Dr. Catherine Samary
Retired Associate Professor of Economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine France

Dr Samary was an Associate Professor at the Dauphine University, Paris and previously a central leader of the reunified Fourth International. She is a co-founder of its largest section, the Revolutionary Communist League. She received her PhD in economics in 1986, at the University of Paris X: Nanterre and was later a research associate at the Institut du Monde Soviétique et d'Europe Centrale et Orientale (IMSECO). Her research focuses on five themes: 1) theoretical and practical questions of socialism; 2) analysis of socialist experiences and in particular, the implications of their reforms and crises pertaining to Yugoslavia and other nations; 3) issues concerning planning, market relationship of property, democracy; 4) globalisation and the capitalist restoration - comparative aspects, theoretical questions; 5) criteria of efficiency and social justice in economy. She is a regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, International Viewpoint and Tout est à Nous. She is the author of numerous books, including: a Dissertation on the Yugoslav reforms from 1947 to 1980 that was later published as Le marche contre l'autogestion (Paris, PubliSud/La Breche, 1988); "Plan, market and democracy: the experience of the so-called socialist countries" (Amsterdam, International Institute for Research and Education, Notebook No. 7/8, 1988); Yugoslavia Dismembered (translated by Peter Drucker, Monthly Review Press, New York, 1995). She is notable for having been one of the few authors on the radical Left in France to actively oppose the 2004 law which excludes girls wearing Muslim headscarves from schools in France.