Tag Archives: Economic Sociology

The Political Economy and Economic Sociology of Brexit

In the beginning, it is said, was Brexit. “Brexit is a revolution”, it is said from the right and by the left. Revolution, though, is a Janus-faced concept that “evokes dialectically linked oppositions: light and darkness; rupture and continuity; liberation and oppression; … Continue reading

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Joseph Schumpeter’s definition of Economic Sociology

In his monumental History of Economic Analysis, Joseph Schumpeter identified four fundamental fields of economic analysis: economic history, statistics, economic theory and economic sociology. According to Schumpeter, a mastery in these four fields is “what distinguishes the ‘scientific’ economist from all the other … Continue reading

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The early Karl Polanyi: Interpreting “Socialist Accounting”

We are all Polanyians now. Karl Polanyi is probably one of the most famous theorists among social scientists today. It is almost impossible not to come across Polanyi’s citations and references in a very wide range of researches over the last … Continue reading

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Disentangling Neoliberalism: the key concepts

Neoliberalism has become an omnipresent term. Due its increasing pervasiveness into academic, political and media discourses, some perceive neoliberalism as an omnipotent phenomenon that explains everything, while others see it as a vague buzzword that hardly means something. Surveying this blog, for example, under the tag … Continue reading

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What is Political Economy? It is Essentially a Historical Science

In December 1867 a German positivist philosopher and economist Eugen Dührings published a critical review of Karl Marx’s Capital. Dühring, inter alia, disapproved the Marxist labour theory of value and asserted, based on his own concept of “ethics of sympathy”, that a dichotomy between … Continue reading

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Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy, materialism and political economy

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a notable French political scientist and historian, best known for Democracy in America, a perceptive and groundbreaking analysis of the social, political and economic system of the United States. This four-volume book is brimming with … Continue reading

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Accounts: a Newsletter of the ASA Economic Sociology section

Accounts is the newsletter of the vibrant section of Economic Sociology at the American Sociological Association, published several times a year. I read it regularly – it always provides a comprehensive and interesting overview of what happens in the field of Economic Sociology (mainly … Continue reading

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Markets, policy and sociology of economic immorality

In a highly influential book Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics, a distinguished philosopher Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) argued that: “Moral judgment is what we ‘always already’ exercise in virtue of being immersed in a network of human relationships … Continue reading

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Créditez-vous français? Credit as a relationship and a practice

I’m subscribed to “Gdr-economie-sociologie” – an academic mailing list of French and French-speaking economic sociologists and political economists. Receiving through this list announcements about new interesting and enlightening books and articles (in French), intellectually inviting conferences and seminars (conducted in French, … Continue reading

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United for understanding the economy: Heterodox Economics, Economic Sociology and Political Economy

A multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach is the only approach which enables a more in-depth study of any social phenomena and structures, including the economy. The Economic Sociology and Political Economy community is deeply committed to this mission, and consistently and persistently spreads the word about … Continue reading

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