Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT)
The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) is an organization devoted to encouraging and fostering the development of institutional thought in extension and modification of the contributions of Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey, Clarence Ayres, John Commons, Wesley Mitchell and others. They offer their ideas and the ideas of other Institutionalists as a basis for inquiry into the interrelationships of society. AFIT was officially organized on April 27, 1979 at the 21st annual conference of the Western Social Science Association.
BALLOT FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017
John Watkins, president of the Association for Institutional Thought, appointed John Hall (chair), Brandon McCoy, and Stephanie Welcomer to the nominating committee. The committee offered the following slate of candidates for election to AFIT offices for 2015-16 (the terms of office begin after the 2015 annual meeting). Brief biographies of the candidates are included with this ballot.
Voting closes November, 22 2015 at 5pm Pacific time.
Biographies of the candidates can be found on the Officers & Board Members Bios page.
Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT)
Call for Papers
The 37th Annual Meeting of AFIT is scheduled to take place on April 13-16, 2016 in Reno, Nevada, at the Grand Sierra Resort in conjunction with the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) 58th Annual Conference.
Social Innovation & Social Impact: From Institutional Theory to Policy and Practice
The 2016 AFIT conference invites you to submit papers and/or propose full sessions that address the application of institutionalist theory to policy and practice, with special emphasis on social innovation and social impact. Social, cultural, political, and economic institutions of all types shape economic behavior and outcomes. These institutions are not indigenous; exhibiting agency as actors, people create and re-create households, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, social enterprises, small businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, places of worship, cooperatives, novel forms of money, community-based organizations, laws, public-private partnerships, as well as numerous other institutions. People can therefore lead and further efforts toward progressive social change by reforming existing institutions or creating new ones to bolster desirable social impact. Our conference theme encourages work on social innovation: the development and implementation of new or improved solutions to a social problem which are more effectual, sustainable, and fair than the status quo.
The submission deadline is November 10, 2015.
The Association for Institutional Thought
Eleventh Annual Student Scholars Award Competition
The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) is proud to announce its Eleventh Annual AFIT Student Scholars Award Competition. This competition seeks to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research topics in the field of Evolutionary-Institutional Economics. As a professional association, AFIT “… is devoted to encouraging and fostering the development of institutional thought in extension and modification of the contributions of Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey, Clarence Ayers, John Commons, Wesley Mitchell and others.” Also included are the contributions of Karl Polanyi, Gunnar Myrdal, Hyman Minsky, John Kenneth Galbraith among others. Competing researchers are encouraged to submit papers that carry on and further advance this tradition in Evolutionary-Institutional Economics.
Awards will be given to what are selected as the best three student papers drawn from the pool of submissions. Winners are then expected to present their research findings during a special session at the 37th Annual Meeting of AFIT that is scheduled to be held as part of the 58th annual conference of the Western Social Science Association Conference (WSSA) at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada April 13-16, 2016.
Tenth Annual Student Scholars Competition Awardees
The Association for Institutional Thought is proud to announce the winners of the Tenth Student Scholars Award Competition. This competition seeks to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research topics in the field of Evolutionary-Institutional Economics.
Aqdas Afzal (University of Missouri-Kansas City):
What Does the Glorious Revolution Really Tell Us About Economic Institutions?
Avraham Izhar Baranes (University of Missouri-Kansas City):
Differential Advantages in the Global Pharmaceutical Industry: The Role of Intangible Assets
April Fleming (Portland Community College):
Credit Default Swaps: Risk Management Tools or Fuel for the Fire?