Cheap at twice the price

by John Quiggin on July 31, 2019

One of the vanished joys of academic life is the experience, after publishing an article, of getting a bundle of 25 or 50 reprints in the mail, to be distributed to friends and colleagues, or mailed out in response to requests from faraway places (if you live in Australia, everywhere is faraway), often coming on little postcards. Everything is much more efficient nowadays, and I just finished throwing away my remaining collection of reprints. But now, an electronic ghost of the reprint has come to visit.

Earlier this year, I contributed an article to a special issue of Globalizations on “The diffusion of public private partnerships: a world systems analysis”. This is a fair way outside my usual academic area of expertise, a fact which may be apparent to readers who know more about the topic than me, but I wanted to say something about Australia and New Zealand. I just got an email from the publisher offering 50 free e-prints . I don’t think my fellow economists will be much interested, and most would have library subscriptions anyway. So, I’m opening it up to my readers. As I understand it, the first 50 to download it get it for free. After that, anyone really interested can email me for a copy.

Update If you want a copy just click on the link



MFB 07.31.19 at 8:05 am

Thank you. This looks extremely interesting — although, I have to admit, it largely seems to confirm what I already believe. PPPs are going great guns in South African official rhetoric, though they appear disastrous failures in local practice.


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Joel Hernandez 07.31.19 at 11:29 am

I’d love one, if you’re sending them out.


Matt 07.31.19 at 11:29 am

I actually don’t know that it’s a good thing, but a semi-charming thing about US law reviews is that they still send out paper reprints to authors to send around. I have, on occasion, been surprised and happy to receive an unsolicited reprint from someone who either thought I might be interested in the topic or who had cited me in the paper and so thought I might like it. In a few cases, this has even been very fruitful for me in helping my own work. It does sometimes get a bit absurd, though such as recently when a US law review sent me (in Australia) copies of a paper of mine, which I then dutifully sent to a number of people, mostly in the US (and Europe), making it a really rather uneconomical transaction.


ph 08.01.19 at 5:49 am

Good for you! No open threads on political economy: thoroughly engaging discussion with Yael Tamir and Robert Wright Why Nationalism:

Essential points take your pick – world oligarchy – or state actors choosing policies which benefit their own and other citizens. If the left doesn’t find a patriotic nationalism, then voters will migrate to Organ or whoever is acting on behalf (or claiming to act) for citizens on the one state. Stark contrast frankly between Yael and all politicians we commonly see.

Passed on without any additional comment


Alex SL 08.01.19 at 9:37 am

One real advantage of the age of PDF is that it isn’t really necessary to pay extra for colour figures anymore. If somebody wants a printout it is up to them, if seeing it on the screen suffices, all the better.

To me one of the lost joys is at the other end of the process: It used to be print out the manuscript and a cover letter and send it off to the editor. These days I can easily spend half a day working through a journal’s manuscript submission system. Grumble grumble etc.

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