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

Global Shifts: Implications for Business, Government and Labour
Theme

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 Director
  • Richard Locke
Local Organizing Committee
  • Matthew Amengual
  • Frank Dobbin
  • Paul Osterman
  • Susan Silbe
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.

Online program is available here.

SASE received a record number of submissions for mini-conference themes this year. We are pleased to announce those selected for our 2012 annual meeting!

Submissions to the SASE conference must be made through one of the mini-conferences below (or through a research network). Paper and session abstracts as well as full papers for grant, prize, and stipend applications must be submitted to all networks by January 15, 2012. Candidates will be notified by April 2, 2012. Please note that mini-conferences require an extended (~1,000 word) abstract, and ask that you submit a full paper by June 1st. For further information, please contact the organizer of the mini-conference  to which you are submitting.

Mini-conferences are based around a selected number of focused themes, and have open submissions for panels and papers, based on an extended abstract (approx. 1000 words). Each mini-conference will consist of 2 to 6 panels. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a completed paper by June 1st. If a paper proposal cannot be accommodated within a mini-conference, organizers will forward it to the program committee, who will pass it on to one of the networks as a regular submission.

Socio Economic Conflict and the Dynamics of Institutional Change
detailed info
Organizers
Bruno Amable
Elvire Guillaud
Is There A Changing Variety of Capitalism In Latin America? Debates on new Developmentalism and the Institutional Turn for Capitalism In Latin America
detailed info
Organizers
Moises Balestro
Marlon Brisola
Luiz Carlos Brito Lourenço
Regulating Labor and Environment: Beyond the Public-Private Divide
detailed info
Organizers
Tim Bartley
Nicole Helmerich
Olga Malets
Chikako Oka
Workers, Inequality and the State in the Era of Financialization
detailed info
Organizers
Joshua Bloom
Chris Tilly
Remaking Globalization: Comparative Capitalism and International Institutions
detailed info
Organizers
Richard Deeg
Orfeo Fioretos
Migration and Development
detailed info
Organizers
Natasha Iskander
Devesh Kapur
Change in Higher Education and Global Shifts in Contemporary Capitalism
detailed info
Organizers
Christine Musselin
Marino Regini
The Impact of Global Shifts on Job Quality
detailed info
Organizers
Chris Warhurst
Paul Osterman
Patricia Findlay

Featured Panelists

SASE announces its featured panels for MIT 2012

These exciting featured panels have just been added to our schedule:

Amitai Etzioni
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Mari Sako
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Benjamin Friedman
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Susan Silbey
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Richard Locke
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Jens Hainmueller
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Gary Gereffi
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Tim Bartley
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Suzanne Berger
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Susan Helper
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Wolfgang Streeck
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Dan Breznitz
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Robert Boyer
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Ronald Dore
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Samah El-Shahat
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Ulrich Jürgens
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William Lazonick
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