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Neo-structural economic sociology beyond embeddedness: relational infrastructures and social processes in markets and market institutions

Brailly, Julien and Comet, Catherine and Delarre, Sébastien and Eloire, Fabien and Favre, Guillaume and Lazega, Emmanuel and Mounier, Lise and Montes-Lihn, Jaime and Oubenal, Mohamed and Penalva-Icher, Elise and Pina-Stranger, Alvaro Neo-structural economic sociology beyond embeddedness: relational infrastructures and social processes in markets and market institutions. (2018) Economic sociology, 19 (3). 36-49. ISSN 1871-3351

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Official URL: https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/181300


In the context of the sophisticated division of labor in contemporary economies, a majority of individuals, organizations, and institutions participating in economic production, exchange, and consumption are thrust into open forms of competition imposed by contemporary capitalisms; in other words, neoliberal public authorities and global companies shaping the contexts and lives of smaller, less powerful actors. To dominate and/or survive, all have strong incentives to play complex games of cooperation among competitors. Along with capital, labor, and natural resources, cooperation among competitors is seen here as a “fourth factor of production.” The research program focusing on this phenomenon combines White’s perspective on production markets extended to the “Economie des Conventions” with a theory of collegiality as collective action among rival peers thus bringing together structure, culture, and agency (individual and collective) in a new way. In order to accomplish this, we define markets as both bureaucratic and collegial, and socio-economic relationships both as channels for heterogeneous resources and as symbolic commitments that have to build their credibility. These commitments are equivalent to a promise, an obligation, or a convention introducing time into the exchange of resources. They rely on social control and conflict resolution to make such commitments credible. Alvaro Pina-Stranger, Université de Rennes, CREM

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HAL Id:hal-02943019
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - EHESS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Formation de l'Enseignement Agricole - ENSFEA (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Sciences Po Paris - Institut d'études politiques - IEP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement - INRAE (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Paris Sciences & Lettres - PSL (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Caen Basse-Normandie (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Paris-Dauphine (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris - ENS Paris (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe - IRCAM (MOROCCO)
Other partners > Université de Lille (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Rennes 1 (FRANCE)
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