The Economics and Politics of Institutional Change

Venue: Ratio

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Event Date/Time: Aug 22, 2008 End Date/Time: Aug 23, 2008
Registration Date: Mar 14, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 14, 2008
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Description

The aim of this colloquium is to bring together research and researchers in different fields dealing with institutional change and welfare state reform. We therefore invite young scholars, including graduate students, in economics, political science, law and economics, sociology, economic history, and related fields to submit proposals for a cross disciplinary colloquium/workshop to be held in Stockholm in August 2008.

In addition to paper sessions there will be two plenary sessions, one of which will be given by professor Jack Knight, professor of political science at Washington University, St.Louis, whose publications include Institutions and Social Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and Explaining Social Institutions (with Itai Sened, The University of Michigan Press 1995). The other will be given by Mark Blyth, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, and the author of Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Political Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

We especially welcome papers dealing with the following areas:

• The emergence of property rights and welfare states
• Explanations of country variation in welfare state design or welfare state reforms
• The interaction between formal and informal institutions
• Case studies in institutional change and welfare state reforms
• Social conflict theory
• How ideas and ideology might explain institutional change

Both theoretical and empirical papers are considered. The papers submitted are expected to be work in progress: Definitely more than ideas, but still unpublished papers. The 2008 Ratio Young Scientist Award is awarded to the best paper presented. The winning author will receive 1000 Euro.

The number of accepted papers is limited to 18. The conference and lodging will be free of charge, and we will reimburse travel expenses. Discussants will be appointed, but all participants are expected to read all papers.

An application consists of the following:
• A one or two page abstract of the paper
• A one page summary of your research interests
• CV

Send applications to andreas.bergh@ratio.se and gissur.erlingsson@ratio.se

Deadline for applications is March 14, 2008 (nota bene – extended deadline!).

The conference is arranged by The Ratio Institute, an independent research institute in Stockholm. Further information can be found on www.ratio.se

Venue

Ratio
Sveavägen 59
Stockholm
Sweden
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The conference and lodging will be free of charge, and we will reimburse travel expenses. The 2008 Ratio Young Scientist Award is awarded to the best paper presented. The winning author will receive 1000 Euro.

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