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Convention Theory, classification and quantification

Konventionentheorie, Klassifikation und Quantifizierung
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Diaz-Bone, Rainer


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Abstract The article presents the main contributions of the French approach of economics of convention (EC) to the analysis of classifications and quantifications. Here, Alain Desrosières has delivered many outstanding contributions. The article shortly presents the approach of EC. Conventions are socio-cognitive resources actors rely on to achieve shared interpretations, evaluations and valuations of situations and the value of objects, persons and actions. Also, the interpretation of institutions has to apply conventions. Conventions with semantic content and without semantic content are compared, and the different scopes of convention-based coordination (in time and space) are discussed. Also the conception of a political economy of classification and quantification is presented. At the end of the article, a typology of situations of classifications and quantifications is introduced.
Keywords quantification; France; classification; convention; institution; neoliberalism; social process; theory of institutions; institutional economics; research approach
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords Desrosières, Alain
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 48-71
Journal Historical Social Research, 41 (2016) 2
Issue topic Conventions and quantification - transdisciplinary perspectives on statistics and classifications
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike