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Catholic University of Brussels
(Katholieke Universiteit Brussel – K.U.B.)
4–6 July 2002

Conference themes

The bi-annual IAFEP conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and debate of current research and scholarship on the economics of participation. The major themes of the 2002 conference will be:
Development and combination of forms of workers’ participation around the world
Theoretical and empirical studies on the economic and social effects of participation
Workers’ participation across borders, in a transnational and global context
Employee participation and EU enlargement
Employee ownership in transition economies
Workers’ participation and the social economy in developing countries
Workers’ participation, social dialogue and civil society Presentations in the following areas are welcome:
Co-determination, works councils, European works councils
Other forms of workers’ participation in decision-making
Employee ownership
Self-management, labour-managed firms
Economic and industrial democracy
Social enterprises in welfare services


Forms of workers’ participation are expanding all over the world, and thus seem to have a role in the highly competitive global economy.
In the United States, thousands of companies have promoted forms of employee share-ownership and profit-sharing as part of a competitive management policy. In the European Union, workers’ participation has become a basic element of the European Social Model, with the promotion of various participatory forms – such as information and consultation, financial participation, and workers’ involvement in decision-making – that are developing also in a transnational manner, as witnessed by the recent promotion of European Works Councils. Forms of self-management have been promoted in a number of countries, especially after having been encouraged in the privatisation process carried out by transition economies, in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and elsewhere. Workers’ participation has also been experienced by enterprises in several countries in Asia and South America, and different forms of it are also emerging in many African countries.
The aim of the Conference is to provide some assessment of workers’ participation as a world phenomenon, and to present new aspects, both theoretical and empirical, of its economic effects, economic performance, and new role in a global economy.
Specific emphasis will also be given to the combination of different forms of workers’ participation and their effectiveness, from both the economic and the social standpoints.
The Conference is also intended to identify how forms of workers’ participation can develop and evolve within a context of massive capital movements and internationalisation of economies.
While the first plenary session will be dedicated to workers’ participation in the European Union, and its prospects in an enlarged EU, the presentation of studies on workers’ participation experiences in other areas and countries of the world would be most welcome. We therefore issue a particular call to academics and practitioners working on countries for which as yet no significant research has been done in this area.Call for papers
Submissions are invited from all relevant fields of study, including labour economics, comparative economic systems, industrial economics, organisational studies, management studies, economic sociology, institutional economics, evolutionary economics, development economics, and studies of economies in transition.Abstract submission deadline
Proposals for papers to be presented at the conference should be sent electronically in the form of an abstract of up to 300 words. The deadline for receipt of the abstracts is 28 February 2002. They should include full details of institutional affiliation and a mailing address. Final papers plus extended abstracts should be submitted to the organisers by 15 May 2002. Authors will then be notified of the acceptance of their papers as soon as possible. Each paper should be no more than 8,000 words in length. The conference organisers will arrange for the reproduction and distribution of each paper before the conference.
Abstracts should be sent to the following e-mail address:
They may also be sent to: Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, Avenue du Pesage, 127,
B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium. Papers for the Conference have so far been proposed by:
Anne Androuais
(University Paris X, CNRS/FORUM Research Centre, France)
Jan Erik Askildsen
(University of Bergen, Department of Economics, Norway)
Will Bartlett
(University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies, UK)
Joseph R. Blasi
(Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, USA)
Bozidar Cerovic
(University of Belgrade, Department of Economics, FR of Yugoslavia)
Alberto Chilosi
(University of Political Sciences, Pisa, Italy)
Polona Domadenik
(University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Slovenia)
Xiao-yuan Dong
(University of Winnipeg, Department of Economics, Canada)
Fathi Fakhfakh
(University Paris II, Department of Economics, France)
Felix FitzRoy
(University of St. Andrews, Department of Economics, UK)
Martin Goos
(London School of Economics, UK)
Aleksandra Gregoric
(University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Slovenia)
Frank Heller
(Centre for Decision Making Studies, The Tavistock Institute, London, UK)
Derek Jones
(Hamilton College, Department of Economics, Clinton NY, USA)
Milena Jovicic
(University of Belgrade, Department of Economics, FR of Yugoslavia)
Panu Kalmi
(Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics, Finland)
Gerard Kester
(Global Participation Development Programme, Lensden, The Netherlands)
Mark Klinedinst
(University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Economics, USA)
Doug Kruse
(Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, USA)
Niels Mygind
(Copenhaguen Business School, Centre for East European Studies, Denmark)
Alexandra Nojkovic
(University of Belgrade, Department of Economics, FR of Yugoslavia)
Mario Nuti
(London Business School, CIS-ME, UK)
Virginie Perotin
(Leeds University Business School, UK)
Janez Prasnikar
(University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Slovenia)
Andrew Robinson
(University of Bradford, Management Centre, UK)
Charlie Rock
(Rollins College, Economics Department, Winter Park, Florida, USA)
Vania Sena
(Leeds University Business School, UK)
Stephen Smith
(George Washington University, Department of Economics, USA)
Milica Uvalic
(University of Perugia, Faculty of Political Sciences, Italy)
Verica Vasileva-Markovska
(Ernst & Young, Skopje, Macedonia)
Alberto Zevi
(University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy)
Young Scholars Prize on Workers’ Participation
We have the pleasure to announce that the Prize for the best research work on the subject of the economics of participation will be delivered at the Conference. Applicants should be scholars/researchers under 32, having completed or finalising a PhD on workers’ participation, in either economics or another related discipline.
As described above, the economics of participation overlap with several fields, such as labour, development, industrial relations, comparative economic systems, and studies on transition. They include research on such topics as employee ownership, decision-making participation, co-determination and works councils, labour-managed firms, profit-sharing, and related topics.
The candidates will have to send a summary of their research work with accompanying article(s), report(s), or book by the end of May.
Conference location
Brussels is often named the capital of Europe, first because it is located at the heart of Europe, and also because over the years it has become the headquarters of European Community institutions, above all the European Commission. There are excellent rail connections by the fast TGV to major European cities (Paris in 1h25 mns, London in 3h00, Köln in 4h02 mns, Amsterdam in 4h12 mns, Geneva in 4h58 mns) and airports (Paris, Amsterdam). Brussels airport connects directly with almost all major European cities, including Central and Eastern European countries. Despite the major crisis of the national airlines company, SABENA, which collapsed early November 2001, most of its flights have been taken over by the company DAT (Delta Air Transport).
The Conference will be held at Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (Catholic University of Brussels), which will provide all facilities for our plenary and working sessions. It is located in the northern part of Brussels, which is a few metro stations from the very centre of Brussels, the ‘Grand Place’ (main square with town hall).Hotels
Since the University is only a few metro stations from the centre of Brussels, we propose that the participants stay in one of the hotels close to the Grand Place. Bus transportation will be organised to go to the Conference location.
A limited number of cheaper rooms close to the University are also available. We would, however, like to reserve those rooms for those who have difficulties in financing their stay in Brussels. Participants from Central and Eastern Europe, but also low income countries (from Africa, Asia and South America) will be favoured in the allocation of these hotel rooms. We propose that participants pay for their hotel rooms directly on the spot (exclusively in Euros (€) from 1 March 2002). We shall ensure your booking, for which, however, an advance payment would be required. Please do not book your hotel directly since we have negotiated special prices for Conference participants. Please indicate whether you would like a single room, a double room, or even a triple room. Please also mention if you need specific hotel facilities.
You will find a detailed description of the different hotels with the registration form (in separate file), which will allow you to make your choice. Conference fee
The Conference fee is 180 Euros. This includes different Conference costs (such as refreshments, coffee breaks, transport), but mainly lunches and our convivial Friday evening dinner in one of the best restaurants in Brussels. Those who would have difficulties in paying these fees can contact the organisers for some financial assistance.

How to register

Please complete the attached booking form and send it together with payment to Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead at the address below. Payment details are provided on the booking form. Registrations will be confirmed once payment has been received. Deadline for registration
The deadline for receipt of registration forms and payment is 30 April 2002.Financial support for participants from Central and Eastern Europe
Participants from Central and Eastern European countries can apply to the ACE Programme for a funding contribution to their participation costs (travel and accommodation). They should fill in an application form and send it to the ACE Secretariat at least five–six months before the Conference. Among the conditions for obtaining such a grant, their paper will need to be accepted by the scientific committee of the Conference. This can be done early enough if the authors concerned submit their paper much earlier than the original deadline.
The application form is available at:
(in Section V about Conference participation)Address for correspondence
Administrative and booking enquiries should be sent to Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, IAFEP, Avenue du Pesage, 127, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.Scientific Committee of the Conference
Will Bartlett (University of Bristol, UK), Felix FitzRoy (University of St Andrews, UK), Derek Jones (Hamilton College, USA), Mario Nuti (London Business School, UK), Virginie Perotin (Leeds University Business School, UK), Janez Prasnikar (Ljubljana University, Slovenia), Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead (European Commission, Belgium), Alberto Zevi (University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy).Further information about the International Association for the Economics of Participation is available on the IAFEP www home page at:

Reminder of deadlines

Abstract: 28 February 2002Registration form and payment: 30 April 2002Final paper: 15 May 2002Research work for Young Scholars Prize: 31 May 2002

We kindly ask you to circulate the present announcement to other persons working on workers’ participation who may be interested in participating in this event.