The International Karl Polanyi Society (IKPS) is an association of engaged citizens, researchers, teachers, activists, journalists and professionals from diverse policy fields based on the rich intellectual, moral and political legacy of Karl Polanyi and the vivid scientific and public debates he has inspired.
Putting the economy in it's place
The International Karl Polanyi Society (IKPS) aims at putting the economy in its place. The “economy”, a sphere of social life that should organize the livelihood so that people can live well, has become the dominant societal domain, intruding in all spheres of life in an aggressive, “imperialist” way. Hospitals, schools and care centers “commercialize” their services, researchers “sell” their knowledge; companies “buy” CO2-emission rights, politicians manipulate the “electoral market”. The economistic language is instructive for a society that is losing its sense of social responsibility, citizenship and democratic zeal, increasingly subordinating everything to the economistic rationale of optimizing.
Crucial issues for our common future
IKPS will counter this civilization shift. It aims at putting the economy in its place again, as a serving, alimental and supportive activity in a flourishing social, cultural and ecological civilization. To counter the currently dominant market society, it is decisive to understand the deep changes our societies are undergoing. In line with Karl Polanyi´s reasoning, three issues are crucial in shaping our common future:
In the upcoming years, the activities of the IKPS will focus on understanding and shaping the contemporary transformations in the fields of:
For a more detailed explanation of our aims and structures, continue reading:
>> the IKPS Background Paper “Putting the Economy in its Place” written by board-member Claus Thomasberger
>> the IKPS Founding Declaration