Call for Papers 2020


The Call for Paper for the 68th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Political Economy has been cancelled (April 18, 2020).


The 68th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Political Economy


Declining Birth Rates and the Contemporary Capitalism

October 24 (Saturday) and 25 (Sunday) 2020

Hokusei Gakuen University, 2-3-1, Ohyachi-Nishi, Atsubetsu-ku,

 Sapporo, Hokkaido, 004-8631, JAPAN

 The Japan Society of Political Economy celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. The JSPE has endeavored to have wider and deeper perspectives both in theoretical and empirical studies, paying attention to various issues in the real world, from the viewpoint of Marxian economics and other schools of critical political economy. The plenary session at this year’s conference deals with the declining birth rates in the contemporary capitalism. Declining birth rates in advanced capitalist economies have raised many problems regarding the reproduction of our society. Those problems will require us to further investigate the relationship between capital accumulation, employment and labor force, with reference to recent political economy perspectives on gender and family. Presentations and discussions in this conference are expected to greatly contribute to further researches on the economic and social implications of declining birth rate. And this conference will inspire more discussions among various approaches of political economy including Marxian economics, Post-Keynesian economics, institutional and historical schools, the Regulation school, analytical Marxists and so on.


Invited speakers: 

We are delighted to announce the following confirmed speaker:

The 2019 JSPE-Routledge Book Prize winner, Professor Robert Boyer (Institut des Amériques, Paris).

The JSPE-Routledge Book Prize honors the work that promotes the study of heterodox economics throughout the world and challenges the dominant position of orthodox neo-liberal economics among economists and policy-makers.

The JSPE invites proposals for its English sessions in the following categories. English Sessions I: Topics relating to the plenary session such as (a) basic theories of political economy; (b) historical and theoretical analysis of contemporary capitalism; (c) declining birth rates, ageing population in advanced capitalist economies and related policy issues.

English Sessions II: All proposals reflecting the tradition and analytical perspective of JSPE which include (a) Historical developments in the critique of political economy and economics; (b) 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 the form in the following website with your proposals by 7 May 2020 at the latest:

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30 June 2020.


Deadline for the full-paper:

The full paper (not exceeding 20 pages of A4 paper, including figures, tables and references) and the extended abstract (one page of A4 paper) in Word format should be submitted by 4 September 2020.



Attendants have to pay their conference fee (7000 yen per person including the conference dinner), as well as their transportation, accommodation and other personal expenses.
We accept your credit card payment with PayPal here. Cash (JPY) only on site.




Hokusei Gakuen University
2-3-1, Ohyachi-Nishi, Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo 004-8631



There is a possibility that schedule and venue might be modified depending on the situation of Coronavirus infections.



Prof. Masao Ishikura (Chairman of the JSPE International Committee)
E-mail: Jspecice2014 (at)