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Are Entrepreneurs Dangerous to the Market Economy more than Marxists?

Yes — asserts regarding the odd question in the title one of the founders of Ordoliberalism Professor Franz Böhm: “The entrepreneurs […] in contrast with their emphatic declarations in favour of the market economy, are more inclined, at least, to … Continue reading

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Economic Sociology, Homo Economicus, and Performativity of Economics

It is never too late, nor too early, to reread and contemplate a good theory. For example, to mull over Michel Callon’s programmatic statement about the performativity of economics, presented two decades ago in the introduction to The Laws of the Markets: … Continue reading

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Market Forecasting: A Sensitive Practice at the Heart of Neoliberal Capitalism

by Stefan Leins* Since the emergence of modern financial markets, financial analysts have played a critical role in producing visions of “the economy” and its future development. As experts, they analyze market developments and predict future scenarios that enable other financial … Continue reading

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Marketcraft as the New Statecraft

by Steven K. Vogel* What if we thought of marketcraft (market governance) as a core government function comparable to statecraft? And what if we sought to optimize market governance rather than to minimize government intervention? I submit that this simple … Continue reading

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China is getting on wheels: varieties of development, car market reform and globalization

by Qiushi Feng* China is getting on wheels. Over the past three decades, with unparalleled speed, China has emerged as the world’s largest producer and consumer of passenger cars. Such a rapid growth is accompanied by profound changes of the … Continue reading

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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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Market is deceitful, and beauty is vain

“The rise of consumerism led the body image industries to develop a sure-fire formula for success: promote a thin ideal of beauty that the majority of women can never attain and thereby create virtually infinite demand among consumers. The irony … Continue reading

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Market‬ vs. Civilization

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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 Yale philosopher Seyla Benhabib argued that: “Moral judgment is what we ‘always already’ exercise in virtue of being immersed in a network of human … Continue reading

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Baudrillard on money, speculation and the self-destabilization of markets

Jean Baudrillard: “There is something much more shattering than inflation, however, and that is the mass of floating money whirling about the Earth in an orbital rondo. Money is now the only genuine artificial satellite. A pure artifact, it enjoys … Continue reading

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Believe it or not — the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences committee’s reasoning for awarding Milton Friedman. You better believe it! He believed…

Apparently, it’s all about belief… “A large part of Friedman’s conclusions about the possibilities of economic policy is based on his liberal belief in the positive, built-in properties of a functioning market economy.” (“The Prize in Economics 1976 – Presentation … Continue reading

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The political economy of pharmaceutical industry and healthcare in developing countries

Do economic development and growth more or less automatically bring with them better medical care to the population of a country? Well, it is generally presumed they do. This assumption is also a core part of a neoliberal globalism fairy … Continue reading

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What is Economic Sociology?

What is Economic Sociology? What is embeddedness? How are markets made and where do markets come from? How do politics, networks and culture matter? What are the institutions of political economy? and How does capitalism differ among countries? Well, our community is built to tackle these fundamental and … Continue reading

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Religion, “free trade” and faithful globalization: producing a sacred vision of the economy

Religious leaders and groups can play a crucial role in economic and political life through their discourse; such discourse is a central way that they produce the sacred in the economic realm. This is true across a range of religious … Continue reading

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How slavery shaped the market economy and abolitionism gave rise to ideals of human rights?

For over three centuries enslavement promoted the rise of capitalism in the Atlantic world, but study of slavery as a pivotal force in western ascendancy and dominance is still mostly neglected. In The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights, … Continue reading

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