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Pareto on Policy
     

Pareto on Policy

by Warren J. Samuels, Steven G. Medema (Introduction)
 
Warren Samuels interprets Vilfredo Pareto's Treatise on General Sociology in terms of a general equilibrium model of policy. Three themes and one conviction run throughout the study. The first is a model of policy making involving three sets of variables: power, knowledge, and psychology. The second is a general equilibrium approach to the study of these variables

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Warren Samuels interprets Vilfredo Pareto's Treatise on General Sociology in terms of a general equilibrium model of policy. Three themes and one conviction run throughout the study. The first is a model of policy making involving three sets of variables: power, knowledge, and psychology. The second is a general equilibrium approach to the study of these variables emphasizing their fundamental interdependence. The third is the importance of Pareto's work.

Pareto is one of the few individuals whose work has had enormous influence in at least three social sciences in the twentieth century: economics, sociology, and political science. Despite Pareto's attempt in the Treatise to produce a general sociology encompassing all of these sciences (as well as psychology), his work has been treated almost completely from the perspectives of the individual disciplines. This volume's interpretation is consonant with Pareto's intention in the Treatise, namely, to provide a general equilibrium model of the total socio-politico-economic decision-making or policy process.

The book is directed at those who comprehend these as processes whose structure, conduct, and performance are a function of complex decision making. Social scientists and policy analysts have moved beyond models that solve problems in the abstract, without working them out through policy making in the real world. The approach outlined here is important to those who are interested in pursuing the working rules of law and morals that govern the distribution and exercise of power as well as the exercise of power that governs the development of these rules.

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“[Warren J. Samuels] argues for the importance and possibility of an objective or positive approach to deep problems of policy. He shows the diverse processes of and interactions between individual and social choice, how the structure of power in economic decision making is the central problem of policy, and the role of information in systems and what is taken as knowledge in the formation of definitions of reality and values, and therefore the communication process of society. As Pareto’s work influences economics, sociology, and political science, Samuels shows a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to policy analysis. He also addresses the resolution of the problems of freedom and control and continuity and change in the Paretian system.” —Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412847513
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/15/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Warren J. Samuels (1933–2011) was professor emeritus of economics at Michigan State University and is known for his contributions in the areas of the history of economic thought and the methodology of economics.

Steven G. Medema is professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Denver. He is editor of Transaction’s Classics in Economics series.

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