Montag 25. September 2017
Special issue editors: Julia Eder, Roland Kulke, Claus-Dieter König

JEP 2018-3 Progressive Industrial Policy for Development


The spread of neoliberalism has increasingly delegitimised (open) state intervention in the economy in many countries around the world.  This ‘retreat of the state’ becomes visible in many different fields, including industrial policy. In the wake of the global financial and economic crisis, there has been a revival in the debate on industrial policy among private and state actors as a potential way to cope with the crisis. They consider (limited) state intervention as a promising tool either to stabilise the capitalist system or to overcome it gradually. This already suggests that approaches to industrial policy as well as initiatives and concrete measures diverge greatly. It is a rather common assumption – stemming from theoretical discussions from the past two centuries of capitalist development – that a vital industrial base is a basic condition for economic welfare. Interestingly, the debate rejuvenated almost simultaneously in the USA and in the European Union (in the member countries, but also on the supranational level), as well as in the Global South, especially in emerging markets. However, opinions deviate on how to develop or sustain a vital industrial base and even question whether this is a feasible and desirable option for service-based economies in the developed world.  

This special issue of the Austrian Journal of Development Studies aims at uniting different approaches to industrial policy with a progressive stance. We ask for contributions discussing the role of industry in economy, outlining what shape a genuinely progressive industrial policy could take today, which branches it needs to stimulate, what its components must be to foster development, and how it could be implemented in various regions of the world. Which possibilities currently exist for developing an industrial and economic policy that serves the interests of society, rather than those of inter- or transnational monopolies? Which different approaches can be identified in academia and in civil society, where do different actors see potential for intervention, and which coalitions are needed for this? In what matters should states intervene and how can the interests of different groups/class factions in society be mediated? What is the significance of global value chains? And how restrict processes of financialisation industrial policy making?


We appreciate contributions on:

• the importance of manufacturing in economic development
• country case studies
• politics of scale (What is the appropriate scale for implementing progressive industrial policy measures? How are local, national and global levels entangled?)
• the significance of industrial policy for socio-ecological transformation (How can a progressive industrial policy help to overcome a fossil-based or extractivist economic structure?)
• the dimension of development (Which part can or should play industrial policy in national/regional development strategies, especially in the deindustrialised peripheries?)  
• participation and economic democracy (Which social forces should be integrated in the negotiation of peoples-centred, self-sustainable industrial policy? What are the experiences with participative or authoritarian industrial policy agendas?)
• inter-/transnational solidarity (What should/could trade unions, progressive parties and governments, but also individuals in the core states do to support a sound industrial development of countries in the Global South?
• the relation to other policy fields (How does industrial policy interact with infrastructure policy, education policy, monetary policy etc.?)


Deadline: Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by October 15, 2017. Authors of selected abstracts will receive a notification at the end of October 2017.

The deadline for submitting the full paper (6.000 words/40.000 characters) is January 12, 2018.


JEP 2018-2 Fußball und ungleiche Entwicklung

(English version below)


Fußball ist mehr als nur ein Spiel. Er verbindet Menschen in einem globalen Spektakel und wird zum Schauplatz nationaler Inszenierung. Er verspricht sozialen Aufstieg und verheißt ein friedliches Zusammenkommen von Menschen unterschiedlicher sozialer und regionaler Herkunft. Vor allem aber ist Fußball von jenen Strukturen und Dynamiken durchdrungen, die die internationale Entwicklung maßgeblich beeinflussen: Zentrum-Peripherie-Konstellationen lassen sich hier ebenso konstatieren wie die Reproduktion von hegemonialen Geschlechterrollen, von Ausbeutungsverhältnissen und Rassismus. Als populärkulturelles Massenphänomen mit globaler Reichweite ist dieser Sport längst zu einem Vehikel kapitalistischer Vermarktung geworden.
Anlässlich der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft der Männer 2018 plant das Journal für Entwicklungspolitik (JEP) eine Schwerpunktausgabe zum Thema „Fußball und ungleiche Entwicklung“, die sich mit den gesellschaftlichen Verhältnissen beschäftigt, in die der Fußball eingebettet ist.

Themenfelder: Globale politische Ökonomie des Fußballs • Migration und Fußball • Arbeitsbedingungen • Rassismus und Antirassismus • Güterketten rund um das Fußballgeschäft • Historische Zugriffe auf Fußball im globalen Zusammenhang • Geschlechterverhältnisse im Fußball • Frauen und Fußball (Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft der Frauen 2019) • Fußball und Kultur • Fallstudien und Länderbeispiele aus dem Globalen Süden

Fristen: Die Einreichung eines Abstracts im Umfang von maximal 300 Wörtern (deutsch/englisch) muss bis zum 28. April 2017 an folgende E-Mailadresse erfolgen: AutorInnen, deren Abstract ausgewählt wurde, erhalten Mitte Juni eine Bestätigung.

Die finale Einreichefrist für angenommene Beiträge (im Umfang von 6.000 Wörtern / 40.000 Zeichen) ist der 2. Oktober 2017.



JEP 2018-2 Football and Unequal Development


Football is more than just a game. It connects people in a global spectacle and works as an arena for national projections. It promises upward social mobility and the peaceful get-together of people from different social and regional backgrounds.
Above all, football is pervaded by structures and dynamics that significantly influence international development: core-periphery constellations shape football just as football serves to reproduce hegemonic gender roles, exploitative relations, and racism. As a popular cultural phenomenon of global reach, football has long been the site of commercial exploitation.
On the occasion of the men’s football World Cup 2018, the Austrian Journal of Development Studies (JEP) plans a special issue on “Football and unequal development” dealing with the socioeconomic relations in which football is embedded.

Subject areas: Global political economy of football • Migration and football • Working conditions • Racism and anti-racism • Commodity chains in the football industry • Historical approaches to football in a global context • Gender relations in football • Women and Football (women’s football World Cup 2019) • Football and culture • Case studies and examples from the Global South


Deadline: Abstracts of no more than 300 words (in English/German) should be sent to by April 28, 2017. Authors of selected abstracts will receive a notification in the second week of June, 2017.

The deadline for submitting the full paper (6.000 words/40.000 characters) is October 2, 2017.

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