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*Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE)*

*Call for Papers & Panels*

Annual Meeting, AFEE at ASSA, Chicago, Illinois, USA

January 6-8, 2017

/The Vested Interests and the Common People:/

Power, Policy and Institutions in the 21^st Century

This year’s theme takes its cue from Veblen’s 1920 essay “The Vested 
Interests and the Common Man.” In it, he argues,

the ownership of property in large holdings now controls the nation’s 
industry, and therefore it controls the conditions of life for those who 
are or who wish to be engaged in industry; at the same time the same 
ownership of large wealth controls the markets and thereby controls the 
conditions of life for those who have to resort to the markets to sell 
or to buy (Thorstein, Veblen, /The Vested Interests and the Common Man/, 
1920, pp. 159-160).

He goes on to refer to “massive interests that move obscurely in the 
background of the market” (175), while for the common man, “[a] pious 
regard for the received code of right and honest living holds him to a 
submissive quietism, a make-believe of self-help and fair dealings” (177).

It is clear that, in 2016, the global economy continues to face similar 
issues. The concentration of wealth and power in the last decade has 
reached levels not seen in almost a century, and the financialization of 
the economy and of politics seems to be limiting the ability of 
countervailing powers to reign in the excesses of the vested interests. 
Meanwhile, much of the population turns to escapism rather than working 
to confront the forces arrayed against them.

·To what extent can effective policies and robust civil society 
institutions counter the power of the vested interests?

·What are the main problems besieging, not only today’s common man, but 
also today’s work force in all of its diversity?

·In short, what are the most profound problems facing the modern 
globalized economy and how can institutional economics contribute to 
resolving these problems?

Institutional economists have always excelled at engaging in a nuanced 
critique of the status quo, and in offering pragmatic strategies and 
polices to effect institutional change consistent with instrumental 
values. This call for papers invites those who are engaged in producing 
work in this vein, utilizing sophisticated institutionalist methods to 
address contemporary issues.

All proposals for papers and panels utilizing the methods represented by 
the Association For Evolutionary Economics will be given serious 
consideration. Preference will be given to those papers and panels that 
directly address this year’s theme.

*Deadline for Submissions: April 15, 2016*

*Full Sessions*

I will accept submissions for full sessions (4-5 papers plus 
discussants), using the procedure below. If I cannot accept the whole 
session “as is”, I may be able to place one or two papers on the 
program. I will also likely assign a 5th paper to a session with 4 
papers. People proposing full sessions are encouraged to include at 
least one or two younger scholars among the papers.

There will be one or more joint sessions with other heterodox 
associations. Details will be announced once plans for those joint 
sessions have been finalized.

*Important Dates and Details*

The submission deadline is April 15, 2016. No late submissions will be 
considered. Authors will be informed whether their proposals have been 
accepted by the end of May 2016. Please remember that the constraints 
imposed by the Allied Social Science Association severely limit the 
number of sessions allocated to AFEE; AFEE deeply regrets the necessity 
to turn down many good proposals.

I encourage anyone whose paper or panel is turned down to submit their 
materials to the ICAPE conference, which will be held at Roosevelt 
University in downtown Chicago the day before the ASSA meetings (January 
5, 2017). Roosevelt is within walking distance of the conference hotels. 
See http://icape.org/ConferenceAnnouncement.htmlfor details. While the 
ICAPE call for papers is still being finalized, the deadline for ICAPE 
submissions will be in late summer, well after people are informed of 
the status of their AFEE submission.

At least one of the authors (and preferably all authors) of any paper 
for an AFEE panel must be a member of AFEE by the submission deadline. 
For membership information, please, visit http://www.afee.net/or contact 
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By submitting a paper or panel proposal it is understood that, should 
your proposal be accepted, you are making a commitment to attend the 
conference and go to as many sessions as possible. The number of AFEE’s 
sessions in the future will depend on how many people attend our 
sessions in Chicago. The ASSA monitors attendance at sessions and those 
associations with low attendance risk session cuts at future ASSA 
conferences.

*Submission Procedures*

Please follow the instructions below, as the AEA has specific 
requirements for Program Chairs when they are submitting sessions for 
the program and the AEA app for tablets and cell phones:

1.Proposals for papers, panel discussions, and full sessions of multiple 
papers must be electronically *submitted as a MS Word or RTF file* to 
the Program Chair, Geoff Schneider, at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

2.Name your file attachment *[Your Last Name] AFEE at ASSA Chicago 2017 
submission*. Also *use this same name as the subject line of your email*.

3.The following information must be submitted in your MS Word or RTF 
file. If you are submitting a whole session, include the information for 
each paper and participant. Do not use any formatting (e.g. indents, 
borders, tables or rules, section breaks, numbering). Just follow this 
order for each paper:

Name of Author 1:

Professional Affiliation/Employer of Author 1:

Email of Author 1:

Name of Author 2 (if there is a co-author):

Professional Affiliation/Employer of Author 2:

Email of Author 2:

… Other Co-Authors and their information

Mailing address of Author 1 (corresponding author)

Title of proposed paper

JEL Codes for Paper (choose up to 3) [see 
https://www.aeaweb.org/econlit/jelCodes.php]

Short Abstract (50 words maximum) for publication in AEA conference app

Long Abstract (250 words maximum) for Program Chair

Declare your willingness to serve as a session chair and/or discussant 
(please add fields or areas)

*Conference Proceedings*

Papers presented at the AFEE San Francisco meeting are eligible for 
publication in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of Economic Issues. To 
be considered for publication, the text of your paper cannot exceed 
2,850 words, with no more than four pages (total) of double-spaced 
endnotes, references, tables, and figures. The deadline for submission 
to the JEI is December 16, 2016. JEI submission details will be provided 
to authors whose proposals are accepted for the conference. All criteria 
for the submission of papers, including deadlines, will be strictly 
enforced by the JEI editor, Christopher Brown. At least one of the 
authors of any paper must be a member of AFEE. Papers should be sent by 
email attachment to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

I look forward to seeing your proposals.

Geoff Schneider (AFEE President-Elect and Program Chair)

Professor of Economics

Bucknell University

1 Dent Drive

Lewisburg, PA 17837

United States of America

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