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Economics and Utopia : why the learning economy is not the end of history

Author: Geoffrey Martin Hodgson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Series: Economics as social theory, 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book challenges the view that an alternative to Western capitalism is neither possible nor desirable. Without proposing a static blueprint, the author explores a new possible scenario.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Martin Hodgson
ISBN: 0415075068 9780415075060 041519685X 9780415196857
OCLC Number: 39013689
Description: xix, 337 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Visions and illusions --
Socialism and the Limits to Innovation --
The emergence and meaning of the term 'socialism' --
The very late inception of socialist economic pluralism --
The problem of socialism and diversity --
The socialist calculation debate --
A proposal for 'democratic planning' --
Computers to the rescue? --
Can socialism learn? --
The Absolutism of Market Individualism --
The limits to contracts and markets --
The individual as being the best judge of her needs --
Learning a challenge to market individualism --
Market individualism and the iron cage of liberty --
The alleged ubiquity of the market --
Organisations and the conditions for innovation and learning --
Market individualism and the intolerance of structural diversity --
Evaluating different types of market institution --
The blindness of existing theory --
The Universality of Mainstream Economics --
The universalist claims of mainstream economics --
Univeralism versus realism in Hayek's economics --
The hidden, ideological specifics --
The limits of contractarian analysis --
Actor and structure --
Karl Marx and the Triumph of Capitalism --
The hidden, ahistorical universals --
The problem of necessary impurities --
Actor and structure --
Institutionalism and Varieties of Capitalism --
Veblen's critique of Marx --
Specificity and universality --
Institutions as units of analysis --
Variety and the impurity principle --
Varieties of actually existing capitalism --
The spectres of globalisation and convergence --
Back to the future --
Contract and Capitalism.
Series Title: Economics as social theory, 11.
Responsibility: Geoffrey M. Hodgson.
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