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Politics and Political Economy

Capital & Class

Capital & Class provides a critique of global capitalism in the Marxist tradition, reaching out into the labour, trade union and other radical movements, such as anti-racism, environmentalism and feminism. The journal provides a critique of global capitalism in the Marxist tradition, reaching out into the labour, trade union and other radical movements, such as anti-racism, environmentalism and feminism. Capital & Class is published three time per year by The Conference of Socialists Economists (CSE). The CSE is an international, democratic membership organisation committed to developing a materialist critique of capitalism, unconstrained by conventional academic divisions between subjects.


Historical Materialism

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Historical Materialism is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to exploring and developing the critical and explanatory potential of Marxist theory. The journal started as a project at the London School of Economics from 1995 to 1998. The advisory editorial board comprises many leading Marxists, including Robert Brenner, Maurice Godelier, Michael Lebowitz, Justin Rosenberg, Ellen Meiksins Wood and others.

Marxism has manifested itself in the late 1990s from the pages of the Financial Times to new work by Fredric Jameson, Terry Eagleton and David Harvey. Unburdened by pre-1989 ideological baggage, Historical Materialism stands at the edge of a vibrant intellectual current, publishing a new generation of Marxist thinkers and scholars.


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Critique is an independent, refereed, scholarly journal founded in 1973. It attempts to analyse contemporary society from a critical Marxist perspective. Critique takes the view that Marxism has been so degraded by the Stalinist period that much of what has passed for Marxism has ranged between incoherent nonsense and empty if complex scholastic schema. Since socialism in one country is a theoretical and practical impossibility, Critique rejected and continues to reject analyses purporting to show this or that country is or was socialist. Furthermore, Critique emphatically insists on the impossibility of an undemocratic socialism.

The aim of Critique is to take part in the restoration of the earlier pre-eminence of Marxist thought by encouraging discussion around the political economy of contemporary capitalist and non-capitalist societies. For this purpose, it regards debate around methodology and as a consequence philosophy to be essential. Inevitably, contemporary political economy must also involve debate around the importance of historical events and so Critique encourages contributions of historical analysis.

In short, Critique's aim is to publish theoretical work at various levels of abstraction from the most profound to that of analytical description in order to help provide the theory required for socialist change, which with the end of Stalinism is once more on the agenda.

Economy and Society

This radical interdisciplinary journal of theory and politics continues to be one of the most exciting and influential resources for scholars in the social sciences worldwide.

As one of the fields leading scholarly refereed journals, Economy and Society plays a key role in promoting new debates and currents of social thought. For over 30 years, the journal has explored the social sciences in the broadest interdisciplinary sense, in innovative articles from some of the world's leading sociologists and anthropologists, political scientists, legal theorists, philosophers, economists and other renowned scholars.

In regular issues, and through issues devoted to special themes, Economy and Society covers questions ranging from economic governance to developments in the life sciences and beyond, and publishes major new work on current issues confronting progressive politics throughout Europe and North America, Australasia and the Pacific Rim.

New Labor Forum

New Labor Forum is owned and edited by the Murphy Institute, City University of New York, and published three times a year by Routledge, a division of the Taylor and Francis Group. The first issue of New Labor Forum was distributed in Fall 1997. With the journal, we provide a place for labor and its allies to test new ideas and debate old ones. Issues we explore include, but are not limited to: the global economy’s impact on work and labor; new union organizing and political strategies; labor’s new constituencies and their relationship to organized labor’s traditional institutions; internal union reform and new structural models for the labor movement; alternative economic and social policies; and the role of culture in a new, revitalized labor movement. Our core constituency consists of leaders and activists in organized labor, as well as intellectuals, academics and community-based activists whose work is linked to the causes championed by, and of interest to, organized labor. Our readers’ broad areas of interest cover the entire range of the humanities and social sciences. We have a subscription base of 2,000 readers.

New Political Economy

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New Political Economy aims to create a forum for work which combines the breadth of vision which characterised the classical political economy of the nineteenth century with the analytical advances of twentieth century social science. It seeks to build on conceptual innovations, such as structuration theory, institutional economics and the new public choice, which have tried to create an integrated analysis, thereby combining parsimonious theories which analyse agency in terms of instrumental rationality with contextual theories which analyse structures institutionally and historically.

The main emphasis will be on exploratory and innovative work which draws on different disciplines and addresses core issues in the main constituent elements of its research agenda. Namely: comparative political economy; the political economy of the environment; the political economy of development; and international political economy.

Review of Social Economy

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For over sixty years the Review of Social Economy has published high quality peer-reviewed papers on the many relationships between social values and economics. Among the subjects addressed are income distribution, justice and equity, poverty, cooperation, human dignity, labour, workplace organization, gender, need, the environment, economic institutions, economics methodology and class.

Among the orientations of the Review's authors are social and socio-economics, institutionalist, cooperativist, Post-Marxist andradical, feminist, Post Keynesian, behavioralist, and environmentalist.

The Review welcomes discussion about pluralism in economics and about the relation between economics and other social sciences, including sociology, geography, political science, and anthropology - indeed the Review is an obvious platform for interdisciplinary research to be staged.

Papers published are both empirical and conceptual. One issue of each volume is guest edited, and devoted to a special theme or individual in social economics. The Journal also includes short papers and comments, book reviews and review essays, and announcements.

Review of Political Economy

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The Review of Political Economy is a peer-reviewed journal welcoming constructive and critical contributions in all areas of political economy, including the Austrian, Behavioral Economics, Feminist Economics, Institutionalist, Marxian, Post Keynesian, and Sraffian traditions. The Review publishes both theoretical and empirical research, and is also open to submissions in methodology, economic history and the history of economic thought that cast light on issues of contemporary relevance in political economy.

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