Union for Radical Political Economics

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The Union for Radical Political Economics, founded in 1968 is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study, development and application of radical political economic analysis to social problems. URPE seeks to critique the capitalist system and all forms of exploitation and oppression while helping to construct a progressive social policy and create socialist alternatives.[1]

Mission

URPE's core purpose as outlined on their website is,

"to be an alternative professional organization for left political economists and an intellectual home for academics, policy-makers, and activists who are interested in participating in a left intellectual debate on theoretical and policy issues."[2]

The URPE has established the following caucuses and projects to further its cause:

  • The Women’s Caucus, formed in 1971 "to protest the white male domination within URPE that tended to mute women’s and feminists’ voices."
  • The Gay, Lesbian and Bi-Sexual Caucus, formed in the early 1980s "has actively participated in sponsoring workshops and panels on issues such as sexuality, family policy, and AIDS, as well as presented the concerns of gays, lesbians, and bi-sexuals to the rest of the URPE"
  • The Third World Caucus, founded in the late 1980s "in order to bring a representative voice of people of color and from countries of the South into the organization and onto the Steering Committee."
  • The Political Education and Action Project
  • The Economics Education Project[2]

Affiliations

The following organizations are affiliated with the URPE:[2]

History

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The URPE was founded in the summer of 1968, when graduate students and faculty from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Harvard University and Radcliffe College held a working meeting in Ann Arbor just a few weeks before the National Democratic Party Convention in Chicago.[2]

Founding Members

The founding members of the URPE were:[2]

URPE and Economics Society of the New School Conference on the Soviet Union

A "Conference on the Nature of the Soviet Union and Its Role in the World Today" was scheduled for March 17, 1979 in New York City, and was co-sponsored by the Union for Radical Political Economics URPE andthe Economics Society of the New School.

It was divided into both a Morning Session and Afternoon Workshops, to be held at the Washington Irving High School and then the New School for Social Research respectively. The notice appeared in the March 14, 1979 issue of the "Guardian", the U.S. maoist-oriented radical weekly.

Morning Session Speakers:

  • Paul Sweezy - Editor, "Monthly Review"
  • Victor Perlo - author of forthcoming "Dynamic Stability: The Soviet Economy Today" (and id. Soviet spy, id. CPUSA member), later the open leader of the CPUSA's "Economics Commission"
  • Noel Ignatin - author of "No Condescending Saviors", and (well known marxist)
  • Michael Zweig - SUNY Stony Brook, contributor to "How Capitalism Has Been Restored in the Soviet Union and What This Means for the World Struggle", (another well known marxist)

Afternoon Workshops: Subjects

  • COMECON
  • Women in the USSR
  • USSR and the Third World
  • Economic Structure
  • Law of Value
  • USSR and India
  • USSR and Africa
  • Detente
  • Agriculture
  • Eurocommunism, and many others

Workshop Speakers: (Partial Listing)

Advance Registration: Please make checks payable to the "Economics Society" and mail them to John Ernst, Economics Dept., Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, 65 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10003


1990 URPE Summer Conference "Working People and the Urban Environment

From the Guardian, June 27, 1990, P. 8, "Guardian Classifieds" announcements section: Full text:

"Thursday august 23, Sunday August 26 (sic)" Union for Radical Political Economics 1990 Summer Conference "Working People and the Urban Environment". Camp Sequoia, Rock Hill, New York (2 hours from New York City) PLENARY SESSIONS - "Ecology and the Left, Eastern Europe. "The Road to What?", "The Health Crisis and AIDS; "The Assault on African-American Communities and the Resistance Speakers including;

Classes: "Gender Analysis" - Teresa Amott; "Popluar Economics", The Center for Popular Economics; "Labor History - Dana Frank;

"Choosing Class and Over-Determination"; "New Directions in Marxian Economics" - Richard Wolff (a veteran Marxist professor) and Stephen Resnick.

"Cultural, recreational activity and childcare included. Write: URPE, National office, Dept. of Economics, University of California, Riverside Ca., 92521, or phone (714) 864-7377.

1996 Summer conference

From Saturday, August 24 through Tuesday August 27, "academics and activists interested in a left-oriented analysis of economic issues and political topics" met at Camp Chinqueka in Bantam, Connecticut.

Conference theme was "The New Class Warfare" and there were three plenary sessions: "The Right on the Rampage", "What's Left of Liberalism", and "People Under Siege and in Struggle". Speakers included Jane D'Arista (EPI), Elaine Bernard (Harvard Trade Union Program), Alan Charney (DSA Director), Harry Magdoff (Monthly Review), Michael Albert (Z Magazine), Jerome Scott (Project South), and others.

Contact was Dawn Saunders, Dept. of Economics 475 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

A special series of sessions, featuring Sam Bowles (UMass) among others, "will discuss the impact of the work of David Gordon (1944-1996), a prominent radical economist and a co-founder of URPE".[3]

Coordinators

The coordinators of the URPE for 2009 - 2010 were:[4]

  • Pat Duffy (National Office), University of Massachusetts

ASSA Coordinators:

Steering Committee:

Review of Radical Political Economics

The Review of Radical Political Economics is the journal of the Union for Radical Political Economics, being published four times a year by Sage Publications. It promotes critical inquiry into all areas of economic, social, and political reality with an approach they define as "non-orthodox economics". The RPE publishes research in Marxian economics, post-Keynesian economics, Sraffian economics, feminist economics, and radical institutional economics.[5]

Editorial Board

The editorial board for 2008 - 2009 was:[6]

References