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The Association shall use the Clarence E. Ayres Fund to bring a Clarence E. Ayres Visiting International Scholar from outside the United States to present a paper at the Clarence E. Ayres session held as part of the annual program  The Clarence E. Ayres Scholar is selected by the President of the Association.


Each year the Association shall attempt to bring to the United States a Latin American scholar to present a paper at the annual program of the Association.  The scholar shall be designated as the "James H. Street Latin American Scholar," and the James H. Street Fund shall be used to defray his/her expenses.  The President of the Association shall appoint a five (5) member James H. Street Latin American Committee to select a Latin American Scholar.

The Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) is an international organization of economists and other social scientists devoted to analysis of economics as evolving, socially constructed and politically governed systems.  AFEE publishes the Journal of Economic Issues (JEI). AFEE also has a discussion list that is usually very active that you can sign up for here AFEEmail.

The intellectual heritage of AFEE is that of the Original Institutional Economics (OIE) created and developed by early twentieth-century economists such as Thorstein Veblen, John R. Commons, and Wesley Mitchell. Over recent decades, this legacy has evolved to address such contemporary issues as:

  • The role of diverse cultures in economic performance.
  • Domestic and international inequalities of income.
  • The roles of social, economic and political power in shaping economic outcomes.
  • Globalization and the increasing weight of multinational corporations in the international economy.
  • The need for expanding use of modern technologies to relieve want.
  • The urgent need for awareness of the impact of new technology on the biosphere.
  • The ways in which economic thought is affected by and affects always changing economics.

Call for Nominations
2015 President-Elect and Board of Director Elections 

February 18, 2014

Nominations for for President-Elect and the Board of Directors should be sent to the Chair of the Nominating Committee by May 1, 2014.  Nominations should include a statement of qualifications along with any useful or relevant supporting documents such as letters of support or a vita.  The Chair of the Nominating Committee will submit the committee’s recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. The announcement of final nominees will then be made to the general membership and elections held under the direction of the Secretary of AFEE.

For your information, I have copied the relevant portions of the AFEE Presidential Letter below.

Dell Champlin, Committee Chair
dpchamplin@hotmail.com

Information from AFEE Presidential Letter, 2014

Nominating Committee
Suggested nominees for President-Elect and for candidates to run for the Director seats to be vacated next year should be made to the Nominating Committee by May 1, 2014.  Nominations should include a statement of qualifications along with relevant supporting documents such as a vita.  Suggested nominees should be made aware of their responsibilities as President-Elects, Directors, and indicate their willingness to attend annual Board meetings prior to the committee forwarding its nominations to the Board.  Given that the terms for both our Secretary and Treasurer expire at the end of this year, the Nominating Committee will also be responsible for nominations for the Secretary and Treasurer positions, as noted below.

Dell Champlin (T)
59636 Calgary Loop
Bend, Oregon 97702
Email: dpchamplin@hotmail.com

Wolfram Elsner
Institute for Institutional and Innovation Economics
Univesity of Bremen
Bremen. Germany.
Email: welsner@uni-bremen.de

Eric Tymoigne (D)
Department of Economics
Lewis and Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland OR 97219
Email: etymoigne@lclark.edu
  
John Watkins
Westminster College
2597 Lincoln Street
Salt Lake City, UT
Email: jwatkins@westminstercollege.edu

Mary Wrenn (D)
Girton College
Huntingdon Road
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
CB3 0JG
UK
Email: Mw561@cam.ac.uk

Committee Charge from Bylaws: Article XI, Section 7. The President of the Association shall appoint a Nominating Committee of five (5) members.  In appointing a Nominating Committee, the President shall bear in mind the desirability of appointing members diversified by geographical location, field of specialization, gender, and race/ethnicity.  The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to nominate persons for all elective offices including the office of Secretary-Treasurer.  The names of the members of the Nominating Committee shall be made known to the membership in a timely manner.  The announcement of the composition of the committee shall be accompanied by a statement inviting suggestions from the membership for names of suitable candidates for office, and by the quotation of this section of the Bylaws.  Nominations for each elective office shall be submitted by the Nominating Committee to the Secretary-Treasurer.  The Board of Directors shall have authority to approve final nominations of the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee shall submit to the Board of Directors for approval one name for President-Elect; four names for the two positions to be filled annually on the Board; and the name or names for the one position of a member who is not a citizen of the United States, must reside outside the United States, and is to be filled every third year on the Board.  Members of the Nominating Committee may not be nominated by the same Committee.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall announce agreed-upon nominations no later than August 15 to the general membership.  The announcement shall be accompanied by the quotation of this section of the Bylaws.  Additional nominations may be made by any member of the Association for any office if supported by a petition signed by twenty-five (25) members of the Association and received by the Secretary-Treasurer on or before September 15.  On or before November 1, the Secretary-Treasurer shall mail to all members a ballot bearing the names agreed upon by the Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors, as well as the names of those nominated by petition, all to be accompanied by brief biographical sketches of the nominees.  All votes returned by members of the Association shall be counted and tallied no later than December 1, on which date elections shall be deemed closed.

Call for Applications
2015 James H. Street Latin American Scholarship 

February 18, 2014

The Association for Evolutionary Economics invites persons working in Latin America in the area of economic development from an institutionalist perspective to apply for the 2015 James H. Street Latin American Scholarship.  The James H. Street scholar will have the opportunity to present his or her work at the Association=s annual meeting in Boston, MA, January 3-5, 2015.  The scholarship will include round trip transportation and hotel.  The James H. Street scholar will also have the opportunity to have his or her work published in the Association=s journal, Journal of Economic Issues.  Specific presentation and publication guidelines will be provided to the winner of the scholarship.  A complete application will include a letter of interest, the applicant=s current curriculum vita, and a 200 word abstract of his or her paper.  The final paper should be about 5,000 words in length and must be written and presented in English.

To learn more about James H Street (1915-1988) and his work please see the following papers.

Street, James H. AThe Institutionalist Theory of Economic Development.@ Journal of Economic Issues v22 n4 (December 1987): 1243-47.

James, Dilmus D. AIn Memoriam: James H. Street, 1915-1988.@ Journal of Economic Issues v23 n1 (March 1989): 1-6).

The Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) is an international organization of economists and other social scientists devoted to analysis of economics as evolving, socially constructed and politically governed systems. The intellectual heritage of AFEE is that of the Original Institutional Economics (OIE) created and developed by early twentieth-century economists such as Thorstein Veblen, John R. Commons, and Wesley Mitchell. Over recent decades, this legacy has evolved to address such contemporary issues as:

  • The role of diverse cultures in economic performance.
  • Domestic and international inequalities of income.
  • The roles of social, economic and political power in shaping economic outcomes.
  •  Globalization and the increasing weight of multinational corporations in the international economy.
  • The need for expanding use of modern technologies to relieve want.
  • The urgent need to for awareness of the impact of new technology on the biosphere. The ways in which economic thought is affected by and affects always changing economics.

See the AFEE website for more information - http://www.afee.net/

Please send application materials to:

Richard V. Adkisson
Department of Economics
Box 30001, MSC 3CQ
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88005, USA
e-mail: radkisso@nmsu.edu

Application deadline is May 1, 2014.

Veblen-Commons Award Committee

Nominations for the Veblen-Commons Award should be sent to the Chair of the Veblen Commons Committee by May 1, 2014.  Nominations should include a statement of qualifications along with any useful or relevant supporting documents such as letters of support or a vita.  The Chair of the Veblen-Commons Committee will submit the committee’s recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval through the President and Secretary of the Association. 

Anne Mayhew, Committee Chair (T)
1400 Kenesaw Avenue #12G
Knoxville, TN 37919
Email: amayhew@utk.edu

Committee charge from Bylaws (Article X, Section 4): A Veblen-Commons Award shall be given in recognition of the contributions made by an outstanding scholar in the field of evolutionary institutional economics.  The President of the Association shall appoint a five (5) member Veblen-Commons Award committee each year to nominate a recipient.  The Committee shall recommend its nominee to the Board of Directors, which shall have the final decision-making power.

Association for Evolutionary Economics


February 4, 2014

Greetings AFEE Member:

Here in the AFEE office at Catawba, we are ready to process your membership renewal for 2014. However, for those members who were not able to attend the annual conference, I'd like to first share some details from Philadelphia.  The conference was well attended despite the poor weather.  I received positive feedback from attendees; many thanks to Janet Knoedler for a great program.  Samuel Bowles received the Veblen-Commons Award, Eugenia Correa was recognized as the James H. Street Scholar, and Svetlana Kirdina as the Clarence Ayres Scholar. New this year, JEI Editor Chris Brown awarded the Article of the Year to Jongchul Kim for his December 2013 article “Modern Politics as a Trust Scheme and Its Relevance to Modern Banking” which carries a $1,000 cash prize. Jongchul was able to attend the membership meeting to receive his award and speak briefly about his work.  At the same membership meeting, President Phil O’Hara also gave special awards in recognition of the research and service of Tonia Warnecke and William Dugger.

Regarding the work of the previous year, elections were held and Mayo Toruno, Tim Wunder and Svetlana Kirdina joined the board, each serving 3 year terms.  President-Elect Fred Lee will be organizing the 2015 conference – his CFP is already out on AFEEMAIL and will be emailed individually to the membership soon.

Some of you have already renewed for 2014 – thank you! If you haven’t done so yet, I encourage you to visit our website at www.afee.net or fill out the membership renewal form attached here which you may mail or fax to the Secretary’s office in Salisbury, NC.  If you have trouble using the online membership renewal form, or if you do not remember your account log in information, simply click on the ‘trouble logging in’ link and your information will be sent to your registered email account. Contact the webmaster@afee.net if you are still unable to log in.  Please provide information about the specific problem you are having.  Of course, erhake@catawba.edu and coordinator@afee.net are always available to provide assistance, either with the website or any other questions you may have about AFEE. As always, you may simply send us your renewal payment through regular mail, with a note indicating any changes to your mailing address.

Best wishes for a good and productive 2014. 

Eric R. Hake

AFEE Secretary
KSOB, Ketner 327
2300 W. Innes St.
Catawba College
Salisbury, NC 28144-2488
Office: 704-637-4293
Fax: 704-637-4491
erhake@catawba.edu

David Zalewski

AFEE Treasurer
School of Business
Providence College
Koffler Hall
Providence, RI 02918
Office: 401-865-2669
Fax: 401-865-2978
Zalewski@providence.edu

Teresa Rowell

AFEE Coordinator
KSOB, Ketner 334
2300 W. Innes St.
Catawba College
Salisbury, NC 28144-2488
Fax: 704-637-4491

coordinator@afee.net

Association for Evolutionary Economics

Presidential Letter

February 4, 2014

Dear AFEE Colleague:

Let me begin by thanking all of you who contributed to a successful conference in Philadelphia--including those who presented papers, chaired sessions, discussed papers, organized or proposed sessions, and attended our Board and membership meetings.  I regret the unpleasant weather that prevented some of you from making it to Philadelphia, and hope for better weather at next year’s conference in Boston.

I would also like to thank our immediate past President Phil O’Hara for his outstanding Presidential address in Philadelphia, and for his excellent service to AFEE during these past two years.  I also want to thank our Veblen-Commons Award recipient, Sam Bowles, and our Street Scholar, Eugenia Correa, for their fine presentations in Philadelphia.  Unfortunately, our Ayres Scholar, Svetlana Kirdina was unable to give her presentation because of the severe weather, but you will have the opportunity to see her at AFIT in the spring or in Boston next January. 

In this litany of thank you’s, I would be especially remiss if I did not express my very strong gratitude to our Secretary Eric Hake and our Treasurer Dave Zalewski for their diligent work on behalf of AFEE, work that is very often invisible to the rest of us, as well as to Teresa Rowell for her fine work as association coordinator and Tim Wunder as AFEEMAIL moderator and web editor. 

Looking ahead to next year, first, let me note that President-Elect Fred Lee has sent out  his call for papers for the 2015 meeting in Boston, January 3-5, 2015, with the theme, “Theorizing of the Social Provisioning Process under Capitalism.”  Those interested in participating as a presenter, chair or discussant should send abstracts and relevant contact information, as requested in Fred’s Call for Papers, to him at leefs@umkc.edu.  If you missed it, the call is posted on the AFEE website at www.afee.net.

While organization of next year’s conference will be a major undertaking for AFEE this year, we have other important work on our plate.  First, our contract with M.E. Sharpe, which publishes the Journal of Economic Issues, is due for renewal during next calendar year.  We will be working with Sharpe to assess how this first contract has worked for both AFEE and Sharpe, and to prepare a recommendation for the Board by the end of this year.  Toward this end, the Committee on Publications will be working with Editor Chris Brown, Treasurer Dave Zalewski, and Secretary Eric Hake, as well as Sharpe Publications Editor Patricia Kolb, during this coming year to gather the relevant information and identify any questions from either party to this contract.  Your own comments and questions are welcome and should be directed to me as Chair of Committee on Publications or Chris Brown as Editor.

We will also follow up on some of the key recommendations and questions from this past Board meeting, including the report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance that examined the AFEE Bylaws, the membership committee, the conference committee, and other matters.  We hope to update all of you later this year on these and other AFEE activities. 

With our strong journal and a strong resource base, we are confident that AFEE is well positioned to continue our mission to promote institutional economics and collaborate with other heterodox associations.  With these objectives in mind, let me remind you to please renew your membership in AFEE.  Our most important resource remains our membership base, and we appreciate your loyalty and interest in carrying out our mission in your own teaching and scholarly work as well as your service to AFEE.

The Appendix to this letter contains the charges and memberships for this year’s AFEE committees.  In particular, please note the deadlines for these three important committees:

  • Nominations for President-Elect and members of the Board of Directors should be submitted to Dell Champlin, Chair of the Nominating Committee (dpchamplin@hotmail.com) by May 1, 2014.
  • Nominations for the Veblen Commons Award should be submitted to Anne Mayhew, Chair of the Veblen Commons Committee (amayhew@utk.edu) by May 1, 2014.
  • Nominations for the Street Scholar should be submitted to Rick Adkisson, Chair of the Street Scholar Nominating Committee (radkisso@nmsu.edu), by May 1, 2014.

Finally, I wish to thank all of the members who have served on AFEE’s committees in the past and those who have agreed to serve this coming year.  Your hard work continues to make our organization successful, and we call upon you to continue that work on behalf of the mission of AFEE.

With best regards,

Janet Knoedler
AFEE President

 

APPENDIX

AFEE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND COMMITTEES, 2014-2015

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Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE)

Call for Papers

ASSA Annual Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
January 3-5, 2015

Theorizing of the Social Provisioning Process under Capitalism

 

The Association for Evolutionary Economics invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels on the theme of “Theorizing of the Social Provisioning Process under Capitalism.”Institutional economics has traditionally engaged in innovative theorizing about the social provisioning process under capitalism. In recent times, however, such theorizing has tended to be more inward and backward looking—such as concentrating on the works of Veblen or Commons, rather than extending and developing the theoretical foundations of institutional economics inspired by Veblen and others. As capitalism and hence the provisioning process continues to evolve over historical time, so must institutional economics in order to explain this evolution.

To this end, the AFEE-ASSA 2015 meetings will explore the following particular questions. Are the theoretical contributions of the founders of institutional economics still relevant to explaining and understanding capitalism’s contemporary provisioning process? Can institutional economics work with other heterodox traditions? In the past, there have been close theoretical working relationships with Post Keynesian, Marxian, social, and feminist economics. Do these relationships remain relevant? Or how can we reinvigorate these relationships? Can institutional economics look beyond the ideas of Keynes, Kalecki, Sraffa, and Marx edifice and engage with other ‘institutionalist’ traditions such as the related research programs of the Social Structure of Accumulation, Social Ecological Economics, French Régulation and French Convention schools? Or will institutional economics drift away from developing a robust and relevant theoretical explanation of the evolving social provisioning process under capitalism to only provide descriptive analysis and policy prescriptions? Can ‘forward looking’ institutional economics engage with other heterodox traditions and clearly maintain a theoretical identity separate from mainstream economics? Can Institutionalists and their heterodox compatriots have a better understanding of what drives economic crises and promotes inequality, and a better understanding of how to develop economic policies and alternative social control of economic activities that will make the social provisioning process work for the bottom 80% at the expense of the top 5%?

This conference theme is designed to explore these questions in order to promote the ongoing theoretical development of institutional economics, and to serve as a theoretical foundation which engages with other traditions in heterodox economics as it pertains to the social provisioning process under capitalism. Examples of possible theoretical topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

The Going Business Enterprise, the Household, the State, Agency, Prices, Investment, Finance, Consumption, Money, Effective Demand, Labor and Employment, Transactions, Exchange, Class Relationships, Gender Relationships, Commodification, the Nature of Commodities, Urban Development and other spatial implications, Taxation, Natural Resources and the environment, Uneven Development, Increasing Income Inequality, the Instability of Capitalism, the End (or not) of Capitalism, the Economy as an Instituted Process, Markets and Industry, Financialization, Budget Deficit, Social Welfare, and Technology

All proposals for papers and panels reflecting the traditional and analytical perspectives represented by the Association for Evolutionary Economics will be given serious consideration. However, preference will be given to those proposals that address the theme of “Theorizing of the Social Provisioning Process under Capitalism.”

Joint Panels

AFEE will participate in joint panels with the Association for Social Economics (ASE), the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE), and the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)—that is, total five joint panels; AFEE-ASE panel, AFEE-URPE panel, AFEE-IAFFE panel, URPE-AFEE panel, and IAFFE-AFEE panel. A special call for papers will be sent out for the AFEE-ASE panel and for the AFEE-IAFFE-AFEE panels. In addition, AFEE and URPE will work together to develop their panels. If you are interested in proposing such a panel or want to submit a paper that is included in the panel, you need to contact myself (Fred Lee, e-mail: leefs@umkc.edu) and the program organizer of the other association prior to the submission:

ASE, Ellen Mutari, e-mail: Ellen.mutari@stockton.edu;
ASE CFP: http://www.socialeconomics.org/?page=conferences&side=assa&sub=call_for_papers

URPE, Fred Mosely, e-mail: fmoseley@mtholyoke.edu;

IAFFE, Alicia Giron, e-mail: Alicia@unam.mx.

In all cases, a presenter must be a member of one of the associations, and preferably of both. 

Submission Procedure, Deadline, and Rules

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and sessions is April 22, 2014. Submissions must be by e-mail. When sending your email, please clearly identify it as an AFEE paper or panel submission for the AFEE 2015 Program in your subject line along with the title and the lead author(s) name. If receipt of your abstract or panel proposal has not been acknowledged within two weeks of submission, please contact the Program Chair (leefs@umkc.edu). Authors will be informed whether their proposals have been accepted by the end of May 2014. Proposals for panels may contain up to five papers, and must include relevant details of all papers to be presented (see below). Please, remember that the constraints imposed by the Allied Social Science Associations severely limit the number of sessions allocated to AFEE and AFEE deeply regrets the necessity to turn down many good proposals. Presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length so as to leave time for discussion. At least one of the authors of any paper for an AFEE panel must be a member of AFEE (but preferably more) by the submission deadline of April 22, 2014. For membership information, please, visit www.afee.net or contact erhake@catawba.edu.

Proposals for papers or panels must be electronically submitted as a pdf or word file to the Program Chair, Frederic Lee, by April 22, 2014. The following information must be submitted for each paper:

  1. Name(s) of author(s);
  2. Professional affiliation(s);
  3. E-mail address of corresponding author (ideally, for all authors involved);
  4. Mailing address of corresponding author (ideally, for all authors involved);
  5. Title of proposed paper;
  6. Abstract of no more than 250 words;
  7. Declare willingness to serve as a session chair (specify field).

Conference Proceedings
Papers presented at the AFEE Boston meeting are eligible for publication in the June 2015 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 15, 2014. 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 jei@astate.edu.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Frederic S. Lee (Program Chair)
Department of Economics
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
USA
E-mail: leefs@umkc.edu
Phone: 816-235-2543