Fall 2014 Issue



ASE Elections
1) President, President-Elect, and VP
2) Trustee Positions

3) Keynote by Guy Standing
4) ASE Sessions at ASSA
5) Other ASE Events at ASSA



Book Series on Social Economics
6) Advances in Social Economics
7) Perspectives from Social Economics

Other ASE News
8) Please Renew Your Membership
9) 15th World Congress



1. Nominees for President, President-Elect, and Vice President

Mutari Ellen



The ASE nominating committee chaired by Martha Starr has proposed Ellen Mutari (pictured left) for President in 2015, Giuseppe Fontana for President-elect, and Quentin Wodon for Vice President. Elen is a Professor of Economics at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Richard Stockton College. Giuseppe is a Professor of Monetary Economics at the University of Leeds in the UK. Quentin is an Advisor/Lead Economist with the World Bank. Short bios of the candidates are available on the ASE website (membership page).  The results of the elections will be announced at the ASE business meeting in Boston on January 3. 


2. Nominees for Trustee Positions

Dr Andrew Mearman

Janice Peterson


Three candidates have been nominated for two trustee positions.  Andrew Mearman is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Law of the University of the West of England in the UK. Janice Peterson is an Associate Professor with the Department of Economics of California State University – Fresno. Christian Weller is Professor and Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. Their bios are also available on the ASE website (membership page).



3. Keynote by Guy Standing

Professor Guy Standing

ASE will once again sponsor an opening plenary session at ASSA. Guy Standing, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Co-President, Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) will speak on “A Precariat Charter: Building a New Distribution System”.  The keynote will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, Salon E Boston Marriott Copley, and will be followed by a reception.  Please join us!


4. ASE Sessions at ASSA

The theme for next year’s ASE sessions at ASSA is.  ASE will hold sessions on 1) Ethical Challenges Facing the Academic Economist:  Theoretical Work and Pedagogy; 2) Motivations and Ethics in Global Markets; 3) Polanyi Revisited; 4) Policy Priorities in Response to Labor Flexibilization; 5) Commodity Creation as an Historical Process; 6) Policy Options in an Age of Uncertainty; 7) Ethics, Global Finance and the Great Recession; and 8) The Impact of Commodification of the Social Provisioning Process (Co-sponsored by AFEE).  The complete program (with days and times) is available on the ASE website.


5. Other ASE at ASSA Events

There are two other events you will not want to miss at ASSA if you are coming to Boston. On Saturday January 3, from 4:45 PM to 6:30 PM, ASE will hold its General Membership Meeting in the Grand Ballroom Salon A of the Boston Marriott Copley.  The next day the ASE Presidential Breakfast will be held at 7:45 am in the Grand Ballroom Salon E, again at the Boston Marriott Copley.  Mark White, outgoing ASE President, will talk about “Judgment:  Balancing Principle and Policy”.




6. Routledge Advances in Social Economics

The Routledge Advances in Social Economics series is edited by John B. Davis. The series presents new advances and developments in social economics thinking on a variety of subjects that concern the link between social values and economics. Need, justice and equity, gender, cooperation, work, poverty, the environment, class, institutions, public policy, and methodology are some of the most important themes. The series offers new contributions from today’s foremost thinkers on the social character of the economy. A total of 21 books have been published so far. The latest is The Economics of Values-Based Organisations: An Introduction by Luigino Bruni, Alessandra Smerilli (published in July 2014).


7. Macmillan Perspectives from Social Economics

Perspectives from Social Economics is edited by Mark D. White and published by Palgrave Macmillan. Seven books have been published so far. The eight will feature papers presented at last year’s ASE at ASSA and other contributions. The volume is entitled Law and Social Economics: Essays in Ethical Values for Theory, Practice, and Policy and is edited by Mark White. The ten chapters are written by an international assortment of scholars from economics, philosophy, and law, employ a wide variety of approaches and methods to show how a more ethically nuanced approach to economics and the law can illuminate both fields and open up new avenues for studying social-economic behavior, policy, and outcomes in all their ethical and legal complexity.



8. Please Renew Your Membership!

Please renew your membership in the Association for Social Economics for 2015 if you have not yet done so.  If you are not yet a member, consider joining ASE. Your membership includes subscriptions to our two journals - the Review of Social Economy and the Forum for Social Economics.  On-line links are provided to members to back issues of these journals and specific articles can be downloaded with no charge.  The cost for a 3-year membership is $150. A reduced rate is available for those with low income. For students the membership is only $25 per year.


9. 15th World Congress

The 15th World Congress of Social Economics “Doing Social Economics” will be held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada on June 23-24, 2015. The deadline for paper and session submissions is February 20, 2015. Before the Congress, ASE will also hold its Summer School in Social Economics for graduate students and recent PhDs. Some 12-18 fellows will be selected to attend the Summer School on June 21-22 as guests of ASE. Fellows receive complementary room and meals, free registration to the World Congress, and all Summer School materials.  Please check the ASE website for details.

Please send us your prose!  If you google “Association for Social Economics Newsletter”, you may find a newsletter dating back to 1987. We revived the newsletter in the spring of 2013. If you would like to submit contents, please contact Quentin Wodon at Log into your account to view the email address.. The newsletter is published three times a year.  Thank you.