Robert Boyer is an economist currently at CEPREMAP (Paris) and GREDEG (Sophia Antipolis). His major research interests are in institutional and historical macroeconomics, innovation and growth analysis, labor markets and wage labor nexus, international comparisons of capitalisms, European integration, and fi nancial crises. He is a contributor to régulation theory that investigates the factors that shape institutional and technological long term
evolutions; i.e. growth regimes as well as cyclical and structural crises. For the past decade he has analyzed the origins, diffusion and crisis of the American fi nance-led accumulation regime.
Neil Fligstein is the Class of 1939 Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California and the Director of the Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics at the Institute of Industrial Relations. His main research interests lie in the fi elds of economic sociology, organizational theory, and institutional theory. He recently completed a book entitled Euroclash: The EU, European Identity, and the future of Europe (Oxford University Press, 2008) and is currently working with Doug McAdam on a book analyzing how institutions are formed. He recently began a project to analyze the causes of the current fi nancial crisis in the U.S.
Kellee S. Tsai is Professor of Political Science and Director of East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Her most recent book is Capitalism Without Democracy: The Private Sector in Contemporary China (Cornell University Press, 2007). She is also the author of Back-Alley Banking: Private Entrepreneurs in China (Cornell University Press, 2002), co-author of Rural Industrialization and Non-Governmental Finance: Insights from Wenzhou (in Chinese, Shanxi Economics Press, 2004), co-editor of Japan and China in the World Political Economy (Routledge, 2005), and several articles.
Philippe Steiner is a longstanding member of France’s economic sociology field and a professor of sociology at the Université Paris IV, Sorbonne. The third edition of his book La sociologie économique was published by La Découverte (2007). His current work examines the market for human body organs. His most recent publication, Traité de Sociologie Economique, coedited with Francois Vatin, will be published by Les Presses Universitaires de France in September.