This half-day workshop, jointly hosted by IIPPE Political Economy of China’s Development Working Group, SOAS Economics Department and Development Studies Department, aims to bring progressive scholars and students together to discuss China’s economic transformation and its impact on world development in relation to neoliberalism, capitalism and imperialism.
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to engage with the inventor of the Systems of Provision approach – world-leading political economist Professor Ben Fine - who will introduce and discuss the approach in his keynote address and will be available to answer questions throughout the day.
This Workshop will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior academics and activists who have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with the relevance of Marxian political economy to the contemporary world.
The focus of the Workshop will be on Anglo-Saxon capitalism since the financial crisis. In the morning session, (10am to 1pm), Trevor Evans will survey economic and financial developments in the United States. In the afternoon session (2pm to 5pm) Simon Mohun will consider the performance of the United Kingdom economy in historical perspective.
Participants will discuss how privatisation, broadly conceived as the promotion of private interests in the organisation of social and physical infrastructure, has changed during the ‘neoliberal period’. Central to these developments is how forms of financialisation made possible by privatisation and changing roles of the state have encouraged new forms of private sector involvement in provisioning, with important implications for social and economic reproduction. These developments may also be seen as a form of variegated policy transfer from the OECD to non-OECD countries, aided and abetted by international institutions, as well as a result of policy experimentation through state/finance nexuses.
Simon Mohun will lead the workshop. In the morning session (10am to 1pm), the focus will be on a Marxist approach to the understanding of value and price. The afternoon session will provide a comprehensive survey of approaches to the ‘transformation problem’, for which a prerequisite is either (and preferably) the morning session or some prior knowledge of the issues involved. In both sessions the emphasis will be on interpretation and logic, rather than any underlying mathematics.
In the morning session, (10am to 1pm), Simon Mohun will consider Marxist approaches to the periodisation of a capitalist economy. In the afternoon session (2pm to 5pm) Matthew Eagleton-Pierce will talk about neoliberalism.
The International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) announces a one-day training workshop on imperialism, with the following speakers: Lucia Pradella, Tony Norfield, John Smith and Michael Roberts.
The International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) announces a one-day training workshop on value and price, surveying and evaluating the different approaches taken in contemporary Marxian economics (including the dualist approach, and those taken by the 'new interpretation', Moseley, the TSSI, Fine and Saad-Filho, and 'rethinking Marxism').
The workshop will take place on the 21st and 22nd of March 2016 in V111 (Vernon Square Campus of SOAS). Confirmed speakers include Ourania Dimakou, Sue Himmelweit, Photis Lysandrou, Jo Michell and Simon Mohun. The workshop seeks to unpick the causes of the financial crisis and the way in which the financial crisis transformed into a recession; examines the nature of regulation of the financial markets; offers a feminist appraisal of the economic record of the coalition and conservative governments and assesses the scope for alternative economic policies offered through the Labour leadership.