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SASE 24th Annual Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology June 28-30, 2012
Global Shifts: Implications for Business, Government and Labour

Deadline For All Submissions: January 15, 2012.

The rise of emerging-market economies marks the current phase of globalization. Large countries such as Brazil, China, and India are now vibrant engines of economic growth, such that in 2010 China overtook Japan to be the world's second largest economy, and Brazil is set to be the fifth largest nation. To varying degrees, other smaller nations in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southern Africa are taking part in economic renaissance. This phenomenon potentially challenges established paradigms of national economic development, the existing international division of labour, patterns of cross-border trade and foreign direct investment, and the balance of power in global governance. Yet, there is little consensus on how to characterize these 'global shifts' and their implications for actors – business, government, labour – at global, regional, national and sub-national levels. On the surface, the world appears more multi-polar now than in the past, as the growth of South-South economic transactions makes mockery of the view of the global economy divided into developed and developing economies.

In what ways will the international division of labour change as emerging-market economies evolve from being peripheral players supplying low-cost inputs and outputs to becoming major providers of capital, talent, and innovation? In response to emerging-market consumers who are gaining prominence in scale, how will developed economy multinationals and emerging-market corporate challengers compete with each other? Does the rise of emerging markets imply even greater variety in the forms of contemporary capitalism with new models of business-state-civil society relationships, or do the re-emergence of state capitalism and the revival of industrial policy represent a harbinger of a new convergence in national political economies? How is the rise of emerging-market economies influencing and shaping global governance and international standards concerning labour, environment, intellectual property, etc.? Do the global shifts imply an emerging-market bloc consensus or continued contestation in establishing transnational rules, norms and standards? And will the role of advocacy networks, NGOs, and public-private initiatives continue to grow and co-exist with more traditional regulatory forums such as international organizations and professional associations?

The 2012 conference aims to address issues raised by these broad questions concerning global shifts. Within the well-established remit of SASE, participants are invited to submit theoretical and empirical contributions, at multiple levels of analysis from the local to the global, drawing from multi-disciplinary socio-economic frameworks.

Program Direction: Richard Locke (MIT)

Local Organizing Committee: Matthew Amengual, Paul Osterman, Susan Silbey

Advisers: Kathleen Thelen, Michael Piore

Nominations Committee: Jonathan Zeitlin

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