Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

B&B: Thomas Piketty on Tony Atkinson // Cultural birth of Austrian Economics // Slavery made capitalism // Cold War fueled Free Market // Gendering of money // Topology of finance

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > Thomas Piketty reflects on Tony Atkinson’s remarkable intellectual journey, his path-breaking works, and his last book Inequality: What Can Be Done? > How 1920-30s Viennese politics and culture shaped Austrian Economics and … Continue reading

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Commercialization and the Far Right: Consuming and Constituting Extremism

by Cynthia Miller-Idriss* Advertisers and marketers have long known that brands and commercial products are deeply intertwined with individuals’ identities. But with few exceptions, mainstream social scientists have been slow to acknowledge that economic objects can have constitutive power for … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 19 calls for papers, 5 jobs, 5 PhD fellowships, 5 postdoc positions, 3 summer schools, and a visiting post

Dear ES/PE community member, see below an abundant list of great academic opportunities: 19 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some are fully or partially funded), 5 job openings, 5 doctoral fellowships, 5 postdoctoral positions, 3 summer schools (fully or partly funded), … Continue reading

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What is Economics? Read Keynes’ definition

In July 1938, an English economist Roy Harrod sent John Maynard Keynes his lecture “Scope and Method of Economics” which he intended to deliver as a Presidential Address at one of the sections of the British Association. In his reply, after … Continue reading

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Socially Liberal but Fiscally Conservative

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Market Forecasting: A Sensitive Practice at the Heart of Neoliberal Capitalism

by Stefan Leins* Since the emergence of modern financial markets, financial analysts have played a critical role in producing visions of “the economy” and its future development. As experts, they analyze market developments and predict future scenarios that enable other financial … Continue reading

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B&B: Finance drains firms // The Adjunct Crisis // Sociology of cashless society // Risk officers increase risks // The myth of the empowered consumer // Credit, Neoliberalism, and post-Apartheid South Africa

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > “Finance is no longer a tool for getting money into productive businesses, but getting money out of them” — by J.W. Mason > Corporatization, marketization, and adjunctification of the university end up producing the … Continue reading

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Thatcherism’s greatest achievement

In 2002, twelve years after Margaret Thatcher left office, she was asked at a dinner what was  her  greatest  achievement.  Thatcher  replied:  “Tony  Blair  and  New  Labour.  We forced our opponents to change their minds.”  (Conor Burns, April 11, 2008) *** … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking: Technology drives ever-increasing inequality

On 6 October 2015, a great theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking conducted a special Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session. Out of the thousands of submitted issues, Hawking selected those he wished to reply, mainly discussing aspects of artificial intelligence. In conclusion, Hawking … Continue reading

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Marketcraft as the New Statecraft

by Steven K. Vogel* What if we thought of marketcraft (market governance) as a core government function comparable to statecraft? And what if we sought to optimize market governance rather than to minimize government intervention? I submit that this simple … Continue reading

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