Business and Politics in Europe, 1900-1970: Essays in Honour by Terry Gourvish

By Terry Gourvish

Offering clean insights into the interplay among politics and enterprise in twentieth-century Europe, this ebook shows the complexity of the relationship--particularly within the surroundings of the Twenties and 1930s--when fascism was once at its top. specified contributions also are made concerning the contrasting behaviors of businessmen and associations in line with the good melancholy; the increase of Hitler and the "Jewish question"; the function of industrial networks within the politics of Belgium and Greece; and the business-politics measurement within the formation of the Irish Republic.

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Riding the neo-liberal wave, the public choice approach has become increasingly popular. No doubt it has been scientifically productive. Applying the tools of economic analysis to problems in political science has raised new questions and facilitated new interpretations. The public choice approach assumes self-interest to be the totally dominant determinant of human behaviour. 3 These various groups compete in the political arena to advance their interest at the expense of others. Each tries to gain an advantage in the debate by having their particular interest masquerade as the public interest.

17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 39 arise, and evolve, through the social process involved in the exchange of resources between persons. This is why institutional economists, historians and sociologists often refer to the market as being ‘socially embedded’. See, for example, G. M. Hodgson, Economics and Institutions. A Manifesto for a Modern Institutional Economics (Cambridge, 1988), pp. 178–9, and Economics and Evolution. Bringing Life Back into Economics (Cambridge, 1993), pp. 176–7. The state of things was expressively described by Karl Polyani in his classic work The Great Transformation: ‘now [the labouring] man was detached from home and kin, torn from his roots and all meaningful environment’: K.

209–10; N. Stenl˚as, Den inre kretsen. Den svenska ekonomiska elitens inflytande o¨ ver partipolitik och opionsbildning 1940–1949 (Lund, 1998), pp. 20–31. 5. D. C. North, Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance (Cambridge, 1990), pp. 48–51; M. , 1965). 6. The best-known interpreter of mercantilism as a power system to strengthen the external power of the state, not the individual, is, of course, Eli F. g. pp. 20–9. In these respects his conclusions have been re-evaluated by L.

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