10-13 September 2015

Hotel Windsor Atlantica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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While economic development depends on investment and technology, it is now widely accepted that appropriate political, legal, economic and other social institutions have also to be in place. But there is less agreement on what those institutions (broadly defined as systems of established social rules) may be, especially at different stages of the process of economic development. There are also ongoing debates about whether globalization is leading to institutional convergence, or whether national institutional diversity can be maintained.

The Second WINIR Conference, organized with the assistance of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), will bring together leading scholars from multiple disciplines and theoretical approaches to help develop the ongoing conversation about these and other vital institutional issues.

The conference was held in the Hotel Windsor Atlantica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference started on the afternoon of 10 September and ended on the evening of 12 September with a gala dinner. There was be an optional tour on 13 September.

Keynotes lectures, representing three academic disciplines, were be given by:

Ricardo Crespo (Austral University, philosophy)
Dani Rodrik (Harvard University, economics)
Viviana Zelizer (Princeton University, sociology)

The conference also featured a round table with:
Leonardo Burlamaqui (UERJ), Geoffrey M. Hodgson (Hertfordshire), Kathatina Pistor (Columbia)


Abstract submissions from any discipline (300 words max.) were welcome. All abstracts had to be explicitly about institutions (or organisations) and/or institutional thought.

Submissions were evaluated by the WINIR Scientific Quality Committee, currently comprising: 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).

203 delegates from 38 countries attended this conference.

The conference was organised by Ana Célia Castro (castro.anacelia@gmail.com), David Dequech (ddequech@gmail.com), Francesca Gagliardi (f.gagliardi@herts.ac.uk), David Gindis (d.gindis@herts.ac.uk) and Geoff Hodgson (g.m.hodgson@herts.ac.uk). Invaluable logistic support was provided by Vinny Logan and Caetano Penna.

Generous support for the WINIR Conference on Institutions, Development & Globalization was provided by