The 32nd Annual EAEPE Conference 2020 will be held online


Call for papers for a joint special session on

"Heterodox Development Policies: Myth or Reality?"

Organized by 
Research Area C (Institutional Change) and Research Area W (Global Political
together with
Lotta Takala-Greenish (University of the West of England) and
Alice Nicole Sindzingre (Paris-North Economics Centre/CEPN, and SOAS
University of London)

The session is co-sponsored by the Forum for Social Economics.
The special session proposes a critical review of the evolution and current
form of economic development discourses. A closer investigation of the
nature of the debates reveals that heterodox development discourses present
some alarming signs of 'stagnation'. It is argued that heterodox development
debates are increasingly reactive and positioned in contrast to the
mainstream rather than generating original (and context-specific or
inter-connected) insights. As a result, the space and form of debate remains
shaped by the mainstream, reproducing some of the constraints such as the
mainstream divide between macro and microeconomic analyses, the search for
universal and measurable approaches (e.g. Randomized Control Trials), the
dominant circulation of ideas from the global north to the global south (as
noted by decolonising economics) and of scholars from the global south to
the global north. There is substantial heterogeneity across new areas of
heterodox development research, e.g. global value chains, systems of
innovation, financialisation, agro-industrialisation, feminist and gender
discourses etc. These diverse heterodox specialisations have produced novel
empirical, theoretical and policy insights, which nevertheless often remain
disconnected from each other or from exploring the merits and limitations of
the heterodox theoretical heritage (e.g. Marx, Kaldor, Keynes, etc.). In
some instances, too much weight may be placed on frameworks and debates that
are difficult to distinguish from mainstream economics and in particular
from mainstream development theories, methodologies and policies.

Whilst mainstream concepts of economic development remain worth questioning,
heterodox development approaches could benefit from critically investigating
their own evolution and present state independent of, as well as in contrast
with, the mainstream. These observations point to important questions about
the nature and future of heterodox development economics.

*	What are heterodox development theories, methodologies and policies?
*	What are the similarities and differences in heterodox development
policy (within heterodox specialisations and in contrast with mainstream?
*	Is heterodox development economics focused on describing rather than
developing the world?
*	What are the interactions or overlaps between heterodox conceptual
frameworks? (e.g. GVCs, innovation, financialisation, feminist and gender)
and relevant methodologies (case studies, surveys, models, discourse
analysis etc.)
*	What are the commonalities between the heterodox conceptual
frameworks and those inspired by Marxism, structuralism, post-Keynesian
etc.? (e.g. exploitation, centre-periphery, unequal exchange, structuralism,
'developmental states')
*	How are heterodox development ideas transmitted and transformed
across the global south?
*	What do the determinants of the 2020 pandemic and the policies that
have addressed it highlight regarding the process of development and
development policies conducted so far?

This list of questions is not exhaustive. The organizers will consider any
proposal that raises original and relevant issues on the general topic of
this call for papers.

You are invited to submit an extended abstract no later than April 30 on the
conference website:
It is also convenient to send a copy of the abstract to Paolo Ramazzotti (
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]). The abstract (300-750
words) should include the following information: authors' names, email
addresses and, affiliations, and title of the special session. Following
notification of acceptance, you will be invited to submit the full paper.