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Handbook of Economics and Sociology of Conventions

  • Provides a two-volume overview of the economics and sociology of conventions (EC/SC)

  • Contains entries written by a global list of experts in institutional analysis

  • Presents a transdisciplinary heterodox approach to economic science and social science

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About this book

This handbook provides a thorough introduction to the economics and sociology of conventions (EC/SC). With its origins in French structuralism and sociological pragmatism, EC/SC is a heterodox approach which focuses on the study of economic conventions as socio-cultural frames through which economic actors must coordinate, interpret, and evaluate their actions. Intrinsically interdisciplinary, EC/SC has a range of applications from economics, statistics, economic sociology, educational sociology, the analysis of different kinds of markets, the study of culture, politics, law, geography, history, the political economy of health, agricultural economics, to urban studies and many others. This approach integrates the experience of many scientific fields and combines a full range of quantitative and qualitative methods that would otherwise be separated in traditional analysis.

This handbook presents the concepts, methodologies, studies and achievements of EC/SC for an international and multidisciplinary readership, gathering contributions from a diverse panel of leading institutionalist scholars. This handbook is appropriate for students and researchers interested in learning more about this transdisciplinary practice in institutional analysis.


  • economics of convention
  • economic sociology
  • convention theory
  • economic theory
  • pragmatism
  • structuralism
  • justification

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

    Rainer Diaz Bone

  • University of Lille, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France

    Guillemette de Larquier

About the editors

Rainer Diaz-Bone is professor of sociology at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). He received his PhD in sociology at the University of Trier (Germany) and his habilitation at the Free University of Berlin (Germany). 

Guillemette de Larquier is professor of economics at the University of Lille (France). She received her PhD and habilitation in economics at Paris Nanterre University (France).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Economics and Sociology of Conventions

  • Editors: Rainer Diaz Bone, Guillemette de Larquier

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Economics and Finance, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Topics: Labor and Population Economics, Heterodox Economics, Economic Sociology