Call for Papers
2nd World Keynes Conference,
New Economic Thinking - A Better Way Forward!’
In memoriam Frederic S. Lee (1949 – 2014)
Pamukkale University, Denizli/Turkey
09-12 September 2015
‘Mainstream economics is in disarray’ – so much the economics discipline agrees on. It failed to foresee the recent World Financial Crisis and now proposes an economic policy that any proponent of economics as a serious science must be deterred from. Though science and common sense would suggest that this moment would belong to those, such as the heterodox and the pluralists, who have long criticized mainstream economics and the monistic approach to the discipline, neither ‘empirical anomalies’ nor deductive weaknesses have ever caused paradigmatic shifts or made economics more pluralistic. Mainstream economics is simply too solidly entrenched politically and alternatives such as Marxian, Post Keynesian or Social economics, are too little understood. The minor axiomatic variations within mainstream economics are mistaken for the much greater axiomatic and heuristic variations between mainstream and competing paradigms.
The 2nd World Keynes Conference will address these issues. It encourages the presentation of theoretical alternatives in the following areas or others they believe are related to the issues outlined above:
- Stabilizing an unstable economy
- Macroeconomics of financial market regulation
- Inequality, growth and instability
- Macroeconomics of sustainable growth
- International economic governance
- The changing dynamics of international competition
- Growth in a multipolar economy
- The changing nature of capitalism
The Conference also welcomes inquiring into the dominance of mainstream economics:
- Political economy of mainstream dominance
- Plural economics and the market society
- The strange survival of mainstream economics
- The theoretical challenge of emerging economies
in contesting mainstream variations:
- Mainstream dissenters and heterodox economics – a promising alliance?
- Complexity economics – mainstream, heterodox or what?
- Should we distinguish between mainstream, dissenter and heterodox?
and in focusing on institutional arrangements in the economic field:
- How to change the teaching of economics in economics departments
- Evaluation systems and the future of economics
- Sponsoring science – a chance for ‘New Economic Thinking’?
- Varieties of higher education systems – anything to learn from comparison?
- Can there be economic pluralism beyond US monism?
Although the conference bears the name of John Maynard Keynes, approaches inspired by other economists such as David Ricardo, Karl Marx, Torstein Veblen, Michal Kalecki, Hyman Minsky or, not least, Joan Robinson, Piero Sraffa, Karl Polanyi or Wynne Godley are likewise welcome – the approach taken is one of in- not exclusion.
Finally, papers from all theoretical perspectives are welcome:
- Political Economy
- International Economy
- Economic Sociology