Ronald Meek Papers

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“The following papers were obtained from Mrs. Meek circa 1998. The originals remain with Mrs. Meek. Ronald Meek was a professor at the University of Leicester when he died; and it appears that all of his papers were destroyed at this time. At least I could not find any. In any case, I was teaching at De Montfort University at this time and was beginning to work on the history of heterodox economics, which was eventually published in 2009. Because Meek was part of this history I contacted Mrs. Meek to see if she had any papers. She did, but not very much, and mostly from the 1970s. I hope you find what I obtained from Mrs. Meek of interest.” Frederic S. Lee

Advancing the Frontiers of Heterodox Economics (2015)

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Advancing the Frontiers of Heterodox Economics:

Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee

Edited by
Tae-Hee Jo (SUNY Buffalo State, USA)
Zdravka Todorova (Wright State University, USA)

Published by
Routledge (Advances in Heterodox Economics Book Series) in 2015


The objective of this edited volume is twofold. Firstly, we claim that heterodox economics has been established as the alternative to the mainstream-neoclassical paradigm. This claim is validated by “frontiers” of heterodox economics included in the volume, which transcend the critiques of mainstream economics and, more importantly, which demonstrate new developments in the various traditions in heterodox economics, such as Post Keynesian-Sraffian, Institutionalist-Evolutionary, Feminist, Marxian-Radical Political economics. Those strands are integrated one way or another by various authors in the volume. Indicative of such cross-communication among various heterodox approaches is the fact that they are not only compatible but also capable of offering a better and enlightening narrative qua theory once they are carefully consolidated. Although some heterodox economists are skeptical and/or reluctant about this theoretical movement, authors will address that heterodox economics has been and will be developing in a pluralistic and integrative manner in the presence of the giant elephant in economics.

The transformation in the contested landscape of economics is made possible by a number of selfless heterodox economists as well as the communities and social networks of heterodox economists. At the center of the transformation movement for the past three decades is Professor Frederic S. Lee who has made numerous contributions to the making of heterodox economics communities, to heterodox microeconomic theory, and to the analysis of the social provisioning process. At the occasion of his retirement after over 30 years of professional career as a devoted heterodox economist, we would like to honor Professor Lee for his invaluable and never-ending efforts to advance heterodox economics from which current and future generations of heterodox economists would benefit. This is the second objective of the volume.

With the overarching theme and specific areas closely related with Frederic Lee’s contributions, we have invited young (at heart) and emerging heterodox economists who have been expanding the horizon of heterodox economics. Total eighteen chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Making History of Heterodox Economics by Making Identity and Institutions, Part II Heterodox Microeconomics and the Foundation of Heterodox Macroeconomics, and Part III Advancing the Heterodox Analysis of Social Provisioning. Authors are located in 12 different countries and represent most strands in heterodox economics. They will speak to readers in a forward looking tone focusing on current developments and future directions. These diverse themes, theoretical issues, and approaches are best described by following keywords: Heterodox economics, heterodox microeconomic theory and methodology, heterodox microfoundation, social provisioning, agency, surplus approach, pluralism, community and social network of heterodox economist. Apparently, these keywords capture the unique and important characteristics of this book.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: Sheila C. Dow (University of Stirling, UK) and John F. Henry (University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA)
  • Introduction: Frederic S. Lee’s Contributions to Heterodox Economics by Tae-Hee Jo and Zdravka Todorova

Part I. Making History of Heterodox Economics by Making Identity and Institutions

  1. Carlo D’lppoliti and Alessandro Roncaglia (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy): On the Importance of History of Economics for Heterodox Economists
  2. Ioana Negru (Anglia Ruskin University, UK): Reflections on Fred Lee’s Heterodox Methodology
  3. Bruce Philp (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Andrew Mearman (University of the West of England, UK): The Association for Heterodox Economics: Past, Present and Future
  4. Therese Jefferson (Curtin University, Australia): Integrating Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis in Economic Research Projects: Insights from Three Australian Studies

Part II. Heterodox Microeconomics and the Foundations of Heterodox Macroeconomics

  1. Tae-Hee Jo (SUNY Buffalo State, USA): Heterodox Microeconomics and Heterodox Microfoundations
  2. Jakob Kapeller (University of Linz, Austria): Heterodox Microfoundations from an Epistemological Perspective
  3. Gyun Cheol Gu (Korean Institute of Local Finance, Korea): Extended Post Keynesian Pricing Taxonomy
  4. Ruslan Dzarasov (Moscow State University, Russia): The Eichner-Lee Tradition in Post Keynesian Investment theory
  5. Jordan Melmies (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France): Industrial Economics and Post Keynesian Theory: The Effect of Competition upon Profit Margins from a Post Keynesian Perspective
  6. Erik Dean (Portland Community College, USA): Market Governance and the Boundaries of the Firm: The Case of the US Software Industry
  7. Lynne Chester (University of Sydney, Australia): Analysing Real-World Markets

Part III. Advancing the Heterodox Analysis of Social Provisioning

  1. Nuno Martins (University of the Azores, Portugal): Advancing Heterodox Economics in the Tradition of the Surplus Approach
  2. Zdravka Todorova (Wright State University, USA): Consumption, Social Provisioning, and Capitalism: Beyond Consumer Choice and Aggregates
  3. Tuna Baskoy (Ryerson University, Canada): Social Provisioning Process, Market Instability, and Managed Competition
  4. Henning Shwardt (University of Bremen, Germany): Development Effects and the Social Provisioning Process
  5. Bruno Tinel (Université Paris 1, France): The Embedded State and Social Provisioning: The Contribution of Norbert Elias to the Understanding of Modern State Emergence
  6. Huáscar Pessali (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil), Fabiano Dalto (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil), and Ramón García Fernández (Federal University of ABC, Brazil): Metaphors We Die By: The Case of State as Family
  7. Bruce Philp (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Andrew Trigg (The Open University, UK): Heterodox Economics, Distribution and the Class Struggle

The 12th International Post Keynesian Conference 2014 CFP

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John F. Henry Celebration

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25 April 2014

Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry Street
Kanas City, Missouri 64110

University of Missouri-Kansas City

12.30               Doors Open and Refreshments available

12.50               Professor Randy Wray introduces the event

1.00 – 2.00      Professor Marc-Andre Gagnon (Carleton University, Canada), “Capital accumulation through institutional corruption; A Veblenian perspective on the ghost-management of the economy”

2.00 – 3.00      Professor Mario Seccareccia (University of Ottawa, Canada), “Economics and History: Why Economists and Policy Makers Need to Understand the Latter”

3.00 – 3.15      Refreshments

3.15 – 4.30      Professor John Henry’s “Property and the Limits to Democracy”

5.00                 Doors close

7.00 – 10.00    Dinner:  Grunauer, Freight House District, 101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, Missouri  64108. 

Marx, Veblen, and the Foundations of Heterodox Economics (2015)

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Marx, Veblen, and the Foundations of Heterodox Economics:

Essays in Honor of John F. Henry

Edited by

Tae-Hee Jo and Frederic S. Lee

Published by

Routledge (Series in Advances in Heterodox Economics) in May 2015


This book is a festschrift for John F. Henry who has been a critical thinker, prolific economist, eloquent writer, influential and congenial educator over 40 years of his professional career. These characteristics are weaved into his doing of economics, more specifically, history of economic thought as part of heterodox economics. Henry has been concerned about the linkages between theory and society in historical context. Why does a theory emerge and become dominant in a particular time and society? What role does a dominant theory play? Those fundamental questions require, in Henry’s terms, a “general theory of the development of general theory itself.” More importantly, the historical inquiry into theory led him to the critical analysis of the underlying values, institutions, and social relationships that legitimize the theory as if it is natural, normal, and universal.

Contributors of this volume share Henry’s concern. This festschrift is thus put together in order to (re)cast Henry’s (and also Karl Marx’s and Thorstein Veblen’s) questions so that contemporary heterodox economists make economics suitable for “a world that is more humane, more sensible, more amenable to the provisioning process.” With this goal at hand, the overarching theme of this book is “Marx, Veblen, and the Foundations of Heterodox Economics,” which is carefully selected on the ground that radical ideas of Marx and Veblen (Part I) are the essential theoretical  basis of heterodox economics (Part II) as well as of John Henry’s economics (Part III).

Table of Contents


Marx, Veblen, and Henry: Breaking up the Illusions of the Epoch / TAE-HEE JO and FREDERIC S. LEE

Part I Radical Ideas of Karl Marx and Thorstein Veblen

  • 1. The Marxian and Veblenesque Elements in the Way I do Economics / G.C. HARCOURT
  • 2. Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, and the Global Financial Crisis / JOHN E. KING
  • 3. The Contemporary Relevance of Karl Marx’s Political Economy / PHILLIP A. O’HARA
  • 4. Instincts and Exchange: A Veblenian Exploration / WILLIAM T. WALLER
  • 5. The “Barbarian Status of Women” Revisited in Times of Neoliberalism / ZDRAVKA TODOROVA
  • 6. Is Conspicuous Consumption a Weak Concept? / ANDREW B. TRIGG
  • 7. Veblen on Marx and Marginalism / GARY MONGIOVI

Part II Heterodox Economics: Alternative Critical Theory to the Status Quo

  • 8. Fraud and Neoclassical Economics in the Twentieth Century / FREDERIC S. LEE
  • 9. The “Illusion” or “Paradigm Blindness” of Economics: Ethical Challenges to Economic Thought from the Financial Crisis / ROBERT MCMASTER
  • 10. Re-establishing the Grounds for Free Trade: The (forgotten?) Assumption of Full Employment in Mainstream Economic Theory / STEPHANIE KELTON and JOHN F. HENRY
  • 11. Economics and History: Why Economists and Policy Makers Who Do Not Study History are Condemned to Repeat the Mistakes of the Past / MARIO SECCARECCIA
  • 12. Financial Capitalism Trapped in an ‘Impossible’ Profit Rate / WOLFRAM ELSNER
  • 13. Shaping the Social Determinants of Value through Lobbying and Corporate Capture: An Institutionalist Approach to Capital Accumulation / MARC-ANDRE GAGNON
  • 14. The Rise of Money and Class Society: The Contributions of John F. Henry /L. RANDALL WRAY and ALLA SEMENOVA

Part III The Heterodox Economics of John F. Henry

  • 15. Farewell Lecture: Property and the Limits to Democracy / JOHN F. HENRY
  • 16. A Conversation with John F. Henry
  • John F. Henry’s Publications