Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

Top 10 Most-read Economic Sociology and Political Economy Posts of 2018

As 2018 (already) comes to an end, I rounded up the top 10 most-read posts of the year on the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community blog. Six of these interesting, enlightening and thought-provoking posts were published in 2018 and the rest in previous … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 13 calls for papers, 4 jobs, 2 postdocs, visiting grant, PhD stipend, summer school

Dear ES/PE community member, see below a list of great academic opportunities: 13 calls for papers for conferences and workshops (some are partially or fully funded), 4 job openings, 2 post-doc positions, a seminar, a visiting grant, and a doctoral fellowship — … Continue reading

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Galbraith vs. Friedman — “The emancipation of belief is the most formidable of the tasks of reform, the one on which all else depends”

John Kenneth Galbraith was one of the most famous and influential American economists and public intellectual of the post-WWII era. Galbraith, who leaned toward post-Keynesian economics embracing an institutionalist perspective, was a very prolific writer and his books (The Great … Continue reading

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B&B: Tech companies love dogs not unions // How US conservative elite persists // Male-dominated central banks // India’s demonetisation // The making of Tourist Capitalism

> Tech companies have promoted their self-image as the antithesis of old “evil” corporations by opening their offices to dogs, but not to unions — by Jonny Bunning > “Big Money Rules” – Diane Ravitch reviews three must-read books on … Continue reading

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Elite Men and Inequality in the Hedge Fund Industry

by Megan Tobias Neely* “I’m sorry, but so and so’s brother needed to get hired. Shit happens,” Karen recounted, with resignation, a time her boss denied her a promotion. Karen is a white woman who works at a hedge fund, a … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 10 calls for papers, 4 jobs, 3 postdoc and visiting positions, 2 PhD stipends

Dear ES/PE community member, see below a list of great academic opportunities: 10 calls for papers for conferences and workshops, 3 job openings, 3 post-doc and visiting positions, and 2 doctoral fellowships — in various areas of economic sociology, political economy, and … Continue reading

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Nobel winner Paul Romer on the backwardness of economics and economists’ misleading use of math

A fresh Nobel Prize laureate in economic sciences Paul Romer published three years ago an interesting short paper “Mathiness in the Theory of Economic Growth”. His main assertion (which granted him with colleagues’ reactions such as “don’t make waves“) was that … Continue reading

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R.I.P. James March — “Success”

James G. March — a distinguished social scientist, great master of organisational and institutional theory, inspiring and towering intellectual, wonderful man, has passed away.  His voluminous, cross-generational, multi-topical, interdisciplinary, exceptionally influential scholarship does not need presentation — which is certainly the best … Continue reading

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Central Banks, Technocratic Power, and the Fear of Democracy

Jacqueline Best has an interesting new article that starts with catchy and provocative analogy and then presents thought-provoking discussion and arguments: “What do border guards and central bankers have in common? Both operate, on a day-to-day basis, in political spaces exempt … Continue reading

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B&B: Herbert Marcuse // The Adjunct Crisis // Against Capitalist Orthodoxy // Gender and finance // History of taxing the rich // (Im)mobility in the rural America // Inventing Thanksgiving

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > Herbert Marcuse on how the Frankfurt School reevaluated Marxism following the failure of crises to destroy capitalism, the philosophical roots of the student rebellions of the 1960s, and more — in … Continue reading

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Economics as Religion

COME WORSHIP WITH US “A LESSON IN ECONOMICS” (Photo courtesy of  Jodi Beggs – Everglades, Florida, USA, 2013) I rest my case 😉  Or, at least, Max Weber could be assigned to teach it… 🙂   *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy … Continue reading

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The Melodramatic Side of Political Economy

Miss Prism: “Cecily, you will read your Political Economy in my absence. The chapter on the fall of the Rupee you may omit. It is somewhat too sensational. Even these metallic problems have their melodramatic side.” Cecily [Picks up books and throws … Continue reading

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Sociology Journals and Network Proprieties of the Matthew Effect

by Luca Carbone* Science is a political field. As Bourdieu peremptorily said “the scientific field is the locus of a competitive struggle, in which the specific issue at stake is the monopoly of scientific authority” (1975: 19). Shifting a little the … Continue reading

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B&B: Gendered economics // Social drinking // Competition amok // Neoliberal beliefs vs. neoliberal reality // Do protests work? // Business’ counter-mobilization // Pro-poor market

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > Women economists are forced to conform to research interests and publishing habits of male economists. Gender discrimination in economics has various facets — by Giulia Zacchia > Social drinking: How one hundred years … Continue reading

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Did Neoliberalism and Austerity Cause Brexit? Yes.

While the Brexit process is underway and UK politicians are tearing themselves apart over this overwhelmingly and multidimensionally complicated  issue, an economics professor from Warwick University Thiemo Fetzer provides ample and comprehensive evidence that the austerity-induced withdrawal of the welfare state brought about by the Conservative-led … Continue reading

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