SASE Network K – Call for papers

SASE Network K – Institutional Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment

Network K continues its work at this year’s annual SASE meeting (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 July 2023).

The call for proposals is now open (the hard deadline for submissions is 1 February 2023).

We are especially interested in clustering cases of experimentation – to document, compare, contrast and build our understanding of the processes of experimentation under way and the strategies deployed by actors engaged in these experimentations. Cases of experimentation that focus on achieving better work, including those aimed at managing the aftermath of the pandemic, are particularly welcome. We are also interested in theoretical papers dealing with experimentation and re-regulation of work and employment, in papers dealing with new actor repertoires, with cases of regulation and re-regulation, and with papers and sessions that are likely to dialogue with these themes. We are especially keen to welcome papers and sessions that bring a lens of gender, race and intersectionality into our understanding of experimentation and re-regulation.

Please find full details on how to submit on SASE’s website. By way of reminder, you also need to be a member of SASE to participate in the conference.

To date, Network K has had tremendous meetings in Lyon, Berkeley, Kyoto, New York, Amsterdam and, because of the pandemic, online in 2020 and 2021. The conference will be held in person this year.

The SASE Network K Coordinators on Institutional Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment : Phil Almond, Peter Fairbrother, Isabelle Ferreras, Maria Gonzalez, Francine Jacques, Christian Lévesque, Gregor Murray, Nicolas Roby.

SASE Network K. This network focuses on making work better through actor experimentation with institutions to regulate work. Major fault lines of change are affecting how people experience work, participate in their communities and live their lives. Digital transformations, changes in the role of the state, the unbundling of firms, the growth of global production networks, transitions to sustainable development, and shifts in identity, solidarity and values are all transforming work. Institutions for the regulation of work seem out of synch with people’s experience. Whereas there is an aspiration for productive, innovative, healthy and inclusive work, in which individuals live free from excessive insecurity, exercise control over their working lives, and contribute to their workplace and society – what can be labelled better work in the broadest sense – a different picture of fragmented work and disjointed communities emerges from current changes. Yet, these changes also open up space for experimentation. At many levels, in different national, institutional and organizational contexts, and in conditions of uncertainty, collective actors (firms, governments, trade unions, NGOs, community organizations) seek to engage in institutional experimentation to shape their work, economies and communities. This network welcomes research that contributes to our understanding of these processes.