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The fourth of the International Political Economy Conference series will be co-organized by Kocaeli University (Turkey), University of Westminster (England), Silesian University in Opava (Czech Republic), Institute for Economic & Social Research of Piedmont (IRES, Italy),
VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic) and supported by Social Research Foundation, Petroleum Chemical Rubber Workers Union of Turkey (PETROL-IS), Turkish Social Sciences Association, The Journal of Industrial Relations and Human Resources (ISGUC.ORG), Work & Society Journal, International Journal of Politics & Economics (England), Academia Social Sciences Index (ASOS Index) and IJOPEC Publishing (England). The main theme of the conference has been determined as “flexibility.” The conference will be held in Kocaeli on 27-29 September 2012.

The main foundation of the globalization age has been the distribution of economic sources all over the globe in an unprecedented pace and efficiency. Re-organization of economical activities at global level, rapid increase in production, integration and disintegration have all been causing fast changes in all social institutions and relations. Circulation of goods and services, as well as capital has become more liberalized while production has passed to low wage economies. Both consumption and range of consumption have been on the rise. New consumption patterns have been emerging rapidly. Competition has been exhausting the high wage/secure job regime of Fordism. New demands of the markets have been imposing adjustments in the labor force composition. Standard manual labor is being replaced by intellectual/emotional labor. Life-long employment in the same company and attachment to the working place are vanishing. While nation-state is losing the control over national economy, dynamics of economic competition are shaping the regional economic-politic formations such as the European Union. Increasing space-time mobility in domestic politics has been generating new political forms and venues such as relatively autonomous spheres and the social media. National loyalty either has been weakened or took new forms. In sports, even national teams are transferring players from other countries. The definitions of faith, fidelity, and relationship are different than before. The combination of religious belief and modern ways of life has been producing hybrid forms in the geography of Islam. Ethnic identity claims are being accompanied with global cosmopolitism. Stable family structure is being replaced by new forms of cohabitation. High divorce rates and single parent families are becoming more common, while homosexual families are more visible. Postmodernism is widely influential; universal principals are being questioned on the ground of relativity.

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