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Can social capital forge bonds and bridge differences to deal with inequalities?


Saturday, April 1, 2017

8th International Conference in Political Economy "The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century" will take place at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, Germany on September 13-15, 2017. The Social Capital Working Group is organizing the Panel "Can social capital forge bonds and bridge differences to deal with inequalities?". The deadline for proposal submission is April 1, 2017.

The conference is organized and sponsored by the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), the Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN), and the Berlin Institute for International Political Economy (IPE).


Call for papers

Asimina Christoforou (Athens University of Economics and Business) and  Luca Andriani (Birkbeck, University of London) invite papers to discuss how inequalities in the distribution of resources affect people’s access to social capital and how social capital can be used to address and overcome inequalities. It is often argued that societies which combine both bonding and bridging social capital, that is, strong ties within and across diverse groups may cultivate values and institutions for generalised participation which ensure everyone’s access to various resources for self-development and social welfare. On the other hand, the prevalence of bonding social connections without bridging may foster particularised interests that forge ties with powerful economic and political elites, leading to inequalities which compromise broader participation, development and welfare. In these cases, the solution may lie in the mobilisation and cooperation of private and public actors to bridge relationships across diverse groups and networks and create participatory values and institutions in the economy and society, which will support the redistribution of resources and reduce inequalities. These are hypotheses that need to be further theorised and empirically tested in order to uncover the relationship between social capital and inequalities.

They also encourage contributions that generally address the topic of social capital. We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).

Please submit your proposal by April 1, 2017.

To submit a proposal, please go to the following Electronic Proposal Form, and follow the instructions carefully. You will need to select the Working Group “Social Capital”. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvn0ZIEGLNtGtCck-WJvhLbTtm0kZkzAmKTNb9yxUjDrjtng/viewform

For general information about IIPPE, its Working Groups, and the Conference: http://iippe.org/wp/

For general information about CPERN: https://criticalpoliticaleconomy.net/

For general information about IPE: http://www.ipe-berlin.org/

If you have further queries, you may contact Asimina Christoforou, Coordinator of the Social Capital Working Group, at asimina.christoforou@gmail.com.

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