Monthly Archives: April 2016

Academic CV of Failures – a motivational lesson

A fundamental rule of writing a resume rests on the unspoken prescript of omitting anything that didn’t go as planned or actually didn’t worked out. This principle is doubly valid and relevant with regard to preparing an academic CV. Each academic CV is … Continue reading

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Consensus in economics: when and why economists stopped discussing each other’s work

A French moralist and essayist Joseph Joubert, known for his posthumously published Pensées (Thoughts), has once noted: “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it”. I recalled this quote while reading Joe … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Philanthrocapitalism // Glass ceiling persists // Graeber on feudalism disguised as capitalism // The correctional-industrial complex and slavery

Ultra-rich ‘Philanthrocapitalist’ global class undermines institutions of democracy and social fabrics, a research argues. Education DOESN’T bring women equal pay, and gender barriers in job market and politics persist globally – shows Prof.  Stephanie Seguino The era of predatory bureaucratization and ideology … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 6 calls for papers, 2 PhD fellowships and a summer school

Following several requests I’ve received, from now on, through the ES/PE blog will be also distributed practical and relevant academic updates such as calls for papers for conferences and workshops, graduate and post-doc fellowships, grants and job openings announcements. Up to now … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: State as the entrepreneur // Money and valuation in prison // Divided working class in China // The richest man who ever lived

Debunking the myth about government: the state is an engine of innovation and entrepreneurship – by Prof. Mariana Mazzucato Monetary hierarchy in prison: the social mechanisms of ranking people and objects in carceral systems – by Prof. Alexandre Roig Why does … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism vs. Democracy

“A vibrant political culture needs community groups, libraries, public schools, neighborhood organizations, cooperatives, public meeting places, voluntary associations, and trade unions to provide ways for citizens to meet, communicate, and interact with their fellow citizens. Neoliberal democracy, with its notion … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Identity and work // Corporate risk taking and accountability // Economists and discredited ideas // Labor and unionisation in India

The sence of identity in the financialised world is intimately linked to our work. It’s ruinous, warns an Italian philosopher Franco Berardi – by Prof. Emma Dowling Should corporations be made accountable for risk taking? Limited liability and instability of capitalism – … Continue reading

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Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy, materialism and political economy

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a notable French political scientist and historian, best known for Democracy in America — a perceptive and groundbreaking analysis of the social, political and economic system of the United States. This four-volume book is brimming with … Continue reading

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Debt crisis and austerity in the Eurozone: social and political impacts

During the past six years, the countries of the European periphery – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain – have been experiencing severe economic-financial crises. In the shadow of these drastic events, the EU institutions and the IMF initiated “bailout programs” for … Continue reading

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