Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

Erik Olin Wright has contributed to making utopias real

“Gramsci once described the struggle for social justice as requiring ‘pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.’ I believe in the world today we need an optimism of the intellect as well: an optimism grounded in our understanding of … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most-read Economic Sociology and Political Economy Posts of 2018

As 2018 (already) comes to an end, I rounded up the top 10 most-read posts of the year on the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community blog. Six of these interesting, enlightening and thought-provoking posts were published in 2018 and the rest in previous … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 13 calls for papers, 4 jobs, 2 postdocs, visiting grant, PhD stipend, summer school

Dear ES/PE community member, see below a list of great academic opportunities: 13 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some are partially or fully funded), 4 job openings, 2 post-doc positions, a seminar, a visiting grant, and a doctoral fellowship — … Continue reading

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Galbraith vs. Friedman — “The emancipation of belief is the most formidable of the tasks of reform, the one on which all else depends”

John Kenneth Galbraith was one of the most famous and influential American economists and public intellectual of the post-WWII era. Galbraith, who leaned toward post-Keynesian economics embracing an institutionalist perspective, was a very prolific writer and his books (The Great … Continue reading

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B&B: Tech companies love dogs not unions // How US conservative elite persists // Male-dominated central banks // India’s demonetisation // The making of Tourist Capitalism

> Tech companies have promoted their self-image as the antithesis of old “evil” corporations by opening their offices to dogs, but not to unions — by Jonny Bunning > Three must-read books on how the wealthy and conservative elites engineer and … Continue reading

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Elite Men and Inequality in the Hedge Fund Industry

by Megan Tobias Neely* “I’m sorry, but so and so’s brother needed to get hired. Shit happens,” Karen recounted, with resignation, a time her boss denied her a promotion. Karen is a white woman who works at a hedge fund, a … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 10 calls for papers, 4 jobs, 3 postdoc and visiting positions, 2 PhD stipends

Dear ES/PE community member, see below a list of great academic opportunities: 10 calls for papers for conferences and workshops, 3 job openings, 3 post-doc and visiting positions, and 2 doctoral fellowships — in various areas of economic sociology, political economy, and … Continue reading

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Nobel winner Paul Romer on the backwardness of economics and economists’ misleading use of math

A fresh Nobel Prize laureate in economic sciences Paul Romer published three years ago an interesting short paper “Mathiness in the Theory of Economic Growth”. His main assertion (which granted him with colleagues’ reactions such as “don’t make waves“) was that … Continue reading

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R.I.P. James March — “Success”

James G. March — a distinguished social scientist, great master of organisational and institutional theory, inspiring and towering intellectual, wonderful man, has passed away.  His voluminous, cross-generational, multi-topical, interdisciplinary, exceptionally influential scholarship does not need presentation — which is certainly the best … Continue reading

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Central Banks, Technocratic Power, and the Fear of Democracy

Jacqueline Best has an interesting new article that starts with catchy and provocative analogy and then presents thought-provoking discussion and arguments: “What do border guards and central bankers have in common? Both operate, on a day-to-day basis, in political spaces exempt … Continue reading

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