not another post on economists and sociologists!

Teppo’s PDW on integrating sociological and economic theories was a resounding success. I ended up joining the panel at the last minute. Despite my attempts to pooh-pooh the whole endeavour, the session was well attended – standing room only, in fact – and generated a lot of lively and interesting conversation. A lot of people in the Academy seem quite serious about efforts to bridge the gap. As I argued in my presentation today, the people who are most structurally capable of doing that bridging may be those scholars working outside of either discipline. I’m glad to see the enthusiasm.

Written by brayden king

August 7, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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  1. Berry (1970). Sorry my brain is mush for my comp exam.


    R. Pointer

    August 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

  2. I thought the PDW was successful — the room was packed, some interesting/provocative discussion occurred and no one got hurt. We’ll see about putting something similar together next year.

    It might be a pie in the sky — but I still think that “a unified theory should build on what both [economics and sociology] have accomplished” (Granovetter, 2001: 2), and I concur with calls for “a richer dialogue between economists and sociologists” (Williamson, 1994: 159).



    August 8, 2009 at 3:58 am

  3. […] Arguably the seminal piece of economic sociology, Granovetter’s 1985 article, is a direct reaction to Williamson’s work.  Even though Granovetter’s piece is a critique of transaction cost economics, nonetheless I think critiques will also receive indirect attention (who knows?).  Furthermore, both Granovetter and Williamson have highlighted the need for a meaningful integration of organizational economics and sociology, something that I think is desperately needed (no matter what some people think). […]


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