Ben Fine is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His recent books include as contributing editor, with K. Bayliss, Privatization and Alternative Public Sector Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa: Delivering on Electricity and Water, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008; The Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, edited with Alfredo Saad-Filho and Marco Boffo, 2012, From Political Economy to Economics: Method, the Social and the Historical in the Evolution of Economic Theory, awarded the 2009 Gunnar Myrdal Prize, and From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics: The Shifting Boundaries Between Economics and Other Social Sciences, awarded the 2009 Deutscher Prize, both with Dimitris Milonakis, 2009, Routledge; Marx’s Capital, fifth edition, with Alfredo Saad-Filho, 2010, Theories of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly, 2010; as contributing editor, with K. Bayliss and E. Van Waeyenberge, The Political Economy of Development: The World Bank, Neoliberalism and Development Research, 2011; and similarly with J. Saraswati and D. Tavasci, Beyond the Developmental State: Industrial Policy into the 21st Century, 2012, all with Pluto Press; and similarly with Kyung-Sup Chang and Linda Weiss, Developmental Politics in Transition: The Neoliberal Era and Beyond, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. He has served as advisor to trade unions, other progressive organisations and to international, national and local agencies and governments, and served as one of four international expert advisors on President Mandela’s 1995/96 South African Labour Market Commission. He currently sits on the Social Science Research Committee of the UK’s Food Standards Agency for which he chaired the Working Group on Reform of Slaughterhouse Controls. He is Chair of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy, IIPPE.