As this comprehensive Companion demonstrates, social economics is a dynamic and growing field that emphasizes the key role that values play in the economy and in economic life. Social economics treats the economy and economics as being embedded in the larger web of social and ethical relationships. It also regards economics and ethics as essentially connected, and adds values such as justice, fairness, dignity, well-being, freedom and equality to the standard emphasis on efficiency. The Elgar Companion to Social Economics brings together the leading contributors in the field to elucidate a wide range of recent developments across different subject areas and topics. In so doing the contributors also map the likely trends and directions of future research. This Companion will undoubtedly become a leading reference source and guide to social economics for many years to come.
Providing concise discussion and an indication of what to expect in future decades, this interdisciplinary Companion will be of great interest to students and academics of social economics and socio-economics, as well as institutional, evolutionary and heterodox economics. It will also appeal to management scholars and those concerned with business ethics.
Edited by John B. Davis, Professor of Economics, Marquette University, US and Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Wilfred Dolfsma, Professor of Business Management & Organization, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
Contents: Preface Social Economics: An Introduction and a View of the Field John B. Davis and Wilfred Dolfsma PART I: SOCIAL CONCERNS IN ECONOMICS 1. Environment and Sustainability Jouni Paavola and Inge Ropke 2. Institutions, Culture and Values Anne Mayhew 3. Insecurity John Vail 4. The Ethical Dimensions of the `Globalization Thesis' Debate George DeMartino PART II: THE SOCIALLY EMBEDDED INDIVIDUAL 5. Individual Preferences and Decision-Making Shaun P. Hargreaves Heap 6. The Conception of the Socially Embedded Individual John B. Davis 7. The Social Dimension of Internal Conflict David George 8. The Socio-economics of Consumption: Solutions to the Problems of Interest, Knowledge and Identity Metin M. Cosgel PART III: INDIVIDUALS IN CONTEXT 9. Capabilities and Well-being Irene van Staveren 10. Culture, Values and Institutions Paul D. Bush 11. Caste and Diversity in India Ashwini Deshpande 12. Feminism and/in Economics Edith Kuiper PART IV: GROWTH AND (IN-)EQUALITY 13. Income Distribution and Inequality Frank A. Cowell 14. The Social Economics of Growth and Income Inequality Morris Altman PART V: SOCIALLY EMBEDDED EXCHANGE: MARKETS 15. Markets Geoffrey M. Hodgson 16. Are Markets Everywhere? Understanding Contemporary Processes of Commodification Luis Francisco Carvalho and Joao Rodrigues 17. Work: Its Social Meanings and Role in Provisioning Deborah M. Figart and Ellen Mutari PART VI: SOCIALLY EMBEDDED EXCHANGE: FIRMS 18. Firms: Collective Action and its Supportive Values Helena Lopes and Jose Castro Caldas 19. Knowledge Spillover Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Large and Small Firms David B. Audretsch and Max Keilbach 20. Firms, Managers and Restructuring: Implications of a Social Economics View Hans Schenk PART VII: SOCIAL RELATIONS IN THE ECONOMY 21. Social Capital: A Critique and Extension Nicolas Sirven 22. Social Networks: Structure and Content Wilfred Dolfsma and Rick Aalbers 23. Communication in the Economy: The Example of Innovation Stefan Kesting 24. Methodological Approaches in Economics and Anthropology Pranab Bardhan and Isha Ray PART VIII: FINANCE, MONEY AND POLICY 25. Saving, Stock Market Investments and Pension Systems Martha A. Starr 26. Monetary Policy Sheila C. Dow 27. Banking, Finance and Money: A Social Economics Approach L. Randall Wray 28. Global Finance and Development: False Starts, Dead Ends and Social Economic Alternatives Ilene Grabel PART IX: THE STATE 29. The Welfare State and Privatization Robert McMaster 30. The States of Social Economics Charlie Dannreuther and Oliver Kessler PART X: LAW AND THE ECONOMY 31. Law and Social Economics: A Coasean Perspective David Campbell and Matthias Klaes 32. Social Law and Economics and the Quest for Dignity and Rights Mark D. White PART XI: THE LONG VIEW 33. Technology and Long Waves in Economic Growth Alfred Kleinknecht and Gerben van der Panne 34. Analysing Regional Development: From Territorial Innovation to Path-Dependent Geography Frank Moulaert and Abid Mehmood 35. Radical Institutionalism William M. Dugger 36. Exploitation and Surplus Philip Anthony O'Hara Index