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Karl Polanyi

Karl Polanyi

Author: John Vail Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Economics

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Economics

Author: Julian Reiss, Conrad Heilmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics gives a comprehensive overview of key concepts in the field and provides a forum for its most important debates. These debates include the role of neuroeconomics, the foundations of decision and game theory, mechanisms, significance tests, capabilities, limits of markets, and Nudge policies. In each debate, one scholar presents a new lead article on a topical question in philosophy of economics, and up to three scholars write responses. Short overviews, written by the Handbook's editors, precede each debate, providing context and explaining key concepts. These overviews will best serve advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in philosophy, economics and neighboring disciplines, as well as scholars new to the field. The debates themselves will also interest researchers in philosophy and economics and in related fields.

Feminist Economics and Functional Finance

Feminist Economics and Functional Finance

Author: Zdravka (Wright State University, USA) Todorova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This path breaking new book builds on theories of social provisioning and functional finance to provide a new framework for feminist economics, while at the same time providing a brand new gender analysis of central current economic issues and policies, focusing on the USA, but also considering the global economy and the ongoing financial crisis. Zdravka Todorova demonstrates that all economic issues have gender dimensions and uses conventional ideas about money and government finance to show how economic theory itself is also intrinsically gendered. The result is an important new blend of ideas from Feminist and Post-Keynesian economics, two schools of thought that have previously been united only in passing.

Feminist Economics and Functional Finance

Feminist Economics and Functional Finance

Author: Zdravka (Wright State University, USA) Todorova Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This path breaking new book builds on theories of social provisioning and functional finance to provide a new framework for feminist economics, while at the same time providing a brand new gender analysis of central current economic issues and policies, focusing on the USA, but also considering the global economy and the ongoing financial crisis. Zdravka Todorova demonstrates that all economic issues have gender dimensions and uses conventional ideas about money and government finance to show how economic theory itself is also intrinsically gendered. The result is an important new blend of ideas from Feminist and Post-Keynesian economics, two schools of thought that have previously been united only in passing.

New Perspectives on the Economics of Ronald H. Coase

New Perspectives on the Economics of Ronald H. Coase

Author: Matthias (University of Keele, UK) Klaes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Ronald Coase is widely recognised as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. In this new volume, Matthias Klaes argues that Coase is a self-styled disciplinary renegade, whose aim for the past four decades has been to re-orient the shape and practice of modern economics. This book will provide an account of the alternative economics present in Coase's work, offering a balanced analysis of the full breadth of his writings over eight decades. The book starts by introducing the reader to the key features of late 19th century neoclassical economics, in particular as it emerged through the Marshallian and Austrian traditions, and as it was taken up in applied fields such as commerce and business studies. Building on these conceptual roots, it will offer the reader an analytical reconstruction of Coase's work as a strand of modern historical economics presently not properly recognised or acknowledged as such in the discipline, taking the full corpus of Coase's writings into account. This contemporary history of economic thought perspective on Coase's work will offer the basis for four policy case studies. These will illustrate how the analytical framework of historical economics thus recovered from Coase's work can be applied to the economics of intellectual property rights, the political economy of Europen Monetary Union, the economic governance of carbon trading, and Chinese economic reform. The book also explores the issue of the value and relevance of the history of economics to economic analysis and its applications, and the book as a whole will serve as a demonstration of a possible answer to that question.

Gandhian Economics and the Rethinking of Economic Theory and Policies

Gandhian Economics and the Rethinking of Economic Theory and Policies

Author: Roberto (University of Torino, Italy) Burlando Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The collapse of the current system has been caused by the progressive degeneration of many of our democratic institutions and ideals and only a regeneration of them can change the course of events. But this is not an easy task and a first necessary step in this direction is a change in the approach and values that shape mainstream thinking in economics. Gandhian economics offers a more humanistic approach to economics which points to broader and higher values. Its reflections on the true aims of life and on the basic principles of proper living in family and society can act as a catalyst and contribute to the building of an alternative economics. Gandhian economics requires methodological and ethical perspectives that go well beyond the still prevelant forms of reductionism and this book stresses the links between Gandhian economics and both the systemic approach and the rebuttal of ethical individualism in favour of a combination of deontological and virtue approaches. The book also examines alternative economic and social policies informed by the classical Gandhian distinction between different functions of goods and the different role of their markets. These policy discussions focus in particular on the real (as opposed to induced) needs of people, particularly families and local communities, and on their technological and consumption choices. This book also considers the intersections between Gandhian economics and the works of Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Elinor Ostrom and others to demonstrate the contribution that Gandhian economics has made, and can continue to make, to the psychology of economics, economics of happiness and well-being, sustainability economics, and more.

Social and Economic Cohesion in Diverse Societies

Social and Economic Cohesion in Diverse Societies

Author: Marlene (University of Johannesburg) De Beer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Social cohesion, as an academic concept and as the objective of education and social policy and practice is of considerable interest. Though, there seems to be a confusion about the meaning, conceptual developments, theoretical foundations and models emerging around social cohesion. As societies evolves, the challenge of what holds us together when everything else seems to be pulling us apart, increases (e.g. inequalities, discrimination, injustices, violence, conflict, war). Education is often also seen and used as a tool for both around the world This book will contribute to social cohesion knowledge generation in the following ways: Social cohesion is an emerging and contested field and understanding the concept is important for educational and social sciences theorists and practitioners. Important insights could be gained from analyzing the theoretical and philosophical assumptions that frame the concept social cohesion and its interrelatedness with education. A careful examination of social cohesion models emerging could yield insights for social sciences practitioners, educators and policy developers in formal and in-formal settings. Provide a basis for developing potential future social cohesion educational programmes and interventions rooted in a theoretical framework congruent with the aspirations of a social cohesion discourse and contributes to theory building in the field of social cohesion. Contribute to a more balanced, integrated and holistic representation of social cohesion conceptual and model developments around the world and how it relates and potentially influence education, educational policy and transformation to create more socially cohesive alternative futures for the greater good.

New Institutional Economics as Situational Logic

New Institutional Economics as Situational Logic

Author: Piet (University of Twente, the Netherlands) de Vries Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

New Institutional Economics is increasingly involved in questioning the basic assumptions of economic theory but rather than being a homogenous field it encompasses a particularly broad domain of theories which vary in approach, research object, and methodology. In particular the concept of rationality is a rich source of dispute. In fact, the history of New Institutional Economics presents a bifurcation between on the one hand approaches which are reminiscent of the old Institutional Economics, and on the other hand, types of NIE theories which opt for analytical strength by limiting the theoretical variables. This bifurcation generates a host of methodological issues. For instance, what is the analytical consequence of assuming bounded rationality? What is a theorist's ambition in explaining reality? Adjacent to the methodological issues, the variety of New Institutional Economics approaches raises epistemological issues, in particular about the nature of social reality. In this respect, the application of a phenomenological view of social reality and social sciences offers promising insights regarding the theoretical evolution of New Institutional Economics. This book offers a methodological-epistemological treatise arguing for the positioning of New Institutional Economics as situational logic; i.e., an economic theory which formulates and studies single-exit situations which face the economic actor. This point of view underlines the attractiveness of the analytical strength of economic theory, simultaneously paying attention to human beings' institutional reality. Ultimately, this book presents a critical appraisal of New Institutional Economics theories based on a substantiated methodological perspective that effectively navigates the theorist between realism and rigor.

Understanding Commercial Life

Understanding Commercial Life

Author: Virgil (George Mason University, USA) Storr Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Understanding Commercial Life

Understanding Commercial Life

Author: Virgil (George Mason University, USA) Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Author: Daniel (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) Hjorth, Robin Holt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Entrepreneurship: A Philosophical Investigation is ground-breaking in the sense that it is the first attempt in the discipline at developing a philosophy of entrepreneurship. It builds on a curious sympathy between entrepreneurship and philosophy: whereas philosophy takes thinking to the limit of thought, one could imagine entrepreneurship as taking (commercial and social) action to the limit of established practice. Both are driven by an urge to create the conditions for newness to emerge by understanding the nature of current conditions; they work from within not without. Newness, which in the case of entrepreneurship is often understood as new value, is central for both philosophy and entrepreneurship; especially for a philosophy concerned with entrepreneurship. The philosophy invoked is that of ordinary language and social philosophy, interested in language, force, time, openness and potentiality. The book will not keep philosophy and entrepreneurship separate, rather it establishes a conversation with entrepreneurship research via the key concepts that have animated the establishment of entrepreneurship as a new field or discipline in business schools, policy circles (and beyond) during the last three decades. Aimed at researchers and academics in the fields of both Entrepreneurship and Philosophy, Entrepreneurship: A Philosophical Investigation illustrates the result of such rethinking in relation to the discussion of value and the creation of such through production and trade. The latter part of the books is therefore a study of value and entrepreneurial value, philosophically re-thought.

Progress through Regression

Progress through Regression

Author: Jeff E. (Michigan State University) Biddle Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

The Cobb-Douglas regression, a statistical technique developed to estimate what economists called a 'production function', was introduced in the late 1920s. For several years, only economist Paul Douglas and a few collaborators used the technique, while vigorously defending it against numerous critics. By the 1950s, however, several economists beyond Douglas's circle were using the technique, and by the 1970s, Douglas's regression, and more sophisticated procedures inspired by it, had become standard parts of the empirical economist's toolkit. This volume is the story of the Cobb-Douglas regression from its introduction to its acceptance as general-purpose research tool. The story intersects with the histories of several important empirical research programs in twentieth century economics, and vividly portrays the challenges of empirical economic research during that era. Fundamentally, this work represents a case study of how a controversial, innovative research tool comes to be widely accepted by a community of scholars.