International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association
Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting, February 19, 2010, in New Orleans
The meeting was called to order by the section chair, Jeffrey Hart. Hart reported on the
section budget. In January 2010, the balance in the IPE Section account was $2,862.87.
The main expenses for the previous year were a section-hosted banquet for the winner of
the Distinguished Senior Scholar. The section paid a small portion of the costs for the
annual reception (primarily funded by Lynne Rienner). The main source of revenue was
the small fee ($5) collected from those who were members of the section along with their
annual membership fees for the ISA. The total was around $1,600 for the previous year.
The section had over 300 members. This was up slightly from the previous year.
The next item on the agenda was a report from the program chair, Thomas Oatley.
Oatley reported that 81 panels and 7 roundtables had been scheduled for the 2010 annual
meeting. The section was successful in co-sponsoring many panels with other sections.
The program chair appreciated the help and cooperation of the members.
Renee Marlin-Bennett and Robert Denemark reported on the IPE section’s contributions
to the ISA Compendium Project. The hardcopy version of the International Studies
Encyclopedia would be published soon by Wiley-Blackwell.
Lynne Rienner announced that Herman Schwartz and Alan Cafruny would be the new
editors of the IPE Yearbook. She introduced the new editors. The next Yearbook would
include articles on the global financial crisis.
The heads of the World Systems and AlterGlobalizations sub-sections gave brief reports.
Aseem Prakash was nominated to be the program chair next year and was approved by
acclamation. Thomas Oatley would become the section chair. All other officers
remained in place (see the web site for details).
The section chair introduced the heads of the three main awards committees:
1. Barry Gills, Outstanding Public Scholar (the awardee this year was Richard Falk)
2. Bob Denemark and Renee Marlin, Distinguished Senior Scholar (the awardee was
3. Audie Klotz, Society of Women in IPE (the awardee was Jan Jindy Pettman)
There was a brief but intense discussion about the presence of CIA recruiters in the
exhibition space of the convention. Some members of the section thought that the ISA
should not make exhibition space available for this purpose. They argued that there was
no precedent for doing so and that other professional associations had strictly forbidden
it. Other argued that they preferred having the CIA recruit openly rather than secretively
at the convention and that the quality of CIA operatives and analysts would be improved
by the addition of international relations scholars such as those who belonged to the ISA.