Call for Papers 2018


The 66th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Political Economy

Transforming Capitalism and the Perspective of Political Economy


October 13 (Saturday) and 14 (Sunday) 2018

Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji-higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga-ken 525-8577 JAPAN


2018 is the 10 year anniversary of the United States (US) originated global financial crisis which devastated the world economy, causing the large scale unemployment of non-regular workers in Japan. 2018 is also the 20thyear of the deflationaryrecession which aggravated the Japanese economic difficulties. Following from these incidents more than 3 million workers in Japan are unemployed, and more than 30 thousand people commit suicide every year. Many university graduates cannot find decent work and find themselves in the ranks of the vulnerable, non-regular workforce. Poverty has been more and more endemic over these 20 years which may be characterized as “the Dark Age” in Japan.


Increasing precarious work and the demise of the middle classes are common across all advanced countries. Neoliberals criticized the welfare state with its liberal socialpolicies and social wages and claimed that its elimination would resurrect prosperity. However, neoliberal policies did not deliver what they promised and instead plunged economies into greater despair and austerity. Neoliberalism has also fomented increased cut-throat international competition and fostered mass migrations even as it enforces viscous, xenophobic policies on immigrants. 


Brexit in the European Union, Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, and Marine Le Pen’s ascendancy in the French presidential election all point to the renewal and spread of right-wing tendencies within existing democracies. Right-winggovernments in turn are mounting isolationist campaigns against globalization and immigration which tend to be supported by more people in their respective countries. The Abe government in Japan may be also characterizedas reflecting this trend. 


Marxian economics and other schools of political economy have tried to analyzethe transformations of capitalism which underpin these political-economic trends. In the current situation what alternative policy directions and modes of implementation can political economy propose to save the many people who have been victimizedby the neoliberal transformations of contemporary capitalism? In the JSPE Annual Conference, we seek answers to questions posed by the neoliberal political-economic transformations from the perspective of theory, empirical analysis and policy proposals in political economy.


Invited speaker: 

Professor Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), the 2017 JSPE-Routledge Book Prize winner, is expected to be the invited speaker to present her award lecture. The JSPE-Routledge Book Prize honors work that promotes the study of political economy and heterodox economics throughout the world and challenges the dominant position of orthodox neo-liberal economics among economists and policy-makers.



JSPE invites proposals for its English sessions in the following categories.


English Sessions I: topics relating to the plenary session “Transforming Capitalism and the Perspective of Political Economy.”


English Sessions II: topics reflecting the tradition and analytical perspective of JSPE which include:

(a) basic theories of political economy

(b) historical developments in the critique of political economy and economics

(c)the critical analysis of current political economic problems and policy challenges, including crisis, financial instability, economic development, socialism, gender, environment, and climate change. 


Submission Procedures and the Deadline:

Please complete this form with your proposals by 7 May 2018 20 May 2018


The paper submission includes: 

(a) Name (First, FAMILY), 

(b) Email Address, 

(c) Postal address, 

(d) Academic affiliation, 

(e) The title of the proposed paper, 

(f) An abstract (up to 500 words)

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30 June. 


Deadline for the full-paper: The full paper and the extended abstract (A4, 1 page) in Word format must be submitted by 5 September 2018.