Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

Neoliberalism. A critical reader.

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Political Economy: Origins, Meanings, Changes

“Political economy should be a human science.”                                                                    … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 24 calls for papers, 17 jobs, 4 postdocs, 2 grants, 2 workshops, a PhD fellowship, a short visiting post

Dear ES/PE community member, see below an abundant list of great academic opportunities: 24 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some are partially or fully funded), 17 job openings, 4 post-doc and temporary positions, 2 research grants, 2 training workshops, a PhD … Continue reading

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RIP Immanuel Wallerstein — “This is the end; this is the beginning”

A towering intellectual, pathbreaking thinker, and preeminent sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein passed away. He lived a deep commitment to scholarship, justice and change. Wallerstein has written dozens of remarkable and outstanding books, and hundreds of influential papers and shrewd commentaries. He was … Continue reading

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B&B: Best books in political economy // Raising elite // Missing from economics: women // Philanthropy’s interests // Living now in the pre-industrial age // Black businesses and the Civil Rights Movement

This time, especially worth reading and sharing articles: > Mark Blyth chooses and discusses the best 5 books on how Political Economy works >> The Passions and the Interests by Albert Hirschman, Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Barrington Moore, The Great … Continue reading

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Arthur Miller: “An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted”

On the brink of 1975, New York Magazine devoted an issue to a look at the year 1949. A canonical playwright Arthur Miller contributed to this issue an essay on “the state of New York mind in that year” through his … Continue reading

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The Virtues of the Market: Wilhelm Röpke as a Cultural Economist

by Erwin Dekker* Neoliberalism is often associated with an excessive focus on the market at the expense of both the state and society. A new book Wilhelm Röpke (1899–1966): A Liberal Political Economist and Conservative Social Philosopher, edited by Patricia Commun … Continue reading

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The Economist presents: the dangers of free hospital parking. The Neoliberal absurdity at its ‘best’

“If a hospital in a crowded city stopped charging [for parking], it would mean more frail, elderly people staggering into the accident and emergency ward on their own as their sons and daughters search for a space, more parents panicking … Continue reading

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The Growth of Shadow Banking and State-Finance Relations

by Matthias Thiemann* How can we understand the growth of a system of credit provisioning outside of the realm of bank regulation since the 1970s which linked non-banks and banks in a convoluted system of market-based banking, securitization and wholesale … Continue reading

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B&B: Sins of economics // Appropriating the planet // Living in precarity // You are financier // Historians and economists // Labor and serendipity // Neoliberalism uses imperialism

This time, especially worth reading and sharing articles: > The Seven Sins of Economics: 1) Alice in the wonderland of assumptions, 2) Abuse of modelling, 3) Intellectual capture, 4) The science obsession, 5) The textbook and Econ 101, 6) Ignoring … Continue reading

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The Making of Homo Financius and Neoliberal Morality

“There is [a] set of qualities ascribed to the actions and conduct of mankind, distinct from their propriety or impropriety, their decency or ungracefulness, and which are the objects of a distinct species of approbation and disapprobation. These are Merit … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 18 calls for papers, 8 jobs, 5 postdocs, 3 PhD fellowships, 2 grants, a summer school

Dear ES/PE community member, see below a fresh list of great academic opportunities: 18 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some are partially or fully funded), 8 job openings, 5 post-doc / visiting positions, 3 doctoral fellowships, 2 research grants, a … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever (5)

“Contrary to the fashion in most prefaces, I will not add that “all mistakes and shortcomings are entirely my responsibility.” That is sheer bourgeois subjectivism. Responsibility in matters of these sorts is always collective, especially with regard to the remedying … Continue reading

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Finance, Class, and the Birth of Neoclassical Economics: The Marginalist Revolution Revisited

by Yair Kaldor* In economic textbooks, the concept of “value” is regarded as nothing more than the prevailing market price. This definition might seem self-evident, but it stands in sharp contrast to the classical theories of Adam Smith and David … Continue reading

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The 2019 Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology goes to ‘Starving the Beast’ by Monica Prasad

Northwestern University scholar Monica Prasad is the winner of the 2019 Zelizer Book Award given by the American Sociological Association’s Economic Sociology section for an outstanding book in the field. Prasad will receive the Award for her superb book Starving … Continue reading

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