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Description - Beyond the Market by Jens Beckert

"Beyond the Market" launches a sociological investigation into economic efficiency. Prevailing economic theory, which explains efficiency using formalized rational choice models, often simplifies human behaviour to the point of distortion. Jens Beckert finds such theory to be particularly weak in explaining such crucial forms of economic behaviour as co-operation, innovation and action under conditions of uncertainty - phenomena he identifies as the proper starting point for a sociology of economic action. Beckert levels an enlightened critique at neoclassical economics, arguing that understanding efficiency requires looking well beyond the market to the social, cultural, political and cognitive factors that influence the co-ordination of economic action. Beckert searches social theory for the components of an alternative theory of action, one that accounts for the social embedding of economic behaviour. In Durkheim and Parsons he finds especially useful approaches to co-operation; in Luhmann, a way to understand how people act under highly contingent conditions; and in Giddens, an understanding of creative action and innovation. Together, these provide building blocks for a resear

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691049076
ISBN-10: 0691049076
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jens Beckert

Jens Beckert is Associate Professor of Sociology at the International University Bremen.

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