French Convention Theory

Articles relevant to French Convention Theory (see also the files attached below):


Boltanki Luc and Thévenot Laurent, 1999 ; The sociology of critical capacity; European Journal of Social Theory, 2 (3), 359:377.

Boyer Robert and André Orléan, 1992; How do conventions evolve?; Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 2, 165:177.

Orléan André, 1995; Bayesian interactions and collective dynamics of opinion: Herd behavior and mimetic contagion; Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 28 (2), 257-274.

Thévenot Laurent, 2001; Organised Complexity. Conventions of Coordination and the Composition of Economic Arrangements; European Journal of Social Theory, 4 (4), 405-425.

Thévenot Laurent, 2009; A View from Engagements; Postscript to the Special Issue: Governing Life by Standards; Social Studies of Science, Vol. 39, No. 5, p. 793-813.


Bibow Jörg, Paul Lewis and Jochen Runde, 2003; On convention: Keynes, Lewis and the French school; in Runde J. and S. Mizuhara (eds.), The Philosophy of Keynes' Economics. Probability, Uncertainty and Convention, Routledge: London, New York, 185-195.

Favereau Olivier, 2002; Conventions and régulation; in Boyer R. and Y. Saillard (eds.), Régulation theory: the state of the art, Routlege: London, 312:319.

Favereau Olivier and Emmanuel Lazega (eds.), 2003; Conventions and Structures in Economic Organization: Markets, Networks and Organizations; New Horizons in Institutional and Evolutionary Economics, Hodgson G. M., Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham (UK) - Northampton (MA, USA), 256 p.

Jagd Søren, 2004; Laurent Thévenot and the French Convention School. A Short Introduction; Economic Sociology. European Electronic Newsletter, 5 (3), 5 p.

Lesourne Jacques and André Orléan (eds.), 1998; Advances in Self-organization and Evolutionary Economics, The Brookings Institution, 424 p.

Morand Frédéric, 2006; Integrating concepts of institutions: a comparative introduction to Thévenot's conventions; IDARI working paper (submission in preparation to the Journal of Economic Methodology), Humboldt University of Berlin / Eco-innovation (Galway, Ireland) - RTD project QLRT-2002-02718 (IDARI), 40 p.

Orléan André, 2004; What is a collective belief?; in Bourgine P. and J.-P. Nadal (eds.), Cognitive Economics, Springer-Verlag: Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 199-212.

Orléan André, 1998; The Ambivalent Role of Imitation in Decentralised Collective Learning; in Lazaric N. and E. Lorenz (eds.), Trust and Economic Learning, Edward Edgar Publishing: Northampton, Cheltenham, 124:140.

Runde Jochen and Sohei Mizuhara (eds.), 2003; The Philosophy of Keynes' Economics. Probability, Uncertainty and Convention, Routledge, 288 p.

Thévenot Laurent, 2005; Convention School; in Beckert J. and M. Zafirovski (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology, Routledge: London. (see file attached below)

Thévenot Laurent, 2005; The Two Bodies of May 68: In Common, in Person; in Sica A. and S. Turner (eds.), The Disobedient Generation: Social Theorists in the Sixties, Forthcoming, Chicago University Press: Chicago, 12 p.

Thévenot Laurent, 2002; Conventions of Co-ordination and the Framing of Uncertainty; in Fullbrook Edward (ed.), Intersubjectivity in Economics., London, Routledge, pp.181-197. (see file attached below)

Thévenot Laurent, 2001; Legitimate Modes of Coordination in the 'Economics of Conventions'; in Fullbrook E. (ed.), Intersubjectivity in Economics, Routledge: London.

Thévenot Laurent, 2001; Pragmatic regimes governing the engagement with the world; in Schatzki T., K. Knorr-Cetina and E. v. Savigny (eds.), The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory, Routledge: London, 56-73.

Thévenot Laurent, Francois Eymard-Duvernay, Olivier Favereau, André Orléan and Robert Salais, 2005; Values, coordination and rationality: the economy of conventions; in Oleinik A. N. (ed.), The Institutional Economics of Russia's Transformation, Ashgate: Aldershot (UK), 21-44.



Dupuy Jean-Pierre, Francois Eymard-Duvernay, Olivier Favereau, André Orléan, Robert Salais and Laurent Thévenot, 1989; L'économie des conventions; Revue économique, 40 (2), 141:406.

Dupuy Jean-Pierre and Pierre Livet (eds.), 1997; Les limites de la rationalité. Tome 1: Rationalité, éthique et cognition (Colloque de Cerisy), La Découverte (Recherches): Paris, 451 p.

Orléan André (ed.), 2004; Analyse économique des conventions, Presses Universitaires de France - Quadrige: Paris, 435 p.

Orléan André (ed.), 1994; Analyse économique des conventions, Presses Universitaires de France: Paris, 403 p.

Orléan André, 1991; Logique walrasienne et incertitude qualitative : des travaux d'Akerlof et stiglitz aux conventions de qualité; Economies et sociétés, Serie PE, 14, 137:160 (accessed January).

Postel Nicolas, 2003; Les règles dans la pensée économique contemporaine; CNRS Economie, CNRS Editions: Paris, 260 p.

Salais Robert and Laurent Thévenot (eds.), 1986; Le travail. Marchés, règles, conventions, INSEE-Economica: Paris, 370.

Below are the pdf versions of two key documents on the topic, both by Laurent Thévenot -

TH_ConvSchool1.doc40 KB
TH_Intersub.doc80.5 KB