Economics and Power: An Inquiry into Human Relations and Marketsby Randall Bartlett
Pub. Date: 07/01/1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
When a marketplace is considered in isolation, the implicit conclusion is that markets are a sufficient defense against the exercise of power. But market transactions do not occur in isolation: they are defined by rules, property rights, prior events, and social values. This book widens the focus of traditional economic analysis to examine the ways in which people may affect each other within and around markets to give rise to real power. Using conventional neoclassical assumptions about human behavior, the book begins by developing a workable concept of power, allowing for its presence in a variety of forms and degrees. It examines the conditions under which power would necessarily be absent from market transactions, and those under which it would be possible. It considers the decision processes of potential exercisers and subjects of power to determine when the exercise and success of power would be rational.
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Table of Contents
Preface; Part I. The Need for New Theory: 1. Power in economics; Part II. An Economic Theory of Power: 2. An economic concept of power; 3. Decision theory and power; 4. The exercise of power as economic behaviour; Part III. Power and Markets: 5. Information, uncertainty and power; 6. Power and organizations; 7. Power in the employment relation; 8. Rights and power; 9. Value power; Part IV. Power Analysis in Economics: 10. Power and economics; Index.
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