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In late 2022, the Geopolitical Economy Research Group co-sponsored the Conference of Non-Capitalist Mixed Economies: Theory, History and Future.

This is a hybrid conference organized by Társadalomelméleti KollégiumEszmélet folyóira, the Karl Polanyi Research Center of Global Social Studies and supported by the Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung. The conference will be hosted from November 25-27 2022 in Budapest.

Below you will find a brief description of the conference, and then videos of the entire conference’s proceedings. Above, you will find full proceedings from the November 25, 26 and 27, and below you will find timestamps of individual contributions on November 26 and 27.


About the event

This year’s conference is focused on discussing different forms of non-capitalist ownership and economic exchange and their interrelationships. Our aim is to clarify what exact forms of ownership were or are behind state-owned companies, worker-managed enterprises, cooperatives, household economies, and social economies, as well as how they relate to each other and to non-capitalist exchange (referred to here also as non-capitalist markets). The relationship to capitalist markets has been much discussed, but now we need to see how historically or currently existing markets under greater state regulation, markets under price control policies, economic exchange without capital and land markets operating in modern non-capitalist economies, which we view as very important in China, Vietnam, 1960s-1980s East European economies, Cuba, and Mozambique, among others. We would also like to look at what major problems non-capitalist forms face in a capitalist environments, such as in Mexico (for the example, the Zapatista communities), Brazil (for example, the Landless Workers Movement), Argentina (for instance, the “Occupied factories” movement) etc. Very importantly, we need to study the processes of price formation, financing, investment, production organization, land markets and links to other forms of economic activity and ownership. As part of this, we wish to include the study of agrarian and non-agrarian examples and their historical outcomes.

November 25 Full Proceedings


November 26 Full Proceedings

November 27 Full Proceedings

November 26 Timestamps

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

Keynote: Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro (online) Socialist state economies and environmental impact

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

Radhika Desai (online): Money in socialist economies

Alan Freeman (online): 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 (online): Money and finance in China: tensions arising from the public-private dimensions

Johanna Bockman (online): Polanyi’s ‘socialist accounting’



November 27 Timestamps

Zhun Xu (online): The rural land question in China

Zhaochang Peng (online): Rural mixed economy in Marx’s Capital and ancient China

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

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?

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