SASE Network on Asian Capitalisms: Call for papers


Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) – Network Q: Asian Capitalisms

SASE’s 24th Annual Meeting, Università Degli Studi di Milano, 27-29 June 2013

Call for Papers

Organizers: Sebastien Lechevalier (EHESS), Boy Lüthje (Frankfurt Institute of Social Research/East West Center), Cornelia Storz (Frankfurt University), Tobias ten Brink (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies)

In studies on the diversity of capitalism, especially by economists and political scientists, Asian capitalisms have been under-researched. Theories and concepts of comparative capitalism have still to be applied to Asia and tested within the specific institutional configurations of Asian countries. The very nature of capitalism, its internal diversity, and its patterns of institutional change are especially fascinating when applied to Asia.

Several topics call for a fundamental re-analysis of comparative advantages of institutions and modes of growth under capitalism, including:

  • The apparent lack of coherence and immense heterogeneity of production, regulation, and the related building up of institutions in China
  • The different speeds of change in Japan and in Korea, despite seemingly similar institutional arrangements
  • The specific institutional structures of city states such as Hong Kong and Singapore
  • The rapid integration of different models and levels of economic development within the “China Circle,” particularly between the Peoples’ Republic of. China and Taiwan
  • The idiosyncratic specialization of industry in India, based on textiles, information technology and people-based services such as call centers

Sessions on Asian capitalisms at the 2013 SASE Annual Meeting will focus on five areas: (a) De- or re-industrialization?; (b) Innovation, human resource management, and knowledge creation; (c) Beyond market or state?; (d) The future of Asian capitalism; and (e) Welfare, inequalities, and institutional change. A section for Ph.D. candidates is also planned, along with a special section for papers that do not fit into one of the five categories but are nonetheless interesting contributions. The submission of panels is welcome.

The basic idea for this first area network within SASE is to make Asia a central field of investigation for theories of institutional change and the diversity of capitalism. In doing so, we expect to promote a fruitful dialogue between specialists on Asia and specialists on comparative capitalism, including those working on other regions. We welcome papers focusing on Asian capitalisms and papers adopting a comparative perspective on other capitalistic societies.

To apply, go to: (Please note that you do not have to be a member to submit a proposal. However, you do need to create a login.)

Deadline for applications: 15th December 2012 for abstracts, 1st June 2013 for completed papers.

For further information: Contact Cornelia Storz ([email protected])

The network will award a prize for the best paper on Asian capitalisms (amount: Euro 1000). The network is supported by Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS (, which will fund the award for the best paper and the travel grants. To have your paper considered for the prize, please send it by 15th May 2013 to [email protected]. Information regarding the prize committee and the rules for the prize will be available on the FFJ and SASE websites.