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The Association of Private Enterprise Education
April 12 - 14, 2015
Political Economy: “The Different Progress of Opulence”
The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) invites the submission of papers for its 40th International Conference in Cancún, Mexico, April 12-14, 2015. The Association is composed of scholars from economics, philosophy, political science, and other disciplines, as well as policy analysts, business executives, and other educators. APEE’s annual meeting explores topics related to private enterprise in an atmosphere that respects market approaches. Presentations reflect the latest research in fields such as regulation, public choice, microeconomics, and Austrian economics, as well as development of instructional techniques. The submission fee for the society’s journal, The Journal of Private Enterprise, is waived for papers presented at the conference.
APEE invites papers on any topic; some sessions, however, will be devoted to this year’s theme: Political Economy: “The Different Progress of Opulence.” The theme this year, in citing a line from Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, suggests that the “different progress” results from a number of diverse factors that affect economic success, from trade policy, to fiscal policy, to culture, to law, to international relations, to politics, morality and the like. This diversity provides us with an opportunity to examine how economics both impacts and integrates with other disciplines. APEE scholars have authored a large number of economic, historical, philosophical, and political analyses of how societies progress and how the tools of one discipline may be useful to others when it comes to assessing and defining such progress. The theme for this conference allows for a continuation of an interdisciplinary approach while still keeping economics at the center. Thus, besides exploring the more obvious issues of what does or does not move a society forward economically, we may also ask ourselves where morality, law, culture, and government fit into that progress, and whether any of these circumscribe, limit, or enhance economic progress. Moreover, in our understanding of the various relationships between economics and these alternative forms of analyses, are there policy implications or perhaps implications about what does and does not constitute good social theory? Is the state the most critical factor in the progress of a society or is the state itself a function of other forces? To what degree do moral or cultural factors influence economic progress and how do market forces either affect or become affected by these other factors? Finally, how do the arguments in favor of markets and individual liberty integrate, or not, into a coherent theoretical perspective on commercial societies?
The session and paper topics fitting under this theme are wide ranging and might address anything from market solutions to educational problems to monetary theory. The point is that the intersection between economics and politics that is at the core of political economy also opens the door to thinking about economics and other areas as those areas impact the political and the economic. APEE thus encourages papers exploring the conference theme using a variety of approaches, including economic or social theory, case studies, historical examples, analytical investigations, and traditional empirical methods. In addition, papers on any topic in the broad area of the study of private enterprise are welcomed.
The deadline for paper submission is December 1, 2014.
Those wishing to submit papers should submit the entire paper or a 600-word abstract.
Papers and Abstracts should be submitted online at: http://www.etnpconferences.net/apee/apee2015/
Participants unable to submit online may forward a hard copy of the paper or abstract to:
APEE Vice President Douglas J. Den Uyl
c/o J.R. Clark, APEE Secretary/Treasurer
Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
313 Fletcher Hall, Dept. 6106
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
Phone: (423) 425-4118
FAX: (423) 425-5218
If you have questions about paper topics or session panels, please contact Doug Den Uyl at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about APEE, please contact: J.R. Clark, APEE Secretary/Treasurer (above), or visit APEE’s website at http://www.apee.org.
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