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..
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