Probably only few people perceive reading arithmetical formulas exciting, but writing them is somewhat exciting, in particular if one thinks about the small print, i.e. the thorough definition of the underlying and inherent items. Sure, the exiting part is then reading the work by others, using those formulas in a more or less novelist manner.
Is it the same in looking at real history? What is the small print, what is the big formula? The textbook-like and short official presentations, the various official documents on IMF policies etc. or the handwritten notes, that had been buried in the achieves? Showing what irresponsible people knew, how they managed – or failed to manage – to influence private capitalist interests (another expression for: left control over national politics to global capitalists) and what they had been eating before, while and after decisions had been taken.
There is surely a good reason for burying “personal documents” in the vatican archives for 70 years …
Based a little bit on both is the draft on “Economy of Difference and Differentiation. Precarity – searching for a new interpretative paradigm” which is the preparation for moving collaboration with Vyacheslav Bobkov from the All Russia Centre of Living Standard on our next book forward.
The work is especially building on:
- Herrmann Peter, 2014: Social Policy – Production rather than Distribution. A Rights-Based Approach; Bremen/Oxford: EHV Academicpress
- Herrmann, Peter/Bobkov, Viacheslav/Csoba, Judit (eds.), 2014: Labour Market and Precarity of Employment: Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Data from Hungary and Russia; Vienna: WVFS
Also the working Papers