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The Economy and the State

Abstract : Among the propositions the new economic sociology has formulated over the last four decades, only a few can reach a level of consensus as high as the one concerning the role of the state within western economies: far from being opposed to the economic sphere of life, as some traditions of thought might have put it in economics (Hayek, 1944) or political science (Lindblom, 1977), the role of the state appears to be decisive if one is to understand how markets evolve (Fligstein, 2001), how firms are shaped and change (Roy, 1997; Fligstein, 1990), and how professions consolidate or lose territory (Abbott, 1988). This consensus has opened research questions that this issue of the newsletter explores: how should “the state” be conceptualized? How can it be empirically grasped? What has been its role in different national settings? (premières lignes de l'introduction)
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Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier, Pierre Francois. The Economy and the State. Economic Sociology (European Electronic Newsletter), 15 (2), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, 2014. ⟨hal-02446063⟩

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