1st SASE Regional Meeting in Mexico: Democracy and Economic Crisis in Ibero-America, Dec. 4-6, 2013

Join us for the 1st SASE Regional Meeting in Mexico.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations. Registration to attend is now open!
Finally, a reminder about the SASE Annual Meeting to take place in downtown Chicago, July 10-12, 2014, which will be co-hosted by Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.


Submit papers to: irisemexico@gmail.com
Deadline for all submissions: September 20, 2013
Abstract Submission Guidelines
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Recent studies  and analyses have shown that economic growth in Latin America during the  past decade has been accompanied by an improvement in income  distribution and poverty reduction. The region has also gained ground in  politics (toward democracy), and its governments have implemented  strategies for (global) economic change. However, socio-economic  deprivation in several categories and the persistence of social  inequality, now more intense in large and intermediate cities, challenge  structural economic change and democratic discourse itself.

It  is essential to tackle these inequalities, which threaten not only the  economy but the democracies themselves, by reprocessing social policy  instruments. One challenge faced by democracy is the creation of social  instruments to make the people participants and architects of their  societies’ decisions; such a goal requires equal opportunities, fair  income distribution, and strong and credible institutions.

Equal  opportunities come with a strong state capable of developing a social  policy – by investing in education, healthcare, and housing, and by  developing a labor policy that ensures industrial relations with quality  employment and large workforce participation. At the same time, these  policies contribute to a more equitable income distribution and to an  increased training and knowledge, which enables individuals to  participate more actively in policy making, democracy, and governance.

Taking this  as our starting point, what kind of state is needed for such a  reconfiguration? What are the implications for democracy and social  policy? What kind of state capacity requires an alternative development  model? What is the potential and what are the limits to civil society’s  role in ensuring democracy and correcting poverty and income  distribution inequality?

Sincerely, SASE President Bruce Carruthers

Organizing Committe:
Leonardo Lomeli, President, UNAM (leolomeli@gmail.com)
M. Ruesga, Coordinator, UAM (ruesga@uam.es) Ciro Murayama, UNAM (ciromurayama@yahoo.com) Vanessa Jannet Grande, UNAM (vjgc25@gmail.com) Maribel Heredero, UAM (maribel.heredero@uam.es) Julimar da SIlva, UAM (julimar.dasilva@uam.es)Clemente Ruiz Duran, UNAM (ruizdc@mac.com)

SASE Executive Director Martha Zuber