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313111_coverSEMINARS ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 21 October

Stathis Kouvelakis

Lessons of the Greek Crisis

6pm

S-1.04 Strand Building (NB in basement), King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS

 

Monday 9 November

Riccardo Bellofiore & Alex Callinicos

A Dialogue on Alex Callinicos’s book Deciphering Capital: Marx’s Capital and Its Destiny

5pm

K0.20, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS

 

Wednesday 25 November

Nicholas De Genova

Theorising the ‘Crisis’ of the European Border Regime

6pm

342N Norfolk Building, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS

 

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

The Seminar in Contemporary Marxist Theory is a collaboration among scholars in the departments of European & International Studies, Geography, and Management at King’s College London.

For further information contact Stathis Kouvelakisstathis.kouvelakis@kcl.ac.uk

 

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/london-seminar-on-contemporary-marxist-theory

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debunking-economicsWILL WE CRASH AGAIN? WHY CAPITALISM NEEDS DEBT WRITE-OFFS TO SURVIVE

Conway Hall Ethical Society & London Futurists presents:

London Thinks – Will We Crash Again? Why Capitalism Needs Debt Write-offs to Survive

With STEVE KEEN

Tuesday 1st September @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm | £5 – £10

CONWAY HALL

25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Website: http://conwayhall.org.uk/

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/will-we-crash-again-why-capitalism-needs-debt-write-offs-to-survive-tickets-17879762852

Mainstream economists failed to anticipate the great financial crash of 2007-8. In this talk, Professor Steve Keen will share his view on the bigger picture – including recent financial developments around the world. He will review options for the future of economics, highlight the little-understood importance of debt, and argue that significant debt write-downs are needed in order to limit future financial crashes.

Steve Keen is a Professor of Economics & Head of the School of Economics, History & Politics at Kingston University. He was one of the handful of economists to realise that a serious economic crisis was imminent, and to publicly warn of it, from as early as December 2005.

A staunch critic of mainstream economics, his book Debunking Economics is now in its 2nd edition and has been translated into Chinese, French and Spanish.

The event will be moderated by David Wood, Chair of London Futurists. The talk will be followed by audience Q&A.

A cash bar will be available at the event. Afterwards, there will be the chance to continue the discussion at a nearby pub.

Organised in partnership with the London Futurists

London Futurists hold regular speaker events to explore radical scenarios for the next 3-40 years.

For more details, see http://londonfuturists.com/.

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KRISIS

KRISIS

CRISIS TO INSURRECTION: NOTES ON THE ONGOING COLLAPSE

A new book from Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen on ongoing crises and insurrections…
Crisis to Insurrection: Notes on the ongoing collapse
Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
The crisis runs deep. The economies of the US and Europe are in profound crisis and the developing economies are also beginning to feel its effects. Everywhere it is workers who are paying the price. The crisis is being socialized and austerity is the order of the day; the crisis is used as a pretext for further savings and cuts. In other words, capital has intensified the class war. But the proletariat has started moving. The revolts in North Africa and the Middle East have challenged the neoliberal world order and its division of the world, and the ‘movement of the squares’ in Southern Europe and Occupy in the US have picked up the baton and joined the new protest cycle. Even though dictators have been toppled in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, the protests continue. This is also the case in Greece, Spain and Portugal where people reject the austerity programs. There are protests in Bulgaria and Bosnia. In Syria the civil war is raging. In China the number of strikes continue to rise. In Turkey the youth reject Erdogan’s neoliberal ‘success’ and urban restructuring and in Brazil ‘the dangerous classes’ have taken to the streets. There are a variety of protests going on – the ones in the West are defensive, the ones in the rest of the world offensive and reformist – but together they are knocking a hole in the neoliberal world order. The old mole is back.

Bio: Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen.
PDF available freely online: http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=678
Released by Minor Compositions, Wivenhoe / Brooklyn / Port Watson
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.
Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia
www.minorcompositions.info | minorcompositions@gmail.com

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KRISIS

KRISIS

TWO PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMIC CRISIS UNDER CAPITALISM, FROM KARL MARX AND ROSA LUXEMBURG

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015

6:00-9:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

SPEAKERS:

Ali Kiani, Iranian Marxist activist, translator, and International Marxist-Humanist Organization member

Gene Warren, longtime Marxist and founding member of Solidarity

 

Two major alternative Marxist theories of economic crisis are

(1) the tendential decline in rate of profit as developed by in Marx, CAPITAL, Vol. III, Chs. 13-15, online here: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1894-c3/ch13.htm ;

(2) Overproduction/underconsumption, as found in Luxemburg, ANTI-CRITIQUE, Ch. 1 (The Questions at Issue and first few pages of next chapter), online here: https://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1915/anti-critique/ch01.htm

This meeting will examine these two theoretical positions in terms of both the causes of crises and what is needed to overcome them and capitalism itself.

 

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org and http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

 

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Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg

 

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Crisis

Crisis

CAPITALISM’S WORLD OF ENDLESS CRISIS AND UPHEAVAL: IS THERE A WAY OUT?

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (Free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

SPEAKERS:

Kevin Anderson, author of MARX AT THE MARGINS and LENIN, HEGEL, AND WESTERN MARXISM

Robert “Gabe” Gabrielsky, longtime socialist and labor activist

 

The six-year-long global economic crisis has placed in stark relief the fact that capitalism serves as a constraint on the development of the vast majority of the world’s population, while enriching the few at an unprecedented level. At the same time, we have also witnessed in this period the rise of revolutionary and protest movements on a scale unprecedented since the 1960s and 1970s.

This meeting will explore issues such as:

(1) whether the present crisis is an outgrowth of neoliberal policies or of long-term economic stagnation in the major capitalist economies;

(2) the added impact of the crisis on Blacks, Latino/as and women and the new forms of opposition this has engendered, from the Trayvon Martin protests to the abortion rights movement;

(3) the contradictory legacy of global forms of protest and revolution over the past several years, from the Arab revolutions and the Occupy movement to the more recent upsurges in Turkey, Bosnia, and Ukraine;

(4) the specific historical contribution of Marxist-Humanism as illustrated most recently by A DREADFUL DECEIT: THE MYTH OF RACE FROM THE COLONIAL ERA TO OBAMA’S AMERICA, which contains Jacqueline Jones’s widely read exploration of the life and work of Charles Denby (Simon Owens), the Black autoworker who was, along with Raya Dunayevskaya, the co-founder of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S.

 

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Website: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Here is the link to the online announcement of the meeting for posting via email, Facebook, etc.: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/events/los-angeles-capitalisms-world-endless-crisis-upheaval-way

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Global Economy

Global Economy

THE 26th ANNUAL EAEPE CONFERENCE 2014

Unemployment and Austerity in Mediterranean European Countries

Nicosia, Cyprus

6-8 November 2014

First Call for Papers

The 26th Annual EAEPE Conference 2014 will take place in Nicosia on November 6,7 and 8. Its central theme will be devoted to assessments and policy debates on the current unemployment situation in Europe, in particular in the Mediterranean countries of Europe. It will be located in a wonderful Mediterranean country, Cyprus, in the City of Nicosia, at the Cyprus University.

For the past 7 years most of the European economies have experienced severe economic crisis, stagnation and recession, initialized by the financial crash of 2007. In Mediterranean economies the crisis got exacerbated by the crisis of sovereign debt in general and by austerity programmes in particular.  Unemployment levels have reached double digits on average in the European Union and shattering high levels in the South of Europe. Moreover, cuts (due to austerity restrictions) in welfare expenditure, in public employment as well as in the wage level have worsened living conditions of people dramatically. The Greek crisis (emerging in May 2010) has indicated that EU member states are more concerned with their own national budgeting issues than real EU integration, exposing them unnecessarily in times of crisis. Conversely, the lack of institutional coordination and fiscal solidarity had a severe macroeconomic impact. Especially the public discourse about European imbalances is used rhetorically as “a problem of laziness against effort” such as “Mediterranean corruption against Northern European integrity”, outplaying member states on purpose. The other side of the same coin are excessive export surpluses of a few, gained through real wage reductions over more than a decade, an issue in the “European Semester”.

At this conference we want to look at the real problems behind the deficit-surplus rhetoric within the EU, which we address as: the lack of deeper integration, the imperfections of the single market and the lack of appropriate multi-level governance and policy crafting institutions able to cope with the crisis. In this broad perspective we invite creative contributions going beyond wage-dumping excessive export-surplus solutions (Germany), compare the current case of the EU commission against Germany. Obviously such perspectives need to envision a monetary union with a real economic and social integration, making it politically substantial in contrast to a mere neoliberal and monetarist ideological construction. The 26th Annual EAEPE Conference 2014 will be a platform for exchanging ideas and results in both theoretical and empirical research. It will debate proper policies and institutions able to cope with the crisis proposing a viable way out beyond austerity in Europe.

The opening address of the conference will be given by 2010 Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Sir Christopher Pissarides. All scholars are invited to submit their contribution on the conference theme of this year, or on usual topics covered by EAEPE’s research areas. Abstracts must be submitted electronically either on the conference theme or to a specific RA with 300-750 words.  Authors are also invited to propose special sessions (4 abstracts), in this case contact EAEPE directly. Additionally we will organize PhD special sessions.

Conference Fees

Early registration (before 1 October 2014): 190€

Late Registration (2 October 2014 till conference): 240€

Reduced fee (for scholars from Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Eastern Europe and Turkey) on application to Pasquale Tridico: 100€ Conference fees are waived for PhD students.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 30 May 2014

Notification of acceptance: 20 June2014

Full paper submission deadline: 1 October 2014

Local Organizer Team

For any information on the conference, please contact the local organizers Prof. Savvas Katsikides and Ms Georgia Yiangou from the University of Cyprus.

Scientific Committee

Savvas Katsikides (chair); Wolfram Elsner, David Gindis, Hardy Hanappi, Dany Lang, Georgios Liagouras,  John Marangos, Dimitri Milonakis, Pascal Petit,  Pasquale Tridico

Go to Abstract Submission

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Economics of the 1%

Economics of the 1%

ECONOMICS OF THE 1%

Economics of the 1%: How Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy

John F. Weeks

Imprint: Anthem Press

Paperback

ISBN 9780857281081

January 2014 | 246 Pages | 216 x 140mm / 8.5 x 5.5 | 20+ graphs

http://www.anthempress.com/ economics-of-the-1-percent

Today’s ‘doctrine of choice’ assures adults that they are competent to make serious personal decisions about healthcare, education and retirement plans. At the same time, most people are convinced that they are so ignorant of economics that they are not capable of holding an informed opinion, and that economic issues must be left to experts. The so-called experts of the mainstream economics profession claim to have profound, inaccessible knowledge; in fact they understand little and obscure almost everything.

Understanding the economy is not simple, but it is no more complicated than understanding the political system sufficiently to cast a vote. In straightforward language, John F. Weeks exposes the myths of mainstream economics and explains why current economic policies fail to serve the vast majority of people in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. He demonstrates that austerity policies have little theoretical basis and achieve nothing but inequality and misery. He goes on to explain how the current deficit and debt ‘crises’ in the United States and Europe are ideologically manufactured, unnecessary and simple to overcome. Drawing on examples from around the world, this book provides a bold alternative to the economics of the 1%. Their failure to serve the interests of the many results from their devoted service to the few.

John Weeks, an American living in London, is professor emeritus of economics at SOAS, University of London. He has advised numerous governments and written and commented widely on economic and social issues in the United States, Europe and developing regions.

Book Launch Lecture (from YouTube), SOAS, University of London, 3rd February 2014: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8xKikh_g1w&feature=c4-overview&list=UUwlZZGmE1e_6PI2e-HOPOQw

Other Links (including interviews with John Weeks): http://www.anthempress.com/economics-of-the-1-percent

“The recent crisis has exposed the weaknesses of not only the business models of the capitalist world but also the flaws in mainstream economic thought. John F. Weeks’ polemic on the ‘Economics of the 1%’ explores these intellectual blind alleys and takes no prisoners. Pointing out holes in the mainstream logic, Weeks aligns himself with the tradition(s) of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes and Thorstein Veblen, and with such contemporaries as James K. Galbraith, Ha-Joon Chang and Paul Krugman. And Weeks is right. We have to replace ‘fakeconomics’ with proper economic analysis to combat the social inequalities that have grown disproportionately and dangerously in recent decades.” —László Andor, Economist and Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Economics

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The Old Economics

The Old Economics

FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN POLITICAL ECONOMY

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy

“The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives”

L’Orientale, Naples, Italy
September 16-18, 2014

The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives

 

Call for Papers

The economic crisis that started in 2007 has become the deepest global contraction since the Great Depression, and the economic recovery has been the slowest and weakest on record. The costs of the crisis include a wave of unemployment that may take another decade or longer to clear, and higher taxes and reduced public services for working people, such as healthcare and education, in order to bail out wealthy bankers and bondholders. A whole generation, especially the youth, has been blighted by the crisis, which has had devastating consequences for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Protests and violent conflicts have flared up on several continents, in particular in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which may develop into larger scale conflicts. From the viewpoint of political economy, the current strategy of ‘adjustment within neoliberalism’ is economically inconsistent, socially dysfunctional and politically intolerable:

It is built on the premise that neoliberal capitalism is intrinsically stable, even though every finance-driven expansion since the 1970s has ended in a crisis requiring a large state bail-out. In other words, neoliberalism is dynamic only between crises, and it depends in boom and recession on extensive, supportive government intervention.

It is built on a misguided position on the role of the government in the economy, which assumes that massive fiscal spending is appropriate to support finance in crises, while it is never appropriate for governments to spend even much smaller amounts to protect employment, incomes, living standards and public services, either in better times when obtaining government revenue would be easier or – even – as a more effective response to crises.

It is also built on the notion that economic and social provision should be subjected to the self interests of the financial system, an unacceptable proposition in itself that becomes absurd when the financial system has clearly demonstrated that it has become highly dysfunctional under neoliberalism.

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy will examine the global crisis from the complementary angles of scholarship, policies,confl icts and alternatives. Papers on all aspects of poitical economy are welcome, while those on these topics are especially encouraged.

Practical Information

IIPPE welcomes the submission of (a) proposals for panels (or streams of panels) and (b) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels).

All proposals can be submitted to either the Working Group coordinators or directly to the Conference Programme Committee, as indicated on the application form (see below). Any papers or panels which cannot be accepted by the Working Groups will be forwarded for further consideration by the Programme Committee, without prejudice.

Each proposal must be submitted through this application form (if your browser has problems with this link, please contact Niels Hahn, nh40@soas.ac.uk.

Note that an individual can normally only present only one paper at the conference, although multiple co-authorship is allowed. Please contact Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu) if there is a pressing case for someone to present more than once. On the Conference Programme only the designated presenter will be listed, and co-authors will only be listed on those papers submitted and posted on the IIPPE site.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014. Successful submissions will be confirmed by 1 May 2014. The deadline for registration for the Conference is 15 May 2014. The deadline for the submission of full papers, which will be posted on the IIPPE website, is 1 September 2014.

If you have any questions concerning your submission, please contact Al Campbell at: (al@economics.utah.edu).

Local Organising Committee

Pietro Masina (pietro.masina@gmail.com)

Michela Cerimele (michela.cerimele@gmail.com)

Lorenza Monaco (l_monaco@soas.ac.uk)

Conference Programme Committee:

Alfredo Saad Filho (as59@soas.ac.uk ),

Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu)

Niels Hahn ( (nsc.hahn@gmail.com)

 

 

IIPPE Financialisation Working Group

Call for Papers

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy.

Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy

16 to 18 September, 2014

Over the last three decades developed and developing economies have gone through significant structural transformations under the ever increasing influence of finance. In critical political economy, the resultant mode of accumulation, and its corresponding social effects, have been analysed under the heading of financialisation and neoliberalism.  Whether the financial crisis that started in 2008 was the end or only an interruption to financialisation  and/or neoliberalism, its costs are still borne by governments and the general public.

The International Initiative of Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE) organises its Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy. The conference will be held at Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy, from 16 to 18 September, 2013 and the theme of the conference is “The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives”.

The IIPPE Financialisation Working Group intends to coordinate panels exploring the implications of financialisation on different aspects of the current crises. In our capacity as convenors of the IIPPE Working Group on Financialisation, we would like to encourage you to submit proposals for individual papers or complete panel to the Working Group for consideration for the Fourth International Conference in Political Economy. In accordance with the general call for papers, contributions could include, but are not limited to:

·       Financialisation of Middle Income Countries; the integration of Middle Income Countries into the global finance with the increasing international capital flows; manifestations and consequences of financialisation in emerging countries.

·       Financialisation of commodities; the increasing growth of commodity index investment and changes in the social relations along commodity chains.

·       Financialisaton of households and income distribution; unequal market and social power relations between classes with the increasing dependence on financial forms of meeting the needs of social reproduction.

·       Limitations of mainstream economic theory and; the role and use of alternative critical studies and methodology in financialisation theory

·       The evolution of financialisation after the crisis, the future of the Euro;  economic analysis of and policy alternatives for social policy as well as transforming financial regulations and international banking reforms

·       Financialisation, the state and conflicts across classes during the recent economic crisis and the ensuing global recession

 

We would particularly like to encourage the submission of panel proposals (2-4 presentations). Panels, which collectively present the work of institutions or other academic groups, provide an excellent opportunity to showcase work in a greater depth than is possible in single presentations. It is further hoped that the conference will provide an opportunity to deepen links between groups working on finance from a critical perspective.

Abstracts of individual papers (max. 500 words) or panel proposals (max. 500 words plus abstracts of the individual papers) should be submitted to serdar_sengul@soas.ac.uk by 17th March 2014.

Following the success of previous Training Workshops, the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy is proud to announce TWO forthcoming training workshops in March 2014. It will run a two-day workshop on Class in London on the 24th and 25th of March 2014, at the School of Oriental and African Studies. And it will run a one-day workshop on Marx, Keynes and Economic Crises in the 20th and 21st Centuries in Leeds on the 31st of March at the LeedsUniversityBusinessSchool. For both workshops, we are seeking an audience of undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior academics and activists, who have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with the basic principles of Marxian political economy and heterodox economics more broadly. For the London workshop, participants include: Henry Bernstein, Adam Hanieh, Alfredo Saad-Filho, and Ben Selwyn, and limited funding is available to support travel costs (from within the UK). For the Leeds workshop, participants include: Andrew Brown, Gary Dymski, Annina Kaltenbrunner, Malcolm Sawyer, Gary Slater and David Spencer. If you wish to apply to attend either (or both) of these workshops, please send, before 1st of March 2014, your name and occupation, for the LONDON WORKSHOP to ew23@soas.ac.uk and for the LEEDS WORKSHOP to M.Boffo@leeds.ac.uk

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Crisis

Crisis

 

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Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library

A SYSTEMIC CRISIS OF FINANCIALISATION: FROM 2007 TO THE PRESENT

Public Lecture in Political Economy

Professor Costas Lapavitsas

London School of Oriental and African Studies

TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY

MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY

37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU

2 minutes from Farringdon Underground

Lecture starts at 7 p.m.

Doors open 6 p.m.

Tea and Coffee: tours of Building

 

The Lecture is free but those wishing to attend must register via info@marxlibrary.org

There will be a collection to defray expenses.

Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

 

 

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Jacques Ranciere

Jacques Ranciere

2014 IIPPE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives

The International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy

Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy

September 16 – 18, Naples, Italy
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014

Call for Papers: http://iippe.org/wp/?page_id=1943

Call for Papers

The economic crisis that started in 2007 has become the deepest global contraction since the Great Depression, and the economic recovery has been the slowest and weakest on record. The costs of the crisis include a wave of unemployment that may take another decade or longer to clear, and higher taxes and reduced public services for working people, such as healthcare and education, in order to bail out wealthy bankers and bondholders. A whole generation, especially the youth, has been blighted by the crisis, which has had devastating consequences for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Protests and violent conflicts have flared up on several continents, in particular in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which may develop into larger scale conflicts. From the viewpoint of political economy, the current strategy of ‘adjustment within neoliberalism’ is economically inconsistent, socially dysfunctional and politically intolerable:

* It is built on the premise that neoliberal capitalism is intrinsically stable, even though every finance-driven expansion since the 1970s has ended in a crisis requiring a large state bail-out. In other words, neoliberalism is dynamic only between crises, and it depends in boom and recession on extensive, supportive government intervention.

* It is built on a misguided position on the role of the government in the economy, which assumes that massive fiscal spending is appropriate to support finance in crises, while it is never appropriate for governments to spend even much smaller amounts to protect employment, incomes, living standards and public services, either in better times when obtaining government revenue would be easier or – even – as a more effective response to crises.

* It is also built on the notion that economic and social provision should be subjected to the self interests of the financial system, an unacceptable proposition in itself that becomes absurd when the financial system has clearly demonstrated that it has become highly dysfunctional under neoliberalism.

 

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy will examine the global crisis from the complementary angles of scholarship, policies, conflicts and alternatives. Papers on all aspects of poitical economy are welcome, while those on these topics are especially encouraged.

Practical Information

IIPPE welcomes the submission of (a) proposals for panels (or streams of panels) and (b) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels).

All proposals can be submitted to either the Working Group coordinators or directly to the Conference Programme Committee, as indicated on the application form (see below). Any papers or panels which cannot be accepted by the Working Groups will be forwarded for further consideration by the Programme Committee, without prejudice.

Each proposal must be submitted through this application form (if your browser has problems with this link, please contact Niels Hahn,nh40@soas.ac.uk).

Note that an individual can normally only present only one paper at the conference, although multiple co-authorship is allowed. Please contact Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu) if there is a pressing case for someone to present more than once. On the Conference Programme onlythe designated presenter will be listed, and co-authors will only be listed on those papers submitted and posted on the IIPPE site.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014. Successful submissions will be confirmed by 1 May 2014. The deadline for registration for the Conference is 15 May 2014. The deadline for the submission of full papers, which will be posted on the IIPPE website, is 1 September 2014.

If you have any questions concerning your submission, please contact Al Campbell  (al@economics.utah.edu).

Local Organising Committee:

Pietro Masina (pietro.masina@gmail.com)

Michela Cerimele (michela.cerimele@gmail.com)

Lorenza Monaco (l_monaco@soas.ac.uk)

Conference Programme Committee:

Alfredo Saad Filho (as59@soas.ac.uk),

Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu)

Niels Hahn ( (nsc.hahn@gmail.com)

 

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AMERICAN EMPIRE

By Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch

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NEW FROM VERSO

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1527-the-making-of-global-capitalism

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WINNER OF THE 2013 DEUTSCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE

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“Lucid and indispensable guides to the history and practice of American Empire.”

– Naomi Klein, award winning journalist and author of THE SHOCK DOCTRINE

“The most important leftist book of the year, and probably the decade.”– THE STRANGER

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The all-encompassing embrace of world capitalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century was generally attributed to the superiority of competitive markets. Globalization had appeared to be the natural outcome of this unstoppable process. But today, with global markets roiling and increasingly reliant on state intervention to stay afloat, it has become clear that markets and states aren’t straightforwardly opposing forces.

In this groundbreaking work, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin demonstrate the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state. THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM identifies the centrality of the social conflicts that occur within states rather than between them. These emerging fault lines hold out the possibility of new political movements that might transcend global markets.

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM, through its highly original analysis of the first great economic crisis of the twenty-first century, identifies the centrality of the social conflicts that occur within states rather than between them. These emerging fault lines hold out the possibility of new political movements transforming nation states and transcending global markets.

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“Combining the ferocity of investigative reporters, sophisticated skills in interpreting the historical archive, and a profound grasp of theory, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin provide an astonishingly illuminating account of the making of global capitalism through the organization of a global financial system under US hegemony since World War II. If we are, as it seems, destined to live under the dictatorship of the world’s central bankers then it is vital for everyone to know how this came about and what the current fault lines might be that hold out prospects for strong anti-capitalist struggles to emerge. A must read for everyone who is concerned about where the future of capitalism might lie.”

– David Harvey, CUNYGraduateCenter, author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF NEOLIBERALISM

“Left-leaning intellectuals examine the exceptional role of the United States in the development of global capitalism …. [a] densely detailed work.”– KIRKUS REVIEW

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Sam Gindin is the former Research Director of the Canadian Autoworkers Union and Packer Visiting Chair in Social Justice at YorkUniversity. Among his many publications, he is the author (with Greg Albo and Leo Panitch) of IN AND OUT OF CRISIS: THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL MELTDOWN and LEFT ALTERNATIVES.

Leo Panitch is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at YorkUniversity. Editor of THE SOCIALIST REGISTER for 25 years, his many books include WORKING CLASS POLITICS IN CRISIS, A DIFFERENT KIND OF STATE, THE END OF PARLIAMENTARY SOCIALISM, and AMERICAN EMPIRE AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL FINANCE.

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Paperback / ISBN: 9781781681367 / $19.95 / £12.99 / $22.95CAN / 464 pages

Also available as an Ebook

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For more information on THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AMERICAN EMPIRE or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1527-the-making-of-global-capitalism

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

PROFITING WITHOUT PRODUCING: HOW FINANCE EXPLOITS US ALL

By Costas Lapavitsas

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AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1506-profiting-without-producing

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“This book is a profound and panoramic study of the most powerful but destructive economic force of our time – financialization. Based on a sophisticated modern reinterpretation of Marxist theories and in depth empirical analysis, the book comes up with bold and fundamental reform proposals. It is a must-read for anyone who is committed to progressive economic and social transformation.” – Ha-Joon Chang, Author of 23 THINGS THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT CAPITALISM

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Financialization is one of the most innovative concepts to emerge in the field of political economy in the last three decades, although there is no agreement on what exactly it is. PROFITING WITHOUT PRODUCING defines financialization in terms of the fundamental conduct of non-financial enterprises, banks and households. Its most prominent feature is the rise of financial profit, in part extracted directly from households through financial expropriation. 

Financialized capitalism is prone to crises, none greater than the gigantic turmoil that began in 2007. Using abundant empirical data, the book establishes the causes of the crisis and discusses the options broadly available for controlling finance.

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HOW TO DO POST-CRASH ECONOMICS? Read Costas Lapavitsas’ outline for the future of economics here: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1441-how-to-do-post-crash-economics

VERSO POST-CRASH ECONOMICS READING LIST –

Neoliberal economics isn’t working and students are demanding more from their course reading than the 8th edition of Macroeconomics can provide. Following the news that Economics students in Manchester have formed the Post-Crash Economics Society and Aditya Chakrabortty’s excoriating and controversial commentary in the Guardian on the state of contemporary economics, Verso presents a reading list of economics titles which challenge the mainstream neoliberal consensus and offer powerful alternative models in contemporary economics: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1433-post-crash-economics-a-reading-list

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“The growing dominance of global finance over the past generation ushered in the Wall Street crisis of 2007–09, and, along with it, mass unemployment and punishing austerity policies throughout the world. Building from his command of both the Marxian tradition and alternative theoretical perspectives, Costas Lapavitsas provides both a wide panorama and fresh insights as to how “finance exploits us all”. PROFITING WITHOUT PRODUCING is a major contribution to our understanding of financialization and its discontents. – Robert Pollin, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

“Costas Lapavitsas has provided an original account of the difficulties that economies will face recovering from the 2008 economic crisis. It is not an optimistic picture, but one that people should struggle with.” – Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

“This work is clearly a masterpiece on the financialized capitalism of our age.” – Makoto Itoh, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

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Costas Lapavitsas is a Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a member of Research on Money and Finance (RMF). He is the lead author of the new RMF report “Breaking Up? A Route Out of the Eurozone Crisis.” His previous publications include SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF MARKETS, MONEY AND CREDIT and POLITICAL ECONOMY OF MONEY AND FINANCE.

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Paperback Original / ISBN: 9781781681411 / $29.95 / £20.00 / $34.95CAN/ 352 pages

 

Hardback / ISBN: 9781781682463 / 95.00 / £55.00 / $108.00CAN / 352 pages

 

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