Monthly Archives: June 2014

Karl Polanyi: “The market mechanism moreover created the delusion of economic determinism as a general law for all human society.. “

Karl Polanyi: “The market mechanism moreover created the delusion of economic determinism as a general law for all human society.. To attempt to apply economic determinism to all human societies is little short of fantastic. Nothing is more obvious to … Continue reading

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“Plastic Money: Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries” is an excellent book that skillfully demolishes myths about markets, money and globalization

(Open access to the first chapter) In countries without a history of economic stability, how can banks decide who should be given a credit card? How do markets convince people to use cards, make their transactions visible to authorities, assume … Continue reading

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“Banks and the False Dichotomy in the Comparative Political Economy of Finance” challenges the conventional understanding of bank-based financial system

The wide-ranging varieties of capitalism literature rests on a particular conception of banks and banking that, the authors argue, no longer reflects the reality of modern financial systems. Iain Hardie, David Howarth, Sylvia Maxfield and Amy Verdun take advantage of the greater … Continue reading

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Let the academic conferences season begin! ;-)

“We’d now like to open the floor to shorter speeches disguised as questions.”

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What Class is all about? How do Neoliberalism and Finance Capitalism work?

In this animated sharp (12 min) presentation, an economist Richard D. Wolff (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) tackles these questions and applies them to the recent US foreclosure crisis.

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“Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and Transversal Themes”

What is global and what is local in contemporary capitalism? What makes markets tick? How can we regulate finance? Who owns knowledge? What makes expertise? How can we protect the environment and fight poverty? Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and … Continue reading

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Free Press?.. or “Free Market”?

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The Future of Good Jobs and the Labor Unions in the Service Economy

The shift to service-based economy has often been accompanied by the expansion of low wage and insecure employment. Many consider the effects of this shift inevitable. But is there another way? Virginia Doellgast (LSE) has conducted an impressive study of … Continue reading

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A documentary “The Price of the World Cup” shows Brazil you won’t see on your TV

The city of Fortaleza that will host six world cup games is the fifth most unequal city in the world. 3 million inhabitants live in Fortaleza, most of them on a bare minimum. 110 million euros were invested in the … Continue reading

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Hundreds older academic boolk FREELY available to view during JUNE

These titles, published by Routledge and Taylor & Francis, span a century of research across various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities (including many classics!) Books available through “A Century of Knowledge” topical catalogs which have also areas of interest … Continue reading

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