Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 40 (2015), 1

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Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 40 (2015), 1
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Law and Conventions

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Janssen, Philip Jost

Rainer Diaz-Bone, Claude Didry & Robert Salais (Eds.): Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective

The institutional approach of economics of convention (in short, EC) has been established in France over the last three decades and since then received growing international recognition. From its beginnings, EC has introduced a pragmatic as well as a historical perspective on economic coordination and economic institutions. Also, EC has included law in its analysis from the start. EC conceives law not as an external constraint, but as internal to action and coordination open to interpretive and situational adoption by competent actors. Consequently, for the socio-historical analysis of law, EC analyzes the meaning of law from the standpoint of actors which rely in their coordination on conventions. This HSR Special Issue demonstrates that the approach of EC in the socio-historical analysis of law can be a real transdisciplinary alternative to approaches such as “Law & Economics” or economic neo-institutionalism.

Pascal Schillings & Alexander van Wickeren (Eds.): Spaces – Objects – Knowledge. An Integrative Perspective on Recent Turns in Historical Research

How could we create more complex images of historical processes of knowledge production? The answer that the contributions to this HSR Focus offer to this question is: By combining concepts that have until now frequently been applied separately. Integrating approaches suggested by the material as well as the spatial turn, the articles in this HSR Focus discuss three exemplary constellations in which new knowledge is generated: Objects producing spaces, objects circulating through different spaces, and musealized objects.

Furthermore, this HSR contains a Mixed Issue.

Abstracts of all contributions are available on our website <http://www.gesis.org/hsr/>. For orders, please contact <hsr-order@gesis.org>.



SPECIAL ISSUE – Law and Conventions

Rainer Diaz-Bone, Claude Didry & Robert Salais
Conventionalist’s Perspectives on the Political Economy of Law. An Introduction. p. 7.

Rainer Diaz-Bone
Institutionalist and Methodological Perspectives on Law – Contributions of the Economics of Convention. p. 23.

Claude Didry
The Institutional Foundations of “Labor Conventions” in France between the Wars. p. 42.

Christian Bessy
The Dynamics of Law and Conventions. p. 62.

Michela Barbot
When the History of Property Rights Encounters the Economics of Convention. Some Open Questions Starting from European History. p. 78.

Frédéric Marty
Towards an Economics of Convention-Based Approach of the European Competition Policy. p. 94.

Edward Lorenz
Work Organization Conventions and the Declining Competitiveness of the British Shipbuilding Industry, 1930-1970. p. 112.

Lisa Knoll
The Hidden Regulation of Carbon Markets. p. 132.

Noel Whiteside
Who were the Unemployed? Conventions, Classifications and Social Security Law in Britain (1911-1934). p. 150.

Simon Deakin
Juridical Ontology: The Evolution of Legal Form. p. 170.

Robert Salais
Europe, Laboratory for A-Democracy? p. 185.

FOCUS – Spaces-Objects-Knowledge

Pascal Schillings & Alexander van Wickeren
Towards a Material and Spatial History of Knowledge Production. An Introduction. p. 203.

Pascal Schillings
First at the South Pole. The Production of Geographical ‘Matters of Fact’ during the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-12. p. 219.

Daniel Brandau
Demarcations in the Void: Early Satellites and the Making of Outer Space. p. 239.

Esther Helena Arens
Flowerbeds and Hothouses: Botany, Gardens, and the Circulation of Knowledge in Things. p. 265.

Anna Maerker
Towards a Comparative History of Touch and Spaces of Display: The Body as an Epistemic Object. p. 284.

Jakob Vogel
Stony Realms: Mineral Collections as Markers of Social, Cultural and Political Spaces in the 18th and Early 19th Century. p. 301.


Maja Suderland
Die Sozioanalyse literarischer Texte als Methode der qualitativen Sozialforschung oder: Welche Wirklichkeit enthält Fiktion? (Review Essay). p. 323.

Hermann Wentker, Jörn Retterath, Sven Keller & Petra Weber
Mehrfachbesprechung Ulrich Herbert: Geschichte Deutschlands im 20. Jahrhundert, München. 2014. p. 351.

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