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 17th World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) Conference

The 17th WAPE Forum will be held 2-4 August 2024 at Panteion University, Athens, Greece. To read more click here

It is co-organised by WAPE (World Association of Political Economy – and GAPE (Greek Association of Political Economy – ) and hosted by the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (

17th WAPE Forum Call for Papers

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract (500 words) proposals: 31 May 2024 and
  • Notice of acceptance: 7 June 2024
  • Deadline for full paper submission: 1 July 2024

WAPE also encourages the proposal of a series of panels on subjects within the broad scope of the conference. Colleagues or groups that are interested in organizing such panels should contact the Organisation Committee directly (via and ).

Additionally, the 17th WAPE Forum will include a Young Scholars’ Section. Ongoing PhD students can apply to present mature parts of their work within this section. The rate for students (50 euros) applies in the case of the Young Scholars’ Section.

Official Language: The official language of the Forum is English.

Publication Possibilities: All accepted and submitted papers will be published as an e-book with ISBN. Best papers will be considered for publication in the World Review of Political Economy ( and the International Critical Thought ( after passing the peer refereeing process.



Send a paper abstract (500 words) and your full curriculum vitae in English to and by 31 May 2024. Acceptance letters and instructions for registration will be sent out by 7 June May 2024. The structure and the schedule of registration fees are detailed below. Full papers must be submitted by 1 July 2024.

You are also welcome to propose other topics on the theme.

There is also the option to apply to attend the forum without presenting a paper. In that case, you will be sent an invitation letter for visa purposes etc. upon registration and payment of registration fees.

The 16th World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) Conference

The 16th annual conference of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) was hosted from 25- 27 September 2023 at Fuzho, China. The conference “Chinese Modernization and the prospects of world modernization” was attended in person by many delegates and also by other international participants.

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’s aim was to generate both greater knowledge and new policy options for the better advance of Chinese modernization and world modernization. WAPE 2023 invited all contributions to enrich the perspective of modernization and expand the ground for further discussion. Here you can read the 16th WAPE Forum schedule.

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