Political Economy Forum

2019

Political Economy Forum

The concept of an imperial mode of living aims to understand the environmental crisis as well as the prospects for a socio-ecological transformation from the perspective of a theory of hegemony. The imperial mode of living implies patterns of production and consumption that rely on the unlimited appropriation of resources, a disproportionate claim to ecosystems, and the appropriation and exploitation of labour power on a global scale. Its generalisation in the societies of the global North after the Second World War and its more recent spread to the emerging economies of the global South is a major driver of climate change and other crisis phenomena. The Political Economy Forum will introduce the imperial mode of living concept, reflect on current crises from this perspective and discuss alternatives in society-nature relations.

Speaker
Markus Wissen, IPE

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 4.30 to 6.30pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room
B 4.04
Language: The event will be held in English.

Political Economy Forum

The IPE organizes a Political Economy Forum as the opening event of the two-day conference on the transformation of (auto)mobility in cooperation with the discussion group „Zukunft Auto, Umwelt, Mobilität"  of the Rosa-Luxembourg-Foundation. Further information.

Guest speaker
Prof. Lu Zhang PhD,  College of Liberal Arts, Temple University Philadelphia

Discussant
Wenke Christoph, Senior Advisor for Southeast Europe, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Moderation
Markus Wissen, IPE

Date and Time: Friday, 22 November 2019, 6pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room
B 4.01

Political Economy Forum

mit

  • Dr. Dominique Miething (Politische Bildung, FU Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Aysel Yollu-Tok (Volkswirtschaftslehre, HWR Berlin)

Moderation

  • Sarah Godar (IPE, HWR Berlin)


An der HWR gibt es hin und wieder den Vorwurf, Lehrende würden nicht „ideologiefrei“ unterrichten. Doch was ist eine Ideologie eigentlich und wie sähe eine „ideologiefreie“ Lehre aus? Das erläutert zunächst ein Referent aus der politischen Bildung. Wie gesellschaftlich umstrittene Themen in der wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Lehre vermittelt werden können, wird anschließend eine Referentin aus der VWL skizzieren. Auf dieser Grundlage möchten wir dann gerne gemeinsam mit Studierenden und Lehrenden weiterdiskutieren.

Eine Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit der Reformfraktion und dem Sozial-Ökologischen Bündnis der HWR.

Datum: 22.November 2019, 16:00-18:00 
Ort: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Raum 3.01 (Haus B)

Political Economy Forum

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

With Jair Bolsonaro a far-right politician has been elected president of Brazil. What are the political, social and economic consequences of this government for Brazil and internationally? What are the possible strategies for a progressive countermovement? Discussion with Sérgio Costa, Professor of Sociology, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.

Date and Time: Thursday, 11 July, 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room B 4.04

Political Economy Forum

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Éric Pineault, L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Fellow at DFG-Kolleg Postwachstumsgesellschaften, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

It could be called the “post-growth” condition. Whether it’s because of climate change, or of secular stagnation, it would seem that advanced capitalist societies cannot have the growth they would need for their continued stability. From the mid 20th century onwards the political conflicts and economic contradictions of advanced capitalism have been mitigated by what Alan Schnaiberg called the “unpolitics of expansion”, the post growth condition refers to an unravelling of this stabilizing mechanism. Distributional conflicts and zero sum international economic relations are once again prominent problems in advanced capitalist societies. In his presentation Eric Pineault moves beyond an analysis of post growth as a conjuncture and explores the nature of growth in advanced capitalist societies using the tools and concepts of social ecology and of critical political economy. If growth has been able to mitigate to some degree the internal contradictions of capitalist accumulation, it is today incapable of surmounting on its own terms its external contradictions - the contradictions of social reproduction, of ecology and of unsustainable global international inequalities.

Date and Time: Friday, 21 June, 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50–51, 10825 Berlin, Room B 1.01

Political Economy Forum

mit

  • Larissa Bleckwehl, HR Business Partner, DAX-Konzern & HWR Alumna
  • Leonhard Dobusch, Professor für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Universität Innsbruck

Moderation: Philipp Kenel, HWR

Finanzkrise, Klimawandel und digitale Revolution: Die Welt befindet sich im Umbruch, doch in den Seminarräumen gilt business as usual? Die wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Lehre wird von verschiedenen gesellschaftlichen Akteuren kritisiert - nicht nur in Deutschland. Sie sei realitätsfremd und einseitig. Braucht es deshalb mehr Pluralismus in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften, also eine Vielfalt der Disziplinen, der Perspektiven und Methoden? 
Welche Kompetenzen soll das wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Studium heute vermitteln, damit die Studierenden gut vorbereitet sind für das Leben nach der Hochschule? Ist die HWR gut für die zukünftigen Herausforderungen aufgestellt und was ist noch zu verbessern? 

Eine Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit der Reform-Fraktion und dem Sozial-Ökologischen Bündnis der HWR.

Datum: 03. Juni 2019, 19.30 - 21.00 Uhr
Ort: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Raum B 1.01

Political Economy Forum

Speakers:

  • Gesine Schwan, Chairwoman of the SPD Commission on Basic Values, President of the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform
  • Gregor Gysi, Member of the German Bundestag, President of the European Left
  • Achim Truger, Professor for `Sozioökonomie´, specialising in government activity and public finances (University of Duisburg-Essen), Member of the German Council of Economic Experts (Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung)

Moderation: Bea Ruoff (IPE)

In the light of economic, social and ecological crises – which do not stop at national borders – as well as increasing military conflicts across the world, the development of perspectives and strategies for a Europe based on solidarity is becoming increasingly urgent. At this forum Gesine Schwan, Gregor Gysi and Achim Truger discuss how these might look like and which progressive utopia of Europe is worth fighting for. What are the trends, opportunities and dangers for European integration, for example with regard to Brexit, Macron's initiatives and a changed international environment? How could the neoliberal orientation of the EU and the single currency be criticised without questioning European integration itself? To what extent is the overcoming of neoliberalism and austerity policies a prerequisite for saving the EU? How can such criticisms be mobilised to bring progressive forces back into the offensive? These perspectives of a progressive European integration should be put to debate with public participation.

Date: 24. Mai 2019, 18.00-19.45 Uhr
Venue: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room B 4.04

Political Economy Forum

Speakers:

  • Fabio De Masi, Member of the German Bundestag (Die Linke) and former Vice Chair of the European Parliaments Panama Papers Inquiry Committee
  • Sarah Godar, researcher, IPE/HWR

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Moderation:

  • Prof. Dr. Achim Truger, IPE/HWR

The strikingly low tax payments of individual multinational enterprises revealed by the Luxembourg Leaks and other journalistic investigations have shed serious doubts on the effectiveness of the international corporate tax system. It seems that aggressive tax competition strategies have led to a situation in which multinational enterprises can minimize their tax payments to the detriment of public financial interests or at the cost of other taxpayers. Despite increased international cooperation efforts, the tax avoidance business still seems to flourish even in EU member states. The IPE invites Fabio De Masi and Sarah Godar to discuss: How serious is the problem of corporate profit shifting in terms of public revenue losses? What countermeasures have been taken at the national and international level? What remains to be done and what are the main obstacles to reform in the EU?

Date and Time: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4 p.m.

Location: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (HWR), Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room B 1.01

2018-2016

The Political Economy Forum „Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance“ with Prof. Lu Zhang from Temple University Philadelphia, planned for Friday, November 30, is cancelled. We plan to reinvite Lu Zhang in 2019 and keep you informed.

Luxemburg Lecture

Topic: "Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance"

Speaker: Prof. Lu Zhang PhD, Temple University, Philadelphia

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Markus Wissen, IPE at the HWR Berlin

China is the world’s largest and fastest-growing automobile manufacturing nation. In her lecture, Lu Zhang will discuss the current conditions, subjectivity, and collective actions of autoworkers, based on years of fieldwork conducted at major auto factories in various regions of China. She will provide an inside look at the daily factory life of autoworkers and a deeper understanding of the roots of rising labour conflicts in China’s automotive industry. Combining empirical data and world-system analysis that moves from the shop floor to national political economy and global industry dynamics, Dr. Zhang will shed light on how labour conflicts in the automotive industry and broader social economy can be expected to develop, both within China and globally.

Lu Zhang is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia. Her research concentrates on labor and labor movements, globalization, development, and the political economy of China. She is the author of the award-winning book, Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is currently working on her second book, which explores how the movements of capital interact with labor politics and local development through a comparative case study of the global electronics industry from China’s coastal region to its interior and to Vietnam.

Date and time: Friday, November 30, 2018, 6 p.m.

Location: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (HWR), Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Raum B 1.01

The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute (HTMI) and the Institute for International Political Economy (IPE) Berlin jointly invite for the Political Economy Forum:

"Restructuring in the (Global) Care Economy - a Setback of Gender Equality?"

We are happy to announce our two guest speakers:

Eleonor Faur (Social Scienties and Professor at the University of San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina):
Childcare in Argentina: A driver for Gender and Class Inequalities?

Brigitte Aulenbacher (Social Scientist and Professor at the University of Linz (JKU), Austria):
Care Sells. The Ideal of the Home Care Society and the 24-h-Care-Business

Date and time: Friday, 15th of June 2018 - 4-6 pm
Location: Campus Schöneberg - House B - Badensche Str. 50-51 - Room B2.01

The idea of a guaranteed and unconditional basic income has become quite popular in many countries and finds advocats across an astonishingly broad spectrum. Is it really a desirable utopia, or more a dystopia for various reasons? Two scholars will share their rather critical perspectives with us and will engage in the discussion:

Silke Bothfeld, political scientist and Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen
Karl Brenke, economist at the DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research)

The discussion will be moderated by the journalist John Goetz, the NDR-editor for investigations at ARD-Hauptstadtstudio (Berlin) and a member of the investigative team at the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Date and time: 2nd February 2018, 4 – 6 pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Str. 52, 10825 Berlin, Room A 2.04

The 13 July 2017, IPE invites to the second Political Economy Forum in this summer semester, welcoming Heike Joebges (HTW Berlin) and Brigitte Young (University of Münster) to discuss the book “The German Financial System and the Financial and Economic Crisis”, which has just been published by several IPE members.

The book:Daniel Detzer, Nina Dodig, Trevor Evans, Eckhard Hein, Hansjörg Herr, Franz J. Prante: The German Financial System and the Financial and Economic Crisis, Cham et al.: Springer International, 2017.

Date and time: 13 July 2017, 4 – 6pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Str. 50-51, Room B 1.01

Die Veranstaltung fand in englischer Sprache statt.

The 25 April 2017, IPE invited Pasquale Tridico discuss foundations of and approaches to income inequality in the age of financialisation. We were delighted to welcome the professor of Labour economics and coordinator of two distinguished Master programs at Roma Tre University, Italy, who presented his new book Inequality in Financial Capitalism (2017). Examining empirical evidence for major advanced economies from the 1980s onwards, Tridico finds that increased inequality is a consequence of financialisation, due to which labour and welfare became a cost rather than a benefit and aggregate demand has been structurally disregarded.

Datum und Uhrzeit: 25. Januar 2017, 18-20 Uhr

Ort: HWR Campus Schöneberg, Badensche Str. 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Haus B, Raum B 1.01

The 20 January 2017, this semester’s IPE Political Economy Forum will discuss the emergence of populism and right-wing movements in the US and Europe.

Date and time: 20.1.2017, 4-6 pm

Date and time: 26 November, 4 pm

Location: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Schöneberg Campus, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B.101

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Introduction by: Prof. Trevor Evans, Institute for International Political Economy (IPE) Berlin, Longtime coordinator of the EuroMemo Group
Date & Time: Friday, 15th July 2016, 4pm-6pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Campus Schöneberg, House B, Badensche Str. 50-51, 10825 Berlin. Room B1.01

2015-2009

“Democracy in Europe under Pressure: New Political Movements in Greece and Spain”

Date and time: 29 January, 4 pm
Location: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 2.01

“Towards an authoritarian state? Austerity politics and the transformation of the European Union”

Date and time: 11 November, 6 pm
Location: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B.101

Dr. Werner Raza and Stephen Stierle

"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)"

Date and time: 8 December 2014, 4pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 1.01

"The Financial and Debt Crisis: Comparing the US and EU responses"

Date and time: 28 May 2013, 6pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 1.01

Lucien van der Walt - Professor of Sociology, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Date and time: 29 November 2011, 6pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 1.01

Date and time: 2 February 2012, 6pm

Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 3.01

Date and time: 12 December 2012, 6pm

Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: C 91

Date and time: 21 November 2012, 6pm

Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 1.01

Monday, January 24, 2011 at HWR Berlin
6pm - 8pm
Room 444

Food or fuel? Conflicts on land use pattern
Prof. Dr. Elmar Altvater

Wei Ge, Professor of Economics, Bucknell University (USA)

Date and time: Wednesday, 29 June 2011, 6pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 1.01

Marcus Taylor, Associate Professor, Queens University (Canada)

Date and time: Wednesday, 6 July 2011, 6pm
Location: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Room: B 5.44

Monday, November 2, 2009 at HWR Berlin
6pm - 8pm
Room 101

CHINA AND INDIA AND THE CURRENT GLOBAL CRISIS

Sunanda Sen, India
Visiting Professor at Jamia Millia University and Institute of Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi

and

AMERICA'S EXHAUSTED PARADIGM: Macroeconomic Causes of the Financial Crisis and Great Recession

Thomas Palley, USA
Schwartz Economic Growth Fellow
New America Foundation