Call for papers related to the RESEARCH PROJECT 2017-2019 "Economic inequality in pre-industrial societies: causes and effects"

Call for papers related to the RESEARCH PROJECT 2017-2019
"Economic inequality in pre-industrial societies: causes and effects"
The results of this research project will be presented at Prato during the 51st Study Week (May 12th-15th 2019)

Recent interest in inequality has focused on its real or perceived effects on economic growth and social development, as opposed to past debates that concentrated more on the injustice of income inequality. Both scholars and policy makers are now asking how democratic and inclusive societies can function The OECD has expressed concerns about the negative effects on economic growth, while the UN is worried about the impact of inequality on social vulnerability, which may materialize directly in terms of people's participation in the economy, human capital formation , Or productive investments, or indirectly, through the growing leverage of the rich, the erosion of social cohesion and resilience, or even outbursts of conflict and unrest.
The insights offered by historical developments have been a major feature of these recent debates about inequality. Especially striking is the scholarly attention paid to pre-industrial periods in assessing the causes and effects of inequality; Indeed, few works postulate any fundamental divide between pre-industrial and industrial periods. This scholarship, however, tends to look at very long, grand developments, generally at a macro level, often defined as the 'nation-state' of the nineteenth century, a perspective that neglects the essential regional and local organization of the economy in The pre-industrial period. Figures at the level of national statistics by themselves do not say a lot, but a historical approach that contextualizes the inequality by reference to social relations, institutions, access to power, and the cultural or religious legitimation of power facilitates a better understanding of the mechanisms that Drive inequality and its effects.
The study week consists of four components:
I. Sources and methods;
II. Causes of economic inequality;
III. Effects of economic inequality on the economy;
IV. Effects of economic inequality on society.

Expected results
The results of the selected research for the project will be presented and discussed at Prato in the course of the Study Week 2019. After the discussion at the Weekly sessions, scholars may complete and revise their texts by 30 June 2019. All contributions received by the Institute will be subject to anonymous adjudication before publishing.

Call for papers
GScholars are invited to send their proposal by compiling an abstract that will be reviewed by the Scientific Council Committee.
The paper should represent an original contribution and either generally comparative or a specific case-study that speaks to the larger questions set out here.
Papers proposed by projects or collaborative groups that link scholars from different countries and institutions will be assessed with particular interest if they offer a comparative analysis in geographical or diachronic terms across two or more related research themes. We will also consider innovative session formats for these type of proposals.


The completed format must be received at the following address by 15 October 2017:
Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini”
Via ser Lapo Mazzei 37, I 59100 Prato, ITALY

The Scientific Council Committee will only take fully completed formats into consideration and will decide whether they have been accepted by January 2018, when authors of the selected proposals will be notified. Depending on the Institute’s financial resources, at least 25 scholars will be provided with hospitality at Prato for the Study Week. The Council may also invite up to 20 additional scholars to participate in the project without any right to hospitality or reimbursement.

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