Date: Sun Dec 30 2007 - 20:35:35 EST
---------------------------- Original Message ---------------------------- > Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 08:53:29 -0500 > From: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: [URPE] CfP Overviews of Post-Neoclassical Developments in Economics > > On the same weekend that the Canadian Economics Association will be > meeting in Vancouver this June, the Society for Socialist Studies will > be meeting as part of Congress (June 4 to 8, 2008). This is unusual and > I'd like to take advantage of it. I am trying to arrange a session for > the Society that surveys theoretical developments in economics since the > end of the neoclassical synthesis. I am hoping for relatively brief (c. > 20 minutes), high-level overviews of new approaches (e.g., experimental > economics, computation & complexity), new developments in the > theorization of major actors (e.g., the Individual, the Firm) or of > major traditional areas (e.g., welfare economics, labour economics). > Given the Society's focus, accounts that consider developments within > both mainstream *and* heterodox theories, perhaps showing points of > convergence and increasing divergence, would be particularly valuable. > > Expressions of interest (name, contact info, proposed topic) should be > sent to email@example.com by January 15, 2008. > > More information about the Society is available at > http://www.socialiststudies.ca. To give a little more information on > this proposed session, the draft abstract for the session (circulated > with the Society's Call for Papers) is included below. > > Thanks, > Chris Borst > > *Session Title:* Recent Developments in Economics: Mainstreams and > Heterodoxies > > *Description*: > > Many left-inclined scholars have abandoned the study of economics on the > grounds that it is a falsely technical mask for straightforwardly > right-wing, anti-democratic ideology. As a result, few are aware of the > startling transformation economics has undergone over the last two or > three decades, a transformation that should be of great interest to > socialist scholars. Mainstream and heterodox theories are interacting > more than they have in over half a century. The "perfectly competitive" > neoclassical image of yore has given way to a complex picture of agents > with identities, incomplete, interdependent and endogenous preferences, > and limited knowledge and "rationality", interacting in pervasively > incomplete markets suffused with transaction costs, rents, > externalities, information asymmetries, bargaining, and increasing > returns, relying on heuristic "rules-of-thumb", conventions, > institutions, and "path dependent" (historical) outcomes to make what > decisions they can, without any expectation those decisions are either > individually or socially "optimal". In short -- something like the > economy we actually know. > > Submissions are invited that provide overviews of major recent > developments in any area of economics, with special attention to the > consequences of such developments for our overall understanding of > existing economies and the possibilities for more democratic ones.
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