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(2nd Grenoble Post-Keynesian & Institutionalist Conference)

December 7, 8 and 9, 2017


Centre de Recherche en Économie de Grenoble (CREG),
Grenoble Faculty of Economics, University Grenoble Alpes,
The Review of Keynesian Economics (ROKE) and
Association pour le Développement des Etudes Keynésiennes (ADEK)


The purpose of this conference is to question the limits of capitalist economies to provide society with sustainable and viable economic growth, as well as durable human development. In line with the 1st Conference in December 2015, the aim of this 2nd Conference is to contribute to the understanding of the working of market-based capitalist and capitalist-like economies through the rise of new forms of accumulation, regulation, socialization and the collective management of instabilities.

This multidisciplinary conference aims at bringing together approaches rooted in the historical tradition of the critical analysis of capitalism, which in turns rests on two important arguments: 1) capitalist societies are continuously changing; and 2) they are unstable social structures that rely on specific institutional frameworks (including markets and state) whose collective design heavily determines the path of change.

Through time, capitalism has displayed different paths of evolution, at times highly unstable, reflecting its dynamic nature, which is related to complex economic, political and social linkages. For instance, the economic and financial crisis of 2007, the causes of which are varied and complex, was preceded by a period of growth that has been labeled the Great Moderation, which convinced scholars and decision-makers that their economic objectives would be reached in the not-so-distant future. The crisis, however, 2 largely invalidated those “great expectations”. As a result, growth in most countries (advanced as well as emerging economies) has slowed down considerably, and some may be entrenched in what economists have called ‘secular stagnation.’

It has become clear that after several decades of implementing market-friendly neoliberal policies around the world, the 2007 crisis represents a considerable challenge to mainstream economic theories and policies with respect to a number of fundamental economic issues, such as durable development, financial stability, sustainable growth, and poverty reduction. This calls for alternative economic approaches better able to point to new economic and social policies. Yet, building such policies requires a profound reflection on the existing theories and models, and a rethinking of the most basic concepts: markets, money, the role of the State, the regulatory framework, among many others.

While Post-Keynesian and Institutionalist in nature, this conference seeks to encourage an open exchange and dialogue among different paradigms both within economics (such as evolutionary, regulationist, institutionalist, Marxist, Kaleckian, social, feminist, and humanistic economics) and within the social sciences at large, such as anthropology, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

We welcome submissions from all critical traditions. The working languages of the conference will be English and French.

Presentations may cover (but not limited to):



Gaëlle Despierre (CREG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France), Adrien Faudot (CREG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France), Virginie Monvoisin, (Grenoble School of Management, France), Jean-François Ponsot (CREG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France), Louis-Philippe Rochon (Laurentian University, Canada), Faruk Ülgen (CREG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France), Guillaume Vallet (CREG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France)


Riccardo Bellofiore (Professor, University of Bergamo, Italy) Hakim Ben Hammouda (former Economy Minister, Tunisia) Christopher Brown (Professor, Arkansas State University, United States) Hasan Cömert (Associate Professor, METU-Ankara, Turkey) Eugenia Correa (Professor, UNAM, Mexico) Fernando Cardim de Carvalho (Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Laurent Cordonnier (Associate Professor, University of Lille, France) Gary Dymski (Professor, University of Leeds, United Kingdom) Guiseppe Fontana (Full Professor, Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom) Claude Gnos (Associate Professor, University of Burgundy, France) Antoine Godin (Associate Professor, Kingston University, United Kingdom) Arne Heise (Professor, University of Hamburg, Germany) Jesper Jespersen (Associate Professor, RUC Roskilde University, Denmark) Dany Lang (Associate Professor, University of Paris 13, France) Marc Lavoie (Senior Research Chair, University of Paris 13, France) Edwin Le Héron (Associate Professor, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France) Chester Lynn (Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Australia) Robert McMaster (Full Professor, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom) Vinko Mustra (Assistant Professor, University of Split, Croatia) André Orléan (Director of Research, ENS Paris, France) Steve Pressman (Full Professor, Colorado State University, United States) Sergio Rossi (Full Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland) Malcolm Sawyer (Emeritus Professor, Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom) Mario Seccareccia (Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada) Jean-Michel Servet (Emeritus Professor, Graduate Institute-Geneva, Switzerland) Engelbert Stockhammer (Director of Research, Kingston University, United Kingdom) Pavlina Tcherneva (Associate Professor, Bard College, United States) Eric Tymoigne (Associate Professor, Lewis and Clark College, United States) Matias Vernengo (Full Professor, Bucknell University, United States) Charles Whalen (US Congressional Budget Office, United States)



Proposals may be sent in English or French.


The conference fees (including registration, coffee breaks and 2 lunches) are paid on the Conference website:


The conference will take place on the campus of the University Grenoble Alpes (UGA) Faculty of Economics, Saint Martin d’Hères Campus, 1221 rue des résidences 38400 Saint Martin d’Hères. The campus is 20 minutes from Grenoble city centre by tramway.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email one or both of us: