Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

Coronavirus and the Economy

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Bruno Latour on Uncertainty and Knowledge

“The world is not a solid continent of facts sprinkled by a few lakes of uncertainties, but a vast ocean of uncertainties speckled by a few islands of calibrated and stabilized forms. Do we really know that little? We know … Continue reading

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The Probable Implications of the Coronavirus Crisis — David Harvey, William Davies, Ivan Krastev

> David Harvey: “Forty years of neoliberalism… had left the public totally exposed and ill-prepared to face a public health crisis of this sort… In many parts of the supposed “civilized” world, local governments and state authorities, which invariably form … Continue reading

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The Probable Implications of the Coronavirus Crisis — Adam Tooze, Judith Butler, Radhika Desai

> Radhika Desai: “The present pandemic is certain to be different not because it is more lethal than previous ones (it is not), nor because it is causing havoc in financial markets (as most crises of neoliberal era have), but … Continue reading

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Keeping Business Alive: The Government as a Payer of Last Resort

by Emmanuel Saez & Gabriel Zucman* The coronavirus threatens the world’s economic life. The most important message that needs to come from heads of state immediately, even before any new law or complete implementation details are provided, is: “Do not … Continue reading

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The Probable Implications of the Coronavirus Crisis — Slavoj Zizek, Branko Milanovic, David Grossman

> Branko Milanovic: “In the current crisis, people who have not become fully specialized enjoy an advantage… Everything that used to be an advantage in a heavily specialized economy now becomes a disadvantage, and the reverse.”[…] “The human toll of … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism, Varieties of Capitalism, and Coronavirus

Since Neoliberalism shaped and fortified the notion that ‘the economy’ precedes ‘society’, now that Coronavirus crisis requires to put society first — this is perceived by many as simply illogical and capricious. Looking at the crisis around the world demonstrates … Continue reading

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The Great Transformation — 75 Years Later

Karl Polanyi’s masterpiece The Great Transformation was written during the Second World War and published in 1944, but the relevance and importance of this preeminent book has continued to grow. 75 year later, The Great Transformation — an admirable treatise … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 10 calls for papers, 6 summer schools, 4 jobs, 3 PhD fellowships, 3 postdocs, an award

Dear ES/PE community member, see below a list of great academic opportunities: 10 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some are partially or fully funded), 6 summer schools (some are partially or fully funded), 4 job openings, 3 PhD … Continue reading

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Markets for Collective Concerns, Market Failures, and Policy-making

by Christian Frankel, José Ossandón and Trine Pallesen* As Foucault (2008) pointed out 40 years ago, the economic thinking of the Ordoliberals in Germany, the Chicago School in the United States, and Austrian economists such as Hayek, represented an important … Continue reading

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B&B: Hannah Arendt // Research for profit // Neoliberalism and family values // Lessons of 1968 // Sociology of consumption // Index funds and inequality // Alienation and work

This time, especially worth reading and sharing pieces: > Hannah Arendt: “Revolutions always appear to succeed with amazing ease in their initial stages, and the reason is that those who supposedly “make” revolutions do not “seize power” but rather pick … Continue reading

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Jacques Chirac: Tony Blair is New Labour, which means he’s several steps to the right of conservatives

“[Jacques Chirac] was a conservative. He was intrigued by New Labour. Sometimes he used to say “Tony Blair is New Labour, which means he’s several steps to the right of me”.” (Tony Blair, September 26, 2019) These excellent books elaborate … Continue reading

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The Social Structure of Prices

“It is not prices that determine everything, but everything that determines prices.” (Bourdieu 2005: 197) Bourdieu, Pierre. 2005. The Social Structures of the Economy. Polity Press *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Tumblr / Reddit / Telegram

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Great academic opportunities: 25 calls for papers, 6 PhD fellowships, a post-doc position, a job opening, a grant

Dear ES/PE community member, see below an abundant list of  great academic opportunities: 25 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some are partially or fully funded), 6 PhD fellowships, a post-doc position, a job opening, a research grant — … Continue reading

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B&B: Amartya Sen // Tulipmania // Sadie Alexander // Surveillance and Authoritarianism // The Mafia and weak state // New Working Class // ‘Smart’ city serves business

This time, especially worth reading and sharing articles: > There are two types of critiques of capitalism – moral and material. Amartya Sen combines the two effectively, demonstrating that the separation of our moral lives from our material concerns are … Continue reading

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