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“Four Fridays for Corruption”

Call for Papers

A Mini Online Workshop Series on

Corruption, Rent-Seeking Behaviour and Informal Practices in Institutional Contexts

every Friday in November 2020

(November 6, 13, 20, 27)

Brought to you by

Institute for International Management (Loughborough University London)

Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (Birkbeck University of London)

Centre for Comparative Studies of Emerging Economies (University College London)

This mini-series of online workshops aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to improve our theoretical, empirical and methodological understanding of different aspects of corruption, rent-seeking behaviours, and informal practices within different institutional contexts. 

A general consensus exists that corruption and other forms of rent-seeking behaviour impose tremendous costs on society, because they reduce funds devoted to public goods including safety, social services, and infrastructure. They create economic distortions, lower economic growth, and increase inequality. From the institutional perspective, institutions – as rules and norms able to constrain and shape human interactions (Hodgson 2006; North, 1990) – should minimise these collective action problems by discouraging and penalising rent-seeking behaviours. Within the literature on individuals’ conformity and compliance to rules (broadly defined as social norms), emphasis has been placed on the study of the reasons why institutions designed to contain such behaviours fail to act as expected (Batory 2012). Across different social science disciplines a consensus is emerging that corruption and other forms of rent-seeking behaviours cannot be reduced to a lack of institutional quality.

This workshop aims to provide an ad-hoc research platform to further this debate. We are interested in work that sheds light on corruption and other forms of rent-seeking behaviours within different institutional and socio-cultural contexts from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective. The workshop also aims to explore different aspects of informality, the complementarities existing between informal practices and different forms of institutions, and the relational mechanisms linking informal practices and corruption.

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

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

  • Corruption and institutional quality/context
  • Determinants and/or consequences of corruption
  • Citizens’ attitudes towards rent-seeking behaviour
  • Informal practices, formal and informal institutions
  • Informal practices and corruption
  • Informal networks, social norms, and corruption
  • Trust, corruption and institutions
  • Corruption, tax evasion, and tax morale
  • Definitions and concepts of corruption
  •  Compliance and the Rule of Law

Application Procedure

Please send a structured abstract (max. 500 words) or a full paper (if available and preferred by the submitters) by 7 September 2020 to G.Schnyder@lboro.ac.uk. The submission should be sent with “Four Fridays for Corruption in the subject line.

Structured abstracts need to adopt the following structure:

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

Research Question/Issue: 2 or 3 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, please 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.

Please note that the format of the submission (structured abstract of full paper) will not affect the chances of being accepted. Researchers submitting structured abstracts will not be treated less favourably than authors submitting full papers.

Please also indicate on your abstract the time zone you will be residing in during November and what your preferred time for the session would be. We will try and accommodate timing requests as best we can.

Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 28 September 2020.

Workshop Fees

There is no fee for attending the workshop.

Structure of Presentations

Each session will last for two hours. There will be 3 paper presentations of 20 minutes each followed by 5 min comments from the discussant. The remainder will be open discussion and Q&A.

We will decide on the time for the sessions depending on which time zones the presenters are in. Therefore, the precise timing of each Friday session will be announced once the selection of papers has been made.

Since every paper presentation will be assigned a discussant, it is thus important to submit full papers two weeks before each workshop.

Queries

For any queries, please contact any of the workshop convenors: Dr Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk), Dr Randolph L Bruno (Randolph.bruno@ucl.ac.uk), Dr Elodie Douarin (e.douarin@ucl.ac.uk), Dr Gerhard Schnyder (G.Schnyder@lboro.ac.uk)    

Book Launch – Public Debate: The Depoliticisation of Greece’s Public Revenue Administration: Radical Change and the Limits of Conditionality

Location: Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, 50 Akadimias Street, Athens, Greece,

Date and Time: 17 February, 2020, 6pm

This is a launch event of the new book (published in English by Springer) authored by Dr Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos and Dr Passas Argyris. The book analyses the process of depoliticization of Greece’s public revenue administration promoted by its international lenders under the successive bailout agreements put in place since 2010. This is a key theme in public administration studies and beyond. This book helps readers understand the response to the eurozone crisis (especially, the conditionality of funding), Greece’s reform capacity with a focus on its tax administration, and the expansion of the scope of non-majoritarian institutions in Western democracies.

Keynotes and Participants

Dr Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Senior Lecturer of Politics, Birkbeck University of London, and Member of Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies, Birkbeck University of London

Mr George Pitsilis, Governor of The Greek Independent Authority for Public Revenue, Greece

Ms. Georgette Lalis, Former top official of the European Commission

Dr Franciskos Koutentakis, Lecturer in Economics, University of Crete and Head of the Greek Parliament’s Budget Office

Prof Calliope Spanou, Professor of Administrative Science, University of Athens, Greece

Call for Paper One-Day Workshop: Corruption, Rent-Seeking Behaviour and Informal Practices in Institutional Contexts

Thursday 11 June 2020

Loughborough University London

Here East – 3 Lesney Avenue

E20 3BS London

Organisers

Institute for International Management (Loughborough University London)

Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (Birkbeck University of London)

Centre for Comparative Studies of Emerging Economies (University College London)

This one-day WINIR-sponsored workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to improve our theoretical, empirical and methodological understanding of different aspects of corruption, rent-seeking behaviours, and informal practices within different institutional contexts. 

A general consensus exists that corruption and other forms of rent-seeking behaviour impose tremendous costs on society, because they reduce funds devoted to public goods including safety, social services, and infrastructure. They create economic distortions, lower economic growth, and increase inequality. From the institutional perspective, institutions – as rules and norms able to constrain and shape human interactions (Hodgson 2006; North, 1990) – should minimise these collective action problems by discouraging and penalising rent-seeking behaviours. Within the literature on individuals’ conformity and compliance to rules (broadly defined as social norms), emphasis has been placed on the study of the reasons why institutions designed to contain such behaviours fail to act as expected (Batory 2012). Across different social science disciplines a consensus is emerging that corruption and other forms of rent-seeking behaviours cannot be reduced to a lack of institutional quality.

This workshop aims to provide an ad-hoc research platform to further this debate. We are interested in work that sheds light on corruption and other forms of rent-seeking behaviours within different institutional and socio-cultural contexts from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective. The workshop also aims to explore different aspects of informality, the complementarities existing between informal practices and different forms of institutions, and the relational mechanisms linking informal practices and corruption.

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

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

  • Corruption and institutional quality/context
  • Determinants and/or consequences of corruption
  • Citizens’ attitudes towards rent-seeking behaviour
  • Informal practices, formal and informal institutions
  • Informal practices and corruption
  • Informal networks, social norms, and corruption
  • Trust, corruption and institutions
  • Corruption, tax evasion, and tax morale
  • Definitions and concepts of corruption

Keynote speakers

Prof Alena Ledeneva – Professor of Politics and Society, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL

Prof Mushtaq Khan – Professor of Economics, SOAS University of London & Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Consortium

Application Procedure

Please send a structured abstract (max. 500 words) or a full paper (if available and preferred by the submitters) by 1 April 2020 to G.Schnyder@lboro.ac.uk. The submission should be sent with “Corruption Workshop” in the subject line.

Structured abstracts need to adopt 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, please 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.

Please note that the format of the submission (structured abstract of full paper) will not affect the chances of being accepted. However, structured abstracts are expected to be the main format of submission and researchers submitting structured abstracts will not be treated less favourably than authors submitting full papers.

Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 21 April 2020.

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 expected to cover 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, i.e. 28 May 2020.

Queries

For any queries, please contact any of the workshop convenors: Dr Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk), Dr Randolph L Bruno (Randolph.bruno@ucl.ac.uk), Dr Elodie Douarin (e.douarin@ucl.ac.uk), Dr Gerhard Schnyder (G.Schnyder@lboro.ac.uk)    

Call for Paper: Strength in unity: Building alliances and networks for economic and social change

11th International Conference in Political Economy, Ferrara, Italy, 9-11 September 2020

Call for Papers – Panel organised by Social Capital Working Group

THEME: Strength in unity: Building alliances and networks for economic and social change

Asimina Christoforou, Athens University of Economics and Business

Luca Andriani, Birkbeck, University of London

In mainstream economics we often use the Robinson Crusoe metaphor. It represents the idealised economic man, the independent, industrious and self-sufficient man, who absolutely knows his needs and his surroundings; who rationally assesses his possibilities and makes choices; who seeks for novel ways to expand his potential; who conquers nature and defies backward-looking social checks; and who ingeniously combines all the means virtually available to him in order to increase personal prosperity and gratification. However, economists seem to be telling half of the story. Robinson Crusoe actually relied on the camaraderie of his fellowman Friday to deal with the obstacles they faced together, and he was only able to survive and progress by joining forces and associating with others.

 The self-serving aspects of economic man are far from reality and overlook the social and institutional dimensions of the economy. In fact, economic man is a social construct itself, which places markets over and above social values. In this session we wish to explore the collectives and networks people create to promote material well-being and restore substantive values of social and environmental protection. Examples of collectives include, among others, trade unions; environmental associations; worker-recuperated firms; commons and commoning; local communities; research and policy networks; public-private synergies; and social movements. How do these collectives emerge? What is their purpose? How do they evolve? How are they affected by history and culture? How can cooperation be achieved within and between collectives in view of conflicting interests and needs? These are questions we would like to address in the session.    

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). Participants can submit individual papers or organise sessions.

Please submit your proposal by March 15, 2020.

To submit a proposal, please go to the following Electronic Proposal Form (EPF), and carefully follow the instructions. You will need to select the Working Group “Social Capital”.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvbQBjXUW9Yu-U9uiPR9VDSim2ugP-eYugLori7nCOSXbZoQ/viewform

For general information about IIPPE, Working Groups, and the Conference: http://iippe.org/wp/

For queries and suggestions, you may contact Asimina Christoforou,Coordinator of the Social Capital Working Group: asimina.christoforou@gmail.com.

Public Debate: Capitalism and Markets: Has the state gone too far?

Organisers: Institute for International Management Loughborough University of London, Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS, Birkbeck)

Thursday 10th October 2019 – 6pm-8pm

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY LONDON

Institute for International Management

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

HERE EAST Building – Room 104

E20 3BS London

We are delighted to invite you to this debate bringing together two leading thinkers, Prof. Mark Pennington (King’s College London) and Prof. Geoffrey Hodgson (Loughborough University London), together to discuss the role of the state and markets in modern capitalism.

The economic roles of the market and the state have been fiercely debated for well over a century. With the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in 1991 and the introduction of market reforms in China in the 1980s, the balance of opinion seemed to shift toward markets. But the state still plays a major role in fast-developing economies, most notably in China. Furthermore, since the Great Crash of 2008, renewed doubt has been cast on the viability of market-led economic systems. Consequently, the role of the state and markets in modern economies is still very much a matter for vibrant dispute.

Prof. Pennington’s Robust Political Economy (https://bit.ly/2kFzfW3) approach revisits classical liberal theories to inform the current debate about the relationship between states markets, and civil society. He suggests that a more neutral assessment of modern capitalism that acknowledges ‘state failures’ as well as ‘market failures’ may lead to quite different policy implications for the ideal size of the state than the one-side focus on market failures. While state’s have an inevitable role to play, priority should always be given to institutions that allow for ‘exit’ at multiple scales.

Prof. Hodgson’s most recent book ‘Is Socialism Feasible?’ (https://bit.ly/2lJcBw2) argues that extended, large-scale state intervention is incompatible with democracy and that markets play an indispensable role in any modern economy. Drawing on ideas from the liberal social democratic tradition, Hodgson sees a role for worker-owned cooperatives, welfare states, a public sector, judiciously regulated markets, and a healthy civil society.

The attendance is free of charge even though booking is required ): https://bit.ly/2lLyUkV

For more details, please use the following linkhttps://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/news-events/events/capitalism-markets-2019/

CALL FOR PAPER Special Issue of the Journal of Institutional Economics: “Institutions and Culture in Economic Contexts”

Special Guest Editors

Luca Andriani (Birkbeck university of London, luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk)

Randolph Bruno (University College London, randolph.bruno@ucl.ac.uk)

Background

With this call, we explore the role of institutions, cultural traits, and cultural differences broadly defined on a variety of economic, social and institutional outcomes. The aim is to establish a dialogue between scholars of different disciplines who may interpret these concepts from different perspectives. We, thus, propose to ground the contributions submitted to this special issue in well-established conceptualisations of both culture and institutions, while leaving room for authors to operationalise the concepts as they see fit.

With this in mind, on the one hand we define institutions as “rules and norms able to constrain and shape human interactions as well as open up possibilities” (Hodgson 2006; North, 1990). On the other hand, the economic literature refers to culture as “those customary beliefs and values that ethnic, religious, and social groups transmit unchanged from generation to generation” (Guiso et al. 2006). In a wider perspective, culture is viewed as an important environmental factor consisting of a set of social-value orientations that distinguish the members of one group from those of another, shape collective preferences and individuals’ attitudes within a socio-economic and geographical space (De Jong 2009; Hofstede 1980; Schwartz, 2011).

The role of cultural aspects and their impact on organisational, market and business performance have been widely investigated in the context of managerial and business studies since the very seminal work of Hofstede in 1980 (Hofstede 1980).

Subsequent works have developed challenging and compelling critiques to the definition of culture proposed by Hofstede (e.g. McSweeney, 2002) as well as further approaches to the conceptualisation and measurement of cultural traits (Chanchani and Theivanathampillai, 2002; Inglehart and Baker, 2000; Kaasa et al. 2014; Kaasa 2015; Schnyder et al 2019; Taras et al., 2009; Voigt 2018). Similarly, culture, as a field of enquiry of relevance to economic and institutional outcomes, progressively gained attention in the broader economic literature and culminated with the emergence of New Cultural Economics as embodied in Guiso et al. (2006) and Tabellini (2008 and 2010). However, within the Institutional Economics, the interconnection between culture and institutions has been a recurrent, even though sometime latent, underlying theme. North (1990), for instance, argues that cultural traits such as sanctions, taboos, customs and traditions are informal constrains affecting individuals’ behaviour and actions. Hodgson (2006) relates the concept of culture to the interplay between formal and informal institutions within an expanding critical debate on the role of institutions in economics. Along with these two key references, a growing body of empirical and theoretical works has been showing that institutions and cultural factors matter on different economic and institutional performance (Acemoglu and Jackson 2017; Alesina and Giuliano 2015; Bruno et al. 2013; Douarin and Mickiewicz 2017; Edwards et al. 2019; Gorton et al. 2008; Greif 1994; Guiso et al 2006; Tabellini 2008, 2010; Williamson 2009). In this regard, in recent years, the Journal of Institutional Economics has provided a voice to pioneer empirical and conceptual works on the relationship between culture and different institutional and socio-economic aspects both in high income and developing countries (e.g. Andriani and Sabatini 2015; Berggren et al. 2019; Cruz-García and Peiró-Palomino 2019; Gerxhani and Van Breemen 2019; Herrmann-Pillath et al. 2019; Kyriacou and Lopez Velasquez 2015; Spranz et al. 2012; Tarabar 2019). However, in many circumstances, at present, culture and institutions are keywords belonging to two only partially converging research streams. Within this special issue, instead, we want to recognise a more systemic overlap between culture and informal institutions as being both social constructs, which are not formally enforced by others (Voigt, 2018). We also acknowledge significant challenges of interpretation, declination and delineation of the two concepts (Hodgson, 2006) especially when it comes to appropriate measurements (Voigt, 2018).

In other words, this special issue attempts to start filling this gap and to build an ad-hoc systemic platform for disseminating such a debate. To this purpose, we aim to bring together papers to improve the theoretical, empirical and methodological understanding of the role of institutions and culture in different geopolitical and socio-economic contexts as well as the role of economics in different institutional and cultural contexts. Particularly, we focus on how institutions and cultural aspects may provide contributions towards better understanding of economic outcomes. Contributions which can derive from individuals and social attitudes towards rent-seeking behaviours, corruption, tax evasion, and institutional trust, among others (Andriani 2016; Bruno 2019). We are also interested in studies investigating how cultural traits and institutions relate to different forms of economic and institutional performance. Hence, we invite contributions addressing issues including but not limited to:

  • Link between 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
  • Culture and Economic and/or Organisational Performance

Abstract Submission

We invite to submit an abstract of max 300 words by the 27th of January 2020 to luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk. The abstract should include correspondence email and affiliation and should include “Institutions and Culture in Economic Context in the subject line. Submitted abstracts need to be structured as follow:

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

Research Question/Issue: presentation of the focus and motivations of the paper, including relevant information regarding the link to culture and institutions and the definition and measurements chosen for these concepts.

Method: clarification of the methodological approach chosen, and data source, if the paper is conceptual/theoretical state the main framework your research builds on.

Key Findings/Insights: explanation of the findings or insights derived from the study. This section should highlight the contribution of the work to the broader literature.

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

The abstracts will be assessed by the guest editors of this special issue along with the Editors of the Journal of Institutional Economics. The authors will be notified by the 18th of February 2020 regarding the acceptance or rejection of the abstracts. We expect the final papers to be submitted no later than 5th of May 2020 directly to the Journal of Institutional Economics.

Please note that the acceptance of abstracts does not necessarily imply the acceptance of the paper for the special issue. All the paper submissions will go through the Journal of Institutional Economics regular review process and follow the standard norms and processes.

For any query, please contact any of the guest editors: Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk) and/or Randolph Bruno (randolph.bruno@ucl.ac.uk)    

References

Acemoglu, D. and M. O. Jackson (2017), “Social Norms and the Enforcement of Laws,” Journal of the European Economic Association, 15(2): 245–295.

Alesina, A. and P. Giuliano (2015), “Culture and Institutions,” Journal of Economic Literature, 53(4): 898–944

Andriani, L and Sabatini, F (2015) Trust and prosocial behaviour in a process of state capacity building: the case of the Palestinian Territories, Journal of Institutional Economics 11(4): 823-846

Andriani, L (2016) Tax Morale and Prosocial Behaviour: Evidence from a Palestinian Survey, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 40(3): 821-841

Berggren, N., Ljunge, M., & Nilsson, T. (n.d.). Roots of tolerance among second-generation immigrants. Journal of Institutional Economics, 1-18.

Bruno, R. L Bytchkova, M and Estrin S (2013), Institutional determinants of new firm entry in Russia: A cross-regional analysis, Review of Economics and Statistics 95 (5), 1740-1749      

Bruno, R. L. (2019), Tax enforcement, tax compliance and tax morale in transition economies: A theoretical model, European Journal of Political Economy

Chanchani S., Theivanathampillai P. (2002) Typologies of culture. University of Otago, Department of Accountancy and Business Law Working Papers Series, 04_10/02, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Cruz-García, P., & Peiró-Palomino, J. (2019). Informal, formal institutions and credit: Complements or substitutes? Journal of Institutional Economics, 15(4): 649-671.

De Jong E (2011) Culture, institutions and economic growth, Journal of Institutional Economics 7(4): 523-527

De Jong, E. (2009), Culture and Economics: On Values, Economics and International Business, New York, NY: Routledge

Douarin, L and Mickiewicz, T (2017) Economics of Institutional Change: Central and Eastern Europe Revisited, Palgrave Macmillan, London, Third Edition

Edwards, T Schnyder, G and Fortwengel, J (2019) Mapping the impact of home-and host-country institutions on human resource management in emerging market multinational companies: a conceptual framework, Thunderbird International Business Review 61 (3), 531-544

Gerxhani, K. and Van Breemen, J. (2019). Social values and institutional change: An experimental study. Journal of Institutional Economics 15(2): 259-280.

Gorton, M. Douarin, E. Davidova, S and Latruffe, L (2008) Attitudes to agricultural policy and farming futures in the context of the 2003 CAP reform: a comparison of farmers in selected established and new Member States, Journal of Rural Studies, 24(3): 322-336

Greif, A. (1994), ‘Cultural Beliefs and the Organization of Society: A Historical and Theoretical Reflection on Collectivist and Individualistic Societies’, Journal of Political Economy, 102: 912–950.

Guiso, L., P. Sapienza and L. Zingales (2006), “Does Culture affect Economic Outcomes? Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20(2): 23–48.

Herrmann-Pillath, C., Feng, X., & Guo, M. (n.d.). Entrepreneurs and ritual in China’s economic culture. Journal of Institutional Economics, 1-15.

Hodgson, G. M. (2006), ‘What are Institutions?’, Journal of Economic Issues, 40(1): 1–25 North, D. C. (1990), Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Hofstede, G. (1980), Culture’s Consequences: International Differences in Work-Related Values, Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications.

Inglehart, R., Baker, W. E. (2000) Modernization, cultural change, and the persistence of traditional values. American Sociological Review, 65(1, Special issue, Looking Forward, Looking Back: Continuity and Change at the Turn of the Millenium): 19–51.

Kaasa, A Vadi, M and Varblane, U (2014) Regional Cultural Differences Within European Countries: Evidence from Multi-Country Surveys, Management International Review 54: 825-852  

Kaasa, A (2015) Culture, religion and social capital: evidence from European regions, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 35(11/12) 772-794

Kyriacou, A. P. (2016), “Individualism-Collectivism, Governance and Economic Development,” European Journal of Political Economy, 42: 91–104.

Kyriacou, A. P. and F. J. López Velásquez (2015), “Inequality and Culture in a Cross-Section of Countries,” Journal of Institutional Economics, 11(1): 141–166.

McSweeney, B. (2002) Hofstede’s model of national cultural differences and their consequences: a triumph of faith – a failure of analysis. Human Relations, 55(1): 89–118.

Schnyder, G, Bothello, J, Nason, RS (2019) Institutional Voids and Organization Studies: Towards an epistemological ruptureOrganization Studies, 1-14

Schwartz, S. H. (2011) Values: Cultural and Individual. In: van de Vijver, F. J. R., Chasiotis, A., Breugelmans, S. M. (Eds.) Fundamental questions in cross-cultural psychology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 463-493.

Spranz, R Lenger, A and Goldschmidt, N (2012) The relation between institutions and cultural factors in economic development: the case of Indonesia, Journal of Institutional Economic 8(4): 459-488   

Tabellini, G. (2008), ‘Institutions and Culture’, Journal of the European Economic Association, 6: 255–294.

Tabellini, G. (2010), ‘Culture and Institutions: Economic Development in the Regions of Europe’, Journal of the European Economic Association, 8: 677–716

Tarabar, D. (2019) Does national culture change as countries develop? Evidence from generational cleavages Journal of Institutional Economics 15, 397-412

Taras, V., Rowney, J., Steel, P. (2009) Half a Century of Measuring Culture: Review of Approaches, Challenges, and Limitations Based on the Analysis of 121 Instruments for Quantifying Culture. Journal of International Management, 15: 357-373.

Voigt, S. (2018). How to measure informal institutions. Journal of Institutional Economics, 14, 1-22.

Williamson, C. (2009), ‘Culture Rule: Institutional Arrangements and Economic Performance’, Public Choice, 139: 371–387

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)

Overview

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 ssees-events@ucl.ac.uk

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 (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk), Dr Randolph L Bruno (Randolph.bruno@ucl.ac.uk), Dr Elodie Douarin (e.douarin@ucl.ac.uk) and Dr Gerhard Schnyder (G.Schnyder@lboro.ac.uk)

 

New Institutional Research Seminar: Understanding the Modern Business Corporation

Time: Wednesday 13 March 1pm

Location: Loughborough University of London, Room 2.05

Presentations

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 INFO:

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

 SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

To submit a proposal, please go to the IIPPE home page http://iippe.org/ and check “Submit proposal”. You will be transferred to the Electronic Proposal Form (EPF) located at https://afep-iippe2019.sciencesconf.org/. 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. 

GENERAL INFO:

For queries and suggestions, you may contact Asimina Christoforou, Coordinator of the Social Capital Working Group: asimina.christoforou@gmail.com.

For general information about IIPPE, Working Groups, and the Conference: http://iippe.org/wp/.

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 https://www.sfu.ca/~allen/