Association for Social Economics


Originally Adopted May 14, 1947
Last Revised:  December, 2011

ARTICLE I:  Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Association for Social Economics shall be:

 1.   To foster research and publication centered on the reciprocal relationship between economics and broader questions of human dignity, ethical values, and social philosophy.  The Association strives to encourage the efforts of all scholars who are dedicated to exploring the ethical presuppositions and implications of economic analysis.  

2.   To consider the personal and social dimensions of economic problems and to assist in formulating economic policies consistent with a concern for ethical values in a pluralistic community and the demands of personal dignity.  

3.   To meet annually and regionally at such times as are appropriate, to discuss and publicize current socio‑economic issues and scholarly achievements having to do with the objectives of the Association. 

4.   The Association for Social Economics is formed to engage in scholarly research and in the dissemination of this knowledge to all interested parties.  The organization is a scientific and educational organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States of America. (Added by majority of voting members, December, 2011.)

ARTICLE II:  Membership.

Anyone interested in the aims and objectives of the Association shall be eligible for membership.  Membership confers (1) a vote in the annual election of the Executive Council, (2) the right to propose nonbinding resolutions at the meetings of the Executive Council, and (3) a vote on any amendment to the Constitution and By‑Laws or on any referendum.

ARTICLE III:  Meetings.

It shall be the objective of the Association to hold meetings of the members at least once a year and to supplement these meetings with regional meetings.  On principle, annual meetings usually should coincide as to time and place with those of the Allied Social Science Associations.  The President and the Executive Council shall determine the arrangements for the meetings. 

At the annual meeting of the Association, time shall be reserved for a business meeting of the members. At such a meeting, ideas for improving the Association may be discussed and recommendations given to the officers.  A majority of those attending such a meeting shall have the power to initiate proposals for a change in the Constitution and By‑Laws.

ARTICLE IV: Executive Council.  (Amended by Vote of the General Membership, November, 2000 to change the terms of the trustees to a five year term.)

Executive direction of the Association shall be vested in the President. The President shall be assisted by an Executive Council which shall be the governing body of the Association.  The Executive Council shall be composed of the President, the President‑Elect, and the Vice‑President, all of whom are elected as voting members for a one‑year term.  Also serving on the Council are the Regional Directors who are elected as voting members for a three‑year term and ten Trustees who are elected as voting members for a five-year term. The Association Secretary, the Program Secretary, the Treasurer, the Editor of The Review of Social Economy, and the Editor of The Forum for Social Economics are appointed by the Council itself as voting members for a three‑year term which may be renewed.  The Past‑President serves as a voting member of the Council for two years following the year of presidency.

ARTICLE V:  Elections.

The President shall submit to the members of the Association, through the Secretary, the names of candidates chosen by the Nominating Committee.  This ballot shall contain:

The name of one candidate for President; one for President‑Elect; one or two for Vice‑President; and at least four for Trustees (two to be elected).  The name of the President‑Elect shall appear on the ballot as a sole candidate for President the following year.  Should the President‑Elect for any reason be unable or unwilling to be candidate for President, the Nominating Committee may designate a single candidate for President and submit that person's name to the members.  The Regional Directors are to run unopposed.

Where only one name appears on the ballot, space for a write‑in vote shall be provided.  In the case of a tie vote, a majority vote of the retiring Executive Council, in secret ballot, shall decide the winning candidate.

All active members of the Association shall be eligible to vote by ballot made available on the Association web page.  Active members shall be defined as those who have paid their dues for the current calendar year. (Amended to specify ballot on the web page rather than by mail in May, 2005.)

The Executive Secretary, the Program Secretary, the Treasurer, the Editor(s) of The Review of  Social Economy, and the Editor(s) of The Forum for Social Economics shall be appointed in a majority vote of the entire Executive Council, with absentee members polled by mail or e-mail. 

ARTICLE VI:   Duties of the Executive Council.

The Executive Council, with the President, shall have all powers necessary to conduct the affairs of the Association between annual meetings.

Committees appointed by the President shall function as soon as they are appointed.  They shall function until such time as their duties have been fulfilled, their existence terminated by the President, or their reports submitted to the next annual meeting.

The President shall call meetings of the Executive Council at least once each year and preferably at more frequent intervals.  In an emergency, any member of the Council may request a meeting, either through the President or the other members.  The consent of a majority of the members to such a meeting and the attendance of a majority at such meeting shall constitute this meeting as valid.

In calling meetings of the Executive Council, the President shall consult with the members as to a suitable time and place.  When a majority of the members agree on the time and place, the number actually attending the meeting shall constitute a quorum.  Should a division of judgment arise at such meetings, and the majority favoring a given course be less than a majority of the entire Council, any minority member may appeal for a mail ballot of the entire Council.  Such an appeal will suspend action until the entire Council has voted.  In such cases, ballots shall be sent by email and the majority of those voting within thirty days shall prevail.  (Amended to allow for email as "mail" in May, 2005)

ARTICLE VII:  Vacancies.

Vacancies which may occur in the offices of the Association, or on committees, shall be filled by the President, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council.  Should the President for any reason be unable to serve, the President‑Elect and the Vice‑President in order shall serve in the President's absence or succeed to office, should the office of President be vacant.

ARTICLE VIII:  Editorial Boards and Editorial Policies.

The members of the editorial boards of The Review of Social Economy and The Forum for Social Economics shall be appointed by the Editors.  Such appointments are not subject to the approval of the Executive Council.  The Editor and Board members decide general editorial policy but the Editor alone is responsible for selecting the manuscripts and other materials that are to be published. The Editor may be replaced at any time by the Executive Council for cause.

ARTICLE IX:  Amendments.

Amendments to this Constitution may be made by a two‑thirds vote of the members responding to a mail or an e-mail ballot.  Members must have at least thirty days to respond.

ARTICLE X: (Added by majority of voting members, December, 2011.)

In the event of the dissolution of the Association, all assets, after the payment of any debts, shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes, within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, as shall best meet the objectives of the Association as enumerated in Article I.  All temporarily and permanently restricted assets shall be transferred with the restrictions in place.  No members of the Association shall have any rights to nor shall receive any assets of the Association.



Last Revised: June, 2017



The Executive Council of the Association shall have the responsibility of drawing up the schedule of dues and rates for individual membership to the Association. The Executive Council may at its discretion establish special membership rates (e.g. low income, three-year, etc.) (Amended by majority vote of the Executive Council, September, 2009).

ARTICLE II:  Elections.

Ballots containing the list of candidates chosen by the Nominating Committee shall be made available to the general membership on the Association web page by December 1.  Ballots cast on the web or sent by fax or mail must be received no later than December 31.  In an emergency, the time provisions may be altered by the Executive Council through a two‑thirds vote.  Ballots shall be returned to the Executive Secretary or to whoever is specified on the ballot.  The Executive Secretary shall count the vote and shall certify the result to the members at the annual meeting.  The newly elected officers shall assume their respective offices at the closing session of the next annual meeting of the Association. (Amended May, 2005)

ARTICLE III:  Convention Program.

The program shall be the responsibility of the President‑Elect who will report the theme of the convention at the annual meeting the year before the convention and the tentative program at the spring meeting of the Executive Council.  It is desirable that the program concentrate upon the exhaustive treatment of a single topic.

ARTICLE IV:  Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the person who two years earlier served as President. The chair shall select members of the committee reflecting a geographic distribution and with them prepare a slate of candidates for approval of the Executive Council at the spring meeting. Following that meeting, the chair shall obtain the consent of all approved candidates before their names are placed on the ballot.

ARTICLE V:  President and Executive Council.

The President, together with the Executive Council, shall designate the places and dates of meetings, determine policies of publications, and appoint committees.  The President shall preside at meetings of the Executive Council or, in the absence of the President, other officers in the order named in Article VII of the Constitution.  The Secretary shall be ex-officio secretary of such meetings and in the absence of the Secretary, the presiding officer may appoint a secretary.

ARTICLE VI:  Amendments and Suspension.

Amendments to the By‑Laws may be made by a simple majority of the members in a mail vote.  A majority of those replying within thirty days shall prevail.  Amendments or change may be proposed at the annual business meeting, as provided in Article III of the Constitution, or by the Executive Council.  The Council shall have the power to suspend or change the By‑Laws during its term of office by a two‑thirds vote of the council members.

ARTICLE VII:  Officer Compensation (Revised by vote of the Executive Council, April, 2015)

(1)   That the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, and Program Secretary each be reimbursed in the amount up to $750 annually to partially cover the cost of travel for attending the annual meetings of ASE if full funding is not available from the person’s host institution.

       (2)   That the Executive Director and Treasurer each be provided per diem in the amount of $250 for the conference

       (3)   That the two complementary rooms allocated to ASE by ASSA be used by the Executive Director and the Program Secretary. If the Executive Director or Program Secretary does not need a complimentary room, the President will allocate the room to another ASE officer.

       (4)   The Treasurer and Executive Director be reimbursed for economy fare flights and/or other forms of inter-city transportation. If the officer drives s/he will receive the IRS-allowed expense for mileage.

       (5)   The Treasurer, Executive Director and Program Secretary be reimbursed for conference registration.

       (6)   The Treasurer be reimbursed for 3 nights accommodation at a standard conference hotel (or up to the standard conference hotel rate if s/he chooses to stay elsewhere).

(7)   The Treasurer, under the supervision of the President, would be empowered to negotiate with the employer of the Executive Director for the Association to reimburse her/his institution for the prevailing cost of a course release, up to $6,000 per year.  The Executive Director would have the option of accepting this amount as direct compensation in lieu of release time.

ARTICLE VIII:  Relationship between the World Congress for Social Economics and the Association for Social Economics

This Article was passed by vote of the Executive Council by email on September 19, 2009.  It was revised by email vote of the Executive Council on April 4, 2011.

The Association for Social Economics sponsors a World Congress as determined by the Executive Council.  These conferences are expected to pay for themselves.  A registration fee is charged that is expected to cover all normal conference costs.

Acceptable costs include such items as:

  • room rental fees for sessions, coffee breaks, etc.
  • appropriate student or other help in managing the conference
  • programs, name tags, and other conference materials
  • appropriate honoraria for a limited number of Plenary speakers, to be approved
  • an opening reception, including food and wine
  • a conference dinner, including food and wine
  • credit card processing fees, bank charges for wire transfer and check clearing
  • contingency for unexpected expenses and unfavorable exchange rate changes
  • other approved expenses

The conference budget must be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Council.

ASE does not pay stipends to conference organizers and travel expenses for conference organizers should not be included in the budget.  Conference organizers are members of ASE, and, as such, these activities are ASE activities.  Conference organizers are not required to pay the registration fee; thus, conference organizers attend the opening reception and the conference dinner at no cost to themselves.  Conference organizers pay their own transportation, lodging, and other costs.  If the hotel in which conference participants are lodged agrees to offer complementary rooms to ASE, these rooms will be occupied by the conference organizers.  Complementary rooms can be negotiated with the hotel by the conference organizers.

The total costs of the conference are estimated, and the registration fee is set based upon a conservative number of expected participants.  The Executive Council may agree in advance to provide a subsidy to lower the cost per participant if this appears necessary to increase conference attendance and ASE visibility.  Such amounts should be made ONLY after the budget is proposed and approved and the registration fee necessary to meet costs is established.  Such assistance from ASE should not be included in the proposed budget.

If more participants than estimated attend the conference and revenues from the registration fees exceed the costs of the conference, ASE may agree to pay up to a set amount, determined in advance, to each conference organizer to off-set travel expenses.  The remainder of the excess of revenue over costs, if any, belongs to ASE and is deposited in the ASE bank account.

If fewer participants than estimated attend the conference, or if exchange rates move in a way that makes revenues, in dollars, less than budgeted, ASE will pay the deficit of the conference.

ARTICLE IX:  Control of Assets (added by majority vote of the membership, December, 2011, modified by the Executive Council in April, 2015)

The Treasurer of the Association is responsible for overseeing the overall accounting and financial affairs of the Association, , including preparing budgets, supervising audits and tax forms, and maintaining the Association’s non-profit status. The Executive Secretary is responsible for maintaining the regular accounts, including: handling revenues and paying obligations; maintaining membership records; and expanding membership. Both the Executive Secretary and the Treasurer shall be signatories on all accounts and assets of the association so that the Treasurer can assume responsibility for these in the event the Executive Secretary is unable to perform his/her duties and until a new Executive Secretary is appointed.

ARTICLE X:  William Waters Research Grant Selection Procedure (added by more than a 2/3 vote of the Executive Council, May 8, 2012)

  1. Applications must be received by November 1.
  2. A three-person selection committee shall review all applications and recommend and rank an appropriate number of William R. Waters Research Grant Program recipients to the Executive Council by December 1.  The committee will be chaired by the current Vice-President and shall consist of the current President-Elect,  current Vice-President and the Vice-Presidential nominee [or alternative designated by the current Vice-President if there is more than one nominee].  The Executive Council will make the final decision.  The Vice-President will notify applicants of the results after the decision is made.
  3. The William R. Waters Research Grant Program winner(s) will be announced at the annual Breakfast Meeting of the ASE held during the ASSA Convention of the year in which the grant is awarded.
  4. Recipients are expected to write a short progress report on the research done during the grant period.  The report is to be submitted to the current President-Elect and is due September 15 following the grant period.