Democratic Crisis and the Responsibility of Economics, II
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
- Chair: George DeMartino, University of Denver
Divided but Not Conquered: Intersectional Conflicts in the Age of Trump
AbstractSome social scientists and policy makers make a strong distinction between collective identities based on cultural allegiances and collective interests based on economic positions. This paper develops a feminist analysis of intersectionality that challenges this binary, offering a more flexible way of analyzing collective conflict that helps explain partisan politics in the U.S. today.
The Complicity of Economics
AbstractEconomics has long promoted an image of agents who profit and consume for their own individual benefit without any kind of responsibility for each other, and who rationally evaluate means but not ends. This contribution explores the relationship between the expanding influence of the homo economicus image and the rise of Donald Trump.
Homo Economicus, AIs, Humans and Rats: Decision-making and Economic Welfare
AbstractThe role of rationality in economics is often in the spotlight, but this focus on the manner of decision-making overlooks the importance of the social context for people's choices. Welfare economics has long insisted that positive and normative considerations can be strictly separated, but social influences make this separation protocol inadmissible. Economists presuming to advise on public policy urgently need to revisit the foundations of welfare economics to be consistent with what the biological and cognitive sciences tell us about individuals' decisions.
How to Cause a Populist Revolution: Youth Unemployment, Labor Immobility, and the War on Drugs
AbstractThe crisis of democracy arises from good-hearted interventions in the economy that make young people unemployable and neighborhoods depressed.
- B5 - Current Heterodox Approaches