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A Not-so-dismal Science: A Broader View of Economies and Societies

Mancur Olson and Satu Kähköhnen


This book shows that in calling economics the ‘dismal science’, Thomas Carlyle was profoundly wrong. The influence of economic thinking on other social sciences is bringing about a theoretical integration of all the social sciences under one overarching paradigm. The ten chapters of this book illustrate the intellectual advances that account for this unified view of economics and societies. The key theme that emerges is the interaction between political, economic, legal, and social forces. Examples of this include the political influence of corruption and special interest groups, the organizat ... More

Keywords: economics, economies, social sciences, societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294905.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mancur Olson, editor
Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS)
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Satu Kähköhnen, editor