Heterodox Economics Newsletter 127: Feb. 27, 2012

Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 127 | February 27, 2012

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Heterodox economics continues to gain traction.  If you missed it, the Washington Post recently published an article on what’s been dubbed as “Modern Monetary Theory” (MMT).  Regardless of one’s view about MMT, it is refreshing to see the mainstream media give heterodox economics and economists a voice.  I would also like to point out, as Wray notes in the article, the “blogosphere” deserves credit for expanding the debate to a broader mainstream audience. The Internet is helping to democratize economics.  Are we about to experience a “heterodox spring”?

We would also like to call your attention to a series of articles on economic education published by a relatively new online news service Remapping Debate. The first article is titled “US Universities, a failing grade in economics.”  You’ll see some familiar names quoted throughout the series.

Recently we announced that JOIE (Journal of Institutional Economics) was included in SSCI (Social Science Citation Index). Now we are glad to inform you that RRPE (Review of Radical Political Economics) will be indexed in SSCI. Being included in SSCI is a good thing to the extent that heterodox economists who need academic positions and promotions have more outlets for their work. However we should remember that this is not sufficient for the reproduction and expansion of heterodox economics. The Newsletter has already addressed this issue few times (see Fred Lee's last editorial, Issue 112, and Issue 113; see also the special issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69(5): 2010, on “Evaluating Economic Research in a Contested Discipline: Ranking, Pluralism, and the Future of Heterodox Economics.” )

Last, it’s somewhat of a reunion week for us. We have organized a workshop on heterodox microeconomics, and founding HEN editor Fred Lee will give the public keynote presentation this Friday.  We’re looking forward to an exciting week!

In solidarity

Tae-Hee Jo and Ted P. Schmidt, Editors

Heterodox Economics Newsletter



Since 2004. Founding Editor: Frederic S. Lee. Current Editors: Tae-Hee Jo and Ted P. Schmidt (SUNY Buffalo State College). The Newsletter may be freely redistributed in whole or in part.  Web: heterodoxnews.com Email: heterodoxnews@gmail.com 


Call for Papers

4th Critical Finance Studies Conference

7th Annual Green Economics Conference

9th International Conference: Developments in Economic Theory and Policy

15th SCEME Seminar in Economic Methodology


Centre for European Studies Annual International Conference on European Debt Crisis

EAEPE Annual Conference 2012

Historical Materialism Australasia 2012

Law and Social Economics (book)

LERA at ASSA 2013

Oaths and Codes in Economics and Business

Review of Radical Political Economics

Special Issue on Full Employment

Special Issue on the political economy of the Arab Spring



Call for Participants

Heterodox Microeconomics Workshop and Public Lecture

21st Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference: Debt, Deficits, and Financial Instability

Cambridge Realist Workshop

Chicago Marxist-Humanists: Exploding the Myths of Capitalism

Europe Week Research Forum: A Debate

Fourth G.L.S. Shackle Biennial Memorial Lecture

Mark Blaug Memorial Conference

Green Economics Institute

One-week Green Economics Training Programme: Greening our World, Business and Careers. Reform of Economics

Training Introductory course on INTRODUCTION TO GREEN ECONOMICS: Reforming the Economy – Finding Solutions

History of 'Economics as Culture' 4th Workshop

Institute for Economic Affairs - Hayek Memorial Lecture

Just Banking: building a banking sector that serves society

Left Forum: Occupy The World: Life Without Money panel

Marx Lecture at Kings College

Middlesex University Business School Public Lecture: Why It’s Kicking off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

PERG Seminar series, Spring 2012

PKSG Keynes Seminar

Séminaire d’Économie Politique

SOAS Money and development Seminar

State Investment Banking – What can the UK learn from Germany?

Summer School of Heterodox Economics

URPE Summer Conference

Workshop on Economic Integration and Sustainability

Union Research Summer School

URPE at EEA 2012

Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Brock University, Canada

Bucknell University, USA

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

International Labour Organization

Smith College and Political Economy Research Institute UMass, US

SUNY Cortland

University of Cambridge (Engineering Dept)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

York University, Canada

Conference Papers, Reports, and Podcasts

Historical Materialism and International Relations' series podcasts

PKSG Seminar Podcasts

RMF: Breaking Up? A Route Out of the Eurozone Crisis

Heterodox Journals

Capital & Class, 36(1): February 2012

Economic Thought (New from World Economic Association)

Review of Radical Political Economics included in Citation Indexes (SSCI and more)

Heterodox Newsletters

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Democracy at Work

EuroMemo Group Newsletter 2012-1


Global Labour Column

Levy News

World Economics Association Newsletter, 2(1): February 2012

Heterodox Books and Book Series

Elgar Companion To Marxist Economics

Keynes’s General Theory: 75 Years Later

Transnational Corporations and International Production: Concepts, Theories and Effects

Workers, State and Development in Brazil: Powers of Labour, Chains of Value

Heterodox Book Reviews

Erasing the Invisible Hand: Essays on an Elusive and Misused Concept in Economics

Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships, and Grants

G.L.S. Shackle Studentship, Cambridge University

The Economic History Society - Bursary Scheme for PhD Students (UK)

Kingston University, UK

Heterodox Websites

Historical Materialism on Facebook

Heterodox Economics in the Media

Modern Monetary Theory, an unconventional take on economic strategy

Remapping Debate

Occupy the SEC

Queries from Heterodox Economists

Appeal Greece: Manifesto for a Better World

GDAE - Authors sought for macroeconomic modules

Connection between publicly-funded post-secondary education and income inequality

For Your Information

EAEPE Gunnar Myrdal Prize - Deadline extended

Launch of the New Centre for Palestine Studies at the London Middle East Institute (SOAS)

Manifesto of the Appalled Economist

Call for Papers

4th Critical Finance Studies Conference

15-17 August 2012 | Essex Business School, University of Essex, Colchester, UK

“…In what is broadly called commentary, the hierarchy between primary and secondary text plays two roles which are in solidarity with each other. On the one hand it allows the (endless) construction of new discourses. The dominance of the primary text…..is the basis for an open possibility of speaking. But on the other hand the commentary’s only role, whatever the techniques used, is to say at last what was silently articulated “beyond”,  in the text. By a paradox which it always displaces but never escapes, the commentary must say for the first time what had, nonetheless, already been said, and must tirelessly repeat what had, however, never been said.” (Foucault, 1981: 55-56)

Critical Finance Studies Conference

Studying finance critically is playing with / being played by the normative forces of financial apparatuses; risking one’s self in the course of producing radically novel ways of thinking and comprehending finance and, ultimately, of creating new possibilities of life. With this in mind the Fourth Annual Critical Finance Studies conference will be held this year at the University of Essex, Essex Business School, August 15th -17th. With a conference gap in 2011 and with a financial crisis that is still on the agenda, and perhaps even stronger than ever, even compared with 2008, we have decided to devote

this year’s conference to the ongoing financial crisis.

The Financial Crisis– futures and pasts re-interpreted.

We strongly encourage papers that contribute to our ongoing collaborative research project that seeks to engage finance in new and critical ways and from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. This is especially important when trying to understand the current ‘financial situation’, e.g. how people in everyday work and life are affected, how the environment is affected, how theories cope and adapt in the face of a protracted crisis, and how politicians, professional bodies and professionals respond to or promote change or not. We encourage papers that tackle these sorts of issues and, with this in mind, the conference is organized around three sub-streams: an open stream on theory, method, and critique; a stream on financial imaginaries/imagining finance; and a stream on sustainability/finance (see below for more details). The conference finale will comprise a semi-public and interdisciplinary panel in order to, we hope, create some interesting debates, and inspire new thoughts and create new possibilities of life.

Papers should be submitted to the allocated convenor for each sub-theme. We encourage and welcome passionate academic work in different stages and forms, but they all need to be developed enough so that the audience can be intellectually challenged and involved in discussions. The deadline for an extended abstract (about 1000 words) is 15th April 2012.  A review panel will announce their decision of acceptance within two weeks from the deadline. Accepted papers should be submitted in their final form by 1 July 2012.

The conference is organised by Dr Ann-Christine Frandsen at Essex Business School, Essex University in collaboration with Dr Thomas Bay Stockholm University (Forslund and Bay, 2009). The venue will be at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus. The conference language will be English. Discussants will be appointed – introducing papers, chairing sessions, involving participants.

Open Stream: Theory, Method, and Critique

Convenors: Jason Glynos, Department of Government, University of Essex ljglyn@essex.ac.uk  & Ann-Christine Frandsen, Accounting Group, Essex Business School, frandsen@essex.ac.uk 

We invite papers in finance studies that provoke critical engagement with current practices, open up pathways for effective political mobilization and socio-economic transformation, or sketch out possible counter-visions entailing alternative practices and forms of governance. The open stream is designed to catch contributions that tackle issues that fit the conference theme but do not necessarily fall neatly into one of the titled streams. For example: How might critical engagements with finance tell us something about the way markets are performed in other areas of economic life? What forms of subjectivity might different finance practices promote? How should we think the connections between finance and other sectors of the economy? What role should key concepts such as merit and remuneration, surplus labour, speculation, technology, and competition play in how we theorize and imagine finance?

The politics of financial reform draws on a range of characterizations, diagnoses, and prognoses of the recent financial crisis. Such ‘problematizations’ matter because they set in train path dependencies that invite us to problematize those problematizations themselves. Some, for example, seek to avoid heaping blame onto a few individual ‘bad apples’, one of the most trenchant narratives repeatedly and insistently articulated in the mass media. Some seek to avoid locating the fault with finance as such. Others argue that the financial crisis should be understood as a hubris-induced elite debacle rather than a systems accident or fiasco (Engelen et al 2011).  The tension between explanatory and interpretive dimensions in these problematizations is never far from the surface, but what is clear is that the way finance is characterized, problematized, and contested has consequences for citizens and for policy makers, not least because of the sorts of futures they open up or close down. This raises issues about how different theoretical perspectives and methodological techniques shape the way we characterize, problematize, and contest financial practices and associated policy and media representations at elite and popular levels; or about how different sorts of critique emerge, relate, and interact with one another, for example, normative and ideological forms of critique.

We encourage the submission of papers that draw on poststructuralist, post-marxist, psychoanalytic, Deleuzian, Foucauldian, and other traditions, and that explore a range of theoretical, methodological, and critical issues linked to the analysis of finance. What forms of innovative, progressive, and sustainable banking and finance do such perspectives enable us to imagine? What role should experiment play in these efforts to conjure alternative visions? How should these experiments be financed? What innovative means of critique are available to citizens living in democratic polities with a tightly coupled nexus of elites in politics-finance-media? What role should music, film, television, social networking platforms, and other media play in facilitating both the process of critique and the conjuring of counter-visions of finance practice and governance?

Stream 2: Financial Imaginaries/Imagining Finance

Convenor: Christian de Cock, Management Group, Essex Business School cdc@essex.ac.uk 

A key area of concern in this stream is the “imaginary of finance”, the semiotic system that gives meaning and shape to the economic field in which finance is embedded. Empirically we encourage the submission of papers that explore how, despite the convulsions of 2008 and their continuing reverberations, this imaginary has remained pretty much intact anno 2012 (in that we have witnessed over and over again the re-articulation of established themes and genres). Established financial imaginaries have no doubt proved extremely powerful in shaping the thoughts and perceptions of key political and economic decision makers and it would be interesting to learn more about the mechanics of this. Theoretically we encourage papers that can enrich and develop the notion of “imaginary” itself within a financial context. Examples could include Lacan’s (Real-Symbolic-Imaginary) or Iser’s (Real- Fictive-Imaginary) triad.  We also encourage the submission of papers that can offer new ways of imagining finance. Following Yusoff and Gabrys (2011), we see imagination as “a way of sensing, thinking, and dreaming the formation of knowledge, which creates the conditions for material interventions in and political sensibilities of the world”. What are the conditions of possibility to change dominant framings of the financial imagination? Can we re-imagine the organization of finance as an ethical, societal, and cultural problem? Can we open up a generative space of unknowing which can create the possibility to take us beyond the seemingly eternal dialectic of economic catastrophe

and ‘business as usual’? These are just some of the questions you may help formulate answers to.

Stream 3: Sustainability / Finance

Convenor: Steffen Böhm, Management Group, Essex Business School and interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society, University of Essex, steffen@essex.ac.uk 

Finance is arguably at the heart of what might be called the global capitalist economy, which is geared towards ever increasing growth of production and consumption. A whole host of critics and social movements have pointed to the unsustainable nature of this self-referential system, and particularly its negative environmental consequences. Specifically, financial service industries have been repeatedly accused of funding environmentally very damaging extractive industry projects (such an open pit mining, oil tar sands, etc), contributing to the creation of speculative bubbles of commodity markets (e.g. leading to higher basic food prices), and endangering the livelihood of indigenous and other communities (threatened by global industries invading their land, for example), to name but a few of the grievances that have been articulated. We are seeking contributions that map, evaluate and expand such critiques of finance and its problematic relation to sustainability.

On the other hand, however, finance increasingly likes to portray itself as part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. The financial services industry has arguably made some efforts to positively contribute to issues such as climate change (e.g. through carbon disclosure), land grab and livelihoods in developing countries (e.g. through the Equator Principles) and environmental protection in more general terms (e.g. through the UN Global Compact). While some might accuse such initiatives as ‘hot air’ or even ‘greenwash’, which often lack real power and impact, there are more concrete efforts to offer sustainable finance solutions, ranging from microfinance to carbon offsetting, from community finance to payments for

environmental services. What should we make of this move of finance ‘going green’ and ‘ethical’? What empirical evidence is there to suggest that such finance approaches to solving environmental and social issues are actually working?

Overall, then, we encourage submissions that problematize the relationship between sustainability and finance in its broadest sense. We are not only interested in critiques of current finance approaches to sustainability, but particularly encourage studies of how groups and communities can use money and finance in novel ways to live more sustainable lives. We are hence keen to explore the ways of how finance can make a contribution to another possible world.

For any general enquiry about the conference please contact Ann-Christine Frandsen. Any specific questions related to one of the streams each please contact relevant convenor

Organising committee: (Alphabetic order)

Professor Steffen Böhm

Professor Christian de Cock

Dr Ann-Christine Frandsen

Dr Jason Glynos

Dr Pik Liew

Dr Sumohon Matilal

Chloe Warren – Marketing Officer, EBS


Ann-Christine Frandsen Essex Business School, University of Essex,

Colchester Campus, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK

Phone: +44 (0)1206 87 869 809

Email: frandsen@essex.ac.uk

To find out more about Essex Business School visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ebs

In Collaboration with Thomas Bay, Stockholm University

7th Annual Green Economics Conference

19-21 July, 2012 | University of Oxford | website

Green Economy: Reform and renaissance of economics and its methodology-Green Economics-the solutions for the 21st century. Green Economy: Rethinking Growth: RIO+20

Topical recent and current issues will be featured and debated at the Conference. Share and discuss green ideas and methodologies with international experts in the field, with academics and green business leaders, MPs, Economics professors, engineers and business directors, campaigners and many others.

Call for papers and booking now open! Full papers submission deadline 5th June, 2012. Abstracts submission deadline 5th May. Please inquire for detailed information and fees, and reserve a place: greeneconomicsevents@yahoo.co.uk 

9th International Conference: Developments in Economic Theory and Policy

28-29 June, 2012 | Bilbao, Spain | website


The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of Cambridge, are organizing the 9th International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), the days 28th and 29th of June 2012.

Although papers are invited on all areas of economics, there will be three Plenary Sessions with Invited Speakers about the following topics:

  1. Economic Policies, Governance and the New Economics
  2. The Economics of the Financial Transactions Tax
  3. The Governance of Natural Resources

Suggestions for Organized Sessions are encouraged.

An Organized Session is one session constructed in its entirety by a Session Organizer and submitted to the conference organizers as a complete package. A proposal of an Organized Session must include the following information:

  1. Title of the session, name and affiliation of the session organizer, name and affiliation of the person who will chair the session(if different than the organizer)
  2. Titles of the papers (3-4 papers), name, affiliation and contact information of the authors

Besides Plenary, Organized and Normal Parallel sessions, there will also be Graduate Student Sessions. In these sessions, students making a MSc or a PhD programme can present their researches and discuss that of other students. Participants in the Graduate Student Sessions will pay a lower conference fee.

The deadline to submit papers and ‘Organized Sessions’ is 25th May 2012.

The Journal Panoeconomicus will publish a special issue with papers presented at the conference. Papers of high quality will be considered for this special issue. All submitted papers will be considered for this special issue. The selection of the paper will be made by the Scientific Committee of the Conference. The final decision about the papers to be published will be subject to a process of anonymous evaluation.

For more information, you can contact with Jesus Ferreiro (jesus.ferreiro@ehu.es) or Maribel Garcia-del-Valle (teresa.gvalleirala@ehu.es ) or visit the conference website.

15th SCEME Seminar in Economic Methodology

Monday 26 March 2012, SCEME, University of Glasgow, UK | website

“Taking stock, looking ahead: Economic methodology in the UK and beyond.” A Seminar in tribute to Mark Blaug

The Scottish Centre for Economic Methodology (SCEME) would like to invite proposals for contributions to the fifteenth seminar in a series on the methodology of economics, on this occasion also to pay tribute to the legacy of the late Mark Blaug who served on SCEME's advisory board since its inception a decade ago. We are very pleased to be able to announce that Sheila Dow will act as lead discussant, and Brian Loasby will join us to lead a round table on prospective trajectories of the field.


Economic methodology as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry in its own right received a crucial impetus in 1980 when Mark Blaug, as Professor at the University of London, published  the first edition of The Methodology of Economics. A young generation of scholars took up the gauntlet and the 1980s witnessed unprecedented international activity around economic methodology as a rallying post for systematic and philosophically informed reflection on economics as a discipline and practice, leading in 1988 to the formation of the International Network for Economic Method, and in 1994 to the launch of the Journal of Economic Methodology, which together with now annual conferences have established methodology as subdisciplinary meta-methodical inquiry under the overall economic umbrella. The purpose of the seminar is to reflect on the state of methodology achieved at present, and potential trajectories of development, with a focus on developments in the UK to begin with but with an ambition to relate to the broader canvas of developments in and around the field more generally.

Contributions are welcome from any perspective shedding light on the seminar topic. Proposed contributions may take the form of a traditional paper, or equally consist of presentation of work-in-progress, or the offer to join the round table with a focused statement for discussion. Proposals should take the form of a one-page outline of the intended contribution, and should be sent via e-mail, BY MONDAY 5 MARCH 2012, to:

Matthias Klaes



January 4-6, 2013 | San Diego

Financial Crises, Debt Crises and Deep Recessions Institutions, Policies & Strategies for Sustainable & Equitable Recover


AFEE invites proposals for individual papers and complete sessions on this theme, for consideration at the AFEE at ASSA meetings. Many nations, especially in Europe, are still in protracted economic and financial crises and recession, while some, such as the US, have managed very tentative recovery. Some nations, such as China and India, managed to escape the full brunt of the crisis and recession: Why? The causes and symptoms of the crisis are still being investigated. Some policies have had some beneficial impact, while policy makers and scholars continue to debate the best course of action. What about the next bubble and crash? How can such instability and uncertainty be prevented? What speculative sectors will likely be involved in the next financial crisis and recession? AFEE invites theoretical, empirical and policy papers on issues such as the following (detailed suggestions in Appendix) by the


Deadline: 20 April 2012


  1. Causes & depth of crises; policies, institutions & strategies to ameliorate financial crises, deep recession & un(der)employment in short & long-term;
  2. Capital flows, banking & credit systems, financial ‘innovations’, credit markets, institutional regimes of accumulation, contagion: impact on crisis & recovery;
  3. European debt crisis; US financial crisis/recession; experience in Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa & Oceania; geopolitical & sectoral redistribution of power in World economy generating uneven impact of crisis;
  4. Distribution of income, wealth and power: impact on crisis and performance; can specific changes in distribution benefit performance & quality of life?
  5. Monetary theory of production; uncertainty, liquidity preference, pecuniary culture, uncertainty, systemic risk, safety nets: changes to economic theory;
  6. Application of principles of institutional economics to financial crises, debt crises, deep recessions, policies & performance.

If you wish to participate, fill in the attached Paper/Panel Proposal Form to reach the Program Chair, preferably via email, to gperu.ohara@gmail.com and cc to gpeproject@yahoo.com  by the deadline of 20 April 2012.

The Association for Evolutionary Economics is a pluralistic association of institutional and evolutionary economists, political economists and social economists; including feminists and policy-oriented scholars and practitioners.

Become involved in the next AFEE at ASSA meetings, and why not come to San Diego for a holiday before and/or after the meetings? The sun always shines in Southern California (especially with climate change!). See this webpage for San Diego Travel Resource Information: http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors  (Information about the AFEE-based Hotel in San Diego will be available later.)


Submissions via e-mail are strongly encouraged. When sending your email, clearly identify it as an “AFEE at ASSA Jan 2013 Paper/Session Submission” in the “Subject” line. Proposals for panels may contain up to five papers, & must include relevant details of all papers and presenters (see below). Constraints imposed by the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) limit the number of sessions allocated to AFEE. Authors will be informed whether their proposals have been accepted by 31 May 2012. (If receipt of your paper or session proposal has not been acknowledged by 27 April, contact the Program Chair.)


Presentations should be no more than 18 minutes in length to leave time for discussion. To be considered for publication in the June 2013 Journal of Economic Issues conference issue by our prospective new Editor (as of 1 July 2012), Christopher Brown of Arkansas State University (jei@astate.edu), the text of your paper cannot exceed 2,850 words, plus up to four pages total of references, tables and figures. The deadline for submission for the June 2013 JEI is 11 December 2012. JEI editorial & submission details will be provided to authors whose proposals are accepted for the conference.


At least one of the authors of any paper must be a member of AFEE (which also gives you subscription to the JEI, and costs $15—$75 per year). See the website (or contact coordinator@afee.net or Eric Hake, AFEE Secretary, at erhake@catawba.edu for membership information).


This year we are encouraging past Presidents, Veblen-Commons, Clarence Ayres & James Street Awards - recipients & members to come to these meetings. I encourage you to arrive early & leave late; say during 2-8 January, in sunny San Diego.


I look forward very much to hearing from you!


Dr Phil O’Hara, AFEE President-Elect

AFEE at ASSA 2013 San Diego Program Chair

Global Political Economy Research Unit (GPERU),

GPO Box 383, Bentley. WA. 6982. Australia

gperu.ohara@gmail.com (cc  gpeproject@yahoo.com )

Download Call for Papers.

Centre for European Studies Annual International Conference on European Debt Crisis

17-18 May 2012 | Kirklareli, Turkey | website


The Centre for European Studies (CES) of Kirklareli University (Turkey) organizes its first Annual International Conference on 17-18 May 2012 which will focus on European Debt Crisis. The Conference will provide participants an opportunity to share research on the crises and recovery facing many developed countries, particularly in the euro zone since the collapse of the Lehman Brothers in late 2008.

Further information: http://edc.kirklareli.edu.tr/ enquiries to Dr. Ali AR

EAEPE Annual Conference 2012

18-21 October 2012 | Kraków University of Economics, Kraków, Poland

Economic Policy in Times of Crisis

Chair of local organising committee: Lukasz Mamica

EAEPE’s annual conference 2012 will be devoted to challenges in current economic policy connected with economical and financial crisis. Unstable situation at financial markets, increasing public debts and limited economic growth require new solutions in economic policy. Many traditional tools of growth recovery do not bring positive results and show that both background of current crises and expected policy recommendations are much different than in the past. The conference will be a platform for exchange ideas and results of both theoretical and empirical research connected with possible ways of economic recovery.

The conference invites all scholars to submit their contribution on the conference theme of this year, or on usual topics covered by EAEPE’s research areas.

Keynote speakers: Dani Rodrik and Marek Belka.

Scientific committee

Hardy Hanappi, Jerzy Hausner, Geoffrey Hodgson, Oliver Kessler, Georgis Liagouras, Maria Lissowska, Uskali Mäki, Lukasz Mamica, Klaus Nielsen, Paolo Ramazzotti, Bernhard Rengs, Pasquale Tridico, Caroline Vincensini.


Abstracts for papers to be presented can be submitted electronically at http://eaepe.org/conferences/(online submission soon available).

Each submission should specify either one of EAEPE’s research areas or indicate that it contributes to the conference theme. Abstracts should have a length of at least 300 words (minimum) and 750 words (maximum), and should provide name, email and (if possible) affiliation(s) of the author(s), along with the closest name and code of the EAEPE’s research areas (see the EAEPE web site www.eaepe.org ).

Authors are also invited to propose special sessions (4 abstracts). PhD special sessions will also be organized. PhD students will not have to pay conference fee.

Important Dates

  1. Abstract submission deadline: 30th April 2012
  2. Notification of Acceptance: 10th June 2012
  3. Full Paper submission deadline: 17th September 2012

For any information on the conference, please contact the local organizer, Lukasz Mamica (Conference Chair EAEPE 2012) at mamical@uek.krakow.pl

Historical Materialism Australasia 2012

July 21, 2012, Sydney | website

Following the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis epitomized the prevailing attitude, summed up more brutally by Margaret Thatcher’s injunction that “There is No Alternative.” Twenty years on from Fukuyama’s assertion, liberal triumphalism has been battered by war, recession and political radicalization on the left and the right. In this context even Fukuyama has conceded that history does indeed have a future.

Karl Marx famously remarked that we make our own history, adding that we do not do so “under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past”. Today, history is being re-made on the streets of the Middle East and North Africa, and now also across the Global North. These struggles will shape the world’s future. Yet they take place in conditions marked by protracted economic crisis, continuing wars and imperialist “interventions”, and the rule of the market over all of life. The reoccupation of the world’s streets, squares and commons is matched by the ever-increasing subordination of parliaments to the dictates of the market, witnessed most profoundly in the imposition of technocratic rule in Greece, Italy and elsewhere.

These events have seen Marx return to mainstream debate, but all too often in the form of having his insights cherry picked and reified in an attempt to rescue capitalism from itself. There is a need to go beyond such appropriation, to reestablish a living critique of political economy, to work towards the “determinate negation” of capitalism that Marx spoke of. Such a project requires raising questions about the meaning, the form and the very desirability of democracy in an era of growing technocratic rule. Similarly, as human rights provide a moral cover for wars it becomes necessary to interrogate the language of rights in contemporary political struggles. And, as revolution re-appears on the global stage, if in new forms hardly recognizable to revolutionaries of the past, it is clear that the categories of our political thought and practice must be subjected to renewed thought and debate.

To facilitate this, Historical Materialism welcomes individual paper submissions and panel proposals that seek to contribute to this debate.

Please email paper abstracts of no more than 250 words and panel proposals of no more than 100 words to historicalmaterialism2012@gmail.com by Friday, April 13th.

Law and Social Economics (book)

Call for abstracts for edited volume.

To be edited by Mark D. White, College of Staten Island/CUNY

Planned for inclusion in the "Perspectives from Social Economics" series from Palgrave Macmillan

By its very nature, law is a social enterprise concerned with values such as justice, dignity, equality, and efficiency, but the economic approach to law (or law and economics) focuses on the last goal to the exclusion of the rest. Social economics emphasizes the importance of ethical values to economic theory, practice, and policy, but it has engaged very little with legal studies (or law and economics).

In 1993, Steven Medema published his article "Is There Life Beyond Efficiency? Elements of a Social Law and Economics" in the Review of Social Economy, in which he laid out various ways in which social economics could contribute to the economic analysis of law. In the twenty years since his article appeared, however, few have picked his baton, much less run with it.

This book is an attempt to rectify this situation. Proposals for chapters are welcome on any aspect of law-and-economics on which social economics can make a contribution, and are welcome from economists, legal scholars, and scholars from related disciplines.

Possible topics include:

  1. Social-economic approaches to the various categories of legal studies, such as
  2. Private law (tort, contract, property)
  3. Criminal law
  4. Procedure
  5. Jurisprudence
  6. Methodological critiques of mainstream economic approaches to the law, such as
  7. Maximizing conception of individual choice
  8. Efficiency criterion for evaluating laws and institutions
  9. Application of game theory, behavioral economics, or experimental economics to legal issues
  10. Examination of the history of law-and-economics scholarship
  11. Suggestion of topics neglected by mainstream law-and-economics

Proposals should include name and affiliations of all authors, tentative chapter title, and abstract, and should be sent to Mark D. White at profmdwhite@hotmail.com by April 30, 2012. Tentatively, first drafts of chapters will be expected by November 30, 2012, with final drafts due by February 28, 2013.

LERA at ASSA 2013

Jan. 4-6, 2013, San Diego

CALL FOR SYMPOSIA PROPOSALS AND PAPERS: "New Economic Realities: Risk, Inequality and Workplace"

Eileen Appelbaum, LERA Program Chair and Past President

Deadline: February 17, 2012

The LERA Program Committee has issued a call for symposia proposals and papers for stimulating, creative, and controversial symposia related to this theme as well as other proposals that deal with topics of current interest and the mission of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).

The LERA is filling slots for 27 academic symposia at the ASSA/AEA meetings in 2013, and the opportunities have never been better for academics and researchers. We especially encourage younger academics, or researchers engaged in applied research, or those who historically may not be represented at the ASSA/AEA meetings, to submit papers and proposals.

Submissions from the perspectives of multiple disciplines – including but not limited to economics, sociology, political science, labor and employment law, industrial relations, and human resource studies – and the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including investors, managers, workers and unions, are encouraged.

Find complete information and submit a proposal or paper online at the LERA website:


Proposals must be submitted or reach the LERA Office no later than February 17, 2012. Contact LERAoffice@illinois.edu<mailto:LERAoffice@illinois.edu> if you have any questions.

There will also be many new opportunities for practitioners and academics alike to present at the LERA 65th Annual Meeting that will take place in St. Louis, June 6-9, 2013. That Call will be announced in the next month or so, with a deadline of October 2012 for submissions.

LERA 2013 Meeting in conjunction with ASSA/AEA Program Committee:

Eileen Appelbaum, Chair, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Sylvia Allegretto, University of California, Berkeley

Peter Berg, Michigan State University

Lonnie Golden, Penn State University-Abington

Sandy Jacoby, UCLA

Bill Rodgers, Rutgers University

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Oaths and Codes in Economics and Business

11 and 12 May 2012, Groningen, The Netherlands

A selection of papers will be published in a special issue of Review of Social Economy

Deadline submission extended abstracts: 1 March 2012

Organizer/Guest Editor

Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen)

Invited Speakers

John Boatright (Loyola University Chicago)

George DeMartino (University of Denver)

Since 2010, members of the executive boards of all banks in the Netherlands have had to sign an oath just as doctors swear the Hippocratic Oath. This Banker's Oath is part of a code of ethics which was developed to restore trust in banking after the economic crisis.  This initiative-unique in the world-has drawn international attention, and suggestions about similar oaths and codes can be heard in various countries. Accountants, financial advisers, actuaries, and controllers have started reevaluating their professional codes of ethics. A group of Harvard Business School graduates suggested the MBA Oath (Anderson and Escher, 2010), while economist George DeMartino proposed the Economist's Oath (Oxford University Press 2010). But can oaths and codes work in fields fraught with conflicts of interests (Boatright 2008)?

The Economist's Oath is primarily addressed to economists working as policy advisers, focusing as it does on methodological issues and issues of social justice. An economist swearing the oath promises to recognize that economics is an imperfect science, fraught with uncertainty, lack of precision, and many competing theoretical perspectives. The MBA oath contains the familiar themes from the business ethics and CSR literature: integrity, truthfulness, sustainability, accountability, stakeholders interests, and the avoidance of unbridled self-interest. And the Banker's Oath is primarily a promise to give the interests of clients a central place in one's professional decisions.

Professional oaths and codes are gaining popularity. But in stark contrast to the literature on corporate codes of ethics, surprisingly little research exists on professional oaths. Questions include how the general public perceives oaths and codes; whether they help professionals stay focused on their social functions; how they influence behavior (if they do); whether they increase professionalism; whether they are consistent with general moral duties; whether they help moral deliberation or discussion within a profession; or whether they lead to distrust and illusory quality guarantees.

The Review of Social Economy and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, devote a conference and a special issue to professional oaths and codes. The conference will take place on 11 and 12 May 2012 in Groningen, The Netherlands. Invited speakers are John Boatright (Loyola University Chicago) and George DeMartino (University of Denver). A selection of papers presented at the conference, upon passing double-blind peer review, will be published in a special issue or Review of Social Economy. Guest editor is Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen).

We invite submissions of extended abstracts of around 1,000 words for conference presentations with a deadline of 1 March 2012. The topic is professional oaths and codes in the broadest sense of the word, including philosophical, economic, psychological, sociological approaches. Submissions, and inquiries, should be sent to Boudewijn de Bruin at b.p.de.bruin@rug.nl and Wilfred Dolfsma, corresponding editor Review of Social Economy, at w.a.dolfsma@rug.nl

Review of Radical Political Economics

Special Issue on Full Employment

As we currently face the worst economic collapse since the great depression that has resulted in the loss of million of jobs and the highest levels of long-term unemployment since data have been collected, we invite contributors to submit proposals that address the problems of long-term structural unemployment in theUnited States and world wide.


We invite submissions that address, but do not need to be limited to, the following topics:

  1. What can we learn from employment outcomes across different countries and political economic regimes?
  2. To what extent can public sector action generate sustainable and high-quality employment?
  3. What kind of policies should the public sector pursue? For example should these be employment of last resort (ELR) or jobs created through some other type of “job guarantee policy,” or “permanent jobs programs” for the generation of a certain number of median wage and not last resort jobs, and how should these be financed and administered?    
  4. How does this relate to broader macroeconomic policies, including taxation and industrial policy?
  5. Can “full employment” policies succeed in capitalist countries or are partial, temporary, and inadequate programs the best that can be achieved?
  6. What are the historical lessons of the New Deal employment programs in the United States and similar historic or contemporary programs and policies in other countries?
  7. What has been the role of neoclassical economic theory in undermining ideological support for full employment programs, for example vis-a-vis the “natural rate of unemployment” or “NAIRU” doctrines, and what is a proper theoretical/ideological response to these prevalent macroeconomic views?
  8. More generally, is full employment consistent with low-inflation in the United States or elsewhere?
  9. Practical proposals for increasing employment in the United States now and critiques/discussions of the current Summers/Geithner effort to achieve sustained economic growth in the United States with a massive financial sector bail-out and a temporary and limited fiscal stimulus for the broader economy.


Submissions are due by September 30, 2012, 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 hard copies and an electronic version in Word doc. to Hazel Dayton Gunn, Managing Editor, Review of Radical Political Economics, Dept. of City & Regional Planning, 106 W. Sibley Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA; hg18@cornell.edu

Special Issue on the political economy of the Arab Spring

In December of 2010, an unemployed street vendor, Mohammed Bouaziz, in a small town in Tunisia set his body ablaze in protest of abuse and harassment by municipal officers, which sparked the so-called Arab Spring of revolutions in 2011. Since then the revolutions have spread from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, and Jordan and continue to inspire and mobilize movements and peoples both inside and outside the region.  However, while the current revolutions sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa have generally been portrayed as revolts against authoritarianism, there has been limited research on the economic roots of these revolts. In particular, given that media coverage and academic studies have underplayed the role of economic policies in setting the stage for the uprisings, it is time to re-introduce political economy to analyze the causes and effects of these revolutions, both regionally and globally.


We invite submissions that address political economy aspects of the Arab Spring such as:


  1. What caused the revolutions? In particular, what roles were played by neoliberal economic reforms? The demise of welfare states and central planning? The decline of particular social structures of accumulation? Youth unemployment? The labor movement, the women’s movement, and Islamic movements? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general, or the example, in particular, of past Intifadas?
  2.  n turn, what were the causes of each of these? For example, what caused the decline of the welfare state and central planning? To what extent were neoliberal reforms part of a general drive toward “modernization” motivated by an Orientalist view of Arab countries as intrinsically backward?
  3. What were the political economy dynamics between the autocrats, the business elites, the secular middle class, and the working class in the region?
  4. Why did revolutions happen in some countries and not others? In countries where protests did not lead to regime change, or only limited protests took place, why was this so? For example, what role did the Gulf Cooperation Council play in insulating countries from the spread of the uprisings?
  5. What have been the effects of the revolutions? For example, have they imposed new roles of the game upon the World Bank, the IMF, and the EU in their interactions with the countries of the region?
  6. How have economic policies changed since the revolutions, and what policies should be followed now?


Submissions are due by October 31, 2012, and must follow the Instructions to Contributors available in each issue of the RRPE, on the RRPE section of the URPE website, or at http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201656#tabview=manuscript

Submission, or from the Managing Editor. All submissions are subject to the usual review procedures and they should not be under review with any other publication. Send an electronic version in Word (.doc) to Hazel Dayton Gunn, Managing Editor, Review of Radical Political Economics, hg18@cornell.edu.


Call for Panelists: Heterodox Economics for the Information Economy

Dear Colleagues,


I would like to organize an URPE session(s) at the 2013 ASSA meetings around Heterodox Economics for the Information (or Knowledge) Economy. The focus of the papers can be from a Microeconomic perspective (i.e. the change in the organizational structure/corporate governance/ increased complexity of production, etc. in the information economy) or can be from a Macroeconomic perspective, such as the new role(s) for government and public policy in an ever changing economy, government’s role in regulation, public policy for the pursuit of full employment in the “new” information economy, etc.


I would like abstracts by April 15, 2012.


All presenters must be members of URPE or be willing to become URPE members by May 1, 2013. If you are interested in participating in this session please email your abstract and contact information to:

Michael J. Murray, Ph.D.

E. mmurray@bemidjistate.edu 

Department of Economics

Bemidji State University,

p. 218-755-2910


If you can’t present a paper but would like to be a chair or discussant, please email me this as well.


January 4-6, 2013 | San Diego

Joint URPE/IAFFE sessions using feminist and radical political economy approaches

Once again, URPE (Union of Radical Political Economics) and IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics) plan to co-sponsor up to three sessions at the ASSA annual meeting in 2013. I will be coordinating these for IAFFE and working closely with URPE panel coordinators for the ASSAs (Fred Moseley and Laurie Nisonoff) and IAFFE panel coordinator (and president-elect) Agneta Stark.

I welcome proposals on feminist and radical political economic theory and applied analysis.   The number of panels allocated to heterodox organizations is very limited.  The joint IAFFE/URPE panels are allocated to URPE.  Please note that anyone who presents a paper must be a member of URPE or IAFFE at the time of submission of the paper or panel proposal. Preference will be given to presenters who are members of both organizations.

Proposals for individual papers should include the title, the abstract, and the author's name, institutional affiliation, phone, email and the completed registration form included below.  I will also need to know about your (and any co-authors) membership status in URPE and/or IAFFE.  Please send these proposals materials to randy.albelda@umb.edu. Proposals for complete sessions are possible.  If you want to propose a panel, please contact me at randy.albelda@umb.edu. If you are interested in/willing to be a chair or discussant, please let me know.

The deadline for proposed papers for joint URPE/IAFFE panels is April 2, 2012.

Contact urpe@labornet.org or 413-577-0806 for URPE membership. Contact iaffe.org for IAFFE membership information.  We will confirm membership prior to accepting proposals URPE reserves the right to cancel panels in which any members (besides chairs or discussants) are not URPE or IAFFE members.

Please note that the date, time, and location of sessions is assigned by ASSA, not URPE or IAFFE. You should receive word from me that your paper/session was accepted by mid-June. ASSA will not assign dates and times until much later in the summer.

Call for Participants

Heterodox Microeconomics Workshop and Public Lecture

March 2, 2012 | SUNY Buffalo State College, US | website

11:00 – 11:50 Public Lecture: Heterodox Microeconomics and Real World Problems

  1. Dr. Frederic S. Lee (University of Missouri–Kansas City)

1:00 – 3:00 Workshop Part I: The Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise and its Applications

  1. Dr. William Ganley (Buffalo State College): Teaching Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise in the Principles of Economics Class
  2. Dr. Ruslan Dzarasov (Russian Academy of Science, Russia): Eichnerian Theory of the Business Enterprise in the case of Russian Corporations

2:30 – 3:00 Discussion

3:00 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:30 Workshop Part II: Conspicuous Consumption and Business Competition from the Heterodox Microeconomic Perspective

  1. Dr. Zdravka Todorova (Wright State University): Conspicuous Consumption as Routine Expenditures and its Place in the Social Provisioning Process
  2. Dr. Tuna Baskoy (Ryerson University, Canada): Business Competition and Micro-Macro Linkage in Post Keynesian Economics

4:30 – 5:00 Discussion

5:00 – 5:30 Round Table

  1. Frederic Lee, William Ganley, Ruslan Dzarasov, Zdravka Todorova, Tuna Baskoy, Tae-Hee Jo, Ted Schmidt, and Economics Faculty

6:00 - 9:00 Dinner

For more information about the workshop, visit the website.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, contact Dr. Tae-Hee Jo, taeheejo@gmail.com.

21st Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference: Debt, Deficits, and Financial Instability

April 11--12, 2012 | Ford Foundation, New York City

A conference organized by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College with support from the Ford Foundation

This spring, leading policymakers, economists, and analysts will gather at the New York headquarters of the Ford Foundation to address, among other issues, the challenge to global growth represented by the eurozone debt crisis; the impact of the credit crunch on the economic and financial markets outlook; the sustainability of the US economic recovery in the absence of support from monetary and fiscal policy; reregulation of the financial system and the design of a new financial architecture; and the larger implications of the debt crisis for US economic policy, and for the international financial and monetary system as a whole.

For a list of participants and online registration, go to www.levyinstitute.org.

Cambridge Realist Workshop

Date: Monday 27 February

Speaker: Tony Lawson (Cambridge)

Topic: Mathematical Modelling and Ideology in the  Economics Academy: competing explanations of the failings of the modern discipline?

Date: Monday 12 March

Speaker: John Mulberg (Open University)

Topic: Towards an Institutionalist Political Economy of Allocation

For more information go to:


Chicago Marxist-Humanists: Exploding the Myths of Capitalism

First & Third Wednesdays, March & April, 6:30-9.00 pm | Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State St. Chicago IL. Room 3N-6


Progressive change in the United States is severely hampered owing both to the failure of the left to project an alternative to capitalism and to the myths projected by the right regarding the nature of capitalism. On the other hand, Karl Marx projected an alternative socioeconomic system that comes into view in his writings in significant part in and through exploding the myths about capitalism. This series of five classes will explore the myths of capitalism through discussions of selected writings of Marx, and others.


Readings are available online or from U.S.M.H.  Online readings are available from U.S.M.H in pdf format for e-readers etc.

Sponsored by the U.S. Marxist-Humanists

Email: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org


Phone: 773-561-3454

Europe Week Research Forum: A Debate

7th March, 5.30-8.30 | N001, de Havilland Campus – University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts

Is there a European Precariat?

The Research Forum will take the form of  a debate between Guy Standing (Professor of Economic Security at Bath University) and Kevin Doogan (Jean Monnet Professor of European Policy Studies at Bristol University) on the question  “Is there a  European Precariat?”

With the current economic and financial crises across Europe this debate will be of considerable interest to staff,  students and visitors.

Professor Guy Standing is author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011, Bloomsbury.  He argues the case for the presence of a global Precariat – an emerging class comprising the rapidly growing number of people facing lives of insecurity, moving in and out of menial jobs that give little meaning to their lives. The instabilities this can produce could lead, Guy argues, to a ‘politics of inferno’. To avoid this we have to reconstruct the concept of work in the 21st Century.

Professor Kevin Doogan is author of New Capitalism?  The Transformation of Work (Polity 2009) and will argue a different case, posing a critique of theories of increasing precariousness in employment. We are told that companies are outsourcing, jobs are migrating to China and India, and  job for life is a thing of the past. Kevin argues that the resulting precariousness is not a natural consequence of a fast changing global economy, but a manufactured set of insecurities which come from neoliberal policies and the exposure of the economy to market forces.

Larry Elliot, Economics Editor of the Guardian, who was awarded an Honorary DLitt by the University in November 2011 and is a Visiting Fellow in the Business School, will Chair the debate.

Registrations begins at 5.30 with tea and coffee, the debate will start at 6.00pm with refreshments/networking taking place afterwards between 7.30-8.30.  Participation in the event is free but places must be booked.

For more information or to book your place contact bs.events@herts.ac.uk

Fourth G.L.S. Shackle Biennial Memorial Lecture

Thursday 8th November 2012 at 5.00pm in the Law Faculty,  Cambridge University  

The invited guest speaker is Lord Robert Skidelsky.


There will be wine reception following the lecture, where there will be an opportunity to meet the guest speaker.  Refreshments and nibbles will be provided. Further details will be circulated in due course.  All are very welcome to attend.


Contact for further information:

Sue Lowdell

Master's Secretary

St Edmund's College

Tel: 01223 336122

Email: masters.office@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk  

Charity Registration Number 1137454

Mark Blaug Memorial Conference

March 28, 2012 | Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE), T3-16, T-Building, Campus Woudestein, Erasmus University Rotterdam


12:00-12:15    Marcel Boumans: Welcome

          Ruth Towse: Producing Pearls of Wisdom

12:15-12:45    Jack Vromen: Mark Blaug and Evolutionary Economics

12:45-13:15    Eric Schliesser: Adam Smith, Anti-Newtonian?

13:30-14:00   Matthias Klaes: Mark's Economics of Education

14:00-14:30   Victor Ginsburgh: Mark Blaug and the Economics of the Arts

14:30-15:00    Erwin Dekker & Christian Handke: Mark Blaug and Cultural Economics

15:30-16:00    Harro Maas: A 2x2=4 Hobby Horse: Mark Blaug on Rational and Historical Reconstructionism

16:00-16:30    Roger Backhouse: Blaug-Samuelson-Sraffa

16:30-17:00    Geert Reuten: Falsificationism: From Laboratory to Political Practice

17:00-17:30    Marcel Boumans: The Trade-off Between Rigour and Relevance


For information: Marcel Boumans, m.j.boumans@uva.nl 

Green Economics Institute

One-week Green Economics Training Programme: Greening our World, Business and Careers. Reform of Economics

3rd – 10th May, 2012 | Oxford, Glastonbury and London | website

We are offering 30 places for our second Youth In Action Participatory Programme taking place in May 2012 -for a one weeks course and field trip for anyone under 30 years of age. It promises to be electric and really exciting. This programme will be run by us at the Green Economics Institute. Economics is evolving rapidly-become part of the next wave of economics! Come and see and experience how it works! Please inquire for more details, fees and reserve a place at greeneconomicsevents@yahoo.co.uk.  5 first bookings for this program will be awarded our exciting, newly published, book on Green Economics and Young People!

Training Introductory course on INTRODUCTION TO GREEN ECONOMICS: Reforming the Economy – Finding Solutions

5th May, 2012 | University of Oxford | website

This course is suitable for complete beginners to the field of economics, green issues and green economics and for intermediate levels. No prior knowledge of economics is assumed. Every training course participant at the end of the training course will receive a Certificate and on arrival will receive a copy of the Training course material. These and many more subjects will be covered during training course: What is economics for? Political or mathematical economy? What skills do economists really need? What skills do greens need? What is a green economist? Green Jobs and Green Careers. Understanding The Green Economy. Latest developments in the green economy. Lower growth economics. Do we need economics for environment or for business or business for environment. Competing claims and competing solutions. Please inquire for more details, fees and reserve a place at greeneconomicsevents@yahoo.co.uk 

History of 'Economics as Culture' 4th Workshop

Friday, March 9th, 2012 | Université de Cergy-Pontoise (France)

Les Chênes II, Salle des Thèses 9.30 am - 5 pm

This workshop, which is organized on behalf of THEMA (CNRS UMR 8184), EconomiX (CNRS UMR 7235) and the Cachan History of Social Science Group (H2S), brings together scholars from different disciplines to discuss from an historical vantage point, the place of economics in our culture.

  1. Julien Pénasse (Université de Cergy-Pontoise): A beauty contest? Disagreement in the Art Market
  2. Till Duppe & E. Roy Weintraub (Humboldt University, Berlin & Duke University): Credits and Priority in the Arrow-Debreu-McKenzie Story
  3. Thibault Le Texier (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis): Homemade Economics: The Economic Rationalization of Women’s Everyday Life in America, 1820-1920
  1. Verena Halsmayer (University of Vienna): (Micro)cultures and “Misunderstandings” – From Harrod's Dynamic Theory to Solow's Growth Model
  2. Claire Lemercier & Tiago Mata (CNRS, Sciences Po & Cambridge University): Speaking in tongues, a text analysis of economic opinion at Newsweek, 1975-2007

Full information about the workshop, including directions to go to the Cergy campus, is available at: http://thema.u-cergy.fr/presentation/news-21/article/4th-history-of-economics-as

We offer a free lunch to all participants and attendants (though we know Milton Friedman would disapprove that). So if you plan to be there, feel free to contact the organizers: Yann Giraud (yann.giraud@u-cergy.fr)

 and Loïc Charles (charles@ined.fr)

Institute for Economic Affairs - Hayek Memorial Lecture

The Twenty-First Annual IEA Hayek Memorial Lecture

29 March 2012, 6.30pm | Church House Conference Centre, Westminster

This year's lecture will be delivered by Professor Elinor Ostrom, speaking on the subject “Future of the Commons: Beyond Market Failure and Government Regulation.” Prof Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and in 2009 she received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Full details of the event – including how to RSVP – can be found online by clicking here.

Just Banking: building a banking sector that serves society

Thursday 19th April, 6pm at George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh and

Friday 20th April, all day at University of Edinburgh Business School | website

Places are limited so please book early at the website.


It is time for fundamental reforms to make the banking system serve society, rather than the other way around.

  1. How can we end violent booms and busts?
  2. How can we get finance flowing into local economies, and sectors with real social and environmental value?
  3. What is the vision for Scotland's future banking sector?


Join leading economists and campaigners to debate positive proposals to address these urgent questions and more.

  1. Adam Posen, member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, will set the scene with an evening lecture and panel discussion at 6pm on Thursday 19th April.

On Friday the 20th April the University of Edinburgh Business School will host a full day of presentations and seminars with thought-leaders from the UK and beyond, including:

  1. Ann Pettifor of Policy Research in Macro Economics and author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis (2006)
  2. Michael Meacher, MP for Oldham West and Royton
  3. Steve Keen, Professor of Economics & Finance at the University of Western Sydney, and author of Debunking Economics
  4. Richard Werner, Professor of International Banking at the University of Southampton, who coined the term "Quantitative Easing"
  5. Victoria Chick, Emeritus Professor of Economics at University College London
  6. Tony Greenham, Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation.

The conference has been organised by Friends of the Earth Scotland and the University of Edinburgh Economics Society, in partnership with Christian Aid, the New Economics Foundation, the Scottish Trade Union Congress, the World Development Movement and Unison.

For more information or to reserve your place, please visit www.justbanking.org.uk

Left Forum: Occupy The World: Life Without Money panel

March 16–18 2012 | Pace University, NYC

This roundtable discussion explores why we must, and how we can, free ourselves from monetary values and monetary relations in order to achieve the key left agenda of social justice and environmental sustainability. The panel engages with the Left Forum 2012 conference theme by arguing that human and environmental values are constrained by market systems. To permanently occupy our world we need to create and expand non-market structures for living, producing and exchanging. Speakers include practitioners and theoreticians of non-market socialism, including contributors to a new Pluto Press publication, Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies, which argues that the urgent environmental and economic crises that we face cannot be overcome without dispensing with money. Resuscitating the Left’s humanist critique of twentieth century communism and drawing on utopian, anarchist and Marxist literature, the book and panel explore work refusal, self-management, gift economies, a collective labour-credit system and the non-monetary ecological economics of urban and rural squatters.

Chair: Joel Kovel    Speakers: Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman (co-editors of Life Without Money), Mary Mellor, Caroline Woolard and Ariel Salleh    

Panel contact: Saed Engel-DiMauro

Marx Lecture at Kings College

Thursday 1 March | Kings College, London

Terry Eagleton and Alex Callinicos on Marx

Socialist Worker Student Society is hosting a speaking tour with Terry Eagleton (author of Why Marx Was Right) and Alex Callinicos (author of The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx). They’ll be speaking atKings College, London (Room S-2.08) on Thursday 1 March at 6pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Middlesex University Business School Public Lecture: Why It’s Kicking off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Speaker: Paul Mason, Economics Editor, Newsnight, BBC

Monday, 5th March 2012, 11.00am-12.30pm | The Boardroom, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT (nearest Tube Hendon Central)

The year 2011 has witnessed an unprecedented wave of protests and revolts, from the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, to the indignados in Spain, the urban protests in Israel and the youth riots in Britain. 2012 has already started with the ongoing breakdown of Greek society. In his new book Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere, Paul Mason analyses the reasons behind the current wave of struggles. The social roots of the upheaval lie in the massive disillusion of the ‘graduates with no future’ and the impoverished middle classes, the capacity of social networks to mobilize from below as opposed to top down hierarchical forms of mobilisation. Meanwhile the ongoing financial crisis has led to massive youth unemployment, a formidable squeeze on living standards, and the virtual disappearance of any hope of a better future for the next generation. Taken together, these social and economic factors have produced an explosive mix, as the collapse of the Greek society spectacularly illustrates, with children abandoned in orphanages by starving parents. Financial capitalism is now eating its own children. That people should revolt is not that all surprising - after all, there is surely a limit to what they can endure. The crucial puzzle is the incapacity of economic and political elites to understand, anticipate and respond to such revolts - or revolutions.

The economics editor of the BBC's flagship program Newsnight, Paul Mason is also one of the most influential journalists on twitter. He first reported live for the BBC on 9-11, and covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 from outside its New York HQ.

This event is FREE to attend but bookings must be made in advance due to popular demand. To reserve a place, please email Yangna Li: Y.Li@mdx.ac.uk.

PERG Seminar series, Spring 2012

Website: http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/research/perg/events/ 




Room & time

15 February

Matt Vidal

King’s College


Post-Fordism as a dysfunctional accumulation regime: A comparative analysis of Denmark, Germany, the UK and the US

JG2006 (16:00-17:00)

29 February

Francis Green

Institute of Education, University of London


Is job quality becoming more unequal?

JG2006 (16:00-17:00)

14 March

Thomas Goda

London Metropolitan Business School


The Contribution of Wealth Concentration to the Subprime Crisis: A Quantitative Estimation

JG2006 (16:00-17:00)

21 March

Nina Kaltenbrunner

University of Leeds


Post-Keynesianism meets Critical Realism: A qualitative study of exchange rate determination in emerging markets

JG2006 (16:00-17:00)

25 April

Claudio Sardoni

Sapienza University of Rome


Unemployment, recession and effective demand: The contribution of Marx, Keynes and Kalecki

JG2006 (16:00-17:00)


All presentations take place in the John Galsworthy (JG) building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE


Political Economy Research Group (PERG)

The Political Economy approach highlights the role of effective demand, institutions and social conflict in economic analysis and thereby builds on Austrian, Institutionalist, Keynesian and Marxist traditions. Economic processes are perceived to be embedded in social relations that must be analysed in the context of historical considerations, power relations and social norms. As a consequence, a broad range of methodological approaches is employed, and cooperation with other disciplines, including history, law, sociology and other social sciences, is necessary. ( http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/research/perg )

PKSG Keynes Seminar

28 February


Daniela Gabor of Bristol Business School will present a paper on The Road to Financialization in Central and Eastern Europe with a response by Michael Kuczynski of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Visit http://www.postkeynesian.net/keynes.html 

Séminaire d’Économie Politique

Lundi 12 mars 2012, de 15h à 17h30 | Université Paris Diderot Paris 7, Les olympiades, immeuble Montréal, 105 rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris - amphi 46

(Textes et plan d'accès : https://sites.google.com/site/seminairedeconomiepolitique )


Robert Boyer (Institut des Amériques) et Edwin Le Héron (Sciences Po Bordeaux, CED): Régulationnistes et post-keynésiens : Quelles perspectives communes ? Autour du n° 10 de La Revue de la régulation, Capitalismes, Institutions, Pouvoirs et des textes suivants :

Robert Boyer, Post-keynésiens et régulationnistes : Une alternative à la crise de l’économie standard ?

Angel Asensio, Sébastien Charles, Dany Lang et Edwin Le Heron, Les développements récents de la macroéconomie post-keynésienne


Le débat sera introduit par :

Michaël Assous (Université Paris 1, PHARE)


Textes et plan d'accès : https://sites.google.com/site/seminairedeconomiepolitique

SOAS Money and development Seminar

Wednesday 29 February at 18.00,  Room 4418, Main Building SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

John Weeks, Emeritus Professor of Economics at SOAS, will speak on “A Tale of Two Faux Crises, Italy, Spain and the Deficits”

State Investment Banking – What can the UK learn from Germany?

Wednesday 29th February 2012 11am-1pm | Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

The UK banking system is failing to adequately serve SMEs and productive businesses and as a result regional economies and people are suffering. It is time we learnt from the different banking models used around the world in order to make our banking system fit for purpose. For these reasons Compass, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (London) and the TUC are delighted to invite you to a talk being delivered by Gudrun Gumb, Vice President Business Policy (Europe) of the KfW Bankengruppe about the role that the KfW state investment bank plays in the German economy. The KfW banking group is a German government-owned development bank that was formed in 1948 under the Marshall Plan. Its unremunerated equity provided by its public shareholders allows KfW to provide loans at lower rates than commercial banks. For that reason it plays a pivotal role in promoting the German economy and society by financing SMEs, social infrastructure, housing, business start-ups and energy conservation. Following the talk there will be a panel discussion on what role a UK state investment bank could play in the UK, how it could be structured and the political opportunities and barriers that need to be overcome to make this a reality. A light lunch will also be provided.

10.45         Tea and Coffee Served

11.00         ‘State Investment Banking - The case of the KfW’ delivered by  Gudrun Gumb, Vice President, KfW Bankengruppe, Federal and European Affairs, Business Policy (Europe). Followed by Q & A.

11.45         ‘Time for a UK State Investment Bank?’ With Duncan Weldon (TUC), Christian Westerlind Wigstrom (Economic Advisor to Lord Skidelsky) and more speakers to be announced

12.30         Lunch Served

13.00         Ends

To register your place please email joe@compassonline.org.uk

Summer School of Heterodox Economics

2-6 July 2012, Poznań, Poland

Department of Economic Policy and Development Planning, Dpt. of History of Economic Thought

Faculty of Economics, Poznań University of Economics al. Niepodległości 10, 61-875 Poznań, Poland


The Summer School of Heterodox Economics will be held from 2nd to 6th of July at the Poznań University of Economics. The purpose is to create a space for exchange of experience and knowledge on paradigms corresponding to non-classical approaches to economic analysis, such as institutional economics, methodology of economics, post-keynesian economics, evolutionary analysis, labour economics issues, institutional change and other fields using institutional and evolutionary approaches.

The course  is open for PhD students and young researches as well as MA students. In the mornings students will attend lectures given by international scholars well known in the field of heterodox economics. In the afternoons attendants will have the opportunity to present their research projects, to gain feedback from key reviewers and eventually to discuss them collectively with other participants and scholars.


Applicants are kindly asked to submit their application form and a short description of their PhD project or actual research work (no longer than 800 words). Documents must be sent by email at: summerschool@ue.poznan.pl 

  1. Deadline for application: 30th of March
  2. Successful candidates will be notified by:  15th of April
  3. Deadline for payment: 30th of April



  1. Summer School Fee: 500 PLN/ 110 EUR.
  2. The fee covers participation, lunches and teaching materials. The reading list will be available at http://www.summerschool.ue.poznan.pl.
  3. Accommodation and travel costs are not included. Organization committee can help in finding convenient accommodation.
  4. For more information please see http://www.summerschool.ue.poznan.pl.



For more information about the Summer School programme or for any question related to it please contact: Agnieszka Ziomek(agnieszka.ziomek@ue.poznan.pl) or Paweł Łuczak (pawel.luczak@ue.poznan.pl).

URPE Summer Conference

August 10-13,  2012 | High Falls, New York

URPE members and others who share the goals of URPE are invited to participate in the planning of this year's Summer Conference which is being organized in cooperation with Occupy activists.  The conference, entitled Political Economy of the 99%: Today and Tomorrow, will take place from August 10-13,  2012  at a camp in High Falls, New York, about an hour and a half north of New York City.


We hope that many members in the New York City area will be able to attend the first open meeting to plan the conference - a meeting which will bring URPE members together with people who are participating in Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and perhaps other Occupy organizations.  It will take place at 60 Wall Street (a public space which is a meeting place for many of the OWS working groups) at 6 p.m.on Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.  A copy of the flyer announcing this meeting (and providing preliminary information on conference plans) is available at: www.urpe.org (Scroll down our front page to the Summer Conference announcement in order to see the link to the flyer.)

We plan next to expand our outreach to Occupy organizations around the country.  Many URPE members are, we know, participating in Occupy activities and we ask all of you to email us to let us know your ideas on how the URPE Summer Conference might best contribute to this movement.

The Planning Committee for the Summer Conference is headed by a sub-committee of the URPE Steering Committee whose members are:

 Sara Burke    burkesara@me.com

 Julio Huato    juliohuato@gmail.com

 Paddy Quick paddyquick@aol.com

 Chris Rude    chris.rude@ciper.org

Workshop on Economic Integration and Sustainability

March 1-2, 2012 | Quito, Ecuador

The Department of Economics of the PUCE (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador) and the CREG-UPMF (Centre de Recherche en Economie de Grenoble) co-organize an international academic workshop on Economic Integration and Sustainability, in Quito, on March 1-2.

The workshop includes four sessions:

  1. Integration, Cooperation and Governance
  2. Global Crisis and Stabilization Policies
  3. Development, Growth and Sustainability
  4. New Monetary and Financial Architecture in Latin America

We hope that you will be able to join us for two days of academic discussions on these issues. This is an excellent opportunity to meet French and latino-american heterodox economists (Pedro Paez, Oscar Ugarteche, Matias Vernengo, Pablo Davalos, Jean-François Ponsot, Michel Rocca, etc.)

Please contact the workshop organizers at jean-francois.ponsot@upmf-grenoble.fr in the event of a query.

Further details and program here or here.  

Union Research Summer School

June 10-15, 2012 | Cornell University


Cornell University and the AFL-CIO are sponsoring a Strategic Corporate Research Summer School on June 10-15, 2012 in Ithaca, New York.  The course (credit or non-credit) is designed for undergrad and grad students who are interested in working as union researchers and campaigners.  The registration deadline is May 17.  Scholarships are available based on need if taking the course for credit.  To access the application link and obtain other information, go to http://www.sce.cornell.edu/ss/programs.php?v=STRATCORP&s=Overview or contact Kate Bronfenbrenner at (607) 254-4749 or scrsummer@cornell.edu.

URPE at EEA 2012

March 9-11 | Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA

URPE sponsored sessions at 2012 Eastern Economic Association (EEA) meetings in Boston is now available on the URPE website at http://www.urpe.org/conf/eea/eeaurpeprog.html

There will be a reception for all friends and participants on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the conference hotel.

Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Policy and Industrial Research Assistant

The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the team by:

  1. Undertaking research, submissions to inquiries, discussion papers & background for speeches.
  1. Assist in the ACTUs work in support of union campaigns.

This role may suit a recent graduate with some work experience. The job will be based in Melbourne, reporting to the Assistant Secretary. Salary to be negotiated based on experience and in line with the ACTU Staff Agreement. Benefits include 15% superannuation. Women, indigenous people and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should provide a covering letter and CV by 29th February 2012 to jobs@actu.org.au

See the original job posting here.

Brock University, Canada

The Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University invites applications for a probationary tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2012.


The successful candidate will have a PhD (or be near completion), have a strong research and teaching record in Labour Studies, and be able to instruct a wide variety of social science courses related to work and labour.


The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Review of applications will commence on March 15, 2012. Applicants should submit a letter of application accompanied by hard copies of a curriculum vitae, a sample of academic writing, three letters of reference and evidence of successful teaching. Applications should be sent to:

Professor Jonah Butovsky

Director, Centre for Labour Studies

c/o Elizabeth Wasylowich, Administrative Assistant Centre for Labour Studies Brock University

500 Glenridge Ave.

St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA

L2S 3A1


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to have their application considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form at http://www.brocku.ca/webfm_send/1095 and include the completed form with their application.

More information on Brock University can be found the University’s website www.brocku.ca. Information on the Centre for Labour Studies can be found atwww.brocku.ca/labourstudies. Informal queries can be addressed to Prof. Jonah Butovsky.

Bucknell University, USA

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

Job Summary: The Economics Department at Bucknell seeks applications for a visiting assistant professor for academic year 2012-2013. A Ph.D. is preferred, but candidates with ABD status will be considered. Over the course of the academic year, the successful candidate will teach four sections of a one-semester economic principles course and two economic electives related to the candidate's own areas of expertise. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach courses from the radical political economy perspective.

Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. Preferred, but candidates with ABD status will be considered.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Upload evidence of teaching excellence to " Required Other Document 1 and Required Other Document 2".

For more information, see the original job posting here.         

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

ETUI is seeking to recruit:

  1. Senior researcher on multinational corporations
  2. Researcher in industrial relations/collective bargaining


You can find the full text of the job vacancies on the ETUI website.

The deadline to apply is 11 March 2012.

International Labour Organization

See the current ILO job openings here.

Smith College and Political Economy Research Institute UMass, US

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Department of Economics

The Department of Economics at Smith College and the Department of Economics and the Political

Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite applications for a

three-year Five College Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship. Candidates should have a strong foundation

in the history and philosophy of economic thought. A secondary field in financial or macroeconomics

is a strong plus. The Fellow will teach six courses over the three-year appointment, split four and two

between Smith and the University. Research interests may cover a range of topics in these fields, but

should be relevant to the interests of PERI. Research mentors will be assigned in PERI and in both

departments of economics.

Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are members of the Five College

Consortium along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges. All five institutions are

within a short distance of each other, and the Fellow will have full access to the many resources of the

Consortium. Smith College will be the host institution for the Fellowship. Questions regarding the

search should be directed to Professor Charles Staelin, Chair of Search Committee, cstaelin@smith.edu.

Submit applications at http://jobs.smith.edu with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate

transcript or list of graduate courses and grades, a job market paper or chapter of the dissertation, and

evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applications should include contact information for three references

to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation, or contact information for the graduate

placement officer if recommendations are to be submitted through that person. Review of applications

will begin immediately and extend through March 15, 2012.

Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity. The

University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to

fostering a diverse faculty, student body, and curriculum. Women and members of minority groups are

encouraged to apply.

SUNY Cortland

Instructor, Business Economics


Full-time, tenure-track position available beginning August 2012. Prepare and deliver course content in class or online to undergraduate students in one or more areas of Business Economics including teaching Computer Applications in Economics and Management, Principles of Economics and/or Finance. Also engage in scholarly activity in the area of business economics, advise students, and provide service to the college.


Required Qualifications: Master's degree in Applied Economics or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and strong oral, written and presentation skills.


Preferred Qualifications: Willingness and desire to teach online courses, college teaching experience, ability to understand and appreciate heterodox approaches, commitment to a liberal arts program in Business Economics, and experience with technology in the classroom.


The Business Economics Department offers BA and BS degrees in Business Economics, Economics and Political Economy. A comprehensive curriculum, distinctive learning opportunities and an accomplished dedicated faculty are among the many reasons for studying business economics or economics at SUNY Cortland.


For consideration, apply online at https://jobs.cortland.edu. Preference will be given to application materials received by March 5, 2012.

Application Information

Contact: State University of New York at Cortland

Online App. Form: https://jobs.cortland.edu

University of Cambridge (Engineering Dept)                                 

Department of Engineering, University Lectureship in Industrial and Economic Systems and Structures, Manufacturing and Management Division


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to take up appointment from 1 July 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will have, or be expected to develop, a record of world-class research commensurate with the international reputation and top-rank research rating of the Department of Engineering.


Candidates’ research should be in the broad area of industrial economics with particular interest in areas of management, policy or practical applications. The Lecturer will be expected to contribute to teaching in the areas of industrial economics and finance, as well as more generally within the Manufacturing Engineering course.


Further information can be found at http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/admin/jobsinfo/                                Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Ian Hutchings (imh2@cam.ac.uk).


Appointment will be for a probationary period of five years and, subject to satisfactory performance, with appointment to the retiring age thereafter. The current pensionable scale of stipends is in the range of £36,862-£46,696 per annum.


The closing date is 11 April 2012 and applications should be sent or emailed to the Secretary of Department (Admin & HR), Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK (tel +44 (0) 1223 332615/18 fax +44 (0) 1223 766364, email hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk


Applications should include a completed form (CHRIS 6 (parts I and III, which is downloadable from http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/ ) with the names of three referees) and a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. In addition please include a brief statement (no more than two A4 pages) of professional, teaching and research experience and future research plans.


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.         

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance

The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications and nominations for a visionary  scholar of distinction to serve as the inaugural holder of the Endowed Chair in the Study of  Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, a new faculty position focused on the scientific study  of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance.    Nonviolent direct action refers to strategies and activities designed to achieve social and political  change without the use of violence. Examples of nonviolent direct action include collective  organizing, social movements, protests, sit-ins, vigils, consciousness raising, and other forms of civil  disobedience and nonviolent resistance.  Proponents of nonviolent direct action recognize the need  for active struggle to foster social and political change and use nonviolent approaches as alternatives  to passive acceptance of oppression and inequality, or the use of violent confrontation, to achieve  social and political goals.  The activities of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. (and others like them) provide good examples of the kinds of nonviolent direct action on which the

chairholder should focus his/her scientific work.

The chairholder will provide national/international leadership to the study of this critical topic. The  chairholder may be from any discipline, but her/his research methodology must be scientific and  focused on large-scale social phenomena. The appointment will be at the full or associate professor level. The departmental home(s) of the  appointee will be determined based on the successful candidate’s scholarly expertise. The position  will begin as soon as a qualified candidate has been found.  

The candidate is expected to become an integral member of the Psychology of Peace and Violence  Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and should be interested in interdisciplinary  collaboration, scholarship, and training of graduate students on issues involving peace, conflicts of  interest, nonviolent direct action, and civil resistance. The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program adds to scientific knowledge of how to resolve conflict between groups, promotes reconciliation,  and builds peace through cooperation (www.umass.edu/peacepsychology).  Beyond her/his primary affiliation with the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, the chairholder will find many other supportive colleagues here at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst (UMass Amherst) and within the wider region.  For example, at UMass Amherst, the

chairholder may affiliate with the Development and Peacebuilding Program of the Political Economy  Research Institute, the Social Inequality and Justice Initiative of the Center for Public Policy and  Administration, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, and/or the Feinberg  Papers Project.

QUALIFICATIONS: a Ph.D. and a proven record as a scholar of the scientific study of peace,  non-violent direct action, and civil resistance as well as exceptional promise to serve as a national/international leader in advancing this study at UMass Amherst and beyond are required; a  proven record of inclusive and multi-cultural skills in teaching, research, and/or service is strongly  preferred.

RANK AND SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin on March 5, 2012 but  the committee will continue to accept applications until the position has been filled. Applications  comprising a cover letter expressing interest and describing research program, a vitae and a list  of at least three references should be sent to Kelly Smiaroski at: ksmiaroski@provost.umass.edu or Kelly Smiaroski, Office of the Provost, 373 Whitmore Administration Building, University of  Massachusetts, 181 President’s Avenue, Amherst, MA 01003-9313. Electronic submissions strongly  preferred.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. It is strongly

committed to increasing the diversity of faculty, students, and curriculum, and particularly encourages

applications from women and minorities.

York University, Canada


  1. Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
  2. Discipline/Field: Business and Society
  3. Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  4. Home Department/Area/Division: Social Science
  5. Affiliation/Union: YUFA
  6. Position Start Date: July 1, 2012
  7. Position End Date: June 30, 2014  
  8. Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Social Science invites applications from qualified candidates for a two-year Sessional Assistant Professor position in Business & Society. Applicants must hold a PhD (or be near completion) in one of the social sciences or in a relevant discipline, as well as have an active research program relevant to the program. Applicants must have an interdisciplinary background in the social sciences and will be expected to teach three full-year courses from a variety of fields within the program (for further details, see: www.yorku.ca/laps/sosc/buso/). The successful applicant must demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in teaching. Demonstrated versatility in teaching (e.g., at different levels of the curriculum and in varying pedagogical formats) is an asset.

The start date is July 1, 2012. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012. Applicants should submit a letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier, sample publications, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Kimberley White, Chair, Department of Social Science, South 754 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3.

Conference Papers, Reports, and Podcasts

Historical Materialism and International Relations' series podcasts

This series of podcasts is taken from the Historical Materialism and International Relations seminar series convened by Alexander Anievas. The seminars are given at 5 pm on Thursdays in Seminar Room C, Department of Politics and International Relations. The Historical Materialism and International Relations seminar series seeks to explore and develop the multiple points of contact between Marxist theory and international relations, most broadly defined. It does so with the double aim of investigating the critical and explanatory potentials of Marxism in the domain of international relations, as well as to probe what an engagement with ‘the international’ might contribute to Marxist theory. The seminar series is associated with the journal of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and its forthcoming ‘Historical Materialism and International Relations’ book series.

Listen online of download podcasts here.

PKSG Seminar Podcasts

  1. 14 February by Nicholas Wapshott and Andrew Gamble on Keynes and Hayek
  2. 31 January on  “Capital accumulation, labour market institutions and unemployment in the medium run” by Engelbert Stockhammer and Jonathan Perraton

Podcasts are now available at http://www.postkeynesian.net/keynes.html 

RMF: Breaking Up? A Route Out of the Eurozone Crisis

An urgently needed discussion of the future of the eurozone, the possibility of exit, and what that would mean for the people of Europe.

  1. Costas Lapavitsas, professor, department of economics, SOAS
  2. George Irvin, professor, department of development studies, SOAS
  3. Paul Mason, BBC economics editor and author of ‘Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed’
  4. Stathis Kouvelakis, reader in political theory, King’s College London
  5. and chaired by Seumas Milne, associate editor, The Guardian

Podcasts of the 9 December event can be seen here

Heterodox Journals

Capital & Class, 36(1): February 2012

Journal website: http://cnc.sagepub.com 

Behind The News

  1. ¡Indígnate!: The 2011 popular protests and the limits to democracy in Spain / Greig Charnock, Thomas Purcell, and Ramon Ribera-Fumaz
  1. Introduction / Gregor Gall and Ralph Darlington
  1. Beyond ‘political economism’: New identities for unions in Western Europe? / Graham Taylor, Andrew Mathers, and Martin Upchurch
  2. Union politics, purpose and democracy: To be or not to be? Optimism, pessimism and the continuing importance of Richard Hyman’s early contributions / Miguel Martínez Lucio
  3. Strikes and class consciousness in the early work of Richard Hyman / John McIlroy
  4. A reappraisal of the rank-and-file versus bureaucracy debate / Ralph Darlington and Martin Upchurch
  5. Imagined solidarities: Where is class in union organising? /  Melanie Simms
  6. Union renewal in France and Hyman’s universal dualism / Heather Connolly
  7. Richard Hyman: An assessment of his Industrial Relations: A Marxist Introduction / Gregor Gall
  8. Will the real Richard Hyman please stand up? / Richard Hyman

Book reviews

  1. Book review: The Gender Politics of Development: Essays in Hope and Despair, by Shirin M. Rai / Chandran Komath
  2. Book review: Antonio Gramsci, by Antonio A. Santucci / Michael A. Ekers
  3. Book review: The Politics of New Labour: A Gramscian Analysis, by Andrew Pearmain / Max Crook
  4. Book review: The Future of Union Organising: Building for Tomorrow; Union Revitalisation in Advanced Economies: Assessing the Contribution of Union Organising, by Gregor Gall (ed.) / John Stirling
  5. Book review: Rethinking Imperialism, by Ray Kiely / Chris Grocott
  6. Book review: The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know, by Fred Magdoff and Michael D. Yates / Adam E. Gallagher
  7. Book review: Confronting Global Neo-liberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies, by Richard Westra (ed.) / Thomas Barnes
  8. Book review: Envisioning Real Utopias, by Erik Olin Wright / Franklin Obeng-Odoom
  9. Book review: The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century, by George Lambie / Antoni Kapcia
  10. Book review: Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory, by Uri Gordon / David Bell
  11. Book review: Nature Crime: How We’re Getting Conservation Wrong, by Rosaleen Duffy / Alex Loftus
  12. Book review: The Challenge of Third World Development, by Howard Handelman / Franklin Obeng-Odoom
  13. Book review: Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Software Movement, by Johan Söderberg / Marco Boffos

Economic Thought (New from World Economic Association)

A new online-based journal of the World Economics Association, Economic Thought, has been launched and is ready to receive submissions from scholars working in the history of economic thought, economic history, methodology of economics and philosophy of economics. Articles up to 8000 words in the aforementioned fields are welcome.

Economic Thought is committed to openness in academic publishing and wishes to enhance the social and cooperative aspects of research. Submitted articles will be assessed through the open peer review process (see http://www.worldeconomicsassociation.org/Journals/ET/OPD.html), which is an attempt to do away with some of the imperfections of the peer review process in the social sciences. The editors aim to reach a decision on publication no later than 12 weeks after posting the paper to the Open Peer Discussion forum.

You are invited to submit your work to the journal or to visit the Discussion Forum and comment on the posted articles


The articles currently posted are:

  1. Richard Cantillon’s Early Monetary Views? by Richard van den Berg
  2. Mathematical Modelling and Ideology in the Economics Academy: competing explanations of the failings of the modern discipline? by Tony Lawson
  3. An Evolutionary Efficiency Alternative To The Notion Of Pareto Efficiency, by Irene van Staveren
  4. On the Limits of Rational Choice Theory, by Geoffrey M. Hodgson
  5. Economics and Research Assessment Systems, by Donald Gillies
  6. What Kind of Theory to Guide Reform and Restructuring? A focus on theoretical approach, by Sheila C Dow

The editors of Economic Thought: J. Latsis, A. Nadal and A. Rosselli

Further details can be found at:


Review of Radical Political Economics included in Citation Indexes (SSCI and more)

According to Thomson and Reuters, RRPE will be indexed in the following places. This means that RRPE will receive an Impact Factor in the Economics category when the Journal Citation Reports are published in June. RRPE was on Thomson’s radar as they are looking to broaden these databases with more content. We have included this notice on the homepage here: http://rrp.sagepub.com/


Beginning with V.41 (1) 2009, this publication will be indexed and abstracted in:

  1. Social Sciences Citation Index®
  2. Journal Citation Reports/ Social Sciences Edition
  3. Current Contents®/Social and Behavioral Sciences

Heterodox Newsletters

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

  1. Alternative Federal Budget Roundtable: Can Canada Escape a Lost Decade?: For more about the roundtable, check out our post-event  blog post and watch the keynote speeches online (via CPAC):
  1. Keynote I: Perspectives on the global crisis and what to do
  2. Keynote II: Perspective on the U.S. and the global crisis, and the way forward
  1. Old Age (In)Security and Pension Reform: Click here to read the full report.
  2. Our Schools/Our Selves: Every Tool Shapes the Task (Winter 2012): Click here for a preview or to order your copy.
  3. Blog Round-up
  1. Comparing two carbon bombs: LNG plants vs Enbridge pipeline, by Marc Lee
  2. Budget Cuts Could Worsen Rising Unemployment, by Erin Weir
  3. Harper vs. Kyoto: where does that leave Québec?, by Laura Handal
  4. Federal cuts could push unemployment to 8%, by David Macdonald
  5. Delaying Retirement: What does it mean for younger workers?, by Karen Foster

Democracy at Work

Dear Friends,

I would like to invite you to sign up to receive our new Newsletter. It focuses on an alternative economy that ever more of us see as a key next step beyond capitalism. In this newsletter you will find interesting and also useful materials to help explain, develop, and share these ideas with the increasing audiences for them. To get the newsletter without cost, just click on the Join our mailing list.

Rick Wolff

Feb. 2012 Issue

  1. Gar Alperovitz on Economic Update: In December, historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz met with Wolff to discuss an issue they both work on heavily: worker-managed and worker-owned companies. Wolff and Alperovitz are at the forefront of advocacy and education for worker-ownership as a solution to the failure of capitalism. Listen to recording or read transcript here. Wolff and Alperovitz, along with philosopher David Schweickart, will host a panel entitled “The Next System: Exploring Economic Alternatives to Capitalism” at the Left Forum in New York City, a conference from March 16 through the 18th.
  2. Manifesto for Economic Democracy and Ecological Sanity: A new society can be built on the basis of democratically reorganizing our workplaces, where adults spend most of their lifetimes. Over recent centuries, the human community dispensed with kings, emperors, and czars in favor of representative (and partly democratic) parliaments and congresses. The fears and warnings of disaster by those opposed to that social change were proved wrong by history. The change we advocate today takes democracy another necessary and logical step: into the workplace. Those who fear (and threaten) that it will not work will likewise be proven wrong. read more
  3. Capitalism and Its Discontents: David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio, interviews Professor Wolff in this comprehensive discussion of the failures of capitalism and the fundamental change necessary to avoid future collapses.  The Sun Magazine | Feb 2012 | Issue 434 “If you want to understand capitalism,” Wolff says, “you need to talk to people who think it’s wonderful, but you also need to expose yourself to the arguments of those who don’t think it’s wonderful, who think we could do better.” read more

EuroMemo Group Newsletter 2012-1

EuroMemorandum 2012

The EuroMemorandum 2012 “European integration at the crossroads – Democratic deepening for stability, solidarity and social justice”, published in December 2011, was signed by more than 450 economists from all over Europe. The long version of the EuroMemorandum is now available as downloads in English, French, German, Greek and Spanish at our website. Short versions of the EuroMemorandum are available in Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Polish, too.

EuroMemorandum 2012 – as booklets

Booklets of the printed version of the EuroMemorandum 2012 are available in English, French and German. Please contact transform!europe: office@transform-network.net for the English version, Espaces Marx (France): Espaces_Marx@internatif.org (3,00 €) for the EuroMemorandum in French, and Zeitschrift Sozialismus (Germany): redaktion@sozialismus.de (7,20 €) for the German printed version.

Save the date! Annual Conference of the EuroMemo Group in September 2012

The 18th Workshop on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe will be held from 21-23 September 2012 in Poznan, Poland. The call for papers will be sent out in late May via this mailing list. Please save the date!

EuroMemo Group at facebook

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In a new report titled, “The New Banks in Town: Chinese Finance in Latin America” to be released tomorrow by the Washington-Based Inter-American Dialogue, GDAE Researchers Kevin P. Gallagher, Amos Irwin and Katherine Koleski estimate that since 2005 China has provided loan commitments upwards of $75 billion to Latin American countries.  China’s loan commitments of $37 billion in 2010 were more than the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Export-Import Bank combined for that year.

  1. Download the full report: The New Banks in Town: Chinese Finance in Latin America.
  2. Read the Financial Times coverage of the report.
  3. Find out more about GDAE’s work on China and Latin America.

Global Labour Column

  1. The Crisis: the Response of the European Trade Unions by Bernadette Ségol
  2. A Tide of Inequality: What can Taxes and Transfers achieve? by Malte Luebker

Levy News

  1. Fiddling in Euroland as the Global Meltdown Nears, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou and L. Randall Wray. Public Policy Brief No. 122, 2012
  2. The New European Economic Dogma: Improving Competitiveness by Reducing Living Standards and Increasing Poverty, C. J. Polychroniou. One-Pager No. 26, February 14, 2012
  3. Delaying the Next Global Meltdown by Dimitri B. Papadimitriou and L. Randall Wray. One-Pager No. 24, February 2, 2012
  4. Put an End to the Farce That's Turned Into a Tragedy, C. J. Polychroniou. One-Pager No. 25, February 9, 2012
  5. The Road to Debt Deflation, Debt Peonage, and Neofeudalism, Michael Hudson. Working Paper No. 708, February 2012
  6. The Euro Crisis and the Job Guarantee: A Proposal for Ireland, L. Randall Wray. Working Paper No. 707, February 2012
  7. Inflationary and Distributional Effects of Alternative Fiscal Policies: An Augmented Minskyan-Kaleckian Model by Pavlina R. Tcherneva. Working Paper No. 706, February 2012
  8. What Do Poor Women Want? Public Employment or Cash Transfers? Lessons from Argentina by Pavlina R. Tcherneva. Working Paper No. 705, February 2012
  9. Imbalances? What Imbalances? A Dissenting View by L. Randall Wray. Working Paper No. 704, January 2012

World Economics Association Newsletter, 2(1): February 2012        

Available as a pdf file for download here :

In this issue:

  1. Editorial: Open debate
  2. WEA Journals Open for Business
  3. A Fervent Plea (Geoff Harcourt)
  4. What is economics? (Stuart Birks)
  5.  The NESS group
  6. Neo-liberalism (Margaret Ann Harris)
  7. The Cambridge Social Ontology Group (Bruce Littleboy)
  8. Economics students—critical thinking (Andrea Micocci)
  9. The Israeli Social Protest Movement (Hay Badra)
  10. Miscellaneous Thoughts
  11. Latin-American Economic Performance (Alicia Puyana)
  12. The third WEA Journal (Economic Thought)
  13. Maths for Pluralist Economics (Steve Keen)
  14. Book Review, Michael Hudson’s Trade, Development and Foreign Debt
  15. Books of possible interest
  16. Contacts and announcement

Heterodox Books and Book Series

Elgar Companion To Marxist Economics

Edited by Ben Fine with Marco Boffo

Edward Elkgar. January 2012. 978 1 84844 537 6 (hb) | website                

This Companion takes stock of the trajectory, achievements, shortcomings and prospects of Marxist political economy. It reflects the contributors’ shared commitment to bringing the methods, theories and concepts of Marx himself to bear across a wide range of topics and perspectives, and it provides a testimony to the continuing purpose and vitality of Marxist political economy.                

Keynes’s General Theory: 75 Years Later

Edited by Thomas Cate

Edward Elgar 2012. 978 1 84542 411 4 (hb) | website

This volume, a collection of essays by internationally known experts in the area of the history of economic thought and of the economics of Keynes and macroeconomics in particular, is designed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The General Theory.

The essays contained in this volume are divided into four sections. The first section contains three essays that explore the concept of fundamental uncertainty and its unique role in The General Theory. The second section contains five essays that examine the place of The General Theory in the history of macroeconomics since 1936. The third section contains three essays that explore the interrelationships among Keynes, Friedman, Kaldor, Marx and Sraffa and their approaches to macroeconomic theory and policy. The final section contains four essays that provide several new interpretations of The General Theory and its position within macroeconomics.

Transnational Corporations and International Production: Concepts, Theories and Effects

By Grazia Ietto-Gillies

Edward Elgar 2012. Second Edition. 978 0 85793 225 9 (hb) | website

This comprehensive critical analysis of concepts, theories and effects relating to transnational corporations will prove invaluable to post graduate and advanced undergraduate students across a broad section of disciplines including business/international business, economics, international relations, and development studies will find this to be an invaluable learning tool. Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of this highly acclaimed textbook includes new features such as deeper analysis of evolutionary theories, a discussion of Penrose and of the Network theory, and an additional chapter on innovation effects. Lecturers and researchers wishing to familiarize themselves with the theoretical developments of the subject will find this book to be an effective and informative teaching resource.

Workers, State and Development in Brazil: Powers of Labour, Chains of Value

By Ben Selwyn

Manchester University Press. 2012. 9780719085314 (hb) | website

Within the field of development studies, the importance of class relations is usually relegated to lesser status than the roles of states and markets in generating and allocating resources. This book argues that processes of class formation, struggle, and crucially, the changing balance of class forces between capital and labour constitute a key determinant of different patterns of capitalist development. Workers, state and development in Brazil illuminates these key issues in political economy through a detailed empirical investigation of the nexus between class dynamics and developmental processes and outcomes in North East Brazil’s São Francisco valley. It details how workers in the valley’s export grape sector have utilized their structural and associational power to win concessions from employers, contributing to a progressive pattern of regional capitalist development. Based on a stimulating engagement with and critique of World Systems Theory and the Global Commodity Chains approach, this book will be of wide-ranging interest to those interested in understanding how global dynamics impact on local development. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in processes of capitalist development, class formation and dynamics, North East Brazilian political economy and International Political Economy.


Heterodox Book Reviews

Erasing the Invisible Hand: Essays on an Elusive and Misused Concept in Economics

By Warren J. Samuels (assisted by Marianne F. Johnston and William H. Perry). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. xxviii + 329 pp. $95 (hardcover) ISBN: 978-0-521-51725-6.

Reviewed for EH.NET  by Gavin Kennedy, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (Professor Emeritus). Read the review here.

Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

New reviews just published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

  1. Stalmaszczyk on Badiou, Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy
  2. Mckenna on Ellen Wood, Citizens to Lords
  3. Marjoribanks on Marx and Wittgenstein, and VDM Verlag
  4. Joseph Spencer on ethics and globalization
  5. Pitt on Sze on Sartre on war and terrorism
  6. Cunliffe on Marxism and Science Fiction

And a new list of books for review all at www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

To receive notification of new reviews and comments when they appear join the Marx and Philosophy Society email list: http://lists.topica.com/lists/mpslist

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships, and Grants

G.L.S. Shackle Studentship, Cambridge University

St Edmund's College: Applications are invited for the G.L.S. Shackle Studentship for a single Cambridge University term during the 2012/2013 academical year.  Closing date Friday, 30th March 2012. Further information is available on:  http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/posts/shackle-studentship-2012/index.php and also from the Master's Secretary, St Edmund's College, email: masters.office@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk 

The Economic History Society - Bursary Scheme for PhD Students (UK)

The Economic History Society will consider applications for one-year bursaries of £5,000 to assist postgraduate students (PhD) in United Kingdom colleges and universities. The bursaries will be open to students (full or part-time) at any stage of their PhD career in economic and/or social history.  Please note that applications from students in receipt of a full stipendiary award, or a fully-funded studentship covering fees and living costs, would not be considered.

Applications should be accompanied by the candidate’s academic CV and a supervisor’s statement in support of the application.

It is expected that successful applicants will be, or will become, members of the Economic History Society.

Any queries should please be directed to the administrative secretary: Sarah.Ward@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2012.  The online application facility will open in mid-April.

Applications should please be made online here.

Kingston University, UK

  1. MA Economics (Political Economy)
  2. MA Politics, Philosophy, Economics

Heterodox Websites

Historical Materialism on Facebook

Anyone interested can join the group here.

Heterodox Economics in the Media

Modern Monetary Theory, an unconventional take on economic strategy

An article in the Washington Post February 18th  here.

Remapping Debate

A five-part series on economics education from a critical perspective by an online news service. .

  1. Part 1, For U.S. universities, a failing grade in economics
  2. Part 2, Behind scientific facade, economics departments serve heavy dose of laissez faire
  3. Part 3, Econ curricula shortchanging majors and non-majors alike 

Parts 4 and 5 will be published soon here.

Occupy the SEC

This is a 235-page letter that Occupy the SEC has sent to the regulators of the U.S. financial system and an accompanying blog post by Felix Salmon praising and quoting the letter (see link below).  The Occupy the SEC letter is a detailed critique of the Volcker Rule.   IMO, the important thing to note here is that, with initiatives of this kind, the people engaged in OWS are demonstrating amply that they have the caliber to take over these regulatory bodies and help working people reform the financial system and align it to their interests.

Submitted by Julio Huato

SEC Letter and Felix Salmon Blog

Queries from Heterodox Economists

Appeal Greece: Manifesto for a Better World

Dear colleagues,

The battle against neoliberalism in Europe is at critical stage and demands international action.

Colleagues from Cyprus, Italy and Portugal published an appeal for solidarity with the Greek people asking to sign it:


Best regards,

Dr. Lefteris Kretsos

Senior Lecturer

University of Greenwich

Greenwich Business School

GDAE - Authors sought for macroeconomic modules

This is a Request For Proposals from the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University (GDAE) in collaboration with the New Economics Institute.  We are seeking three individuals to write educational modules on current macroeconomic topics. The module writing positions are contract work with compensation of $10,000 each. The results will be posted on the GDAE website, along with our existing educational modules. They will also become an integral component of GDAE’s revisions to its textbook Macroeconomics in Context (MAC).

Each module will apply, and potentially extend, the theoretical framework developed in MAC to a current macroeconomic policy issue: to a specific macroeconomic policy issue: (1) the global financial crisis, (2) long-term debts and deficits, and (3) macroeconomics and environmental sustainability. Ultimately, GDAE is seeking a co-author for the second edition of MAC. It is likely that one of the individuals hired to write these modules will have an opportunity to continue working at GDAE for a period of at least an additional year as a full-time employee, with appropriate compensation and benefits. Work on the modules may begin immediately or at the end of the spring term, but must be completed by August 31, 2012.

Applications are due by February 29th, 2012. Complete details on the positions, including a description of the module topics and the application procedure, are available at http://ase.tufts.edu/gdae/resources/Macro_RFP.html. Applications should be submitted electronically to Brian Roach at brian.roach@tufts.edu. You should also feel free to contact him with any questions about the positions.

Connection between publicly-funded post-secondary education and income inequality

My name is Miles Kenyon. I'm a journalist working out of King's College, Halifax, Canada and I'm working on a story that investigates the connection between publicly-funded post-secondary education and income inequality. I'm looking to speak with anyone who would like to contribute to this discussion or who can direct me towards any pertinent studies/information/etc.

Please reply to: miles.kenyon@gmail.com 

For Your Information

EAEPE Gunnar Myrdal Prize - Deadline extended

The deadline for submission of materials for the EAEPE Prize and Gunnar Myrdal Prize competitions has been exceptionally extended to 31 March 2012.

All authors must be paid-up EAEPE members for the year for which the prizes are awarded. Only one entry per author will be considered.

Entries should be sent to the EAEPE Prize Competition Coordinator:

Jean-Christophe Graz



Université de Lausanne

CH - 1015 Lausanne


Email: jean-christophe.graz@unil.ch


Herbert Simon Young Scholar Prize

We are also pleased to remind you that EAEPE runs a third award, the Herbert Simon Young Scholar Prize. As this award is closely related to our Annual Conference, the submission deadline is 15 October of each year. More information about EAEPE Awards can be found here.

Launch of the New Centre for Palestine Studies at the London Middle East Institute (SOAS)

1st March 2012 (6pm-9pm)


We are delighted to announce the creation of a Centre for Palestine Studies at the London Middle East Institute.   The new Centre will be launched at SOAS on Thursday 1 March with an inaugural event to which you are warmly invited. Please join us at 6:00pm in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre for a discussion on Palestine studies and stay for  a reception afterwards to celebrate the launch of the Centre (7:30pm onwards).


This initiative brings together the considerable academic expertise on Palestine at SOAS, a body of scholarship with deep roots and a long history. At its inception, the Centre’s membership draws on about 35 SOAS academics across a wide range of disciplines, ensuring that SOAS has one of the world’s most unique concentrations of academic specialism on Palestine.


Speakers include:

  1. Hassan Hakimian, Director of the London Middle East Institute and Reader in Economics Department, SOAS, will introduce the launch and offer welcomes
  2. Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, the first Chair of the Centre for Palestine Studies, will present the new centre and outline its perspectives.
  3. Karma Nabulsi, Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and member of the advisory committee of the Centre, will speak on 'Palestine Studies and their Future Internationally
  4. Ilan Pappé, Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, will focus on 'Palestine Studies in the British Academia: Past, Present and Future'  

The event is free; there is no need to register.  Our website will be going  live soon.

Manifesto of the Appalled Economist

A response to “10 psuedo facts” about the Euro debt crisis by a group of french economists here.