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Non-Capitalist Mixed Economies: Theory, History, and Future

On November 25-27, 2022, the College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory, Eszmélet Journal, and the Karl Polanyi Research Center for Global Social Studies organized in Budapest the hybrid conference “Non-Capitalist Mixed Economies: Theory, History, and Future.”

The conference was supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, and co-sponsored by partner organizations: Fordulat Journal, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, Institute of Political History Social Theory Research Group, International Karl Polanyi Society, LeftEast, Living and Working Conditions Observatory, Periféria Policy and Research Center, Solidarity Economy Center, Transform! Europe, and the Working Group for Public Sociology “Helyzet.”

Papers from the conference were published in the special issue of Eszmélet journal, “Money, Markets, Forms of Socialism,” 2022.

The “Non-Capitalist Mixed Economies” conference series
and the subsequent publications aim at developing new perspectives
on the history of forms of socialism as transitory, mixed economies,
presenting new experiences with currently existing mixed and hybrid
systems, and elaborating future possibilities beyond capitalism and,
hopefully, capital itself.

Attila Melegh, “Introduction,” in special issue of Eszmélet, “Money, Markets, Forms of Socialism,” Budapest: Eszmélet Foundation, 2022, 5.

In what follows, we publish the conference recordings.

Discussion with Attila Melegh and Ágnes Gagyi, following the screening of the movie Shift Change (2012), on November 25.
Recording of opening statements, keynote, sessions 1 and 2, on November 26.

Opening statements: Joanna Gwiazdecka (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung), Attila Melegh (Karl Polanyi Research Center for Global Social Studies)

Keynote: Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro “Socialist state economies and environmental impact”

Session 1: Historical and theoretical problems of transition to socialisms Chair: Márton Czirfusz

Keith Hart: “Money and markets after capitalism: A new humanism for world society”

Raquel Varela: “Ideas of a socialist transition during the Portuguese revolution David Lane: Is contemporary China ‘state capitalist’?”

Pietro Basso: “Socialism and transition to socialism in Western countries according to Amadeo Bordiga Roberto della Santa: From the ‘Novy Byt’ (1923) to a ‘new way of life’ (2023): toward non- homogeneous social forms in troubled times”

Session 2: Financing, accounting and money in non-capitalist economies Chair: Enikő Vincze

Radhika Desai: “Money in socialist economies”

Alan Freeman: “Socialism and national accounting system”

Fikadu T. Ayanie: “Garrison Socialism ‘from above’: The Ethiopian experiment in the context of non-capitalist mixed economy”

Bruno De Conti: “Money and finance in China: tensions arising from the public-private dimensions”

Johanna Bockman: “Polanyi’s ‘socialist accounting'”

Recording of sessions 3 and 4, on November 27.

Session 3: Land markets, and other markets in non-capitalist economies Chair: Fikadu T. Ayanie

Zhun Xu: “The rural land question in China”

Zhaochang Peng: “Rural mixed economy in Marx’s Capital and ancient China”

Tamás Gerőcs and Linda Szabó: “Semi-peripheral infrastructure development during global power shift. China’s mixed-economic paradigm for investing in Hungary”

Session 4: Markets and society in socialisms Chair: András Vigvári

Tamás Krausz: “Transition societies and ownership”

Attila Antal: “What have neoliberals learned from the Kádár regime? Anti-capitalism and state planning in the mixed economy”

Enikő Vincze: “The mixed housing order in Romanian state socialism”

Attila Melegh: “Ideas of mixed economy and socialism: How complexity was reduced?”