About the Society of Policy Modeling
The Society for Policy Modeling is a permanent study group of scholars and researchers from universities, research institutions and international organizations promoting the application of analytical tools to national and international policy questions. A main purpose of the Society is to channel research efforts from all disciplines into an integrated study of global problems and policy issues using quantitative tools of analysis in a formal modeling framework. By doing so, studies promoted by the Society contribute to policy formulation by stressing the need to make current decisions in a manner compatible with the policy options of future generations, to integrate current national policies within a rapidly changing international setting, and to formulate sectoral policies that take into consideration social as well as economic trends and conditions.
The Journal of Policy Modeling is published by the Society to provide a forum for analysis and debate on the most pressing international policy issues of our time. The Journal addresses questions of critical import to the world community as it focuses on the economic, social and political interdependencies that define economic activity, international trade and social interactions at the beginning of a new century. To this end, many of the articles published by the Journal discuss contemporary policy issues from a transnational viewpoint. Papers dealing with national strategies and policies are also published when they address transnational problems or the need to integrate policy recommendations over regions, time or sectors. By stressing comparisons of alternative policy options, the Journal contributes to a discussion of not only policy recommendations but policy alternatives.
The Society also sponsors sessions on major policy questions at professional meetings. These sessions focus on identifying the implications of long-term trends in the world economy that affect all countries, current policy questions in the international area or research supporting the analysis of trends and conditions in the world economy using formal modeling approaches. Among sessions sponsored by the Society in recent years are:
Finally, the Society provides an informal mechanism for the exchange of ideas, experiences and data bases among individuals working in the field of policy modeling. Through its journal, sponsored sessions and informal exchanges among researchers working toward improving frameworks for understanding the linkages between policy instruments and policy impact, the Society promotes the goals and objectives to which it is dedicaded.
- 1993 "Global Modeling at the United Nations"
- "Economic Development: Strategies, Social Dimensions and Industrialization"
- 1994 "Trade Theory, Industrial Policies and Protectionism"
- 1995 "Fifty Years of Progress and Problems in the World Economy"
- 1996 "The Political Economy of Regionalism"
- "Research on Trends in the World Economy"
- 1997 "Common Currencies vs. Currency Areas"
- "Trade and Finance in Central and Eastern Europe's Transforming Economies"
- 1998 "Regionalism vs. Multilateralism in the World Economy"
- 1999 "The Fight against Protectionism"
- 2000 "The Dollar Supremacy: Risks and Challanges"
- 2001 "The Dollar Vs. the Euro: which Currency will win?"
Officers of the Society for Policy Modeling
Antonio Maria Costa
7 Dreve de Lansrode
Rhode St. Genese, Belgium 1640
Douglas O. Walker
543 Kings Highway East
Leonardo, New Jersey
Society for Policy Modeling Session at the 2002 Allied Social Sciences Associations Meeting
Programme under Development.
Authors interested in contributing should contact the Secretary of the Society, Dr. Douglas O. Walker.