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ECONOMICS: UNFIT FOR PURPOSE

Call for Papers can be seen at: http://www.hetecon.com/ or http://www.iippe.org/wiki/Third_International_Conference_in_Political_Economy

Panel/Stream Proposal for AHE/FAPE/IIPPE Conference, Paris July 5-8th, 2012

Economics: Unfit for Purpose

The current crisis and recession have cruelly exposed the inadequacies of mainstream economics in all of its versions to a wide and, at times, incredulous audience. Yet, there is very little sign that significant changes are underway within the mainstream to acknowledge let alone to take account of its continuing inadequacies. Indeed, it is such a lack of critical introspection and capacity to confront external realities that have marked the discipline over the period of neoliberalism and beyond.

Whilst such inadequacies have long been recognised, criticised and, to a large extent, addressed by heterodox economists, the latter continue to be marginalised within the discipline. Nonetheless, the current circumstances offer a timely occasion on which to revisit the nature of the mainstream and to argue for alternatives, not least for the new generations of students and scholars who will be informed by the huge gap between the concerns of the discipline and the nature of its object of enquiry, the economy.

In this vein, we call for submissions under the general theme of “Unfit for Purpose”, especially seeking contributions that deal with the main fields or methods of economics but without wishing to exclude more specialised topics. Ideally, contributions should explain how and why the discipline became the way it is, what is wrong with it, and what are the alternatives.

Abstracts should be submitted to Ben Fine (bf@soas.ac.uk) and Dimitris Milonakis (milonakis@econ.soc.uoc.gr) by end of January, 2012, but preferably earlier.

For conference details visit: http://www.assoeconomiepolitique.org/political-economy-outlook-for-capitalism/data/uploads/call_for_papers-political_economy_and_the_outlook_for_capitalism.pdf

 

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