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IIPPE CONFERENCE 2015

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)

Website: http://iippe.org/wp/

6th Annual Conference in Political Economy (The Call for Papers is now CLOSED)

9–11 September 2015  / University of Leeds, U.K.

Rethinking Economics: Pluralism, Interdisciplinarity and Activism

The Sixth Annual Conference in Political Economy aims at fostering a reflection on positive alternatives to the mainstream by examining political economy from the complementary angles of pluralism, inter-disciplinarity and activism.

The economic crisis that started in 2007, while remaining a crisis for huge parts of the world’s population, has officially morphed into a “recovery” – albeit the slowest and weakest in recent history.

Mainstream economics is broadly discredited, with even some voices from some of its major bastions calling for its rejuvenation. But heterodox economics appears as theoretically and institutionally splintered as before the crisis, with its only solid point of agreement being the rejection of the dominant mainstream. Hence it continues to be unable to offer any positive alternative that can command broad acceptance even among heterodox economists, not to speak of making inroads into the orthodox teaching, researching and popularization of economics. Similarly, heterodox economists have made little new progress since the crisis toward their long held goal of linking to progressive forces in sociology, geography, political science, and other social disciplines.

The Sixth Annual Conference in Political Economy aims at fostering a reflection on positive alternatives to the mainstream by examining political economy from the complementary angles of pluralism, interdisciplinarity and activism. Papers on all aspects of political economy are welcome, while those focused on these topics are especially encouraged, whether relating to the current crisis or otherwise.

 

Conference Registration: http://iippe.org/wp/?page_id=2655

Deadline for Conference Registration: 1st July 2015

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Dud Capitalism

IIPPE TRAINING WORKSHOPS PROGRAMME 2014

International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE)

Continuing its Training Workshops programme, the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE) announces TWO forthcoming training workshops

 

1. Monday June 9 at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London: a one-day workshop on The Political Economy of Finance

Confirmed speakers include Simon Mohun and Tony Norfield. The morning will focus on productive and unproductive labour, and then what Marx had to say about interest and the rate of interest. The afternoon will focus on the relevance of the contribution of Hilferding, followed by a critical survey of some contemporary approaches to financial appropriation, against the empirical backdrop of the importance of finance in the contemporary world.

We seek an audience of undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior academics and activists, who have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with the relevance of Marxian political economy to the world of finance.

If you wish to apply to attend this workshop, please send a note to that effect, before Thursday 15 May with your name and occupation/affiliation, to Serap Saritas: 548340@soas.ac.uk (This workshop has a small amount of financial support from the Amiel and Melburn Trust to cover reasonable travel costs within the UK from outside London.)

 

2. Monday 15 September at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy (the day before the IIPPE Annual Conference in Naples): a one-day workshop on The Political Economy of Value and Price.

Confirmed speakers include Simon Mohun and Marco Veronese Passarella. The morning will focus on the labour theory of value and Marx’s account of the formation of prices of production. The afternoon will focus on some contemporary Marxist approaches to value and price.

We are seeking an audience of undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior academics and activists, who could be attending the IIPPE Annual Conference, and have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with some of the basic principles of Marxian political economy and its controversies. If you wish to apply to attend for this workshop, please send, before 30 June 2014, your name and occupation/affiliation, to: s.mohun@qmul.ac.uk

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/international-initiative-for-the-promotion-of-political-economy-iippe-announces-two-forthcoming-training-workshops

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Economics

IIPPE NEOLIBERALISM WORKING GROUP CONFERENCE

International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE)

 

IIPPE Neoliberalism Working Group

Call for Papers for 4th IIPPE Conference, 9-11 July 2013 (ISS, The Hague)

Alfredo Saad Filho (SOAS, University of London, UK)

Kean Birch (YorkUniversity, Toronto, Canada)

 

The theme of the 4th IIPPE Conference is “Political Economy, Activism and Alterative Economic

Strategies” (see http://iippe.org/wp/). Neoliberalism occupies a central position within this field, and the IIPPE Neoliberalism Working Group will be organising a stream of papers for presentation at the Conference.

 

Submissions are invited on and around the following areas:

• Neoliberal economic policies and policy alternatives.

• Global neoliberalism, international relations and policy alternatives.

• Social structures, social change, and modalities of political representation under neoliberalism.

• Neoliberalism, activism, social mobilisation and resistance.

• Transcending neoliberalism.

 

Submissions on other aspects of neoliberalism will also be considered.

Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be submitted, with “abstract submitted iippe2013” in the subject line, to iippe2013@iss.nl and to both Alfredo Saad Filho (as59@soas.ac.uk) and Kean Birch (keanbirch@gmail.com  by 10 February 2013.

 

IIPPE: http://iippe.org/wp/

The Neoliberalism Working Group Conference page : http://iippe.org/wp/?p=624

 

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Global Economy

INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR PROMOTING POLITICAL ECONOMY – NEWSLETTER – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

IIPPE IN BRIEF – ISSUE 6 – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS    
 
We are seeking contributions for the next issue of the IIPPE newsletter due out in July 2011
 
These can be:
Call for papers

Announcements of publications and upcoming events

Short opinion pieces (up to 900 words)

 
We are also interested in short summaries of papers from the conference or general reflections on the Istanbul conference. 
 
See: http://www.iippe.org/wiki/IIPPE_In_Brief for previous issues
 
Please send contributions to susanamynewman@googlemail.com

 

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Crisis Sublime

NEOLIBERALISM AND THE CRISES OF ECONOMIC SCIENCE


May 20-22, 2011, Istanbul University, Beyazit

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

The global crisis of the last years of the ‘noughties’ has cruelly exposed the deficiencies of both mainstream economics and broader strands of political economy from across the social sciences that have promoted neoliberalism. But the degree of consequential rethinking has been strikingly underwhelming. This conference will examine the multiple crises of economic science, informed by perspectives of political economy that have long been ignored and marginalised by the mainstream.

IIPPE has decided to extend the deadline for submission in order to allow for more participants. So we are issuing a final call for individual contributions and proposals for panels that address Neoliberalism and the Crises of Economic Science. But to maximize your chance of a place on the programme, you may need to apply sooner rather than later.
    • The final deadline for submission of both individual abstracts of papers and proposals for panels is 28th February 2011 (On line submission on http://www.iippe.org/wiki).
    • Potential participants will be notified by 21st March.
    • The deadline for the submission of full papers remains 15th April.

Hosted by Turkish Social Sciences Association (TSSA) and Istanbul University Research Center for Global Politics and Administration (GLOPAR).

The original call for papers can be found at: http://www.iippe.org/wiki/Second_International_Conference_in_Political_Economy

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Despair

NEOLIBERALISM AND THE CRISES OF ECONOMIC SCIENCE – SECOND IIPPE CONFERENCE

INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR PROMOTING POLITICAL ECONOMY (IIPPE)

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN POLITICAL ECONOMY

Neoliberalism and the Crises of Economic Science

May 20-22, 2011,
Istanbul University, Beyazit

CALL FOR PAPERS

The global crisis of the last years of the “noughties” has cruelly exposed the deficiencies not only of mainstream economics but also of broader strands of political economy from across the social sciences more generally that have promoted neoliberalism. Media and academic commentary has focused on the inability to predict the crisis and the corresponding inadequacies of the economics profession, expecting a sort of self-criticism and reconstruction from within the discipline, whilst the inadequate treatment of the economic and the economy across the social sciences has been less harshly exposed to criticism.

In the case of economics, this has led to a spirited deference of the existing frame of analysis (What crisis? Bubbles don’t exist) and to the assertion that the discipline’s principles remain adequate but they need to be better and more realistically applied, possibly with the incorporation of other behavioural elements and techniques. Similar minor modifications to analytical frameworks have emanated from the international financial institutions and national treasuries, etc, if to some extent to allow for more discretion in policy rather than fundamental rethinks. Accordingly, the degree of rethinking within mainstream economics is strikingly underwhelming as, indeed, is the rethinking informing policy responses where neoliberal support to globalisation of finance remains to the fore, with dramatic adjustments at the expense of working people and the poor.

Although, then, the urgent issues brought about by the global crisis have made such questioning of mainstream economics both necessary and inevitable, there are also wider implications for a more inclusive reconstruction of economic understanding across the social sciences as a means to inform both academic and policy-making circles.

This conference will probe much deeper into the multiple crises of economic science, informed by the perspectives of political economy that have long been ignored and marginalised by the mainstream, whether deriving from critical political economy and heterodox economics or from the treatment of the economy from across the social sciences as a whole. The ultimate aim is to explore new avenues in promoting and developing critical political economy in view of recent developments. As well as engagements with economics and the economic, we are seeking individual contributions and proposals for panels that address Neoliberalism and the Crises of Economic Science through:

● the critical weaknesses of the mainstream in its continuing evolution;

● critique of recent developments within mainstream economics such as game theory, experimental economics, behavioural economics, neuroeconomics, complexity theory, etc;

● the challenges to, and potential for, heterodox economics and Marxist political economy;

● the lessons that can be gained from the history of economic thought;

● the role of methodology in the critique of mainstream economics and neoliberal political economy in providing for alternatives;

● the relation between economics and other social sciences in view of economics imperialism: economics and politics, economic history, philosophy, sociology, law, etc;

● the role of interdisciplinarity in promoting alternatives to the mainstream;

● the role to be played by critical political economy within social science;

● the ways in which an alternative economics can engage with and promote both activism and alternative theories, policies and ideologies;

● how to locate the world economy and the role of the (neoliberal) (nation-) state;

● the relationships between finance and accumulation and between economic and social reproduction;

● the analytical location of class, power and conflict.

We welcome both individual submissions and proposals for panels (or streams of panels), with the latter ideally already incorporating a number of proposed submissions but allowing for others to be added as appropriate.

The deadline for submission of both individual abstracts of papers and proposals for panels is the 15th of February 2011(submissions should be sent toiippe@soas.ac.uk and/or t.s.b.d@superonline.com.

Potential participants will be notified by the 15th of March. The deadline for the submission of full papers is the 15th of April. Early submissions, even if only provisional, are essential both to avoid disappointment and to help in the appropriate allocation of papers to designated panels and streams that will themselves be strengthened through solicited contributions and the plenaries.

Update: 23rd January 2011: New online abstract submission: http://www.iippe.org/wiki/Conference_2011/Abstract_Submission

Hosted by
Turkish Social Sciences Association (TSSA)
And
Istanbul University
Research Center for Global Politics and Administration (GLOPAR)

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Global Crisis

IIPPE FINANCIALIZATION WORKING PAPERS

The IIPPE Financialization Group is pleased to announce its Working Paper Series on political economy and heterodox research in finance. This working paper series aims at offering PHD students and young researchers the possibility to have their papers reviewed by two academics who are working in their field of research. Submission of work on all aspects of heterodoxy and finance is encouraged, with a special but not exclusive focus on developing and emerging countries.

Upon submission, the paper will be assessed by two referees, one senior and one junior academic, according to the topic of research at hand. If the paper is accepted, it will be – after necessary revisions – published as IIPPE Financialization Working Paper Series. This process should give young researchers the chance to get feedback on their work in addition to their supervisor’s and make their work available to a broader audience.

Confirmed senior academics currently include Ben Fine, Victoria Chick, Tom Marois, Alfredo Saad Filho, Jan Toporowski, Alessandro Vercelli etc….  This broad range of people should allow an efficient matching of the paper and the expertise of the selected referee.

If you are interested in submitting your paper, please send to ak82@soas.ac.uk and jm60@soas.ac.uk

Existing IIPPE Financialization Working Papers include papers on the political economy of central banks in emerging markets, the problem of currency substitution and a critical analysis of the transformation of the Turkish financial sector. A complete list can be found under: http://www.iippe.org/wiki/Financialisation_Working_Group

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Capitalist Crisis

SYSTEMS OF ACCUMULATION

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

For “Beyond the Crisis”, First International Conference in Political Economy organised by the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy in conjunction with the Greek Political Economy Association

Rethymnon, Crete,  10-12 September 2010

A key challenge for scholars working  within critical and  Marxist traditions of political economy is making  the transition from an understanding of abstract categories such as class and value to an understanding  of  the more  concrete historical forms of class relations and capital accumulation  in  particular time and place.

The idea that particular Systems of Accumulation evolve over time has been developed in order to understand specific forms of capital accumulation, the role played by the state and finance, and how this impacts more widely on economy and society.

There are a number of ways in which a system of accumulation may be conceived. These include the Regulation School and its concept of a Regime of Acumulation (Boyer, 1990), commonly used with reference to understanding neoliberalism; the Social Structures of Accumulation approach (Kotz, McDonough and Reich 1994); as well as the study of South African Political Economy as a specific system of accumulation developed by Fine and Rustomjee (1996).

The idea remains underesearched, however, despite is potential relevance and application to a number of debates across the social sciences. These include understanding the relationship between the national and the global within capitalism which forms an important part of debates about globalisation; discussions of so-called ‘varieties of capitalism’; or debate about market and bank based systems of finance.

The aim of this call for papers and panel proposals is to link together researchers in the field to further this research agenda both theoretically and in its application to specific cases of historical and contemporary relevance. This is a large area of research, and as such we welcome papers of an exploratory nature as well as those which are more developed.  In particular we would welcome papers and proposals around the following themes:

* Consideration of different theoretical approaches to Systems of Accumulation;

* Addressing  theoretical gaps in the literature on Systems of Accumulation, particularly in relation to Systems of Accumulation and Value Theory;

* The application of a Systems of Accumulation approach to specific case studies, both historical and contemporary

Please send abstracts and panel proposals to susan.newman@wits.ac.za and samantha.ashman@wits.ac.za by the 31st March 2010.

For more information about the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) go to http://www.iippe.org

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School of Economics and Business Sciences
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Is Another Crisis!

BEYOND THE CRISIS

 

http://www.iippe.org

INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR PROMOTING POLITICAL ECONOMY (IIPPE)

and

GREEK SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION OF POLITICAL ECONOMY

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN POLITICAL ECONOMY

RETHYMNON, CRETE, SEPTEMBER 10-12, 2010

“BEYOND THE CRISIS”

Pre-amble: Following its three previous highly successful international research workshops for students in Crete, Naples and Ankara, the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) is now holding its FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN POLITICAL ECONOMY, co-organised with the Greek Scientific Association of Political Economy, and open to application from all engaged in political economy. Summaries of papers for consideration for inclusion (maximum 1000 words) should be submitted by 31st of March 2010 to iippe@soas.ac.uk with subject heading IIPPE CONFERENCE 2010. Full papers are required to be made available by 30 June 2010 for pre-circulation to Conference participants. It will be possible to attend the Conference without submitting a paper but numbers will be limited. There will be some funding available for those who are unable to rely upon institutional support for participation, with special provision for research students.

Themes: Following the global crisis, the prospects of, and need for, progressive political economy are stronger than for many decades. Orthodox economics is in disarray, but with only a smattering of its own practitioners accepting this, generally by demanding more realism and the incorporation of a few more or less arbitrary behavioural principles. After the collapse of the post-war boom, the recession and slowdown that followed gave birth to extreme forms of monetarism followed by a mild reaction in terms of reliance upon market and institutional imperfections and weakened Keynesianism. The prospects for a radical rethink within orthodoxy and of tolerance to heterodoxy remain bleak. But it is still crucial to sustain critical commentary on orthodoxy’s continuing principles and innovations as a new generation of students and researchers are caught between conforming to its reduced and flawed content and the economic realities of the world around them. Political economy has begun to prosper in the wake of the crisis, not least with the rising popularity of Minsky for example. It is imperative that the strengths and weaknesses of the diverse, often insightful, analyses of the nature, causes and consequences of the financial crisis be debated and fully engaged across competing paradigms and emphases. Nor is the crisis confined to economic effects and causes alone. Interdisciplinary approaches are essential to address the nature of, and prospects for, neo-liberalism, the shifting character of the “new world order”, US hegemony and the rise of China, and the economic and the social and cultural restructuring that have both preceded and will follow upon the crisis. This offers opportunities to engage with activists in understanding the impact and incidence of the crisis and in formulating alternatives and strategies in response to it.

The Conference welcomes proposals for papers that address one or more of these issues or any other issue within political economy. IIPPE working groups are entitled to organise a panel. But we also welcome proposals for panels independently of working groups on well-defined themes, with three or four contributions and contributors specified in advance. These must be submitted, ideally with paper summaries by March 31st, 2010, although earlier submissions have greater chance of acceptance as the Conference programme is filled out.

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International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)

3rd International Research Workshop

http://www.iippe.org/wiki/3rd_International_Research_Workshop_Call_for_Abstracts

 

Call for Abstracts for the 3rd IIPPE International Research Workshop, Ankara, September 14th and 15th, 2009

IIPPE invites applications to its 3rd Annual Research Workshop in Ankara, Turkey on the 14-15th September 2009. The event is organised with the support of TSSA (Turkish Social Sciences Association) under the theme of “The Crisis, Interdisciplinarity and Alternatives”. Those interested in participating are invited to send a one-page abstract to 132590@soas.ac.uk before the deadline of 15th May 2009 (with the subject: IIPPE 3rd Research Workshop). We aim to inform successful participants and attendees by 8th June.

 
Participants are required to provide a written paper in advance, the deadline for delivery of which is the 14th August 2009.

IIPPE Working Groups are encouraged to put forward a collective proposal for a session (usually 3-4 papers) within the Workshop. Please submit such session proposals, indicating the names and titles of the session papers to 132590@soas.ac.uk before the 15th May. Abstracts for these papers, and the papers themselves, should then be sent separately as above.

IIPPE is only able at most to cover basic accommodation and food costs for most workshop participants. We therefore strongly urge you to seek alternative sources of funding to cover the cost of travel and other expenses, including a workshop fee if available. Please indicate whether you have such funding in place when sending your abstract to us.
For further information regarding the event please contact 132590@soas.ac.uk

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Political Economy of Work

 

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)

 

Inaugural Day Conference of the ‘Political Economy of Work’ Working Group

 

University of Leeds, 5th May 2009

 

Programme

 

11:00 Reflections on the ‘International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy’

Ben Fine, SOAS

 

11:30 Towards a ‘Political Economy of Work’

Andrew Brown and David Spencer, LUBS / CERIC

 

Discussant: Damian Grimshaw, University of Manchester

                   

12:45 Lunch

 

1:30 – 4:00 Focus on Well-Being at Work

 

1:30 Labour, Nature and Dependence

John O’Neill, University of Manchester

 

2:30 Coffee

 

3:00 Job Quality in Europe

Francis Green, University of Kent

 

 

Cost:  £20 including lunch, tea and coffee.

 

To Register Contact:

Miss Gaynor Dodsworth (g.l.dodsworth@lubs.leeds.ac.uk) (0113 3436839)

 

This event is sponsored by the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change

 

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