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WAPE 15

The 15th Forum of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) took place on 18-19 December.  It was held physically at the Shanghai International Studies University, China; but was complemented by virtual panels with a large number of Marxist economists from outside China participating.  There were around 200 papers presented on a range of subjects: political economy, world capitalism, imperialism, China etc 

WAPE is an increasingly important forum for discussion among Marxist economics academics.  To quote its website, WAPE “presents the opportunity for Marxist economists to reach out to each other, across the divide of language and geography around the dynamics of Political Economy. The aim is to unite Marxist economists of the world to work together, to facilitate this exchange of knowledge, new thought and research and to develop Marxist political economy and strengthen the influence of Marxist Political Economy in the world across all languages and cultural boundaries”

In effect, WAPE is a Chinese-run academic economics organisation, aiming to link up with Marxist economists globally.  It aims to promote the success of the Chinese development model as these academics see it.  Even though that might seem like bias, the WAPE forums and journals still provide an important outlet to discuss all the developments in the world capitalist economy from a Marxist perspective

The 15th Forum delivered a myriad of papers and speeches.  In this short review, I cannot possibly cover all the sessions.  But you can see the full program here.  I shall only refer to the sessions that interested me or in which I participated

But let me start with Guglielmo Carchedi.  At the 15th Forum, Italian Marxist economist Carchedi received a special award for his longstanding contributions to Marxist political economy.  As readers of this blog know, in the last decade Carchedi and I have collaborated on a number of projects, including papers and books, because of our close agreement on Marxist political economy and its application to the issues of the day.  So it was especially pleasing to see Guglielmo receive this award from his fellow Marxist economists

Carchedi has made pioneering and profound contributions to Marxian value theory, the theory of crises under capitalism; and to a modern theory of classes; as well as more recently to Marxian dialectics and the nature of knowledge and mental labour in 21st century capitalism.  Some of his key works are: The logic of prices as values (1984) http://digamo.free.fr/carchedi84.pdf; Frontiers of Political Economy (1991) http://digamo.free.fr/carchedi91.pdf; and Behind the Crisis (2011). And here is his acceptance speech at WAPE.

There were some interesting plenary sessions that took place physically in Shanghai on the state of Marxist economics in 21st century, lessons from the Soviet Union and China and on comparisons with India.  But I shall concentrate on some panel sessions in this review. Panel 3 was on the Political Economy of COVID. Jose Lujano Lopez from UNAM, Mexico presented a paper on Profits without Prosperity in Fifth Kondratiev and Social Collapse by Covid-19Lujano started from the premiss that there are long waves of prosperity and depression in capitalist economies, following the theory of Russian economist, Kondratiev.  These long waves from low to high and back to low, last about 50 years or so.  Lopez reckons that the major capitalist economies are in the fifth Kondratiev wave since the capitalist mode of production became dominant.  This fifth wave began in the 1980s and reached its apex in growth in production and investment by the Great Recession of 2008 and is now in its down phase to date, which presumably would come to an end around mid-2030s, if the fifth K-wave were to follow previous ones

 

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