Section on Political Economy of The World-System By-Laws

Revised August 1996, August 1997, June 2002, July 2008, June 2015, June 2017

The Section on Political Economy of The World-System will be concerned with pursuing the study of world-systems over long periods of time, and to the understanding of the difference such a point of departure makes for the integrated analysis of the political economy and its social bases. The Section seeks to facilitate communication, expand networks, and provide a forum for intellectual exchange and debate among sociologists, scholars, and teachers who study world-systems. The Section welcomes members of diverse theoretical persuasions and substantive interests that are encompassed by the broad rubrics of world-systems analysis.

Officers of the Section. The officers of the Section shall be a Chairperson, a Chairperson-Elect, a Past-Chairperson, and a Secretary-Treasurer. Voting members of the association alone shall be eligible to hold office. The Chairperson-Elect will automatically become Chairperson in the year following his/her year in office as Chairperson-Elect, and in the year subsequent to that become Past-Chairperson. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a period of three years.

There shall be a Council consisting of eight members, six regular members and two student members. The regular members will serve staggered three-year terms, with two Council seats being vacated each year. The student members will serve staggered two-year terms.

Officers shall not succeed themselves. The Chairperson, Chairperson-Elect, Past-Chairperson, and Secretary-Treasurer shall also serve as members of the Council with the Chairperson of the Section serving as Chairperson of the Council.

If an elected office is vacated before the term is completed, the candidate with the next highest vote count is invited to fill the open position for the remainder of the term.

The Chairperson, in consultation with the Chairperson-Elect, Past-Chairperson, and membership at large, will be responsible for determining the academic program of the section. The outgoing Chairperson will also be responsible for proposing additional sessions related to the following yearís overall conference theme and for proposing additional sessions related to world-systems research in response to the general ASA Call for Papers. The Secretary-Treasurer will be responsible for keeping section records (including the website) up to date, drafting an annual budget for the section, and tracking and promoting section membership. The student member serving in their first year on the Council will coordinate the mentoring program.

Powers of the Council. The Council is vested in principle with the power to carry out all necessary operations for the Section, acting as the representative of the membership of the Section. To that end, it shall meet on the occasion of the ASA Annual Meeting and may meet at other times when more than half of the Council can be assembled, whether in person or through electronic means. The Council shall make decisions by majority rule of its assembled members.

Elections and Voting. The elections of the Section shall be carried out in cooperation with the American Sociological Association and coordinated to their schedule. Newly elected officers and Council members shall assume office at the end of the Business Meeting of the Section at the American Sociological Associationís Annual Meeting.

Committees.

(a) There shall be a Nominations Committee, elected each year by those members of the Section present at an open Business Meeting to take place at the Annual Meeting of the Association. The Nominations Committee shall be constituted of at least three members, with the stipulation that no member shall serve on the nominating committee for two consecutive years, and the Past-Chairperson of the Section will be the chair of the committee. The Nominations Committee shall present at least two people for each office to be voted on by the voting members of the Section.

(b) There shall be an annual Book Award Committee, the composition of which shall be Chairperson-Elect, plus the two outgoing members of the Council. The Chairperson-Elect shall be chair of the committee. The award shall be for the best book or books published with copyright date falling in the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Authors are invited to self-nominate for the award. Authors and nominators must be members of the section at the time of nomination. The Chair of the Book Award committee will coordinate with the Chair of the Article award committee to ensure that the total number of section awards made is in compliance with ASA guidelines.

(c) There shall be an annual Article Award Committee, the composition of which shall be the PEWS Chairperson (who will serve as chair of the committee) plus the two members of Council in their second year of service and the student member in their second year of service. Article awards will be offered for both the best professional paper and the best student paper published (including publication in ASA meeting proceeding) with copyright date falling in the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Authors are invited to self-nominate for the awards. Authors and nominators must be members of the section at the time of nomination. The Chair of the Article Award committee will coordinate with the Chair of the Book award committee to ensure that the total number of section awards made is in compliance with ASA guidelines.

(d) There shall be a Publications Committee to oversee the publication of the Journal of World-Systems Research and PEWSNews, and to maintain the social media presence of the section. The Publications Committee will consist of at least six members: the two incoming Council members, the editors of the JWSR and PEWSNews, the webmaster, and a Publications Committee Chair to be elected from the section membership at large at the annual business meeting. The editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research shall be appointed to a five-year term by the Council on the recommendation of the Publications Committee. The editor of PEWSNews and the webmaster shall be appointed to three-year terms by the Council on the recommendation of the Publications Committee. The editor of PEWSNews and the webmaster may be reappointed to a second term by the Council.

Other committees shall be appointed by the Chairperson with the approval of the Council, on an ad hoc basis.

Nomination by Petition. Qualified members of the Section may be nominated for any office by a petition of ten percent of the members of the Section or by 25 members of the Section, whichever is less. The choices of the Nominating Committee for each office shall be made known to the membership at least 60 days prior to the deadline for receiving nominations by petition.

Referenda. Any action of the Council, including changes of the By-Laws, may be referred to an electronic ballot of Section members by means of a petition containing the signatures of ten percent of the Section members or of 25 members of the Section, whichever is less. Any resolution passed by the Annual Business Meeting of the Section shall be referred to Council. If such resolutions are not accepted by the Council, they shall be submitted to the membership by electronic ballot.

Membership. The membership of the Section shall be drawn from the members of the American Sociological Association who have expressed an interest in the political economy of the world-system.

Dues. Dues shall be set by the Council in accord with the requirements of the American Sociological Association. Dues shall consist of two parts: one to support the operation of the section and the other to support the operation of the Journal of World-Systems Research.

Awards. In accordance with the Associationís regulations on sections, four types of awards will be given. The awards are: The PEWS Distinguished Book Award [Annual], The PEWS Distinguished Article Award [Annual], The PEWS Terence K. Hopkins Student Paper Award [Annual], and The PEWS Distinguished Career Award [occasional]. The PEWS Distinguished Career Award must be approved by the PEWS Council and ratified by the membership at the annual business meeting.