Founded in 1968, the Union for Radical Political Economics will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2018. This is an important moment for us to both reflect on the successes of the past and look forward to the challenges of the next half-century. We enter our sixth decade of agitation and education well positioned to take on the pressing challenges of this political moment: our membership is strong, our journal the Review of Radical Political Economics (RRPE) is widely read, and we are an essential radical voice at conferences and events across the country.
While many URPE members hold teaching positions in universities, fewer graduate programs today than in the past offer radical political economics as a central component of their curricula. Radical students typically do not have access to the financial and institutional support available to students pursuing mainstream research agendas, often requiring them to either write their dissertations with little or no direct financial support or choose a “less controversial” research topic. This lack of institutional support and engagement directly inhibits the development of radical political economics as a whole.
URPE is addressing this challenge head-on in three specific ways:
- The publication of our journal the Review of Radical Political Economics, which provides the opportunity for the publication, in a refereed journal, of substantive articles in the area of radical political economics.
- Increased participation of URPE as a sponsor of panels at academic conferences. In 2018, URPE will be sponsoring a number of panels at the meetings of the ASSA (Allied Social Science Association), the EEA (Eastern Economic Association), and ICAPE (The International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics). For the third year, we will have panels at the Southern Economic Association (SEA) and for the first time, at the WSSA (Western Social Science Association). These conferences provide radical political economists -graduate students in particular - with the opportunity to share their research widely and increase their employability.
- Launched in 2016, our Graduate Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to graduate students writing doctoral dissertations in radical political economy. Fellows share their subsequent work with URPE through one of our outlets, including the RRPE, the URPE Newsletter, the URPE blog and other public forums.
Of course, we can’t do this work without you. Financial support from members and supporters is essential to the success of our work - please consider donating today.
Your donation to the general operating budget will go directly to our outreach and education efforts in 2018, including our panels at conferences nationwide, the development of a new and comprehensive website, and our Teaching Materials and and Workshops Initiative, which assists graduate students and others with teaching and the job search process.
We also welcome your donations to the URPE Graduate Student Fellowship. Our goal is to raise enough money to make this fund a self-sustaining resource that will support innovative research for years to come. We hope to expand the fellowship to fund multiple fellowships each year.
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