Joint research unit 7235

Franck Bessis – Conventions, regulations and the dynamics of institutions

Franck Bessis
(EconomiX)

Conventions, regulations and the dynamics of institutions

Monday 11th december 2006 – 9h30
Université Paris X Nanterre,
salle des conférences,
au rez-de-chaussée du bâtiment K.

Abstract :

This work aims to link up two French approaches to economic phenomena on the question of institutional dynamics: the “économie des conventions” and the “theorie de la régulation”. First, I examine and sum up each theory. Both agree on the decisive role played by politics in the process of elaborating and changing rules. However, they clearly go against each other about the format and the content of these political arbitrations. Secondly, I elaborate a synthesis. I put forward a common theory of convention which accounts for an agent simultaneously following and changing the rules. This theory of action is used to elaborate a general model of coordination explaining the dynamics of institutions.

JEL codes : C15 – C34 – D63 – I11 – I18 – J11

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