Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

BITS & BRIEFS: How the Great Regression began // Leisure for the sake of capitalism // Inequality Paradigm // Evictions never end // Precarity and fast food // State-regulated prostitution

> Wolfgang Streeck: “Neoliberalism arrived with globalization or else globalization arrived with neoliberalism; that is how the Great Regression began… Whoever puts a society under economic or moral pressure to the point of dissolution reaps resistance from its traditionalists.” > The rhetoric … Continue reading

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Joseph Schumpeter: Social structures are coins that do not readily melt

Economic sociologists an political economists will surely discern the grace and insight in the following Joseph Schumpeter’s quote (from his magnum opus Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy), which beautifully describes the essence of institutions, their socio-historical embeddedness, as well as their persistence in front of … Continue reading

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The Role of Money in Social Life: Morality and Power in the World of the Poor

by Ariel Wilkis* “Perhaps behind the coin is God.” — Jorge Luis Borges, The Zahir (1949)  My book The Moral Power of Money: Morality and Economy in the Life of the Poor (Stanford University Press, 2017) offers a new focus for … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 22 calls for papers, 5 postdocs, 4 jobs, 3 summer schools, 3 awards, 2 PhD fellowships

Dear ES/PE community member, see below an abundant list of great and (especially) interesting academic opportunities: 21 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (many are free, some are partially or fully funded), 5 postdoc and visiting positions, 4 job openings, 3 doctoral … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most-read Economic Sociology and Political Economy Posts of 2017

As 2017 (already) comes to an end, I rounded up the top 10 most-read posts of the year on Economic Sociology and Political Economy community blog. Besides being interesting, enlightening and thought-provoking, it turned out that these posts reflect to a large extent the complex realities … Continue reading

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The Holiday Spirit

This guide to Finnish culture has a pretty revolutionary image of Santa Claus…  😉 Dear ES/PE community members throughout the world, Happy Holidays!! Positive, Enlightening, and Transforming New Year! Oleg Komlik The picture is courtesy of Ben Walsh *** Join Economic Sociology and Political … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Jens Beckert // Humanities and finance // Globalization as an idea // Black Neoliberalism // Bridging Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology

> Congratulations to Jens Beckert on being awarded Germany’s highest scientific award Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (€2.5 million in research funds) for his work in reinvigorating the social sciences with an interdisciplinary perspective, especially in the intersection of sociology and economics. … Continue reading

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World Inequality Report 2018: Great Data, Bright Analysis, Perturbing Reality

The World Inequality Lab led by Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman, Facundo Alvaredo and Lucas Chancel released today the first of its kind World Inequality Report 2018. The Report aims to become the comprehensive reference report on income and wealth inequality around … Continue reading

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Paul Samuelson: Chicago is not so much a place as a state of mind

In 1954 a future Nobel laureate in economic sciences Paul Samuelson published one of his seminal articles “The Pure Theory of Public Expenditure”, which formalized the concept of public goods (which he called “collective consumption goods”) — i.e. goods that … Continue reading

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Is Homo Economicus Dead?

by Peter Fleming* In Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street the narcissistic, egotistical and money hungry investment banker Jordan Belford memorably summed up his attitude to life: “Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been … Continue reading

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