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Call for Papers
Five Opportunities to Present and Publish at LERA Annual Meetings
63rd Annual Meeting, January 7-9, 2011, Denver CO.

June 6th to 8th 2011, HEC Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Multinational Companies, Global Value Chains and Social Regulation
International CRIMT Conference
As part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives project, the Interuniversity research Centre on globalization and work (CRIMT) will host an international conference on multinational companies, their global value chains and emerging forms of labour regulation. This conference will take place from June 6th to 8th 2011 in Montréal, Canada. see more

5. UCIRHRP Sponsored Competitive Student Papers – Due Oct 1, 2010

The University Council of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Programs, UCIRHRP, is sponsoring a student paper competition at the 63rd LERA Annual Meeting. New developments in employment relations, organizational behavior, and social movements call for a closer look at emergent processes, outcomes and organizational forms. The motivation for this special call for papers is to reflect the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches to researching emergent phenomena in the field. Examples include, but are by no means restricted to new forms of labor market institutions; diversity in organizations; social movements; and international/transnational actors and organizations. UCIRHRP will select the top papers to organize a session during the LERA annual meeting, offering selected authors the opportunity to present their papers. A monetary award of $300 will be given to the author of the top paper chosen for this session.

Submissions for this special call must be made via e-mail to the LERAoffice@illinois.edu. Only completed papers, not abstracts or letters of intent, may be considered. All paper submissions must comply with the following submission criteria:

  • To be considered for this competition, the author or authors must all be students. Papers must reflect original work or major developments on previously reported work. Papers are not eligible if they have been presented at LERA or other professional meetings or have or will be published prior to the meeting.
  • Papers are limited to 20 double-spaced pages doubled spaced and in a 12-pt font (converted to a PDF file), including footnotes, tables and bibliographies.
  • Papers must include a title, abstract (up to 200 words) and preferred keywords.

Call for Papers
Five Opportunities to Present and Publish at LERA Annual Meetings
64th Annual Meeting, January 6-8, 2012, Chicago, IL.

1.
LERA Refereed Paper Competition Entries — Due April 1, 2011

The LERA Editorial Committee has issued a call for individual papers for the 2012 Annual Refereed Papers Competition. Papers up to 25 pages in length are invited to be submitted to the competitive review process. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present at the LERA 64th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on January 5-8, 2012 and to be published in the LERA 2012 Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. Authors may request that their papers be considered for an expedited review at cooperating scholarly journals. (See below.) To qualify, papers must not have been previously presented at conferences, published, or be committed to forthcoming publication.

Several sessions will be organized around the following broad topic areas of the LERA sections: Collective Bargaining; Dispute Resolution, Globalization/Investment and Trade; International/Comparative IR; Labor Economics/Labor Markets; Labor and Employment Law; Labor Studies/Labor Unions; and Work and Employment Relations. Entrants are requested to specify which of these broad topic areas their paper would be categorized. Individual refereed papers are selected on the basis of blind review. Guidelines for the LERA Refereed Papers Competition are as follows: paper length should not exceed 25 typed, double-spaced pages in a 12-point font (the page limit includes endnotes, references, tables, and figures-a full-page table is considered one full page of text).

Per an agreement with scholarly journals in the field, LERA also offers the authors of selected papers an option of submitting their papers for fast-track pre-review for scholarly journals, though publication in those journals is at the discretion of their editorial boards. In brief, the LERA Editor will consider recommending selected papers to journal editors, and the LERA Editor’s recommendation will be considered as a positive referee report. Of course, no single positive referee report mandates acceptance for publication by the participating journals. These journals include: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, the Journal of Labor Research, and the Labor Studies Journal. Entrants are requested to specify which of the journals they would be interested in if they are interested in fast-track in this option. Authors of papers selected for refereed session presentation who do not wish to have their papers considered for publication in participating journals may have their papers published in the LERA Proceedings.

Authors wishing to participate in the refereed papers competition need to submit a cover letter or sheet with 1) full contact information 2) the broad topic area their paper best fits, 3) their preference of publications their paper might best fit, i.e. the LERA Proceedings or a scholarly journal, and 4) an electronic copy of their paper via email. Send to LERAoffice@illinois.edu in Champaign, Illinois on or before the April 1, 2011 deadline. Acceptance decisions and notifications for the 2012 LERA meeting will be made by the early summer of 2011.

2. Call for 2012 LERA Poster Session Abstracts May 1, 2011

The 2012 Annual Meeting will feature the Annual LERA Poster Session. This session attracts a wide audience and encourages feedback on work in progress or recently completed. Abstracts on topics of interest to the membership are posted and may be distributed but are not orally presented. Authors are present to discuss.

The LERA Poster sessions are a mix of both student and faculty research presentations meant to preview research ideas or paper drafts, or feature newly completed papers. The informal session allows meeting attendees to circulate through the poster presentation aisles and discuss the presentations with presenters. They are meant to stimulate discussion and questions and provide researchers with feedback.Members interested in participating in the 2012 LERA Poster Session should submit three (3) copies of a completed paper or a two-page abstract no later than May 1, 2011, to the Poster Session Chair Robert Hoell at Georgia Southern University.

3. UCIRHRP Sponsored Student Posters – May 1, 2011

The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and the UCIRHRP has announced a Ph.D. student poster competition for the 64th Annual Meeting January 2012. One $200 prize will be awarded to the top Ph.D. student poster presentation. The cash award is intended to help a student defray conference travel expenses.

The LERA Poster sessions are a mix of both student and faculty research presentations meant to preview research ideas or paper drafts, or feature newly completed papers. The informal session allows meeting attendees to circulate through the poster presentation aisles and discuss the presentations with presenters. They are meant to stimulate discussion and questions and provide researchers with feedback. Posters will be judged on the substance of the research, on how clearly the poster communicates information about the research, and on general appearance. All poster presenters are required to attend the session to present their poster to those attending the two LERA Annual Poster sessions.  To be considered for this competition, the author or authors must all be students.

This competition is being sponsored by the University Council of IR/HR Programs (UCIRHRP), an association of deans and directors of IR/HR graduate programs. An awards panel from the UCIRHRP will review and judge student poster presentations during the two regular LERA Poster Sessions held at the annual meeting.

4. AILR/LERA Best Papers Competition Abstracts/Paper Proposals - May 15, 2011

David Lewin and Bruce Kaufman, editors of Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (AILR), published by Elsevier, have announced a May 15, 2011 deadline for the submission of abstract/paper proposals for the 14th Annual AILR/LERA Best Papers Competition. Abstract type proposals should be no longer than 3 pages. Winning papers will be presented in a joint symposium at the 2012 LERA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

Accepted papers must be submitted in complete form by mid-October, 2011. Winning entries will be expeditiously refereed for publication in Volume #20 of AILR . Papers may deal with any IR topic and can be up to 50 pages in length (inclusive). Further information on submission is available from AILR Editors David Lewin or Bruce Kaufman.

5. UCIRHRP Sponsored Competitive Student Papers – Due Oct 1, 2011

The University Council of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Programs, UCIRHRP, is sponsoring a student paper competition at the 64th LERA Annual Meeting. New developments in employment relations, organizational behavior, and social movements call for a closer look at emergent processes, outcomes and organizational forms. The motivation for this special call for papers is to reflect the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches to researching emergent phenomena in the field. Examples include, but are by no means restricted to new forms of labor market institutions; diversity in organizations; social movements; and international/transnational actors and organizations. UCIRHRP will select the top papers to organize a session during the LERA annual meeting, offering selected authors the opportunity to present their papers. A monetary award of $300 will be given to the author of the top paper chosen for this session.

Submissions for this special call must be made via e-mail to the LERAoffice@illinois.edu. Only completed papers, not abstracts or letters of intent, may be considered. All paper submissions must comply with the following submission criteria:

  • To be considered for this competition, the author or authors must all be students. Papers must reflect original work or major developments on previously reported work. Papers are not eligible if they have been presented at LERA or other professional meetings or have or will be published prior to the meeting.
  • Papers are limited to 20 double-spaced pages doubled spaced and in a 12-pt font (converted to a PDF file), including footnotes, tables and bibliographies.
  • Papers must include a title, abstract (up to 200 words) and preferred keywords.

Ongoing Calls and Announcements

CALL FOR PAPERS: Jobs and Joblessness in the Crisis - A special stream for the International Labour Process Conference
The problems created by the global recession of 2008-2009 are likely to persist for some time. Firms have restructured their operations in response to drops in demand and the rise of overcapacity, in many cases leaving thousands of workers jobless. This growing 'reserve army' of labour faces an increase in the 'responsibilities' expected of them in exchange for the 'rights' to welfare benefits and services. Those in work face a situation of uncertainty and pressures for cost cutting.

While these problems are not universal, some have yet to come to fruition. Some countries, like Germany, have used public policies such as short-time working to prevent, or perhaps just postpone, a drastic rise in unemployment. Elsewhere, as in the UK, high levels of public debt used to finance economic expansion in years past are stoking fears of a new round of mass redundancies centered on the public sector.

Our goal in organizing this special ILPC stream is to promote research examining the interplay of work and welfare, employment and unemployment. We welcome theory-driven, policy-relevant, methodologically rigorous contributions aimed at understanding the effects of the downturn on employment, broadly defined. Papers should address questions such as the following:

Has the recession been used to create a new management regime defined by (so-called) human-centred lean production methods?
How does the ratcheting up of punishments, conditions, and work requirements in the welfare state affect the experience of work and unemployment?
What are the dynamics of work in the 'street-level bureaucracy' charged with implementing the policy response (e.g. job centres and their contractors)?
How are trade unions and social movements campaigning to blunt the harmful effects of the recession on workers and the unemployed, and are these campaigns effective?
To what extent can changes in the welfare state and the workplace be traced to broader trends in the political economy, such as neoliberalism and marketization?

We are interested in attracting a wide range of national and disciplinary perspectives examining the effects of the crisis in the workplace and outside: on the unemployed, and on policy and politics more broadly. Accordingly, we encourage abstracts from fields such as geography, public policy, and comparative political economy, as well as the 'usual suspects' of ILPC from the sociology of work, organization studies, and employment relations.

If you are interested in presenting a paper in this stream, please send the abstract to Ian Greer (icg@lubs.leeds.ac.uk) by 31 October 2010.

The Conference
The Annual International Labour Process Conference is a leading conference on work and employment. It brings together academics and policy makers from the sociology of work and employment, labour studies, business and management, human resource management, industrial relations, organization studies and a range of other disciplines. Selections of conference papers are published in edited books, with twenty now published. Abstracts for the stream should be between 350-500 words and can be theoretical and/or empirical. Abstract contents should enable the referees to determine what issue, development or problem is being investigated, how it is investigated, what the findings are and what contribution is being made to knowledge and understanding in the field.

ILPC2010 Conference Organizers:
Dr Daniel Muzio
Dr Jennifer Tomlinson
Dr Steve Vincent

For questions about the conference please contact: ilpc2011@ilpc.org.uk. Further information can be found at http://www.ilpc.org.uk/Portals/56/ilpc2011-docs/ilpc2011-callforpapers.pdf
Please submit to www.ilpc.org.uk by October 31st, 2010


CALL FOR PAPERS: Public Administration on Public Services After the Crash
Following the dramatic financial crisis which emerged in 2007–8, the world of political
discussion and public opinion is awash with proposals for public spending cuts and
efficiency ‘rationalizations’. The crash was a near-global event. Practically all nations
were deeply affected, from the richest nations of the US, Japan and Europe, to less developed
and transitional economies. Its effects have been equally diverse. While certain
governments (notably in the USA) are already starting to sell off their equity stakes in
failed banks, others remain mired in failure and uncertainty. The public and private
finances of many nations have become interlocked in crisis. Estonia and Hungary, for
example, have seen their currencies slump in value as their banking sectors entered
near-collapse. In turn, Sweden has become heavily exposed since its banks invested an
estimated $90bn in these now-struggling East European economies. The Greek economy
has required a 110bn EU and IMF bailout that was highly unpopular in many member
states. In the Republic of Ireland, real-term pay cuts of up to 6.5 per cent have already
been applied in several public sector occupations.

Budget deficits in many OECD nations have hit record highs. Following the sub prime
collapse, banking bailouts and stimulus packages have radically eaten into public funds
while the recession chokes off tax income. Practically all major political parties describe
dramatic spending cuts as ‘unavoidable’. In the UK, for example, the then Chancellor’s
pre-budget report of 9 December 2009 announced plans to make ‘efficiency savings’ of
£12bn. Major political parties across OECD countries have promised to make substantial
cuts across wide ranges of public services, including inter alia healthcare, local and central
government, education, prison and probation services, and armed forces. In some cases, for
example in many US states, cuts of this kind have already taken place. Sell-offs, efficiency
drives, policy reforms, and the raising of the mandatory age of retirement are also on the
agenda, as commentators predict a new era of austerity in many nations. Paradoxically, the
crash has also been associated with increases in public spending in some areas, including
the revival of quasi-Keynesian public works programmes aimed at stimulating demand.

Why Contribute to This Special Issue?

Major reform appears to be in the offing. This call for papers aims to bring together
international scholars to debate the theory and practice of public services reform initiated
around the world in response to the crash. The aim is to explore what the crisis means
for public administration at multiple levels: organizational, political, social, economic,
financial, and theoretical. Papers on the following themes are especially welcome:

1. What mechanics, policies, philosophies and technologies are being used to create
‘efficiency’ in public sector organizations? How successful might they be, especially
given that public organizations in much of the world have already been through
many rounds of transformation under the rubric of New Public Management?

2. In what ways are public sector employees facing up to cuts? What employee
entitlements (such as pensions, pay and job security) are being threatened and why?
How will reform affect the quality of working life for public servants?

3. Many nations are posting record budget deficits. But what effects will the differing
institutions and political traditions associated with the ‘varieties of capitalism’ have
on the way in which governments and public organizations respond to this crisis?
Is there an emerging ‘world best practice’ for public sector change in recessionary
times, or are nations each going their separate ways?

4. What rolesmight be played by transnational organizations such as theWTO, IMF, EU
andWorld Bank in promoting ‘best practice’ for public administration worldwide?

5. To what extent can the marketplace remain the ‘model’ for public sector efficiency
given widespread market failure of recent years? Has New Public Management been
discredited by the crisis, especially since it originated from the highly liberalized
economy of the USA?

6. How will reforms affect service provision? Is the quality and coverage of public
service provision in decline following cutbacks? Or can a virtuous circle be drawn in
which public services can be made cheaper and more effective?

7. To what extent are different parts of the public sector more vulnerable to cuts
than others? Why might some countries be better able to survive the crisis than
others?

8. How will public sector professionals respond to the pressure for reorganization?
Will they embrace or resist change, and why? What role will organized labour play
in the new era, especially since public sector union density and coverage remains
relatively strong across OECD nations?

9. What, if any, historical inferences can be drawn from changes to public sector
provision that took place during crisis periods in other times and places?

10. A wide range of new (and old) theoretical discourses have been used to understand
and explore public services reform, examples being Weber on bureaucracy; Foucault
on performance management; public sector workers as ‘immaterial labourers’;
New Public Management as ‘a New Spirit of Capitalism’. In what ways can we
theoretically understand the role of public services in what could be a new era of
austerity?

Objective of the Special Issue

The objective of the special issue is to generate a discussion that is international and
multidisciplinary, cross-cutting multiple lines of political ideology. Such a rich and
detailed discussion of the future of public services around the world may turn out to
be crucial for our understanding of the emerging contours of state and market in these
highly uncertain times.

The call is open to contributions based on empirical data (qualitative and quantitative)
as well as to high-quality theoretical and/or ‘position’ papers. We welcome submissions
from a range of relevant social science disciplines (for example, political science, public
administration, business and management, economics, sociology, social policy, and
industrial relations) from scholars in all regions of the world, and from researchers at any
stage of their career.

How To Make Your Submission

All submissions will be blind peer-reviewed as per the usual review process of Public
Administration. Papers should adhere strictly to the published author submission
guidelines (http://www.wiley.com/bw/submit.asp?ref=0033-3298&site=1).

Deadline For Submission

The deadline for submission of full papers is 31 January 2011. Papers should be between
6000–8000 words long (those longer than this will be automatically returned for cutting).
Please submit papers through the Public Administration Manuscript Central pages
(http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/padm).

Initial expressions of interest and any informal enquiries about the special issue should
be sent to:
Dr Leo McCann
Manchester Business School
Booth Street West
University of Manchester
United Kingdom
leo.mccann@mbs.ac.uk


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Korean Journal of Industrial Relations
The Korean Journal of Industrial Relations (KJIR) is published by the Korean Industrial Relations Association. The scope of the journal includes all fields of Industrial relations, both theoretical and empirical.

The journal is published twice a year, in June and in December. Articles can be in Korean or in English. Submitted papers should make an original contribution to scholarship. Work that has been previously published or that is under submission for publication elsewhere will not be considered.

Each year the best article will be selected among the articles that are published in the KJIR and will be awarded with the prize scholarship of USD 5,000 (5 million Korean won). More

CALL FOR PAPERS: Work and Occupations
Work and Occupations invites you to submit your manuscripts for peer review and possible publication.  WO is a scholarly, sociological quarterly that publishes original research in the sociology of work, employment, labor, and social inequality in the workplace, labor force, and labor market.  Consult the latest issue of WO for manuscript formatting and submission instructions. Manuscripts will not be returned.  Send three copies of your paper to: Daniel B. Cornfield, Editor, Work and Occupations, Box 1811, Station B, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235.  E-mail inquiries may be directed to the Editor at this address: daniel.b.cornfield@vanderbilt.edu
Deadline: Ongoing

CALL FOR PAPERS: Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy Paper Series
The Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy invites the submission of proposed or completed papers for consideration in SIPP's Public Policy Paper Series publication.

The Institute has a mandate to inform the debate on public-policy issues through the distribution of timely research results. In addition to publishing papers from SIPP staff and associates, the Institute makes its distribution channels available to others who are interested in contributing to the improvement of public policy. More information.
Deadline: Ongoing


CALL FOR PAPERS: International Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work Conference
The CRIMT Conference invites the submission of original contributions on the following themes: MNCs and National Business Systems, Global Value Chains (GVCs)/Global Production Networks, and Emerging Architecture of Social Regulation.

All proposals should be sent by electronic mail to: Nicolas Roby, CRIMT Scientific Coordinator at the following address:nicolas.roby@umontreal.ca. For further updates on the conference organization, check www.crimt.org. More information.
Deadline: May 1, 2011

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