[OPE] Special Issue in the International Journal of Social Economics

From: Gerald Levy (jerry_levy@verizon.net)
Date: Fri May 30 2008 - 08:25:38 EDT

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Adam Smith 
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 5:49 AM
Subject: Radical Economics Special Issue in the International Journal of Social Economics

Dear Sir/Madam,


I am writing to you in regards an upcoming special issue set to feature in the International Journal of Social Economics (www.emeraldinsight.com/ijse.htm) which I believe may be of interest to your members. The call for papers is below:




Special Issue of the International Journal of Social Economics on "Radical Economics"


There are two obvious senses of "radical" economics. Literally, the term implies searching for the roots of the subject and then attempting to create a new viewpoint from there. More ordinarily, perhaps, the term suggests a basic break with the orthodoxy of a given moment. For the purposes of this special issue, we are looking for papers, about economists and theories that are radical in both these senses.


Some names come to mind at once: Proudhon and Marx, for instance. Proudhon remains interesting not least because he proposed an alternative to a money economy; something which might be possible given current powers of information storage and transfer and means of communication, which allow people to negotiate (at least in large groups) about what they want and what they are willing to do for it. The combination of state capitalism and political authoritarianism that came to be called Marxism-Leninism never had much to do with what Marx actually wrote. As a concept, it is now virtually dead. However, problems posed by the Marxists live on. The tendency to ever larger groupings of economic power and the persistence of "colonial economies", in which people produce for profitability of the developed world rather than for the purposes of consumption (whilst consuming what other countries send to them), are good examples. So 'Marxism today' and 'Proudhon today' are possible topics.


Other names may be arguable and we are happy to look at such arguments.


§         Were Léon Walras (often compared to the Fabian socialists) and his (surprising) admirer Josef Schumpeter (who spoke of "creative destruction") radical economists? 

§         Was John Kenneth Galbraith a radical? 

§         Is perhaps John Maynard Keynes now to be considered a radical and not the centre of orthodoxy? (In our terms, von Hayek, once a radical, now seems near the centre of orthodoxy, so where does that leave Keynes?) 


Henry George has been appropriated for another special issue, but Gandhi may not have been exhausted by our special issue on India. 

Authors are free to make their own suggestions and also to write about just what radical economics might consist of in our times and about its prospects.


The submission deadline for this special issue is 31 July 2008 but earlier submissions are welcomed. Manuscripts should be sent electronically by e-mail (in Word file format) to:


The Publisher

Adam Smith

E-mail: asmith@emeraldinsight.com 


All papers will be reviewed in accordance with IJSEs normal review processes. Authors are asked to follow the International Journal of Social Economics' standard formatting requirements which can be viewed at: www.emeraldinsight.com/ijse.htm.


Authors wishing to discuss their papers prior to submission should contact the Editor, Professor Armour (leslie.armour@collegedominicain.ca).






Many thanks,





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