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PEWS Bylaws


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

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

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.

Officer 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 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 six members, each serving for three years, with two Council seats being vacated each year. In addition, there shall also be a student member of Council, elected each year by the membership.

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.

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 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.

Power of the Officers. 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. The functions of the Council include cooperating with the Program Committee of the American Sociological Association in planning the presentation of its field of interest in the Annual Meeting of the Association.

Elections and Voting. The elections of the Section shall be carried out in cooperation with the American Sociological Association and coordinated to their schedule.

Committees.

(a) There shall be a Committee of Nominations, 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 Nominating 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 Nominating Committee shall present two people for each office to be voted on by the voting members of the Section, by mail ballot.

(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. 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. 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. The student paper award shall be called the Terrence K. Hopkins Award. 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 an Publications Committee to oversee the publication of the Journal of World-Systems Research and PEWSNews. The Publications Committee will consist of at least five members: the two incoming Council members, the editors of the JWSR and PEWSNews, and a Publications Committee Chair to be elected from the section membership at large at the annual business meeting.

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 a mail 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 mail 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 to cover the operation of the Section in accord with the requirements of the American Sociological Association.

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