New economic sociology à la française. Encountering the field of “economics of conventions”.

Lisa Suckert (2017)

Review of Rainer Diaz-Bone (2015): Die “Economie des conventions”. Grundlagen und Entwicklungen der neuen französischen Wirtschaftssoziologie. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

European Journal of Sociology, 58(3), p. 498-505.

“Pierre Bourdieu, the greatest “export item” and patron saint of contemporary French sociology did not mince his words when expressing his dislike of “the Economics of Conventions, this void intersection of economics and sociology.” He despised the attempts of his students to disregard sociological structuralism and to instead explore the enigma of cooperation from a pragmatic perspective. Rainer Diaz-Bone, by contrast, author of this first comprehensive introduction to the économie des conventions or economics of conventions (EC), expresses a clear liking for this French strand of research. With over a decade of research dedicated to this approach and more than 30 publications on the topic, Diaz-Bone has been the major promoter of EC within the social sciences in German-speaking countries and, by extension, the English-speaking world […]”

Link to the review