Integrating concepts of institutions: a comparative introduction to Thévenot's conventions

Working Paper 2

Morand Frédéric, 2006; Integrating concepts of institutions: a comparative introduction to Thévenot's conventions (WP2);  IDARI Working Paper,  (May),  Eco Innovation / Humboldt University of Berlin - RTD project QLRT-2002-02718, (www.eco-innovation.net/integrating-concepts); Galway (Ireland), 30 p.

(under revision - available upon request)


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Abstract

Institutions that matter to sustainable development are diverse but accounting for this diversity is challenging. I attempt to conceptualise this diversity in an integrative framework drawing on Thévenot's concept of convention. General aspects of the French Convention School with regard to knowledge, rationality and reflexivity are first highlighted. I then introduce Thévenot's conventions and the other regimes of engagement that support them: familiarity and planned action. I examine how concepts of institutions from Williamson and North deal with institutional integration. This comparison cast light on the double integration permitted by Thévenot's model. I stress important implications and perspectives with regard to further conceptual comparison and empirical application.

 


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