Property rights are a central institutional feature of all politico-economic systems where markets play a major role, and a key item of political controversy between liberal and socialist positions. The role of property rights in matters ranging from interpersonal exchange and power to innovation and
economic development is debated across several academic disciplines, including economics, history, law, politics, philosophy and sociology. The growing importance of intellectual and other intangible property in modern capitalism has further provoked important ongoing theoretical and policy discussions, part of which revolves around the very meaning of property as opposed to possession.
Bringing together internationally leading institutional researchers from several disciplines, the WINIR Symposium on Property Rights, hosted by Bristol University's Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, will address these and other related issues.
Keynotes lectures, representing three academic disciplines, will be given by:
Benito Arruñada (Pompeu Fabra University, economics)
Gunnar Heinsohn (University of Bremen, sociology)
Larissa Katz (University of Toronto, law)
Abstract submissions from any discipline are welcome.