11-14 September 2014

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, UK

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It is now widely accepted that institutions, broadly defined as systems of established social rules, are key factors of social life. Institutions affect economic performance and human well-being. Although the nature and role of institutions are matters of active research in several academic disciplines, including (but not limited to) economics, history, law, philosophy, politics and sociology, there is a need for the development of shared understandings that can help promote creative conversations across disciplinary boundaries.

WINIR has been established to advance this agenda. Unconfined to any single discipline, WINIR welcomes contributions from any approach that can help us understand the nature and role of institutions.

The Inaugural WINIR conference was held on the grounds of the stunning Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, UK. The conference started in the afternoon of 11 September and finished on the morning of 14 September with a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Royal Observatory, home of the Greenwich prime meridian.

Keynotes lectures, representing five academic disciplines, were given by:

Geoffrey Ingham (University of Cambridge, sociology)
Timur Kuran (Duke University, economics)
Katharina Pistor (Columbia University, law)
 Barry Smith (SUNY Buffalo, philosophy)
Kathleen Thelen (MIT, politics)

Abstract submissions (400 words max.) from any discipline were welcome. Like for all WINIR events, submissions had to be explicitly about institutions (or organisations), and/or address institutional thought.

Submissions were evaluated by the WINIR Scientific Quality Committee, currently composed of: Peter Boettke (George Mason University, economics), Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge, law), Geoff Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire, economics), Timur Kuran (Duke University, economics), Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki, philosophy), Katharina Pistor (Columbia University, law), Sven Steinmo (European University Institute, politics), Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institute Cologne, sociology).

187 delegates from 37 countries attended this event. In accordance with WINIR policy, all conference participants were members of WINIR.

The conference was organised by Francesca Gagliardi (f.gagliardi@herts.ac.uk), David Gindis (d.gindis@herts.ac.uk) and Geoff Hodgson (g.m.hodgson@herts.ac.uk).

Generous support for the Inaugural WINIR Conference was provided by