XI International Colloquium on Global Crisis and Changes of Paradigms: Current Issues

XI International Colloquium

Global Crisis and Changes of Paradigms: Current Issues


Brasília, Brazil, May 6-8, 2014




Universidade de Brasília

As is well known economics has been concerned with understanding how economies work in order to discover which policies could make them work better. Growth, distribution, inflation, trade and employment have been some of the main concerns of macroeconomic theories. Yet few economists foresaw the scale of the financial and economic crisis from 2008, and few have been able to propose alternative economic paradigms to respond to it. The main objective of the Colloquium was to provide a platform for a productive exchange of ideas, theories and policies that might identify such paradigm shifts and better inform policies for both national and global governance.

May 6, Tuesday
 08:30 – 09:00 Reception 
 09:00 – 09:30

Welcome session

  • Gonçalo Mourão (Institute Rio Branco)
  • Ivan Camargo (Reitor of UnB)
  • Heitor Gurgulino de Souza (President of WAAS)
  • Glaucius Oliva (President of CNPq)
  • Ricardo Araújo (President of the Colloquium)
  • Joanílio Rodolpho Teixeira (Honorary Member of the Colloquium)
 09:30 – 10:50 Plenary session: Joanílio Rodolpho Teixeira (UnB), Chairperson 
 Paper 1

Uncertainty, Power, Institutions and Crisis: Implications for Economic Analysis and the Future of Capitalism

Amitava Dutt (Notre Dame University, USA)

 Paper 2

After Ricardo – After Keynes: Global Asymmetries and a G20 Development Agenda

Stuart Holland (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

10:50 – 11:10 Interval
11:10 – 12:30 Plenary session: Ricardo Araújo (UnB), Chairperson
Paper 3

Between Lévi-Strauss and Braudel: Furtado and the Historical- Structural Method in Latin American Political Economy

Mauro Boianovsky (UnB, Brazil)

Paper 4

Spurts and Lags as Brazil Fell Behind Before 1913: A Puzzle in the Great Divergence

Stephen Anthony de Castro (UnB, Brazil)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:20 Plenary session: António Mendonça (University of Lisbon), Chairperson
Paper 5

The Theory of Global Imbalances: Mainstream Economics as Apologia for Neoliberal Globalization

Thomas Palley (AFL – CIO, USA)

Paper 6

The “Developmentalism” Debate in Brazil: Taking Part

Adriana Amado (UnB, Brazil)
Maria de Lourdes Rollemberg Mollo (UnB, Brazil)

15:20 – 15:40 Interval 
15:40 – 17:00 Plenary session: Silvinha Vasconcelos (UFJF), Chairperson
Paper 7 

Export Led Growth versus Growth Led Exports: What Matters for the  Brazilian Growth Experience after Trade Liberalization?

Ricardo Araújo (UnB, Brazil)

Joanílio Rodolpho Teixeira (UnB, Brazil)

Cristiane Soares (IBGE, Brazil)

Paper 8 

The Verdoorn-Kaldor-Thirlwall’s Law: An Empirical Analysis of the Export-Led Growth Strategy Multisectoral at the Brazil–China Bilateral Relationship

Guilherme Jonas Costa da Silva (Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil)

Henrique Dantas Neder (Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil)

Helenise Sarno Santos (Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil)

17:00 – 17:50

Panel A

Scenarios for the Post-Crisis: Declining Single Polarity, Emerging Multi-Polarity and Global Governance

Gonçalo Mourão (Institute Rio Branco, Itamaraty), Chairperson

Clodoaldo Hugueney (Itamaraty- Brazil)

Maurício Lyrio (Itamaraty – Brazil)

May 7, Wednesday 
09:00 – 10:20 Plenary session: Marcos Formiga (Ministry of Science and Technology), Chairperson
Paper 9 

The Role of Income Inequality and Wealth Concentration in the Recent Crisis

Thomas Goda (University EAFIT, Colombia)

Özlem Onaran (University of Greenwich, England)

Engelbert Stockhammer (Kingston University, England)

Paper 10 

Aging and Public Policies in the National and International Domains

Neantro Saavedra-Rivano (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

10:20 – 10:40 Interval
10:40 – 12:00 Plenary session: Stuart Holland (University of Coimbra), Chairperson
Paper 11 

Labour Force Migration in the Context of the Free Movement of Persons in the EU Area Benefits and Costs

Alunica Morariu (University of Suceava, Romania)

Paper 12 

Is the Dividend Puzzle Solved?

Maria Rosa Borges (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:20 Plenary session: Roberto Ellery (UnB), Chairperson
Paper 13

Global Crisis, Comprehensive Approach: an Interdisciplinary Contribute to the Paradigmatic Change

Augusto Santos Silva (University of Porto, Portugal)

Paper 14 

The Paradigm of the Investment Development Path: Does it Holds for Portugal? Evidence for the Period 1990-2011 

Miguel R. Fonseca (University of Porto, Portugal)

António Mendonça (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

José Passos (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

15:20 – 16:10  

Panel B

New Paradigm- Need for a Comprehensive Integrated Approach

Cristovam Buarque (Senate House, Brazil), Chairperson

Heitor Gurgulino de Souza (WAAS, Worldwide)

Garry Jacobs (WAAS, Worldwide)

16: 10 – 17:50 Plenary session: José Carlos Oliveira (Institute Rio Branco), Chairperson
Paper 15 

Towards A Global Comprehensive Context-driven and Decision-focused Theory and Method for a New Political Economy

Winston P. Nagan (University of Florida, USA)

Valeen Arena (University of Florida, USA)

Paper 16 

A Structuralist Assessment of the Dynamics of the Terms-of-Trade in a  Balance-of-Payments Constraint Growth Paradigm

Marwil Dávila-Fernández (UFMG, Brazil)

Adriana Amado (UnB, Brazil)

17:50 – 18: 20 Closing session
May 8, Thursday 


Main theme: “New paradigm for human development”

You are all cordially invited to attend this Special Session that will take place at the Headquarters of the CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development)

Address: SHIS QI 1 Conjunto B Bloco D 2 andar Sala 203 -Edificio Santos Dumont

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome remarks by Dr. Glaucius Oliva, President of CNPq and by Prof.Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, President of WAAS
09:10 – 09:30  Overview of WAAS Programs by Prof. Winston Nagan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WAAS
09:30 – 09:45 Questions and Answers by participants
09:45 – 10:05 Comprehensive approach to a new paradigm for human development by Garry Jacobs, CEO of WAAS
10:05 – 10:20 Questions and Answers
10:20 – 10:35  Coffee-Break
10:35 – 10:55 University behind the walls – Relations with local Community, by Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996-2000), Former Rector of Bucharest University and Member, Board of Trustees of WAAS
10:55 – 11:10  Questions and answers
11:10 – 11:30 Revolution in Higher Education -World University Consoritum (WUC), by Garry Jacobs, CEO of WUC
11:30 – 11:45 Questions and answers
11:45 – 12:05

Brief presentations of Brazilian Fellows of WAAS attending the meeting.

Special thanks to Prof. Joanilio Teixeira, Professor Emeritus, University of Brasilia and Fellow of WAAS.

12:05 – 12:15  Final comments and Closing of the Meeting


For any additional information please contact: Prof. Joanilio Teixeira 

Ph: + 55 61 3366 2045 (e-mail:joanilioteixeira@hotmail.com) or:
Prof. Heitor Gurgulino de Souza – Ph: +55 61 3346 1414 or Cell: 61 8159 9091 (e-mail: hgurgulino@aol.com or heitorgurgulino@gmail.com)

Global Crises & Paradigm Changes by Joanílio Rodolpho Teixeira & Heitor Gurgulino de Souza

Reflections on the Founding and Mission of WAAS by Winston Nagan

Coming Revolution in Higher Education by Garry Jacobs

Human-centered Development Paradigm by Garry Jacobs

Need for a New Paradigm in Economics by Garry Jacobs

Global Crises & Paradigm Changes

Joanílio Rodolpho Teixeira

On the initiative of Joanílio Rodolpho Teixeira, Professor Emeritus at the University of Brasilia and Fellow of WAAS, the Academy was invited to participate in a high level economics conference in Brasilia on May 6-8, 2014 entitled Global Crisis and Changes of Paradigms: Current Issues”. This was the 11th in a series of annual international economics conferences exploring alternative theory and strategy for addressing pressing global challenges.

Economics has been primarily concerned with understanding how economies work in order to discover which policies could make them work better. Growth, distribution, inflation, trade and employment have been some of the main concerns of macroeconomic theories. Yet few economists foresaw the scale of the financial and economic crisis from 2008, and few have been able to propose alternative economic paradigms to respond to it. The main objective of the Colloquium was to provide a platform for a productive exchange of ideas, theories and policies that might identify possible paradigm shifts and better informed policies for both national and global governance.

The event was sponsored by WAAS together with the University of Brasilia (UnB), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Rio Branco Institute (Brazilian Ministry of External Relations), and the International Celso Furtado Center for Development Policies. WAAS President Heitor Gurgulino de Souza provided an overview of the work of the Academy related to the current global crisis. Winston NaganChair of the Board of Trustees, explored the conceptual underpinnings, legal and human rights implications of the current neo-liberal paradigm.

Emil Constantinescu

WAAS CEO Garry Jacobs provided an overview of the Academy’s New Paradigm initiative, highlighting the need for a comprehensive, trans-disciplinary, human-centered approach to human development, the urgent need for new theory and catalytic strategies that could be applied to accelerate the transition toward a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable paradigm.

A special session on the World Academy was conducted at Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) on May 8 and inaugurated by Glaucius Oliva, President of CNPq, and Heitor Gurgulino de Souza. Winston Nagan provided a historical perspective on the origins and mission of the World Academy. He traced the Academy’s commitment to the social responsibility of science back to the invention and first use of nuclear weapons, which raised serious concerns among the founders of WAAS regarding the social implications and policy consequences of knowledge.

Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania who heads the Academy’s new center in Romania and its Euro-Mediterranean Initiative, examined the importance of fostering close relationships between the university and society. Garry Jacobs introduced the work of the World University Consortium to promote a global initiative to make world-class, affordable, socially-relevant higher education available to humanity. 

Joanílio Rodolpho Teixeira
Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science;
Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Brasilia

Heitor Gurgulino de Souza
President, World Academy of Art and Science

Reflections on the Founding and Mission of WAAS

Winston Nagan

The World Academy of Art & Science was founded in 1960. Its first President, Lord John Boyd Orr of Scotland, was also the first Director-General of the FAO. Today the Academy has more than 700 Fellows from around the world who have been elected on the basis of high professional distinction, a distinctive and comprehensive global vision, and qualities of leadership important for engaging in programs and activities of the Academy.

The Academy is distinctive in that it has an explicit emphasis on the social consequences of knowledge generation and, more importantly, the policy implications of knowledge that is produced. This mandate is further clarified by the motto of the Academy that stresses the idea that leadership in thought leads to leadership in action. The idea of founding an academy with this emphasis percolated in the minds of some of the world’s most eminent thinkers and scientists for many years.

This line of thinking was triggered by two distinguished physicists, E. Fermi and L. Szilard, visiting Albert Einstein in the later part of 1939. They came to brief Einstein on the state of nuclear physics and, in particular, the speed with which it might be possible to produce a nuclear chain reaction in a large mass of uranium, capable of splitting the atom and producing unheard of volumes of energy. The potential destructiveness of these developments was by itself a matter of serious concern, but even more critically, the speed of German advances under Hitler made the matter a top security priority. Einstein wrote his famous letter to US President Roosevelt on August 2, 1939, notifying him of these scientific developments and recommending that the United States make the development of nuclear advances a major priority. Einstein was a pacifist and was a refugee from Nazi Germany. This must have been a difficult letter to write. His letter triggered the executive’s commitment to the development of nuclear science from a national security perspective.

The Manhattan Project was launched with Robert Oppenheimer as the lead scientist. Control of the facility was put in the hands of a national security operative, General Groves. The project produced the first two atomic bombs in history. The decision to use the bomb did not concern itself with the views of the scientists as such. However, the detonation of the bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki demonstrated that the destructive capacity of these weapons exceeded scientific predictions. Moreover, these weapons of mass destruction put world politics into a new age of weapon systems of universal lethality. Robert Oppenheimer was not obviously a pacifist, but he quickly grasped the moral challenge posed by the atomic bomb. A famous quote on witnessing the first nuclear detonation is from the Bhagavad Gita: The Lord said: Time [death] I am, the destroyer of the worlds, who has come to annihilate everyone. Even without your taking part all those arrayed in the [two] opposing ranks will be slain! It became obvious to Oppenheimer that trying to influence further developments on ethical or moral grounds was going to be fiercely contested.

Edward Teller was another physicist engaged in nuclear developments. Teller was a brilliant scientist and an extremely

political ideologue. Teller’s great ambition was to build a super weapon – the hydrogen bomb. In his confrontation with Oppenheimer, Teller won and Oppenheimer was deprived of his security clearance. This background and the profound challenges generated by unleashing the nuclear genii motivated eminent men such as Einstein, Oppenheimer, Rotblat, Russell and others to affirm the social responsibility of scientists and other academic researchers for the knowledge they generated and its consequences for humanity. They felt compelled to consider the impact of scientific advances, even though scientists were largely excluded from the political discourse and decisions governing the application of that knowledge. The challenge as Einstein saw it was that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind.

Informal networking among major scientists and intellectuals over this issue led to the First International Conference on Science and Human Welfare in 1956. One of the results of this conference was an agreement among the participants to form a world academic international preparative committee. From this development, WAAS (World Academy of Art & Science) was founded in 1960. The charter members of the Academy were a veritable global Who’s Who of scientific, philosophical and social scientific distinction. The Academy aspired for a sense of communication regardless of national or ideological boundaries. Its objective was to be the world’s first informal university and its mission was the improvement of the human prospect.

The Academy today remains deeply committed to world peace and universal human security, including the concern of its founders regarding the control, regulation, and ultimate abolition of weapons of mass destruction. But in the wider context of the multiple political, economic, social and ecological challenges confronting humanity today, WAAS has set itself the challenge of (a) deeper understanding of the current paradigm that shapes thinking, institutions, policies and the prevailing world order and (b) giving serious thought to the formulation of a new human-centered paradigm for development and global governance. Issues related to the need for a new paradigm have been explored at recent WAAS conferences at Trieste, the UN in Geneva, Library of Alexandria, Washington DC, Ottawa, UC Berkeley, Podgorica, and most recently, Baku. The project seeks a deeper understanding of the place of the individual human being in the global social process and the implications of fundamental human rights when applied on a global basis. Special emphasis is being placed on new paradigm in global education as an essential condition for effectively addressing global challenges, which has led to the founding of the World University Consortium.

Recognizing the enormous scope, complexity and importance of these issues, WAAS is actively promoting close collaboration with other leading organizations including CERN, Club of Madrid, Club of Rome, European Leadership Network, European Movement International, Green Cross International, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Library of Alexandria, Mother’s Service Society, Partnership for Change and other organizations in an effort to leverage our complementary capabilities in pursuit of common goals.

Winston Nagan
Chair of the Board, World Academy of Art & Science;
Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar Professor of Law,
Levin College of Law, University of Florida