Monthly Archives: January 2015

What is financialization? Marxism, Post-Keynesianism and Economic Sociology’s complementary theorizing

The economic crisis erupted in 2007-2008, commonly known around the world as the Global Financial Crisis and in the US as the Great Recession, highlighted – for those who deliberately or unintentionally have in recent years overlooked – the ascendancy of finance, a … Continue reading

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Karl Marx: “Capitalist production… disturbs the metabolic interaction between man and the earth.”

“Capitalist production… disturbs the metabolic interaction between man and the earth… All progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of … Continue reading

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Anti-austerity Syriza wins Greece election in the shadow of the crisis; but the Greek crisis is not just about Greece

What are the causes of the Greek debt crisis and what steps should be taken in order to get out of it? Who is to blame for the destruction of Greek society after three rounds of harsh austerity since 2010? … Continue reading

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The collapse of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger: an incredible story of corporatism, neoliberalism and globalization run amok

In 2008 Ireland experienced one of the most dramatic economic crises of any economy in the world. It remains at the heart of the international crisis, sitting uneasily between the US and European economies. Not long ago, however, Ireland was … Continue reading

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What is Historical Sociology? Understanding the origins of the contemporary world and the consequences of current transformations

Sociology was created to explain historical change, although social sciences’ “founding fathers” disagreed over the nature of that change. Dealing mainly with topics which now we can easily associate with economic sociology and political economy (capitalism and labor),  Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, Émile … Continue reading

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Financial economics, or “Would you please elaborate on ‘then something bad happened’?”

“Would you please elaborate on ‘then something bad happened’?”

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Religion, “free trade” and faithful globalization: producing a sacred vision of the economy

Religious groups are nor just active on economic issues. Religious leaders and groups can play a crucial role in economic and political life through their discourse; such discourse is a central way that they produce the sacred in the economic … Continue reading

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Economics of Simplism, or when real people ruin perfect economic models

from: Mankiw, Gregory. 2014. Principles of Economics. Cengage Learning. (P. 436) P.S. Homo Economicus should watch what he eats! 😉 *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

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You, George Soros and Zizek’s “Cultural Capitalism”: We all BUY our redemption from being only consumerists

In this 10 minute discerning and animated talk, the audio in which is complemented by a visually stunning cartoon, a philosopher Slavoj Zizek discusses how ethics and charity have been co-opted by capitalism, and why this is problematic and amoral. … Continue reading

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International Political Economy scholars miss THE question of the 21st century: the rise of a global labor class living in poverty

In the recent years, more and more International Political Economy (IPE) scholars are dissatisfied with the current state of this field of research and desire to identify the ‘Big Questions’ of the 21st century. In this (open access) article, Benjamin … Continue reading

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