[OPE-L] Call For Paper

From: akira matsumoto (amatsu@EC.RITSUMEI.AC.JP)
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 17:58:40 EDT

   Call for Papers
JSPE 53rd Annual Conference, 2005
"Neo-liberalism and the Crisis of Contemporary Society"
15-16 October 2005 at Daito Bunka University :
1-9-1 Takashimadaira, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, 175-8571, Japan

 The 53rd annual conference of the the JAPAN SOCIETY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY
(JSPE) will be held on October 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2005, at the
Itabashi Campus of Daito-Bunka University, Tokyo. The topic for the plenary
session in this conference will be Neo-liberalism and the Crisis of
Contemporary Society, intended as a sequel to its 2004 counterpart, which
was The Market Today ? What Economics Understands by That Term. It is hoped
that the new theme will build on the critique of market fundamentalism
debated with much heat last year at the JSPE 52nd annual conference at Osaka
University of Economics, so that we may finally come to grips with the real
nature of the neo-liberal ideology that underpins the crisis of present-day
society, in both historical and theoretical light.
 $B!! (BIn the process of overcoming stagflation which had ravaged developed
countries, there arose concomitantly political leaders of neo-liberal
persuasion, such as Reagan, Thatcher and Nakasone, at the beginning of the
1980s, campaigning in concert for smaller government, freedom in the market
and eventually globalization. Globalization is the pious hope of
multinational firms which translates itself into the market-oriented
policies, promoted vigorously with the neo-liberal ideology by the IMF and
the World Bank. In consequence of these policies we have witnessed widening
gulf between the rich and the poor, increasing degradation of the
environment and the undermining of acquired rights of the working classes,
all in the name of the structural change of the economy and the protection
of the right and responsibility of the individual. While the solidarity of
the community and the power of trade unions are systematically encroached
upon, civil movements of all sorts, represented by NPOs and NGOs, are
spreading quickly throughout the world. It appears as though the old
 $B!H (Bsafety nets $B!I (B are being replaced by new forms of people $B!G (Bs intervention
and surveillance. It is, however, not yet clear in which direction the
aggregate of these varied trends might eventually lead.
 $B!! (BIf neo-liberalism is an ideology in support of the  $B!H (Bglobalizing $B!I (B
imperialism which has entailed the current crisis of human society, we must
first relate it with the present phase of development of capitalism so as to
comprehend its historical significance. Globalization has indeed had the
effect of weakening the nation-state, as national borders have become
relative. But, while the traditional state shows signs of decline, the
regional and ideological coalitions of the states are today more easily
formed for the purpose of collective defense and/or wars of aggression. None
of the specific issues that face Japan at present, be it budgetary reforms,
reforms of the welfare and pension system, restructuring of firms and
industry or deregulation of the labor market, can be adequately understood
out of the context, that is to say, in isolation from the broader trends of
the world economy dictated by new imperialism which embodies the message of
neo-liberalism. It is up to political economy to throw theoretical light on
the hidden force working behind the scene.
Sessions :
 $B!! (BThe JSPE invites proposals for sessions in English in the following two
categories. (The main language of the conference is Japanese. There will be
several English sessions on October 15.)
English Sessions 1: Neo-liberalism and the Crisis of Contemporary Society
 $B!! (BThe JSPE welcomes the papers in reference to neo-liberalism with key words
such as (1) labor, poverty, classes and the polarization of winners and
losers in the world economy; (2) globalization, new imperialism, etc., (3)
The question of  $B!H (BWhere to find the agent of required social reforms $B!I (B, and
(4) other problematic.
English Sessions 2: Other General topics
 $B!! (BThe JSPE also hopes to organize sessions focused on such popular themes as
gender, the environment, economic regions and the Chinese economy, while
remaining completely open to suggestions and proposals of presentations on
other topics.

Submission Procedures and the Deadline
 $B!! (BProposals should be reached the JSPE International Communication and
Exchange Committee by 31 May 2005 at the latest.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 19 June.
When submitting your proposal, please include:
1. The title of proposed paper and the category of the session;
2. The name(s) of the author(s) and affiliation;
3. E-mail and mailing address;
4. An abstract (up to 200 words).

Postal address is given below. Preference will be given to e-mail

 $B!! (BAttendants will pay their conference fee (5000 yen including the
conference buffet), own transportation, accommodation and other personal

Shinjiro HAGIWARA or Tomohiko SEKINE
e-mail address : Jspe53@mml.gssm.musashi.ac.jp
Postal Mailing address:
To :Prof. Shinjiro HAGIWARA
Faculty of Economics, Yokohama National University
Tokiwadai 79-3, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 240-8501, Japan
TEL:+ 81-45-339-3575 (Prof. HAGIWARA $B!G (Bs Office), Fax:+ 81-45-339-3504

Please Forward Widely.

Tetsuji Kawamura
Chairman of the JSPE International Committee for Communication and Exchange.


Professor Akira Matsumoto Phd.

College of Economics,
Ritsumeikan University
Kusatsu, Shiga, 525-8577, Japan

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