Call for Papers: New Directions for Post-capitalist Economics?

From 18 May 2023 to 23 May 2023

Over the past five years, there has been an explosion of research on the possibility of designing post-capitalist economies. Previously limited to a handful of highly invested economists and activists, discussions on the subject are now embracing a growing audience who is asking a simple question: how can we organize the economy outside of capitalism? The socio-political context marked by the ecological crisis, the ubiquity of new technologies and the failures of globalization has contributed to this growing interest in a post-capitalist economy.

This greater interest has a consequence for the field itself. The models and authors that emerged in the 1990s (Devine 1988, Albert and Hahnel 1991, Cockshott and Cottrell 1993) are now surrounded by a variety of often partial, but always thought-provoking proposals. 

This colloquium aims to situate the new research priorities of the field by asking five sets of questions:

  • Should we continue to build and improve post-capitalist economic models or take a different direction?
  • Should new technologies be central to post-capitalist economies or should we try to minimize our dependence on them?
  • Should decreasing the size of the economy be a goal of post-capitalist economies?
  • What already existing institutions, organizations, or social movements promote the implementation of post-capitalist economies? What strategies can move us in this direction? And how can theoretical and political efforts be better coordinated?
  • What international trade and financial relations are compatible with post-capitalist economies?

This colloquium will be held May 18-21, 2023, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Quebec, Canada as part of The Great Transition. It is organized by the Democratic economic planning research group of the Research center on social innovations and transformations (CRITS).

To present a paper, please send your proposals of about 500 words to by March 5, 2023, 5 PM (EST).


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