Special Issue – Review of Political Economy
65 years after Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities: new directions in the Sraffian approach
Guest Editor: Santiago José Gahn
Internal Editor: Sylvio Kappes
The year 2025 marks the 65th anniversary of the publication of the book Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities by Piero Sraffa (1960). Not all economists are capable of transforming their name into a legacy, into a school. Piero Sraffa belongs to this select group. Exiled from fascism, he built his entire academic career at Cambridge University, where, from a profound analysis of the classical authors, he constructed a powerful critique of the dominant marginalist theory. But Sraffa's legacy has evolved into something much more powerful over the years, where some of his disciples have extended his criticism of marginalist theory, applied his ideas to international trade, and constructed alternative theories of economic growth.
65 years after Sraffa's publication, we believe it is necessary to launch a special issue that calls for reflection on his life, his political thoughts, his friendships, his lessons at Cambridge and his archive; his intellectual legacy, and that of his followers, and the impact on economic theory today; as well as possible guidelines for extending Sraffa's thought to other fields in the future. In recent years, Sraffa's legacy has had a boom that was born mainly in the periphery or the "global south", in particular in Argentina, Brazil and India. Recently, many authors have taken Sraffa's basic outlines and combined them with Latin American structuralist thinking in an attempt to explain the limits to growth and income distribution; they have developed and extended mathematical models of economic growth such as the Sraffian supermultiplier; they have presented the main limitations to Real Exchange Rate-led strategies, among other topics. Sraffa's legacy is alive and growing.
As a way of paying tribute to Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities (Sraffa, 1960) Review of Political Economy (ROPE) is preparing a special issue. This special issue intends to collect scientific articles that present or reinforce new lines of research within a Sraffian (or classical-Keynesian) perspective.
This special issue welcomes articles on a number of topics, including:
a. Sraffa's personal history, his relationship with Gramsci and his political thought.
b. Issues related to Sraffa's intellectual development, such as: extensions of PCMC, critique of mainstream theory, analysis of Sraffa’s archive.
c. Sraffa’s intellectual legacy: the direct impact on their followers such as Garegnani and Pasinetti, among others.
d. New directions in the Sraffian approach: extensions of the sraffian supermultiplier model, endogenous money, international trade, imperialism and unequal exchange, the method in economics, impact of economic policies on gender, race or climate change. Articles that can extend Sraffian school to Anthropology and Sociology are also welcome.
Of course, all these topics can never cover the vast universe of the impact of Sraffa's intellectual legacy, but all articles that relate to Sraffa's thought are welcome, including critical ones as well. Finally, this special issue will attempt to have a gender balance.
If interested in submitting a paper, please send a short abstract by September 15th, 2023 to both Santiago J. Gahn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sylvio Kappes (email@example.com). Decisions will be made by September 25th, 2023. If selected, the complete paper must be sent by May 1st, 2024.
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15th September 2023
Deadline for submitting papers: 1st May 2024
Sraffa, P. (1960). Production of Commodities: Prelude to a Critique of Economic Theory. Cambridge University Pre