Category Archives: Art

R.I.P. James March — “Success”

James G. March — a distinguished social scientist, great master of organisational and institutional theory, inspiring and towering intellectual, wonderful man, has passed away.  His voluminous, cross-generational, multi-topical, interdisciplinary, exceptionally influential scholarship does not need presentation — which is certainly the best … Continue reading

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The Melodramatic Side of Political Economy

Miss Prism: “Cecily, you will read your Political Economy in my absence. The chapter on the fall of the Rupee you may omit. It is somewhat too sensational. Even these metallic problems have their melodramatic side.” Cecily [Picks up books and throws … Continue reading

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Galore Money fills our body to the brim, creates our shape, our taste, the so-called self-esteem. The shiny teeth earmark our polished fame, the slickness crystallized since money rinsed our shame into a sewer of repressed self-blame.         … Continue reading

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The Goose and the Common — The Privatization of Public Space

“The [following 18th century folk] poem is one of the pithiest condemnations of the English enclosure movement, the process of fencing off common land and turning it into private property. In a few lines, the poem manages to criticize double standards, … Continue reading

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The Hardship of Accounting

Never ask of money spent Where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. — “The Hardship of Accounting“ by Robert Frost,        A Further Range, 1936 *** … Continue reading

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What is’t to us if taxes rise or fall? Thanks to our fortune, we pay none at all

The 18th-century English poet and satirist Charles Churchill wrote the following witty and sharp words, jeering and criticizing the aristocracy and the establishment of his time. The cit, a common-councilman by place, Ten thousand mighty nothings in his face, By situation … Continue reading

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Yes We Got Money

That money talks, I’ll not deny, I heard it once: It said, ‘Goodbye’. (Richard Armour) “Yes We Got Money” by Klaus Langer *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

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Market Bubbles: Finance, Art, and the Golden Calf

Two overwhelming events occurred on September 15 and 16, 2008. The first is known to all, the second – to few — but a thread passes between them, showing the fabric of the current socio-economic and cultural system. On September 15 Lehman … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Policies and perceived job security // Rubinstein, Rodrik and sociology of economics // Keynes’ oddest work // What have we learned after the crisis?

Unemployment assistance or dismissal protection? How do policies shape workers’ perceptions of job security? Interesting findings from 23 countries by Lena Hipp Ariel Rubinstein elegantly reviews Dani Rodrik’s superb book Economics Rules, adding his own insights on sociology of economics profession, … Continue reading

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The Waste of the Progress

The Waste of the Progress While shelf life gets shorter and fashions rotate, Consumption is a skipping rope to leap over a payroll date. Acquire your duds, use and throw them away… The Progress rolls down a slope anyway.   … Continue reading

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“I listen to money singing… It is intensely sad.”

  “Money”, by  Philip Larkin  Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me: ‘Why do you let me lie here wastefully? I am all you never had of goods and sex. You could get them still by writing a few cheques.’ So … Continue reading

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The Closing of the Mind

“What is advertised as a great opening is a great closing.” Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (1987), p. 34 “Landscape with Figures” by George Tooker (1992) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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Growth Fetish

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”   (The Tower of Babel … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Markets and demarketization // Mark Blyth’s reflections // Rosa Luxemburg on the Mass Strike // Moralities and economic change in Africa

Markets before capitalism, capitalist markets, and de-marketing services, capital and labor  after capitalism – by Jesse A. Myerson A vivid interview with Prof. Mark Blyth on his own intellectual journey, International Political Economy, Brexit, TPP, economic sociology (which is “very interesting and … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Exhaustion as a status symbol // Sexism on Wall Street // Business schools drive inequality // Origins and crisis of Neoliberalism

Capitalism, Industrialization and Exhaustion as a Status Symbol: “Burnout is a diagnosis for winners” – by Hannah Rosefield 145 years of frat boys: Institutional Sexism and Gender Discrimination on Wall Street – by Myra MacPherson MBA programs drive Inequality: Business Schools teach … Continue reading

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