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Using historical and recent case studies as well as behavioral experiments, the author shows how well-designed incentives can encourage the civic motives on which good governance... Read more
Samuel Bowles directs the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute and is the author of Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions, and Evolution; A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution (with Herbert Gintis);andThe New Economics of Inequality and Redistribution.
Why do humans, uniquely among animals, cooperate in large numbers to advance projects for the common good? Contrary to the conventional wisdom in biology and economics, this generous and civic-minded behavior is widespread and cannot be explained simply by far-sighted self-interest or a desire to help close genealogical kin....
Presents an introduction to modern microeconomic theory. This book develops a theory of how economic institutions shape individual behavior, and how institutions evolve due to individual actions, technological change, and chance events. It addresses institutional innovation, social preferences, nonmarket social interactions, and social capital.
This work questions the extent to which the American Constitution furthers democratic goals. It reveals the Constitution's potentially antidemocratic elements and explains why they are there, compares the American constitutional system to other democratic systems, and more.
Explores the status and authority of law and the nature of political allegiance through close readings of three classic Hollywood Westerns: Howard Hawks' "Red River" and John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "The Searchers". The author treats these films as sophisticated mythic accounts of a key moment in American history.
Incorporating the latest results from behavioral economics and microeconomic theory, Samuel Bowles argues that conventional economics has mistakenly presented inequality as the price of progress. In place of this view, he offers a novel and optimistic account of the possibility of a more just economy.
Looks at the ways the global form of capitalism affects our lives. This book analyzes how changes in work ethic, in our attitudes toward merit and talent, and in public and private institutions contributes to 'the spectre of uselessness'. It concludes with suggestions to counter this disturbing culture.
Taking John Stuart Mill's famous 1859 essay "A Few Words on Non-Intervention" as his starting point, the author addresses the thorny issue of when a state's sovereignty should be respected and when it should be overridden or disregarded by other states in the name of humanitarian protection, national self-determination, or national security.
Peter M. Lichtenstein believes that any social-economic theory of capitalism must begin with a theory of value and price. Dismissing the neoclassical school, he turns to post-Keynesian and Marxian economics with their coherent and consistent theories of value and price based on concrete objective circumstances. The development of these theories in the author's aim because he believes that this...
German industry in particular is a central focus for studying technical and organizational changes in industry due to its pivotal position in international markets, its technological sophistication and its well-established training systems....
Though Cannan, in his early years as an economist, was a critic of classical economics and an ally of interventionists, he moved sharply to the side of classical liberalism in the early 20th century. In this book, originally published in 1929 Edwin Cannan discussed in comparative terms the general problems of economics and in particular the theories of production, value and distribution and the...
This book, first published in 1987, is an attempt to explain Adam Smith's theory of property. The author examines Smith's theory in the context of The Wealth of Nations, and explores what Smith said, what he really meant, and what can be logically deduced from it. This title will be of interest to students of economic thought.
A major participant in the influential Tel Quel group in France, Jean-Joseph Goux here offers a bold reevaluation of both the Marxist economic model and the Freudian concept of the unconscious. Symbolic Economies makes available for the first time in...
The central claim of this book is that the dichotomy between economic dependence and economic independence is completely inadequate for describing the political challenges faced by contemporary capitalist welfare states.
Economics is a broken science, living in a kind of Alice in Wonderland state believing in multiple, inconsistent, things at the same time. This book explains how the ideas of Darwin and Harvey could revolutionise economics, making it more scientific and understandable, and might even reveal the true origin of economic growth and inequality.
In Wealth and Justice, Arthur C. Brooks and Peter Wehner provide an overview of the history of capitalism in contrast to other economic systems, answer vital questions about the relationship between the free market system and moral character, and explore how the good in human nature can animate capitalism for the betterment of all.
The papers collected in this book, first published in 1990, represent the edited proceedings of a conference held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Piero Sraffa's Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities. In arranging the conference, and subsequently during the editing of the papers, great care has been taken to invite scholars of different schools of thought to...
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