The State of State: Invisible Hands in Politics and Civil Society

The State of State: Invisible Hands in Politics and Civil Society

by Nils Karlson

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ISBN-13: 9781351320542
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nils Karlson is a Swedish economist and political scientist, the founding president and CEO of The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, and a former president of the City University of Stockholm in Sweden. Prior to that, he served as lecturer in economics and political science at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Nils Karlson is a Swedish economist and political scientist, the founding president and CEO of The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, and a former president of the City University of Stockholm in Sweden. Prior to that, he served as lecturer in economics and political science at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Transaction Edition7
Introduction11
1.The Invisible Hand16
1.1Introduction16
1.2Spontaneous Patterns21
1.3The Explanatory Status of Invisible-Hand Processes28
1.4Intendedly Rational Actors31
1.5Motivational Assumptions35
2.Processes of Spontaneous Patterns40
2.1Situational Logics40
2.2Aggregation43
Bilateral-Interaction Situations46
Multilateral-Interaction Situations52
Conclusions55
2.3Evolutionary Selection56
Natural Selection59
Diffused Reinforcement64
The Role of the Environment69
The Critique of Functionalism73
Conclusions75
3.Civil Society76
3.1Introduction76
3.2Conventions80
Internalization85
Conclusions86
3.3Communities and Social Norms87
Processes of Aggregation89
Selection Processes93
Conclusions99
Implications for Voluntary Organizations100
3.4Markets and Prices102
The Market Process107
The Invisible Hands in Markets114
Conclusions115
3.5Sources of Disorder116
Conclusions122
3.6The Introduction of the State122
4.The Emergence of the "Welfare" State129
4.1Introduction129
An Unconstrained Democracy131
The Relation to Earlier Research133
4.2The Logic of Conceit136
Policy-Caused Social Problems143
Social Justice150
Effects on Civil Society155
Conclusions158
4.3The Logic of Opportunism159
Narrow Special Interests161
Myopic Decisions166
The Democratic Techniques169
Conclusions172
4.4A Synthesis174
4.5The State of State176
5.Imperfect Alternatives181
5.1Introduction181
5.2A Contractarian Perspective183
5.3The State, Markets or Communities?187
Social Order187
Prosperity190
The Position of the Weak and Unfortunate193
Democratic Values198
Conclusions202
5.4Prospects for the Desired Changes203
References210

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