Call for Papers

SER welcomes proposals for both standard and “State of the Art” articles.  State of the Art papers summarize the state of knowledge on a specific subject. They demarcate research frontiers and identify promising areas of future research. They also are excellent reading material for teaching. Past State of the Art articles were highly successful with respect to citations and downloading.


Papers should address issues within the framework of SER’s broad editorial mission. SER encourages “work on the relationship between society, economy, institutions and markets, moral commitments, and the rational pursuit of self-interest.” (For the full statement see

Prospective authors of State of the Art articles may want to get in touch early with the Chief Editor on the appropriateness of a potential topic by sending an extended abstract of 2-3 pages outlining the main bodies of literature to be covered, the resulting theoretical or empirical issues to be discussed, and why these subjects are appropriate for SER. Based on these proposals, SER will invite up to three submissions for State of the Art papers per year.

Although State of the Art contributions are invited papers, they are subject to the same double-blind review procedure as normal submissions before final acceptance for publication. The process is intended as a developmental review to identify possible improvements that will enhance the contribution and impact of the article.


State of the Art articles are highly demanding work that requires authorship of an experienced scholar. But they also can be an ideal occasion for cooperation between a senior researcher and one or more graduate students preparing a thesis on the subject in question.

We invite you to think about topics on which you could contribute, alone or with others. Send a proposal to the Chief-editor of Socio-Economic Review, Gregory Jackson.

SER Best Paper Prizes

SASE awards a prize each year of $1,000 to the best article published in SER that year, after consideration by a special committee. The prize is presented to the article’s author(s) at the awards gala at SASE’s annual meeting.


We are delighted to announce that Josh Pacewicz has won the sixth annual prize for the best submitted article published in the previous year: “Tax Increment Financing, Economic Development Professionals and the Financialization of Urban Politics” (SER vol. 11, no.3, p. 413-440). He will be honored at the awards ceremony on Friday evening.


Scholars argue that the state has facilitated the expansion of the financial sector, but focus largely on how politics transforms financial markets. I explore a new political mechanism of financialization, by drawing upon an ethnographic study of economic development in two Rust Belt cities and analyzing usage of tax increment financing (TIF), a practice that allows cities to securitize projected increases in property tax receipts and create bonds similar to structured asset-backed securities (e.g. mortgage-backed securities). Cities initially used TIF as a last-resort financing strategy, but the practice has transformed urban politics by creating opportunities for economic development professionals to exercise jurisdiction over municipal budgets. Further, TIF structures other roles that development professionals play by giving them incentives to use TIF in ways that are not aligned with the city’s fiscal outlook and lock them into ever-higher rates of TIF spending. This analysis illustrates a recursive relationship between financialization and the state: public policies have transformed financial markets, but reliance on financial markets can also transform political institutions in ways that promote further financialization.

Josh Pacewicz’s Bio

Josh Pacewicz is a professor at Brown University. He is a graduate of the Sociology Department at the University of Chicago, where he also worked as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Sociology and spent two years at Stanford University as an ASA Postdoctoral Fellow on the Current Economic Crisis. Pacewicz is currently completing a book manuscript based on this research entitled Partisans and Partners: The Politics of the Post-Industrial Economy, which is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.

Honorable Mention

This year, the SER Best Paper Prize Committee has decided to discern the paper “Tenuous Link: Labour Market Institutions and Unemployment in Advanced and New Market Economies” (SER vol. 11, no. 4, p.739-769), by Sabina Avdagic and Paola Salardi, as meritorious of an honorable mention. The SER Best Paper Prize Committee declared that both this and the winning paper “represented state of the art research. Each in their own different ways combined methodological rigor with carefully posed research questions that probed deeply into substantively important socio-economic phenomena. And each developed provocative findings and arguments, opening up new lines of research.”


We are delighted to announce that Hasan Kirmangolu and Cem Baslevent (Department of Economics, Istanbul Bilgi University) have won the SER Best Article Prize for the best submitted article published in the previous year: “Using Basic Personal Values to Test Theories of Union Memberships” (SER vol. 10, no. 4), which can be read online here. The annual Socio Economic Review prize recognizes the best article of the year and comes with a $1,000 award.


Using data from the fourth round of the European Social Survey, we investigate the determinants of the individual union membership decision, focusing on the role of dispositional—as opposed to situational—factors. We argue that the battery of items in Schwartz’s (1992) theory of basic personal values is relevant in the context of unionism and can be used to test the validity of certain elements of existing theories. We further claim that the use of basic values in this context is an effective way of operationalizing the role of societal interests embedded in the rational choice explanations for union membership. The econometric work—which features a three-way outcome variable identifying current, former and never-members—reveals that, along with socio-demographic, ideological, firm-level and sectoral characteristics, basic values are closely related to union membership status. While higher self-transcendence and conservation scores are associated with a greater likelihood of being a current member, higher openness-to-change and self-enhancement scores have the opposite effect.


We are delighted to announce that Pil Ho Kim has won the fourth annual prize for the best submitted article published in the previous year: “The East Asian Welfare State Debate and Surrogate Social Policy: An Exploratory Study on Japan and South Korea” (SER vol. 8, no.3). Pil will be honored at the awards ceremony on Friday evening.


The welfare states in East Asia have been widely considered underdeveloped. Since the definition and measurements of social policy and the welfare state are subject to change depending on the specific historical, political and economic context, the welfare underdevelopment thesis deserves scrutiny. In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, agricultural protection and enterprise welfare, among others, have been surrogates of conventional welfare policies. As a way of critically engaging in the debate over the East Asian welfare model, this paper focuses on these two areas of surrogate social policy and explores their empirical basis with the OECD data on Japan and Korea. The result shows that surrogate social policy measures such as producer support estimates for agricultural protection and mandatory private social spending for enterprise welfare add up to make a difference between the East Asian countries and the other OECD members. This suggests a distinct political-economic model for East Asian social welfare.


We invite you to think about topics on which you could contribute, alone or with others. Send your articles through the Oxford University Press submissions manager, here.