Special Issue: Conventions & Institutions
- Diaz-Bone, Rainer; Salais, Robert: Economics of Convention and the History of Economies. Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach in Economic History.
- Diaz-Bone, Rainer: The Methodological Standpoint of the “économie des conventions”.
- Desrosières, Alain: The Economics of Convention and Statistics: The Paradox of Origins.
- Judde de Larivière, Claire; Hanne, Georges: Occupational Naming Conventions: Historicity, Actors, Interactions.
- De Munck, Bert: Guilds, Product Quality and Intrinsic Value. Towards a History of Conventions?
- Jeggle, Christof: Pre-industrial Worlds of Production: Conventions, Institutions and Organizations.
- Minard, Philippe: Micro-Economics of Quality and Social Construction of the Market: Disputes Among the London Leather Trades in the Eighteenth-Century.
- Kädtler, Jürgen: Financialisation of Capitalist Economies – Bargaining on Conventional Economic Rationalities.
- Thévenot, Laurent: Conventions for Measuring and Questioning Policies. The Case of 50 Years of Policy Evaluations through a Statistical Survey.
- Salais, Robert: Labour-Related Conventions and Configurations of Meaning: France, Germany and Great Britain prior to the Second World War.
- Henwood, Karen; Pidgeon, Nick; Parkhill, Karen; Simmons, Peter: Researching Risk: Narrative, Biography, Subjectivity.
- Ellis, Carolyn; Adams, Tony E.; Bochner, Arthur P.: Autoethnography: An Overview.
- Gergen, Mary M.; Gergen, Kenneth J.: Performative Social Science and Psychology.
- Breuer, Franz: The “Other” Speaks Up. When Social Science (Re)presentations Provoke Reactance from the Field.
- De Meulemeester, Jean Luc; Diebolt, Claude: Education and Growth: What Links for Which Policy?
- Diebolt, Claude: Robert Fogel: Spiritual Son of Simon Kuznets and Master in Cliometrics.
HSR Vol. 36 (2011) No. 4: Special Issue: Conventions & Institutions
Rainer Diaz-Bone & Robert Salais (Eds.): Conventions and Institutions from a Historical Perspective.
The French approach of “économie des conventions” (economics of convention, EC) today is one of the most important strands of the new pragmatic turn in social sciences. Here the concept of convention is used to analyze different forms of collective coordination under the conditions of uncertainty, of incomplete rules and of contingent quality definitions. Conventions are pragmatic assumptions that actors make in interacting with others and they assumed these conventions to be shared in situations. Conventions evolve as solutions to problems of coordination. In a society, conventions constitute a repertory of action registers, to which the building of institutions borrows for grounding and stabilizing collective action and cognition.
Today, EC is the only institutional approach in social sciences which was developed in a real cooperation between economists, sociologists, and historians. From a historical perspective the analysis of the emergence and of the change of conventional foundations of social coordination has been proved seminal to historical research in almost three decades.
The special issue of HSR assembles articles of international scholars who apply this approach to historical analysis and demonstrate the conceptual as well as the methodological potential of EC in the field of economic history.