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Welcome to our Students' Journal

Welcome to our Students' Journal

Welcome to our Students' Journal

Welcome to our Students' Journal

March's Edition
2024
Hospital
Compared Political Economy

The world that we live in today is divided in more ways than one, as it has been in many moments throughout history. The division of the world in Western and Eastern countries puts into evidence a geographical and developmental division...

Maria do Rosário Andrade | MSc in Political Economy

Compared Political Economy

This essay provides a comparative analysis of the welfare states in Germany and Portugal, aiming to understand the variations in welfare systems in the Western world ...

Moritz T. Justin | MSc in Political Economy

Opinion Article

According to the Cambridge dictionary, meritocracy is a “a social system, society, or organization in which people get success or power because of their abilities, not because of their money or social position” ...

Roy Silva | MSc in Political Economy

International Political Economy

The discourse on the effects of globalization remains central in international political economy. While recently questions on the environmental sustainability of global-value-chains and the possibility of regionalization and de-growth have gained a lot of traction...

John Sokol | MSc in Political Economy

Opinion Article

To understand the current state of the communication sector in Portugal – a reflection of the broader political scenario –, we must necessarily look at the class struggle fought within the belly of the media corporations...

Pedro Tomás Antunes | MSc in Political Economy

Used Books
Used Books
Suggestions of the month

Political Economy of the European Peripheries Summer School 2024
This annual Summer School will be about The Socio-Economic (Re)Production of Peripheries: Challenges and Possibilities. It is the second summer school organized by the Portuguese Association for Political Economy and in this event the participants have the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge in the field of Political Economy. 

Location: Évora (Portugal)
Date: July 7th to 14th 2024

Submission deadline: April, 15, 2024 (17:00 PM, current time Lisbon - London)

Website for further information

Open lecture with Mark Blyth

Topic: Inflation: a guide losers and users 

"Mark Blyth is a political economist whose research focuses upon how uncertainty and randomness impact complex systems, particularly economic systems, and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary. He is the author of several books, including "Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century" (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002), "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" (Oxford University Press 2013, and "The Future of the Euro" (with Matthias Matthijs) (Oxford University Press 2015)" (Information taken from The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University )

Free entrance

Location: Auditório JJ Laginha, Ed. Sedas Nunes - ISCTE

Date: April 18th 2024, at 5 pm

Website for further information

Book: Christian Fuchs Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory (By Christian Fuchs)

This book may be interesting literature for those who seek to understand the role of communication in modern capitalism through a materialist lens, picking up from where Jürgen Habermas left up.

January's Edition
2024
Rooftops
Labour Market

In economic theory, the relationship between states and markets is a central and highly debated topic. While some argue that government intervention in the economy is necessary to address market failures and promote the welfare of citizens, others believe that the market should be left to operate freely, with minimal interference from the state ...

Waqas Satti, Miguel Duarte, John Sokol 

| MSc in Political Economy

Financialization

The world we live in nowadays has many distinctive features and is evolving at a very rapid pace. We can attribute many characteristics to the environment that surrounds us but is undeniable the role that both music and finance play in our everyday lives...

Maria do Rosário Andrade | MSc in Political Economy

Opinion Article

It is hard to look at today’s society (or any other in the past, for that matter) and not look at the  power relationships that are formed between individuals and between individuals and  institutions...

João Nunes | MSc in Economics and Public Policies

Economic Thought

Modern Economics as an academic discipline was developed with the aim in mind  of making it autonomous from other fields of study. Via condemning practices  involving certain “normative” characteristics, economists sought to...

Paulo Gomes | MSc in Political Economy

Opinion Article

Political Economy is a broad interdisciplinary field that can focus on phenomena such as growth, distribution, inequality, or trade, and how these are shaped by institutions, laws, and government policy...

Kian Stoupignan | MSc in Political Economy

Used Books
Used Books
Suggestions of the month

7th Annual Political Economy Meeting
This annual meeting is organized by the Portuguese Political Economy Association and will be held at ISEG, in Lisbon. From January 25 to 27, with the theme “Politics and Democracy: Reimagining the world in the 50 years since 25 April”, the program includes a series of sessions and debates about different Political Economy topics. 

Website: 7th Annual Political Economy Meeting

Podcast: Mão Visível (By Mariana Esteves and Rui Maciel)
This Portuguese podcast was created by two economists, Mariana Esteves (PhD Student @ Nova SBE) and Rui Maciel (MSc in Economics @ Nova SBE). They discuss different topics connected to the economy, politics and other topics. In some of the most recent episodes they talk about: the work of the economist Mariana Mazzucato, Education, and Portugal’s abstention in the elections.

Movie: The Big Short (By Adam McKay)
It is a movie released in 2015 and it is based on some true facts regarding the 2008 financial crisis that started in the USA. Through the movie it is explained as a few people in the financial sector detect that something was wrong with the house market and with the financial assets associated to it. It is presented how a few people manage to bet the market by studying it while the world economy collapsed.

Movie: Merchants of Doubt 
Based on the book "Merchants of Doubt" by Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway the documentary explains the origins of climate denialism,  agents and institutions involved, and how they were able to effect discourse and action against this issue. It is a good example how a scientific problem at surface, becomes a political as well when power is involved.

Documentary: Inside Job (By Charles Fergunson)
This 2010 American documentary movie discusses the key financial and political players of the late 2000s financial crisis. In its 5 parts, the film explores how the changes in policies and banking practices influenced the crisis. The director claims that the movie is about "the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption".

November's Edition
2023
International Economy

The BRICS bloc, formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is one of the most prominent groups of emerging economies. While its development has brought advantages for this group of countries ...

Bianca Chaim Mattos | MSc in Political Economy

A view from above
Economic Thought

Imagine a village of herdsmen living together, taking advantage of the surrounding pastures to feed their cattle. Each villager owns a certain number of animals ...

Miguel Duarte | MSc in Political Economy

Vote
Opinion Article

To the surprise of few people, the recent election in Madeira presented the incumbent social democrats with another victory as has been the case for the past four decades. However this last election was not business as usual...

Jonas Souto | MSc in Political Economy

Opinion Article

I went to a bookstore recently and was struck by the extensive presence of marketing self-help books and investment guides dominating the economics section. This observation led me to reflect on the intriguing intersection of economics and marketing ...

Pedro Tomás Antunes | MSc in Political Economy

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Image by Appolinary Kalashnikova
International trade

Climate change is one of humanity’s greatest challenges for the decades to come, and solving this problem requires that the global economy takes a more sustainable path... 

André Pinto & Mariana Cardoso | MSc in Political Economy

Used Books
Used Books
Suggestions of the month

Book: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (By Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund )

How much do you think you know about the rest of the world? Factfulness is the perfect reading to challenge your view of the political and socioeconomic landscape of the world by presenting us with data that illustrates that the world is less pessimistic than what we paint it to be.

Book: Capitalism and Freedom (By Milton Friedman)

In one of his most influential works, Milton Friedman delves deep into the debate between government intervention and individual freedoms, testing the limits one poses to the other. In doing so, he advances his argument that for a society to be truly free, the government should be shaped around the defence of individual rights and the freedom of the market.

Money Museum (Banco de Portugal):

It is a museum in the centre of Lisbon that presents the history of money throughout the centuries from the barter times to the current years. It presents the evolution of money, more specifically the evolution of coins and banknotes. Last Friday, 24th November, some of the students from the first year of the Master of Political Economy had the opportunity to visit this museum and interconnect the history of money and the role of money nowadays. 

Address: Largo de São Julião, 1100-150 Lisboa

Website: Museu do Dinheiro

PDF with some introductory theories on money

September's Edition
2023
Economic Thought

Friedrich August Hayek was a prominent economist and political philosopher of the 20th century, known for his critiques of central planning and interventionism in economic and political systems. In his two most ...

John Sokol | MSc in Political Economy

city buildings
Finance and Housing Market

The financialization of housing, defined by the United Nations’ Human Rights Office (2021) as “the phenomenon [that] occurs when housing is treated as a commodity—a  vehicle for wealth and investment—rather than a social good” ...

André Pinto | MSc in Political Economy

International trade

In this paper, it is argued that Multinationals can have a negative impact on democracies. The primary objective of this article is to draw the link between Multinationals and democracies and how the former influences the latter. 

Joana Celina Santos | MSc in Political Economy

Agricultural Fields
Agricultural Fields
Opinion article

On July 11th, 2023, the European Parliament adopted its position on the European  Union Nature Restoration Law, with 336 votes in favor, 300 against, and 13 abstentions.  Following this proposal, a vote was conducted to reject the Commission’s position ...

Dália Soto | MSc in Political Economy

Opinion Article

The beginning of the year was marked by the expansion of the Eurozone to the Balkans, with Croatia's adoption of the Euro. While an important step for the country’s further integration into the European Union ...

Paulo Gomes | MSc in Political Economy

Used Books
Used Books
Suggestions of the month

Book: J is For Junk Economics (By Michael Hudson)

In this book, classical economist Michael Hudson decides to make a dictionary of economics where he explains a few concepts and terms utilized in this field. Nevertheless, there is a catch on these explanations since on some concepts he gives a historical context in others he provides his interpretation and clarifies where he sees an "Orwellian doublespeak".

Book: The Value of Everything (By Mariana Mazzucato)

In this book, the New Shumpetarian economist Mariana Mazzucato reflects on the concept of value and its importance for the economy. Throughout the book, she describes the history of economic thought and how it influenced the way the economy is measured as well as its implications. 

Her thesis leans on the idea that the state is absent of those measurements and how a theory of value encompasses it.

Movie: Invisible hand - a history of neoliberalism in Portugal (2020)

This movie is a historical documentary made by CES (Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra) that explains how neoliberalism was introduced and how it changed Portuguese institutions and economic curriculums. It contains several interviews with Portuguese economists explaining in more detail what happened during the period when crucial decisions regarding these matters were made.

Podcast: The Rodes Center Podcast

This podcast is made by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University and its host is Mark Blyth, a Political Scientist and Professor of International Political Economy at this University. In this Podcast, he invites several guests to talk about different topics contained in their books. The conversation ranges from many areas within the economy, depending on the book chosen.

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