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Table of Contents
Call for Papers
1st EY International Congress on Economics
EuroMemo Group Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
LatCrit 2013 Biennial Conference
TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique Special Issue
Rethinking Marxism 2013: Surplus, Solidarity, Sufficiency
URPE @ Rethinking Marxism
World Economics Association Online Conference: Neoliberalism in Turkey
Call for Participants
Heterodox Economics Exhibition Booth at the ASSA 2014 Conference
1st World Keynes Conference
Centro di Ricerche e Documentazione Piero Sraffa Workshop
City Political Economy Research Centre Research Seminar
Green Economics Institute Annual Conference
Greenwich Water Talks – Them and Us: Public Decisions and Social Acceptance
International Macroeconomics and Post-Keynesian Analysis (MIAP) Seminar
Manchester Global Political Economy Research Cluster Seminars
New developments on Ricardo and the Ricardian traditions
The Politics of Markets Lecture
Seminar Series on the History and Methodology of Economics
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) 2nd Annual Conference
WEA Online Open-access Conference: Inequalities in Asia
Workshop on the Social and Employment Impact of the Crisis in Europe
Job Postings for Heterodox Economists
International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands
Parliamentary Researcher, UK
St. John’s University, US
University College London, UK
UMass, Amherst, US
Conference Papers, Reports, and Podcasts
Historical Materialism New York 2013
Samir Amin: Six Decades of Development Debate
Cambridge Journal of Economics, 37(3): May 2013
Contributions to Political Economy, 32(1): June 2013
Densidades, 12: mayo 2013
European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, 10(1): April 2013
Industrial and Corporate Change, 22(3): June 2013
International Journal of Political Economy, 41(4): Winter 2012-13
Journal of Agrarian Change, 13(2): April 2013
Metroeconomica, 64(3): July 2013
Problemas del Desarrollo, 44(173): April-June 2013
Newsletter dell'Associzione Paolo Sylos Labini
Economic Policy Institute
Global Labour Column
World Economics Association News
Heterodox Books and Book Series
Capitalist Development in India's Informal Economy
Consistency and Viability of Capitalist Economic Systems
Employment Guarantee Schemes: Job creation and Policy in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets
Finance in an Age of Austerity
Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis
The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money
Human Progress Amid Resistance to Change
The Post-Human Society: Elemental Contours of the Aesthetic Economy of the United States
Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships, and Grants
University of Leuven, Belgium
Heterodox Economics in the Media
Latin America playing a risky game by welcoming in the Chinese dragon
Time for the US to rethink its LatAm strategy
Queries from Heterodox Economists
Research Collaboration on Economic Fraud in Africa/Global South
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Ingo Elbe’s Marx im Westen
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Remembering Marianne Ferber (1923-2013)
The Daniel Singer Prize
2013 Mark Blaug Prize
24-25 October, 2013 | Ankara, Turkey | website
Theme: Europe and Global Economic Rebalancing
Main Topics (but not limited to):
Abstract Submission Deadline: 17 June, 2013
Submission of Full Paper: 16 September, 2013
For more details, see the website.
September 20-22, 2013 | School of Oriental and African Studies
Theme: The deepening divisions in Europe and the need for a radical alternative to EU policies
This year’s EuroMemo Group conference will be held in London at the School of Oriental and African
Studies from 20-22 September 2013. The programme will be as follows:
We would like to invite you to attend the conference and to submit proposals for contributions to the
workshops in one of the following areas:
Proposals for papers together with a short abstract (maximum 250 words) should be submitted by 1 July. If accepted, completed papers should be submitted by 1 September.
We strongly encourage participants to submit short papers (10-12 pages) and to explicitly address
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Please note that there will be a conference fee collected at the venue to cover the cost of refreshments during the conference (20 Euro / 10 Euro for students / 50 Euro for participants with institutional support).
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Resistance Rising: Theorizing and Building Cross-Sector Movements
October 4-6, 2013 | Chicago, IL | website
Deadline: Monday June 10, 2013
The carnage of the Great Depression and resistance from below produced a new “social structure of accumulation,” an “invisible handshake” between elites and workers/residents that offered relative labor and social stability in exchange for decent wages and a social safety net. This grand bargain, which fueled unprecedented middle-class prosperity in the United States in the mid-20th century, began to unravel in the 1970’s and 1980’s. In its place, global neoliberalism is rapidly reshaping a new social structure of accumulation (“SSA”). The new SSA dramatically alters the landscape for collective bargaining by workers in the name of “right to work” laws, allows unlimited corporate influence in federal elections in the name of “free speech,” and transforms public goods and services into private commodities in the name of “efficiency” or “deficit-reduction.” Global neoliberalism, in combination with its ideological packaging, roll back the welfare state and create a new social imaginary—one in which once-vibrant movements for social change are enervated and disciplined by the new regimes of economic and political austerity, policed by post-racialist and post-identitarian frameworks.
With the rise of neoliberal ideologies, there emerge new tensions and contradictions inherent in a system that seeks to hoard racial and economic privilege for the few. The current failure of neoliberal economic policies creates an interesting moment of possibility for progressive alliances and alternatives. Out of the ashes of harsh austerity programs, movements are stirring. Communities are pushing back against the attack on labor union organizing, the dehumanization of immigrants, the rollback of reproductive autonomy, the retreat from race, and attempts to cabin gender, sexuality and family formation.
Find more information here.
Special issue of TripleC: Philosophers of the World Unite! Theorizing Digital Labour and Virtual Work: Definitions, Forms and Transformations
Download CfP here | Journal website
Editors: Marisol Sandoval, Christian Fuchs, Jernej A. Prodnik, Sebastian Sevignani, Thomas Allmer
In 1845, Karl Marx (1845, 571) formulated in the 11th Feuerbach Thesis: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it”. Today, interpretation of the world has become an important form of labour that is expressed on and with the help of digital media. It has therefore become common to talk about digital labour and virtual work. Yet the changes that digital, social and mobile media bring about in the world of labour and work have thus far only been little theorized and theoretically interpreted. In order to change the information society to the better, we first have to interpret digital labour with the help of critical theories. Theorists of the world from different fields, backgrounds, interdisciplines, transdisciplines and disciplines have to unite for this collective philosophical task.
The overall task of this special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique is to gather contributions that help to an understanding of how to critically theorize digital labour, virtual work and related concepts. Theorizing digital labour requires us to provide grounded 1) definitions of digital labour and virtual work, 2) systematic distinctions and typologies of forms of digital labour and 3) theorizing the transformations that digital labour is undergoing.
All submitted papers should be theoretical and profoundly engage with the meanings of various concepts. Rather than presenting case studies, papers should focus on fundamental theoretical concepts and discuss definitions. They can also explore the relations between concepts, the historical development of these concepts, typologies and the relevance of different theoretical approaches. The special issue is interested in theorizing the broader picture of digital labour.
We welcome submissions that cover one or more of the following or related questions.
1) Concepts of Labour
2) Forms of Labour
3) Transformations of Labour
Please submit article titles, author names and contact data and abstracts of 200-400 words to:
Marisol Sandoval, firstname.lastname@example.org
19-22 September, 2013 | UMass Amherst | website
RETHINKING MARXISM: a journal of economics, culture & society is pleased to announce its 8th international conference, to be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on 19-22 September 2013.
The confirmed keynote events for Rethinking Marxism 2013: Surplus, Solidarity, Sufficiency
SURPLUS, SOLIDARITY and SUFFICIENCY
In 2013, 5 years into the greatest economic and social depression since the Great Depression, and 4 years after the last international conference convened, we invite participants to explore and interrogate three keywords: Surplus, Solidarity And Sufficiency. We find these keywords to be particularly useful in critically engaging with our historical conjuncture from different perspectives. Rather than uncritically endorsing these keywords, we would like them to be both utilized and rethought in investigating the current economic and ecological crises and articulating new revolutionary imaginaries and vocabularies that will enable the work of enacting communism here and now. For more information on the proposed theme, visit here.
We encourage, however, scholars and students in all disciplines, activists and artists working in areas that intersect with Marxism to submit proposals on themes other than those proposed above. Participants can present in areas such as critical race theory, feminism, political economy, anarchist studies, cultural and literary studies, art and art criticism, literature and literary studies, queer theory, working-class and labor studies, postcolonial studies, geography and urban studies, psychoanalysis, social and natural sciences, philosophy, history, and around issues of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, and disability. Historical analyses are especially welcome.
In addition to three plenary sessions, an art installation and screenings, there will be concurrent panels, workshops, and cultural events. We invite the submission of organized sessions that follow traditional or nontraditional formats (such as workshops, roundtables, and dialogue among and between presenters and audience) as well as individual presentations. Anyone engaging with Marxism in any discipline or form of activism is encouraged to submit paper and panel proposals. We also welcome video, poetry, performance, and all other modes of presentation and cultural expression.
Submission of Proposals
Proposals for papers, films, or other formats should include:
Proposals for panels should include:
Resnick & Wolff Series: If your paper or panel proposal is intended for the track on the work of Steve Resnick and Rick Wolff, please indicate this in your submission. More information on the Resnick-Wolff Series available here.
The appropriate preregistration fee must be paid with all proposal submissions. Unfortunately, any proposal not accompanied by the appropriate preregistration fee cannot be considered. Proposals that are not accepted will have their preregistration fees returned in full. If you are submitting a proposal for an entire panel, please make sure the preregistration fee for all members of the panel is paid.
DEADLINE for proposal submission is July 1, 2013.
Submissions should be emailed to Vincent Lyon-Callo at Vincent.email@example.com. To submit a proposal and to pay the preregistration fee, follow the instructions on the conference website.
Selected papers, poems, art, and other forms of presentation from the conference may be published in RETHINKING MARXISM and/or in separate edited volumes of contributions.
Vendors and Advertisements
Literature tables and display areas are available to groups, vendors, and publishers at reasonable rates. Ad space in the conference program is also available at reasonable rates. All ads must be camera-ready.
Organizers and Sponsors
This conference is organized by a committee composed of the members of Association for Economic and Social Analysis and the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism and sponsored by Association for Economic and Social Analysis (AESA) and Rethinking Marxism.
All inquiries concerning the conference can be addressed to Vincent Lyon-Callo at Vincent.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 8th international conference of Rethinking Marxism, a journal of economics, culture & society, will take place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, September, 19-22, 2013. The conference theme is “SURPLUS, SOLIDARITY, SUFFICIENCY.” More information on the conference is available here.
URPE members can submit panels to the conference either independently or with URPE sponsorship. The advantage of URPE sponsorship is that you will get more publicity within URPE and you may get help organizing your panel. The conference deadline for submission of panels, whether they are submitted through URPE or independently, is July 1st. The URPE deadline for submissions of URPE-sponsored panels is Friday, June 21st.
Please e-mail panel and/or paper proposals and other suggestions to email@example.com by Friday, June 21st.
Neoliberalism in Turkey: A Balance Sheet of Three Decades
The Turkish economy and society have been the subject of neoliberal agenda since 1980, in the crucial first three years under conditions of military dictatorship. Executed under the direct supervision of the IMF and the World Bank, the last three decades have witnessed an extensive shift in the Turkish pattern of development with the rise to hegemony of the neo-liberal orthodoxy dictating “market rationality” over any other form of collective decision-making. In the words of Bourdieu (1998) *, this infernal machine, termed neoliberal globalization, has sought to destroy all collective structures that are held as a hindrance to the profitability of private capital. Thus, trumpeted with the rhetoric of TINA (There is No Alternative) the neo-liberal orthodoxy introduced new rounds of conditionality as part of its hegemonic agenda: financial de-regulation, trade and capital account liberalization, flexible exchange rates, privatization, flexible labor markets, marketization of agriculture, central bank independence, fiscal austerity, and “good governance”.
In contrast to the traditional stabilization packages that aimed at devaluation to restrain domestic demand , the new orthodoxy aimed at maintaining high interest rates for the purpose of attracting speculative foreign capital from the international financial markets. The end results in the Turkish context were the shrinkage and commercialization of the public sector in a speculation-led growth environment, and the transfer of decision-making relating the public sphere from constitutional institutions to “independent” supreme bodies of regulation, working under “global rules” of “governance”.
Over this discourse, not only the macro economy, but all aspects of social/institutional infrastructure were subjected to “structural adjustment”. Starting with a direct intervention to the legal system with a new constitution and a thoroughly revised Labour Law that radically limited the rights of the working classes and trade unions in the immediate aftermath of the military intervention, a series of administrative regulatory bodies were established, each with a specific task of specialization and with almost no democratic accountability. Often accompanied by a set of appealing concepts including “governance”, “transparency”, regionalization /localization / decentralization”, the state apparatus has also been subjected to transformation in line with the strategic interests of national and international capital, in particular the so called international finance institutions (IFIs).
At the current juncture, the neoliberal project is implemented under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) with strong Islamist orientation and with the objectives of:transformation of the state apparatus; dissolution of the public sector under the pretext of “localization” and “democratization based on civil society organizations”; commercialization and commodification of basic services such as health and education; and opening most of the basic needs of society to exploitative initiatives by both national and international capital.
Over the three decades of neoliberalism, growth was both erratic and meager in comparison to the previous era of import- substituting/ planned industrialization (ISI). Overall, average annual rate of growth was 4.3% during 1980-2011. This was well below the rates achieved during the earlier ISI period (1962-79) with 6.5%; or indeed the 4.9% average rate of the entire history of the Republic (1923-2011). Following the capital account liberalization of 1989, sudden stops and reversals of capital inflows led to two deep crises in 1994 and 2001 and a deep recession in 2009. Turkey is currently trapped in a foreign debt-ridden structural current account deficit (currently standing at 7% of GDP and rising), and a speculative, volatile growth environment subjected to the whims of international finance capital.
*Bourdieu, P. (1998) ‘The Essence of Neoliberalism’, Le Monde Diplometique, December.
With this conference we hope to stimulate debate on the systemic assault of capital on the peoples at the center and the periphery of the global capitalist system with Turkey serving as an example of the impact of “neoliberal great moderation”.
The focus of the conference is Turkey. However papers on other countries that draw comparisons with – and implications for - Turkey are welcome. So are papers that put forwards alternative perspectives and explanations. We invite contributions in the following areas. The list is indicative rather than prescriptive. Relevant papers in related fields will be considered.
Dear Officers of Heterodox Economic Associations and Journals,
The 2014 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meetings will take place in Philadelphia, USA, January 3-5, 2014. This is an important event in which over 50 associations and more than 11,000 economists and students from around the world take part. Although mainstream associations are dominant in number, heterodox associations have engaged in a number of scholarly and social activities which are crucial for the continuation and growth of heterodox economics.
Part of those activities will be a “Heterodox Economics”' exhibition booth organized by the Heterodox Economics Newsletter. The purpose of holding this booth is to visibly show that there is an alternative to mainstream-neoclassical economics, to improve the publicity of heterodox economics, and, hence, to confront the giant elephant in the room.
This booth is located in the conference headquarter hotel along with major publishers and associations. We would like to share this space with heterodox economic associations (not limited to U.S. based associations) and independent heterodox economic journals so that your association/journal can display and distribute various materials, such as association/journal information, membership/subscription form, a sample journal issue, forthcoming events, and the like.
Please let us know if you are interested or if you have any questions. Reserving an exhibition booth is not free. So there will be a small amount of shared fee, which is not fixed until we know the number of participating associations and journals.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Frederic S. Lee and Tae-Hee Jo
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The program is now available online here.
Tuesday 18 June 2013, h. 16:00, Room 18
Centro di Ricerche e Documentazione "Piero Sraffa", is pleased to announce upcoming Workshop, in collaboration with Dipartimento di Economia, Roma Tre University: INDIA TODAY
Aditya Mukherjee (Professor of Contemporary History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
- Brief outline of changes in the Indian economy in the early post-colonial period. The unstructuring of the colonial pattern and setting the Indian economy on a developmental path.
- Economic impact of the reform since the 1990s.
- Indian economy in the new millennium-the breakthroughs and the challenges.
Mridula Mukherjee (Professor of Modern Indian History, Centre for Historical Studies, and Dean, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
- Achievements: Successful working of parliamentary democracy for 65 years; 15 general elections considered more or less free and fair with little violence; army remained under civilian control, no coup attempts ever.
- Democratic space exists for oppositional movements, but decline of Left parties and weakening of trade union movements.
- Areas where the political system has been remiss have been taken up by grassroots level movements of civil society which has sought to deepen democracy, e.g., the movements for the Right to Information, right to employment, right to education, right to food, etc. Also movements for protecting the environment, against gender violence and against corruption have emerged from such civil society initiatives.
Monday, 24th June 2013, 13:00 – 15:00 | D221, Social Sciences Building, City University London
Erik Gerding (Colorado Law School, USA) And Jan Toporowski (SOAS, UK): Finance and Law: Debt, Bubbles and Financial Regulation
Chaired by Anastasia Nesvetailova, CITYPERC
Attendance is free. Please sign in for the event at: email@example.com
July 18-20, 2013 | Worcester College, University of Oxford, UK | website
Balancing the Global Economy! Greening the Global Economy! Healing the Global Economy! Reclaiming the Commons!
“This conference explores the very latest thinking in global change , social and environmental
justice, bringing people together, think outside the box, develop ideas and create policy change for the global economy and local communities.”
Find more information about the conference here and download the call for participants here.
Thursday 20 June 2013 (2pm - 7pm) | University of Greenwich, UK | Website
The Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Business School, University of Greenwich would like to invite you to attend the forthcoming Greenwich Water Talk on: “Them and Us: Public Decisions and Social Acceptance”.
Increasingly, European citizens are resisting against water privatisation and commercialisation through local campaigns, national referenda, Europe-wide petitions and other forms of social mobilisation. Increasingly, European citizens are supporting the remunicipalisation of water and sanitation services for a variety of considerations: social, environmental, economic and political.
These developments elicit a number of fundamental questions on decision making in the water sector. Is the pendulum swinging back towards public ownership of water services? And what prompts society to accept or reject decisions taken on their behalf by technocrats and politicians? We reflect around those issues starting from allied and complementary perspectives: anthropology, economics, and political science.
King William Building KW002, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS
Attendance is free but places are limited. To register and reserve your seat, please send your full name firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you wish to attend the PSIRU seminar. Registration is recommended to avoid disappointments.
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The next group seminar "International Macroeconomics and post-Keynesian analysis" (MIAP) on Friday June 14 at 14h.
Steven Fazzari (Washington University in St. Louis) we will present the paper "Inequality and Household Finance During the Consumer Age", co-written with Barry Z. Cynamon (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis).
The seminar will take place at 14h, the MSH Paris Nord, accessible by RER B, but also by the line 12.
It will be preceded by a lunch at the Plaine Truffier at 13:00
Once is not custom, this seminar will be followed by another seminar MIAP, Friday, June 21 at 14h. This will be provided by Taha Chaiechi (James Cook University, Australia). The announcement of this seminar will be released very soon.
Class Struggle and the (International) Political Economy of Falling Wage-Shares
June 12 2013 2pm-4pm, University Place 6.206
Industrialization and International Thought, or is 1851 the 'Big Bang' of International Relations?
Tuesday June 18 2013, 2pm-4pm Arthur Lewis Building G.019
10-12 September 2013 | Lyon, France | website
The present decade marks the bicentennial anniversary of the major publications of David Ricardo, one of the most powerful and original authors in political economy.
To celebrate this event and to make an update of the most recent research, an international conference on New developments on Ricardo and the Ricardian traditions will be held in Lyon, France, coorganized by the Ricardo Society, the research centre Triangle (CNRS, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon) and the Université Lumière (Lyon 2).
In supplement and as a prelude to this event, the conference will be preceded, on September 9th, 2013, by a day of lectures and debates around the work of David Ricardo in order to promote the Ricardo studies among PhD students and young research fellows.
Find further details (including the conference program) at the conference website.
Thursday 13 June, 5.30-6.30pm | University of Westminster, UK
‘The Politics of Markets’ – a lecture by Professor Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge
Politics and markets are regarded as indispensable categories for understanding modern societies, but the relationship between them takes many forms. Much debate has been focused on whether markets can exist independently of politics or whether they are dependent on politics to construct and sustain them, but there are also a number of more particular questions about the role of markets in public services and in particular areas of public policy. Markets are ubiquitous in the modern world, and tend constantly to spread to new spheres, creating moral and political anxieties, and recurring dilemmas for policy-makers. Markets are not a neutral technical means of allocating resources; they also have normative implications for behaviour and for social relationships. Some of these issues are explored through an examination of the recent financial crisis and its aftermath, asking whether this was a failure of markets or a failure of politics.
Venue: University of Westminster, The Board Room, Regent St Campus (for directions click here)
This keynote lecture follows a conference on ‘The Politics of Markets’ that brings together researchers working across a range of policy sectors. The lecture is to be followed by discussion and a drinks reception and networking.
Attendance is free, though places are limited and advanced booking is required via Eventbrite by the 3rd of June (www.politicsofmarkets.eventbrite.com)
Organisers: Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster in collaboration with Goldsmiths College, University of London.
For further information, please contact Tom Mills, University of Westminster (email@example.com)
On June 12th, 2013, Cedeplar-UFMG, through its Research Group on the History and Methodology of Economics, will promote the IV Seminar Series on the History and Methodology of Economics. As in previous editions, the event aims to stimulate greater interaction among Brazilian researchers who specialize in the History of Economic Thought and the Methodology of Economics, while at the same time consolidating the role of Cedeplar and UFMG as centers of reference in Brazil for academic work in both areas.
Differently from earlier editions, in this fourth Seminar Series all presentations will be concentrated on the same day, making it possible for our guest speakers to engage each other's works, and also offering further stimulus for the attendance of students and researchers from other academic institutions. The scheduled program is the following:
9h30 - 11h30
14h00 - 16h00
16h15 - 18h15
All sessions will take place at Seminar Room 4 of the School of Economics at UFMG (see map).
1-3 July 2013 | Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield | website
Theme: Beyond Austerity vs Growth: The Future of European Political Economy
The second SPERI annual conference is just over 5 weeks away and the early bird registration offer is about to expire.
Plenary speakers include Peter Katzenstein (Cornell University), Vivien Schmidt (Boston University), Iain Begg (LSE), Stuart Holland (Universidade de Coimbra and former MP) and David Marsh CBE (Chariman, OMFIF). There will also be an array of parallel-running panels, two think-tank panels and a policy roundtable discussion.
For more information about the conference and the programme please visit our website.
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If you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser Sarah Boswell by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Open for discussion until June 28. Anyone may participate. Conference Website
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21 JUNE 2013 | Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Str. 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room B 4.41
9.00 Opening & welcome / Bernd Reissert, President, Berlin School of Economics & Law
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Assistant professor | Staff Group Rural Development, Environment and Population Studies
Field of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies
The Staff Group Rural Development, Environment and Population Studies has a position (1.0 FTE) for an Assistant Professor level in the field of: Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies. The Staff Group is engaged in research, teaching, advisory work and capacity building in international development studies. It has recently formed a research programme (RP), “Political Economy of Resources, Environment and Population”. This research programme includes two main inter-related research areas, namely Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES) and Population Dynamics and Social Policy(PSSP).
This RP focuses on agrarian and rural development, environment and conservation, poverty, socio-economic security, population studies, and child and youth studies, and shares an explicit engagement with a political economy framework of analysis of power relations and processes of global change that reinforce rather than reduce poverty and socio-economic insecurity.
We are looking for top-talent which will contribute innovative high quality research and teaching capacity to a number of crucial issues relating to Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies in developing and/or transition countries, in a rapidly changing global context.
AFES is focused on the interface between agricultural and environmental change within the context of global, political-economic transformations. It addresses challenges associated with the ownership, control, use, management and distribution of natural resources and the dynamic relationships between nature, agriculture and socioeconomic development.
It pays particular attention to contemporary environmental and resource-related conflicts and how these can be understood and mediated with an eye at bringing about just, equitable and sustainable development in developing nations and beyond.
For a full profile and vacancy description, download the job description
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Full job description and further conditions
Lord Skidelsky is a crossbench peer looking for a researcher to support him in his parliamentary and public activities. Typical tasks would include providing briefings on legislation and committee activities, research for speeches and newspaper articles, and media monitoring. Longer-term projects would include adapting a series of lectures on fiscal and monetary policy for publication as a book.
Applicants should have a strong background in economics (typically holding or in the process of completing a relevant masters’) with a sound grasp of current macro-economic policy debates. Interest in government and economic policy is essential. Applicants should be familiar with major sources of macro-economic data: ONS, IMF &c. Applicants must be able to write clearly and concisely, and to present data in an accessible manner. Applicants should be technically fluent in economics, but equally able to translate this into ordinary language. Knowledge of Russian would be desirable. The successful applicant would have the opportunity to publish their own material under the auspices of the Centre for Global Studies, a think tank which focuses on economic policy.
The usual requirements of a busy office environment apply: the ability to work independently, manage a variety of tasks, flexibility to suit changing priorities.
The job is based in Westminster, working Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30, though applicants who would prefer to combine a part-time role with further study would also be considered.
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).
Deadline for application midnight on June 16. Shortlisted candidates would be asked to complete a short writing assessment before interview. Interviews will take place on June 25.
Contract to run for 1 year subject to a probationary period, to begin at the end of September (exact date flexible). Salary £25-30,000 depending on experience.
Please submit a CV, a covering letter detailing why you would be suitable for the job, and the names of two referees to Pete Mills: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Parliamentary Researcher Application" in the subject line.
Assistant Professor | Department of Economics and Finance, Tobin College of Business
Note: Deadline is today!
The Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University invites applications for a tenure track Economics position at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Economics and Finance starting in Fall 2013. A Ph.D. in Economics is required for tenure track position. Possibility for one year appointment for ABDs. All specialization areas in Economics will be considered. Department offers BS/BA in economics in both the Tobin College of Business and St. John’s College of Arts and Sciences. Ability to contribute to both programs is important. Responsibilities include teaching graduate and undergraduate classes as well as participation on committees, and service to the University. Excellence in teaching and an ongoing research/publication record are essential.
St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research interests and teaching philosophy and contact information for three professional references to Fran Vroulis (email: email@example.com). Deadline for submission is June 10, 2013.
Lecturer in Economics of Construction/Real Estate
UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management
Hours Full Time
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Audio and video from HMNY 2013 here.
The podcast of the discussion at the Keynes Seminar on 21 May of Guglielmo Forges Davanzati's paper on “Keynes and the monetary theory of production” with Mark Hayes, together with the slides, and the podcast of the discussion at the Keynes Seminar on 7 May of Marco Flávio da Cunha Resende's paper on “Fiscal Policy and the Substitution between National and Foreign Savings” with Geoff Tily, together with the slides, are now available here.
Seminars with the renowned Egyptian economist Samir Amin, which took place on 25 and 26 April at SOAS, University of London, are now available online. The seminars (with links to the film) include:
Professor Samir Amin is Director of the Third World Forum (Dakar, Senegal). He is one of the most prominent theorists of the political economy of development and global accumulation as well as one of the best-known analysts of Arab and African economies.
Organiser Professor Gilbert Achcar commented: "The Department of Development Studies at SOAS was delighted to host these three lectures by Professor Samir Amin, one of the best-known names in the field, a thinker who emerged since the 1960s as a major and most prominent contributor to the study of development and to the debates on North-South relations."
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The CCPA is proud to co-sponsor a very exciting event! On Friday, June 14th in Ottawa, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and writer Chris Hedges will be joining us to discuss his new book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. In this book, Hedges and co-author Joe Sacco travel to the depressed pockets of the United States to report on recession-era America. What they find is a thriving neofeudalism. With extraordinary on-the-ground reportage, Days provides a terrifying glimpse of a future for America and the nations that follow its lead - a future that will be avoided with nothing short of revolution.
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By Elisabetta Basile
Routledge, April 2013. ISBN: 978-0-415-64268-2 | Website
This book explores the economy and society of Provincial India in the post-Green Revolution period. It argues that the low 'quality' of capital development in India's villages and small towns is the joint outcome of the informal economic organisation, that is strongly biased in favour of capital, and of the complex stratification of the workforce along class and caste lines.
By John Marangos
May 2013, Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 9780230110601 (hb) | Website
The ultimate survival of an economic system depends on whether or not the interrelationships between its institutions and its members are consistent with each other. Consistency and Viability of Capitalist Economic Systems develops an original analytical framework to understand the relationship between the economic, political, and ideological structures, the external environment, and the process of reform that give rise to certain economic systems by establishing consistency. Consistency, however, is not enough; a consistent economic system must be flexible and have the internal mechanisms to be able to adapt to changes in social reality, thus making possible its survival over time. In other words, the economic system is viable when it is able to encourage increases in labor productivity and there is popular support. Thus the economic system, in its broad social science context, must be both consistent and viable. Economic systems examined in this text are the capitalist economics systems of Great Britain, Japan, European Union and Sweden.
Edited by Michael Murray and Mathew Forstater
Palgrave Macmillan, May 2013. ISBN: 978-1-137-32477-1, ISBN10: 1-137-32477-5 | Website
Most of the scholarship on the Job Guarantee up to now has been in the context of industrialized nations such as the United States and Australia. Employment Guarantee Schemes directs attention to challenges and opportunities of enacting direct job creation policies in developing countries and BRICS, including China, Ghana, Argentina, and India. This book also investigates how the Job Guarantee might interface with other policy goals, such as environmental sustainability. Eschewing narrow individualistic and economistic approaches, these interdisciplinary, historical, and comparative studies delve deeper into how both unemployment and true full employment can affect community.
By Johnston Birchall
Edward Elgar, 2013. ISBN: 978 1 78195 183 5 (hb) | Website
This is a book in search of an alternative to the discredited investor-owned banks that have brought the rich countries into crisis and the world economy into a long period of austerity.
It finds customer-owned banks - credit unions, co-operative banks, building societies - have hardly been affected by the crisis and continue to operate according to their organisational DNA: low-risk, close to the customer, underpinned by real savings, and still lending to SMEs to protect jobs and local economies. They are big business - in some countries with over 40% of the market - but networked in smaller, democratic societies whose origins go back to 1850s Germany.
The book explores their history and current situation, measures the impact of the banking crisis, makes a systematic study of their advantages, compares them to alternatives (savings banks and micro-finance institutions), and investigates their supervision and governance structures. It provides hard evidence for the superiority of customer-owned banks.
Finance in an Age of Austerity will appeal to public policy analysts and political commentators, academics and students interested in current issues concerning banking regulation, supervision and governance. Social commentators and campaigners concerned with providing an ethical alternative to 'casino capitalism' and social economists wanting to develop a critique of the investor-owned banking system will also find this book invaluable. It will be essential reading for banking specialists interested in broadening their understanding of a hidden sector that, since the crisis, has become much more significant.
by Nancy Fraser
2013. Verso Books. ISBN: 9781844679843 (pb) | website
Nancy Fraser’s major new book traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and action.
During the ferment of the New Left, “Second Wave” feminism emerged as a struggle for women’s liberation and took its place alongside other radical movements that were questioning core features of capitalist society. But feminism’s subsequent immersion in identity politics coincided with a decline in its utopian energies and the rise of neoliberalism. Now, foreseeing a revival in the movement, Fraser argues for a reinvigorated feminist radicalism able to address the global economic crisis. Feminism can be a force working in concert with other egalitarian movements in the struggle to bring the economy under democratic control, while building on the visionary potential of the earlier waves of women’s liberation. This powerful new account is set to become a landmark of feminist thought.
By Brett Scott
Pluto Press, May 2013. ISBN: 9780745333502 (pb) | Website
Popular anger against the financial system has never been higher, yet the practical workings of the system remain opaque to many people. The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance aims to bridge the gap between protest slogans and practical proposals for reform.
Brett Scott is a campaigner and former derivatives broker who has a unique understanding of life inside and outside the financial sector. He builds up a framework for approaching it based on the three principles of 'Exploring', 'Jamming' and 'Building', offering a practical guide for those who wish to deepen their understanding of, and access to, the inner workings of financial institutions.
Scott covers aspects frequently overlooked, such as the cultural dimensions of the financial system, and considers major issues such as agricultural speculation, carbon markets and tar-sands financing. Crucially, it also showcases the growing alternative finance movement, showing how everyday people can get involved in building a new, democratic, financial system.
By Joseph E. Pluta
2011, FriesenPress. ISBN: 978-1-77067-404-2 (pb) | website
Using the evolutionary framework, Human Progress Amid Resistance to Change argues that all cultures since prehistory have faced two opposing forces: technology, including human knowledge, and institutions rooted in ceremonialism. The former is dynamic, forward looking, accepting of change, cumulative (one discovery builds on another), and the major cause of human progress. The latter is static and consists of all customs, traditions, superstitions, rituals, ceremonies, taboos, and past binding religious beliefs that resist change. The book illustrates in detail how these competing forces have interacted throughout the history of the human race and how mainstream economics fails to grasp the significance of their combined effects
By Rajani Kanth
Seattle: CreateSpace, May 2013. ISBN: 1490315403 | Website
THE POST-HUMAN SOCIETY is a Path-breaking attempt at a 'culture-critique' of the world's most dominant societal formation: a passionate, literary, ethically and aesthetically inclined, appraisal of the USA. Liberally utilizing a vibrant, sparkling, First-Person Narrative, cartwheeling freely across all conventional disciplinary boundaries, it renders a lyrical expose of all the internal ephemera - social, political, aesthetic - of the only Hegemon left standing on this Planet. Chapter by Chapter, every segment of US societal life is unravelled, with its internal 'geist' fully laid bare - as if with a scalpel. The Book carries a Foreword by noted UK Scholar, Professor John Hobson of the University of Sheffield.
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The Real Estate/Financial Complex: The cases of Mainland China and Hong Kong
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In the past few years I have worked on economic fraud in Uganda and published about this topic and fraud in neoliberal societies more generally:
In the coming years, I would like to do more collaborative research work on economic/corporate fraud (including economic crime, ‘malpractice’, market manipulations) and anti-fraud measures in Africa and the Global South more generally. I am writing this email because I would like to get in contact with scholars who are working and/or would like to work on the topic of fraud/anti-fraud with view to doing panels and research proposals together. If you are interested or know somebody who perhaps would, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I am particularly interested in the political economy and moral economy of fraud (and related aspects of politics, economic sociology, economic anthropology etc.). I am also interested in anti-economic-fraud measures by the state and/or other social actors. Perhaps one could also include case studies from the Global North, but the key purpose is to move forward the study of economic fraud in the South.
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Ingo Elbe’s Marx im Westen is the authoritative theoretical history of West German Marxist Theory providing a brilliant and lucid account of the intricacies of the debates over Marx’s theory of Value, the State Derivation debate and Revolutionary Theory. The work is therefore essential for understanding the work of German theorists who have been translated in the Anglophone world such as Michael Heinrich and Heide Gerstenberger as well as the influence these debates had on the Anglophone work of the CSE, Open Marxism, Value-Form Theory and Political Marxism. Unfortunately, such authority also comes at a price: the book’s length has prohibited any press from being able to translate it. This is why I am soliciting volunteers to translate selections from Marx im Westen in order to make it available to the English reading public.
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From Chris O'Kane:
Greetings from Paris. I consider today as the right day to ask you for support in publishing an English student edition of Gossen's "Entwickelung der Gesetze des menschlichen Verkehrs ..."
As you probably know Hermann Heinrich Gossen was the first great Marginalist anticipating the 1870s marginal revolution. Gossen in his preface explains his findings which he had named "The Theory of Pleasure" as comparable in importance to the heliocentric theory in Astronomy of Nicolas Copernicus. Gossen considered himself as the Copernicus of the social sciences. Gossen's improvements of the labour theory of value are indeed incredible. On the other hand he was clearly the first neo-liberal who totally ignored the consequences of exploitation of labour and the concentration of wealth. However, his book is of greatest use for the student as it contains very nice micro-economic analysis of labour values and at the same time Gossen commits all the terrible errors of neo-liberal orthodox economics. And his condemnations of the Socialists and Communists are fabulous! It is for this reason that I intend to create an Open Journal System Journal of Economics with the title "The 'Gossen' Critique. A Marxian Journal of Economics".
I am preparing a 6th German edition of his book and have the book as a Word document. I am looking for collaborators for the translation of the text for the English edition. It exists already an English edition from the MIT of 1983, but that one is extremely expensive and not accessible to students. This is because of its labour theoretical contents! which is just swept under the carpet.
Finally I would like to invite you all to have a toast with me on the 470th anniversary of the death of Gossen's idol, Nicolas Copernicus! Copernicus' spirit shall never die!
Proletarians of All Countries Unite in Order to Control Capital!
Le Copernic, Paris XVI
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Below is a message from Peter Kriesler (Australian Society of Heterodox Economists)
The New Learning Standards Framework is being developed for Economics. Most of the suggestions I received were that SHE members should attend as many of the consultation sessions as possible, and make comments etc.—challenge the inclusion of mainstream economics and the exclusion of heterodox economics. So we urge as many heterodox economists as possible to participate as fully as possible in this process and to make their voices heard. I have attached the current version of the Standards and the time, dates and locations of consultations. The response of the Association for Heterodox Economists to the UK attempt can be found here:
The information below is of particular relevance to the Australian project, and is important to understand for the future of heterodox economics in Australia.
Support Heterodox Options within the New Learning Standards Framework
The new Commonwealth legislation requires all universities (faculties, departments) to demonstrate the quality of their programs by a process of benchmarking. One method of benchmarking will be against the new Learning Standards that are progressively being developed for various disciplines (not just Economics). But other reputable methods are also possible. These could include benchmarking against overseas programs or meeting the needs of employers. The key point is that what is mandatory is benchmarking, not the Learning Standards themselves.
However, the easiest course for most departments will be to benchmark against the Learning Standards, rather than go through the work of creating some alternative benchmark. For departments with heterodox programs or elements, this can only occur if the Learning Standards (LS) allow sufficient room for diversity in approach and offerings.
The current draft LS document accepts that allowing for diversity is an important principle among others. Even for the orthodox it would be unwise to straightjacket programs for the next 10 to 20 years in ways that prevented new offerings, specialities or programs in response to new theories or world conditions, for example. The important issue is how the diversity principle is handled in the final document -- whether it is narrowly or generously interpreted.
It is thus very important for those supportive of, or sympathetic to, non-orthodox approaches to attend the meetings being held at various universities to discuss and gain feedback on the draft document. These consultative meetings have just started in WA, but continue later this week and throughout June across the country. Dates, times and locations, are attached.
Strong endorsement of, and insistence on, diversity from the grassroots will be important in the committee’s further modifications of the LS document. If it does not hear strong support for diversity from its presentations across the country, it will be much easier for conservative voices to accept the principle of diversity but to constrain its scope.
All SHE members are strongly encouraged to attend these seminars, and to speak up in favour of a diversity of approaches/schools of thought in the teaching of economics. Even if the presentation declares diversity is important to the committee, it is still important to voice firm endorsement of the idea as well as its broad inclusive interpretation.
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On May 11, 2013, the world lost Marianne Ferber, pioneering feminist economist who was revered by many in the Association of Social Economists and the broader heterodox economics community. Professor Ferber was the recipient of the Thomas F. Divine Award in 2012 for her contribution to social economics. She helped tremendously to enrich and humanize economics, and she will be remembered for her spirit and her kindness as well as her scholarly innovations.
Click here for a portion of an interview with Professor Ferber from Engendering Economics, by Paulette I. Olson and Zohreh Emami (past president of the ASE). Another interview, by Mary C. King and Lisa F. Saunders and published in Review of Political Economy, can be found here (behind paywall). For more remembrances, see Worthwhile Canadian Initiative (by Frances Woolley), Crooked Timber (by Ingrid Robeyns), and Lady Economist.
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Daniel Singer believed in people taking control of their own lives and forging truly democratic institutions to introduce social and economic justice. He experienced the May–June 1968 explosion in France and the uprisings against oppressive regimes in Eastern Europe, writing “Prelude to Revolution” and the “Road to Gdansk” to chronicle the possibility of genuine popular revolution. A critic of Western capitalism and Eastern Stalinism, his analyses were based on deep knowledge, a biting sarcasm, and a thorough dislike of banal rhetoric. His final work “Whose Millennium: Theirs or Ours” combined his inspiring hopes with an astonishing ability to dissect the workings of power.
The Daniel Singer Foundation is seeking an original essay of no more than 5000 words to address some aspect of the current scene in the spirit that Singer exemplified. The winning essay will receive a prize of $2,500, and may be submitted in English, Spanish or French. The essays will be judged by an international panel of distinguished scholars and activists, and the winner will be announced in December 2013.
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The 2013 Mark Blaug Prize in Philosophy and Economics was awarded to Reinhard Schumacher (University of Potsdam) for his article:
‘Adam Smith’s theory of absolute advantage and the use of doxography in the history of economics’ [Linked here]
Praise from the judges
This article is good history, but it is much more. It provides an excellent historical discussion of Adam Smith's theory of international trade, but it also critically examines various approaches to the historiography of economics, shows how modern textbooks present historical ideas in a doxographical way, and emphasizes the general richness and complexity of Adam Smith's ideas. All three of these issues made frequent appearances in Mark Blaug's work. I think he would be quite pleased to have this paper receive the award that bears his name. - D. Wade Hands
I learned from this paper something I can use – and indeed watch out for in my own ventures in the intellectual history of economics. - Deirdre McCloskey
About the Prize
The Mark Blaug Prize is intended to promote and reward the work of Young Scholars in philosophy and economics. It is named in honour of Professor Mark Blaug (1927-2011), a founder of the field of philosophy and economics whose generosity and commitment to Young Scholars was recognized by all who knew him. For details of the prize and how to enter, visit the EJPE website: http://ejpe.org/