Individuals, Institutions, and Markets

Individuals, Institutions, and Markets

by C. Mantzavinos
     
 

ISBN-10: 052177358X

ISBN-13: 9780521773584

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Individuals, Institutions, and Markets offers a theory of how the institutional framework of a society emerges and how markets within institutions work. The book shows that both social institutions, defined as the rules of the game, and exchange processes can be analyzed along a common theoretical structure. Mantzavinos' proposal is that a problem solving model of

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Individuals, Institutions, and Markets offers a theory of how the institutional framework of a society emerges and how markets within institutions work. The book shows that both social institutions, defined as the rules of the game, and exchange processes can be analyzed along a common theoretical structure. Mantzavinos' proposal is that a problem solving model of individual behavior inspired by the cognitive sciences provides such a unifying theoretical structure. Integrating the latest scholarship in economics, sociology, political science, law, and anthropology, Mantzavinos offers a genuine political economy showing how social institutions affect economic outcomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521773584
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Individuals: 1. Explaining individual behavior: the problem-solving framework; 2. The motivational aspect: the strive for utility increase; 3. The cognitive aspect: the theory of learning; 4. The choice aspect; Part II. Institutions: 5. Shared mental models: emergence and evolution; 6. Explaining institutions; 7. Informal institutions; 8. Formal institutions; Part III. Markets: 9. Institutions and the market: the aggregate level; 10. Institutions and market: the microeconomic level; 11. The theory of evolutionary competition; 12. An application: institutions, markets, and economic development; Concluding observations: unified social science as political economy?; References; Author index; Subject index.

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