Political Economy, a term created by Antoine de Montchrétien in his ́Traité d ́économie politique ́ in 1615, exemplifies the difficult balance between the three Greek terms ́ politeia ́ (state), ́oikos ́ (domestic economy), and ́nomos ́ (law). The Congress of Political Economists (COPE) has joined this discussion since its first meeting in Honolulu in 1990. The founder of COPE, the late Tej Saini, an immigrant to the USA from India during the second half of the 20th century, has widened the spectrum of interest in the subject of international studies. COPE meets annually not only in a different city but on different continents, thereby attracting an international group of excellent local economists, sociologists, political scientists and scientists from all interested research fields. Due to the fact that for two years, COPE International met twice, this year it will be the 30th meeting in Miami. I joined the organization for the incredible inspiring congress in Rio de Janeiro 1992 and have hardly missed a meeting since then. Over that time, COPE International participants have met and discussed with colleagues and made friends all over the world. They have gained not only a better understanding of theoretical and practical local positions but indeed contributed to the dissemination of political economical positions in numerous publications (as is one of our goals written in its constitution). As COPE International is a not-for-profit organization, financial contributions for publications will strictly be used for its purpose or will have to be paid back to the authors. Conference proceedings or a conference edited volume are produced at cost. No single officer will be paid for her or his engagement for COPE International.
COPE International is based at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, USA. It is kept alive by the endeavors of its Honorary President Wagiha Taylor, political economist originally from Egypt. We all have to thank her for her ongoing interest in organizing congresses around the world.
The world is currently facing the highest number of wars in history exemplifying the timeless actuality of political economy and the urgent necessity and difficulty to debate problems of economic, political, and social interests. COPE International is non-partisan for any specific position. The group believes from its discussions that any theme can be a first step to a global fair political economy.
Irmela Gorges, Berlin, Germany.
COPE International President
Conference of Congress of Political Economists, International (COPE)