Reconstruction of Production in Greece: study the past, plan for the future – Call for Papers

The problem of restructuring production in Greece becomes increasingly urgent. Nevertheless, recent relevant studies fall significantly shorter compared to those scientific analyses and the resulting proposals that took place during the first post-war decade. This indicates anything but a momentum for overcoming the impasses of modern Greek society and economy.

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We believe that we have much to learn from those pioneering scientific studies and, thereby, to design updated and safe policies for facing the extremely critical period we live in. Moreover, we think that, taking into account the newest theoretical information and empirical data, we should contribute to the opening of a public, scientifically documented, discussion for the reconstruction of production in our country and for the respective institutional changes that will strengthen it.


Based upon this acknowledgement, the Department of Economics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia and the Institute for Social Research Dimitris Mpatsis, in collaboration with the Department of Marketing of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and the support of the Political Economy Research Group (PERG) and the Association of Economists of Thessaloniki organize a Conference on the:

«Reconstruction of Production in Greece: study the past, plan for the future»

which will be hosted on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2015 in the Department of Economics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

At the heart of our Conference’s interest are studies on the causes of current “Great Depression” and how this occurred in Greece, from 2008 onwards, as well as papers that propose alternative plans of economic policy for reconstructing the productive activities and relationships in the country. We also welcome papers of economic-historical content focusing on the relevant suggestions of Greek economists in the 1940s (Kyriakos Varvaressos, Xenophon Zolotas and Dimitris Mpatsis among others).

Specifically, participants are expected to contribute in the following, indicative topics:

• Causes of “Great Recession” and relevant policies, usual and alternatives.
• Explicit and implicit objectives of Troika and the Greek Governments.
• Economic, policy, legal and ideological implications of “European Integration” and “Globalization” in Greece.
• Unemployment: causes, socio-economic implications, relevant policies.
• The class structure, income distribution and the situation of the working class in Greece.
• Reconstruction of the Greek financial and banking system.
• Required and feasible structural transformations of the Greek economy.
• Development plans and institutional frameworks in the Greek economy, within and outside the Eurozone and the European Union.
• Perspectives for restructuring the Eurozone and the European Union.
• Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the implications the European South, specifically for Greece.
• Meta-capitalistic forms of national development and international economic cooperation: past, present and future.

Submission and Selection of Abstracts

Scholars have to submit their abstract (not more than 300 words) till 15 October 2015 in gzarotia@econ.auth.gr. In the submitted abstracts they have to mention the title of the paper, the name(s) of the (co-)author(s), the affiliation(s) and the email address of the corresponding author(s). The scientific committee of the Conference will decide upon accepting the submitted abstracts and will notify all the authors by 30 October 2015.

Submission of Full Papers and Publication

Full papers have to be submitted by 15 November 2015 in gzarotia@econ.auth.gr. Following the necessary review, presented papers will be published in the proceedings of the Conference.

Scientific Committee

Vasilis Chouliaras, Association of Economists of Thessaloniki.
Theodoros Mariolis, Department of Public Administration – Panteion University and Institute for Social Research Dimitris Mpatsis.
Savvas Mavridis, Department od Marketing – ΑΤΕΙ Thessaloniki.
Persefoni Tsaliki, Department of Economics – AUTh and.PERG.
Lefteris Tsoulfidis, Department of Economics – UoM and PERG.
Grigoris Zarotiadis, Department of Economics – AUTh and Institute for Social Research Dimitris Mpatsis.

Organizing Committee

Eirini Ozouni, Department of Economics – AUTh.
Aris Papageorgiou, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia.
Christina Paraskevopoulou, Department of Economics – AUTh
Persefoni Tsaliki, Department of Economics – AUTh and.PERG.
Grigoris Zarotiadis, Department of Economics – AUTh and Institute for Social Research Dimitris Mpatsis.

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