Hahnel, Robin (Eric) 1946-

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HAHNEL, Robin (Eric) 1946-

PERSONAL: Born March 25, 1946, in St. Louis, MO; son of Eugene and Jean Hahnel; married Ivy Leichman (divorced, 1996); children: Jesse, Ilana, Sara, Tanya, Dylan Feldpausch. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1968; American University, Ph.D., 1979. Politics: "Radical." Religion: Atheist.

ADDRESSES: Home—8802 Manchester Rd., No. 7, Silver Spring, MD 20901. Office—Department of Economics, American University, Washington, DC 20016; fax: 202-885-3790. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Catholic University of Panama, Panama City, instructor in mathematics, 1968-69; University of Maryland at College Park, instructor in economics, 1974-76; American University, Washington, DC, instructor, 1976-79, assistant professor, 1979-83, associate professor, 1983-90, professor of economics, 1991—. Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Lima, Peru, Fulbright senior lecturer, 1986; Universidad Ricardo Palma, Fulbright senior lecturer, 1986; Universidad de Habana, senior visiting economist, 1991; lecturer at colleges and universities, including University of California—Riverside, 1995 and 1999, Columbia University, 1996, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1997, and Howard University and Evergreen State University, both 1999. Econometric Research, Inc., senior economist, 1981-82; Banco Central de Reserva, Lima, senior visiting economist, 1986; Junta Central de Planificacion, Havana, Cuba, senior visiting economist, 1991; Institute for Economic Democracy, director.

MEMBER: Union of Radical Political Economics.


(With Michael Albert) Unorthodox Marxism, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1979.

(With Michael Albert) Marxism and Socialist Theory, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1981.

(With Michael Albert) Socialism Today and Tomorrow, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1981.

(With Michael Albert, Leslie Cagan, Noam Chomsky, and others) Liberating Theory, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1986.

(With Michael Albert) Quiet Revolution in Welfare Economics, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1990.

(With Michael Albert) The Political Economy of Participatory Economics, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1991.

(With Michael Albert) Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty-first Century, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1991.

Panic Rules! Everything You Need to Know about the Global Economy, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1999.

The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach, Pluto Press (London, England), 2002.

Contributor to books, including Between Labor and Capital, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1979; Socialist Visions, South End Press (Cambridge, MA), 1983; Human Well-Being and Economic Goals, Island Press (Washington, DC), 1997; Crossing the Mainstream: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Economics, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, IN), 2000; Essays in Political Economy, Edward Elgar (Northampton, MA), 2000. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Socialist Review, Science and Society, Review of Radical Political Economics, Left Green Notes, Cambridge Journal of Economics, and Journal of Economic Issues. The book Looking Forward was published in Turkish.

WORK IN PROGRESS: "Edward Bellamy and the Twenty-first Century," to be included in Edward Bellamy: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, edited by Toby Widdicombe, publication by Edwin Mellen (Lewiston, NY).

SIDELIGHTS: Robin Hahnel told CA: "I became convinced the United States war against Vietnam was wrong during my freshman year at Harvard in 1965. As a participant in the anti-war movement I came to understand over the course of the next few years that, as long as the United States economy operated on the basis of competition and greed, United States foreign and military policy would be prone to serve the interests of United States business abroad to the detriment of the majority of United States citizens—not to speak of the majority of citizens in countries where the United States intervened. Ever since then I have been studying, writing, and teaching about the unfortunate consequences of organizing our economic endeavors through a commercial system where businesses are driven to compete for profits even when that proves detrimental to human and environmental well-being, and about how we could better coordinate our economic activities through a system of equitable cooperation.

"The most recent reaction to the economics of competition and greed began as an international intellectual movement against neoliberalism, and it has recently blossomed into a popular movement opposed to corporate-sponsored globalization. What has been aptly dubbed 'the Washington consensus,' centered in the United States Treasury and the International Monetary Fund, began to lose credibility during the East Asian crisis of 1997 and 1998 and is now widely questioned even inside the United States in the aftermath of the 'Battle of Seattle.' My most recent book, Panic Rules! Everything You Need to Know about the Global Economy began as a series of articles for Z magazine in 1998, where I tried to explain to a concerned audience of non-economists the origins of the East Asian crisis in neoliberal 'reforms' and punish-the-victim policies of the International Monetary Fund. The book went on to evaluate various 'new international economic architecture' reforms and to discuss strategy for the growing international movement against corporate-sponsored globalization."



Choice, January, 2000, M. Veeth, review of Panic Rules! Everything You Need to Know about the Global Economy, p. 983.*