ESA Executive Committee - Proposal for revisions to Statutes and By-laws

Monday, June 17, 2019

Deadline for consultation is July 15, 2019

The ESA Executive Committee 2017-2019 would like to propose changes to the ESA Statutes and By-Laws. Below you will find an explanation for these proposals, as well as an outline of the consultation process that comes with them.

At this stage, all ESA members are invited to  participate in an open consultation regarding these proposals. You can access the consultation form online at this link https://forms.gle/Y3a48tQAExMqYUc6A.  Alternatively, you can send your comments in an email to the chair of the Policy Committee, Laura Horn (lhorn [at] ruc.dk). You can also send postal communication, to Laura Horn, Department of Social Science and Business, Universitetsvej 19.2, Roskilde University, DK-4000 Roskilde.

The Deadline for this consultation is 15 July 2019. The responses to the consultation will be collected and read by the policy committee, and taken into consideration for the final revisions.

The final draft documents will be circulated in time for the conference, and then be put to vote during the General Assembly at the Manchester Conference.

Statutes (https://www.europeansociology.org/about-esa/governance/statutes)

We would like to clarify the principles for the nomination of candidates for the Executive Committee and the Presidency. The suggested formulation is intended to ensure that (gender) diversity within the slate of candidates can be guaranteed.

Current formulation:

11.2 The Nomination Committee

The Nomination committee for the election of the Executive Committee and President consists of 4 to 9 persons proposed by the chairperson of the Council of National Associations and the chairperson of the Research Network Council in collaboration with the ESA Executive Committee. The chairpersons of the Council of National Associations and Council of Research Networks are ex officio members of the Nomination Committee. The ESA President is also a member of the Nominations Committee unless he/she presents him or herself for re-election. Further members can be other members of the Executive Committee, members of Research Networks, delegates of National Associations, and a PhD student. The Nomination Committee elects its chair. After the widest consultations, it collects proposals for candidates from National Associations, Research Networks, the existing Executive Committee, and individual members. It proposes a slate of up 24 – 28 candidates for the Executive Committee and 2-4 candidates for the Presidency. Both for the Executive Committee and Presidency the ESA has a policy of gender equality, with half of the candidates being male and half female, and it takes diversity into account in relation to countries of origin and fields of research.

Suggested change:

11.2 The Nomination Committee

The Nomination committee for the election of the Executive Committee and President consists of 4 to 9 persons proposed by the chairperson of the Council of National Associations and the chairperson of the Research Network Council in collaboration with the ESA Executive Committee. The chairpersons of the Council of National Associations and Council of Research Networks are ex officio members of the Nomination Committee. The ESA President is also a member of the Nominations Committee unless he/she presents him or herself for re-election. Further members can be other members of the Executive Committee, members of Research Networks, delegates of National Associations, and a PhD student. The Nomination Committee elects its chair. After the widest consultations, it collects proposals for candidates from National Associations, Research Networks, the existing Executive Committee, and individual members. It proposes a slate of up 24 – 28 candidates for the Executive Committee and 2, 3, or 4 candidates for the Presidency. Both for the Executive Committee and Presidency the ESA has a policy of gender equality. The list of those nominated for election to the ESA Executive should be made up of a minimum of 40%  and a maximum of 60% women and a minimum of 40% and a maximum of 60% men. Diversity in relation to countries of origin and fields of research will also be taken into account.

By-laws:

The draft document for the by-laws has not yet been approved by the General Assembly. It has been through a revision and consultation process, and has been available on the website since 2017 (https://www.europeansociology.org/about-esa/governance/laws).

The proposal is to open this draft up for a final consultation round, and then put it to vote in the General Assembly at the Manchester Conference. Due to internal changes in ESA organisation, there will be several updates to the current draft (e.g. referring to the European Sociologist rather than the newsletter).