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Markets and Democracy

Markets and Democracy
Participation, Accountability and Efficiency

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Bo Gustafsson, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, D. M. Nuti, Leonid Hurwicz, Ronald A. Heiner, Ugo Pagano, Mieke Meurs, Louis Putterman, Karl Ove Moene, Michael Wallerstein, David I. Levine, Gregory K. Dow, Avner Ben-Ner, Gilbert L. Skillmand, Harl E. Ryder, Masahiko Aoki, Tone Ogedal, Ernst Fehr, Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin, John E. Roemer, Joaquim Silvestre, Martin L. Weitzman
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  • Date Published: July 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521432238

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  • The market does not spontaneously generate democratic or participatory economic institutions. This book asks whether a modern, efficient economy can be rendered democratically accountable and, if so, what strategic changes might be required to regulate the market-mediated interaction of economic agents. The contributors bring contemporary microeconomic theory to bear on a range of related issues, including the relationship between democratic firms and efficiency in market economies; incentives and the relative merits of various forms of internal democratic decision-making; and the effects of democratically accountable firms on innovation, saving, investment, and on the informational and disciplinary aspects of markets. Various approaches to the study of economic interaction (game theory, transactions' cost analysis, social choice theory, rent-seeking, etc.) are considered in an attempt to understand the relationship between power and efficiency in market economies.

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    "...Markets and Democracy is the sort of collection many readers will find useful." Journal of Economic Literature

    "The book contains much else of interest including a substantial, unified bibliography. In spite of the game-theoretic approach, I learned a lot from it. Because of the game-theoretic approach, orthodox economists will too." William M. Dugger, Journal of Economic Issues

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    • Date Published: July 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521432238
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface Bo Gustafsson
    1. Post-Walrasian political economy Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
    Part I. Agency, Incentives, and Democratic Accountability:
    2. The democratic firm: an agency-theoretic evaluation Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
    3. Alternative employment and payment systems D. M. Nuti
    Part II. Institutions and Institutional Change:
    4. Toward a framework for analyzing institutions and institutional change Leonid Hurwicz
    5. Imperfect choice and rule-governed behaviour Ronald A. Heiner
    6. Organizational equilibria and institutional stability Ugo Pagano
    7. Agency problems and the future of comparative systems' theory Mieke Meurs
    Part III. Conditions For the Success of the Democratic Firm:
    8. After the employment relation: problems on the road to enterprise democracy Louis Putterman
    9. Unions versus cooperatives Karl Ove Moene and Michael Wallerstein
    10. Demand variability and work organization David I. Levine
    11. Democracy versus appropriability: can labor-managed firms flourish in a capitalist world? Gregory K. Dow
    Part IV. Productivity, Distribution, and Power:
    12. Cooperation, conflict, and control in organizations Avner Ben-Ner
    13. Wage bargaining and the choice of production technique in capitalist firms Gilbert L. Skillmand and Harl E. Ryder
    Part V. Ownership, Participation, and Capital Markets:
    14. The motivational role of an external agent in the informationally-participatory firm Masahiko Aoki
    15. Unstable ownership Tone Ogedal
    16. The simple analytics of a membership market in a labor-managed economy Ernst Fehr
    Part VI. Political Democracy and Economic Democracy:
    17. Investment planning in market socialism Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin, John E. Roemer and Joaquim Silvestre
    18. Capitalism and Democracy: a summing up of the arguments Martin L. Weitzman
    Bibliography
    Author Index
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    Samuel Bowles, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Herbert Gintis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Bo Gustafsson, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

    Contributors

    Bo Gustafsson, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, D. M. Nuti, Leonid Hurwicz, Ronald A. Heiner, Ugo Pagano, Mieke Meurs, Louis Putterman, Karl Ove Moene, Michael Wallerstein, David I. Levine, Gregory K. Dow, Avner Ben-Ner, Gilbert L. Skillmand, Harl E. Ryder, Masahiko Aoki, Tone Ogedal, Ernst Fehr, Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin, John E. Roemer, Joaquim Silvestre, Martin L. Weitzman

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