Call for Papers

In their seminal article on 'credible commitment', North and Weingast argued that the establishment of parliamentary supremacy over public finance created an environment in which investors could rely upon the state to meet its financial promises. The Financial Revolution, upon which Britain's rise to great power status was founded, followed from this development. Recent revisionist scholarship has cast doubt on key tenets of the 'credible commitment' thesis. Our goal is not only to draw together revisionist scholarship on the 'credible commitment' thesis, but also to construct a new consensus on how trust in financial markets and institutions developed and why it endured. We would welcome papers from established scholars and especially new researchers. Postgraduate bursaries will be available. Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted to and the deadline for submissions is 15 October 2009. Prospective participants are encouraged to contact the organisers to register interest before submitting a full proposal.

Dates: 20 - 23 March 2010

Conference Organisers: D'Maris Coffman and Anne L. Murphy

call for papers: 15 October 2009; registration now extended to: 28 February 2010

Late Registrants: Anyone wishing to attend the conference should now contact
Anne Murphy
directly to enquire about places.


Click here for the Conference Programme