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Issue-4 November 18, 2004

From the Editor

The 4th issue of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter has some old calls for papers, in particular the Conference on Radical Economics in the 20th Century and the Association for Heterodox Economics 2005 Conference on Pluralism in Economics. Some of the new calls for papers include the 10th Karl Polanyi Conference that is taking place in Turkey at the home university of my assistant—so it must be a great location for a conference. Other new calls for papers include the Economics Rights Conference, an ‘After Financial Deregulation’ Conference, Australian History of Economic Thought Conference, and the Economic Theory and Policy conference located in the Basque country. There is also an announcement of the AHE 4th ESRC funded post-graduate workshop on advanced research methods. The workshop is the best and the only one of its kind in the world for heterodox post-graduate students. Not only do students get a critical understanding of econometrics, they also get introduced to various kinds of qualitative research methods and uses of qualitative/quantitative methods for theory creation. This workshop is the frontier for research methods for heterodox economists. If you want your post-graduate students to do something more than mindlessly crank out econometric results, if you want your students to build a better heterodox theory, then send them to the workshop as it is the future of heterodox economics. While the workshop is designed for UK post-graduate students, it is in fact open to any and all students from around the world. There are a couple of new job postings from the University of Nevada at Reno and Hamburg University of Economics and Politics. This latter position involves a Marie Curie Chair for European Studies in heterodox economics. Check it out of you would like to spend 3 years in Germany doing some really interesting research. Finally, the Newsletter lists a new heterodox association – Centre for Alternative Economic Policy Research, and the 2004 Keynes Lecture at the British Academy, which is a bit neoclassical but you can hear it online. So if you have not heard a Keynes Lecture, now is your chance.

Fred Lee


In this issue:

- Call for Papers

             - Conference on Radical Economics in the 20th Century: Radical Economics and the Labor Movement
             - Association for Heterodox Economics 7th Annual Conference
             - EAEPE Annual Meeting 2005
             - Does Economics Have a Useful Past?
             - 2nd International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy

- Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

             - Fourth ESRC funded post graduate workshop on advanced research methods

- Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

             - University of Missouri-Kansas City
             - University of Bremen
             - University of Nevada at Reno – Home of the Journal of Economic Issues
             - The Centre of International Studies at the Hamburg University of Economics and Politics

- Heterodox  Associations

             - Centre for Alternative Economic Policy Research

- Heterodox Announcements

             - European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
             - The Keynes Lecture 2004 at the British Academy



 Call for Papers

Conference on Radical Economics in the 20th Century:  Radical Economics and the Labor Movement

Date: 15 - 17 September 2005

Place: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology
adjacent to University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, United States

2005 will be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World, the most radical union in North America. To commemorate the anniversary, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is hosting a conference on radical economics. The Conference theme is the role of radical economics in the labor movement in the United States and around the world. Radical economics includes but is not restricted to anarchism, Marxism, syndicalism, radical Institutionalism, left-wing Keynesianism, and plain old-fashion radical economics. Proposals on any aspect of the theme are invited. Possible topics include:

1. the role of radical economics in the education of workers such as radical
economics in labor newspapers, the teaching of radical economics in labor schools, party schools, and colleagues and universities, in labor education programs, and in labor history courses.

2. the role of radical economics in trade union publications, such as the role of
radical economics in IWW publications on the general strike or the machine and unemployment.

3. the role of radical economics in trade union strike, bargaining, and organizing activities.

4. radical economics and the new society or the economics in radical utopian literature.

5. radical economics, syndicalism, Guild Socialism, and the IWW.

6. past and present development of radical economic theory.

7. recent developments in radical economics and their relevance to the radical labor movement and to rank-and-filers.

8. radical economics and the radical labor and radical student movements in the 20th Century.
A selection of conference papers will be published in an edited volume in the Michigan University Press book series “Advances in Heterodox Economics”.

Abstracts of the papers (around 250 words) on any of the above suggested topics or on any topic dealing with radical economics and the labor movement in the 20th Century may be sent either electronically or by post to both:

Fred Lee
Department of Economics
211 Haag Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
United States

Jon Bekken
Communication Program
Albright College
13th and Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, Penna. 19612-5234
United States

Deadline for Submission: December 10, 2004
(98th anniversary of the first sit-down strike in the US called by the IWW at General Electric in Schenectady, New York)

Notification: January 11, 2005
(93rd anniversary of the IWW Bread & Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.)

Conference fee: $140.00 (includes lunches, tea/coffee/juice, and conference dinner)
$ 70.00 for IWW members (includes lunches, tea/coffee/juice, and
conference dinner)
$ 50.00 for graduate students (includes lunches and

Conference is supported by the Union for Radical Political Economics

About the Conference Organizers:

Fred Lee
In addition to being a Professor of Economics at UMKC and a member of many heterodox economic associations, including the Union for Radical Political Economics and Conference for Socialist Economists, he is a long-standing member of the IWW, was instrumental in retrieving Joe Hill’s ashes from the National Archives in 1988, helped revive the IWW UK section while teaching in England in the 1990s, and is currently a member of the Kansas City General Membership Branch.

Jon Bekken
In addition to being an Associate Professor in Communications at Albright College, he is a long-standing member of the IWW, has been the Union’s general secretary-treasurer, and is currently the editor of the Industrial Worker, the official newspaper of the IWW.

Association for Heterodox Economics 7th Annual Conference

Call for Papers 

Pluralism in Economics 

15 – 17 July, 2005

City University, London, UK

 The raison d'être of the AHE is the belief that institutions of the discipline of economics systematically discriminate against those economists working in non-mainstream modes: those writing from a heterodox standpoint or active in minority areas. For this reason we argue for pluralism in economics, in opposition to the dead hand of the currently hegemonic neoclassical mainstream. 

 The Seventh Annual Conference will continue this tradition and build on the success of the previous conferences, held at various locations in the British Isles, including London, Dublin, Leeds and Nottingham. Papers from a plurality of perspectives and topic areas are encouraged. These conferences provide a forum for advancing new ideas on how to take heterodox political economy forward in theoretical and policy debates, and demonstrate the continuing relevance of heterodox political economy to those within and without modern economics.

 In particular, we encourage the submission of abstracts of papers, or proposals for a session or stream of sessions, which  

    examine issues or deploy approaches neglected by the current orthodoxy;

  develop the critique of the neoclassical orthodoxy, or even – since we advocate pluralism – proposea defence of neoclassicism against heterodox critics;

    assess the contribution of one or more heterodox approaches towards opening up economics;

  open up a dialogue between economics and related social sciences by going beyond the traditional, narrow academic boundaries that define social science disciplines today; or

    make a contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning in economics from a heterodox or pluralist perspective. 

 The AHE proposes to publish a selection of the best papers presented at the conference in a special volume of the book series Advances in Heterodox Economics, edited by Professor Frederic S. Lee.

 Deadline for submission:

The conference will have both a thematic part and an open part. The AHE is happy to consider papers of both types; however, priority will be given to papers addressing the conference theme, “Pluralism in Economics”.  

For single papers, please send an abstract of up to 500 words by email only to the local organiser, Andy Denis (, AND the AHE coordinator, Andrew Mearman (,by 28 January 2005. Text, HTML, Word and PDF format email attachments are acceptable.  

For proposals for sessions and streams, please e-mail Andy Denis and Andrew Mearman. Please indicate exactly what you are proposing, give the names and email addresses of the proposed speakers, and attach the abstracts (not more than 500 words each) for their papers. Parallel sessions will be 90 minutes long and will consist of two papers. Sessions may have a discussant for each paper. The conference is to be conducted in English.  

All abstracts will be considered by the AHE Committee

 To see details of previous meetings, or keep up-to-date with the 2004 conference and other AHE activities please visit:


EAEPE Annual Meeting 2005

General Theme: A New Deal for the New Economy.

For detailed information: EAEPE.pps



The theme of the Tenth International Karl Polanyi Conference convened to meet in Istanbul on October 13-16, 2005 will be “Protecting Society and Nature from the Commodity Fiction”.

In The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi presents a powerful discussion of the disastrous implications of the commodification of land, labour and money for human society. Knowledge has recently joined Polanyi’s fictitious commodities. The privatisation of this socially created resource of increasing economic importance is rendering scientific, cultural and artistic activity subservient to business interests. The need to protect the human and natural substance of society is today more pressing than it was through the nineteenth century expansion of the self-regulating market system explored in The Great Transformation. Life and livelihood for hundreds of millions of people have become more insecure and the dimensions of environmental degradation are alarming.

In the context of the contemporary transformations of the world economy, social policy and related questions of responsibility and agency acquire a novel significance. Questions pertaining to the realization of social rights call for a reexamination of the role of the state.

With these observations in mind, we invite papers that address issues such as the ones grouped under the six sub-themes listed below. We welcome contributions that explore parallel themes in historical analysis and history of ideas.

Sub-theme I: Work, Poverty and Social Exclusion
• patterns of employment and unemployment
• working poor and insecurity of livelihood
• varieties of labour market informality
• unions in the contemporary world of labour
• gender dimension of labour problems and poverty
• cross border flows of labour

Sub-theme II: Land and Nature as Fictitious Commodities
• ecological implications of the commodification of nature
• transnational corporations and food security
• the future of the peasantry and social movements in the rural setting
• alternative policy approaches agriculture and natural resources

Sub-theme III: Knowledge as a Fictitious Commodity
• implications of trade-related intellectual property rights for life and livelihood
• scientific research, artistic activity and business interest
• corporate control of the media

Sub-theme IV: Entitlements for Social Participation
• social security and income support policies
• access to education, health, transportation and other public services
• training of labour, microcredit, and local community development programs for facilitating engagement in
economic activity

Sub-theme V: Responsibility, Agency and the Future of Social Policy
• declining state capacity
• demographic changes and socio-economic pressures on the family
• the role of civil society associations in welfare provisioning
• international organizations and global solidarity networks

Sub-Theme VI: Contributions on the work of Karl Polanyi

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2004.

Abstracts (approximately 200 words) and brief CV’s may be sent by mail to:
Ayse Bugra
Social Policy Forum, Bogazici University, Kuzey Kampus Otopark Binasi , Kat 1, Bebek 34342 Istanbul, Turkey

By e-mail to: or



Scholars and policymakers are increasingly attempting to link socio-economic and classic civil and political rights in unprecedented and innovative ways. The University of Connecticut will host a conference on “Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues” (October 27-29, 2005) to move this new research and debate forward. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, in celebration of the Dodd Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Scholars from a range of fields -- economics, political science, philosophy, law, anthropology, and others – are invited to submit papers on any ONE of three substantive themes: 1) conceptual issues central to understanding economic rights; OR 2) approaches to measuring economic rights; OR 3) policy applications. A one-page abstract and current c.v. should be submitted by March 1, 2005, to:

Professor Lanse Minkler
Department of Economics
University of Connecticut
341 Mansfield Road, Unit 1063
Storrs, CT 06269-1068
or via email:

All paper presenters receive a small honorarium, and free lodging and meals. For more general information on the conference, see the website of the Human Rights Institute, “2005 Conferences” section:



26-28 May 2005

Deadline for Abstracts Monday 24 January 2005

The Centre for Global Political Economy invites participation in this major international and interdisciplinary conference.   At present invited speakers who have confirmed their participation include Professors  Michel Aglietta (CEPII, Paris), Gerard Dumenil (CEPREMAP-CNRS, Paris), Robert Wade (LSE), and  Donald Mackenzie (Edinburgh University).

 Financial instability and the social risks associated with it are rising rapidly to the top of the agenda. The speed with which financial crises hit the regions of Asia, Latin America and Russia is disconcerting. Paradoxically, however, these crises appear to have reinforced two diametrically opposing opinions: a pessimistic sense of impending doom looming over the entire world economy, and an optimistic assessment of the remarkable resilience of global financial markets. Uncertainties and risks, however, appear to spread beyond the frames of traditional business credit or exogenous macroeconomic shocks. Today the less understood effects of the unprecedented expansion in consumer credit and impending pension crises amplify them.

Taking the theme of crisis and instability liberally, this conference seeks to reflect on changes in finance within the broader complex of the interrelations between social, cultural and economic dynamics with the worlds of finance. In particular, we invite contributions from and seek to facilitate a dialogue between academic and non-academic experts on the themes of Finance, Risk and Society; Crisis and Debt, and Looking Forward to the Financial System in the 21st Century from a variety of disciplines concerned with the following issues:

  • Financial Crises
  • Regulation and Finance
  • Poverty and Social Risk
  • The New Economy
  • Offshore Finance and Tax Havens
  • Accountancy
  • The Sociology of Finance
  • The Lineage of Global finance
  • Gender and Finance
  • Finance, Culture and Society
  • Ethical Finance
  • The Geography of Finance

 Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be sent direct to Libby Assassi, at the address below or after the 24 November 2004, can be submitted through the CGPE website.  

Organising Committee:
Ronen Palan, Eric Helleiner, Kees van der Pijl
Duncan Wigan, Libby Assassi, Johnna Montgomerie
Anastasia Nesvetailova, Sam Knafo, Heloise Weber

Centre for Global Political Economy
ARTS B383 School of Social Sciences
University of Sussex, Brighton
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QN, UK
Phone:  +44 (0)1273 678064



Does Economics Have a Useful Past?

The Fabulous 18th Conference of the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia

5-8 July 2005
Sydney Australia

Call for Papers

• The Economics Department of Macquarie University is pleased to host this exciting edition of Australia’s favourite academic gathering

• The best in food, drink and surroundings

• This year all papers submitted by the relevant deadlines will be refereed (Other papers will be accepted when possible, but will not be refereed.)
Deadline for Abstracts: 25 April 2005
Deadline for Papers: 31 May 2005

• Welcome to Macquarie Cocktail Party (Tuesday 5 July)
• The Memorial Walsh Bequest Lecture (Wednesday 6 July)
• Special Keynote Speaker (Thursday 7 July)
Bruce Caldwell
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Author of recent release “Hayek’s Challenge”.
To read the first chapter of "Hayek's Challenge" online, go
• Amazing Conference Dinner (Thursday 7 July)
• Karaoke Night (Friday 8 July) with the Winsome Warbling Welsh Wombats
• Cliff Walk Hosted by the genial Rod O’Donnell (Saturday 9 July)

We welcome anyone who is willing to put together his or her own session

Information will be available on our ever evolving website:

For more information and the best places to purchase doughnuts in Sydney contact:
Craig Freedman
Economics Department
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109
61-2-9850-7444 (Phone) 61-2-9850-8586 (Fax)

2nd International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy

The Departament of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country and the Centre for Economic and Public Policy of the University of Cambridge are organizing the 2nd International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), in July, 7-8, 2005. You can find more information, getting in touch with Jesus Ferreiro ( or Carlos Rodriguez (, or in the web site of the conference:


Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

Association of Heterodox Economics
Fourth ESRC funded post graduate workshop on advanced research methods

4th-6th February 2005
Chancellor’s Conference Centre
Manchester U.K.

There are ESRC funded places available for UK registered PhD students to cover UK travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for the above event. The workshop covers topics in research not typically covered in economics training.

Workshop topics include:
• Reorienting economics to match method with social material
• Open system methodology in Economics
• Modelling Strategies for analysing complexity
• Triangulating quantitative and qualitative data
• Writing for publication
• Grounded Theory
• Multilevel Modelling

Speakers include:
Professor Peter Davies Staffordshire University
Professor Sheila Dow Stirling University
Dr Paul Downward Loughborough University
Dr Tony Lawson Department of Applied Economics, Cambridge University
Professor Fred Lee University of Missouri at Kansas City
Dr Andrew Mearman University of the West of England
Dr Wendy Olsen The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, Manchester
Paul Ormerod Volterra Consulting

Further details (deadline for applications 6th December 2004)
For an application form and further details please contact
Dr Paul Downward
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU U.K.


Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

University of Missouri-Kansas City

A1 General Economics

The Department of Economics seeks applicants for a tenure track position, at any level, beginning in academic year 2005-06. Acceptable candidates will have a strong interdisciplinary interest. A teaching and research interest in labor or urban and community development would strengthen the application. Other fields will also be considered, especially those related to applied microeconomics or to international economics. Responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate instruction, active participation in the interdisciplinary PhD program, high quality research and a commitment to fostering development of departmental activities. The Department is committed to pluralism and includes heterodox approaches at all degree levels.
A PhD in economics required. The candidate will be involved in the grant research efforts of the Center for Economic Information and the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vita, sample publications or other evidence of teaching and/or research accomplishments, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2004. Filling this position is contingent on funding. An equal opportunity employer. CONTACT: Dr. James Sturgeon, Department of Economics, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, 64110. ( Department description at

University of Bremen

JOB OPENING: research and teaching assistant, post-graduate, half position,
for an English native speaker.
START: january 1, 2005.
LENGTH: 3 years, extension for another six months possible afterwards.
SALARY: 1,200 $ per month net.
FORMAL REQUIREMENT: MA degree in economics, work on phd in the position.
TEACHING ASSISTANCE: teaching support in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses; support for the review of written exams.
For detailed information: job_announcement.pdf

LABOR ECONOMIST – Assistant Professor
University of Nevada at Reno – Home of the Journal of Economic Issues

Contact Theresa Moser at for details.


The Centre of International Studies at the Hamburg University of Economics and Politics (CIS Hamburg)

The Centre of International Studies at the Hamburg University of Economics and Politics (CIS Hamburg), intends to establish a Marie Curie Chair for European Studies in the field of (heterodox) economics, funded by the European Commission, for up to three years.

The prospective Chair holder is expected to have achieved scientific excellence in previous research and to have the capacity to inspire the trainees. Furthermore experience with managing research and supervising thesis work is required.
The chair holder is to spend at least half of his/her assignment teaching and training early-stage researchers. The rest of the time will be devoted to his own research.

The subjects taught should be of a leading edge and multidisciplinary nature, and correspond to trends in research, which are relevant for Europe.
One of the main tasks is teaching post-graduates participating in the interdisciplinary Master Programme on European Studies

The CIS and the Chair holder will jointly work on the establishment of a research work program, including the organisation of conferences and workshops.

German citizens cannot be taken into consideration unless they have worked in another country for at least the last 5 years.

The application for the establishment of a Marie Curie Chair at the CIS will be prepared together with the candidate for the Chair and will be completed on 15 February 2006. The success of the application cannot be guaranteed.
The Chair should be established by October 2006.

The European Commission Funding pays for the monthly living allowance of the Chair holder, travel and mobility expenses as well as a portion of the research cost, management, overheads, and equipment in specific cases.

Interested researchers are invited to send an application containing:
-Curriculum vitae
-Report on the current activities in research and teaching
-Complete list of scientific publications
-Proposal for a research project on South Eastern Europe

to the
Centre of International Studies
Hamburg University of Economics and Politics
Prof. Arne Heise
Von-Melle-Park 9
D-20146 Hamburg

Heterodox Associations

Centre for Alternative Economic Policy Research
The Centre for Alternative Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) was set up in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2002. by a small group of heterodox academic economists, and some non-academics, concerned at the dominance of neoliberal economic policies in Australia and elsewhere. Geoff Harcourt is the patron.
CAEPR’s purpose is to bring together people of like mind who are opposed to current neoliberal economic policies – to discuss, formulate and disseminate alternative policies by means of research, meetings, publications, publicity and a website. (The website is still under construction). Its goal is sustainable wellbeing, by which is meant a future in which a dignified quality of life is guaranteed for everyone without exceeding the limits set by nature. It believes that the only means of achieving such a future are those of classical social democracy, augmented by increased environmental awareness; the market is a good servant but a very poor master. Unregulated markets will fail to deliver either efficient or equitable outcomes; markets need to be regulated in order to serve social and environmental goals.
Several public meetings have been held over the last couple of years. In December 2002 Lindy Edwards, from the Australian National University, and author of How to argue with an economist (2002) spoke on ‘Economic policies to deliver the communities we want to live in’. In August 2003 Fred Argy, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, former Secretary to the Commonwealth Government Inquiry on the Australian Financial System (Campbell Report), and author of Where to from here? Australian Egalitarianism under threat (2003), spoke on ‘Whither egalitarianism? Are a social reform agenda for Australia, and economic responsibility, incompatible? Debunking the myths’. In December 2003 Dr. Graham Dunkley, Research Associate at Victoria University (Melbourne) and President of CAEPR spoke on ‘Free trade: myth and ideology’, with Jim Redden, Policy Director of the Australian Council for International Development, as respondent. Most recently,Dr. James Doughney, also from Victoria University, spoke on ‘The ageing “crisis”: Facts and Myths’. Dr. Bob Birrell, from Monash University, and Prof. John King from La Trobe University, were respondents.
In July 2004, in collaboration with the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, an evening public forum was held, on the theme of ‘Growth and Consumption’, with papers being presented by Graham Dunkley and Richard Sanders, an ecological economist and futurist from Queensland. The following day a smaller ‘by invitation’ roundtable was convened, including economists, ecologists, and social scientists, to explore in more detail the policy implications and applications of scenarios involving reduced consumption and economic growth.
Five Discussion Papers have been produced to date, several of which have arisen from the various public events convened:

Discussion Paper No.1 Economic policies to deliver the communities we want to live in Lindy Edwards April 2003.

Discussion Paper No.2 Whither egalitarianism? Debunking the myth that a social reform agenda and economic responsibility are incompatible Fred Argy September 2003.

Discussion Paper No.3 The economics of Keynes and its theoretical and political importance. Or, What would Marx and Keynes have made of the happenings of the past 30 years and more? G.C. Harcourt June 2004

Discussion Paper No.4 Consuming our first planet Graham Dunkley November 2004

Discussion Paper No.5 Sustainability. Implications for Growth, Employment and Consumption Richard Sanders November 2004.

A few hard copies of Discussion Papers 1 and 2, and electronic copies of Discussion Papers 3-5, are available on request from John King (
CAEPR welcomes contact with like-minded individuals and organisations in Australia and overseas.


Heterodox Announcements

European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
EuroMemorandum Group

Beyond Lisbon- Economic and social policy orientations and constitutional cornerstones for the
European Social Model -EuroMemorandum 2004

For detailed information EM2004.doc and Form_Support.doc


The Keynes Lecture 2004 at the British Academy

You can now hear this lecture online at:

"The New Political Economy"

Professor Timothy Besley, FBA, London School of Economics and Political Science

This lecture took place on 13 October 2004


Political economy has been a thriving field in mainstream economics over the past fifteen years. The new political economy uses ideas from incentive theory to understand the interaction of political and economic forces in shaping policy. The aim of the lecture is to provide an overview of the achievements in this field in a way that is accessible to a wide audience.
We will discuss the main theoretical ideas and the growing body of evidence that supports their relevance. It will also set these ideas in the history of economic thought. The lecture will demonstrate how these ideas have practical relevance in thinking about specific policy issues including on-going debates about the organisation of government and the role of the state.