World Association Political Economy Annual Forum

AN INVITATION TO THE FIFTEENTH FORUM OF THE WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR POLITICAL ECONOMY RETHINKING ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: PERSPECTIVE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY

The 15th WAPE Forum will be held on 18-19 December 2021, at Shanghai International Studies University, China. International participants will attend online due to COVID epidemic. This forum will be co-organized by World Association for Political Economy, Greek Association of Political Economy, and Shanghai International Studies University. To join the forum, please register here at https://www.bagevent.com/event/7913235.

The broad theme of the conference focuses on the controversy between the two main alternative traditions in economic analysis, Political Economy and Economics. Economics (with their myopic understanding of the economy as simply market relations, neglect of social and political factors and class struggle and their almost overt support for capital against labour) has been historically proved incapable of grasping how economies work and forecast and confront competently economic crises. On the other hand, Political Economy (offering a social understanding of the economy, focusing on the sphere of production, linking economic analysis to social and political factors and to class struggle) has been more successful in comprehending the actual workings of the economy and in analyzing economic crises. However, despite their long-standing failures, Economics continue to dominate academia and policy-making centers, especially in the West. Even after the last global economic crisis and its blatant failure to foresee and to resolve it, its dominance remains unwavered as it is supported by strong vested class interests. Nevertheless, there is growing unrest within both the academia and the society with this failed dominance. Political Economy is the main approach towards which all those dissatisfied with Economics turn.

This conference aims to juxtapose Political Economy and Economics and contrast their positions on the various fields and areas of economic analysis. Within its broad theme, WAPE 2021 invites all contributions that enrich the perspective of Political Economy and expand the ground for further discussion. Within the official invitation you can read indicatively but not exclusively, proposed issues for submitted papers to touch upon.

Both individual papers and complete panels on the main theme and proposed topics are welcome. Papers on any topic related to political economy are also welcome. There is also the option to apply to attend the forum without a paper.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE. The official language of the Forum is Chinese and English with simultaneous translation of English, Russian, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese for plenary meetings and simultaneous translation of English for parallel sessions.

HOW TO REGISTER? Submit your paper abstract (within 500 words) and full curriculum vitae in English at https://www.bagevent.com/event/7913235   by 30 November 2021. Confirmation of acceptance will be sent out by 5 December 2021. Full papers must be submitted by 10 December 2021.

You can Modify Attendee Information and upload your full paper and PowerPoints for presentation after your registration is confirmed. If you have any problem with registration, please contact wapemember@vip.163.com.

PUBLICATION POSSIBILITIES. All accepted full papers will be considered for publication in the World Review of Political Economy  http://www.plutojournals.com/wrpe/ and the International Critical Thought                https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rict20 after passing the peer refereeing process.

WAPE AWARDS. You can read more within the official Forum invitation and within our WAPE Awards page about the two WAPE Awards; The Distinguished Achievement Award of World Political Economy of the 21st Century and The Marxian Economics Award. The 2020 WAPE Awards will be granted at the opening ceremony of the 15th WAPE Forum. Nominations and applications can be sent to  wapemember@vip.163.com.

WRPE. The World Review of Political Economy is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal of Marxist Political Economy sponsored by WAPE and published by Pluto Journals. For more information including types of submissions that will be considered, please go to  http://www.plutojournals.com/wrpe/  and submit your articles to WRPE via WRPE ScholarOne Manuscripts site  https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wrpe.

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. To register for the 15th WAPE Forum, you are recommended to become a WAPE member first.

Standard Membership. The membership fee for Standard Members is US$30 per year.The benefits to be a Standard Member include:

  • Free digital copies of the organization’s peer reviewed academic journal, World Review of Political Economy (WRPE), which is published four times a year.
  • 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 will organize for various international conferences held in different countries.

Council Membership. The membership fee for Council Members is US$100 per year.Council Members have the priority over all the benefits offered by WAPE for Standard Members. Besides, you will get both free digital copies and hard copies of the World Review of Political Economy(WRPE). Council Members are required to submit one paper to or call for one paper for WRPE, and review one paper for WRPE per year.

Low-income Membership. Low-income Membership is a discretionary rate of US$10 for students, retired and unemployed people, and part-time workers on reduced income.

Marxist economists from all over the world are welcome to join WAPE and attend WAPE forums. WAPE aims to encourage cooperation among Marxist economists and to enlarge and strengthen the influence of Marxist economics in the world.

The WAPE Secretariat, November 2021

World Association Political Economy Past Annual Forum

Past Annual Forum have covered various topic areas. Examples of these are from the 4th WAPE Forum Statement, in 2009, on the “Statement On Nations, Globalisation and Democratic Governance During the last thirty years, two evolutions happened in the world.”. Or the 6th WAPE Forum Statement, in 2011, on “A Statement On Responses to Capitalist Crisis: Neoliberalism and Beyond”. More recently during the 15th Annual Forum it was “World Association for Political Economy ‘Rethinking Economic Analysis: Political Economy vs Economics’” which was addressed.

Most recent World Association Political Economy Annual Forum

The most recent 15th Annual WAPE Forum did not because of the COVID-19 lockdowns. This Forum scheduled for 2020 on ‘Rethinking Economic Analysis: Political Economy vs Economics’ was to be co-organised by WAPE and GAPE (Greek Association of Political Economy – https://poleconom.wordpress.com/) and hosted by the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (https://www.panteion.gr/en/) in Athens.

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