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Call for papers: Well-being in Contemporary Society

International Conference on the Philosophy and Science of Well-being and their Practical Importance

Location: University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

Date: July 26-27, 2012

Program Chair:                 
Philip Brey (University of Twente)

Organising committee:                
Johnny Hartz Søraker (University of Twente)
Pak-Hang Wong (University of Twente)
Jan-Willem van der Rijt (University of Amsterdam)
Jelle de Boer (University of Amsterdam)

About the Conference

In recent years, well-being has enjoyed a renaissance in philosophical discussions, as well as in fields like psychology, economics, development studies and sociology. Although these approaches share a common goal – to better understand what well-being is and how it can be enhanced – these developments have led to a great diversity in philosophical and scientific approaches to the analysis of well-being. Despite the increasing amount of research, most of the work on well-being is also performed at a highly abstract level. This is especially true in philosophy, but relatively little work has been devoted to the application of theories of well-being also in other fields, in particular when it comes to an understanding of life in contemporary society. Developments such as globalization, consumerism, and the rapid innovation and use of new and emerging technologies, all exert significant impact on the well-being of people living today, and we need a better understanding of their consequences for well-being.

Contemporary society requires that well-being researchers examine these problems – and, if possible, propose solutions to address them. This international conference aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines, including, but not limited to, psychology, economics, sociology, philosophy and development studies, in order to examine the practical role of well-being in contemporary society.

Potential Topics

We are looking for contributions that examine the notion of well-being in the context of contemporary society. The conference particularly welcomes papers that employ a notion of well-being to address social, political and ethical issues in present-day society. Suggested topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical developments and approaches in the philosophy and science of well-being in relation to contemporary society, culture and life.
  • Well-being in social and political philosophy and/or in policy studies
  • Positive psychology (and related research fields) and its practical applicability
  • New and emerging technologies and well-being
  • Intercultural and interpersonal comparisons of well-being
  • Reliability, validity and applicability of well-being measures
  • Other specific practical issues pertaining to well-being in contemporary society

The workshop will include both invited papers and an open call for papers. For the open call, we invite extended abstracts (1500-2000 words).  Please anonymise the abstract, and include title, name and address in the accompanying email. The abstract, and any questions you may have about the conference, should be sent to Your abstract should be submitted before February 15th 2012, and will be subject to blind peer review.


Following the conference we aim to publish the papers, subject to a blind review process, in either an edited volume or a special issue of a relevant journal. We did so successfully with our previous conference, Good Life In a Technological Age, from which select papers were published as book in the prestigious Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society series, and will be available in February 2012.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15. 2012
Notification of Acceptance: March 1, 2012
Conference Dates: July 26-27, 2012


Forum for Social Economics, 40/3 (October 2011)

ForumFollowing are the contents (with abstracts) of the latest issue of Forum for Social Economics (40/3, October 2011).

The New Division of Labor in the Globalized Economy: Women’s Challenges and Opportunities, Valeria Sodano

The way in which the new international division of labor (NIDL) in the globalized economy affects gender inequalities has not been sufficiently explored yet. The body of literature on commodity chains that has attempted to assess the welfare effects of the NIDL, especially in less developed countries, has paid sparse attention to gender issues. Globalization has entailed the deverticalization of commodity supply chains and the emergence of highly concentrated financial groups and transnational companies linked to a network of firms operating as affiliates and suppliers, namely the global commodity chains. The NIDL could worsen gender inequality, due to the particular organizational strategies in global commodity chains that privilege power, instead of trust and market exchange, as the major form of governance and means for resource allocation. Because women represent the poorest swathe of the world’s population, they suffer the most from the growing wealth inequality and the concentration of power produced by the NIDL. Moreover, because of the traditional sexual division of labor and because of their low status in society, women are the most harshly exploited subjects in the system. The general conclusion of the paper is that in the NIDL the main means of resource allocation are not competitive markets, as often suggested by the GCV literature and mainstream economics, but are instead power relations that ultimately stem from the patriarchal culture of violence and domination.

The Local Economy Movement: An Alternative to Neoliberalism?, John Posey

The economic turmoil of the last 2 years has shown that hyper-globalized capitalism is inherently crisis prone, and that it has been unable to create sustainable prosperity. Unfortunately, the left has failed to convincingly refute Margaret Thatcher’s assertion that “there is no alternative.” There is, however, a growing social movement that aims to promote small, locally-scaled enterprises. This essay argues that the local economy movement can potentially provide a unifying principle for a new progressive agenda. However, localizers must take seriously the possible loss of gains from trade. In addition, it is important to resist a naive localism that romanticizes the local while ignoring action at other scales.

Short Changing the Value of Democracy for Economic Development in Africa, Berhanu Nega

Official donor policy towards Africa seems to be informed by the twin requirements of alleviating poverty on the one hand and ensuring respect for human rights and democratization on the other. In practice, when these interests conflict, as they usually do in Africa, donors tend to choose to continue supporting dictatorships, arguing that economic development will eventually lead to democratization. This paper argues that this faulty reasoning is a product of modernization theory that has had undue influence in western policy circles. Based on a broad survey of the literature, the paper shows that there is no theoretical or empirical basis for the claim that authoritarian regimes would provide better economic performance than democracies in general and particularly in Africa. Furthermore, available evidence suggests that the lack of democratization (defined broadly to include the substance of democracy such as government accountability and basic freedoms in addition to meaningful democratic elections) is a key constraint on economic and social development in Africa. Finally, the paper argues that even when the empirical case to establish a definite causal relationship between democratization and development cannot be ascertained, a very strong case can be made for prioritizing democratization for the long term societal transformation of the continent.

The Economic Problem of Happiness: Keynes on Happiness and Economics, Anna Maria Carabelli and Mario Aldo Cedrini

By stressing the substantial continuity of vision between John Maynard Keynes’s early unpublished essays and his more mature writings, the paper discusses Keynes’s ethics and focuses on his thoughts about happiness. In particular, we emphasize the anti-utilitarianism of Keynes’s vision and his belief that material wealth is but a precondition to enjoy the possibilities of a good life, and direct attention to problems of incommensurability raised by the multidimensional nature of happiness as considered by Keynes. We then argue that the rediscovery of Keynes’s legacy in this respect may be a precious counterweight to the most controversial aspects of today’s happiness research.

Economics, Democracy, and the Distribution of Capital Ownership, Robert Ashford

This article holds that widespread, practical access to capital acquisition is essential for sustainable widespread economic prosperity and democracy. The founders of the U.S.A. agreed that sustainable democracy required widespread ownership of land to provide a viable earning capacity sufficient to support robust participation in democratic government. The importance of widespread land ownership to individual prosperity and sustainable democracy was supported not only by the prevailing philosophical views of property, it was also apparent to the common man and woman. Compared to Europe, America offered widespread access to land ownership, higher wages, better work conditions, cheaper staples and greater individual freedom, equal opportunity, prosperity, and political participation. This conviction that widespread access to ownership is a necessary condition for widespread prosperity and sustainable democracy continued throughout most of the nineteenth century, but today public discourse reveals virtually no trace of this once universally held opinion. This article suggests that the disappearance of this conviction can be traced to an erroneous view shaped by neoclassical economics and Keynesian economics. According to this view, (1) the disappearance of the American frontier and industrialization made the goal of widespread capital ownership either impractical or of little or no economic significance and (2) by way of technological advance, sufficient earning capacity and consumer demand to promote growth and sustain democracy can be achieved, without widespread ownership, primarily through jobs and welfare. Although differing in many respects, both mainstream schools, along with Adam Smith’s classical economics, share one common but unstated economic assumption: the broader distribution of capital acquisition (in itself) has no fundamental relationship to the fuller employment of people and capital, the broader distribution of greater individual earning capacity, and growth. Contemporary thinking, shaped by these economic schools, also tacitly assumes that widespread capital ownership is not essential for the sustainable individual earning capacity needed to support robust democracy. This erroneous “ownership-neutrality assumption” (1) contradicts both the views of America’s founders and the colonial experience, and (2) provides theoretical justification for structuring capital markets and capital acquisition transactions to unfairly and dysfunctionally favor existing owners at the expense of broader ownership distribution, more widely shared prosperity, greater efficiency, ecologically friendly growth, and a vital democracy. America’s conscientious founders would be shocked by the diminished importance of the distribution of ownership in the mainstream analysis of prices, efficiency, production, growth, and democracy. Rather than enhancing democracy, they would view the “ownership-neutrality assumption” of mainstream economics as contributing to its deterioration and corruption. They would openly search for economic analysis built on an alternate assumption more consistent with their understanding of the requisite conditions for sustainable democracy. This article advances an economic analysis that suspends the ownership-neutrality assumption, replaces it with a “broader-ownership-growth assumption,” and suggests a voluntary market strategy for substantially broadening capital ownership, enhancing individual earning capacity, and providing the widespread economic prosperity needed for robust democracy.

Review of Social Economy, 69/4 (2011)

RSEFollowing are the contents (with abstracts) of the latest issue of Review of Social Economy (69/4, 2011); of particular note in this issue is the presidential address by Betsy Jane Clary and the obituary of Warren Samuels by (current ASE president) Zohreh Emami.

Presidential Address

Institutional Usury and the Banks, Betsy Jane Clary

Although usury is no longer widely discussed in economic discourse, the concept of usury is useful in explaining financial upheavals such as the recent and on-going crisis. The Scholastics began the study of interest with their teachings on usury, and Keynes brought the usury debate back into the discussions during the period around the Great Depression. Bernard Dempsey, a Jesuit economist, wrote a definitive assessment of scholastic theory in the early 1940s under the direction of Schumpeter. Dempsey developed his own theory of financial crises which he attributed to the presence of what he termed “institutional usury.” The recently implemented policy by the Federal Reserve of paying banks interest on reserves is examined in light of Dempsey's concept of institutional usury. The scholastic concept of the just price is used to analyze market power wielded by large financial institutions in the modern economy.


Freedom of Choice and Poverty Alleviation, Ortrud Leßmann

The Capability Approach (henceforth CA) views poverty as a multidimensional phenomenon that is not only characterised by lows levels of achievement in the various dimensions but also by a restricted opportunity to choose among different ways of life. The CA thus puts a lot of emphasis on (limited) freedom of choice as a crucial aspect of poverty. If poverty is seen in this way there are two ways to improve the situation of the poor: by broadening the set of opportunities open to them or by strengthening their ability to choose. The paper concentrates on the latter. Although the CA discusses several possibilities for strengthening the ability to choose it does not explicitly consider the role of enhancing the capability of choosing as a means of poverty alleviation. The paper summarizes which circumstances are seen in the CA as suitable for strengthening freedom of choice. Namely, the paper discusses the market as an institution that trains the ability to choose, democracy as a political institution that is based on freedom of choice and participatory methods as an attempt to build explicitly on freedom of choice of the participants. Two shortcomings in the theoretical conceptualization of freedom of choice in the CA are identified by discussing these institutions and circumstances: first, the interplay between social structures and individual agency is not modelled in much detail within the CA. Second, the CA does not provide an explicitly temporal model of agency. The paper takes a closer look at these shortcomings from a sociological perspective since the questions they raise are core questions of sociology. The problems are intertwined. In order to tackle the problem of social embedding in the CA one needs to introduce time and processes as well. Sociological approaches show how social structures evolve from the interaction of individuals. The paper gives an example of how sociological concepts of this interaction can be used for drawing a model of social work for strengthening the agency of the poor. The paper proceeds as follows: first the view of poverty as capability deprivation is presented. The second section gives an overview of the areas in which the CA discusses the strengthening of individual choice: the market, democracy and participatory projects. The third section elaborates on the shortcomings of the CA identified in the preceding section from a sociological perspective and introduces a concept of social work developed in a similar theoretical context. The conclusion summarizes the lessons and outlines further lines of research.

An Endogenous Growth Model with Human and Social Capital Interactions, Tiago Neves Sequeira & Alexandra Ferreira-Lopes

Social capital has recently been introduced in the economic literature as a source of economic growth. In this paper we study the interactions between social and human capital, and their contributions to economic growth in an endogenous growth model. The model indicates an increase in the relative importance of human capital when compared to social capital throughout the development process of the economy, as also described in some of the empirical literature on the topic. We derive theoretical and policy implications from our endogenous growth model, concluding that a subsidy for human capital has important implications for economic growth and allocation redistribution. A subsidy to social capital is not relevant for economic growth. Its only effect would be the increase in the social to human capital ratio of the economy.

Is the CSR Craze Good for Society? The Welfare Economic Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility,
Atle Blomgren

Welfare economic analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) equates CSR with the provision of private goods bundled with provision of public goods (or, in the symmetrical case, bundled with the curtailment of public bads). Two common examples are cause-related marketing and “green goods” where private goods are sold at premiums that are then used to pay for provision of public goods and/or curtailment of public bads. This paper expands upon the model of Besley and Ghatak (2007) for the case of imperfect government to develop a complete typology for analyzing whether the provision/curtailment of public goods/bads will be best served by companies (through CSR), by imperfect governments or by non-profit organizations. Finally the paper discusses the main differences between the welfare economic approach to CSR and the general multi-disciplinary CSR literature.


Warren Samuels, 1933-2011, Zohreh Emami
Book Reviews

Less Pretension, More Ambition: Development Policy in Times of Globalization (Peter van Lieshout, Robert Went, and Monique Kremer), reviewed by Matthias Olthaar

Flexicurity and Beyond: Finding a New Agenda for the European Social Model (ed. Henning Jørgensen and Per Kongshøj Madsen), reviewed by Stefano Solari

The Foundations of Non-equilibrium Economics (ed. Sebastian Berger), reviewed by Torsten Heinrich

The “Uncertain” Foundations of Post Keynesian Economics: Essays in Exploration (Stephen P. Dunn), reviewed by M.G. Hayes

The Economics of Hate (Samuel Cameron), reviewed by Amitrajeet A. Batabyal


Call for Papers: Conference on Oaths and Codes in Economics and Business

First Call for Papers for Conference on Oaths and Codes in Economics and Business

11 and 12 May 2012, Groningen, The Netherlands
A selection of papers will be published in a special issue of Review of Social Economy
Deadline submission extended abstracts: 1 March 2012

Organizer/Guest Editor: Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen)
Invited Speakers: John Boatright (Loyola University Chicago) and George DeMartino (University of Denver)
Since 2010, members of the executive boards of all banks in the Netherlands have had to sign an oath just as doctors swear the Hippocratic Oath. This Banker's Oath is part of a code of ethics which was developed to restore trust in banking after the economic crisis. This initiative-unique in the world-has drawn international attention, and suggestions about similar oaths and codes can be heard in various countries. Accountants, financial advisers, actuaries, and controllers have started reevaluating their professional codes of ethics. A group of Harvard Business School graduates suggested the MBA Oath (Anderson and Escher, 2010), while economist George DeMartino proposed the Economist's Oath (Oxford University Press 2010). But can oaths and codes work in fields fraught with conflicts of interests (Boatright 2008)?
The Economist's Oath is primarily addressed to economists working as policy advisers, focusing as it does on methodological issues and issues of social justice. An economist swearing the oath promises to recognize that economics is an imperfect science, fraught with uncertainty, lack of precision, and many competing theoretical perspectives. The MBA oath contains the familiar themes from the business ethics and CSR literature: integrity, truthfulness, sustainability, accountability, stakeholders interests, and the avoidance of unbridled self-interest. And the Banker's Oath is primarily a promise to give the interests of clients a central place in one's professional decisions.
Professional oaths and codes are gaining popularity. But in stark contrast to the literature on corporate codes of ethics, surprisingly little research exists on professional oaths and codes. Questions include how the general public perceives oaths and codes; whether they help professionals stay focused on their social functions; how they influence behavior (if they do); whether they increase professionalism; whether they are consistent with general moral duties; whether they help moral deliberation or discussion within a profession; or whether they lead to distrust and illusory quality guarantees.
The Review of Social Economy and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, devote a conference and a special issue to professional oaths and codes. The conference will take place on 11 and 12 May 2012 in Groningen, The Netherlands. Invited speakers are John Boatright (Loyola University Chicago) and George DeMartino (University of Denver). A selection of papers presented at the conference, upon passing double-blind peer review, will be published in a special issue of Review of Social Economy. Guest editor is Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen).
We invite submission of extended abstracts of around 1,000 words for conference presentations with a deadline of 1 March 2012. The topic is professional oaths and codes in the broadest sense of the word, including philosophical, economic, psychological, sociological approaches. Submissions, and inquiries, should be sent to Boudewijn de Bruin at and Wilfred Dolfsma, corresponding editor Review of Social Economy, at
Prof.dr Wilfred Dolfsma
Professor of Innovation
Director, SOM research programme Innovation& Organization
University of Groningen School of Economics and Business PO Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, the Netherlands ph. +31 (0)50 363 2789 (secr. 3453) fax +31 (0)50 363 7110
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Corresponding editor, Review of Social Economy

Call for papers for conference panel: Pierre Bourdieu and his contribution to economics

A message from Asimina Christoforou:

Dear all,

I would like to inform you of a conference that will be held in Paris, France, 5-8 July 2012, and jointly organised by the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE), the French Association of Political Economy (FAPE), and the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE). The conference theme is "Political Economy and the Outlook for Capitalism" and aims at bringing together scholars from all strands of political economy and heterodox economics in order to discuss their future and the recent developments in the global economy and in economic science following the global economic crisis. 

For this conference, as coordinator of the IIPPE social capital working group, I would like to propose a panel with a general theme on the contribution of Pierre Bourdieu in economics. Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) is a French sociologist, who has used the concept of social capital, along with forms of cultural and symbolic capital, to explain the reproduction of capitalist social structures and power relations. Also, he is known for his personal engagement in social struggles against neoliberal globalisation, and his active participation in the movement for intellectual autonomy and the protection of public interest.

Almost a decade after his death, and in the midst of the worst recession that the world has experienced since WWII, Bourdieu's works and views on neoliberalism, the role of academia, and the need for resistance at a global scale are today more relevant than ever before. I think that the conference offers a great opportunity to discuss the difficulties of our times and Bourdieu's contribution in this regard. I thus invite you to submit papers and ideas for a panel that will focus on Bourdieu's work. Abstracts should be submitted to Asimina Christoforou ( by the end of January, 2012. 

Further details on the conference are available at and on the panel proposal at

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,

Asimina Christoforou, Coordinator of the Social Capital Working Group

PhD, Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece). 


Call for papers: 14th World Congress in Social Economics, "Towards an Ethical Economy and Economics" [NEW DEADLINE]

14th World Congress of Social Economics

Call for Papers

University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
June 20-22, 2012

"Towards an Ethical Economy and Economics"

Social economics, with its focus on social values, social interactions, and ethics, is particularly well suited to provide insightful analyses on the present state of economics as a discipline and on the state of the world economy.  The international financial crisis, the European sovereign debt crisis, and increasing inequalities throughout the world raise important social and ethical issues concerning the interactions of governments, financial institutions, individuals, communities, and the economics profession.  Social economics offers valuable alternative evaluations of economic activity that lead toward a more ethical and sustainable economy and a more relevant economics.

We welcome proposals for complete sessions and for individual papers – conceptual, applied and empirical – related to the theme of the conference as well as in all areas of social economics. Some topics for discussion might include: 

  • What is meant by an ‘ethical economics’ and an ‘ethical economic system’?
  • What does an increased awareness of the ethics of economic activities imply for social relations and values  and for economics?
  • What are the manifestations of an ethical economy in terms of: corporate social responsibility; sustainable consumption; economic organisation, such as co-operatives, and the structure of finance, such as regulation, micro-finance, mutualisation, and credit unions?
  • What are the relationships between an ethical economy and social capital?  Does a high incidence of social capital ensure an ethical economy and ethical economic activities?   What does an ethical economy mean for the “third sector” and social enterprise?  Does it relate to the UK Prime Minister’s (David Cameron) notion of the “Big Society”?
  • What does an ethical economy imply for economic performance?  What are the measures of performance and well-being in an ethical economy?  Would an ethical economy be more equal?  If so, in what respects?
  • What does an ethical economy imply for the distribution of income, wealth, and power both within a country and among countries?
  • What are the relations between an ethical economy and a green economy?
  • What are the social and ethical responsibilities of economics and of economists?
  • What are the macroeconomic manifestations of ethical considerations – what is an ethical fiscal policy?  To what extent is the conventional wisdom concerning sovereign debt crises misguided?

Abstract Submissions 

To submit a proposal please send an abstract of about 400 words for a paper and/or a proposal of about 600 words for a session, together with the abstracts of the session papers, no later than February 1, 2012 FEBRUARY 17, 2012.  Please include the title of the session or the paper, the authors’ names and institutional affiliations, and contact information in the form of an e-mail address for the corresponding author. 

Submissions of Abstract Proposals should be sent to:  Elba Brown-Collier at  The subject line should read ASE Glasgow Conf 2012 sub (surname of submitter) e.g. ASE Glasgow Conf 2012 Sub (McMaster).

Student Paper Award

We welcome submissions for the Elba Brown-Collier Best Student Paper Award.  This paper must be written by a graduate student(s).  Professors cannot be co-authors.  For the submission, the paper should be no longer than 8,000 words.  The award committee of senior members of the Association for Social Economics will adjudicate the submitted papers.  ASE sponsors the award.

The winner of the Best Student Paper Competition 2012 receives:

  • $400 USD
  • One year’s membership in ASE which includes subscriptions to The Review of Social Economics and the Forum for Social Economics

To be eligible for the award the student author must register for the conference and present her/his paper.  The status of each author must be clearly stipulated (first, second  and/or third authors, M.A. Students, Ph.D students, etc.)  Please submit your paper through the regular submission process as described above.

Keynote Speakers 

  • Opening Plenary Speaker
    • Sir Anthony "Tony” Atkinson, Research Professor, Department of Economics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
  • Cairncross Lecture
    • Ben Fine, Professor of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Other Information

At least one author of the paper presented at the World Congress must be a member of ASE. Clike here for Membership Information. Additional Conference information and Registration information can also be found on this website.

Organising Committee 

Robert McMaster (Chair), University of Glasgow
Jane Clary, College of Charleston
Elba Brown-Collier, Association for Social Economics
Mark Hayes, University of Cambridge
Helena Lopes, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon
Fabio Sabatini, Sapienza Universitá di Roma
Martha Starr, American University, Washington DC

Important Dates 

February 1, 2012 - Deadline for Abstract Submission
March 1, 2012 - Notification of Accepted Abstracts
April 15, 2012 - Conference Registration Deadline
May 15, 2012 - Deadline for Submitting Full Papers
June 20, 2012 - Opening Plenary Session and Reception, Tony Atkinson, speaker
June 21, 2012 - Conference Dinner
June 22, 2012 - Closing Keynote Address, The Cairncross Lecture, Ben Fine, speaker


Two book series in social economics

There are currently two book series in social economics, both publishing fascinating new work and actively soliciting new ideas--new releases will be highlighted here when they are released. Please visit the websites below and contact the editors if you're interested in contributing.

Routledge Advances in Social Economics (Routledge/Taylor & Francis)

This series presents new advances and developments in social economics thinking on a variety of subjects that concern the link between social values and economics. Need, justice and equity, gender, cooperation, work, poverty, the environment, class, institutions, public policy, and methodology are some of the most important themes. Among the orientations of the authors are social economist, institutionalist, humanist, solidarist, cooperativist, radical and Marxist, feminist, post-Keynesian, behaviorist, and environmentalist. The series offers new contributions from today’s most foremost thinkers on the social character of the economy.

Series editor: John B. Davis, Marquette University (

Perspectives from Social Economics (Palgrave Macmillan)

The Perspectives from Social Economics series incorporates an explicit ethical component into contemporary economic discussion of important policy and social issues, drawing on the approaches used by social economists around the world. It also allows social economists to develop their own frameworks and paradigms by exploring the philosophy and methodology of social economics in relation to orthodox and other heterodox approaches to economics. By furthering these goals, this series will expose a wider readership to the scholarship produced by social economists, and thereby promote the more inclusive viewpoints, especially as they concern ethical analyses of economic issues and methods.

Series editor: Mark D. White, College of Staten Island/CUNY (


Assocation for Social Economics program for the 2012 ASSA meetings

Here is the program for the Association for Social Economics at the 2012 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) meetings in Chicago on January 5-8:

Opening Plenary Session and Reception 
Thursday, January 5, 6:30 p.m.
Swissotel, Grand Ballroom

Yale University

Finance and the Good Society

Martha Starr, American University, Presiding

Reception Immediately Following 


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Welcome to the Social Economics Blog!

Welcome to Social Economics Blog, the blog of the Association for Social Economics!

In conjunction with the ASE website and our new listserv (see the column to the right for more details on both), this blog will help spread information about the activities of the ASE and developments in social economics, including:

  • Calls for papers for ASE conferences and conference sessions
  • Announcements of new issues of the ASE's journals, Review of Social Economy and Forum for Social Economics
  • News about other new journal articles and books related to social economics
  • Original contributions from ASE members
  • ...and more!

Expect frequent revisions to this blog, especially in terms of layout and appearance--this is only the beginning, so visit us often!