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Economy and State. Edition No. 1. Economy and Society

  • ID: 2249493
  • Book
  • August 2010
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Should governments be involved in economic affairs? Challenging prevailing wisdom about the benefits of self-regulating markets, Nina Bandelj and Elizabeth Sowers offer a uniquely sociological perspective to emphasize that states can never be divorced from economy. From defining property rights and regulating commodification of labor to setting corporate governance standards and international exchange rules, the state continuously manages the functioning of markets and influences economic outcomes for individuals, firms and nations.

The authors bring together classical interventions and cutting-edge contemporary research in economic sociology to discuss six broad areas of economy/state connection: property, money, labor, firms, national economic growth, and global economic exchange. A wealth of empirical examples and illustrations reveals that even if the nature of state influence on economy varies across contexts, it is always dependent on social forces.

This accessible and engaging book will be essential reading for upper-level students of economic sociology, and those interested in the major economic dilemmas of our times.

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Detailed contents vi

List of Illustrations ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Property: The State's Role in Capitalist and Socialist Economies 26

3 Money: The State's Role in Monetary Policy, Government Spending, and Taxation 56

4 Labor: The State's Role in Redistribution and Employment 84

5 Firms: The State's Role in Business and Industry Governance 110

6 Development: The State’s Role in Advancing Economic Prosperity 137

7 International and Global Economy: The State's Role in Managing the Territorial Boundaries of Economic Transactions 164

8 Conclusion 192

Glossary 204

References 211

Index 233

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Nina Bandelj Assistant Professor of Sociology; University of California, Irvine.

Elizabeth Sowers Graduate Student at The University of California, Irvine.
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