Global Shifts: <br />
Implications for Business, Government and Labour

Global Shifts:
Implications for Business, Government and Labour

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
June 28-30, 2012

SASE 24th Annual Conference

Global Shifts:
Implications for Business, Government and Labour

June 28-30, 2012 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Click here for general submission guidelines


The rise of emerging-market economies marks the current phase of globalization. Large countries such as Brazil, China, and India are now vibrant engines of economic growth, such that in 2010 China overtook Japan to be the world's second largest economy, and Brazil is set to be the fifth largest nation. To varying degrees, other smaller nations in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southern Africa are taking part in economic renaissance. This phenomenon potentially challenges established paradigms of national economic development, the existing international division of labour, patterns of cross-border trade and foreign direct investment, and the balance of power in global governance. Yet, there is little consensus on how to characterize these 'global shifts' and their implications for actors – business, government, labour – at global, regional, national and sub-national levels. On the surface, the world appears more multi-polar now than in the past, as the growth of South-South economic transactions makes mockery of the view of the global economy divided into developed and developing economies.

In what ways will the international division of labour change as emerging-market economies evolve from being peripheral players supplying low-cost inputs and outputs to becoming major providers of capital, talent, and innovation? In response to emerging-market consumers who are gaining prominence in scale, how will developed economy multinationals and emerging-market corporate challengers compete with each other? Does the rise of emerging markets imply even greater variety in the forms of contemporary capitalism with new models of business-state-civil society relationships, or do the re-emergence of state capitalism and the revival of industrial policy represent a harbinger of a new convergence in national political economies? How is the rise of emerging-market economies influencing and shaping global governance and international standards concerning labour, environment, intellectual property, etc.? Do the global shifts imply an emerging-market bloc consensus or continued contestation in establishing transnational rules, norms and standards? And will the role of advocacy networks, NGOs, and public-private initiatives continue to grow and co-exist with more traditional regulatory forums such as international organizations and professional associations?

The 2012 conference aims to address issues raised by these broad questions concerning global shifts. Within the well-established remit of SASE, participants are invited to submit theoretical and empirical contributions, at multiple levels of analysis from the local to the global, drawing from multi-disciplinary socio-economic frameworks.

Program Direction: Richard Locke (MIT)

Local Organizing Committee: Matthew Amengual, Frank Dobbin, Paul Osterman, Susan Silbey 

Advisers: Kathleen Thelen, Michael Piore


General submission guidelines: For papers and sessions, all networks require an abstract of 250 words by January 15, 2012. In addition, some networks require that a full paper be submitted by June 1, 2012 for the purposes of assigning a discussant. Mini-conferences require an abstract of 1,000 words, as well as a full paper submitted by June 1, 2012. All those applying for SASE student and travel awards as well as the Fondation France-Japon awards must upload a full paper by January 15, 2012. Please contact the organizer of the network or mini-conference to which you are submitting for further information. Submitters and prize applicants will be notified by April 2, 2012.