Since the financial crisis of 2007-8, economic growth has stagnated in the western economies and declined in the BRICs from its previous heights. State rescues of banking systems have led to a crisis of public expenditure that has generated electoral change and major social disorder in some Eurozone countries as well as prompting others to engage in major austerity measures.
The resulting high levels of uncertainty about future demand, exacerbated by the overhang of personal debt in the US and the UK in particular, have led many firms to hold back on investment decisions whilst pushing forward plans to reduce employment levels and employment rights, hold down wages and salaries, as well as outsource and offshore to China, India and other emerging economies such as Vietnam an increasing range of labour and knowledge intensive activities.
In this conference, we wish to explore how these experiences of austerity and crisis are affecting the strategies pursued by states, multinational firms, SMEs and employers and employees' organisations. We invite papers in any area related to this outline. Themes we would particularly aim to encourage would be:
We invite submissions for panels and for paper presentations.
For panels (90 minutes in length), organizers should submit a title for the panel, a list of 3-4 participants, a short abstract of the general theme of the panel and a paragraph on the contribution of each presenter.
For paper presentations, abstracts of 500 words are invited.
The conference will offer bursaries for doctoral participants. These will cover conference fees for up to 5 Doctoral students and may include a contribution to other costs depending on applications for funds which are still pending.
Applicants should apply by submitting their abstracts using our online form.
Additionally please email abstracts to Professor Glenn Morgan with ERU Conference bursary application in the email subject line.
Copenhagen Business School. Author of 'Local Players in Global Games' (OUP 2005 with J. Zeitlin) and Nordic Capitalisms and Globalisation (OUP 2011 with K. Lilja)
Director of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester: co-author 'After the Great Complacence: Financial Crisis and the Politics of Reform', (Oxford University Press, 2011), 'Financialization at Work: Key Texts and Commentary', (Routledge, 2008), Financialization and Strategy, Narrative and Numbers (Routledge, 2006).
Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta: co-editor Markets on Trial: The economic sociology of the US Financial Crisis (Research in the Sociology of Organizations 2010); co-author The Institutional Logics Perspective (Oxford University Press 2012)
Cardiff Business School,
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