At Aberdeen Political Economy Group (APEG) meetings we are regularly asked about further information on political economy and pluralist or heterodox approaches to economics. This is the first of four posts, possibly more, aimed at providing a series of guides to further information, resources, articles and books which APEG supporters might find useful.
The first post provides links to several web sites with useful publications and information on heterodox economics and political economy. Some of these also have blogs and newsletters to which you can also subscribe. For the most part subscription is free. Links are also provided to four main political economy currents.
A second post will follow, providing some references to Universities, Foundations and Academic Collaborative ventures which follow a political economy approach. Many of these will have papers you can download. A third post will give some links to blogs, books and articles on the history and philosophy of economic thinking and finally a fourth post will provide a selection of readings and texts on the economic and financial crisis.
So to begin with, the Heterodox Economics Newsletter is a good start with listings of journal articles, new books and events. This is issued monthly and all their listings feature hyperlinks to the event or publication so definitely worth subscribing which is free. Their web site also hosts the highly useful Heterodox Economics Directory which has lots of info plus links to most political economy groups and schools of thought. So most of the links I have listed below can also be accessed from the HEN site. As an aside the use of the term heterodox and use of the term political economy is discussed in the directory. An article by Frank Stillwell also reviews the main arguments about the use of these terms.
A second useful resource is the World Economics Association (WEA) which also publishes a newsletter as well on line and mostly open access journals which are well worth subscribing to. The current edition of the newsletter has two excellent short articles by David Ruccio and Peter Radford on the teaching of economics and the state of mainstream macro and micro economics (pretty awful is the assessment!)
The Real World Economics Review (REWR) is a free open-access journal, but with access to the current issue restricted to its 26,018 subscribers (21/09/15). Subscriptions are free. Over one million full-text copies of RWER papers are downloaded per year.Real World Economic Review covers history, methodology and philosophy
The World Economics Association (WEA) also have also published a number of excellent political economy text books which you can view on the web site and buy but a good option is to join the WEA for a $25 subscription which allows you to download the texts as epub or pdf for free. Great value.
For some introductory readings on alternatives to mainstream economics, Hamburg University Pluralist Economics Reader offers basic readings in mainstream critique, pluralism and theoretical alternatives. Due to copyright reasons the reader must be used for self-learning purposes only. Comment on the reader and give content-related improvement proposals below – a new edition of the Pluralist Economics Reader will be published every year!
A few web sites representing some of the main currents in political economy follow but others can be accessed via the HE Newsletter and Directory sites. Many of these have research papers which can be down loaded for free and as they are organized membership based groups, you can join them as a member for a small subscription