Research Committee on 
Sociotechnics - Sociological Practice RC26


By-Laws

I. ENDS

1. The Committee is established by the International Sociological Association with a view to opening up a broader range of opportunities for the participation of individual members in the activities of the Association in the field of Sociotechnics.

2. In order to achieve this end the Committee shall undertake the following measures:

a) to secure and develop personal and associational contacts between interested scholars and practitioners throughout the world
b) to encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments in sociotechnics and related areas, and to promote the development of scientific activities in this field throughout the world
c) to facilitate and promote international meetings and research in the field of sociotechnics and related areas
d) to cooperate with other Committees in the ISA

II. MEMBERSHIP

1. The members can be individuals or associations active in research, teaching, and practice in the field of sociotechnics and related areas
2. All the individual members of the Committee have the same voting rights. Student-members may at the discretion of the Board pay a lower fee than the one requested for other members.
3. All the decisions made by the Committeee as a whole, except these concerning the by-laws, are accepted by simply majority. Proposals of reforming the by-laws, and the decision of acceptance are made by the members of the Committee with ¾ majority.
4. The Committee as a whole has the last decision in questions about membership status. In case if a candidate is not able to pay his fees but his qualifications are considered appropriate, he can be defined as a member of the Committee in good standing.

III. BOARD

1. The Board is formed by utmost twelve members of whom one shall be the delegate to the Research Council of the ISA and one his alternate. The Board shall have power to co-opt other members of the Research Committee.
2. At its first meeting the new Board shall appoint a President, Vice-Presidents and a Secretary from among its members. In the event of equal voting within the Board the Chairman of the Board shall have the deciding vote. The Chairman of the Board shall be the President or, in his absence, the Vice-President, and in the absence of either the Board shall elect an ad hoc Chairman.
3. A report on the funds of the Committee must be made every second year and sent to all members.
4. Candidates for the Board may be nominated by any member of the Committee. Each candidate must be nominated and seconded by a member in good standing. The Board ought to list the candidates and send the list to the individual members of the Committee for voting. The Board must also secure that the candidates proposed to be elected officers will accept their mandate in case of election. Election must be completed before the end of every fourth year.
5. The members of an orderly announced business meeting may unanimously decide to depart from the election procedure described above (Art. III, 4) and elect the new Board on the spot under condition that at present there is not yet a sufficient membership in good standing.

IV. SPECIAL OBLIGATIONS

The Board may organize on behalf of the Research Committee special task groups of limited duration. These groups must report annually to the Board.

Posted at September 16, 2003
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