URPE has been dedicated to promoting the
study, development, and application
of radical political economic analysis to
social problems since 1968.


URPE News and Upcoming Events

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URPE Brooklyn Conference:

Left-Wing Economics in a Right- Wing Political Climate

April 8, 2017
St. Francis College, Brooklyn NY
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Call for Papers: Deadline March 31, 2017

November 17-19, 2017, Tampa, Florida

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URPE at 2017 Left Forum

June 2-4, 2017, John Jay College, New York City

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URPE at ASSA 2018

January 5-7, 2018, Philadelphia, PA

Call for Papers: Deadline May 1, 2017

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For more on URPE activities, see the 2016
Annual Report

Member Activities Update

See our Member Activities page to see what members have been up to recently. This column is the latest activities. Also see Member Books and Opinion.

On April 24, URPE member John Weeks, retired from SOAS University of London, gave testimony on the economic cost of Brexit to the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union of the Deutsche Bundestag. He was invited as an expert witness by the Left Party (Die Linke) based on a study he had co-authored on reform of the European Union.  His main points were that while the economic costs have been exaggerated, the social consequences, especially loss of EU protection of the environment, consumer rights, employment rights and civil rights, will be extremely detrimental to British citizens, with the possible independence of Scotland a massive shock to the political system.  See the summary of testimony (in German, right click to translate. (April 26, 2017)

John F. M. McDermott's Employers' Economics vs. Employees' Economy: How Adam Smith's Legacy Obscures Public Investment in the Private Sector  has just been published by Palgrave.  This book argues that economic activity in the public sphere now underwrites private corporations, and rejects rigid adherence to traditional economic theories that no longer apply. Adam Smith's widely used "merchant's model" assumes that most investment is private, when in fact research demonstrates that public investment in the workforce through education and training far outweighs the private sector, and does not account for the growing presence of consensual pricing, the diversification of modern businesses, or the increasing internal authoritarianism of globalizing companies. (April 17, 2017)

David Barkin has writtten Food Sovereignty: A Strategy for Environmental Justice, a Binzagr Institute working paper.  (April 17, 2017)

Elgar has just published James Crotty"s Capitalism, Macroeconomics and Reality: Understanding Globalization, Financialization, Competition and Crisis. The essays comprising this collection analyze the deep flaws in the methodological foundation of mainstream economic theory, and explain how these flaws make mainstream economics more ideology than sound social science. James Crotty develops alternative theories built on realistic assumptions that can explain most of the disastrous economic and financial developments of the past four decades. His work contributes to the collective creation of a solid theoretical foundation on which to build an understanding of the ‘laws of motion’ of capitalism in the post WWII era. (April 12, 2017)

See more on our Member Activities page. Also see Member Books and Opinion