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Economics and the Social Sciences

Boundaries, Interaction and Integration Edited by Stavros Ioannides, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens, Greece and Klaus Nielsen, Professor of Social Sciences, Roskilde University, Denmark and Senior Lecturer of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
This book is based on the premise that mainstream economics has become excessively specialized and formalized, entering a state of de facto withdrawal from the study of the economy in favour of exercises in applied mathematics. The editors believe that there is much scope for synergies by engaging in an encounter with economics and the other social sciences. The chapters in this book offer important new contributions to such a development.
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Publication Date: 2007
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Methodology of Economics
This book is based on the premise that mainstream economics has become excessively specialized and formalized, entering a state of de facto withdrawal from the study of the economy in favour of exercises in applied mathematics. The editors believe that there is much scope for synergies by engaging in an encounter with economics and the other social sciences. The chapters in this book offer important new contributions to such a development.

A select group of highly regarded contributors illustrate the potentially enlightening relationship between economics and a wide range of social science disciplines. In addition, some important concepts for economic analysis – for example the notion of routines, of social capital and of flexibility – are explored from the vantage point of several social sciences.

Postgraduate students in most social science disciplines and in economic sociology will find much to interest them in this book, as will students of psychology and economics.
Contributors: M.C. Becker, G. Buenstorf, G.M. Hodgson, S. Ioannides, W.A. Jackson, G. Liagouras, D. McNeill, K. Nielsen, E. Özveren, I. van Staveren, J. Vromen
Contents:

1. Economics and the Social Sciences: Synergies and Trade-offs Stavros Ioannides and Klaus Nielsen

PART I: ECONOMICS AND OTHER SOCIAL SCIENCES: RELATIONSHIPS AND BOUNDARIES
2. What Can be Learnt from ‘Serious’ Biology and Psychology?
Jack Vromen

3. Economics and Sociology in the Transition from Industrial to Post-Industrial Capitalism
George Liagouras

4. The ‘Institutional Turn’ in the Social Sciences: A Review of Approaches and a Future Research Agenda
Klaus Nielsen

5. The Problem of Historical Specificity
Geoffrey M. Hodgson

PART II: NEW LIGHT ON RATIONALITY, SOCIAL RELATIONS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
6. The Irrationality of Utility Maximization or the Death of a Salesman
Irene van Staveren

7. Social Capital or Sociality? Methodological Contrasts between Economics and Other Social Sciences
Desmond McNeill

8. Where Disciplinary Boundaries Blur: The Environmental
Dimension of Institutional Economics
Eyüp Özveren

PART III: FLEXIBILITY, ROUTINES AND PRODUCTION IN ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
9. Economic Flexibility: A Structural Analysis
William A. Jackson

10. Routines: A Brief History of the Concept
Markus C. Becker
11. Complementarity, Cognition and Capabilities: Towards an Evolutionary Theory of Production
Guido Buenstorf

Index