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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Call for Papers

Call for Participants and Papers -AALS 2021 – Section on Socioeconomics and Law & Inequality Journal Summer Zoom conference

This is a call for papers and participants for two related events on the same theme:

Reforming Corporate Governance:  Competition, Race, & Gender

  1.  AALS Annual Meeting, Section on Socioeconomics

The Socioeconomics Section will focus its AALS program on reforming corporate governance.   This call for papers focuses on the first of two panels, and addresses the role of internal corporate competition in exacerbating economic, gender and racial inequality.  Critiques of shareholder primacy emphasize the way it contributes to a focus of short-term results at the expense of long-term institutional sustainability and the enrichment of top executives and hedge fund activists at the expense of other stakeholders   Less examined is the relationship between the change in corporate governance and competitive evaluation systems, such as Jack Welch’s “rank and yank,” which pit employees against each other.  In 2013, Welch emphasized that such systems allow CEOs to incentivize whatever behavior they choose while analyses of the financial crisis concluded that they also allowed upper management to maintain plausible deniability for the results.  This panel builds on these critiques by considering the consequences for economic, racial, and gender inequality.

The call for participants and papers invites commentary on questions such as:  How have contemporary systems of corporate governance and the related increased in zero-sum evaluation systems contributed to, greater economic, racial, and gender inequality? What is the role of diversity in promoting reform of corporate governance?  How can feminist jurisprudence, critical race theory, and political economy contribute to these crucial topics of corporate law and governance? How can law and policy mitigate the existing racial, ethnic, gender, regional, and other inequities likely to be exacerbated in both the near and long terms through existing corporate structures?

  1. Summer 2020 Zoom Roundtable

Drawing on the same themes, Law & Inequality:  A Journal of Theory and Practice and the Institute for New Economic Thinking are sponsoring a Zoom Roundtable this summer to discuss these ideas further.  The Roundtable is designed for anyone interested in presenting a paper on, or discussing ideas related to, corporate governance, gender, race, and competition.  The Roundtable will take place on July 24, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST


If you are interested in participating in either of these events, please send a 400-600 word description of what you'd like to discuss and whether the submission should be considered for either or both events. For the Zoom Roundtable, we are also looking for participants interested in commenting on others’ papers.   

Submissions should be sent to, by June 15, 2020, for consideration by the organizers of the panel:  June Carbone (Minnesota)(chair), Afra Afsharipour (UC Davis),  Naomi Cahn (GW), Nancy Levit (UMKC), and Darren Rosenblum (Pace). The author[s] of the selected paper(s) will be notified by June 22, 2020.  Please also let us know if you are interested in publishing with Law & Inequality.

The Call for Papers presenters will be responsible for paying their registration fee and hotel and travel expenses if they participate in the AALS Annual Meeting.  (The Roundtable is free.)

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