These essays deal with various aspects of a new, rising field, socio-economics. The field is seeking to combine the variables studied by neoclassical economists with those typically studied by other social sciences. The combination is expected to provide a better understanding of economic behavior and the economy as well as society; make more reliable predictions; and be more in line with normative values we seek to uphold.The volume reflects the most recent thinking of the author on the implications of corporate governance shifting from shareholders to stakeholders. It examines the key to evolving a socio-economics and it deals with the socio-economics of decision making. The volume closes with a comparative analysis between socio-economics and communitarian thinking.
Amitai Etzioni is University Professor at The George Washington University. A past President of the American Sociological Association, he is the author of nineteen books, including "The Moral Dimension" (The Free Press), "The Limits of Privacy" (Basic Books), and "The New Golden Rule" (Basic Books), which won the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 1997 Tolerance Book Award. He was recently awarded the Sociological Practice Association's Outstanding Contribution Award and the Seventh James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Appreciation and Advancement of Human Values.
Chapter 1: Voluntary Simplicity: Characterization, Select Psychological Implications, and Societal Consequences I. Voluntary Simplicity Characterization II. Psychological Implications: Simplicity and Satiation III. Social Consequences of Voluntary Simplicity Chapter 2: A Communitarian Note on Stakeholder Theory I. 'Private Property' and 'Incorporation' as Social Constructs II. Corporations are the Property of ALL Who Invest in Them III. Mechanisms of Representation: Employees IV. Representation of Other Constituents V. Stakeholders and the Common Good Chapter 3: Opening the Preferences: A Socio-Economic Research Agenda I. Open Preference Introduced II. Economists' Exits III. Co-determination: Defined and Illustrated IV. A Conceptual Clarification: Multi-Faceted and Incompatible V. A Dynamic Approach VI. Preferences: Process vs. Outcome VII. A Preference to Change One's Preference VIII.Societies, Groups, Leadership and Persuasive Advertising IX. Normative Significance Chapter 4: The Case for a Multiple-Utility Conception I. Monoutility: Too Parsimonious II. The Moral 'Utility' III. More Than Two? IV. Challenging Findings and Observations V. Conclusion Chapter 5: Normative-Affective Factors: Toward a New Decision-Making Model I. Normative-Affective Persons II. Toward a N/A Decision-Making Model III. Are N/A Considerations 'Disruptive'? IV. On Definitions, Measurments, and Alternative Interpretations Chapter 6: Mixed-Scanning Revisted I. Mixed-Scanning: Definition and Illustrations II. Operationalization III. Positive and Normative IV. Structural Factors V. Some Evidence VI. In Conclusion Chapter 7: Making Policy for Complex Systems: A Medical Model for Economics I. Rationality and Policymaking II. The Problem of Scientific Fragmentation III. Resynthesis: The Elusive Solution IV. Economics and the Medical Model: The Differences V. Conclusion Chapter 8: The Mapping of Man Chapter 9: Whose Moralty? Which Community? What Interests? Socio-Economic and Communitarian Perspectives by Richard M. Coughlin I. Introduction II. A Brief Recent History of Socio-Economics and Communitarianism III. Points of Divergence between Socio-Economics and Communitarianism IV. The Importance of Political Context V. Missing Pieces VI. Conclusion
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ESSAYS IN SOCIO-ECONOMICS 1999