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Call for Proposals

2014 International Conference
September 29-30, 2014
Segovia, Spain

In the wake of the 2008/2009 financial crisis have come increasing concerns that we may be witnessing the decline of the middle classes across the developed world. The forces underlying this uneasiness, of course, were at work before the crisis, but it seems to have hastened and aggravated their impact. Is the decades-long period of relative middle-class affluence at an end? Or will current difficulties pass as national economies strengthen?

In order to explore these and related issues, the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (UMD), and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold a conference in Segovia, Spain, September 29–30, 2014. (An opening reception will take place the evening of September 28.)

The conference is designed to attract a worldwide audience, including academics and professionals from universities, think tanks, government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector. Paper and panel submissions are welcomed on:
  • the social and economic condition of the middle class in individual or groups of countries (including trends over time), and on the contributing and countering factors, including:
  • macroeconomic policy;
  • labor market conditions;
  • family structure;
  • work/family issues;
  • demographics (such as aging and disability);
  • immigration and migration;
  • government cash transfer programs; and
  • workforce development efforts (including remedial education programs, such as basic, secondary, post school and career-related education; and higher education).
We are soliciting abstracts for individual papers and panels made up of 3-4 papers. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 500 words; if a panel of papers is proposed there should be a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions of panels should also be no longer than 500 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions.

Begin a submission to the following:

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Steps and Instructions:


    There are 4 steps to the online submission process.

    Title - Enter the title of the proposal (single paper or panel) and submitting author's email address.

    Authors & Institutions - Enter contact information for submitting, presenting, and all other authors.

    Abstract Text - Insert the body of the abstract here. Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.

    Confirmation - Please review all information carefully and complete the submission.
  2. TITLE

    Please provide paper and session titles that are no more than 15 words long.
    You will be required to select a Primary Policy Area.

    Please list all authors in the order you wish for them to appear in the program.

    Please include the submitting author, as anyone not listed in your submission will not appear in the program.

    Please include complete contact information for each author.

    When listing institutions, list ONLY the parent institution. APPAM will not publish school, office or department names, regardless of your institution's policy.

    Example: University of California-Berkeley (NOT Goldman School of Public Policy)

    Example: US Department of Education (NOT Office of Inspector General)

    Abstracts are limited to 500 words. This system will accept symbols. You do not need to include bibliographic or reference information with your abstract.

    Abstracts may be formatted as you see fit. APPAM does not require that abstracts be submitted with specific font, paragraph, or layout requirements as long as it is easy for reviewers to read and is 500 words or less in length.

    Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.

    You will have a chance to look over the submission to make sure it is complete.

    For help in submitting an abstract online,email Tech Support.

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