9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN06 Critical Political Economy

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Resistance and the Search for Alternatives Building AA, AA.323

Critiques to Concrete - Probelms in Constructing Post-Crisis Policy

This paper is a study of the difficulties associated with the development of intellectual criticism into alternative economic strategies - especially within the current context of the global economic crisis. The almost religious nature of the current orthodoxy and its ability to subsume criticism leads to additional challenges in reforming ideas within the discipline. This requires urgent attention so that an understanding of the crisis based on systematic foundations, and not on incentives or individual mistakes, can prevail.Turning points in economic strategy in the past are re-examined, and suggestions for improving the communicability of developments in economic thought are put forward.