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Issue 94: February 1, 2010


From the Editors


In this issue, you will find many exciting events and information for heterodox economists and students around the world. We are also glad to announce that the Newsletter website has been updated.

Since the beginning of the year, we have added twenty new subscribers to our mailing list. We believe it is both a token of growing interest in heterodox economics and of economics becoming more pluralistic. Speaking of pluralism, we would like to call your attention to Gilles Raveaud's article, ''Pluralism in economics teaching: Why and how?'' and ''French Association of Political Economy (FAPE) Launch Meeting Report'' written by Bruno Tinel. In the Launch Meeting Report, André Orléan, the President of FAPE, remarked that:

''Pluralism is a way for the community of the economists to think about its social role. It is a mechanism that renders visible the vested interests which try to manipulate it.''
Orléan's remark as well as Raveaud's arguments in his paper remind us of Howard Zinn who unexpectedly passed away on January 27, 2010. In his book "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train," Zinn wrote:
"From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than 'objectivity'; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble."
Requiescat in pace, and let us march into the troubles.

The Editors,
Tae-Hee Jo & Ted Schmidt

In this issue:

  1. Call for Papers
    1. Association for Social Economics
    2. Thirteenth World Congress of Social Economics
    3. EAEPE Summer School
    4. Environment, Innovation and Sustainable Development
    5. Fourth Annual Conference on Development and Change
    6. HES Annual Conference
    7. Left Forum
    8. SASE 22nd Annual Conference
    9. SGIR 7th Pan-European International Relations Conference
    10. Thought & Action
    11. URPE/IAFFE
    12. URPE Summer Conference
    13. Review of Radical Political Economics
    14. Western States Graduate Workshop in Economics
    15. 14th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security
    16. Colloque international: Regards sur la Commune de 1871 en France. Nouvelles approches et perspectives
  2. Conferences, Seminars and Lectures
    1. Association for Institutional Thought Conference
    2. Cambridge Realist Workshop
    3. Forum The Spirit of Innovation IV
    4. G.L.S. Shackle Biennial Memorial Lecture
    5. Marx or Keynes or...?
    6. Monetary policy - from stability to financial crisis and back?
    7. International Conference on Human Capital for Sustainable Economies
    8. Transnational Militancy in the 21st Century
    9. Why are more unequal societies socially dysfunctional? Darwinian insights
    10. Conference in Paris on ''Puissances du Communisme''
  3. Job Postings for Heterodox Economists
    1. University of Leon / Universidad de León, Spain
    2. Franklin & Marshall College
    3. WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business
    4. Global Women's Project - Center of Concern
    5. Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University
  4. Heterodox Papers, Reports, and Articles
    1. Pluralism in economics teaching: Why and How
    2. PERI Working Papers: January 2010
    3. Social Innovation and the Social Economy: Innovation Purely for “Living Better Together”
    4. Development Viewpoint #45
  5. Heterodox Journals and Newsletters
    1. American Journal of Economics and Sociology Vol. 69, Issue 1: January 2010
    2. International Review of Applied Economics,  Vol. 24, Issue 1: January 2010
    3. New Left Review, Vol. 61: Jan/Feb 2010
    4. Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 22, No. 1: January 2010
    5. PhaenEx, Vol. 4, No.2: 2009
    6. revista de economía crítica 8: December 2009
    7. eInsight
    8. Friends of Associative Economics Bulletin
    9. Green Economics Institute
    10. Institute of Economic Affairs
    11. Levy News
    12. nef e-letter
  6. Heterodox Books and Book Series
    1. Global Cities At Work : New Migrant Divisions of Labour
    2. Global Energy Security and American Hegemony
    3. Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works
    4. The Roller Coaster Economy : Financial Crisis, Great Recession, and the Public Option
    5. The Metaphysics of Capitalism
    6. The New Old World
    7. Totalitarian Capitalism and Beyond
    8. La mediazione che sparisce. La società civile in Hegel
    9. Marx
    10. Humanism: The Heart of Socialism
    11. Poor Women in Rich Countries: The Feminization of Poverty Over the Life Course
    12. The New Economics Series, Zed Books
  7. Heterodox Book Reviews
    1. A History of the Federal Reserve, Vol. II, 1951-85
    2. Keynes and Macroeconomics after 70 Years
  8. Heterodox Websites and Associates
    1. French Association of Political Economy (FAPE)
  9. Queries from Heterodox Economists
    1. Norwegian Heterodox PhD Program
  10. For Your Information
    1. The Spanish Universities Act
    2. TRUE (Teaching Resources in UG Economics) - Teaching heterodox economics
    3. A Marxian Introduction to Modern Economics
    4. London Progressive Journal
    5. Deutscher Book Prize for 2009
    6. Marx-Hegel Reading group: Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
    7. "Fear the Boom and Bust" a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem
    8. The Story of Cap & Trade

Call for Papers

Association for Social Economics

2011 Annual Meetings in conjunction with Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA)
Denver, Colorado, USA. January 7-9, 2011

Theme: Status of Economics after the Crisis

Social economics is devoted to research on the ethical foundations and implications of economic analysis and policy. We invite proposals for papers which address questions such as:

Status of the discipline

Economic policy
Economics and democracy

Please submit electronically a paper title and abstract of up to 250 words to Zohreh Emami, ASE President-Elect, at zohreh.emami@alverno.edu. Proposals for complete sessions are also welcome. Submission deadline is April 30, 2010.

Individuals whose papers are accepted for presentation must either be or become members of the Association for Social Economics no later than July 1, 2010 in order for the paper to be included in the program. Membership information can be found at www.socialeconomics.org.

The Warren Samuels Prize, which is accompanied by a $500 award, is given to the best paper which is important to the project of social economics and which appeals across disciplines. The prize is awarded at the annual meeting at which it is presented. Please see the ASE website.

Papers presented at the ASSA meetings can be considered for a special issue of the Forum for Social Economics. The deadline for submission for the special issue is January 31, 2011. Submission details and criteria are available from the editor, John Marangos, at marangos@econs.soc.uoc.gr.

Thirteenth World Congress of Social Economics

Social Economics, the Social Economy, and Wellbeing
June 28 - July 1, 2010
Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Organized by Association for Social Economics

The conference will take place on the downtown campus of Concordia University in the heart of multilingual, multiethnic Montreal, in the midst of a multitude of cafes, bookstores, restaurants, boutiques, museums, art galleries, B&Bs, and hotels. Concordia is also not far removed Montreal's three other universities: McGill, Montreal, and UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal). It is also walking distance or a short metro or bus ride to the Old City, the well-restored centre of Canada second oldest cities and one of the oldest urban centers in North America.

Sessions begins on Tuesday, June 29th with the opening reception the evening of June 28th.
Paper and session proposals on different themes and perspectives are most welcome.  We welcome your online submissions!  All submissions should be approximately 250 words.  In addition, you submission should contain your affiliation and contact information.  Please specify if you are a graduate student.

All submissions should be sent to: morris.altman@vuw.ac.nz. The subject line should read ASE Montreal Conf 2010 sub (surname of submitter) i.e.: ASE Montreal Conf 2010 Sub (Altman).

The deadline for submissions if February 15, 2010.  You will notified by March 15, 2010, whether or not your submission has been accepted for presentations. All sessions will take place at Concordia University, downtown campus.

ASE Best Student Paper Prize Competition
We welcome submissions for the ASE Best Student Paper Prize Competition. This paper must be written by a graduate student or students.  Professors cannot be co-authors.  For the submission, the paper should be no longer than 8,000 words.  A prize committee of senior members of the Association for Social Economics will adjudicate the submitted papers.  The ASE sponsors the prize.

The prize will be awarded to the top two papers.  The winners of the Best Student Paper Competition 2010 receive: a year's membership in ASE which includes a year's subscription to the Review of Social Economy  and the Forum for Social Eoconomics $400 USD.

To be eligible for the prize the sutdent author must register for the conference and present her/his paper.  The status of each author must be clearly stipulated (first,second and/or third authors, MA students or Ph.D. students, etc.).  Please submit your paper through the regular submission process, plus send a copy of your abstract and a copy of the completed paper to the Chair of the selection committee, Morris Altman (morris.altman@vuw.ac.nz).  The other committee members are Deb Figart (deb.figard@stockton.edu) and Martha Starr (mstarr@american.edu).

Confirmed Keynote Speakers : Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Professor Pierre Fortin

ASE World Congress Paper Review Committee

EAEPE Summer School

4-10 July 2010. University of Roma Tre. Dpt. of Economics, Faculty of Economics. Via Silvio D’Amico 77, 00145 Rome, Italy.
Local organisers: Pasquale Tridico and Sebastiano Fadda

The European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) is glad to announce the 2010 EAEPE SUMMER SCHOOL which will be held at the University of Roma Tre from 4 to 10 July 2010.

The Summer School is open to PhD students and young researchers working in particular in the field of institutional economics, evolutionary analysis, economic and human development, environmental economics, methodology of economics, institutional history, comparative economics and variety of capitalism, transition economies, institutional change, financial crisis, and in all other fields using institutional and evolutionary approaches.

The 2010 EAEPE Summer School will address these themes in a broad sense and will explore economic issues through a multidisciplinary, institutional and evolutionary perspective. Lecturers are international scholars well known in the field of institutional economics. Advanced PhD students and young researchers are asked to present their work. Every day, from Monday 5 to Friday 9 July, two lectures will be held in the morning, and in the afternoon advanced PhD students and young researchers will present their work getting comments and suggestions from experts in the field. On Saturday morning 10 July a workshop/special session on the current financial crisis will take place (title: Systemic Risks, Financial Crises and Credit - The Roots, Dynamics and Consequences of the Subprime Crisis). The Summer School is conducted in association with COST Action ISH0902.

Summer School Fees: FREE
Deadline for application: 15 April 2010

For more details including the program and accommodation, download the announcement and visit EAEPE website: www.eaepe.org

Environment, Innovation and Sustainable Development

October 6 to 10, 2010.
Conference Venue: Panorama Hotel, Chania, Crete, Greece.

Deadline for sending communication proposals: March 1, 2010
Decision of the scientific committee: May 1, 2010
Deadline for final papers: September 10, 2010

Communication proposals of two pages should include an abstract explaining the problematic, the method used and a bibliography. Proposals must be sent with the completed enclosed “communication proposal form” (by email).

Sessions may also be proposed: a session includes four communication proposals. Please indicate the title of the session and include the four or five communication proposals germane to your proposal.
Send communication proposals to Conference Secretariat: Mrs Vozinaki Irini ceisd2010.conference_AT_enveng.tuc.gr

Conference Topics
I.  Political economy and sustainable development
    A. Techno-economic paradigms in history, innovation and social change
    B. Environment, new technologies and innovation
    C. Sustainable development: world wide experiences
II. Management of innovation and sustainable development
     A. Enterprise management and new technology development
     B. Enterprise strategy and sustainable development
     C. Public research, commercialization of knowledge and innovative capacity
III. Sectoral approaches (non restrictive list)
     Transportation, Energy, Health, Agribusiness, etc

Fourth Annual Conference on Development and Change

Mission: Promoting Development in a Globalized World
Johannesburg, South Africa, April 9-11, 2010

Conference Theme: The global economic crisis and the restructuring of the financial and trading system: implications and prospects for the developing world.

The world economy is currently in the throes of a global economic crisis reminiscent of the great depressions of the 1930s and possibly that of the 1870s. As back then, the crisis resulted from major structural imbalances in financial and credit markets ultimately resulting in a retreat from free trade. Emergent debates about resurgent protectionism, alternative reserve currencies, stimulus packages and climate change policies suggests that the world economy has entered a phase of heightened change which will transform the development “equation” in varied and diverse ways. It is imperative at this time that development economists should engage with two crucial questions: the implications of these changes for the developing world and the prospects for “development” for the majority of people in the developing world.

The forthcoming conference invites submission of academic papers representing original and critical research focusing on the various aspects of the current global economic crisis:

For the details about the conference, download Call for Papers.

HES Annual Conference

June 25-28, 2010. Syracuse University, USA.
The deadline to submit a paper or session proposal is February 21, 2010

The 2010 meetings of the History of Economics Society will be held at the Syracuse University over June 25-28. Please join us, and add your voice to the discourse by submitting a paper or proposing a session at http://hes2010.syr.edu

The Distinguished Lecture will be delivered by Nancy Folbre. She will be speaking on "Greed, Lust and Gender: The Rhetoric of Self Interest in Political Economy".

Information on transportation, accommodations, and area attractions is also available at http://hes2010.syr.edu. Registration information will be posted in due course.

If you encounter any problems will paper/session submission or have any other questions about the conference, please feel free to email me directly at hes2010@syr.edu

Young Scholars Sessions at the 2010 HES Conference
Each year, the History of Economics Society supports Young Scholars (YS) who wish to present papers at the annual HES Conference. Selected HES Young Scholars receive free registration, a banquet ticket and a year's membership to the Society. For the 2010 HES Conference, funds will also be made available to defray housing costs for up to five Young Scholars.

Begun in 2000, the YS Program consistently features some of the most interesting and innovation scholarship at the HES Conference. If you, or a student you know, is interested, please submit a Young Scholar's Paper Proposal using the link on the Conference Website (http://hes2010.syr.edu/). Please designate in your abstract that this is a "Young Scholar Proposal." The deadline for submissions is February 21, 2010.

From the proposal abstracts received, in consultation with the conference organizer, the President (Steven Medema) will create up to 4 thematically linked Young Scholar sessions. Abstracts will be chosen based on originality and scholarly merit as well as clarity of exposition and the strength of the argument. If the President feels there are good abstracts that fail to fit with other YS proposals thematically, he has the option of asking the HES conference organizer to fit the additional Young Scholars into the regular program. All Young Scholars whose abstracts are chosen will receivefree registration, a banquet ticket and a year's membership to the Society.

In addition, YS who submit their full paper for consideration by the end of April 2010 will be considered for free conference accommodations. From submitted papers, the HES President may choose up to 5 Young Scholars for free accommodations. A Young Scholar must be a PhD candidate or have obtained the PhD in the 2 years preceding
the HES Conference.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Best wishes,
Jerry Evensky
2010 HES Conference Organizer

Left Forum

Propose a panel.

This year’s plenary speakers Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky promise to attract a large and diverse spectrum of participants, making the conference experience all the more electric.  We are very excited about the quality of panels now scheduled for March, and we would love you to join us.  Please email us (panels@leftforum.org ) or give us a call (212 817-2003) if you have panel ideas or would like assistance with finding panelists to fill out a panel.  Panel submissions will be accepted through February 6. We look forward to working with you and seeing you at Left Forum 2010, March 19-21.

SASE 22nd Annual Conference

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

June 24-26, 2010. Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
Website: www.sase.org

Last year's meeting in Paris brought 800 social scientists from 43 countries together to discuss Capitalism in Crisis. Join us this year in Philadelphia for Governance Across Borders.

In Philadelphia: Eric Helleiner takes on money and global governance; Donald MacKenzie examines financial models, economic agents, and markets; Saskia Sassen looks at global cities….

And what about you? Click here to submit your paper or session proposal and join the conversation.

SASE’s diverse research networks and conference sub-themes offer an international, interdisciplinary forum to discuss ideas and raise questions on the cutting edge of your field. Click here for more information.

Submission deadline: The deadline has been extended to February 28, 2010. This includes applications for student stipends and travel grants. Click here for submission guidelines and more.

As for location… Steeped in history, the cradle of American democracy, Philadelphia is a major crossroads on the East Coast, at the heart of the American academic scene with fast and easy transport to New York City and Washington, DC. In the immortal words of W.C. Fields: “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.”

SASE President: Jonathan Zeitlin
Program Chairs: Glenn Morgan and Marc Schneiberg
Local Organizer: Richard Deeg

SGIR 7th Pan-European International Relations Conference 

Stockholm, Sweden. September 9-11, 2010.
The closing date for paper and panel proposals is February 28, 2010.
Submit paper proposals via: http://www.sgir.eu/conference/

Section 31: The ‘European sub-prime’: The financial crisis in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe’s vulnerability to external shocks has become particularly apparent since the onset of the global economic crisis. There has been capital flight from many countries, the bursting of asset price bubbles, and the toxic combination of currency devaluations and substantial foreign currency borrowings. The full implications remain to be seen, but all countries are bracing for cuts in public spending in the context of high unemployment.

The crisis and its management has been an international affair from the very beginning: the IMF is back in the region, West European banks were lobbying the EU for a regional rescue package, and Scandinavian creditors were pressuring the Baltic governments to underwrite their assets. The European Commission was also very active in the region, supporting attempts to defend the Baltic currencies, fearing the impact of any collapse in their value for the region as a whole.

This section seeks perspectives including – but not only – from International Relations, European Studies, International Political Economy and International Political Sociology, in order to address critically these developments. We particularly welcome papers that deal with:

Special panels on Ukraine and the Baltic States will be convened.
Section conveners: Jan Drahokoupil (University of Mannheim), Dorothee Bohle (CEU Budapest/EUI Florence), Vlad Mykhnenko (University of Nottingham), and Jānis Bērziņš (Riga Stradins University)

Thought & Action

The NEA Journal of Higher Education
Call for Papers: “Radical Transformations”

The Thought & Action Review Panel invites submissions for “Radical Transformations,” a Special Focus section in the 2010 edition of Thought & Action, the higher education Journal of the National Education Association. Deadline: June 1, 2010.

The term radical transformations is a two-edged sword.  On the one hand, higher education has been buffeted over the past few decades by a series of radical transformations:

On the other hand, the term “radical” also has meaning in a political sense—as in the need for radical transformations to create a more just, equitable, and democratic world.  Should higher education have a radical impact on students and society?  Or should higher education simply impart a credential and a few useful skills, leaving those who pass through essentially as it found them?  Can we have a radical transformation that is both intellectual and technological?
To respond to these questions, we are soliciting articles on a variety of topics.  Is higher education at a crossroads of some sort?  Have we had enough of administrators, pundits, and politicians setting the agenda for higher education?  What should be the role of intellectuals and scholarship in creating the future?  How might the nation’s professoriate, spearheaded by its unions—most importantly to us, the National Education Association—launch an education renaissance?  How might new coalitions of faculty, staff, and students in higher education redefine the academy?
Thought & Action, with a readership of over 150,000, seeks to provide its readers with theoretical and practical information on issues in higher education that are important to higher education faculty and staff members of the National Education Association.
We encourage the submission of articles or proposals related to these themes and welcome work from new scholars as well as seasoned ones. Please send submissions to the address below. Guidelines are available at www.nea.org/home/33303.htm.
Thought & Action, the NEA Higher Education Journal
Interactive Media
National Education Association
1201 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202-822-7277
Fax: 202-822-7206
Email: pubint3@nea.org


Denver, Colorado, USA. January 7-9, 2011. ASSA Annual Meeting
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 2011. 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) Stephanie Seguino,

I welcome proposals on feminist and radical political economic theory and applied analysis.  One of the panels will focus on papers which address the gendered, racial and class impacts of the financial crisis (including implications about credit, employment and/or housing).  The other two will be based on the topics of proposals received.  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 URPE 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 5, 2010.

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 is very serious about this and will 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.

Randy Albelda

URPE Summer Conference

July 3 - August 2, 2010. At the Epworth Camp and Retreat Center in High Falls, NY, USA.

Dear URPE members and Friends,
We have just re-finalized the dates for our annual summer conference/camp, the late afternoon of Friday, July 30 to noon on Monday, August 2. Put it on your calendar today, and join us!
    The format of the conference/camp will be as it has been for decades, and we will have first a preliminary schedule up in the spring and then a final schedule up in summer, as usual.
    We do have a change of locations, though very near to where we have been for the last several years, roughly the same time from New York City and slightly closer to places in New England like Amherst and Boston. We had been looking forward to returning to the very friendly Camp Deer Run, which we were all scheduled to do when we received the sad news in the very late fall that its parent organization, Dianova International, had decided it was financially unsustainable and was closing it down to sell. (Of the many countries where Dianova holds youth programs, only the US provides no government funding.) However - with help of the Deer Run director Sandra Nencetti - we are lucky to have found a substitute in the same area.
    This year we will meet at the Epworth Camp and Retreat Center in High Falls, NY. Epworth is about 10 minutes away from the Adirondack Trailways bus station in Rosendale, NY (next stop after New Paltz), between the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains (exact directions will be up on our web site in a while, as they were for Deer Run). It functions as both a day camp and a conference center; on our last morning there Monday we will be overlapping with day campers. The layout is ideal for accessibility: everything is on the ground floor and the grounds are flat. We will be accommodated in bunkhouses that have several sleeping rooms and a common room; there is also a tenting area with a bathhouse. A large dining hall will serve as plenary space.
    Special features are a pool, canoeing on the Rondout River, several campfire sites, and a cave which was part of the historical underground railroad! A treat for kids will be the working, sustainable-practices farm with animals and a big empty space in the barn for games. The director has offered to give us a talk on the geology of the area, and is interested in participating in our sessions on global warming.
    Nearby towns of Rosendale, High Falls, and Stone Ridge are also lovely, historic destinations in the Hudson Valley.
    We think people are going to like the Epworth Center as we did Deer Run, and that it could become our steady home. Do take a look at the photos on their website, www.epworthcenter.com. And then come to summer conference and enjoy!
    In solidarity, the URPE Steering Committee

Review of Radical Political Economics

Special Issue on "Path to Full Employment: Industrial Policy and the Great Recession"

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 the United 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 March 1, 2011, 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.

Western States Graduate Workshop in Economics

April 24, 2010. Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA

Economics departments in several western states [in the US] have decided to start up a workshop for graduate students in economics. The aim of the workshop is to provide students in economics with an opportunity to present their research, act as discussants for their peers’ work as well as get exposed to the work their peers are doing. We are hereby calling for paper submissions for the 1st graduate workshop to be held on April 24, 2010 at Colorado State University.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 24 starting at 10am. Each paper will be allocated 40 minutes – 20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for remarks by a discussant and 10 minutes for general discussion.

Deadline and application procedure:
Interested students should send paper proposals or offers to act as discussant by March 1, 2010 to Ramaa Vasudevan (ramaa.vasudevan@colostate.edu), Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu) and Codrina Rada (rada@economics.utah.edu). Final papers should be received no later than April 15.

Download Call for Papers.

14th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security

June 17th and 18th 2010 in Izmir, Turkey.
Abstracts must be submitted by March 22, 2010.

Hosted by:Ekolider, Izmir University of Economics, Economics Department, Middle East Technical University (METU).
Venue:Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, TURKEY

Key Themes:
- Security in the Balkan Region
- European Security
- Economics of Security
- Globalization and the restructuring of the MIC
- Militarism and development
- Security sector reform
- Economics of conflict and war
- Economics of post-conflict reconstruction
- Economics of arms procurement, trade and offsets
- Arms races and alliances
- Peace science
- Conversion and Demilitarization
- Economics of Terrorism

Programme deadlines:
If interested in presenting a paper or organizing a session in the 2010 Conference, please send a title and an abstract of 300-words at most to: defence2010@ieu.edu.tr

For Registration and further information: Please find the registration form and more details on the conference homepage: http://ekolider.ieu.edu.tr/eab/DEFENCE2010/index.html

Download Call for papers.

Colloque international: Regards sur la Commune de 1871 en France. Nouvelles approches et perspectives

International conference: Views on the Commune of 1871 in France. New approaches and prospects.

Narbonne, Hôtel de Ville, 24-26 mars 2011.
Appel à communications (échéance : 26 avril 2010)

A l’occasion du 140e anniversaire de la Commune de 1871, ce colloque international organisé, symboliquement, à Narbonne, entend privilégier les nouvelles approches de l’événement et ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives. Au-delà d’un questionnement sur l’apport des recherches sur les Communes de province, il s’agit d’aller traquer dans les marges de l’événement global des pistes de recherche permettant de renouveler la compréhension nationale du mouvement communaliste et de l’aborder dans un cadre géographique et temporel élargi.

For the 140th Anniversary of the 1871 Commune, this international symposium is organized, symbolically, in Narbonne. It intends to focus on new approaches to the event and to open new prospects. Beyond questioning the contribution of modern research on the Communes of the province, it's aim is to work at the margins of the global event so as to open new paths of research and to renew the national interpretation of the communalist movement inside an expanded geographical and temporal framework.

Download Call for Papers in Frech and in English

Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

Association for Institutional Thought Conference

April 14-17, 2010. Reno, Nevada, USA
In conjunction with the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) 52nd Annual Conference

Theme: Toward a Socially Embedded Economy

Download the conference program.


Cambridge Realist Workshop

Monday February 08,
Speaker:  Margaret Archer (University of Warwick )
Topic:  Structure - Reflexivity - Agency

Monday February 22,
Speaker:  TBA
Topic: TBA

Monday March 08
Speaker: Adel Daoud (Gothenburg University)
Topic: What is the Scarcity

Please note once more that this year the location of the Realist Workshop has changed.  We no longer meet at CRASSH.  Instead we meet in Clare College, which is in Trinity Lane.  More specifically we meet in the Latimer room, which is in the Old Court.  For a 3-Dmap see: http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/livingincollege/3-DMap.htm
As before the seminars will start at 8pm, but drinks will be available from 7:30 pm.

For more information go to:
or, for those who have access:

Forum The Spirit of Innovation IV

Two events:
1. "Travail, Capital et Savoir dans la mondialisation"

2. "Environnment, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Towards a new Techno-economic Paradigm"

Two events are sponored by the Research Network on Innovation (http://rri.univ-littoral.fr).

G.L.S. Shackle Biennial Memorial Lecture

St. Edmund's College,  4th March 2010 at 5.00 pm
Professor Brian Loasby, Emeritus and Honorary Professor, Division of Economics, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, will deliver the third in a series of biennial lectures in memory of the late Professor G.L.S. Shackle, entitled ‘'Uncertainty and Imagination, Illusion and Order: Shackleian Connections’, on Thursday 4th March 2010 at 5.00pm in Lecture Room LG17, Faculty of Law, West Road, Cambridge.

Entry is free and all are welcome.  There will be a reception and bookstall following the lecture. Enquiries can be addressed to the Master’s Secretary.  E-mail: masters.office@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk or Tel: 01223 336122. Further information can be found on the College web site:  http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/

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Marx or Keynes or...?

This talk will address the question "Marx or Keynes?" It will feature David Harvey, Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY); Prabhat Patnaik, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and Duncan Foley, Leo Model Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research. Serving as discussant will be Sanjay Reddy, Professor of Economics, Barnard College.

Wednesday, 31 March. 6:15pm
Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center, Columbia University, New York.
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought
To register visit http://heymancenter.org/events.php?id=167.
Unclaimed Seats will be released to the public at 6:05pm.

Monetary policy - from stability to financial crisis and back?

Date and time : Monday 8th March 2010 at 5pm
Venue : National Institute of Economic and Social Research
            2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square
            London SW1P 3HE, United Kingdom
The Speaker : Kate Barker, CBE

Kate Barker will look back over nine years on the MPC, focusing on the different ways in which the MPC has sought to think about the pressure of demand on supply. In particular, she will consider how the MPC responded to low imported inflation during much of the early part of the 2000s and to the increased volatility in commodity prices from the mid-2000s. She will seek to draw lessons for how the MPC should respond as the economy recovers and how further commodity price volatility might affect that response. She will also reflect on the impact of the financial crisis on the MPC's broad approach to policy.

Kate Barker, CBE was appointed as an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee with effect from 1 June 2001. The MPC is responsible for setting interest rates to meet the Government's inflation target. She is also a member of NIESR Council of Management.
From 1994-2001 Kate was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI. She was previously Chief European Economist at the Ford Motor Company (1985-1994), and before that a Research Officer at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (1981-1985). Other previous appointments include membership of Chancellor Clarke's Panel of Independent Economic Advisers (1996-97).

The event is free but registration is required. The seminar will be subject to the Chatham House rule. This event is closed to media.

If you would like to attend the event or to receive further information, please contact Pat Shaw by email: p.shaw@niesr.ac.uk or phone: 020 7654 1905.

International Conference on Human Capital for Sustainable Economies

May 27-28, 2010. Karlsruhe, Germany

Greening Human Capital

A two-day International Conference on Developing Human Capital for Sustainable Economies will be held from May 27th to 28th, 2010 in the "green" city of Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will bring together academia, policy makers, senior executives of public and private organisations, human capital practitioners, economists, members of international development agencies and other relevant stakeholders to discuss key emerging issues including: global warming and the emergence of the green economies; how is the transformation from high to low carbon economies impacting human capital management; and effective initiatives needed to develop and manage human capital for sustainable economies.

Further to the knowledge sharing on greening human capital; the upcoming event also provides an excellent networking opportunity with academia, members of international agencies, governmental and non-governmental institutions, senior corporate and hr executives, economists, sustainable development practitioners and other relevant stakeholders in Europe and beyond.

You are cordially invited to attend this international event and/ or nominate the member(s) of your institution.

For further information, please see the event details: http://www.etechgermany.com/HCConference.pdf

Web: www.etechgermany.com

Transnational Militancy in the 21st Century

A roundtable discussion for the launch of issue 2 with Faisal Devji, Saul Newman, Kevin McDonald & Nathan Coombs
February 25th 2010, 6PM, Goldsmiths College
A roundtable discussion for the launch of issue 2 of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies
The second issue of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies will be launched with a special event at Goldsmiths College in London - a roundtable on 'Transnational Militancy in the 21st Century' based on a discussion conducted, and to be published in the forthcoming issue. The participants will be Faisal Devji (author: The Terrorist in Search of Humanity),Kevin McDonald (Global Movements: Action and Culture), Saul Newman (Politics Most Unusual: Violence, Sovereignty and Democracy in the War on Terror) & Nathan Coombs (editor-in-chief for issue 2 of the JCGS).
Amongst the themes explored will be: the relationship of transnational politics to the possibility of militancy; what/who is a militant subject?; what are militant demands today (none, some, infinitely many?); and what developments might we see throughout the rest of the 21st century?
The event is free and unticketed. It is scheduled for 25th February 2010, 6-8PMat Goldsmiths College, room Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre (BPB LT). For a campus map of Goldsmiths College: http://www.gold.ac.uk/media/campus-map.pdf

Why are more unequal societies socially dysfunctional? Darwinian insights

Wednesday 31st March 2010. Time: 10.00 – 5.00 (followed by drinks)
Venue: G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building, University College London
RSVP essential as there are a limited numbers of spaces: iish@ucl.ac.uk

ESRC Darwin’s Medicine Seminar Series: Darwin’s Medicine: Evolutionary Psychology and its Applications. Co-sponsored by the UCL International Institute for Society and Health (IISH)

Why are more unequal societies socially dysfunctional? Darwinian insights

Morning: Chair: Paul Coombes, London Business School
10.00 Welcome and Programme Overview
10.05 –11.05 Professor Richard Wilkinson and Professor Kate E Pickett / More unequal societies are socially dysfunctional: the evidence
11.05 –11.20 Questions
11.20–11.30 Short break
11.30–12.30 Professor Martin Daly / The unequal effects of inequality: Darwinian explanations
12.30–12.45 Questions
12.45 –1.45 LUNCH (available to purchase from Roberts Building Foyer café)

Afternoon: Chair: Dr Richard Webb, Darwin@LSE
1.45–2.45 Professor Stephen Suomi / Early life mediators of inequality
2.45–3.00 Questions
3.00–3.15 Short break
3.15–5.00 Discussion; Questions and Answers Session
Discussants: Professor Jay Belsky, Dr Oliver Curry, Professor Mark van Vugt
Panel: Richard Wilkinson, Kate E Pickett, Martin Daly, Stephen Suomi

5.00 Drinks  - Roberts Building Foyer

Conference in Paris on ''Puissances du Communisme''

22-23 Janvier 2010.

A podcast of this event is available here: 

Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

University of Leon / Universidad de León, Spain

The Economics Department of the University of Leon (Spain) invites applications to fill at least one tenure position at the Profesor Titular (Associate Professor) level and up to two positions at Ayudante Doctor (Ph.D. Lecturer) and/or Contratado Doctor (Ph.D. Senior Lecturer) level (both 1+4 years positions).

Applicants with specialization in all areas of heterodox economics are welcome. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The Economics Department of the University of Leon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

For applications and further particulars, please send an e-mail to Dr. Jorge Garcia-Arias (Recruiting Committee Coordinator) at jrgara@unileon.es

Download the position announcement.


Editor's note: If you are interested in the position at University of Leon or at any other universities in Spain, please be aware of the Spanish University Act in the FYI section.


Franklin & Marshall College

Title: 1-year Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor
Section: US: Other Academic (Temporary, Adjunct, Visiting, Part-Time)
Location: Lancaster, PA, USA
JEL Classifications: B5 - Current Heterodox Approaches

Deadline Date: 3/1/2010

The Department of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a one-year position at the Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2010. Ph.D. in hand or near completion. Teaching experience is required. Teaching load is 3/2 and may include participation in the College's general education program. Teaching responsibilities will include Introduction to Economic Perspectives, an elective course or courses chosen in consultation with the Department, and perhaps other contributions to the courses required for majors. We strongly recommend visiting our web site at http://www.fandm.edu/economics.xml for more information about the department. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Franklin & Marshall College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to cultural pluralism. EOE

Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, a teaching statement, a research statement, and teaching evaluations to Tami Lantz, Department Coordinator, Department of Economics, Franklin & Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604. Applications may be submitted electronically by email to tami.lantz@fandm.edu. Please reference one-year visitor position “A” in your letter of application.

Email for Applications: tami.lantz@fandm.edu
FAX for Applications: 717-291-4369
For more information, phone: 717-291-3916

WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business

Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics / Sustainable Behaviours

Type of Position: Lecturer / Postdoc
JEL Classification(s): A, C, D, H, O, Q
Type of Institution: University / College
Institution: WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Dept of Socio-Economics, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development (Austria)

Date of appearance: January 28, 2010
Application Deadline: February 24, 2010

Contact: Sigrid Stagl at sigrid.stagl@wu.ac.at

The Institute for the Environment and Regional Development invites applications for an assistant professor position (fixed-term for 6 years) to begin as soon as possible. We seek candidates with research and teaching interest in ecological economics, and specifically in the field of sustainable behaviours. The working language is English. Faculty responsibilities include research and publication and teaching and advising students. Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in (behavioural) economics, social / economic / environmental psychology or another relevant field and have a demonstrated expertise and interest in conducting quantitative research (statistical analysis or agent-based modeling). Prior research experience related to ecological economics is desirable.

The Department of Socio-Economics, which includes 41 faculty with backgrounds in institutional / behavioural / spatial / development / ecological economics, sociology, statistics, demography, economic geography and GIScience, social policy, public policy and history. The department is committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching. Successful candidates will become part of a young, innovative and research-led group.

WU is committed to increasing representation of women among its faculty and particularly encourages applications from such candidates.

Application Instructions:
Candidates should send a letter of application, including a statement of current and future research interests, a CV, sample publications, evidence of teaching ability, and names of three referees to: Personnel Office, WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, sekretariatpersabt@wu-wien.ac.at or Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna, Austria. Please include the reference number: 1488.

For more information email or phone Prof. Sigrid Stagl, stagl@wu.ac.at, 0043-1-31336-5790.

Global Women's Project - Center of Concern

The Center of Concern is seeking a Director for the Global Women’s Project. The ideal candidate will have a background in both feminist and ecological economics and a commitment to development.  Given your extensive work in utilizing feminist and ecological economics to critique and challenge standard economic concepts and policies, I thought you may be familiar with new talent looking to enter or advance in the DC policy arena.  I would appreciate your help in forwarding the attached job description to potential candidates.

Kristin Sampson
Coordinator, Global Women’s Project
Center of Concern
Phone:  202.635.2757 x128 / Email:  ksampson@coc.org

Download the position announcement.

Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Website: http: www.cwgl.rutgers.edu

The Center for Women's Global Leadership seeks a full time director to oversee the Center's programs and projects. The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) is an international advocacy organization for women's human rights based at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and USA. CWGL develops and facilitates women's global leadership toward a human rights vision that will yield social justice worldwide. CWGL's projects seek to promote the leadership of women and to advance feminist perspectives in policy-making processes in local, national and international arenas. The Center pursues these objectives through initiatives that foster women's leadership in human rights including strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center. The Center’s human rights work will incorporate a growing area in economic and social rights while maintaining core programs including the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign.
Job Description:
The Program Director, in partnership with the Executive Director and other senior management, will be responsible for the development, implementation and/or maintenance of the programs. Extensive domestic and foreign travel will be required.The Program Director will be responsible for projects and assigned staff that further the integration of human rights into the work of international institutions like the United Nations, that coordinate annual international campaigns addressing violence against women, and that support leadership development and human rights advocacy. Through collaboration with academics, activists, organizers, lawyers, and advocates for human rights around the world, the Program Director will likely participate in meetings and events at the UN, including the Human Rights Council, and other international fora. The Program Director will oversee international mobilization campaigns to connect the voices and leadership of women at all levels to the formulation of international public policy. In collaboration with partner groups and associates of CWGL, the Program Director will be expected to research and recommend initiatives that further the efforts of the Women’s Global Leadership Institutes and related projects (1991-2002), helping to maintain strong links to the broader international women’s human rights network. The Program Director will also participate in the Center’s human rights education programming and events.

An advanced degree (PhD preferred) in the social sciences, humanities or law, with an emphasis on gender analysis and expertise in areas such as human rights, economics, public policy and international affairs, familiarity with the UN system and 5 + years experience working in social justice issues, domestically and/or internationally. Demonstrated capacity to manage and supervise staff, and to exercise independent judgment, decision-making and cooperative work style, and the ability to work effectively in multi-cultural and international settings. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. Fluency in English is required, and familiarity with a second major international language is an asset.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Excellent RutgersUniversity benefits package, including medical, dental, pension, tuition reimbursement, and other University opportunities.

Applications are accepted ONLY via the online system at Rutgers University. Please do not send materials via email, surface mail, fax or other delivery systems. These will not be considered.

Please link to this site to apply for the position listed as _Senior Program Administrator_:
http://uhr.rutgers.edu/jobpostings/aps/Detail.asp?id=10-000037 and follow the instructions for submission of resume and cover letter.
CWGL will not be able to communicate with applicants to acknowledge receipt of materials; only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. The position will remain open until a candidate is hired.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER <http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/7975epos.pdf> It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, veteran status, or any other category protected by law.
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
160 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8555
Tel: 1-732-932-8782
Fax: 1-732-932-1180
Email: cwgl@rci.rutgers.edu
Website: http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu

Heterodox Papers, Reports, and Articles

Pluralism in economics teaching: Why and How

Gilles Raveaud, Pluralism in economics teaching: Why and how?, Development Dialogue, No. 52: August 2009. (click link to download the article).

PERI Working Papers: January 2010

Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Gómez Martínez, Osvaldo | King, Lawrence, Property Rights Reform and Development: A Critique of the Cross-National Regression Literature, #216, 1/22/2010.

Michl, Thomas R., Falling into the Liquidity Trap: Notes on the Global Economic Crisis, #215, 1/8/2010

Grabel, Ilene, Productive Incoherence in an Uncertain World: Financial Governance, Policy Space and Development after the Global Crisis, #214, 1/8/2010

Coelho, Bruno | Gallagher, Kevin,Capital Controls and 21st Century Financial Crises: Evidence from Colombia and Thailand, #213, 1/8/2010.

Social Innovation and the Social Economy: Innovation Purely for “Living Better Together”

We are pleased to inform you that the editorial for January from the Research Network of Innovation « Social Innovation and the Social Economy: Innovation Purely for “Living Better Together”», is available here : http://rrien.univ-littoral.fr/?p=117

Responsable des relations avec les médias
Réseau de Recherche sur l’Innovation

Development Viewpoint #45

The Centre for Development Policy and Research is pleased to announce the publication of Development Viewpoint #45, “Between Suspicion and Celebration: The Role of Somali Money Transfers”. The author, Anna Lindley, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, examines the complexity and sophistication of the Somali money-transfer infrastructure, which is likely to be the most developed in Africa. Based on her research, she criticizes the ambivalent views of the international development community, which have vacillated between condemnation of such transfers as a conduit for ‘dirty money’ and celebration of them as a critical source of ‘development capital’.

Click here to download the article: http://www.soas.ac.uk/cdpr/publications/dv/file56260.pdf
CDPR’s other thought-provoking, diversified Development Viewpoints are available on http://www.soas.ac.uk/cdpr/publications/dv/

Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

American Journal of Economics and Sociology Vol. 69, Issue 1: January 2010

Articles are available here : http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118501172/home


Current Issue







International Review of Applied Economics,  Vol. 24, Issue 1: January 2010

Journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02692171.asp

Original Articles    

New Left Review, Vol. 61: Jan/Feb 2010

Journal website: http://www.newleftreview.org/


Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 22, No. 1: January 2010

Journal website: www.rethinkingmarxism.org
Editors’ Introduction

PhaenEx, Vol. 4, No.2: 2009

Journal website: http://www.phaenex.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/phaenex
Special issue on "Rethinking 1968"
Guest editor: Kevin W. Gray.

Editorial Introduction:

revista de economía crítica 8: December 2009

Articles are available at the journal website: http://revistaeconomiacritica.org



 In This Issue
+ Positive outlook for 2010 but challenges remain
+ European economic confidence grows
+ Does a double dip loom?
+ Will London continue to be an international finance centre?
+ Commercial property recovery
+ Savings rates rising

eInsight January 2010: http://www.volterra.co.uk/custompage/einsight-0110.php#einsight0110_1

Friends of Associative Economics Bulletin

In this issue:
1) Whither Banking?
2) The Colours of Money Seminar. UK - Feb / USA - Mar
3) Finance and Education - Towards an Independent Youth College
4) Associate! January 2010

The bulletin is viewable at www.cfae.biz/fae-bulletin/10Jan/

Green Economics Institute

Web Site : http://www.greeneconomics.org.uk/

This year, we once again have an exciting programme for you to enjoy and participate in and by means of which we are helping to influence structural changes and reform in the world economics agenda.

1. Venice International University, the first-ever Green Economics Institute Conference in Italy, 22-24 April 2010. For more information about coming to Venice with us- please see weblink: http://www.greeneconomics.org.uk/papers/veniceflyer.doc

2. 5th Annual Green Economics Institute Conference at Mansfield College, Oxford University July 2010. For the detail : http://www.greeneconomics.org.uk/papers/2010julyflyer.doc

3. Back by popular demand, the Third Green Economics Institute, Green Economics and Well Being Conference and Retreat. For more information : http://www.greeneconomics.org.uk/papers/glastonbury2010.doc

Green Economics Institute Training Courses 2010: These are being planned for Venice in Italy, Oxford University, Malta, and Armenia, Macedonia and Abuja Nigeria in February as well as others. Please email for details of a course near you.

Books : Following the success of new books in 2009, we are expanding our book range in 2010, and shortly we will be launching 3 books in the early part of 2010. Do let us know if you would like more information, by emailing greeneconomicsinstitute@yahoo.com if you would like to participate, either by contributing material, writing a book or a book chapter or editing for us and our publishers.

Institute of Economic Affairs

IEA News

IEA Publication

Economic Affairs - The Journal of the Institute of Economic Affairs

Corporate Social Responsibility. Issue 29, Number 4, December 2009


Available to buy for only £7.50 inc FREE UK P&P. Sample article and editorial available as a FREE download. Subscribe to 'Economic Affairs'

CSR is conceptually incoherent, practically unworkable and wholly unjustified.


The issue also contains other articles, columns and book reviews.

IEA Events

Levy News

Upcoming Events
Minsky Archive:
The Minsky Archive is housed at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, where Professor Hyman P. Minsky worked as a distinguished scholar for the last six years of his life (1990–96). The archive is now being made available to scholars seeking a deeper understanding of the work of this influential financial economist. The Minsky Archive link on the Levy website is the portal to Minsky's papers, which comprise writings, correspondence, notes, and ephemera. While none of the materials in the archive have yet been digitized, the finding aid is detailed and makes searching the archive easy. Visit the Minsky Archive homepage: http://www.bard.edu/library/archive/minsky/
Book Series
January 2010 Report. Vol. 20, No. 1

nef e-letter

Economic growth special
In this nef e-letter:
For more information visit nef website: http://www.neweconomics.org

Heterodox Books and Book Series

Global Cities At Work : New Migrant Divisions of Labour

by Jane Wills, Kavita Datta, Yara Evans, Joanna Herbert, Jon May, Cathy McIlwaine. All at Queen Mary, University of London


Pluto Press, 31 Dec 2009. 256pp. ISBN: 9780745327983.

This book is about the people who always get taken for granted. The people who clean our offices, care for our elders and change the sheets on the bed. Global Cities at Work draws on testimony from more than 800 foreign-born workers employed in low-paid jobs in London during the first decade of the 21st century.
The authors break new ground in linking London's new migrant division of labour to the twin processes of subcontracting and increased international migration. The book calls us to prioritise the issue of working poverty and examines its implications for both unemployment and community cohesion.

1 Deregulation, migration and the new world of work
2 Global city labour markets and London's new migrant division of labour
3 London's low paid foreign-born workers
4 Living and remaking London's ethnic and gender divisions
5 Tactics of survival amongst migrant workers in London
6 Relational lives: Migrants, London and the rest of the world
7 Remaking the city: Immigration and post-secular politics in London today
8 Just geographies of (im)migration 

For a discounted copy, go to Pluto's website: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745327983&


Global Energy Security and American Hegemony

by Doug Stokes and Sam Raphael


Johns Hopkins University Press. May 2010. 304 pp. $60.00. Hardback 9780801894961 |  Paperback 9780801894978
This analysis of the United States and energy security examines the close relationship between U.S. military supremacy in oil-rich regions and America's maintenance of global power.

The term energy security generally evokes thoughts of American intervention in the Middle East to protect U.S. interests in that region's oil-rich fields. Doug Stokes and Sam Raphael move beyond that narrow framework, considering as well U.S. actions in Latin America, Central Asia, and Africa. Drawing on State and Defense Department records as well as other primary sources and previous scholarship, they show how U.S. foreign policy since World War II has sought to maintain a global energy security regime that supports the nation's allies while maintaining American hegemony.

Through their rigorous analysis, Stokes and Raphael explain how U.S. intervention in energy-rich states insulates and stabilizes those nations' transnationally oriented actors and political economies and why American oil diversification strategy strengthens the country's position against rivals in the global capitalist system. They argue that counterinsurgency aid and other types of coercive U.S. statecraft protect the recipient states from an array of potentially revolutionary armed and unarmed internal social forces, thereby securing the energy supplies of nations deemed strategically important to the United States or its allies.

Clear and accessible, this cutting-edge contemporary policy analysis will engage scholars of U.S. foreign policy and international relations as well as policy makers grappling with the importance of energy security in today's world.


Doug Stokes is a senior lecturer in international politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of America's Other War: Terrorizing Colombia. Sam Raphael is a lecturer in politics, human rights, and international relations with the Kingston University's School of Social Sciences.

Visit the publisher website for more details of the book: http://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/ecom/MasterServlet/GetItemDetailsHandler?iN=9780801894961&qty=1&viewMode=3&loggedIN=false&JavaScript=y


Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works

by Ronen Palan, Richard Murp hy, and Christian Chavagneux


Cornell University Press. January 2010.ISBN: 978-0-8014-7612-9 | 280 pages | $24.95 paper

From the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man to the Principality of Liechtenstein and the state of Delaware, tax havens offer lower tax rates, less stringent regulations and enforcement, and promises of strict secrecy to individuals and corporations alike. In recent years government regulators, hoping to remedy economic crisis by diverting capital from hidden channels back into taxable view, have undertaken sustained and serious efforts to force tax havens into compliance.

In Tax Havens, Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy, and Christian Chavagneux provide an up-to-date evaluation of the role and function of tax havens in the global financial system-their history, inner workings, impact, extent, and enforcement. They make clear that while, individually, tax havens may appear insignificant, together they have a major impact on the global economy. Holding up to $13 trillion of personal wealth?the equivalent of the annual U.S. Gross National Product?and serving as the legal home of two million corporate entities and half of all international lending banks, tax havens also skew the distribution of globalization's costs and benefits to the detriment of developing economies.

The first comprehensive account of these entities, this book challenges much of the conventional wisdom about tax havens. The authors reveal that, rather than operating at the margins of the world economy, tax havens are integral to it. More than simple conduits for tax avoidance and evasion, tax havens actually belong to the broad world of finance, to the business of managing the monetary resources of individuals, organizations, and countries. They have become among the most powerful instruments of globalization, one of the principal causes of global financial instability, and one of the large political issues of our times.

About the Author
Ronen Palan is Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Offshore World: Sovereign Markets, Virtual Places, and Nomad Millionaires, also from Cornell. Richard Murphy is CEO of Tax Research, LLP, based in the UK. He is a frequent adviser to the media, NGOs, and politicians, and writes a blog at taxresearch.org.uk. Christian Chavagneux, based in Paris, is deputy editor in chief of Alternatives Economiques and editor of L'Economie politique. 


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The Roller Coaster Economy : Financial Crisis, Great Recession, and the Public Option

by Howard J. Sherman

M.E. Sharpe. December 15, 2009. 240 pages, Paper ISBN: 978-0-7656-2538-0 | Cloth ISBN-13: 978-0-7656-2537-3.



Preface and Acknowledgments

Part I. Problems of the Roller Coaster Economy

1. Boom, Bust, and Misery: The Curse of Capitalism

2. History of the Roller Coaster

3. How Unstable is the American Economy?

Part II. Diagnosing the Roller Coaster

4. The Income Gap

5. The Consumption Gap

6. The Housing Crisis

7. Investment and Profit

8. The Credit Balloon and the Financial Crisis

9. Government Spending and Taxes

10. The Trade Gap: How Boom and Bust Spread Around the Globe

Part III. Diagnosis and Cure of the Roller Coaster Economy

11. How Violent Profit Swings Cause the Roller Coaster

12. The Public Option for Health and Employment: How Democratization Can End the Busines Cycle


The Metaphysics of Capitalism

By Andrea Micocci, Professor of economics at University of Malta Link Campus

Lexington Books. 280 pp. Cloth 0-7391-2837-X / 978-0-7391-2837-4 ($75.00, December 2008) and Paper 0-7391-2838-8 / 978-0-7391-2838-1 ($29.95, Feb 28, 2010).

The objective of this book is to construct an individually emancipatory economic and political philosophy. This means a concrete-based, man-centered, non-hypostatizing, anti-dialectical approach to the apprehension of the material, i.e. nature in general. This constitutes an emancipation from culture-based understandings of reality, and in particular from the metaphysically biased type of culture represented by capitalism. The proposed philosophical emancipation means individual liberation from the logically flawed, massifying character of the
dominant mode of thought of capitalist times. From these bases, the social sciences can also be reformulated. Micocci argues that capitalism can be conceptualized as a limited and limiting socialized mode of thought, an intellectuality whose dialectical features are effectively identified by using the proxy of political economy, both marxist and mainstream. Political economy in fact, being a most representative instance of dialectical thinking, mirrors the dialectical nature of capitalist economic and political relationships. According to Micocci, nondialectical occurrences in capitalism are simply excluded from normal social, economic, and intellectual activities, which are performed in a metaphysical, intellectually isolated environment. In capitalism, therefore, the materials, the concrete, i.e. nature itself, is not considered as a whole but only as occasional instances. Micocci describes capitalism, in sum, as an intellectually constructed culture (a metaphysics) which preserves itself, and props itself up, by means of its iterative (market-like) functioning.

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The New Old World

By Perry Anderson
Verso. ISBN 978 1 84467 312 4 / Hardcover $39.95, £24.99

“One of the best political, historical and literary essayists of the age.” —Times Literary Supplement

The New Old World, the first new book from renowned historian and intellectual Perry Anderson since Spectrum (2006), is a magisterial analysis of Europe’s development since the end of the Cold War—a long-awaited study matching the scope and ambition of his acclaimed two volume history of Europe: Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism and Lineages of the Absolutist State.

In this major work of modern history and political analysis, Anderson presents an iconoclastic portrait of a continent now being increasingly hailed as a moral and political exemplar for the world at large. To move beyond the myth of Europe as a model of perfection for the rest of the world, he argues, it is necessary to discard a number of illusions, such as the belief that Europe embodies a higher set of values than the United States, and plays a more inspiring role in the world.

Surveying the post-Cold War trajectory of European power and the halting progress towards social and economic integration, Anderson draws out the connections between the European Union’s eastward expansion (Turkey will soon overtake Germany to become the largest member of the Union), a foreign policy largely subservient to America’s, and the popular rejection of the European Constitution.

As a neoliberal economic project, pushed forward by a succession of centrist governments, the European Union cannot afford to allow its peoples a free choice that might dash elite schemes of a post-national democracy. Anderson explores Hayek’s suggestion that protecting a market economy might require exactly this kind of inter-state structure, out of reach of popular opposition.

With landmark chapters on France, Germany, Italy and Turkey (the omission of Britain is plainly acknowledged: its ‘history since the fall of Thatcher has been of little moment’) and a wide-ranging survey of current theories of the Union, The New Old World will become an invaluable reference—a study focused on the period of neo-liberal ascendency published at a moment of major crisis for that very neo-liberal system.                                                                                                        

Perry Anderson is one of the most important and influential intellectuals of our time. He is the author of Spectrum, Lineages of the Absolutist State, Considerations on Western Marxism, Arguments in English Marxism, In the Tracks of Historical Materialism, A Zone of Engagement and The Origins of Postmodernity. He teaches history at UCLA, and serves on the editorial board of New Left Review.

Totalitarian Capitalism and Beyond

by George Liodakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Ashgate. January 2010. 248 pages, Hardback. 978-0-7546-7557-0 | 978-0-7546-9902-6 (eBook), £55.00 (Online: £49.50).

Publisher website: http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&pageSubject=321&title_id=9338&edition_id=11768&amp;lang=cy-GB
Anchored in contemporary debates on capitalism and political economy, this study reconsiders the major trends which are currently shaping a new stage of capitalism. With chapters examining globalization, the role of technology and environmental degradation, George Liodakis constructs a politico-economic approach on contemporary capitalism from within a classical Marxist framework of political economy.

The volume provides a fitting balance between theory and empirical evidence and significantly enriches the existing scholarship on contemporary capitalism and the potential for social change. This is an important contribution to those interested in international political economy, in particular with developing a new political strategy for going beyond capitalism: a 'reinvention' of a communist perspective.

Preface; Introduction; Accumulation of capital and uneven development; Historical periodization and the current restructuring of capitalism; The basic trends and characteristics of the emerging totalitarian capitalism; The role of the state in historical perspective; The role of technology in the reproduction and/ or supersession of capitalism; Environmental implications of capitalism and the preconditions of reconciliation with nature; Moving beyond totalitarian capitalism: the prospects of Communism today; Political guidelines for a society of associated producers; Transnational prospects of social emancipation; In place of an epilogue; References; Index

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La mediazione che sparisce. La società civile in Hegel

The Vanishing Mediation. Hegel’s Civil Society
by Giorgio Cesarale

Carocci, Roma. 2009. ISBN 978-88-430-5134-2. pp. 437, € 45, 50.
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The objective which Hegel set for himself when he conceptually elaborated civil society was to think capitalism, the administration of justice and the administrative State as governed by the logical categories of “reflection”. The universality immanent to the market and law posits the operations of  individuality in the same way that the self-related negativity of essence is translated into the field of particular determinacies. However, the aim of fitting the entire content of civil society into this logical frame is only partially successful since not all the problems of modern capitalism (poverty, economic crisis, etc.) find adequate expression in this conceptual framework and  not all the resources of the Hegelian Logic are mobilized in order to give the categorial order of civil society more consistency (as in the case of the passage from the corporation to the State). The result is that between universality and particularity, as well as between logic and “real” content, the hiatus remains profound. The mediation breaks off and does not “vanish” into the concrete totality that should form its base. The passage to the State, which demands the achievement of a perfect homogeneity between universality and particularity as well as between logic and “real” contents”, is, therefore, hidden in uncertainty.

Giorgio Cesarale is Research Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He worked at the Hegel-Archiv of the Ruhr-Universität of Bochum and has been visiting scholar at the Boston College.


by Stefano Petrucciani

Carocci, Rome 2009. ISBN 8843051059. pp. 248, € 16,50
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Table of Contents
1. The training of a young Hegelian
    The first steps as a student
    From the liberal struggles to social questions
    The critique of the Hegelian theory of the State
2. The critique of political liberalism
    The question of critique and the appearance of communism
    The limits of the liberal conception of the rights of man and the citizen
    A first conclusion
3. The discovery of political economy
    Estranged labour
    Reformism and communism
    Once again a confrontation with Hegel
    The Holy Family
4. A new conception of history
    The limits of ancient materialism
    Towards the science of history
    Stirner, communism and individualism
    Final remarks about the theory of historical materialism
5. Times of revolution: Marx and 1848
    The polemic against Proudhon and Ricardo’s theory of value
    The Communist Manifesto
    1848 in Germany
    Exile in London: time to take stock
6. The critique of political economy
    Marx the journalist
    Towards political economy: the Grundrisse
    The main concepts of the critique: commodity and value, money and capital, labour-power and  surplus-value
    Value and exploitation: two theories and many problems
    The broad tendencies of the capitalist economy
7. The International, the Commune, Social Democracy
    The foundation of the First International
    The French-Prussian war and the Paris Commune
    The birth of Social Democracy

Stefano Petrucciani teaches Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Among his works: Marx al tramonto del secolo (Manifestolibri, 1995), Introduzione a Habermas (Laterza, 2000), Modelli di filosofia politica (Einaudi, 2003), Introduzione a Adorno (Laterza, 2007).

Humanism: The Heart of Socialism

A video book by Sidney Gluck

This book has been developed on two DVDs, four chapters on each (total eight half-hours) covering the following subject:
   1. Humanism: The Heart of Socialism
   2. Marx and Humanism
   3. Economics and Changes in the Development of Capitalism
   4. Socialism in the 20th and 21st Centuries
   5. Marx’s Contribution to Humanism
   6. Practical Marxism in the 21st Century
   7. Hu Jintao and the De-Stalinization of Marxism
   8. Hu Jintao – 21st Century Marxism

"We now have the two DVDs with the eight chapters ready for distribution. We are willing to send them to you at our cost of $15 plus the postage. Since we wish to create an opportunity for recipients to spread the word and we're quite willing to send more tapes to anyone in your organization and among your personal friends and any increment over the cost that you think is reasonable to be contributed to the work of URPE. We do hope to receive a note from you with your snail mail address and we shall follow through. (You will note this point in our letter of the 27th.)" (S. J. Gluck, Jan. 30, 2010)

If you are interested in this video-book, please contact Sydney Gluck at SJGluck@aol.com.

Poor Women in Rich Countries: The Feminization of Poverty Over the Life Course

Edited by Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

Oxford University Press. 352 pages. ISBN13: 978-0-19-531430-4 ISBN10: 0-19-531430-1

The first book to study women's poverty over the life course, this wide-ranging collection focuses on the economic condition of single mothers and single elderly women--while also considering partnered women and immigrants--in eight wealthy but diverse countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In a rich analysis of labor market and social welfare sectors, Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg and a team of outstanding international contributors conclude that both living-wage employment and government provision of adequate benefits and services are necessary if lone women are to achieve a socially acceptable living standard. Taken together, the chapters extend a feminist critique of welfare state theories and chart nations' disparate progress against poverty -- probing, for instance, how Sweden emerged a leader in the prevention of women's poverty while the United States continues to lag.

By identifying the social and economic policies that enable women to live independently, Poor Women in Rich Countries provides nothing less than a blueprint for abolishing women's poverty.
Features   The first analysis of women's poverty over the life course

    * Extends feminist critiques of welfare state theories
    * Compares labor market forces and government policies across eight countries
    * Covers single mothers, elderly women, and immigrants
    * Predicts the future of feminized poverty in light of the study's findings

For more information or to order, visit the publisher website: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/SocialWork/?view=usa&ci=9780195314304.

The New Economics Series, Zed Books

Call for Proposals: 
Concept : Economics is changing fast.  Recently, a lot of exciting research in heterodox traditions has developed to sheds light on some of the world’s most pressing problems – not least the ongoing global financial crisis – challenging old ways of doing things and making economics more human and more real.  

Zed Books is an independent academic publisher with a reputation for cutting-edge international publishing.  Our innovative new series, entitled The New Economics, intends to show how economics can be used in new and creative ways, to solve problems and make things better, not just entrench the way things are.  With the intention of addressing topics as diverse as climate change, inequality, gender, global institutions and development, these books will present new ways of looking at pressing issues.

Short and accessible, the books endeavour to bring a fresh, unorthodox approach to controversial subjects.  Their aim is to make economic issues interesting and accessible to readers with very little prior knowledge of the subject.  Bringing in non-Western perspectives is a very important part of the series’ appeal, but the focus is on economics generally, rather than development economics specifically.  

Length : Books should ideally be around 40,000 words long.  Within this word limit, the structure of each book is very much open to individual authors: books could either take the form of extended essays or consist of shorter, more broken-up chapters.  

Readership : Short, argumentative, and accessible, these books should represent essential reading for a new generation of students, activists, policy-makers, and people who just want to know more.

Submission : To submit a proposal or for further information, please contact the Commissioning Editor for the Economics list, Ken Barlow at ken.barlow@zedbooks.net. 
Zedbooks Web Site :  www.zedbooks.co.uk

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Heterodox Book Reviews

A History of the Federal Reserve, Vol. II, 1951-85

Allan H. Meltzer, A History of the Federal Reserve: Vol. II, 1951-85. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.  xii + 1424  pp. $150 (two books, hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-226-52001-8 and 978-0-226-51994-4.

Reviewed for EH.NET by John Wood, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University. See the review here : http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/1473

Keynes and Macroeconomics after 70 Years

L. Randall Wray and Mathew Forstater, editors, Keynes and Macroeconomics after 70 Years: Critical Assessments of The General Theory. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2008. xxvi + 325 pp. $150 (cloth), ISBN: 978-1-84720-581-0.

Reviewed for EH.NET by John B. Davis, Faculty of Economics, University of Amsterdam and Department of Economics, Marquette University. Read the review here: http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/1475

Heterodox Websites and Associates

French Association of Political Economy (FAPE)

Launch Meeting Report

By Bruno Tinel, secretary of the FAPE. 2010-01-21

Many people, more than 120, were present in Paris last December 17th for the launch meeting of the French Association of Political Economy -FAPE- (Association Française d'Economie Politique, AFEP). This meeting attracted a lot of colleagues from almost all tendencies in the profession, not only many heterodox schools like post-keynesians, regulationists, conventionalists, institutionalists, Marxists and Austrians were represented but some mainstream colleagues from different tendencies were also there.
    Indeed, despite the economic crisis nothing has changed in the professional life: the courses are still centred on the somewhat autistic mainstream curriculum and the promotion rules are becoming more and more rigid. Promotion and recruitment are based on a narrow evaluation of publications: academic journals are ranked on a non linear scale with, roughly, the American neoclassical so-called "top five" journals on the top and, at the bottom, the heterodox and/or non-English-speaking publications. The material and symbolic rewards are thus concentrated on an ever more limited group. Whatever the social process by which a self-proclaimed "elite" has been able to become judge and jury and to cumulate so much money and control in a professional community where relative equality and collegiality were prevailing until recently, it is a fact that more and more colleagues are becoming conscious of and disagree with this monopoly of a coterie on a whole profession.
    Headed by André Orléan, the FAPE intends to be a collective entity devoted to the promotion of pluralism. Indeed, intellectually open-minded and contradictory debates in the profession are necessary for collective thinking. "Over the last few years, economic reflection has progressively shut itself down around dogmatic propositions and methods. We believe that the absolute hegemony of the neoclassical approach over the research and teaching institutions in our country is an obstacle that has to be fought because it leads to a dangerous impoverishment of the economic discourse, as illustrated by the current economic crisis" said André Orléan. "The blindness of [neoclassical] economists, he adds, has been brought to light by the crisis. Their inability not only to anticipate the crisis but also simply to consider it as plausible is for us the direct consequence of this hegemony. Such a failure shows how much our community is going badly. (...) It is obvious that we will not avoid a reflection on the role of our discipline. (...) Pluralism is a way for the community of the economists to think about its social role. It is a mechanism that renders visible the vested interests which try to manipulate it. The FAPE will promote pluralism towards three directions: pluralism of intellectual approaches, pluralism of viewpoints and pluralism of disciplines. (...) The aim of the FAPE is to bear upon the institutional evolutions of both economic research and teaching towards pluralism. To do so, it has to be a credible actor by representing and federating the main trends of thought in the community of economists."
    A first symposium will be held in Lille in December 2010, meanwhile six working groups are starting to prepare alternative propositions on different themes such as: teaching, careers, evaluation, journal ranking, etc. FAPE members are also looking forward to developing links with other political economy associations around the world.

Website: http://www.assoeconomiepolitique.org/
Contact: Bruno Tinel <btinel@univ-paris1.fr>

Queries from Heterodox Economists

Norwegian Heterodox PhD Program

If anyone in Norway is interested in the attached research, please contact Gustavo Toshiaki at mailto:gustavo.toshiaki@gmail.com who is looking for oppotunities in Norwegian PhD programs. He is also interested in getting in touch with Norwegian scholars who are interested in the same field.


Downlaod Gutavo Toshiaki's research plan.

For Your Information

The Spanish Universities Act

During the last years, any Economics Department at any spanish University willing to hire an heterodox economist, used to turned its gaze abroad (specifically to Latin American countries, due to linguistic reasons), because the running of spanish academic system, specially in the Economics field -and in many other social sciences-, had became in the virtually disappearance of heterodox economists (particularly, junior heterodox economists are an “endangered species” in Spain). But from 2007 to now the recruitment of any non-spanish heterodox economist (and of any spanish or non-spanish mainstream economist also, but this is not my concern) is more complex, due to the compulsory requirement of a positive assessment of her activity (Acreditacion or Habilitacion, in spanish) by ANECA. So, I think following information could be of interest for those heterodox economists interested in attending in the future any job posting in Spanish Universities.

"The Spanish Universities Act (REAL DECRETO 1312/2007, de 5 de octubre, por el que se establece la acreditación nacional para el acceso a los cuerpos docentes universitarios) requires that, for the recruitment by public or private universities of Teaching Assistants, non-PhD Lecturers, PhD Lecturers, Associate Professors and Full Professors, preliminary positive assessment of their activity by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA) or the external assessment body established under the law of the Autonomous Community is necessary.
At this moment, concerning university professor’s recruitment, a previous positive evaluation conducted by ANECA, or the competent regional quality assurance agency, is a compulsory requirement prior to recruitment. ANECA has responsibility for and authority over all Spanish higher education institutions. These evaluations are free of charge and compulsory before contracting teaching or researching staff." (Source: www.aneca.es)

So, any non-spanish heterodox economist willing to be hired by any spanish University in the future needs to hold an Habilitacion or Acreditacion Card giving by ANECA´s Academia Program (and please note that the whole process takes about 6 months).

Further information about procedure, scope of action and legal framework: http://www.aneca.es. Site: Programa Academia

Best wishes,

Associate Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
University of Leon
Campus de Vegazana
24071 Leon. Spain
phone: (00 34) 987 291 745  
fax:  (00 34) 987 291 746
e-mail: jrgara@unileon.es



TRUE (Teaching Resources in UG Economics) - Teaching heterodox economics

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to invite you to contribute to the hefce-funded TRUE project.  TRUE aims to make teaching resources - syllabi, reading lists, problem sets, assessments, etc - freely available online.  The relevant pages on the Economics Network web site are in the form of a wiki.  Teachers who express interest will receive a login and can edit the pages - in particular, by uploading their teaching resources, or they can simply email me the files they want uploaded.

For heterodox economists of all kinds this is a great opportunity to show what we are doing in the classroom, to influence future generations of teachers, to inform students (thus allowing them to demand something different of their teachers), and to gain feedback on our teaching resources from our colleagues.

Please have a look at the heterodox economics TRUE page at http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/heterodox. You can then either (a) email me (a.denis@city.ac.uk) to request a login, which will enable you to start making changes, or (b) email the files you want uploaded and I will do it willingly.  You can also make comments at the bottom of each page, and you can make contributions to the 13 other wikis, on development, econometrics, environmental economics, etc - please see the list of links at http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/projects/oer.

Please note that where the course is taught does not matter - it does not have to be in the UK.  Contributions must be in English, however.  Material which is not yet actually taught but constitutes a suggested syllabus, etc, is fine, as long as that is made clear.  Despite the title, materials relating to MSc-level courses are also welcome.

I hope you will want to take advantage of this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best

Dr Andy Denis
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Economics Department
City University London
London EC1V 0HB
+44 (0)20 7040 0257


A Marxian Introduction to Modern Economics

For some time I have been working on a project:  "A Marxian Introduction to Modern Economics" (http://eurodos.free.fr/mime)

The latest outcome of this research is the paper "Labour Values and the Theory of the Firm. Part I: The Competitive Firm". This is a revolution in Marxian economics and orthodox microeconomic theory.

Klaus Hagendorf

London Progressive Journal

Polemicists wanted!  UK-based online magazine London Progressive Journal seeks writers to contribute intelligent, accessible articles on politics and political economy.  Contact nathaniel.mehr@gmail.com for more information.


Deutscher Book Prize for 2009

We are happy to announce that the Deutscher Book Prize for 2009 has been awarded to:
Ben Fine and Dimitris Milonakis for their book From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics, Routledge, London and New York, 2009.

Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Fund.

Marx-Hegel Reading group: Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

A Facebook group called "London Marx-Hegel Reading group: Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit" has now been set up.

"Fear the Boom and Bust" a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem

Created by John Papola and Russ Roberts | Produced & Directed by John Papola | Starring Billy Scafuri as John Maynard Keynes, Adam Lustick as F. A. Hayek

In Fear the Boom and Bust, John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek, two of the great economists of the 20th century, come back to life to attend an economics conference on the economic crisis. Before the conference begins, and at the insistence of Lord Keynes, they go out for a night on the town and sing about why there's a "boom and bust" cycle in modern economies and good reason to fear it.

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk
For more information, visit Econ Stories web site: http://www.econstories.tv/home.html

The Story of Cap & Trade

Watch the video here: http://storyofstuff.com/capandtrade

The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the "devils in the details" in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.