Call for Papers

The International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) is dedicated to exploring the economics of democratic and participatory economic organizations, such aslabor-managed firms, cooperatives and firms with broad-based employee share-ownership, profit-sharing and worker participation schemes, as well as democratic nonprofit, community and social enterprises. The IAFEP Conferences, which take place every two years, provide an international forum for the presentation and debate of current research and scholarship on the economics of participation.  

Submissions for the 2012 conference are invited from all relevant fields of study including comparative economic systems, industrial and labor economics, organisational studies, management studies, institutional economics, evolutionary economics, development economics, sociology, psychology, political science, law, and philosophy. We also invite proposals for complete sessions. 

Abstracts (max. 400 words) in English should be sent by e-mail to or by post to Douglas Kruse, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, 94 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, NJ, 08854 by March 31, 2012. Abstracts should include full details of institutional affiliations and e-mail and postal addresses. Proposals for complete sessions should include a brief description of the theme of the session and an abstract for each paper.  Authors will be notified by April 30, 2012 whether their papers are accepted for presentation.  Complete drafts should reach us by June 15, 2012 in order to be included in the CD that will be handed out to Conference participants.

Papers are invited on the following themes:

  • The incidence of firms and workers with broad-based financial participation (employee ownership, profit sharing, stock options, and other forms of equity and profit participation) and decision-making participation (autonomous work teams, flat organizations, non-managers on boards of directors, and other employee involvement processes)
  • The effects on firm performance (productivity, profitability, investment, and employment) and individual performance of various forms of financial and decision-making participation, and the individual and group behaviors that link participation to performance
  • The effects on worker outcomes (such as pay, job security, training, turnover, stress, satisfaction, loyalty, relations with management) of various forms of financial and decision-making participation
  • The role of cooperatives (worker, consumer, and other forms) in modern market economies
  • Related studies of the sociological, psychological, political, legal, and philosophical issues relevant to financial and decision-making participation
  • Evolution and implications of financial and decision-making participation in industrialized, post-industrial, transition, and developing economies
  • The creation, growth, survival, and stability of firms with financial and/or decision-making participation
  • The development and dynamics of financial and decision-making participation within both small and large firms
  • Financial and decision-making participation of low-income, historically disadvantaged, or marginalised populations
  • Issues facing expanding and transnational corporations using financial and/or decision-making participation
  • The social and economic history of financial and decision-making participation in different countries, industries, regions, and periods
  • The relation of financial and decision-making participation to corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and sustainability of political democracy
  • The role of financial and decision-making participation in emerging industries such as biotech, alternative energy, and environmentally-friendly ‘green’ technologies
  • Worker-management relations and human resource practices in firms with financial and/or decision-making participation
  • The implications of research in this area for practical decisions on work organization, human resource practices, investment, and other issues
  • Analysis of past, present, and proposed public policies on financial and decision-making participation


Horvat-Vanek Prize The Horvat-Vanek prize is awarded every two years for a research paper of exceptional quality written by a young scholar in one of the areas of interest to IAFEP. The prize, of a value of US$ 1,000, will be awarded during the conference. In order to be considered for the prize, researchers and doctoral students aged 35 or under should submit one research paper in English (maximum length 10,000 words) by May 15, 2012 to Please include your institutional affiliation and an abstract, and indicate clearly on the paper that you wish it to be considered for the Horvat-Vanek prize (the recipient will be requested to provide a passport or other official evidence of their date of birth in order to receive the prize).