41 posts categorized "Calls for papers"


Call for papers: ASE sessions at the Eastern Economic Association meetings

Submissions are now open for the Association for Social Economics sessions at the 2016 Eastern Economics Association meetings, being held in Washington D.C. from February 25 – 28, 2016. Please visit this link for more details on the conference itself.

Proposals for individual papers and organized sessions are welcome. Session themes that integrate economics and other social disciplines including philosophy, sociology, geography, political science, and anthropology are particularly encouraged.

Everyone whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference but do not have to pay the paper submission fee. It is expected that all presenters are willing to serve as a chair and/or discussant on other ASE sessions. Please indicate in your submission if there are any days or times that you are unavailable during the conference.

Please e-mail Michael J. Murray (mmurray@bemidjistate.edu) your proposals for papers and/or complete sessions (or any questions about the meetings) by Saturday, November 21, 2015.


Call for papers: ASE sessions at the Midwest Economic Association meetings

Association for Social Economics

at the

Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting

April 1-3, 2016

Hotel Hilton Orrington, Evanston/Chicago, IL


Theme: Human Development after the Economics of Growth


The most recent economic crisis calls into question the viability of growth-oriented economic policies.  In their place alternative strategies have emerged that broaden our understanding of what constitutes economic development oriented toward sustainability and human well-being.  Some of these responses focus their attention on the caring economy; human capabilities; democratic control over resource allocation, production and distribution; social enterprise; and community-based economic systems.  Many of these projects call for evaluation methods that are different from those used to measure economic growth.  They also point toward the need to restructure the standard economics curriculum. 

We invite papers from researchers and teachers that present case studies, empirical analyses, theoretical essays or pedagogical explorations that address these and other topics in social economics. 

Please submit a copy of the paper title and abstract (up to 250 words) to Bruce Pietrykowski, Association for Social Economics Midwest Regional Director: bpie@umich.edu no later than October 7, 2015.

Please refer to the Midwest Economic Association web site for further information regarding the 2016 MEA Conference: http://mea.grinnell.edu/conferences/conference-2015


Call for papers: ASE at the Southern Economic Association

Call for Submissions for the Southern Economic Association Conference
New Orleans, November 21-23, 2015

The annual conference of the Southern Economic Association will be held at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA during November 21-23, 2015 (Saturday-Monday). The Association for Social Economics will host one or two sessions at the Southern meetings this year. Research oriented towards the labor market, health, education, poverty, family structure, and welfare of the general population in the U.S. as well as in any other parts of the world are especially welcome.

Email submissions must include the author's (and co-author's) name, affiliation, address, fax number, phone number and email address. The title of the paper and two JEL code classifications should also be attached with the proposal.

Please submit your proposals to Dr. Aparna Mitra (amitra@ou.edu) by April 1, 2015.


Call for papers: "Rethinking Economics," IIPPE’s Sixth International Conference in Political Economy

“Rethinking Economics: Pluralism, Interdisciplinarity and Activism”

University of Leeds, UK

September 9-11, 2015

Call for Papers – Panel organised by Social Capital Working Group

Social Capital: Re-capturing the Collective Dimensions of the Economy for a More Pluralist and Interdisciplinary Economics

Asimina Christoforou, Athens University of Economics and Business
Luca Andriani, Birkbeck, University of London

Social capital, identified generally as trust, norms and networks, is often studied for the ways it can facilitate cooperation for individual well-being and social welfare. Yet critical views of social capital claim that even though the concept was applied to underscore aspects of collective action, it provided economists and institutions oriented toward the neoclassical tradition with the means to promote individualist and instrumentalist perceptions of social capital that overlook collective dimensions of the economy. Nonetheless, there have been many attempts to re-contextualise and re-operationalise the concept of social capital in order to incorporate its collective aspects on the basis of alternative principles of human behaviour. Generally these attempts support the collaboration of scholars in various disciplines and the application of different approaches and methods, and aspire to restore the pluralist and activist features of the economy and economics.

These collective dimensions, characteristic of social and scholarly discourse (even more so in the social sciences that study human behaviour), can pertain to: the social and institutional embeddedness of the economy; the pluralism of needs, priorities, values and attitudes; the complex processes of participation and coordination, struggle and debate, collaboration and consensus between diverse and conflictual interests in both the public and private spheres; and the combination of multiple meanings and principles, and thus of various disciplines and perspectives of social science research, aiming at a more realistic and holist understanding of the economy.

In this context, we would like to invite contributions that re-address the concept and measures of social capital in a way that enables us to incorporate the complex reality of social relations, as a dynamic space where people interact, define and pursue, individually and collectively, principles and objectives, means and ends for well-being. Such alternative perceptions have the potential not only to helps us rethink the ways we see social relations, but also the way we see the economy and economics.

Thus, we encourage contributions that not only deal with the ontology and methodology of social capital, but also examine how this can become a vehicle to re-capture the collective aspects of the economy and economics. Included are contributions that focus on how networks, organisations, and various collectives can impact the way we perceive the economy and economics and become advocates of pluralism, multiplicity and activism. We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).

Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be submitted to Asimina Christoforou (asimina.christoforou@gmail.com) and Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk) by March 25, 2015.


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): http://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.


Call for papers: Meritorics and Paternalism (Special Issue of Forum for Social Economics)

Forum for Social Economics – Call for Papers

Special Issue: Meritorics and Paternalism

It is one of the fundamental assumptions of neoclassical economics that all individual preferences are equally justified and valuable, be they for bibles or for knuckledusters. While this assumption is central to justify social choice theory, welfare economics and other strains of mainstream economics, it is challenged by a large number of real-world observations, be it the public support for cultural amenities or obligatory schooling.

Two concepts have been put forward in the last decades that question the value-neutrality of preferences. In 1957, Richard Musgrave introduced the concept of “merit goods” – goods which should be demanded to a stronger degree than they actually are. While Musgrave’s concept clearly had more opponents than supporters among economists, another attempt was started by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in 2009. In their book Nudge, they introduced “libertarian paternalism”, the idea that certain choices should be supported to a stronger degree than others. Although this concept received a rather friendly reception among scholars, it is yet less clear than ever to which degree the fundamentals of neoclassical economics need to be revised.

The Forum for Social Economics wants to contribute to this question and invites contributors who may approach the evaluation of preferences from an empirical and/ or from a theoretical angle.

Key Themes

This open, international special issue will explore the justification to interfere in individual decisions, both from empirical and theoretical perspectives. Utilitarian or deontological approaches towards the moral justification of interventions will be as valuable as case studies, for example from cultural or educational economics. The following questions may serve as a guideline of useful contributions for the issue:

  • How do the concepts of merit goods and of libertarian paternalism relate to each other on an epistemological and conceptual level?
  • Which paradigms of economics textbooks would have to be revised and rewritten if a concept like “merit goods” or “libertarian paternalism” should be integrated in a theory on economic policy in a consistent way?
  • Are paternalistic interventions justified in the face of market failures which are caused by the unintended consequences of complex decisions?
  • In which realms have the concepts of meritorics and paternalism entered everyday political decisions and which effect on society does that have?
  • Which empirical evidence exists that a society fares better/ worse by consciously steering consumer choices?
  • Why are there sectors like markets for machines or currencies in which paternalistic interventions are extremely unusual, while such interventions are everyday business in markets for health, education and culture?
  • Which case studies illustrate best the merits and shortcomings of paternalistic interventions by the state?


Innovative and clearly written manuscripts are subject to the Forum’s double-blind review process. The maximum length of original research articles is between 6,500 and 8,500 words.  The length for shorter papers such as review articles is no longer than 4,000 words. An abstract of 150 words should accompany the manuscript. The main document must not disclose the identity of the author.  For additional guidelines and procedures please see our Instructions to Authors at the publisher’s website.

Submissions should be directed through the on-line submission system here.

For further information on this Special Issue, please contact the Special Issue Editor, Dr. Stefan Mann, at Stefan.mann@agroscope.admin.ch 

Submission Dates:

Abstracts Due: April 01, 2015

Final Manuscripts Due: December 15, 2015

Publication of the Special Issue scheduled for the end of 2016.  


Call for papers: 15th World Congress of Social Economics [UPDATED]

15th World Congress of Social Economics

“Doing Social Economics”

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, June 23-24, 2015


Social economics is the study of the ethical and social causes and consequences of economic behavior, institutions, organizations, theory, and policy. Social economists engage in many types of research, from explorations of the history and philosophy of economics to quantitative and qualitative examinations of contemporary economic life; and from historical studies of economic activity and institutions to recommendations for policy agendas. The practice and meaning of social economics is continuously defined and redefined by these diverse research agendas. The 15th World Congress in Social Economics will afford us the opportunity to take stock of who we are as social economists and how our work advances our values and principles.

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

  • What makes research in social economics distinct? 
  • How do social economists practice their craft?
  • What key concepts and/or theoretical constructs mark research by social economists?
  • How do social economists engage with economic life and economic policy? 
  • How do social economists provide insights on aspects of the economy that are often neglected by other economists?
  • What social economic principles should guide the construction of economic institutions and social practices? 
  • How does the history of social economics inform current work in the field? 
  • What are the different meanings of the terms “social economy” and “social economics” in North America, Europe, and elsewhere? 
  • What concepts, perspectives, and methodologies do social economists share with other schools of economic, philosophical, and political thought?  Is social economics pluralist?  Should it be?
  • What kinds of methodologies do social economists employ in their research?

Abstract Submissions

To submit a proposal, please visit the Association for Social Economics web site. (Note: the submissions page is NOW OPEN.) and upload an abstract of approximately 400 words. Please include the title of the session or paper, the authors’ names and institutional affiliations, and contact information in the form of an email address for the corresponding author.  At least one author of each paper presented at the World Congress must be a member of the Association for Social Economics. (To join, please visit this link.)

The submissions page will open in November. The deadline for submissions is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015. You will be notified of our decision by April 15, 2015.  

Summer School in Social Economics

The Association for Social Economics announces an exciting Summer School workshop for graduate students and recent Ph.D.s. to be held in conjunction with the World Congress of Social Economics. Between 12-18 fellows will be selected to attend the Summer School as guests of ASE.  The Summer School begins the evening of June 21 and continues on June 22, 2015. Fellows accepted to the Summer School will receive complementary room and meals for the Summer School and the World Congress, complementary registration to the World Congress, plus all Summer School materials.

Accepted fellows must become members of ASE and submit a Summer School refundable deposit of $100 (that will be returned upon completion of the World Congress). All fellows must commit to participating in all sessions of the Summer School and to staying for the entire World Congress.

Elba Brown-Collier Best Student Paper Award

This award, sponsored by the Association for Social Economics (ASE), is presented at the World Congress for Social Economics to the author of the best paper by a graduate student on a topic in social economics, also demonstrating strong promise for future scholarly contributions. Professors (or others who have completed their graduate degrees) cannot be coauthors.

To be eligible for the award, the student author must register for the conference and present his/her paper. Please submit your paper proposal through the regular submission process described above, indicating that you wish it to be considered for the prize. Following notification of acceptance in March, the full paper should be submitted for consideration by May 20, 2015.  The status of each author must be clearly stipulated (MA student, PhD student, etc.) For consideration, the paper should be no longer than 8,000 words.

The Elba Brown-Collier Award Committee, composed of members of the Association for Social Economics, will adjudicate the submitted papers. The winner of the Elba Brown-Collier Best Student Paper Award for 2015 receives:

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

World Congress Organizing Committee

Robert W. Dimand, Brock University

Mark D. White, College of Staten Island/CUNY

Ellen Mutari, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Elba Brown-Collier, Association for Social Economics

Giuseppe Fontana, University of Leeds and University of Sannio


Call for papers: AFEE/ASE/URPE at EEA in Honor and Memory of Frederic S. Lee

AFEE/ASE/URPE Call for Papers/Proposals –In Honor and Memory of Frederic S. Lee

2015 Eastern Economic Association Annual Meeting, New York City, February 26-March 1.

AFEE/ASE/URPE are co-organizing special joint sessions at the 2015 Eastern Economic Association meetings in honor and memory of our friend and colleague Professor Frederic Lee. The meetings will be held in NYC, February 26-March 1 2015. We invite individual papers and complete sessions for these sessions. Fred Lee’s contributions to heterodox economics was vast, spanning from price theory, heterodox microeconomics, heterodox microfoundations of macroeconomics, history of heterodox economics, production theory, critical realism, and grounded theory.

The deadline for proposal submissions for these special sessions has been extended to November 21, 2014.

Please submit your paper or session proposal to Michael J. Murray (mmurray@bemidjistate.edu) and Robert Scott (rscott@monmouth.edu). Please indicate at time of submission that you would like your paper/session to be included in the Fred Lee special sessions.


Call for papers: ASE sessions at the 2015 Eastern Economics Association meetings

Submissions are now open for the Association for Social Economics sessions at the 2015 Eastern Economic Association meetings, being held in New York City from Feb 26th – March 1ST, 2015. Please visit here for more details.

Submissions of individual papers and/or organized sessions will be considered. Session themes that integrate economics and other social disciplines including philosophy, sociology, geography, political science, and anthropology are particularly encouraged.    

All whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference but do not have to pay the paper submission fee. It is expected that all presenters will be willing to serve as a chair and/or discussant on other ASE sessions. Please indicate in your submission if there are any days/times that you are unavailable during the conference.

Please e-mail Michael J. Murray (mmurray@bemidjistate.edu) with your proposals for papers and/or complete sessions (or any questions about the meetings) by Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Call for papers: 2015 Warren Samuels Prize (awarded by the Association for Social Economics)

The Association for Social Economics (ASE), one of the founding member organizations of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), together with the Review of Social Economy invite submissions for the 2015 Warren Samuels Prize

This prize is awarded to a paper presented at the January 2015 ASSA meetings that best exemplifies scholarly work that:

  • Is of high quality,
  • Is important to the project of social economics,
  • Has broad appeal across disciplines.

It is preferable, but not required, that the paper is presented at one of the ASSA sessions sponsored by the Association for Social Economics. Papers will not normally exceed 6,500 words (inclusive of references, notes, etc.), and should follow the style guidelines for the Review of Social Economy.

The winner of the prize will be announced during the ASE presidential breakfast on Sunday morning at the ASSA meetings, to which the winner is invited. The winning paper may, subject to peer review, be published in a subsequent issue of the Review of Social Economy. The winner of the Warren Samuels Prize receives a $500 stipend.

The selection committee consists of a past-president of the ASE, an editor of the Review of Social Economy (who chairs the committee), and a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Social Economy.

Please send your paper electronically, as a Word or pdf attachment, to Wilfred Dolfsma (w.a.dolfsma@rug.nl), Editor-in-Chief, Review of Social Economy, before December 5, 2014.