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Second WINIR Conference "Institutions, Development, and Globalization"

The second WINIR Conference "Institutions, Development, and Globalization" will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 10-13 September 2015. The deadline for abstract submission is February 22, 2015.


While economic development depends on investment and technology, it is now widely accepted that appropriate political, legal, economic and other social institutions have also to be in place. But there is less agreement on what those institutions (broadly defined as systems of established social rules) may be, especially at different stages of the process of economic development. There are also ongoing debates about whether globalization is leading to institutional convergence, or whether national institutional diversity can be maintained.

The Second WINIR Conference, organized with the assistance of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), will bring together leading scholars from multiple disciplines and theoretical approaches to help develop the ongoing conversation about these and other vital institutional issues.

The conference will be held in the Hotel Windsor Atlantica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will start on the afternoon of 10 September and end on the evening of 12 September with a gala dinner. There will be an optional tour on 13 September.

Keynote lectures

Keynotes lectures, representing four academic disciplines, will be given by:

Robert Bates (Harvard University, politics)
Ricardo Crespo (Austral University, philosophy)
Dani Rodrik (Princeton University, economics)
Viviana Zelizer (Princeton University, sociology)

Abstract submission

Abstract submissions from any discipline (300 words max.) are welcome. All abstracts must be explicitly about institutions (or organisations) and/or institutional thought.

Submissions will be evaluated by the WINIR Scientific Quality Committee, currently comprising: Peter Boettke (George Mason University, economics), Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge, law), Geoff Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire, economics), Timur Kuran (Duke University, economics), Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki, philosophy), Katharina Pistor (Columbia University, law), Sven Steinmo (European University Institute, politics), Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institute Cologne, sociology).

All conference participants must be members of WINIR.

The conference registration fees will be announced shortly.

Please note the following important dates (updated 13 January 2015):

22 Feb 2015 Abstract submiss ion deadline 31 May 2015 Early registration & booking deadline
18 Mar 2015 Notification of acceptance 31 July 2015 Registration & booking deadline
20 Mar 2015 Registration & room bookings open 1 Aug 2015 Non-registered authors removed from programme

The WINIR 2015 organising subcommittee includes: Ana Célia Castro ([email protected]), David Dequech ([email protected]), Francesca Gagliardi ([email protected]), David Gindis ([email protected]) and Geoff Hodgson ([email protected]).


World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

Institutions are the stuff of social and economic life. Institutions, broadly defined as systems of established social rules, are key factors in explaining human well-being, economic performance and social evolution. Officially launched in October 2013 WINIR brings together researchers in...

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