European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
|Call for Papers and Participation
24th Annual Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
10 years into the crisis – What prospects for a popular political economy in Europe?
extended SUBMISSION-Date: 31.5.2018
This year’s EuroMemo Group conference will be jointly hosted with the University of Helsinki and will take place on 27-29 September 2018 (Thursday-Saturday) at the University of Helsinki.
Against the background of an increasingly alarming influence of right-wing nationalist and populist forces, the conference wants to facilitate discussion on progressive ideas, concepts and policies, on how to reconstruct a political integration project in Europe that is responsive to the economic and social needs of all groups and people affected by the severe economic crisis of the last ten years, and in particular of workers, the unemployed, the precariat, migrants and other vulnerable groups, also in a gender perspective.
The programme will be as follows:
Thursday, September 27th 201
15.00 – 19.00 Opening plenary on the state of the Union
20.00 Conference Dinner
Friday, September 28th 2018
10.00 – 13.30 Workshops on key themes of EU policy
14.30 – 16.00 Plenary on policy proposals from workshops
16.15 – 18.00 Special plenary on the conference topic ’10 years into the crisis – What prospects for a popular political economy in Europe?’
Saturday, September 29th 2018
09.00 – 12.00 Planning meeting: EuroMemorandum 2019 and other activities
There will be a public event prior to the conference on September 27th 2018:
13.00 – 14.30 ‘The future of the EMU’ (organised by the University of Helsinki)
|We would like to invite you to attend the conference and to submit proposals for contributions to the workshops.
All papers that present an original perspective on the conference theme ’10 years into the crisis – What prospects for a popular political economy in Europe?’ are welcome. In particular, we encourage submissions that relate to recent European developments and are specific to one of the following topics
– Macroeconomic and financial policies
– Politics of structural reforms: critique and alternatives
– Economic and political divergences in the EU
– Social policies in Europe
– Migration policies and demographic change
– Nordic welfare model: crisis, erosion, prospects
– Crisis of the global political economy & world politics: the role of the EU (protectionism, trade wars)
– Conceptual frameworks and aspects of popular political economy as well as policy proposals for instance with respect to productive transformation, industrial policy, the solidarity economy etc.
– Socio-ecological transformation and a good life for all
– New democratic challenges to the status quo: what can we learn from the left-alliance government in Portugal, the labour party under Jeremy Corbyn, the Podemos project in Spain and other similar cases?
Proposals for papers together with a short abstract (maximum 250 words) should be submitted by 15 May 2018to firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please indicate the topic which the proposal is intended for. If accepted, completed papers should be submitted by 06 September 2018.
We strongly encourage participants to submit short papers (10-12 pages) and to explicitly address policy implications.
If you would like to submit an abstract and/ or participate in the conference, please copy the registration form below into an email and reply to email@example.com. Please note that there is no deadline for registering for participation only.
All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Steering Committee of the EuroMemo Group. Accepted papers will be published on the conference website and there is also the possibility to publish papers presented at the conference within the EuroMemo Group Discussion Paper Series.
|Please note that there will be a conference fee collected at the venue to cover the cost of the conference (30 Euro regular fee / 10 Euro for students / 80 Euro for participants with institutional support).
An information sheet with practical information including details about hotel bookings and transport is attached. Early booking is strongly recommended.
|We look forward to seeing you in Helsinki!
Marija Bartl, Joachim Becker, Marcella Corsi, Wlodzimierz Dymarski, Trevor Evans, Marica Frangakis, John Grahl, Peter Herrmann, Aimilia Koukouma, Jeremy Leaman, Jacques Mazier, Agustín Menéndez, Mahmood Messkoub, Ronen O’Brien, Werner Raza, Catherine Sifakis, Achim Truger, Frieder Otto Wolf
|European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
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|Registration form for the 24th Workshop on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
(please reply to email@example.com)
Yes, I intend to participate in the 24th Workshop on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
(27-29 September 2018 in Helsinki)
Yes, I wish to contribute a paper
Title of the Paper:
Abstract (max. 250 words):
It is – in its own right – an interesting question why and how some ‘books make a career’ – in this case referring to Mazzucato’s ‘The Entrepreneurial State’. I am always skeptical when hearing about such ‘bestsellers’ and actually really hesitant to read, let alone to buy them. Having been invited to take part in a debate on the book I read the text – and now I am somewhat surmised to see that my ‘prejudice’ is in actual fact very much a ‘judice’, i.e. a reflection confirmed by this reading experience. There is not much new in it – it surely summarises important points, and even more sure is that it’s radical character has to be seen in ensuring that there will be no radical change.
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,
…. Human capital of all countries, accumulate …
The debate on populism and he New Right surely needs considerations that go beyond political and institionalist considerations, not least looking at the political economy in which it stands and that stands as firm wall behind it. In preparation of a workshop later this year, organised by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, I developed some reflections which surely need further elaborations but may be already at this stage worthwhile tobe read. The beginning goes like this.
The fundamental first question is if we can still speak of a political left and right. And a definitive affirmation is underlying the main argument of the following. The reason for raising this issue is not the general ‘totalitarianism doctrine’ but its specific resurgence based on the view of both, left and right, being populist-authoritarian – as such, the currently fashionable argument is actually not referring to any concept of totalitarianism in the normally suggested understanding. Instead, Dalio et altera insinuate that ‘[p]opulism is a political and social phenomenon that arises from the common man being fed up with 1) wealth and opportunity gaps, 2) perceived cultural threats from those with different values in the country and from outsiders, 3) the “establishment elites” in positions of power, and 4) government not working effectively for them. These sentiments lead that constituency to put strong leaders in power.’ They interpreted this as ‘a rebellion of the common man against the elites and, to some extent, against the system.’ There is on the other hand too little concern with more detailed analysis, i.e. an analysis that engages as well openly in the contradictory nature of the shifts in the political landscape, and the fact that we should not be simply concerned with ‘enemy bashing’ but instead – looking at the details – we have to move towards searching for concrete utopias as alternative. In fact that requires also that the left fully returns to sound arguments, not denying any problems nor suggesting arguments on the basis of moral sentiments.
And the further elaboration – as far as it stands now – can be found here. Of course, start of a debate, not final statement on an issue.
 Dalio, Ray et altera; Bridgewater Associates, 2017, March 22: Populism: The Phenomenon; Bridgewater. Daily Observations: 2; https://www.bridgewater.com/resources/bwam032217.pdf; 31/03/17
 see in this context an interesting study, on Italy, problematising the background in the overall political patterns, past and present, not least issuing the secular changes of the political culture: The Economist. Intelligence Unit, 2017, March 24th: More fragmentation: back to the first republic?; http://country.eiu.com/article.aspx?articleid=265252810&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVdJM1pUTXpZamMzTm1JMyIsInQiOiI0bzU0Tmlad2xyVlVqUms2K3diSVJxNUt1c1RVdU1SUzVsZzRTRWpvcEhFa0U5cnBVaFBvbUY1YVBhaDNzRFU0cW5lY1A4SHRZd1JOMHZVa3J0WWFTMDF2UGhYckxcL2QyUkZpRnBVNDZyaGdBUWF3N3FyZHE5VWowXC84R0xLXC9KMSJ9; 31/03/17; see in this context also Anderson, Perry, 2017, March: Why the system will still win; in: Le Monde diplomatique; https://mondediplo.com/2017/03/02brexit; 02/04/17; Anderson, meaning populist movements from>>>> the right speaks of ‘anti-systemic movements’