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SEMI-PLENARY SESSIONS
Economic sociology

Economics and sociology of conventions. A neopragmatist approach to inequalities and pluralities

From
June 30, 2021 9:00
to
June 30, 2021 10:30
Replay
Organizers

Jean-Michel Bonvin University of Geneva; Diaz-Bone Rainer, University of Lucerne

Speakers

• Peter Wagner, University of Barcelone.

• Philipp Batifoulier, University of Paris Sorbonne Nord)

• Jean-Michel Bonvin, University of Geneva

• Rainer Diaz-Bone, University of Lucerne

The approach of economics of convention (French “économie des conventions”) has been developed as an interdisciplinary and neopragmatist institutionalist approach since the 1980s. Today it has been established as an international foundation for the so called new social sciences, which focus on issues of justice, critique and value. One of the most important concepts is the concept of orders of justification, worked out by Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot (2006). This has been applied in many studies to everyday issues of justice, justification and correctness. One of the founders, Laurent Thévenot, worked on the neopragmatist development of these orders as regimes of engagement. Another, Robert Salais (together with collaborators) related the approach of EC to the capabilities-approach developed by Amartya Sen, with specific emphasis on notions such as informational basis of justice and objective positionality. Here the link between the question of economic institutions and welfare on the one hand and social justice on the other hand is the object under study. Instead of assuming what is the best (“efficient”) institutional design, EC has pointed to the needed plurality of institutional logics, which are the name-giving conventions. In many situations and fields (as labor markets), it has been proven that there is a reduction of fairness when the plurality of ways of recruiting are reduced (Eymard-Duvernay 2012). Recent works of EC focus on the interrelation of social justice and the COVID19 pandemic.

The planned semi-plenary will present lectures which presents EC’s main perspectives and results on the link of institutions, social coordination, valuation and social justice. Also, the contemporary situation of the pandemic will be a frame of reference of these lectures. The plenary will gather an international line up of scholars in the field.

Boltanski, Luc/Thévenot, Laurent (2006). On justification. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Eymard-Duvernay, François (ed.)(2012): Epreuves d’évaluation et chômage. Toulouse: Octarès Editions

Speakers: 

  • Peter Wagner, University of Barcelone.  
  • Philipp Batifoulier, University of Paris Sorbonne Nord)
  • Jean-Michel Bonvin, University of Geneva

Rainer Diaz-Bone, University of Lucerne