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Community Capitalism in China: the State, the Market, and Collectivism

“Planning and market forces are not the essential difference between socialism and capitalism. A planned economy is not the definition of socialism, because there is planning under capitalism; the market economy happens under socialism, too. Planning and market forces are … Continue reading

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Do you have friends, colleagues or students interested in Economic ‪Sociology‬ and Political ‪‎Economy‬? Invite them to join our community

I’m sure all of us have 2-4 friends, colleagues or students interested in Economic ‪‎Sociology‬ and Political ‪Economy‬. So why not to invite them to join our community! It could be a great idea… 🙂 I personally thank you for … Continue reading

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Why the East India Company became the most powerful business‬ in history? Because it granted its employees the right to pursue their own commercial interests

Exploring trade network dynamics, decision-making processes and organizational context, in an extraordinary Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600–1757 Emily Erikson (Yale University) demonstrates why the English East India Company was a dominant force in the … Continue reading

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‪‎Economists‬ admit: “‪‎Humans‬ are fundamentally a social species with interaction patterns that shape their behaviors”. ‪Eureka‬!!

Economists‬ admit: “‪Humans‬ are fundamentally a social species with interaction patterns that shape their behaviors.” What has caused this startling discovery?! A genuine ambition “to build better models”! First of all, I would like to applaud, seriously, The Journal of … Continue reading

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Mark Granovetter didn’t win (yet) the ‪‎Nobel Prize. Here is his rejection letter, from 1969.

A prominent economic sociologist Mark Granovetter didn’t win (yet) the ‪Nobel Prize in economic science‬. Let’s take a look at his rejection letter. You may think I’m talking about the Nobel… I’m not. And that makes this even more interesting! This is … Continue reading

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The Bridge and the Door to the new academic year– my wishes to you in Georg Simmel’s insightful and imaginative words

Georg Simmel: “The bridge symbolizes the spreading of our will through space. [..] The bridge encourages the eye to inter-relate parts of the landscape just as in practical reality it encourages bodies to relate with one another. […] The door … Continue reading

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In “Politics and Culture in an Age of Austerity” Amitai Etzioni argues that human contentment is perhaps best found outside of the high-growth, high-consumption paradigm

The Great Recession forced many people around to cut back on consumption and is one reason that drives the rise of right-wing forces. One response to the downturn has been a call for a return to high-level growth and consumption of goods. By contrast, … Continue reading

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“Seeing, Knowing, and Regulating Financial Markets: Moving the Cognitive Framework from the Economic to the Social”

This (open access) interesing and comprehensive paper by Julia Black (LSE), argues that in order to regulate financial markets, we need a more sophisticated and realistic cognitive framework through which to analyse markets’ dynamics and on which to base their ‪regulation‬. To that … Continue reading

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Corporate‬ density is especially potent for the growth of ‪elite‬-oriented nonprofits—but not social welfare nonprofits—when local networks and cultural norms support elite mobilization

In “Golfing Alone? Corporations, Elites, and Nonprofit Growth in 100 American Communities” (open access) Christopher Marquis, Gerald F. Davis & Mary Ann Glynn examine the link between corporations and community by showing how corporate density interacts with the local social … Continue reading

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Epinets: a new way of thinking about social networks

A new book Epinets: the Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of ‪Social Networks‬ presents a new way to think about social networks, which focuses on the knowledge that underlies our social interactions. Guiding readers through the web of beliefs that networked individuals … Continue reading

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