23-25 June 2018
Doshisha University (Imadegawa campus) - Kyoto, Japan
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2018 – Kyoto

Global Reordering: Prospects for Equality, Democracy and Justice

Conference Theme Overview

For decades, scholars have been charting the multiple effects of “globalization” on political, economic and social practices in the developed and developing world. Broadly, globalization has been understood to involve open trade and the growth of transnational flows, linkages and interdependencies at all levels involving knowledge, labor, business, finance, technology, regulation and norms, such as human rights. After World War II, multiple regimes and institutions traversing and interlinking domestic and transnational positions emerged and were then continuously modified to foster and govern the globalization process. For decades, the diffusion of the ideology and practice architectures of “globalization” was made possible by a strong developed capitalist alliance of mostly western powers, headed by the United States. The results of this historical project have been highly uneven: some regions of the global south (especially Asia), experienced tremendous growth and living standard improvement, while others (eg in Africa) languished; the metropolitan north experienced an initial multiple decade period of prosperity followed by ever more obvious stagnation and socio-economic distress. After more than a half century of increasing openness, nearly all regions in the north and south are experiencing alarming and seemingly ever worsening inequality and often painfully disruptive adjustment in work, civic and private lives. In the wake of these developments, the forces unleashed by the globalization project now seem to be pushing toward its recalibration. Economic success in Asia, especially in China, has shifted global power relations and alliances, challenging the premier position of the US. Recently, populist and authoritarian movements in many global regions have channeled reactions to globalization’s disruptive qualities into political challenges to the basic practices and governance architectures undergirding globalization both domestically and transnationally. Today, at nearly every level of social life across the globe, social, economic and political relations, practices and modes of organization and governance have been unsettled and destabilized.

How should we make sense of the current moment? Exhaustion, rage, reaction, reform, transformation and experimentation all seem to be present and intermingling in turbulent and unpredictable ways. The 2018 annual SASE conference in Kyoto will serve as an occasion for existing SASE networks, as well as new groupings in the form of mini-conferences, to explore the ways in which the processes of reordering occurring across the globe are impacting traditional research areas and paradigms of analysis. How are new developments redrawing the practice and governance terrain within firms and corporations, in management practices, in the welfare state, the law, in industrial relations, across supply chains and in regulation? Are processes of innovation and technological change substantively affected by (or even driving) the current process of global reordering? SASE as a community has long embraced values furthering equality, justice and democracy across a broad array of research terrains. How do reordering processes impact those commitments? The Association’s first meeting in Asia, itself an expression of the changing composition of the global academic conversation, seems like a very fitting occasion for reflection on these powerful dynamics of change and recomposition.

Calls for paper proposals and session proposals will open on 7 November 2017 and close on 29 January 2018

President: Gary Herrigel (g-herrigel@uchicago.edu)

Program Directors: Gary Herrigel and Sebastien Lechevalier

Program Committee: Mary Gallagher and Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Local Organizing Committee: Tadashi Yagi, Masayo Fujimoto, and Sayaka Sakoda


Call for Papers in Japanese

Call for Papers in Mandarin

Call for Papers in Korean

Mini-Conference Themes

Each mini-conference will consist of 3 to 6 panels, which will be featured as a separate stream in the program. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a completed paper in advance, by 1 May 2018. Submissions for panels will be open to all scholars on the basis of an extended abstract. If a paper proposal cannot be accommodated within a mini-conference, organizers will forward it to the most appropriate research network as a regular submission.

Comparative Political Economy and the Environment
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Matthew Allen
Jared Finnegan
Geoffrey Wood
Global Finance: Hidden and Public Dimensions
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Karin Knorr-Cetina
Alex Preda
Inclusive Growth and Social Investment: What Prospects For Equality, Democracy and Justice?
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Jean-Michel Bonvin
Francesco Laruffa
Kang-Kook Lee
Keun Lee
Hyeog Ug Kwon
Marketization and the Digital Economy
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Thomas Beauvisage
Jean-Samuel Beuscart
Dave Elder-Vass
Timur Ergen
Anne Jourdain
Sidonie Naulin
Politics of the Future, Policies in the Present
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Vincent Cardon
Antoine Bernard de Raymond
Olivier Pilmis
Professional Networks and Expert Numbers in Economic Governance
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Daniel Mügge
Leonard Seabrooke
Prospects for Equality Within and Across Organizations
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Nina Bandelj
Andrew Penner
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
Revisiting Nonliberal Capitalism: Germany and Japan Ten Years After the Great Financial Crisis
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Lea Elsässer
Timur Ergen
Daniel Mertens
Martin Seeliger
Socio-Economic Justice, Equality, SDGs and the Constituting of Participatory Society: The Islamic Moral Economy & Finance Project
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Mehmet Asutay
Necati Aydin
Shinsuke Nagaoka
State Transformations, Spatial Austerity and the Globalization of Urban Decline: in Search of Alternative Urban Policies
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Yasushi Asami
Sophie Baudet-Michel
Sophie Buhnik
Peter Matanle
Allan Popelard
The Making of Transnational Labor Markets: Reordering of Actors, Institutions, and Policies?
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Ursula Mense-Petermann
Karen Shire

Find out more about the exceptional scholars giving featured talks at our 30th anniversary conference in Kyoto.

Ching Kwan Lee
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Emiko Ochiai
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Christine Parker
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Wang Hui
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Presidential Panels

Labor in Asia (Roundtable)

Chair: Karen Shire

Discussants: Ryo Kambayashi, Boy Lüthje, Pun Ngai, Ito Peng, and Lu Zhang

Digital/Platform Economy – Rise of Asia

Chair: John Zysman

Discussants: Martin Kenney, Tatsuyuki Negoro, Sidonie Naulin, and Lan Xue

Financialization in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Lea Elsässer

Discussants: Richard Deeg, Thomas Haipeter, Chang Kyung-sup, Natascha van der Zwan, and Steven Vogel

Changing Dynamics of Global Trade (Roundtable)

Chair: Seung-Youn Oh

Discussants: Kozo Kiyota, Adnan Naseemullah, Wonkyu Shin, and Till van Treeck

New Perspectives on Labor, Firms and Markets in Japan

Organizer: Masayo Fujimoto

Discussants: Mitsuo Ishida, Gregory Jackson, Steven Vogel, and Hugh Whittaker


Author Meets Critics

For SASE/Kyoto 2018 a great selection of ‘Author meets Critics’ sessions have been organized, see the list of books and discussants below


Root-Cause Regulation, Protecting Work and Workers in the Twenty-First Century – Michael Piore and Andrew Schrank

Harvard University Press, 2018

Discussants: Lucio Baccaro /Tim Bartley / Mari Sako

The Changing Politics of Central Banking – Annelise Riles

Cornell University Press, 2018

Discussants: Sebastian Diessner / Wataru Takahashi / 3rd discussant TBD

Korean Modernization & Uneven Development – Kyong-Dong Kim

Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

Discussants: Dorothee Bohle / Sébastien Lechevalier Kang Kook Lee / Sophia Seung-yoon Lee



Network B

Ruling Before the Law: The Politics of Legal Regimes in China and Indonesia – William Hurst

Cambridge University Press, 2018

Discussants: Yusuke Anami / Caroline Arnold / Mark Dallas / Douglas B Fuller / Mary Gallagher / Ayame Suzuki 


Network B

Strategic Coupling:East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy – Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Cornell University Press, 2018

Discussants: Caroline Arnold / Douglas B Fuller / Michelle Hsieh / Eun Mee Kim 

Network D

Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of World Markets – Susan Block-Lieb and Terence Halliday

Cambridge University Press, 2017

Moderator: Jonathan Zeitlin

Discussants: Nitsan Chorev / Sigrid Quack / Leonard Seabrooke

Network D

Shaping Taxpayers: Values in Action at the Swedish Tax Agency – Lotta Björklund Larsen

Berghahn Books, 2017

Discussants: Margarita Gelepithis / Christine Musselin / Leonhard Seabrooke / Sigrid Quack

Network E

Reconstructing Solidarity. Labour Unions, Precarious Work, and the Politics of Institutional Change in Europe – Virginia Doellgast, Nathan Lillie, and Valeria Pulignano (eds.)

Oxford University Press, 2018

Moderator: Aidan Regan

Discussants: Chris Howell / Gregor Murray / Jacqueline O’Reilly

Network E

Exclusion by Elections: Inequality, Ethnic Identity, and Democracy – John D. Huber

Cambridge University Press, 2017

Moderator: Sabina Avdagic

Discussants: Alexandre Afonso / Nancy DiTomaso / Silja Häusermann

Network G

Work in the Digital Age: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Florian Ranft, Jacqueline O’Reilly, and Max Neufeind (eds.)

Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018

Authors in attendance: Jackie O’Reilly / John Zysman / Virginia Doellgast / Bruno Palier

Discussants: Karen Shire / Mark Stuart

Network K

Firms as Political Entities: Saving Democracy through Economic Bicameralism – Isabelle Ferreras

Cambridge University Press, 2017

Moderators: Yuri Biondi and Gregor Murray

Discussants: Robert Boyer / Virginia Doellgast / Michael Piore / Antoine Reberioux

Network L

Rules without Rights: Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy – Tim Bartley

Oxford University Press, 2018

Discussants: Sigrid Quack / Mary Gallagher / Christine Parker / Jonathan Zeitlin

Network L

Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance, and Power – Abraham L. Newman and Elliot Posner

Oxford University Press, 2018

Discussants: Daniel Mügge / Dorothee Bohle / Gregory Shaffer / Jonathan Zeitlin

Network P

Understanding Mattessich and Ijiri: A Study of Accounting Thought – Nohora García (ed.)

Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017

Discussants: Shyam Sunder / Pierre Liang / Yoshitaka Fukui


SASE and Doshisha University have partnered with JTB Western Japan Corp. to secure special rates for a number of hotels in Kyoto. Details of all the hotels, and how to book, can be found here at the JTB Website.

To make a reservation select ‘Next’ under ‘New Registration’ to be given the choice of hotels and dates. Further details of each hotel can be accessed by selecting ‘Hotel Information’.

This link is exclusively for SASE Kyoto 2018 attendees and offers a discount for the dates of the conference, you can (and should!) change the dates to suit your schedule, and the SASE discount will still apply so long as your stay is between June 22nd and 25th. If you would like to stay for longer on either end, you can contact the hotel in question.


Do you want to make the most of your time in Japan? Alongside the hotels JTB would like to offer SASE members the opportunity to explore the iconic culture of the country, with excursions to Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hiroshima, Osaka, and many more places available.

Follow our link to Sunrise Tours 2018 to see the full range of excursions and itineraries available.

Osaka Japan

Osaka, Japan 


At-A-Glance Calendar


Kyoto Culture

Kyoto and its surroundings hold a panoply of historical sites, restaurants, museums and more. Our friends at Doshisha University have suggested booking guided outings with Sunrise Tours.

If you would rather explore on your own, here is a basic overview of some of the most scintillating experiences the Kansai region has to offer:

Check out the Nagoshi no Harae ritual and other events taking place in Kyoto here.

For a more detailed view of things to do in and around Kyoto, check out the 16 areas at the bottom of this webpage.

Those of you who are able to venture a bit further afield should also consider visiting Nara, where red deer will happily eat from your hand, and Mie, a center of the traditional pearl trade.

For even more information, visit jnto.go.jp/eng