WINIR Conference on "Institutions for Inclusive Societies: Global & Comparative Perspectives"

The rise of new growth poles and the emergence of new global institutional dynamics are challenging the old divide between the developed and developing world. At the same time as a majority of the world population have experienced improved living standards, there seems to be rising popular discontent with globalization as economic inequalities both between and within nations are rising throughout most of the world.

As many now question whether globalization is compatible with inclusive societies, we must ask what lessons may be drawn from previous waves of globalization. What can be learned from the institutional changes involved in terms of both economic development and the distribution of the effects of globalization on the standards of living and capabilities of people? We must also ask if inclusive institutional strategies such as a renewed role of the welfare state can play an active role in contemporary societies.

Organised in collaboration with the Department of Economic History at Lund University, Sweden, the Sixth WINIR Conference will explore these and related issues. Contributions from any academic discipline or theoretical approach that address the challenges and dynamics of the economic, political, legal and social institutions of our time are welcome.

The conference will open on the afternoon of Thursday 19 September 2019 and end with a dinner on Saturday 21 September. Delegates may stay for a guided tour on Sunday 22 September. Thursday sessions will be held in the historic city centre and the following two days will be held in the Ideon Science Park.

Keynotes lectures will be given by:

Deepa Narayan (independent advisor)
Sheilagh Ogilvie (Cambridge University)
Bo Rothstein (Gothenburg University)

A call for individual papers will open in December 2018.

In the meantime, we invite proposals for sessions that explore the role institutions play in linking equality of opportunity with greater access to education, public goods, markets, and broader political participation. Session proposals that encompass global and/or comparative perspectives are particularly welcome. We also invite sessions proposals on any other aspects of institutional research, with a strong preference for those that relate to WINIR’s aims and research priorities.

Four-paper session proposals should be made online and include: an outline of the session topic (200 words max.), the titles of the four papers, and a list of their authors. Authors of each paper will be invited to submit abstracts individually. Session proposals with missing abstracts will not be considered.

Complete session proposals must be received by 14 December 2018. Notifications will be sent to session proposers in early January 2019.

All submissions to WINIR events must be explicitly about institutions or institutional thought, and are evaluated by the WINIR Scientific Quality Committee: Bas Van Bavel (Utrecht, history), Geoff Hodgson (Loughborough, economics), Uskali Mäki (Helsinki, philosophy), Katharina Pistor (Columbia, law), Sven Steinmo (EUI, Politics) Wolfgang Streeck (MPIfG, sociology), Linda Weiss (Sydney, politics).

Organising subcomittee: Tobias Axelsson (, Francesca Gagliardi (, David Gindis (, Geoff Hodgson ( and Bas van Bavel (

We look forward to receiving your proposal.

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