The Institutional Foundations of Capitalism

The Institutional Foundations of Capitalism

Northwestern University & the University of Chicago
Chicago - USA
July 10-12, 2014

Why SASE

Matthew Allen

Network F, Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation

"SASE is a particularly valuable association to me, as it enables me to meet fellow academics from a wide range of disciplines within a constructive environment."

Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

Network C, Gender, Work, and Family
Network L, The French Language Network

"What I appreciate in SASE," says Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, "is the diversity of issues that are discussed, and the interdisciplinary nature of the debates." She has been an active member of SASE for over twenty years, participating in all aspects of the organization.

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Sabina Avdagic

Network E, Industrial Relations and Political Economy

"I am enthusiastic about SASE because this is one of the rare academic associations that truly embraces interdisplinarity and methodological pluralism in the study of pertinent socio-economic problems facing contemporary societies," says Sabina Avdagic, who has been actively involved in SASE activities since her graduate studies. In addition to her work as network organizer, she is also a member of the Executive Council and was Program Co-Chair of the 2007 conference in Copenhagen.

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Diego Sanchez-Ancochea

Network B, Globalization and Socio- Economic Development

"I joined SASE in Copenhagen several years ago but became more involved in Costa Rica in 2008, when Andrew Schrank and then President Michael Piore invited meto coordinate the development network. It has been an exciting opportunity, which has given me a chance to participate in interesting debates on the intersection between economics, politics and inequality."

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Glenn Morgan

Program Co-Chair for SASE's 22nd Annual Meeting

"The value of SASE for me lies in its unique ability to draw together scholars from different social sciences disciplines and from across Europe, Asia and the Americas to debate common questions about the organization of conemporary capitalisms."

Alex Hicks

Network J, Rethinking the Welfare State

"For me as a U.S. social scientist, SASE opened an invaluable window onto the world of European social scientists working in the fields of economic sociology, political economy, the political sociology of economic and social policy; stratification and labor markets; development; organizations, institutional and heterodox economics; development theory; the communitarian and socioeconomic theories and analyses of Amitai Etzioni; and the current history and future prospects of the advanced welfare states. For scholars like me, interacting with these social scientists and others from across the world is most exciting, as have been all of SASE's meeting places, fabled and newly discovered."

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Bernard Fusulier

Network C, Gender, Work, and Family

"I remember my first SASE conference, in 2003, all too well: it was summer in Aix-en-Provence, and almost unbearably hot. The heat ended up bringing us together in a sort of sweaty solidarity, and I still remember our lively, constructive conversations. After that, I was hooked! I found SASE by chance, and had submitted a proposal to the "Gender, Work, and Family" network – which I now run with Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay. In SASE I found an intellectual space highly complementary to the other sociological meetings I normally attend. SASE provides an opportunity to meet colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines, and to learn more about current research in areas of interest to me. It seems to me that the lively interdisciplinary debate fostered at SASE is possible because of the epistemological pluralism that underpins the field of economic sociology, and because of the critical outlook that drives it. To my mind, a key advantage of this is a refusal to follow the principle of ceteris paribus, or at least to use it as little possible when grappling with the world in all its complexity, which goes hand in hand with a willingness to push past simplified assessments of human interaction (e.g. humans as merely rational or strategic actors), and to acknowledge institutional forces. And speaking of human complexity, this brings me to another of SASE's assets: like all international organizations, SASE's members communicate in different languages, and though SASE's primary language is English, I appreciate its multi-lingual nature, and its openness to other major international languages, in particular through its Spanish and French research networks."

Fusulier also co-organizes Network L, SASE's French Language Network.

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Gerhard Schnyder

Network H, Markets, Firms and Institutions

"Since my first SASE meeting in 2003 I have attended as many annual meetings as I possibly could. I always found the interdisciplinary nature of the meetings extremely stimulating and indeed unique among the academic conferences I attend. Together with the Socio-Economic Review, SASE contributes greatly to keeping critical approaches to economic issues alive and to lend ‘heterodox’ scholars a voice."

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Richard Deeg

Local Organizer for SASE's 22nd Annual Meeting

"I am an enthusiastic supporter of SASE because it constitutes a unique, high-quality network that brings together scholars from various disciplines and a variety of nations with a common interest in political economy."

Florian Becker-Ritterspach

Network F, Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation

Florian Becker-Ritterspach, who has co-organized Network F since 2008, says he values his involvement in SASE "because it connects me to other scholars who also adopt a critical perspective on international economics and business research."

Matt Vidal

2010 Mini-Conference Co-Organizer: Organization Theory and Workplace Politics Under Globalization

"I have been attending SASE since since 2004, when I was still a graduate student. As an interdisciplinary space for heterodox economics, SASE remains a core intellectual community for me."