Historical Social Research

Current Issue: Law and Conventions

HSR Vol. 40 (2015) No. 1:
Special Issue: Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective.

Rainer Diaz-Bone, Claude Didry & Robert Salais (Eds.): Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective.

The institutional approach of economics of convention (in short, EC) has been established in France over the last three decades and since then received growing international recognition. From its beginnings, EC has introduced a pragmatic as well as a historical perspective on economic coordination and economic institutions. Also, EC has included law in its analysis from the start. EC conceives law not as an external constraint, but as internal to action and coordination open to interpretive and situational adoption by competent actors. Consequently, for the socio-historical analysis of law, EC analyzes the meaning of law from the standpoint of actors which rely in their coordination on conventions. This HSR Special Issue demonstrates that the approach of EC in the socio-historical analysis of law can be a real transdisciplinary alternative to approaches such as “Law & Economics” or economic neo-institutionalism.

Focus: Spaces – Objects – Knowledge.

Pascal Schillings & Alexander van Wickeren (Eds.): Spaces – Objects – Knowledge. An Integrative Perspective on Recent Turns in Historical Research

How could we create more complex images of historical processes of knowledge production? The answer that the contributions to this HSR Focus offer to this question is: By combining concepts that have until now frequently been applied separately. Integrating approaches suggested by the material as well as the spatial turn, the articles in this HSR Focus discuss three exemplary constellations in which new knowledge is generated: Objects producing spaces, objects circulating through different spaces, and musealized objects.

Furthermore, this HSR contains a Mixed Issue.


40.1 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

40.1 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Special Issue: Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective
  • Rainer Diaz-Bone, Claude Didry & Robert Salais: Conventionalist’s Perspectives on the Political Economy of Law. An Introduction. [Abstract]
  • Rainer Diaz-Bone: Institutionalist and Methodological Perspectives
    on Law – Contributions of the Economics of Convention
    . [Abstract]
  • Claude Didry: The Institutional Foundations of “Labor Conventions” in France between the Wars. [Abstract]
  • Christian Bessy: The Dynamics of Law and Conventions. [Abstract]
  • Michela Barbot: When the History of Property Rights Encounters the Economics of Convention. Some Open Questions Starting from European History. [Abstract]
  • Frédéric Marty: Towards an Economics of Convention-Based Approach of the European Competition Policy. [Abstract]
  • Edward Lorenz: Work Organization Conventions and the Declining Competitiveness of the British Shipbuilding Industry, 1930-1970. [Abstract]
  • Lisa Knoll: The Hidden Regulation of Carbon Markets. [Abstract]
  • Noel Whiteside: Who were the Unemployed? Conventions, Classifications and Social Security Law in Britain (1911-1934). [Abstract]
  • Simon Deakin: Juridical Ontology: The Evolution of Legal Form. [Abstract]
  • Robert Salais: Europe, Laboratory for A-Democracy?. [Abstract]
Focus: Spaces – Objects – Knowledge
  • Pascal Schillings & Alexander van Wickeren: Towards a Material and Spatial History of Knowledge Production: An Introduction. [Abstract]
  • Pascal Schillings: First at the South Pole. The Production of Geographical ‘Matters of Fact’ during the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-12. [Abstract]
  • Daniel Brandau: Demarcations in the Void: Early Satellites and the Making of Outer Space. [Abstract]
  • Esther Helena Arens: Flowerbeds and Hothouses: Botany, Gardens,
    and the Circulation of Knowledge in Things
    . [Abstract]
  • Anna Maerker: Towards a Comparative History of Touch and Spaces of Display: the Body as Epistemic Object. [Abstract]
  • Jakob Vogel: Stony Realms: Mineral Collections as Markers of Social, Cultural and Political Spaces in the 18th and Early 19th Century. [Abstract]
Mixed Issue
  • Maja Suderland: Die Sozioanalyse literarischer Texte als Methode der qualitativen Sozialforschung oder: Welche Wirklichkeit enthält Fiktion? [Abstract]
  • Hermann Wentker, Jörn Retterath, Sven Keller & Petra Weber: Mehrfachbesprechung Ulrich Herbert: Geschichte Deutschlands im 20. Jahrhundert, München. 2014. [Abstract]

Current Supplement: Janssen (Ed.): HSR Journal, 2004-2014

HSR Suppl. 26 (2014):
Supplement: HSR Journal, 2004-2014

Philip Jost Janssen (Ed.): Historical Social Research: An International Journal for the Application of Formal Methods to History. Retrospective, 2004-2014.

Historical Social Research (HSR) is an international scientific journal for the application of formal methods in history – it has been published since 1976. The journal is highly acknowledged for its quality and relevance for the scientific community, and is therefore registered by various digital information services. Thus, the journal is, among others, to be found on SocINDEX with Full Text, JSTOR, and on the Social Science Citation Index.

With the journal being in its 40th year of existence, one could split the journal’s history into three phases: First, the constitutional period (1976-1988), then, second, the establishing period (1988-2000). The third period consists of the last 10-14 years. It may be characterized by processes of focusing, digitalization and internationalization, and it is this third period which is the subject of this Supplement. In a short overview, some developments with respect to the contents and some structural changes are highlighted; furthermore, some bibliometric analyses are presented. The second part of this issue presents brief information on all HSR Special Issues, Foci and Supplements from 2004 onwards. The third and most comprehensive part contains abstracts of all 671 HSR contributions from 2004 to 2014 inclusive and also an author index. In doing so, this Supplement provides a compact total picture of the journal’s history in the last 11 years.


Suppl. 26 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Suppl. 26 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

HSR Retrospective, 2004-2014
  • Philip Jost Janssen: Historical Social Research: An International Journal for the Application of Formal Methods to History, 2004-2014. An Overview [Abstract]
  • HSR Special Issues – Foci – Supplements, 2004-2014 [Abstract]
  • HSR Abstracts & Author Index, 2004-2014 [Abstract]