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Call for papers: Association for Social Economics sessions at 2016 ASSA meetings



Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA, January 3-5 (Sunday to Tuesday), 2016

THEME: Financialisation, Ethics, and Sustainable Development


The events in 2007-2008 have brought financialisation, that is "the increasing importance of financial markets, financial motives, financial institutions, and financial elites in the operation of the economy and its governing institutions" (Epstein 2001) to the attention of millions of people. Today some key questions are still unanswered. Will the actors, institutions, and policies of financial markets that led to the financial crisis and the related Global Crisis be tamed once and for all? Or have we entered a new age of capitalism, where financial motives and financial actors define not only the regime of accumulation and the ascendency of 'shareholder value' as a mode of business governance, but dominate everyday life, from housing and pensions to the culture of individualism and market competition? Furthermore, what is the proper function of financial goals and financial institutions in the achievement of sustainable development? What role do ethics play in shaping these goals and institutions?

For the ASE sessions at the 2016 ASSA meetings, we welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of social economics, especially those dealing with the nature and consequences of financialisation on our society and the natural environment. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

* Financialisation and inequalities: Has financialisation affected the gender, race and occupational stratification of our societies? How do group inequalities and personal and social identities influence sustainable development?

* The financialisation of the environment: What is the relation between finance and the depletion of the natural environment? Is that relationship sustainable in the long run?

* Lehman Brothers versus Lehman Sisters: What have we learned from the 2007-2008 financial crisis and related Global Crisis?

* Financialisation and corporate governance: Has anything changed in the last few decades? Can theories and practices of Corporate Social Responsibility address social, environmental and economic sustainability?

* Finance, development and global governance: How has financialisation affected developing countries and the international monetary system?

* From financialisation to de-financialisation: Could the financial sector be restructured to enhance social, environmental, and economic development? Would this require a paradigm change in economics and policymaking?

To submit a paper or a session, please go to the proposal submission area of the ASE website (under Conferences > ASSA > Proposal submissions): https://socialeconomics.org/?page=conferences&side=assa&sub=proposal_submission 

Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, all authors' names and institutional affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author including email address. Proposals for complete sessions are also welcome. Submission deadline is 1st May 2015.

Individuals whose papers are accepted for presentation must either be or become members of the Association for Social Economics by July 1, 2015, in order for the paper to be included in the program. Membership information can be found at www.socialeconomics.org.

All papers presented at the ASSA meetings are eligible for the Warren Samuels Prize, awarded to the best paper that advances the goals of social economics and has widespread appeal. Papers can also be considered for a special issue of the Forum for Social Economics. Details of these opportunities will be sent to authors of accepted papers.


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