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The second Conference on Political Economy will be organized by Kocaeli University (Turkey), Westminster University (England), Silesian University (Czech Republic) and Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey) on 16-18 September 2010, in Kocaeli. The main theme of the second conference has been determined as “Crisis and Development.” This conference is intended to address the political economy of crisis and development through all of the political, social, global, and systematical dimensions of crisis and development. 

Instead of analyzing the social reality of crisis and development within a limited scope, in other words only through monetary/financial factors or growth variables, this conference aims to generate a ground through which all aspects of the political economy of crisis and development can be discussed. Approaching crisis and development within a historical perspective and the process of change seems necessary in order to fully understand crisis and grasp the reproduction mechanisms of the economic systems. In this context, the conference will explore the dynamics of the courses of the current crisis, stability, development and growth. These dynamics extend from banking to industry, from technology applications to flexible labor organization, from export-led growth strategies to relations of economic dependency. The assessment of these processes at both academic/theoretical and political / hegemonic/ideological levels is among the priorities of this conference. In this context, all aspects of the concepts/politics of crisis and development are intended to be explored at the second International Conference on Political Economy. The proposed papers are expected to be related to the following topics, in terms of the general theme of the conference, Crisis and Development:

  • Crisis and Social Consequences
  • Crisis, Unemployment and Employment
  • Development and Underdevelopment
  • Welfare State and its Failure
  • The Notions of Development and Underdevelopment
  • Growth and Development
  • Change in the Methodology of Economics and the Concepts of Development and Underdevelopment
  • The Crisis of Economics and the Economics of Crisis
  • Crisis and Development Economics
  • The Rhetoric of Development
  • Neo-liberalism and the Politics of Development
  • Change/Transformation in the Politics of Economy
  • Crisis and Structural Reforms
  • Crisis and Corruption
  • Consequences of Foreign Trade Economic Strategies
  • Development Theories
  • Problems in the Methodology of Economics
  • Gender and Crisis
  • Gender and Development

Other related topics and session proposals are welcomed as they would enrich the conference and expand the ground for further discussion. The language of the conference will be both Turkish and English.

The papers presented at the Conference will have the chance to be published in International Journal of Politics and Economics, Research in Political Economy, İktisat, İşletme ve Finans, after going through the reviewing processes of these journals. In addition, Sosyal Araştırmalar Vakfı (Social Research Foundation) plans to publish the conference papers as an edited book, both in English and Turkish.

Abstracts and session proposals should be around 300 words, in Microsoft Word format, 12 fonts, including the title of the paper, the name(s) and full address(es) (mail address, affiliated institution, e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers) of the author(s), the purpose and the method of the work, expected results and suggestions. Abstracts must be submitted by June 1st, 2010, electronically to, or uploaded through