8th International Conference in Political Economy
“The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century”
Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, Germany
September 13-15, 2017
International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)
Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN)
Berlin Institute for International Political Economy (IPE)
THEME: Can social capital forge bonds and bridge differences to deal with inequalities?
Asimina Christoforou, Athens University of Economics and Business
Luca Andriani, Birkbeck, University of London
We invite papers to discuss how inequalities in the distribution of resources affect people’s access to social capital and how social capital can be used to address and overcome inequalities. It is often argued that societies which combine both bonding and bridging social capital, that is, strong ties within and across diverse groups may cultivate values and institutions for generalised participation which ensure everyone’s access to various resources for self-development and social welfare. On the other hand, the prevalence of bonding social connections without bridging may foster particularised interests that forge ties with powerful economic and political elites, leading to inequalities which compromise broader participation, development and welfare. In these cases, the solution may lie in the mobilisation and cooperation of private and public actors to bridge relationships across diverse groups and networks and create participatory values and institutions in the economy and society, which will support the redistribution of resources and reduce inequalities. These are hypotheses that need to be further theorised and empirically tested in order to uncover the relationship between social capital and inequalities.
We also encourage contributions that generally address the topic of social capital. We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).
Please submit your proposal by April 1, 2017.
To submit a proposal, please go to the following Electronic Proposal Form, and follow the instructions carefully. You will need to select the Working Group “Social Capital”. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvn0ZIEGLNtGtCck-WJvhLbTtm0kZkzAmKTNb9yxUjDrjtng/viewform
If you have further queries, you may contact Asimina Christoforou at email@example.com, Coordinator of the Social Capital Working Group.