This holiday season looks, and feels, different. As 2020 comes to an end, probably many of us have never greeted the new year with so much hope, despite all concerns and some skepticism. Anyway, I’m sending you and your loved ones my heartfelt wishes for good health, confidence, and peace in the New Year. Let it be better and safer, more solidary, more positive, and more joyful — for all.
I rounded up here the top 10 most-read posts of the year on the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community blog. These interesting posts unsurprisingly reflect to a large extent the complex socio-economic realities during this turbulent and rough year as well as political and intellectual challenges it generated and posed. They also express our gradual understanding of the Covid-19 crisis. You are welcome to (re)read and share them.
I would like to use this opportunity and genuinely thank everyone for being here and for making this community what it really is! Thank you for keeping reading, thinking, and acting. Thanks for every click, ‘like’, retweet, and comment! Thanks for spreading the word and recommending the ES/PE your colleagues, students and friends. Thanks for posting online, referring and sending me links and articles.
About 5,000 new members joined us this year, and the ES/PE community proudly counts almost 70,000 members, followers, and readers from about 160 countries — researchers, students, practitioners, journalists, policy makers, and activists who constantly generate more than 150,000 monthly page views on our sites and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Whatsapp, Tumblr, Telegram, and Reddit). Achieving the main goal of our community — that is to disseminate the insights of socio-political research on the economy — would be impossible without your support, participation and enthusiasm. Once again, this year too, the ES/PE blog was ranked one of the top 10 blogs and websites in sociology in the world. Together we maintain this intellectual and public campfire — and I am grateful to you all!
As we all conclude this gloomy year and look forward to clearer skies in the next one, what can be said with certainty is that economic sociology and political economy perspectives and insights will be essentially needed to keep on mulling over, debunking, realizing and, of course, changing. Happy and Transformative New Year!
The 10 most-read posts of 2020:
> Neoliberalism, Varieties of Capitalism, and Coronavirus (by Oleg Komlik, March 10, 2020)
> Polanyi’s Prescience: Covid-19, Market Utopianism, and the Reality of Society (by Margaret Somers and Fred Block, October 16, 2020)
> Ulrich Beck has died. His powerful concept of ‘Risk Society’ is relevant as never before (by Oleg Komlik, January 4, 2015)
> The Probable Implications of the Coronavirus Crisis — David Harvey, William Davies, Ivan Krastev; Adam Tooze, Judith Butler, Radhika Desai; Bruno Latour, James Galbraith, Mike Davis; Slavoj Zizek, Branko Milanovic, David Grossman; Mariana Mazzucato, Eva Illouz, Alain Badiou; Costas Lapavitsas, Katharina Pistor, David Runciman (March-June, 2020)
> “Herd Immunity” is Epidemiological Neoliberalism (by Isabel Frey, April 24, 2020)
> Political Economy After Neoliberalism: A Manifesto for New Thinking (by Neil Fligstein and Steven Vogel, October 8, 2020)
> Rest in Power, David Graeber – the Activist-scholar who Lived the Coupling of Theory and Praxis (by Oleg Komlik, September 4, 2020)
> Albert Einstein on the Power of Ideas and Imagination in Science (by Oleg Komlik, January 8, 2016)
The 10 least-read posts of 2020 which, in my biased view, deserve more attention: