Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

The Pricing of Progress and the Origins of GDP

by Eli Cook* In the past few years, roughly half a dozen books have come out examining the meteoric rise and profound impact of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). An economic indicator that measures the money-making capacities of a nation by … Continue reading

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Giddens: We are suffering from ‘cosmopolitan overload’ and a huge task lies before us – to create responsible capitalism

by Labinot Kunushevci* From the editor: The following interview with a distinguished British sociologist and political thinker Lord Anthony Giddens is interesting from various perspectives. The interview is part of the forthcoming book by Labinot Kunushevci featuring his conversations with renowned social scientists. The emphases … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Sharing, not “Sharing Economy” // Zelizer on Money // Social movements create unionization // Schumpeter’s “Economics of Socialism” syllabus // Deaths of Despair rise

This time, especially worth reading  – and sharing – articles: > Sharing, not “Sharing Economy”: For most of human history, there was no such thing as private property > “Money is not a social engine, but rather a malleable social product“, … Continue reading

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The Hardship of Accounting

Never ask of money spent Where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. — “The Hardship of Accounting“ by Robert Frost,        A Further Range, 1936 *** … Continue reading

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Beyond the Left Turn: The Second Wave of Incorporation of the Popular Sectors in Latin America

by Federico M. Rossi*  Neoliberalism has been defined as crucial to the reformulation of state-society relations in the postcorporatist period because it has undermined the national-populist or – as Cavarozzi and Garretón (1989) called it – “state-centered matrix”, through the weakening, … Continue reading

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Human Capital

“Our employees are our greatest asset. I say we sell them”, by William Haefeli *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

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BITS & BRIEFS: Economics is the biggest problem // Gramsci’s hegemony and the Left // Neoliberalism and Higher Education // Incarceration and children’s achievement gap // Trading votes

> Reducing our relations to calculations of cost and benefit, disciplined by competition and mediated by the manifold devices of economics, we run the risk of losing our humanity — by Philip Roscoe > Stuart Hall on Gramsci’s ‘hegemony’ and ‘regressive modernisation’ of … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 24 calls for papers, 12 job openings, 2 visiting and postdoc positions, a grant, PhD scholarship, and essay competition

Dear ES/PE community member, see below an abundant list of great and interesting academic opportunities: 20 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some of them are fully or partially funded), 12 job openings, 4 calls for papers for special issues, 2 visiting … Continue reading

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China is getting on wheels: varieties of development, car market reform and globalization

by Qiushi Feng* China is getting on wheels. Over the past three decades, with unparalleled speed, China has emerged as the world’s largest producer and consumer of passenger cars. Such a rapid growth is accompanied by profound changes of the … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Conspicuous consumption is over // Public Intellectuals vs. Thought Leaders // Killing neoliberalism // Frankfurt School // School vouchers’ effects

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: > Conspicuous Consumption is over; Cultural Capital replaced it as a signifier of socio-economic status — by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett > Public Intellectuals vs. “Thought Leaders”: the former challenge the oligarchy, the latter flatter … Continue reading

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