Tom Weisskopf, “The Origins and Evolution of Radical Political Economics”


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  • Speaker: Tom Weisskopf, Professor of Economics, Emeritus
  • Host Department: Port Huron Statement
  • Date: 09/25/2012
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

  • Location: 1014 Tisch Hall

  • Description:

    Drawing on personal experience as well as other sources of information, I will begin by addressing the rise of a dissident movement within the field of economics in the U.S. that came to be labeled “radical political economics.” This was one of many manifestations of the North American New Left movement of the 1960s. I will then examine the evolution of radical political economics over subsequent decades, as the broader political climate in the U.S. shifted increasingly to the Right. This political shift, as well as new developments within mainstream academic economics, have changed in significant respects the nature of radical political economics and the activities of its practitioners.