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2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance


 The 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance

The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society

December 1-3, 2017

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The Philanthropic Enterprise and the Smith-Tocqueville Center at Michigan State University are excited to issue a call for papers for the 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance. The Conference on Voluntary Governance is a new initiative seeking to cultivate a community of scholars working to expand our understanding of the diverse patterns of association, problem solving, conflict resolution, and resource management that emerge when people are self-governing—and to apply the emerging insights to contemporary issues in social philosophy, political economy, policymaking, philanthropy, and social enterprise.

The theme for our 2017 conference is “The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society.” Observing the emergence of the democratic age in the early nineteenth century, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that “the science of association is the mother science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made.” The Conference on Voluntary Governance seeks to draw attention to and explore questions that can help advance the Tocquevillian science of association in the new economic, social, cultural and technological circumstances of the 21st Century.

 Graduate Student Colloquium:  A special colloquium for graduate students will be held prior to the main conference.  Interested students can contact the conference directors for more information.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Call for Papers

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2017 

 The 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance

The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society

December 1-3, 2017

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The Philanthropic Enterprise and the Smith-Tocqueville Center at Michigan State University are excited to issue a call for papers for the 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance. The Conference on Voluntary Governance is a new initiative seeking to cultivate a community of scholars working to expand our understanding of the diverse patterns of association, problem solving, conflict resolution, and resource management that emerge when people are self-governing—and to apply the emerging insights to contemporary issues in social philosophy, political economy, policymaking, philanthropy, and social enterprise.

The theme for our 2017 conference is “The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society.” Observing the emergence of the democratic age in the early nineteenth century, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that “the science of association is the mother science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made.” The Conference on Voluntary Governance seeks to draw attention to and explore questions that can help advance the Tocquevillian science of association in the new economic, social, cultural and technological circumstances of the 21st Century.

We are particularly interested in engaging the research programs and literatures that have emerged in recent years to inform our approach to understand better areas of voluntary cooperation distinct from the market or the state in hopes that, by doing so, we will understand their distinctive social processes and roles in the institutional landscape. Developments in fields as diverse as Austrian economics, constitutional political economy, civic studies, institutional analysis and design, applied ethics, public choice, comparative institutional analysis, constitutional political economy, emergent order studies, experimental economics, the science of complexity, law and economics, history, political theory, philosophy, and others promise to contribute new approaches to re-conceptualizing society with a more robust understanding of the origin, functions, and roles of voluntary associations and self-governance.

Paper Proposals: The program committee welcomes paper proposals featuring original theoretical, qualitative, and/or quantitative research that advance our understanding of the ideas, institutions, and organizations that facilitate voluntary governance. To facilitate conversation, all conference papers will be presented in plenary sessions; we therefore encourage the submission of papers that can be made accessible to those working outside the author’s primary disciplinary and methodological areas. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following types of studies:

1) papers that explore conceptual, rhetorical, legal, and epistemic dimensions of voluntary governance (including related conceptions of “private governance” and “private ordering”) that help us understand what beliefs, incentives, and institutions foster (or impede) social coordination through voluntary cooperation and exchange;

2) papers at the intersection of the Austrian and Bloomington schools that build on Hayek and the Ostroms’ work on the possibility and practice of bottom up social ordering;

3) case studies that document the institutions people have developed in particular times and places to identify and pursue shared goals or examine empirical evidence to discern timeless principles of association that work to foster human flourishing;

4) studies of the role of political competence and public entrepreneurship in democratic and liberal systems, as well as of the nature and functions of civics in self-governance systems;

5) studies that examine, critique, and offer new alternatives to the predominant normative and descriptive paradigms for understanding the logic of voluntary action and the pluralist landscape of voluntary associations (e.g., Cornuelle’s conception of the “independent sector,” the Ostroms’ concept of “the commons”, Berger’s and Neuhaus’ framework of “mediating structures,” Salamon’s theory of “third-party government,” the ubiquitous concepts of market failure and voluntary failure, etc);

6) studies that advance our understanding of the political economy of philanthropic and not-for-profit (NGO) entities by exploring the rationales for charitable action, investigating how government policy and direct expenditures influence philanthropic decisions, or document how not-for-profits engage in rational activity without engaging in rational economic calculation, including case studies that examine social learning in non-profits or the use of social networks/social media to foster a more robust civil society;

7) studies that shed light on contemporary issues in public policy such as the rationale for tax-exemption and the charitable deduction or the recent claims that government support for charitable activity makes for good economic policy.

Submission Instructions: Paper proposals should be no more than 400 words and should include full contact information of the author(s). Proposals should be submitted to the program committee at lenore.ealy@tpeinc.org. To be considered for inclusion in the conference program, all proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2017. Acceptance decisions will be made by June 1, 2017. Final papers must be submitted by November 1, 2017.

Travel Support: The generosity of conference sponsors will enable us to provide modest financial support for lodging, meals and travel for presenters.


2017 Conference Committee

Dr. Lenore T. Ealy, The Philanthropic Enterprise (co-chair)

Dr. Ross Emmett, Michigan State University (co-chair)

Dr. Paul Dragos Aligica, George Mason University (co-chair)

Dr. Robert Garnett, Texas Christian University

Dr. Steven Grosby, Clemson University

Dr. Roberta Herzberg, George Mason University

Dr. Jayme Lemke, George Mason University

Dr. Paul Lewis, King’s College, London

Dr. David Prychitko, Northern Michigan University

Dr. Virgil Storr, George Mason University

Dr. Edward Stringham, Trinity College

Dr. Daniel Smith, Troy University

 


To be announced


Travel

Fly to Lansing, Michigan
Capital Region International Airport (LAN)
serviced by Delta, American, United

Fly to Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
A major hub serviced by most major airlines
Motorcoach service from DTW to Michigan State is provided by Michigan Flyer (reservations desirable).  The ride is about 2 hours.

 

Lodging

Accommodations for the conference will be available at

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center @ Michigan State University

219 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI
(517) 432-4000

Use the code 1711JAMESM to book at a discounted room rate of $108 (plus tax)/night.
Our room block extends from Wednesday, November 29 – Sunday, December 3.

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