The World Association for Political Economy (WAPE), registered in Paris, is an international academic political economy organization founded by Marxist economists and related groups around the world. The mission of WAPE is to utilize modern Marxist economics to analyze and study the world economy, reveal its laws of development, and offer policies to promote economic and social progress on the national and global levels. The World Review of Political Economy (WRPE) , the journal of WAPE, is a quarterly, peer-reviewed title published with Pluto Journals since 2010.

As an international academic political economy organisation the World Association of Political Economy runs forums. The last fourteen WAPE forums were successively held in Shanghai (China), Shimane (Japan), Beijing (China), Paris (France), Suzhou (China), Amherst (USA), Mexico City (Mexico), Florianopolis (Brazil) and Hanoi (Vietnam), Johannesburg (South Africa), Patiala (India), Moscow (Russia), Berlin (Germany) and Winnipeg (Canada) annually between 2006 and 2019. Participants in past WAPE forums have come from over 50 countries across Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.

The 16th Forum of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) will be held from 25- 27th September at Fuzhou City, China.

This forum’s theme will be Chinese modernizaton and the prospects of world modernization. World modernization has gone through three waves of development, and various modes of modernization emerged in these waves. Chinese modernization contains elements that are common to the modernization of other countries, but its most distinctive features shatter the myth that “modernization equals westernization,” while offering the humankind new paths to modernization. It inspires us to reflect on the problems of western capitalist modernization, helping developing countries find a suitable path for their own modernization, and remapping world modernization. This forum aims to generate both greater knowledge and new policy options for the better advance of Chinese modernization and world modernization. WAPE 2023 invites all contributions that enrich the perspective of modernization and expand the ground for further discussion.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: The official language of the Forum is Chinese and English with simultaneous translation.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING WAPE? WAPE has decided to develop itself as a membership organization in order to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new thought and research across the divide of languages and geography, and offer its members access to certain benefits.

The 15th World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) Conference

The 15th annual conference of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) was hosted from 18- 19 December 2021 at Shanghai International Studies University, China. The conference “Rethinking Economic Analysis: Perspective of Political Economy” was attended in person by many delegates and also by other international participants online.

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Various WAPE membership benefits include

  • Publishing of members’ selected articles on our websites.
  • Translating selected books and articles into Chinese and publishing them in China.
  •  Invitations to attend a variety of conferences in China.
  • Scholars who are members may be invited to China on a lecture tour.
  • Members will be invited to join panels, which WAPE organizes.