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5. Economic Systems: Comparative Historical Method in Economic Sociology

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Comparative historical perspective in economic sociology has been proven especially useful in the study of institutional change. However, the centrality of individual action assumed by mainstream economics inevitably places a historically informed inquiry on the margins of economic discourse. This chapter traces a possible shift from the use of comparative historical method exclusively for institutional analysis to a frame of reference centered around individual actors. There are two important reasons why the contributions of economists to the study of economy and society are mentioned in the chapter. First, the presence of the economists who take sociology seriously points to the methodologically contestable nature of the field of economic sociology. Second, social action in economics is treated with a specific emphasis on individual choice in conditions of uncertainty. Knowledge is another broadly social concept that occupies an important place in an analysis of interactions between economy and society.

Keywords: economic sociology; historical method; human scientific knowledge; institutional analysis



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