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This is a comprehensive, critical introduction to the sociology of money, covering many currently taught topics, from the origins of money to its function today. Though our coins, bank notes and electronic tokens do function as means of exchange, money is in fact a social, intangible institution. This book argues that money does indeed rule the world.
John Weeks, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the School or Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), has died aged 79 from leukaemia. In the almost fifteen years since retiring, he focused on popularising radical economics, achieving it with considerable aplomb, through the (social) media and publishing ‘Economics of the 1%’ (2014) and ‘The Debt Delusion: Living Within Our Means and Other Fallacies’ (2020). His journey to this success sheds light both on the challenges facing revolutionaries of his generation, and contemporary capitalist economies, developing as well as developed. View more at Open Democracy.
Following close consideration across relevant Committees, there is unanimous agreement to cancelling/postponing our Annual Conference, scheduled for September 9-11 in Ferrara, Italy.
We encourage contributions on the geo-economic and class position of the Global South - and its global labour - within the international system of capital accumulation. We welcome research and activist work that cut across national and disciplinary boundaries, encouraging a dialectical understanding of apparently separated oppressions and struggles, and aim to build solidaristic movements and analyses.
This section aims to foster a critical and interdisciplinary debate on unevenness, underdevelopment, and resistance in the Global South in the age of neoliberalism and populism by drawing from political economy, international relations, geography, political ecology, gender studies, race studies, sociology, and history.
The Moving Beyond Capitalism Working Group would like to invite proposals for individual papers (which will be grouped into panels) and already-formed panels related to either the theory or the practice (consideration of both the successes and failures of both past and present concrete experiments) of Moving Beyond Capitalism.
There has been a surge in initiatives to attract private investment in infrastructure and essential services in developing countries. Raising private finance has become elevated to a development objective in its own right so that public funds are used to leverage the private sector, as for example with the World Bank’s Maximising Finance for Development approach and a number of schemes established by the EU to promote ‘blended’ finance for development. Yet, despite widespread support, there is little evidence that this financing approach has been successful in promoting long-term sustainable development. Furthermore there are concerns that such measures will be at high cost, will lack accountability and transparency and will deepen rather than alleviate inequality. Such approaches are institutionally demanding and public sector alternatives may be crowded out.
The Africa working group is supported by the Review of African Political Economy, whose contributions are based on politically engaged scholarship from a range of disciplines. The journal pays particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation, oppression, and to struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation. Please visit roape.net to see some of the Review’s more fast-moving analysis in areas such as critical agrarian studies, imperialism, labour struggle and uprisings, debt and debates around poverty statistics.
Whilst Marxist political economy has played a crucial role in offering ways to critically understand contemporary capitalism as well as developing its own thematic areas across the social sciences, it is true that such power and intellectual command of Marxist political economy has significantly diminished under neoliberalism. This is why the coming IIPPE conference is expected to be a venue for reestablishing as well as deepening the analytical and critical capabilities of Marxist political economy in the face of the profound transformations within our societies and economies.
The IIPPE Political Economy of Health and Healthcare Working Group, in collaboration with both the International Health and Political Economy of Health Research Group (ihpeh – QMUL/UK) and the Health, State and Contemporary Capitalism Research Group (University of Sao Paulo/Brazil) calls for abstract submissions