Monday, July 30, 2012

The Public Choice Society at 50 Years: Call for Conference Papers

The Public Choice Society at Fifty Years
March 7-10, 2013
Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, La.

Dear Friends and Members of The Public Choice Society:

I am pleased to invite you to the 50th Anniversary Conference of The Public Choice Society, to be held March 7-10, 2013, at the historic Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. This traditional setting provides the ideal backdrop for commemorating the deep intellectual traditions of The Public Choice Society. The conference program will devote a plenary session to each of four main pillars in public choice scholarship, including Virginia Political Economy, Social Choice, the Bloomington School, and Experimental Economics. Each of these plenary sessions will feature four papers celebrating the intellectual heritage of these schools while drawing attention to state-of-the art research in those lines. In addition, the program will feature a special session dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of Geoffrey Brennan and Loren Lomasky’s Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference. We encourage you to submit your best work for inclusion on the program. While the plenary sessions are an important anchor to the history of public choice ideas, the heart of the conference will be its 64 concurrent sessions where cutting edge papers are presented and discussed. Therefore, the 2013 conference will be both a commemoration of the Society’s first fifty years and also a platform toward the next fifty and beyond.

The conference will be held at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street, in the heart of the French Quarter. The conference room rate is $189, which is good until February 3, 2013, or until the room block is reached. Conference registration will start on the afternoon of Thursday, March 7, and sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, to noon Sunday, March 10, 2013. Registration fees will be approximately $210 for attendees staying at the Monteleone at least two nights. We will have a number of publishers attending as book exhibitors, including Springer, Emerald, Cambridge University Press, Edward Elgar, and Liberty Fund. In addition, we will also be discussing with members a new and expanded organizational structure for the Society. An reception will anchor and facilitate socializing on Friday night. And two common luncheons will give the opportunity for informal discussions.

So come have a good time, catch up with old friends, and discover new lines of research at the 50th Anniversary Conference of The Public Choice Society. We especially encourage you to share this with your graduate students, who will benefit from an invigorating atmosphere and good discussion of their papers at the 2013 conference.

Coming this fall, we will open the Society’s new, user-friendly website for paper submissions. Look for complete details in a second call for papers to follow soon before then. In the meantime, we encourage you to consider organizing complete sessions and submitting your proposals to the President via email.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans next March, and I thank you for participating in The Public Choice Society.

Sincerely yours,

Edward J. Lopez
President, 2012-2014
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ADDENDUM -- August 13, 2012 -- Deadlines and Important Dates (tentative): 
September 1:    new website publishes with preliminary call for papers
October 17:      website open for paper submissions and conference registration
December 17:   deadline for paper submissions
January 7:        authors notified by selection committee if their submissions are accepted onto program
January 21:      deadline for conference registration (after this late registration penalty of $75 applies)
January 21:      deadline for authors to submit revised papers
January 28:      complete program is published to PCS website
February 3:      deadline for hotel registration
March 7-10:     conference dates

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