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About the Conference

A conference entitled "The Future of Capitalism" was held at Robinson College, Cambridge (UK) on 25 and 26 June 2011. The conference was sponsored by the Cambridge Journal of Economics in recognition of G.C. Harcourt's outstanding and dedicated service to the journal and to the economics profession. It took place on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

G. C. Harcourt has made an invaluable contribution to Cambridge Economics in many ways: As an original contributor to Post-Keynesian economic analysis; as an eloquent spokesperson who made much of Post-Keynesian thought, and many Post-Keynesian debates, accessible to a wider audience; as a policy adviser; as a much loved teacher; and, last but not least, as a core editorial member of the Cambridge Journal of Economics - first as an Associate Editor in Australia and subsequently, for more than three decades, as an Editor.

The conference theme was chosen with a double purpose in mind: To celebrate G. C. Harcourt's contribution to Economics, and to do so through the lens of a forward-looking discussion of the political economy of global capitalism post the current crisis. It is the view of the conference organisers that this was the most appropriate way to do justice to Harcourt's spirited engagement with Economics both as a discipline and as a policy tool that ideally should help to improve the lives of the many.

Conference themes included:

Economic method: The role of mathematics and econometrics – constraints, critiques and new agendas
History of Economic Analysis: Insights for today from core Cambridge legacies and debates
Economic theory: Paradigmatic changes and heterodox contributions re-visited – Kalecki, Kaldor, Goodwin, Marx and Pasinetti
Global capitalism: Modes of accumulation in developing countries and international economic relations – core issues and reform proposals
Economic and social policy for advanced capitalism: Heterodox foundations for policy-making – behavioural economics, Keynesian and Post-Keynesian perspectives

A call for papers for a Special Issue on the conference theme can be found on the website of the Cambridge Journal of Economics.
Please follow this link to view the Call for Papers

Enquiries: harcourtconference2011@gmail.com