Engaging students in the WEA Online Conference on CAPITAL and JUSTICE
from Maria Alejandra Madi
The WEA Online Conferences format, designed by Edward Fullbrook and Grazia Ietto-Gillies, makes full use of the digital technologies in the pursuit of the commitments included in the World Economics Association Manifesto: plurality, competence, reality and relevance, diversity, openness, outreach, ethical conduct, and global democracy. The WEA On-line Conferences seek to also engagegraduate and undergraduate students considering: (a) the variety of theoretical perspectives; (b) the range of human activities and issues which fall within the broad domain of economics; and (c) the study of the world’s diverse economies.
The current conference is CAPITAL ACCUMULATION, PRODUCTION AND EMPLOYMENT:Can We Bend the Arc of Global Capital Toward Justice? It is being led by distinguished professors Gerson Lima and Jack Reardon. This conference focuses on various aspects of global accumulation, production and employment from a broader perspective of examining their interlinkages with other economic, social, and political processes. Concerns with social inclusion extend well beyond purely economic account of justice and fairness, since the degree of economic inequality also affects social cohesion and political stability, and can also have negative implications for economic growth and democratic institutions. Considering the current social and economic challenges, Peter Radford has suggested the need to constrain capital and make it work for all people. In his own words: ‘We can bend the arc of capitalism to our will if we wish”.
In truth, this conference calls for a deep examination of current power, politics and economics in a social context where democratic institutions are being threatened. read more