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AFEE at ASSA, San Diego, CA, USA
January 3-6, 2020

Defending the Progressive Idea

Paul D. Bush writes that “the idea of ‘progressive’ institutional change is a conceptual bridge” that makes institutional economics “a coherent body of thought in which theoretical and applied considerations can be tightly integrated” (Bush 1989, 455, emphasis added). As documented by Malcolm Rutherford, American (original) institutional economics reached the height of its influence during the interwar period, and especially during the Roosevelt years. In a 1932 speech, Presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt called for “bold persistent experimentation” aimed at “reforming capitalism, not replacing it.”  The spasm of New Deal reforms was a political manifestation of the Progressive movement, with which institutional economics has long been identified.

As the demand for practical solutions to pressing economic, environmental, and social problems has bubbled up from the political grassroots, the progressive idea has, predictably, come under renewed attack. To its critics, progressivism connotes a wholesale rejection of market capitalism and its supporting institutions. A robust defense of the progressive idea is, therefore, indicated.

AFEE at ASSA Conference Program - All panel sessions, meetings, and special events to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

Thursday, January 2

AFEE Board Meeting

Event

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Pier

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

Friday, January 3

Advancing the Progressive Ideal by Reshaping the Role of State and Market (B0, I3)

Paper Session

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics & American Economic Association

  • Chair: Gary Dymski, University of Leeds

Policy Lessons for Our Economic Future (B5)

Paper Session

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cove

Hosted By: Association for Social Economics & Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Giuseppe Fontana, University of Leeds and University of Sannio

Regional Inequality, Industrial Policy, and Land Reform (O1, B5)

Paper Session

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Kosta Josifidis, University of Novi Sad

Veblen-Commons Award Luncheon

Event (Invitation Only)

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Promenade AB

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

Contexts of Money and Gift (E4, B5)

Paper Session

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill B

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Zdravka Todorova, Wright State University

Economic Policy and the Progressive Idea (B5, B0)

Paper Session

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics & Association for Social Economics

  • Chair: Christopher Brown, Arkansas State University

AFEE Annual Membership Meeting

Event

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

Saturday, January 4

Is Karl Polanyi's Analysis of the 1930's and 1940's Relevant for Understanding the Global Political Economy of the Present? (B5, B2)

Panel Session

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics & Association for Social Economics

  • Chair: Ann E. Davis, Marist College

Institutional Approaches to Women's Economic Empowerment (B5, A1)

Paper Session

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Eugenia Correa, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)-Mexico City

Institutional Economics in the Calculable Future (B4, B4)

Paper Session

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Tae-Hee Jo, State University of New York-Buffalo State

John R. Commons’s Foundations of Progressive Change (B5, K3)

Paper Session

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: David Zalewski, Providence College

A Green Light for Public Banks? (B5)

Paper Session

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Pier

Hosted By: Association for Social Economics & Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Louis-Philippe Rochon, Laurentian University

AFEE Presidential Address

Session/Event

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

AFEE Cocktail Reception

Event

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill B

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

Sunday, January 5

Perspectives on Emergent Financial Systems (E5, E6)

Paper Session

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Matías Vernengo, Bucknell University

Finance and Economic Transition (E0, O2)

Paper Session

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics & Association for Social Economics

  • Chair: Thomas Kemp, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Public Policy toward Business (L1, B5)

Paper Session

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Cortez Hill A

Hosted By: Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Chair: Richard Adkisson, New Mexico State University