Socialist Europe Charles Walker (University of Oxford): ‘Learning to Labour’ in post-Soviet
Russia: Working-Class Routes to Adulthood
3:20-5:00: Emerging patterns and perceptions of class inequalities (chair:
Christopher J. Gerry, SSEES)
Alexey Bessudnov (University of Oxford): Social Class and Income in post- Soviet Russia Stephen Whitefield and Matthew Loveless (University of Oxford): Being Unequal and Seeing Inequality: Economic Experience and Perceptions of Social Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe
5:30-7:00: Who benefits from networks? Class and Social Capital (chair:
Charles Walker)
Anna-Maria Salmi (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki):
Class Dimensions of Social Networks in Russia

"It’s the Economic Recovery Plan, Stupid"

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy and New America Foundation Present “It’s the Economic Recovery Plan, Stupid”

Present New Publication, The Promise of Public Investment, Based on Year-Long Series Questioning Conventional Wisdom on Fiscal Policy
Click here for detailed information.


Organisé par Henri Sterdyniak
Droit du travail et emploi
Alexandre Fabre, Directeur de l’Institut des sciences sociales du travail de l’ouest
Florence Lefresne, Chercheur à l’IRES
Carole Tuchszirer, Chercheur à l’IRES
présenteront leurs travaux sur :
« L’ANI sur la modernisation du marché du travail »
Evelyne Serverin, IRERP, Université Paris X Nanterre
Julie Valentin, CES-Matisse, Université Paris 1
Thierry Kirat, Chargé de recherche au CNRS-IRISES-Université Paris-Dauphine
Damien Sauze, LEG, Université de Bourgogne
Raphaël Dalmasso, IRERP, Université Paris X Nanterre
présenteront leur article :
« Evaluer le droit du travail à la lumière de son contentieux :
comparaison des droits et des procédures, mesure des actions
La discussion sera introduite par :
Gérard Cornilleau, Directeur-adjoint au département des études de l’OFCE
Mardi 10 juin 2008 à l’OFCE
10h00 à 12h00
Salle du rez-de-chaussée
69, quai d’Orsay
75007 Paris
Métro : Invalides
69, quai d’Orsay 75340 Paris Cedex 07
Tél. : 01 44 18 54 00/Fax : 01 45 56 06 15
E-mail :
Contact : Esther Benbassat
Département économie de la mondialisation
Tél. : 01 44 18 54 42/Fax : 01 44 18 54 64
E-mail :

Penser la monnaie en crise(s)

Amphithéâtre du Pôle d’Economie et de Gestion
Université de Bourgogne (Dijon)
Journée d’études
équipe d
10h00-12h00 Bruno Théret
"La monnaie au prisme de ses crises d’hier et d’aujourd’hui
A propos de l’ouvrage collectif
13h45- 15h45 André Orléan
allemande des années 1920
organisée, dans le cadre des SÉMINAIRES DU LEG, par le CEMF
e du Laboratoire d’Economie et de Gestion, UMR 5118
- Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Université Paris
Crises monétaires d’hier et d’aujourd’hui
- Directeur d’études à l’EHESS, Paris-Jourdan sciences économiques
de la souveraineté et crise de la monnaie
Jean-Joseph Goux - Professeur à l’Université de Rice (Houston, Etats
"La monnaie et le réel dans l’économie"
Journée d’études
118 CNRS & Université de Bourgogne.
: l’hyperinflation
contact :
03 80 39 54 38

Marx and Philosophy

June 2nd 2008
A one day workshop reflecting on issues relating to globalisation, resistance, value and the Interpretation of Capital.
The day will be geared towards discussion, and is organised around presentations dealing with the following topics: global community; civil disobedience and its tactical evaluation; the political implications of value theory; the content and implications of Marx's work, and his relation to philosophy.

Speakers and timetable
2.00 - 3.15
Jonathan Brookes: "Marx and Global Community"
Sam Meaden: "A Critical Appraisal of the 'Reclaim the Streets' Movement"
(3.15 - 3.30 - break)
3.30 - 4.30
Sean McKeown: "Value - Between Economics and Politics"
Nick Gray and Rob Lucas: "Formal and Real Subsumption - Logical or Historical Categories?"
(4.30 - 5.00 - break)
5.00 - 6.30
Nicole Pepperell: "How to Walk with Hegel - On the the 'Peculiar Social Character' of Commodity Production"
Alberto Toscano: response

Venue: Hatcham House seminar room, 17-19 St James Street, New Cross, London SE14 6NW The event is hosted by the Graduate School of Goldsmiths College, University of London.
For any enquiries please contact Tom Bunyard at:

Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

Wellesley Centers for Women
Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College is seeking a fulltime economist with expertise on gender. The person in this position will bring her/his own research program. She/he will also collaborate with other WCW researchers to build on prior national and international work at the Centers on women, children, and public policy. WCW is a policy oriented research center funded primarily by grants and contracts. (Visit our web site  for a full description of current work at the Wellesley Centers for Women.) A Ph.D. in economics is required, as is a strong record of scholarly publications and successful research grant writing. This is a fulltime, 12-month position. We will begin reading letters of nomination and applications accompanied by a curriculum vitae beginning July 1, 2008. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply online, please use the following link:  Position is open until filled.
Wellesley College is an EO/AA educational institution and employer. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they will contribute tot that goal are encouraged to apply.
Wellesley College 106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481-8203 Phone 781 283 2500 Fax 781-283 2504

Auckland University of Technology

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Business Statistics & Applied Econometrics
The Department of Business Economics at AUT School of Business, Auckland University of Technology invites applications for a full-time position in Business Statistics and Applied Econometrics at either the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level, depending upon experience, demonstrable research capabilities and qualifications. Applicants in any area of applied econometrics and/or business statistics will be considered, but candidates who also hold an interest in labour economics, financial economics or international trade economics are particularly encouraged to apply.
The successful applicant will join a dynamic group of economists who teach a wide variety of courses at both, undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Department of Business Economics is experiencing considerable growth in student enrolments. It has a very active research agenda and successful candidates are expected to demonstrate their research capabilities in the form of published articles in peer reviewed journals. AUT School of Business is ranked amongst the leading research-led business schools in New Zealand.
Successful candidates are expected to have completed, or can demonstrate significant progress toward completing a doctorate in Applied Economics, Econometrics, Business Statistics or an affiliated Business discipline. Successful applicants should also have teaching experience and the ability to teach at all levels in the Discipline, ranging from first-year student cohorts to postgraduate and MBA programmes. It is also expected that the successful candidate embraces opportunities to supervise projects and dissertations of honours students (at a Lecturer level) and research degree students (at a Senior Lecturer level).

AUT reserves the right to offer employment to more than one candidate or not to recruit.
Applications should be addressed to the AUT Human Resources Division.
Enquires of an academic nature may be made by contacting the Departmental Chair of Business Economics, Professor Thomas Lange (email: ).

University of Hawaii

Assistant Specialist in Family Economics, position number 0084585, UHM C of Trop Agr & Human Res, (Manoa), Center on the Family, 11-month, tenure track, to begin September 1, 2008, or soon thereafter. Duties: Design and conduct research and outreach projects in areas relating to the well-being of families in Hawaii and consistent with the mission of the Center. Examples of relevant content areas include, but are not limited to: family economic well-being, economic inequality, political economy, human capital, intergenerational resource exchange, and health economics. Engage in academic publication. Develop related outreach materials such as fact sheets, policy reports, or other educational resources. Seek extramural funds. Contribute to the web-based Data Center on Families, Children, and Older Adults, particularly in the area of economic indicators. Teach courses, workshops, and/or seminars. Provide service to the University and community. Minimum qualifications: Doctoral degree in economics, public policy, family science, or a related field. An area of specialization consistent with the Center�s mission. At least 3 years of experience in the a relevant area at the next lowest rank or equivalent. Expertise in quantitative analysis. Ability to (a) conduct effective presentations and workshops, (b) develop publications for academic and community audiences, and (c) collaborate effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. ABD candidates will be considered if close to completion of the degree, which must be completed at the time of hire. Desirable qualifications: Successful record of academic and/or applied publication. Success in grantsmanship. Ability to identify social issues and conceptualize approaches to ameliorating challenges faced by families. To apply: end letter of application describing the applicants fit with this position; curriculum vita; official university transcripts; samples of professional writing and scholarly work; and the name, mailing address, phone number, and email address of three persons who will provide confidential letters of reference. Arrange to have the three letters of reference sent directly to the Search Committee Co-chair. Application address: Dr. Barbara DeBaryshe, Search Committee Co-Chair, Center on the Family, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2515 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. For information about the Center on the Family, visit  Inquiries: Dr. Barbara DeBaryshe 808-956-4140  Date posted: May-06-2008 Continuous recruitment Review of applications will begin on Jul-15-2008 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, National Guard participation, breastfeeding, and arrest/court record (except as permissible under State law).
Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at:,  or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

Kingston University, London

Professor of Applied Economics
School of Economics
Kingston University, London

Vacancy Number 08/157
Faculty/Dept Arts & Social Sciences
Salary up to £62,611 pa
Grade Senior Staff B and C
Hours 37 hours per week
Closing Date 12 noon on 12th June 2008
Interviews 8th July 2008
Core research themes: Trade, Money and Finance, Political Economy.
More info:

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is embarking on a faculty hiring initiative focusing on three key areas of contemporary economic analysis: (1) public goods and the common good; (2) economic opportunity; and (3) power, institutions, behavior and economic performance. We intend to make multiple appointments; rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Click here for further information.

University of Wales Institute- Cardiff

Research Assistant
Researching and Analysing the Social and Co-operative Economy
Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives
Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant at Cardiff School of Management, UWIC to be part of our team which is establishing an international reputation in the growing field of social economy research. Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives was established in 2000 to research all aspects of the social economy. We work with academics across Europe and further afield to strengthen the theoretical understanding of social enterprise, and have a particular focus on the co-operative sector.
The Research Assistant will support the Institute’s field research and assist the Director in carrying out research contracts for public and mutual-sector bodies within Wales. The postholder will also maintain a project website. The postholder will be encouraged to participate fully in the writing up and dissemination of the results of the research as part of a collaborative team.
Applicants should preferably hold a PhD in a quantitative discipline and relating to some aspect of the Institute’s work and a good first degree in economics, business, sociology or social policy. Evidence of research and publication experience would be an advantage. Applicants should have a knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, social entrepreneurship as an ethical and responsible way of conducting business. Experience of working for a social enterprise would be an advantage.
The following criteria would be considered to be advantageous:
• Research experience in any or all of the above fields
• Interest and ability to work within and across disciplines.
• Facility with data, measurement and evaluation, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
• Collaborative work-style, strong team player; inclusiveness and flexibility; broad vision, accountability, and attention to detail
• Excellent written and oral communication

Application form, job description and person specification are available from:
Or: Human Resources, UWIC,
Central Administration, Llandaff Campus, PO Box 377
Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2SG
Telephone: (029) 2041 7026
For an informal chat about the position please phone Molly Scott Cato on 01453 764730.
Closing date for applications: 6th June 2008


Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles

Keynes 125 years - what have we learned

Papers from the conference 'Keynes 125 years - what have we learned', Copenhagen 23.-24. April 2008 -

Back to the Drawing Board: No basis for concluding the Doha Round of Negotiations

By Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise
RIS Policy Brief #36, April 2008
Negotiators continue to work desperately to achieve a breakthrough in the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round. Their goal is to get an agreement by the end of 2008. Developing countries should pull the plug on these moribund negotiations until rich countries can agree to a new framework that lives up to Doha’s promise to be a “Development Round” that favors poorer countries.
As rich country leaders try to rally negotiators for yet another “make-or-break” deadline, in what has become the most imminent agreement in history, developing country negotiators should remember why the proposals on the table deserve to be sent back to the drawing board.
In this policy brief published by the Indian institute RIS, GDAE’s Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise review the economic projections, from the World Bank and other institutions, that show how limited the gains are for most developing countries and how high the hidden costs of an agreement could be. With projected gains of less than 0.2% of GDP, poverty reduction of just 2.5 million people (less than 1%), tariff losses of at least $63 billion, and projected declines in the relative value of exports, developing countries have little to gain from rushing to conclude Doha.
Download “Back to the Drawing Board”
Other GDAE publications with RIS:
"Doha Round and Developing Countries: Will the Doha deal do more harm than good?" RIS Policy Brief #22, by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, April 2006.
"Relevance of ‘Policy Space’ for Development: Implications for Multilateral Trade Negotiations," by Nagesh Kumar and Kevin P. Gallagher, RIS Discussion Paper #120, March 2007.
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Brazilian Keynesian Association – First Meeting

The Institute of Economics of UNICAMP hosted, on 16-18 April 2008, the first International Meeting of the Brazilian Keynesian Association. In Brazil, as in other Latin American countries where the seminal contribution of Raúl Prebisch has left its marks, Keynesianism was very early integrated with development concerns. Both Keynes and Prebisch thought that the economic system was not self-adjusting, and that policies could be devised to increase employment and improve income and wealth distribution. The Association hopes to honor this tradition. The meeting opened with a speech by Professor Paul Davidson (editor of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics), in which he stressed the revolutionary character of Keynes' General Theory. Other foreign guests attended the conference: Professors John McCombie and Philip Arestis (Cambridge, UK), Júlio Lopez Gallardo (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Roberto Frenkel (CEDES-Argentina), Dominique Plihon (University of Paris-Villeteneuse) and Edwin Le Heron (University of Bordeaux and President of the ADEK - Association for the Development of Keynesian Studies). The success of the call for papers shows the interest raised by the Meeting: more than eighty papers were submitted, and about forty were presented in days of the meeting. The Association will have its second meeting in the second semester of 2009.

Developing Quantitative Marxism

For those of you who could not make it the conference/workshop on Developing Quantitative Marxism was a great success, so much so that we have decided to hold another one next year at Burwalls on 16-19th April. For those of you who were there thanks for making it a great event and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

In the final plenary “What is to be Done: About Quantitative Marxism” we decided on a number of initiatives:

1. To have another conference/workshop in 2009 the week after Easter, trying to keep it to a similar size and style –booked.
2. To set up a QM Working paper series. This will be a series of papers that will be listed on RepEC/IDEAS. It will take submissions, be managed by us to maintain quality, but the idea is that the papers will still be able to be published in other journals.
3. To have a survey of QM using short contributions from participants and others on their area of research (1-2 pages)
4. To develop a bibliography and to provide reading lists for topics: aimed at students doing projects
5. To have a repository of QM databases for use by researchers and students
6. To provide teaching resources, aids and links

We also plan to develop the website to provide all of these resources. This is in progress so check out 

Contributions to all of these are welcome, but most urgently please send us your brief summaries of your research and any research papers we can use for the series.


Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

Feminist Economics

Volume 14 Issue 2 is now available online at informaworld ( ).

- This new issue contains the following articles:
- Editorial: Feminist Economic Methodologies
- Work – life imbalance: Informal care and paid employment in the UK
- Silent partners: The role of unpaid market labor in families
- The incremental time costs of children: An analysis of children's impact on adult time use in Australia
- Women's gender-type occupational mobility in Puerto Rico, 1950 – 80
- Economic importance and statistical significance: Guidelines for communicating empirical research

Associative Economics Bulletin

Youth and Trade - May 2008

The Associative Economics Bulletin consists of news and views on associative economics, including short extracts from Associative Economics Monthly (available electronically for £1 an issue at em or in a hard copy format - tel (UK) 01227 738207). To unsubscribe from this list, reply or send an email to with 'bulletin unsubscribe' in the subject line.

1. Events at The London School of Economics
2. Youth and Trade - Associative Economics Monthly May 2008
3. Upcoming Events
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What's New on IDEAs (April 1, 2008 to April 30, 2008) or

An Insider View from George Soros
by C.P. Chandrasekhar
April 29, 2008

Among some of the voices which are calling for more attention to the nature of the current US financial crisis and for a more disinterested view of the need for state intervention, an influencial one is that of George Soros. His book "The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crash of 2008 and What it Means", being released in May, challenges the prevailing sanguine view on the intensity and implications of the crisis. This review is based on a reading of the digital edition available from various ebook sellers and his recent speeches.

The Empire Strikes Back?
by Jayati Ghosh
April 23, 2008

The vicious series of attacks on China against the backdrop of the Beijing Olympics 2008 actually reflects the discomfort of many countries, the developed foremost among them, with China’s status as the emerging economic super power, strengthened by its sheer size in terms of market and labour force, its stable polity and rapidly growing infrastructure.

Are We Heading for Global Stagflation?
by Jayati Ghosh
April 8, 2008

The combination of stagnant or falling output and rising prices in the US economy has raised fears of a stagflation not only in the US but in the world economy as well. This article argues that this prediction may well be true, though not on the basis of the monetarist explanation but rather depends ultimately on international political economy and the relative strength of different groups in the world economy.

The Great Unravelling
by Jayati Ghosh
April 7, 2008

With the crisis in the financial system in the US, the days of deregulated finance seems to be over, not only in the US but globally. Finance capital, which has so far systematically tried to undermine the state and demanded autonomy for all its actions, is now calling to that same state to save finance from itself. But this cannot occur without the state at least trying to reassert some control over finance.

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Economia e Sociedade, Campinas

v. 17, n. 1 (32), p. 1-, abr. 2008.

- The three states of money. An interdisciplinary approach to the monetary phenomenon
Bruno Théret

- Endogenous money and induced technical progress in a post Keynesian macrodynamic model
Luciano Dias Carvalho
José Luís Oreiro

- The UN and economic development: an interpretation on the theoretical basis of the UNDP's action
João Guilherme Rocha Machado
João Batista Pamplona

- The institutional dimension of the economic growth process: innovation and institutional change, routines and social technologies
Octavio A. C. Conceição

- Inter and intra industrial external trade: Brazil 2003-2005
Carolina Troncoso Baltar

- J. S. Mill's views on the State: the cases of 'civilized' and 'backward' societies
Laura Valladão de Mattos

- International tin cartel: the importance of Brazilian industry in the breach of collusion
Julio Cesar Cuter
Anita Kon

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New Political Economy

Volume 13 Issue 2 is now available online at informaworld ( ).

This new issue contains the following articles:

- The Importance of Being Earnest: The IMF as a Reputational Intermediary, Pages 125 - 151
Author: André Broome

- Structural Reform of the Family and the Neoliberalisation of Everyday Life in Japan, Pages 153 - 172
Author: Takeda Hiroko

- Introduction, Pages 173 - 176
Author: Neil Robinson

- From Chaotic to State-led Capitalism, Pages 177 - 184
Author: David Lane

- Putin and the Oligarchs, Pages 185 - 191
Author: Richard Sakwa

- The Geography of Russia's New Political Economy, Pages 193 - 201
Author: Michael Bradshaw

- Russia as an Energy Superpower, Pages 203 - 210
Author: Peter Rutland

- Economic Partnership Agreements: What Can We Learn?, Pages 211 - 223
Author: Christopher Stevens

- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Pages 225 - 239
Author: Helen E. S. Nesadurai

- Capitalism Unleashed: Finance, Globalization, and Welfare, Pages 241 - 245
Author: Giovanni Arrighi


The USSEE Spring Edition of the newsletter has been posted to the website at


Heterodox Books and Book Series

Are Worker Rights Human Rights?

By Richard P. McIntyre

About the Book
Karl Marx’s famous call to action still promises an effective means of winning human rights in the modern global economy, according to economist Richard P. McIntyre. Currently, the human rights movement insists upon a person’s right to life, freedom, and material necessities. In democratic, industrial nations such as the United States, the movement focuses more specifically on a person’s civil rights and equal opportunity.
The movement’s victories since WWII have come at a cost, however. The emphasis on individual rights erodes collective rights—the rights that disadvantaged peoples need to assert their most basic human rights. This is particularly true for workers, McIntyre argues; and theorists who treat them as autonomous beings ignore reality. By reintroducing Marxian and Institutional analysis, he reveals the class relations and power structures that determine the position of workers in the global economy. The best hope for achieving workers’ rights, he concludes, lies in grassroots labor organizations that claim the right of association and collective bargaining.
Richard P. McIntyre is Director of the University Honors Program and Professor of Economics at the University of Rhode Island.


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"An important, timely, and needed contribution to our understanding of worker rights." ---Patrick McHugh, George Washington University
"An important contribution to the interdisciplinary study of labor. McIntyre's book will challenge the debate over labor rights on all fronts." ---Michael Hillard, University of Southern Maine

Historical Materialism Book Series

The New Dialectic and Marx's Capital
Christopher J. Arthur
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Michael Löwy
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Making History
Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory
Alex Callinicos
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Dollars & Sense

REAL WORLD MACRO, 25th Edition **New Edition**
Our perennial bestseller addresses current topics such as tax policy, Social Security, government spending, the Federal Reserve, economic inequality, free trade v. fair trade, and many other hot-button issues like offshoring and the housing bubble. The new edition includes chapter introductions and discussion questions, plus a teaching key to David Colander's textbooks "Economics" and "Macroeconomics" (6th edition). Over 50 engaging articles by authors including Paul Krugman, James K. Galbraith, Robert Pollin, William E. Spriggs, Ellen Frank, Randy Albelda, John Miller, Dean Baker, William M. Rogers III, and many others.
$32.95 / ISBN: 978-1-878585-70-7
"Real World Macro's topical applications of macroeconomic analysis provide the clear, condensed critical perspective lacking in most macroeconomic texts."
-Richard D. Wolf, Umass Amherst
REAL WORLD MICRO, 15th Edition **New Edition**
Over 40 articles covering basic microeconomic topics, discrimination and inequality, privatization and deregulation, and current policy debates on Social Security, affordable housing, industry subsidies and international trade. New chapter introductions and discussion questions, plus a teaching key to David Colander's textbooks Economics and Microeconomics (6th edition). Authors include Chris Tilly, William E. Spriggs, Dean Baker, Elaine Bernard, Ann Markusen, and Randy Albelda.
$32.95 / ISBN: 978-1-878585-71-4
"I've had great success with Real World Micro. Students really like its short, snappy analysis of current events and feel challenged by its alternative viewpoint."
-Susan Helper, Case Western Reserve
REAL WORLD BANKING, 5th edition **New Edition**
The long-awaited 5th edition is here (and just in time for the latest banking crisis)! Topics include housing finance, banking deregulation, megamergers, the Federal Reserve Bank, banking and the poor, and international monetary issues. Many articles are hot off the presses and cover the subprime mortgage securitization meltdown, new challenges to the Federal Reserve, and the impact of the declining dollar.
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REAL WORLD LATIN AMERICA, 1st edition **New Book**
A new contemporary reader featuring the latest economic, political, and social readings on Latin America from Dollars & Sense and NACLA Report On the Americas. Over 40 articles make this a perfect textbook for introductory and advanced classes.
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THE WEALTH INEQUALITY READER, 2nd edition **New Edition**
Co-produced with United for a Fair Economy
Thoroughly revised and updated, the new edition of The Wealth Inequality Reader documents the growing polarization of wealth and explores solutions, from policy reforms to grassroots organizing efforts. Contributors include Gar Alperovitz, Chuck Collins, Bill Fletcher, William Greider, Paul Krugman, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Meizhu Lui, John Miller, and Chris Tilly.
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"The Wealth Inequality Reader is a great collection of essays covering a host of important topics. The charts and graphs are excellent and the writing is clear and straightforward. I love this book."
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Completely revised and expanded! Now contains 74 articles. An essential guide to rapidly changing trends in trade, investment, labor relations, and economic development. New chapters examine economic alternatives and the political economy of war and imperialism.
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By Robert Drago978-878585-62-21-878585-62-2
In this provocative new book from one of the country's leading work/life experts, Robert Drago sifts through the vast body of relevant research (including his own) to examine the deeply held, but unexamined beliefs about work, womanhood, and society that are responsible for our out-of-balance lives. Engaging, hard-hitting, and filled with the latest data, this is an excellent resource for courses on gender, workplace management, and others in the social sciences.

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The Falling Rate of Profits in West Germany - The Manufacturing and the Non-Manufacturing Sectors


The profit rate has long been understood to be a crucial indicator of the health of a capitalist economy. Empirical studies traditionally looked at the manufacturing sector because of lack of data for the rest of the economy. This book investigates the economy-wide rate of profit, the manufacturing and the non manufacturing sectors in West Germany from 1960 to unification. The study finds significantly different behavior between the manufacturing and the non manufacturing sectors, revealing a serious limitation of any simple aggregate studies of the West German profit rate. The book considers the profit share and output-capital ratio as determinants of changes in the profit rates. It develops a simple way to graphically present them so a reader can immediately see their relative contributions to the changes in the profit rate. This study supports the claim that profit rate declines and restorations were dominantly, though not exclusively, caused by wage changes as opposed to technological changes, and particularly so in the manufacturing sector where unions were stronger. The book also summarizes the main empirical studies of the USA economy`s profit rate between 1960 and 1990. 

The History of Economic Thought: A Reader

Routledge would like to offer you the opportunity to order an inspection copy of The History of Economic Thought: A Reader, edited by Steven G. Medema and Warren J. Samuels.
This reader in the history of economic thought is edited by two of the most respected figures in the field. With clearly written summaries putting each selection into context, this book will be of great use to students and lecturers of the history of economic thought as it goes beyond the simple reprinting of articles.
Selections and discussions include such thinkers as Aristotle, John Locke, François Quesnay, David Hume, Jean-Baptiste Say, Karl Marx, William Stanley Jevons, Irving Fisher and Thorstein Veblen. The History of Economic Thought: A Reader can be used as a core textbook or as a supplementary text on courses in economic thought and philosophy, and will provide readers with a good foundation in the different schools of thought that run through economics.
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The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas

by Robert W. McChesney
Praise for McChesney’s The Problem of the Media:
“As Chomsky is to linguistics, Ben & Jerry’s to ice cream, and Elvis to shaking one’s hips, McChesney is to media analysis. He is the King: there is no one more definitive.”
—Danny Schechter, founder of
“McChesney’s work has been of extraordinary importance. It should be read with care and concern by people who care about freedom and basic rights.”
— Noam Chomsky
“Robert McChesney follows in the great tradition of Upton Sinclair, George Seldes, I.F. Stone, and Ben Bagdikian in exposing the ruthless hold of corporate power on the nation’s media.”
— Howard Zinn
More than any other work, The Political Economy of Media demonstrates the incompatibility of the corporate media system with a viable democratic public sphere, and the corrupt policymaking process that brings the system into existence. Among the most acclaimed communication scholars in the world, Robert W. McChesney has brought together all the major themes of his two decades of research. Rich in detail, evidence, and thoughtful arguments, The Political Economy of Media provides a comprehensive critique of the degradation of journalism, the hyper-commercialization of culture, the Internet, and the emergence of the contemporary media reform movement. The Political Economy of Media is mandatory reading for anyone wishing to understand and change media, and the political economy, in the world today.
Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Communication Revolution, The Problem of the Media, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy.


(last updated Summer 2008)
RRPE encourages contributors to prepare reviews of significant books of interest to RRPE readers. Reviews of books on this list that have been received from publishers, as well as books not on this list that are related to radical political economics, are welcomed. Reviews should be 1200-1500 words in length, and submitted within sixty days of receipt of the book. More detailed instructions will accompany the book when it is sent. The RRPE also welcomes review essays encompassing three or four books that bring together an important literature in significant areas for political economists. In addition, the RRPE welcomes more ambitious examinations of bodies of literature that should be better known by RRPE readers. These reviews should be about 2,500 words in length.
Please contact the book review editor for assistance in obtaining review copies of books.
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Heterodox Book Reviews

The Future of Europe

by Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi, MIT Press, 2006.
ISBN: 978-0-262-01232-4; 224 pages.
Reviewed by Sara Hsu, St. Edward’s University

Imagining Economics Otherwise: Encounters with Identity/Difference

by Nitasha Kaul, Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-415-38397-4; 304 pages.
Reviewed by Colin Richardson, Imperial College, London

Governing Transformative Technological Innovation: Who is in Charge?

by Peter W.B. Phillips, Edward Elgar, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-84720-237-6; 320 pages.
Reviewed by Jack Boan, University of Regina

The Years of High Econometrics

Francisco LOUÇÃ (2007). The Years of High Econometrics. A Short History of the Generation that Reinvented Economics, London: Routledge, xxix, 370 p., ISBN10: 0-415-41974-3, £ 90.00 hardcover. Reviewed by Angelo Reati, av. Emile de Beco 55 – B 1050 Bruxelles (Belgium), e-mail :


Heterodox Graduate Program and PhD Scholarships

The University of Siena

The University of Siena advertises 20 places and 10 four-year scholarships for its PhD programme in Economics. Both the places and scholarships are open to applicants of all nationalities. At the site:
it is possible to find the relevant information. The programme is characterised by a pluralistic approach to economics. Doctorate students can enjoy the accomodation facilities of Scuola Superiore S. Chiara and be also involved in its multidisciplinary programmes. Information about S. Chiara is available at:   


Heterodox Websites and Blogs

Heterodox Theory of Social Costs - K. William Kapp

Marxists Internet Archive 

The Colonisation of Social Sciences by Economics 
This website covers continuing work and work previously undertaken under ESRC award R000271046 to investigate The New Revolution in Economics and Its Impact upon Social Sciences. Its main aim is to assess the impact on other social sciences of what is hypothesised to be a revolution in and around economics. The latter promises to end what is primarily the isolation of mainstream economics from the other social sciences, as economics extends its scope of application beyond its traditional study of market relations. As the other social sciences are seeking to incorporate an economic content in reaction against the extremes of post-modernism and neo-liberalism, major changes are occurring unevenly across social theory. It is intended to assess these through an overview but primarily by examining particular themes or topics.


For Your Information

Kyle Bruce

Congratulations are in order for the inestimable heterodox economists, Kyle Bruce – he has received a Rockefellwe Archive center grant-in-aid to do research on “Democracy or Seducation? The Demoonization of Scientific management and the Deification of Human Relations.” Kyle teaches at the Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK.

The Phillips Machine: The computer model that once explained the British economy

Stanley Bober

Stanley Bober died on April 20, 2008. He was involved in heterodox economics since the 1970s and in recent years attended the conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics. Among the books he wrote were Capital, Distribution and Growth (1980), Modern Macroeconomics: A Post-Keynesian Perspective (1988), Pricing and Growth: A Neo-Ricardian Approach (1992), and Marx and the Meaning of Capitalism (forthcoming).

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)
IIPPE was founded in 2006 with the aim of promoting political economy in and of itself but also through critical and constructive engagement with mainstream economics, heterodox alternatives, interdisciplinarity, and activism understood broadly as ranging across formulating progressive policy through to support for progressive movements.
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New Web Exhibit: "Motor City Voices: Race, Labor and De-Industrialization"

This interactive web exhibit sheds new light on an important chapter in Detroit history in the years following the uprising of 1967. Exhibit panels provide an overview of the political, social and economic landscape during a particularly vibrant and contentious period in Detroit’s history. Special focus is devoted to the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. A highlight of the exhibit is a collection of oral history video clips.

Visitors can select from over forty video segments of oral histories conducted with some of the leading participants in the Detroit's labor and community struggles around issues of racism, class division, de-industrialization and community development. The oral histories also link the history of segregation in the U.S. during World War II, the civil rights movement and the movement for social and economic justice in Detroit factories and neighborhoods in the 1960s and 1970s.

The oral history portion of the project consists of videotaped interviews with key activists including: General Baker, founder and organizer of DRUM, Mike Hamlin, a founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, Marian Kramer, community organizer and civil rights activist, Grace Lee Boggs, community activist and educator, and Jim Jacobs, former SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) leader and adult education specialist. The video clip by Jim Jacobs mentions the Radical Education Project which contributed to the formation of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE).

The exhibit was created by Professor Bruce Pietrykowski together with graduate students in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and the University of Michigan-Dearborn Museum Studies internship program. In addition, Kae Halonen, Lecturer in History at UM-D, conducted the oral history interviews that were used in the exhibit. The exhibition has been made possible with grant support from the Michigan Humanities Council.