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Prelude to political economy : a study of the social and political foundations of economics

Author: Kaushik Basu
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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Why do some economies succeed and some fail? Why do some communities prosper while others stagnate? The author argues that to understand these issues economics must be seen as embedded in politics and society, and he makes a study of this embeddedness.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kaushik Basu
ISBN: 0198296711 9780198296713 0199261857 9780199261857
OCLC Number: 50841173
Notes: Originally published: 2000.
Description: xv, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: PART I. PRELIMINARIES ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Games and Misdemeanors: Game Theory for the Uninitiated ; 3. Individual Rationality ; PART II. SOCIETY ; 4. Social Norms, Culture and Beliefs ; PART III. THE STATE ; 5. Law and Economics ; 6. Power and Coercion ; 7. On Advising Government ; 8. The Concept of "State" ; PART IV. ETHICS AND JUDGMENT ; 9. Welfare and Interpersonal Comparisons ; 10. Utilitarianism and Rights ; PART V. CONCLUSION ; 11. Some Concluding Remarks ; Appendix. Notes on Methodology: Various and Sundry
Responsibility: Kaushik Basu.
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