WINIR Conference on Institutions & The Future of Global Capitalism

The twenty-first century will see major disruptions to the global balance of politico-economic power. China will soon become the world’s largest economy; India is another rising giant. These and other developments – including growing inequality in several major economies – contest the Western institutional model of economic development and mount new institutional challenges at the global level. There is a recognised need for new or enhanced international orders, to sustain peace and international trade, as well as to address the problem of climate change. Meanwhile, an extended period of global integration has fuelled local discontent and led to a rise of nationalism and separatism. The international challenges of the twenty-first century place institutional development and reform at the top of the agenda.

Organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Fifth WINIR Conference will explore these institutional challenges. 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. Submissions on other aspects of institutional research are also welcome, with preference to those that relate to WINIR’s aims and research priorities.

The conference will open on the afternoon of Friday 14 September 2018 and end with a dinner on the evening of Sunday 16 September. Delegates will depart on Monday 17 September. The Friday sessions will be held on the CUHK's attractive campus in the New Territories district. On Saturday and Sunday the conference will be held in the heart of the Central district of Hong Kong.

Keynotes lectures will be given by: Xu Chenggang (University of Hong Kong, economics), Justin Yifu Lin (National School of Development, economics) and Linda Weiss (University of Sydney, politics).

All abstract submissions must be in English, but on this occasion presenters will be allowed to present their papers in English or Chinese. Chinese- and English-speaking streams will run in parallel in the breakout sessions. Authors wishing to present their paper in Chinese must indicate this during the online abstract submission process.

The abstract submission deadline is 10 March 2018. Submit an abstract here.

Submissions (300 words max.) will be evaluated be evaluated by the WINIR Scientific Quality Committee: Bas van Bavel (Utrecht University, history), Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge, law), Geoff Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire, economics), Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki, philosophy), Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School, law), Sven Steinmo (European Univeristy Institute, politics), Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institute Cologne, sociology), Linda Weiss (University of Sydney, politics).

Organising subcommittee: David Donald (, Francesca Gagliardi (, David Gindis (, Geoff Hodgson (, Klaus Nielsen (, Katharina Pistor (

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