The state and financialization: explaining recent European labor market policy

By Charles Umney, Ian Greer, Özlem Onaran, Graham Symon Why have neoliberal labor market policies survived the 2008 financial crisis? It cannot be because of their success. There is mounting evidence that measures such as restraining European workers’ wages are not effective ways of generating stable growth. Likewise, converting social democratic welfare states into ‘workfare’ … More The state and financialization: explaining recent European labor market policy

New Book: Transition Economies – Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe & Former Soviet Union

By Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan. From Routledge: This interdisciplinary study offers a comprehensive analysis of the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Providing full historical context and drawing on a wide range of literature, this book explores the continuous economic and social transformation of the post-socialist world. While the future … More New Book: Transition Economies – Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe & Former Soviet Union

New Book: Greece and the Reinvention of Politics

by Alain Badiou. Translated by David Broder. From Verso: In a series of seven trenchant interventions Alain Badiou analyses the decisive developments in Greece since 2011. Badiou considers this Mediterranean country “a sort of open-air political lesson”, with much to tell us about the wider situation. Greece is exemplary of “our fundamental contradictions in Europe, … More New Book: Greece and the Reinvention of Politics

New Book: Europe’s Fault Lines – Racism and the Rise of the Right

By Liz Fekete. From Verso: It is clear that the right is on the rise, but after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across Europe, the question on everyone’s minds is: how did this happen? An expansive investigation of the ways in which a newly configured right … More New Book: Europe’s Fault Lines – Racism and the Rise of the Right

Call For Papers: Fifth FinGeo Global Seminar – “European Spaces of Financialization”

Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar “European Spaces of Financialization” 28-29 May 2018 Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium *** Local Organizers: Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven), David Bassens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Reijer Hendrikse (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Michiel van Meeteren (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Advisory Board: Sabine Dörry (LISER, Luxembourg), Gary Dymski (Leeds University), Karen Lai (National University Singapore), Martin … More Call For Papers: Fifth FinGeo Global Seminar – “European Spaces of Financialization”

Potere al Popolo: In Italy, a new left-wing movement is born

In Rome on December 17, the first national meeting of Potere al Popolo (Power to the People), a new grass-roots left-wing movement aiming at running for the next general elections in March. But the new group also aims at giving new lifeblood and a new perspective to Italy’s radical left. The meeting, attended by thousands … More Potere al Popolo: In Italy, a new left-wing movement is born