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1. Dezember 2016 0:00

Universität Witten/Herdecke

Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50, 58448 Witten

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Wittener Institut für institutionellen Wandel

The Witten Institute for Institutional Change (WIWa) invites submissions of papers and organized sessions for the 3rd Witten Conference on Institutional Change. The 2016 Conference will focus on „Institutions in Development Research: New Buzzword or Real Impact?“. It will take place on 1st and 2nd December at Witten/Herdecke University in Witten, Germany.

In recent years, development experts have (re-)discovered the impact of institutions on development. A vast and quickly growing empirical literature seems to prove that the quality of institutions is one of the most important determinants of prosperity or poverty. That “institutions matter” has become common wisdom by now not only in academia but also in development organizations and in politics. However, development research and practice have both seen a long chain of buzzwords and concepts. All of these promised to provide the key to explaining the global problems of development and/or to olving them. Finally, all these buzzwords shared the same fate: Sooner or later they were replaced with other fashionable concepts. So, is institutions just a new buzzword or does the inclusion of the institutional dimension of development provide real and relevant insights?

The 3rd Witten Conference on Institutional Change intends to foster the inter-disciplinary discourse on the institutional dimension of development. Papers and session proposals from economics, sociology, philosophy and political science are equally welcome.

Key questions (non-exclusive) are:

What is the causal relationship between institutions and development? Do countries that improve their institutional framework experience higher incomes or do higher incomes facilitate institutional reform?
What kind of institutions matters most? How should “growth supporting” institutions be designed?
The role of institutions in development practice
Multidisciplinary approaches to institutions and development

We invite submissions for individual papers (400 words max.) or sessions with (800 words max.) from any relevant discipline addressing the institutional dimension of migration. Please send your abstracts to conference.wiwa@uni-wh.de.

Deadline for submission is 15th August 2016.

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