Call for Papers: One-day Workshop on Institutions and Culture in Economic Contexts

Venue: Birkbeck University of London, UK

Date: 20 June 2019

Organisers: The Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (Birkbeck University of London), The Centre for Comparative Studies of Emerging Economies (University College London), and The Institute for International Management (Loughborough University London)


This one-day workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to improve our theoretical, empirical and methodological understanding of the role of institutions and culture in different geopolitical and socio-economic contexts. A growing body of empirical and theoretical work shows that institutions and cultural aspects matter for a variety of economic, social and institutional outcomes, in high income as well as in emerging and developing economies. However, still, at present, culture and institutions are keywords belonging to two distinct research streams that rarely meet to engage in an interactive and constructive debate. This workshop aims to build an ad-hoc research platform for such a debate. We are interested in studies that address the role of institutions, cultural traits, and cultural differences on a variety of economic, social and institutional outcomes. Particularly, we focus on different contributions that institutions and cultural aspects may provide to better understand individuals and social attitudes towards rent-seeking behaviours, corruption, tax evasion, and institutional trust, among others. We are also interested in studies investigating how cultural traits and institutions relate to different forms of economic and institutional performance.

We welcome contributions from different academic disciplines (including, but not limited to, political science, economics, development studies, law, sociology and social psychology, and organisational studies), using different units of analysis (individuals, firms and organisations, sectoral, regional, country, cross-country level, etc.) and different methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative, and quantitative)

We invite submission of papers from any relevant discipline addressing issues including but not limited to:

  • Culture, Formal and Informal Institutions
  • Social Norms, Trust, and Social Attitudes Towards Rent-Seeking Behaviours
  • Measures of Culture and Cultural Dimensions
  • Culture, Corruption, Tax Evasion, and Tax Morale
  • Legal institutions, Cultural Traits, and Governance
  • Religiosity, Cultural Differences, and Institutions
  • Culture, Institutional Performance, and Institutional Trust
  • Cultural Differences, Social Capital, and Social Attitudes


Keynote speakers

Geoffrey Hodgson, Professor of Management, Institute for International Management of Loughborough University, UK. Chief Editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics

Anneli Kaasa, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia


 Application Deadline 

Submit a structured abstract (max. 500 words) by 24th April 2019 to

The submission should be sent with “Institutions and Culture in Economic Context” in the subject line

Structured abstracts: Submitted abstracts need to explicitly follow the following structure:

Research Type: Conceptual, Theoretical, Empirical or Review (select one)

Research Question/Issue: 1 or 2 sentences presenting the focus of the paper

Method: 2 or 3 sentences clarifying the methodological approach chosen, and data source, if the paper is conceptual/theoretical state the main framework your research builds on.

Key Findings/Insights: 2 to 3 sentences explaining the findings or insights derived from your study. This section should highlight the contribution of your work to the broader literature.

Implications: in this section, please state the broader implications of your findings for researchers and/or policy-makers, as appropriate.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 6th of May 2019.


Workshop Fees

There is no fee for attending the workshop. Participants will be offered lunch, coffee and snacks during breaks, and are invited to a closing reception with wine and nibbles.

Participants are however expected to cover for their own travel and accommodation costs.


Structure of Presentations:

Every paper presentation will be assigned a discussant. It is thus important to submit full papers two weeks before the workshop.


Convenors and Queries

For any queries, please contact any of the workshop convenors: Dr Luca Andriani (, Dr Randolph L Bruno (, Dr Elodie Douarin ( and Dr Gerhard Schnyder (


New Institutional Research Seminar: Understanding the Modern Business Corporation

Time: Wednesday 13 March 1pm

Location: Loughborough University of London, Room 2.05


Gerhard Schneider and Philipp Kern, Loughborough University London, “Investigating New Types of ‘Decoupling’: Minority Shareholder Protection in the Law and Corporate Practice”

David Gindis, University of Hertfordshire, “A Critical Appraisal of Corporate Abolitionism”

Call for Abstract – Envisioning the future. Alternative economies, collectives and communities – Lille 3-5 July 2019

Call for Papers – Panel organised by the IIPPE Social Capital Working Group

 THEME: Envisioning the future. alternative economies, collectives and communities

 Asimina Christoforou, Athens University of Economics and Business

Luca Andriani, Birkbeck, University of London


A social capital panel on Envisioning the Future. Alternative Economies, Collectives and Communities will be held within the 2019 IIPPE annual conference in Lille, 3-5 July 2019. The deadline for abstracts submissions is January 29 2019.

Collective and community economies represent alternative ways of dealing with important issues such as deprivations, inequalities and conflicts. These alternative economic approaches rely on the strength of social norms and networks of cooperation and solidarity challenging conventional universals of homo economicus. They can be found in a variety of collective efforts and initiatives, which include, but are not restricted to, cooperative production in worker-recuperated enterprises; social kitchens and second-hand stores for the satisfaction of basic needs; community and environmental movements against reckless urban and industrial expansion; alternative currencies and microfinance institutions for local exchange and credit.

In light of these developments, we invite proposals for papers to be presented in the Social Capital Working Group’s panels at IIPPE’s Annual Conference. Proposals could examine the development of alternative collective and community economies in different parts of the world and investigate their potential to combat the individualisation and marketisation of human action and to create transformational relations toward a cooperative and solidaristic economy and society. Many studies have pointed to the critical role of social capital as norms and networks of trust, reciprocity and collaboration in creating values and institutions of cooperation, democracy and welfare. Yet some point to the possibility of degeneration as a result of inherent tensions between economic and social objectives and the pressures of a global environment where the pursuit of economic profit and cost-competitiveness prevail. These are hypotheses that need to be further theorised and empirically tested in order to uncover the role of social norms and networks in developing alternative perceptions and practices of working and living on the basis of cooperative values and institutions.

We also encourage contributions that generally address the topic of social capital. We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).


 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Please submit your proposal by January 15, 2019.


To submit a proposal, please go to the IIPPE home page and check “Submit proposal”. You will be transferred to the Electronic Proposal Form (EPF) located at There you first need to register on the platform and create an account. (For English, select the small English flag near the upper left corner of the page.)

To register, click on the down arrow next to the “Login” button in the upper right corner of the page, and then select “Create account”. Fill in the simple information and submit, and you will get a response for confirmation sent to the email address given. Once you have done that, you can submit a proposal.

To submit, select “Submission” from the left column. “Step 1: Instructions” gives you all the instructions that are necessary beyond the obvious ones provided during the submission process by the site. “Step 2: Submit” takes you to the submission process itself.

When you submit, be sure to select IIPPE Paper under the category “Type”. Only after that will a category “Topic” with the list of Working Groups appear. Please choose “Social Capital Working Group” to submit to our panel. 


For queries and suggestions, you may contact Asimina Christoforou, Coordinator of the Social Capital Working Group:

For general information about IIPPE, Working Groups, and the Conference:

New Institutional Research Seminar Series: Rationing by Racing

Time: Thursday 6 Dec at 1pm

Place: Loughborough University London, Harvard Lecture Theatre on the 1st floor, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Douglas Allen is a Canadian economist and the Burnaby Mountain Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. He is known for his research on transaction costs and property rights, and how these influence the structure of organizations and institutions. His research covers four broad areas: transaction cost theory, economic history, agricultural organizations, and the family. See more information on

New Institutional Research Seminar Series: Why Institutional Research Needs to be Interdisciplinary

Inaugural Event of the new Seminar Series on Institutional Research

Organisers: Birkbeck Centre for Political economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS) and Loughborough University London

Date and Time: Tuesday 23 October 2018, 14.00 – 16.00

Location: Birkbeck, University of London, 30 Russell Square, Room 101

Sponsor: Department of Management, Birkbeck University of London


This is the inaugural seminar of a new Seminar Series on Institutional Research organised jointly by Loughborough University London and Birkbeck Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies. The seminar will host the following guest speakers:

  • Geoffrey Hodgson, Loughborough University London: “Does mainstream economics understand institutions?”
  • Francesca Gagliardi, University of Hertfordshire: “Institutional Complementarity: A buzzword or a useful tool for interdisciplinary institutional research and policy making?”
  • Klaus Nielsen, Birkbeck, University of London: “The ‘institutional turn’ the social sciences”

Moderator: Luca Andriani, Birkbeck University of London and CPEIS

The seminar will be followed by a social event with drinks and snacks immediately after the seminar   at 16.00-17.00.

Seminar: Geo-economics of the Asia Pacific; TPP, AIIB and the Trump Shock

Date and Time: 26 June 2018, 6pm-8pm

Location: Room MAL B35, Malet Street, Birkbeck College, London, WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom


In the contemporary Asia Pacific, great power rivalry has unfolded not only in security and military affairs, but also more prominently through economic interactions in the area of trade and investment. Hence, geo-economics, an admixture of the logic of conflict with the methods of commerce, (Luttwak 1990, 19), has become an important component of power politics in the region.

In the area of trade, despite President Trump’s withdrawal from the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in January 2017, the remaining 11 countries have managed to agree and sign the TPP-11 in March 2018. In the area of investment, China’s ambition through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is reshaping the region’s economic landscape. This talk with Proffessor Saori N. Katada focuses on these economic developments in the last five years and examines how these initiatives shape the regional economic order. 

Saori N. Katada is Associate Professor at School of International Relations at University of Southern California. She is a co-author of two new books: The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Taming Japan’s Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy (Cornell University Press, forthcoming November 2018). Her single-authored book Banking on Stability: Japan and the Cross-Pacific Dynamics of International Financial Crisis Management (University of Michigan Press, 2001) received Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Book Award. She has also published six edited and co-edited books and numerous articles on the subjects of trade, financial and monetary cooperation in East Asia as well as Japanese foreign aid. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Japan’s foreign economic policy and East Asian regionalism. For her research on regionalism, she was recently awarded Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, Japan Foundation Research Grant and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She has her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science) in 1994, and B.A. from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo). Before joining USC, she served as a researcher at the World Bank in Washington D.C., and as International Program officer at the UNDP in Mexico City.

Tickets can be booked through eventbrite

For more information about this event please contact Dr Ali Burak Guven (

This event is jointly hosted by the Department of Politics, Birkbeck, the Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies, Birkbeck and UCL Centre for Comparative Studies of Emerging Economies

Report on Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies launch

From left to right: – Dr Luca Adriani, Dr Dermot Hodson, Prof. Ron Smith and Dr Sappho Xenakis

The need for rigorous interdisciplinary research on institutions emerged as the overarching theme of a half-day workshop on 15 June to launch Birkbeck’s new Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies. After a welcome from Prof. Sarah Hart (Assistant Dean, Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics) and Prof. Philip Powell (Dean of Business, Economics and Informatics and Vice-Master), Enterprise & Innovation, three distinguished guest speakers from the fields of economics, politics and criminology talked about the importance of institutions and political economy for their research.

Prof. Stephen Farrell (University of Sheffield) presented preliminary results from an ESRC funded project The Long-Term Impacts of Thatcherism. His evidence showed the scope and limits of historical institutionalism in explaining the Thatcher and Major governments’ shift towards more punitive approaches to crime.

Dr Waltraud Schelkle (London School of Economics) presented some of the key findings of her new book, The Political Economy of European Monetary Solidarity. The interplay between domestic and EU institutions rather than economic ideas, she argued, explains why the EU embraced regressive austerity policies in response to the global financial crisis.

Prof. Geoffrey Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire) argued for the importance of institutions in understanding international economic performance. Drawing on a range of examples from the economics literature, he discussed, the institutional drivers of China’s remarkable growth rates since the 1970s and the divergent growth trajectories of economies in Asia.

The audience brought together students and faculty from three Birkbeck schools with academics from other London universities and political economy practitioners.

To conclude the event, the co-directors of the Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies – Dr Luca Adriani (Department of Management), Dr Dermot Hodson (Department of Politics) Prof. Ron Smith (Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr Sappho Xenakis (Department of Criminology) – led a roundtable discussion about the origins and aims of the Centre and future activities and events.

This discussion covered the importance of political economy for Birkbeck’s 200th anniversary and the scope for cross-disciplinary teaching on political economy and institutions. The importance of the Centre for Birkbeck’s research environment was discussed along with the demand from government and private sector economists for a deeper understanding of institutions.

The event was sponsored by Birkbeck’s School of Business, Economics and Informatics and the School of Law.